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Aquino begins 2-day visit to New Zealand

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino (2nd L) addresses the Filipino community during his visit to Auckland on October 22, 2012 as Philippines ambassador to New Zealand Virginia Benavidez (2nd R) and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario (R) look on. Aquino is in New Zealand for a two-day visit before flying to Australia.   AFP PHOTO / Bradley Ambrose

President Benigno Aquino III arrived here before noon Monday to a red carpet welcome by the New Zealand government.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino appoints new ambassadors

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Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Aquino has appointed new ambassadors to Pakistan, Iran, Bahrain and Myanmar, Malacañang announced Friday.

Posted: October 19th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Roxas leaves to meet new China president

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Interior  Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Upon President Benigno Aquino III’s instructions, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II flew to Nanning, China on Thursday to meet with incoming Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Posted: September 20th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Palace answers Beijing raps vs PH: ‘Xiao xi ni tien’

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Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

It was Malacañang’s turn Wednesday to tell the Chinese off. Using a smattering of Mandarin, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Chinese should be a bit more careful in issuing statements accusing the Philippines of provoking hostility in the region.

Posted: July 5th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Ship did not ram Philippine boat

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. FILE PHOTO

The unidentified cargo vessel only passed near the Philippines fishing boat and did not ram it, contrary to earlier reports, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Tuesday.

Posted: June 26th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Chinese fishing boats back in shoal – DFA

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The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday confirmed that Chinese fishing boats have returned inside the lagoon of the disputed Scarborough Shoal.

Posted: June 26th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA warns of linking ramming incident to shoal dispute

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DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said that the “ramming” incident in the West Philippine Sea had no effect and was in no way related to the Scarborough Shoal dispute, warning people should not link the two events.

Posted: June 26th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Angara: Prudence needed in tackling latest sea mishap

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Senator Edgardo Angara

Senator Edgardo Angara on Tuesday cautioned the government against further aggravating the dispute with China over the Scarborough Shoal (Panatag shoal).

Posted: June 26th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Gov’t prodded to go after captain of ship in ramming incident

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Parañaque Representative Roilo Golez

A lawmaker on Tuesday said that the shipmaster of the cargo vessel that allegedly rammed a Philippine fishing boat last week should be charged for the incident.

Posted: June 26th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Big Hong Kong cargo ship tagged in PH boat sinking

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Hong Kong-registered, 195-meter MV Peach Mountain. Willie Lomibao/contributor

The Philippine Coast Guard on Monday said a Hong Kong-registered commercial ship was most likely the vessel that rammed a Philippine fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea last week, killing a Filipino fisherman and leaving four others missing.

Posted: June 26th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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