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DFA priority: Peace in disputed sea

Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines, at the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday its priority in the remaining two years of the Aquino administration would be “to ensure the peace in the West Philippine Sea” amid rising territorial conflicts with regional giant China.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA reiterates PH sovereignty rights over Recto Bank


Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Charles Jose reiterated the Philippines’ sovereignty rights over the Recto Bank (or Reed Bank), a huge oil rich table mount just off Palawan, as it countered a statement from Beijing last week staking claim on it.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH gets Singapore backing in sea dispute


The Philippines welcomed on Wednesday Singapore’s statement emphasizing the rule of law towards resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea, reflecting the neighboring city-state’s support for the country’s call to peacefully settle the issue amid escalating tensions with China.

Posted: June 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH not giving up on China—Coloma

In this May 16, 2014 file photo, Vietnamese expatriates and Filipinos display placards as they join together in a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city to protest the recent moves by China to construct an oil rig near the Vietnamese-claimed Paracels off the contested Spratlys group of islands and shoals in the South China Sea. Policymakers in most Asian countries support a robust US role in the region even though many expect China to become the most dominant power, a survey said Thursday, June 5.  AP

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Tuesday said the Philippine government believes it will be able to patch things up with China amid territorial spats.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

G7 concerned by Asian maritime tensions

In this March 29, 2014, file photo, a China Coast Guard vessel attempts to block a Philippine government vessel as the latter tries to enter the China Second Thomas Disputed Shoals (local name Ayungin Shoal) to replace Philippine troops and resupply provisions off the South China Sea. A Hague-based tribunal has asked China to defend its territorial claims in the South China Sea by submitting evidence within six months.  AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations said Thursday they were deeply concerned by tensions in the East and South China Sea.

Posted: June 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »