By Nikko Dizon
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) awarded one of the highest military recognitions to the Marines and sailors who reported and monitored the presence of Chinese vessels at Ayungin Shoal in May, alerting the national government to another encroachment by China on Philippine territory.
By Leila B. Salaverria
, Tarra Quismundo
A municipal official and a lawmaker disclosed Monday that they were battling red tape in their effort to build a schoolhouse in Kalayaan Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as China insisted the Philippines’ territorial claims in those waters were based on an erroneous interpretation of the international law of the sea.
By Philip C. Tubeza
Despite protests from China, a contingent of lawmakers on Wednesday proceeded with its “peace” mission to the disputed Spratly Islands, landing on what the local military commander described as the Philippines’ “unsinkable aircraft carrier.” Flying on two chartered 15-seat planes, Representatives Walden Bello and Kaka Bag-ao (Akbayan), Teddy Brawner Baguilat (Ifugao) and Ben Evardone (Eastern [...]