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Marines posted in lonely, rusty ship on shoal awarded

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China should withdraw its ships from Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Reef) because that area of the West Philippine Sea is an “integral part” of the Philippines’ national territory, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday, May 27, 2013. AFP/Kayalaan Municipal office

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.

Posted: June 30th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Red tape stalls dev’t of school in Kalayaan

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Filipino lawmakers led by Representative Walden Bello join local residents and military officials in a symbolic unfurling of a banner at Pagasa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the West Philippine Sea on July 20. AP

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.

Posted: November 27th, 2012 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

‘Spratly 5’ go swimming in Pag-asa

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China should withdraw its ships from Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Reef) because that area of the West Philippine Sea is an “integral part” of the Philippines’ national territory, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday, May 27, 2013. AFP/Kayalaan Municipal office

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 [...]

Posted: July 21st, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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