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Ship manned by Filipinos responds to sighting of possible airline debris

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One of the relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 waits to attend a briefing meeting with Malaysian officials in a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China, Friday, March 21, 2014. Planes are flying out of Australia again to search for two objects detected by satellite that may be debris from the missing Malaysian airliner. AP

A Norwegian merchant ship manned by a crew of Filipinos was the first vessel to respond at the reported sighting of objects in the Indian Ocean that could have come from a missing jetliner that officials in Kuala Lumpur had described as a “credible lead” to the fate of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-370 since it disappeared nearly two weeks ago.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US hits ‘provocative’ China move on Philippine ships

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki speaks at the daily briefing at the State Department in Washington, D. C., on March 10, 2014. Washington on Wednesday, March 12, accused China of raising tensions by blocking two Philippine vessels as it urged freedom of navigation in the tense South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). "This is a provocative move that raises tensions…," Psaki said.  AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM

The United States on Wednesday accused China of raising tensions by blocking two Philippine vessels as it urged freedom of navigation in the tense South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Beijing slams ‘irresponsible’ US warning on West Philippine Sea

Chinese President Hu Jintao (right) meets with Lt. Gen. Herbert J. Carlisle, 13th Air Force Commander of the United States Air Force at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 6, 2009. China condemned the US Pacific air force commander Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, for "irresponsible remarks" after he warned it would be provocative if Beijing declared an air defense zone over the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).  AFP

China condemned the US Pacific air force commander Monday for “irresponsible remarks” after he warned it would be provocative if Beijing declared an air defense zone over the South China Sea.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino: New Navy ship boosts PH defense in sea row

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The BRP Ramon Alcaraz. US EMBASSY FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday said the acquisition of a second warship by the Philippines will boost the Navy’s ability to patrol and defend the country’s waters.

Posted: August 6th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Why the Hamilton-class ships are worth it–military, defense experts

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The BRP Ramon Alcaraz. US EMBASSY FILE PHOTO

The Philippines’ two biggest warships expected to boost maritime patrol amid a territorial dispute with China may be four-decade-old Hamilton-class cutters, but defense and military experts believe that acquiring these types of secondhand vessels was still worth it.

Posted: August 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines acquiring French vessel for South China Sea

In this Agence France-Presse file photo, an aerial view shows Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines said Saturday it is purchasing a surplus French Navy vessel to boost its forces in the South China Sea where it has an ongoing territorial dispute with China.

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

3 Filipino fishers hit by storm to be repatriated from Taiwan—PCG

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In this Jan. 22, 2013 photo released by the Philippine Coast Guard, coast guard divers approach the USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, to assess the situation after it ran aground last week off Tubbataha Reef. AP FILE PHOTO

The government will repatriate shortly three Filipino fishermen who were rescued Saturday by Taiwanese coast guard about 80 nautical miles off Kaohsiung port in southern Taiwan days after they were caught in storm last week, the spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard said Monday.

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PCG ‘open’ to inspection of PH vessel by Taiwanese probe team

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The Philippine Coast Guard is “open” to allowing visiting Taiwanese investigators to inspect the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources vessel involved in the May 9 incident in the Balintang Channel where a Taiwanese fisherman was reportedly shot dead by PCG personnel, the PCG commandant said Monday.

Posted: May 27th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH bracing for more sanctions over death of Taiwan fisherman

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Premier Jiang Yi-huah speaks while holding a picture showing the number of gun holes in a fishing vessel after it was assaulted by the Philippine coastguard, killing a Taiwanese fisherman, during a press conference in Taipei on May 15, 2013.   AFP PHOTO / Mandy Cheng

Manila is now preparing for “contingencies” after Taiwan imposed a second wave of sanctions against the Philippines over last week’s killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine Coast Guard personnel in waters off northern Luzon.

Posted: May 17th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Headlines | Read More »

Philippines probes shooting death of Taiwanese

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An undated handout picture released by the Philippines Coast Guard May 10, 2013 shows a Philippine government patrol vessel against illegal shipping being operated by the coast guard at sea. The Philippines admitted on May 10, 2013 that its coastguard fired at a Taiwanese fishing boat in an incident that authorities in Taipei said left a crewman dead and triggered widespread outrage on the island. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINES COAST GUARD

Facing yet another flashpoint over disputes in the West Philippine Sea, the country’s top diplomat said Saturday that the Philippine maritime agencies have initiated an investigation into the “unfortunate” shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman off Batanes, maintaining that the incident occurred during lawful operations within territorial waters.

Posted: May 11th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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