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DFA not aware of China plan to seize Pag-asa Island


The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) declined to comment on a recent Chinese news report saying that the Chinese navy has drawn battle plans to seize Pag-asa Island from the Philippines in 2014.

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

Foreign ships harass mayor of disputed isle


The mayor of Kalayaan town in Palawan was harassed by two unidentified vessels while traveling with around 200 others by sea toward midnight on Thursday.

Posted: May 18th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Philippines asserts rights over Pag-asa island

DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Philippines has asserted the country’s exclusive right to develop those parts of the disputed Spratlys archipelago within its exclusive economic zone in the wake of China’s objections to the government’s reported plan to rehabilitate and build new infrastructures on Pag-asa island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Posted: January 9th, 2013 in Features,Headlines,Philippines | Read More »

Chinese fishing boats leave, officials say


Their cargo holds stuffed with live corals and marine turtles, the army of Chinese fishers that swooped down on the reefs around Pag-asa Island early this week began heading back to mainland China on Saturday, according to municipal and defense officials.

Posted: July 29th, 2012 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pag-asa island municipal workers want to go out to stop Chinese


Employees of the municipal government on Pag-asa reported on Friday that Chinese fishermen continued collecting corals from the edge of islands on the fringe of reefs 3 kilometers from Pag-asa.

Posted: July 28th, 2012 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Chinese boats catch fish, get corals off Pag-asa

CORAL RAIDERS Fourteen fishing vessels, part of a fleet that left Hainan on July 11, catch fish and collect rare corals 9 kilometers east of Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. PHOTO FROM THE WESTERN COMMAND

Under the protective watch of warships, Chinese fishing vessels anchored off the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island in the disputed Spratly archipelago in the West Philippine Sea operated at will on Thursday, catching fish but mainly collecting corals in large quantities.

Posted: July 27th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines urged: Seek UN force on disputed seas

Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon: A normal thing. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

With China aggressively asserting its claims in the West Philippine Sea, a lawmaker suggested on Thursday that it might be time for the Philippines to ask the United Nations for a peacekeeping force to prevent armed clashes between the two countries in the disputed waters.

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

Sansha: China’s newest city toehold in disputed sea

South China Sea

China’s newest city is a remote island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) barely large enough to host a single airstrip. It has a post office, bank, supermarket and a hospital, but little else. Fresh water comes by freighter on a 13-hour journey from China’s southernmost province.

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

Chinese fishing fleet closes in on Pag-asa Island


A fleet of 20 Chinese fishing vessels believed to be escorted by at least two naval frigates of the People’s Liberation Army has been deployed around Pag-asa Island in a move likely to escalate tensions over disputed territories in the Spratly archipelago between the Philippines and China.

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

Party-list’s ‘pork’ to fund school on Pag-asa island

PAG-ASA CLASS OF 2012 The Philippine flag flies in the breeze as Kalayaan town Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon (center) poses with the teacher, schoolchildren and their parents at the opening of Pag-asa Elementary School on a disputed West Philippine Sea island on June 15. AP/OFFICE OF KALAYAAN MUNICIPAL MAYOR

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party-list group will use the second tranche of its Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), more popularly referred to as pork barrel, this year to construct a two-story six-classroom elementary school building on Pag-asa, the largest island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) occupied by the Philippines.

Posted: July 15th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »



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