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Abandoned Malaysian barge rescued near Hasa Hasa Shoal

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INFOGFX - HALF MOON SHOAL

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command announced Friday it has rescued an abandoned cargo barge with Malaysian registry in the disputed West Philippine Sea near Hasa Hasa (Half Moon) Shoal, which is being occupied by a small unit of Philippine marines.

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

Navy bases for defense of West Philippine Sea suffer lack of funds

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THE VIEW FROM CHINA. US Marines storm a beach along the West Philippine Sea on Friday but only to simulate an amphibious landing during joint US-Philippines military exercises dubbed Balikatan 2014 at San Antonio, Zambales. This year’s war games focus on maritime security. The exercise came even as tensions simmer between the Philippines and China over rival claims to territory in the West Philippine Sea, part of the South China Sea within Manila’s 370-km exclusive economic zone.  MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/ INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Navy’s plans for developing Naval Forces West (Navforwest) and Oyster Bay in Palawan, the bases which are the country’s first line of defense in the West Philippine Sea, have suffered a hitch.

Posted: June 1st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

No Americans yet in Oyster Bay, says Navy spokesman

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WORLD IS THEIR OYSTER  Or soon it will be, as Oyster Bay and Ulugan Bay in Palawan province are being developed as a “mini-Subic” where the country’s two former US Coast Guard cutters will be based. Above, an outrigger carrying fishermen sails past a Philippine Navy vessel, one of many scattered on the bay fronting the West Philippine Sea. Oyster Bay is only 160 kilometers from the disputed Spratly Islands where China has been reclaiming Mabini Reef (Johnson South Reef) and building what appears to be an airstrip.  MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

There are no Americans here on Oyster Bay—only a handful of Navy officers and men, with their ships that are docked at this base called Naval Station Carlito Cunanan (NSCC).

Posted: May 27th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

9 Chinese poachers plead not guilty

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Eleven Chinese fishermen arrested by Philippine maritime police for poaching in the West Philippine Sea.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The nine Chinese poachers arrested early this month pleaded not guilty for violating the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 before the Palawan Court.

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

China tells PH: Free fishermen

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Eleven Chinese fishermen arrested by Philippine maritime police for poaching in the West Philippine Sea.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

China stood pat on its call for the Philippines to release its fishermen arrested for poaching turtles in the West Philippine Sea.

Posted: May 14th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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