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The Palaweña’s ‘tubig’ export business

SHI says one must work hard, take some insults sometimes.

Palawan used to be known as a dumping ground for lepers (Culion) and prisoners (Iwahig). Throughout the ’50s, nothing much changed.

Posted: August 17th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Chinese fishing vessel catches fire, capsizes off Tawi-Tawi

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Seven Chinese fishermen were rescued after their fishing vessel caught fire and capsized off Tawi-Tawi on Wednesday morning, a coast guard official said.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Abandoned Malaysian barge rescued near Hasa Hasa 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

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

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 »