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DFA: PH defending territory, not smearing China

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“Countries should be judged by their actions, not by their words.”

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH’s rejected protests vs China can be used as evidence before UN court

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This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-metre (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. AFP FILE PHOTO

The diplomatic protests that the Philippines has filed against China, despite being flatly rejected, can still be used as documentary evidence in the arbitration case before the United Nations (UN) court, an international law expert said.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH-China joint venture in EEZ ‘illegal’

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Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warns that any move by Manila to enter into joint-development ventures with Beijing over the Philippines’ 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone will be a culpable violation of the Constitution.

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warns that any move by Manila to enter into joint-development ventures with Beijing over the Philippines’ 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ) will be a culpable violation of the Constitution.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH, US push for peaceful settlement of China issue

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This undated photo handout released by the Kayalaan Municipal office on July 13, 2011 shows the island of Kalayaan, which means "Freedom" in the Filipino language, that was created in 1978 mainly to assert the Philippines' claim to the disputed territory in the Spratlys, a chain of islets in the South China Sea. AFP PHOTO/ Kayalaan Municipal office / HO

The Philippines and the United States on Saturday jointly expressed concern over unclear claims in the South China Sea and incidents that threaten the freedom of navigation in the disputed waters, an indirect but apparent reference to recent Chinese activities in the area.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Chinese boats harvest giant clams, corals

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BIG HAUL AT DISPUTED SHOAL  Giant clams and corals, harvested from Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) off the coast of Zambales province, are stacked on the deck and hold of a Chinese ship (inset), as a small Chinese boat scrapes the coral reef bed. China and the Philippines both claim the shoal, which lies within the Philippine exclusive economic zone. INQSnap this page for more photos. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

In this uninhabited shoal, you see the most beautiful hues of green and blue in the waters of the West Philippine Sea. Glistening clear water defines the base of the rocks and reefs. At low tide, fishermen actually walk on them.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

2 Coast Guard ships ready to guard Panatag Shoal on gov’t go-signal

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Not a single Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessel has been deployed to Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) since PCG ships and their Chinese counterparts faced off in the West Philippine Sea rock formation for two weeks in mid-2012.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Water cannon incident an act of aggression—Akbayan

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This undated handout photo taken by the Philippine Navy and released April 11, 2012, by the Department of Foreign Affairs shows Chinese surveillance ships off Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, accused China’s Coast Guard of firing water cannon at Filipino fishermen last month to drive them away from Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.  AFP FILE PHOTO

In another episode on the Philippine-China dispute over the areas in the West Philippine Sea, a militant group said that the water cannon incident at Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) is a “clear” act of aggressive behavior.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

No Coast Guard vessels near Panatag Shoal, says spokesman

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This undated handout photo taken by the Philippine Navy and released April 11, 2012, by the Department of Foreign Affairs shows Chinese surveillance ships off Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, accused China’s Coast Guard of firing water cannon at Filipino fishermen last month to drive them away from Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.  AFP FILE PHOTO

Not a single Philippine Coast Guard vessel has been deployed to Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) since Coast Guard ships and their Chinese counterparts faced off in that part of the West Philippine Sea for two weeks in mid-2012.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines optimistic to win case against China

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The Philippines is optimistic and confident that it will win in its arbitration case against China, saying Beijing’s moves to pursue its territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) are ‘invalid.”

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

Use of water cannons not covered by any law, says expert

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This undated handout photo taken by the Philippine Navy and released April 11, 2012, by the Department of Foreign Affairs shows Chinese surveillance ships off Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, accused China’s Coast Guard of firing water cannon at Filipino fishermen last month to drive them away from Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.  AFP FILE PHOTO

The use of water cannons to drive away other ships is a fairly new practice and its use alone is something that is not covered by any international law or rule, a maritime law expert said Wednesday.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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