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We treasure our Sierra Madre

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In the1948 John Houston movie, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” three destitute Americans working as gold prospectors mining the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico are confronted by bandits posing as mounted police (“Federales”).  When they are asked to produce their badges, the chief bandit’s response is classic:   “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”   [...]

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Security expert: China after oil-rich Recto Bank too

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China is strongly after Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) all because it is after a bigger catch that is Recto Bank (Reed Bank), a security expert said.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH has strong case vs China in territorial dispute, says Palace spokesman

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Strategic Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang: We have convinced Malaysia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippines is confident it has a strong case to win the international arbitration case challenging China’s claim to most of the South China Sea.

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Aquino open to joint oil dev’t of Recto Bank, but …

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President Benigno Aquino lll. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

President Aquino is open to the idea of a Chinese company joining an oil and gas exploration in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) but says it has to comply with Philippine laws.

Posted: January 14th, 2013 in Features,Headlines,Philippines | Read More »

PH cautious on China oil offer

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Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Albert del Rosario  AP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines is taking with caution Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing’s declaration of Beijing’s openness to a joint exploration for oil and gas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a position more recently reiterated by China’s foreign ministry to show its commitment to a peaceful resolution of the maritime dispute embroiling both countries.

Posted: January 8th, 2013 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

China open to joint oil dev’t in Recto Bank

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Chinese Ambassador to Manila, Ma Keqing. FILE PHOTO

The Philippines and China may forge ahead with the joint exploration of oil and gas reserves in the West Philippine Sea, which the latter calls the South China Sea, even as their leaders continue to squabble over boundaries.

Posted: January 7th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

China newspaper tells PH, Japan: Stop turning to US for military support

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In this Aug. 19, 2012, file photo, Japanese activists hold national flags on Uotsuri island, one of the islands of Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, in the East China Sea. 
A major Chinese newspaper in an editorial told Japan and the Philippines to “cool down” in looking to American backing in settling its territorial disputes.  AP PHOTO/KYODO NEWS

Citing the “suspicious” yet “stable relationship” between China and the United States, a top Chinese newspaper told the Philippines on Thursday to “cool down” in looking to American backing in settling its territorial disputes, saying the country should start to be more independent in taking care of its own affairs.

Posted: September 6th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines sticks to legal tack in solving shoal dispute

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Albert del Rosario, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, US

Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario on Thursday said the country was still taking into consideration its move to pursue a legal approach to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute.

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

Manila protests Beijing’s plan to deploy military garrison in West Philippine Sea

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said that the country has filed a protest over China’s reported plan to deploy a military garrison on a group of disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Posted: July 24th, 2012 in Asia & Pacific,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Chinese, PH ships ‘reposition’ inside Scarborough Shoal in bid to ‘ease tensions’

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Government vessels from the Philippines and China have pulled out of the disputed Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

Posted: June 5th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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