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Can’t force China to comply–Palace

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Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Even if a United Nations arbitration tribunal were to rule in its favor on the West Philippine Sea dispute, the Philippines cannot compel China to comply with the ruling, Malacañang said on Thursday.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Manila using ‘moral suasion’ vs China–DFA

DFA spokesman Charles Jose. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Philippines is using “moral suasion” in its conflict with Asian giant China over their claims to parts of the South China Sea, a government spokesperson said on Thursday.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China warned: Don’t try to tow away BRP Sierra Madre

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China was warned Thursday against trying to tow away the BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin Shoal, as this could be considered an attack against the Philippines and prompt the United States to defend the country in keeping with their Mutual Defense Treaty. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

China was warned Thursday against trying to tow away the BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin Shoal, as this could be considered an attack against the Philippines and prompt the United States to defend the country in keeping with their Mutual Defense Treaty.

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

China: PH tarnishing Beijing’s international image

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A Philippine Marine gestures at a Chinese Coast Guard vessel which tries to block a Philippine Government vessel AM700 from approaching the Second Thomas Shoal (local name Ayungin Shoal) to resupply and replace fellow marines who were deployed for almost five months Saturday, March 29, 2014 off South China Sea on the West Philippine Sea. AP FILE PHOTO

China on Thursday accused the Philippines of “abuse of process” in seeking United Nations arbitration to settle disputes in the South China Sea, calling Manila’s move a “smear campaign” to tarnish Beijing’s image in the international community.

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

Daring fishers also in the minds of Ayungin defenders

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China was warned Thursday against trying to tow away the BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin Shoal, as this could be considered an attack against the Philippines and prompt the United States to defend the country in keeping with their Mutual Defense Treaty. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Military missions to the Ayungin Shoal do not end with the reprovisioning of and rotating the troops stationed at the marooned BRP Sierra Madre in the West Philippine Sea outcrop.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Sleepless on Ayungin Shoal

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VERY BASIC Austere accommodations on the BRP Sierra Madre,
the country’s fleet Marine detachment in Ayungin Shoal. PHOTO BY GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

We spent the night here on Ayungin Shoal, on board the feisty little civilian government boat that defied two huge Chinese Coast Guard ships on Saturday afternoon.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

UN case not a challenge to China—Aquino

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Chinese Coast Guard ships closely monitor a small Philippine vessel during resupply and troop rotation in the rusting BRP Sierra Madre.  FILE PHOTO

President Aquino on Monday said the government’s decision to pursue the arbitration case in a United Nations tribunal was not intended to provoke China but to defend Philippine territory peacefully.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

AFP: Civilian ship sent to avoid standoff at Ayungin

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China Coast Guard ships (L and R) and a Philippine supply boat (C) engage in a stand off as the Philippine boat attempts to reach the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. The Philippine ship finally slipped past the Chinese blockade to reach Second Thomas Shoal, where a handful of Filipino marines are stationed on a Navy vessel that has been grounded there since 1999 to assert their nation's sovereignty.  AFP

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Sunday said it sent a government civilian ship to Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) over the weekend to avoid confrontation with Chinese naval forces patrolling disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH expands claim to include Ayungin

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PLAYTIME.  Philippine Marines, who have been staying for almost five months aboard the Philippine Navy ship BRP Sierra Madre on Ayungin Shoal, pose for a local television news crew. A China Coast Guard ship earlier tried to block a vessel that brought supplies and replacement troops on Saturday.  AP

The Philippines, saying it was “defending what is legitimately ours,” filed Sunday a memorandum in the United Nations arbitration court on its territorial dispute with China, expanding its claim to include Ayungin Shoal, the current scene of confrontation between Manila and Beijing.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Int’l group backs PH in sea dispute with China

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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

A global association of political parties has condemned China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), in a move the Philippines hailed as an “international expression of support” for its claim on isles in the disputed territory.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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