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Senator hopes PH will also get same vow

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In this file photo, an aerial view shows Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. AP

Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano hopes US President Barack Obama will categorically state that the United States will defend the Philippines if it is attacked by China over disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US

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US President Barack Obama (right) and President Aquino   MALACAÑANG FILE PHOTO

With the United States assuring Japan and other Asian allies of support in their territorial disputes with China, Manila will seek a “clearer understanding” of its “strategic partnership” with Washington amid Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in the West Philippine Sea when US President Barack Obama visits the country next week.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions

Traffic policemen walk past plainclothes policemen place green net shields in front of Tiananmen Gate following a car fire in Beijing Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

China, the United States, Japan and more than a dozen other Asia-Pacific countries have signed a naval agreement aimed at ensuring miscommunication between ships at sea does not escalate into conflict.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Multilateral, not bilateral, talks with China needed – Palace

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Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine government has said it is banking on multilateral and not bilateral talks to resolve its territorial disputes with China.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipinos saw China blocking fishermen from shoal—marine officer

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

A marine officer says he and his men watched from a ship outpost as Chinese coast guard vessels repeatedly blocked or chased Filipino and Vietnamese fishermen from a disputed South China Sea shoal.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Pamalakaya hits China incursions on Ayungin Shoal

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

The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas, or Pamalakaya, has assailed China for violating Philippine sovereignty by insisting that Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Reef) and eight other rock formations in the West Philippine Sea belong to Beijing.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Obama on mission to quiet skeptics of US policy in Asia

President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

Five years after refashioning US foreign policy to emphasize Asia, President Barack Obama will face questions over his strategy’s content and staying power in the region this week.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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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 »

Japan backs PH in case before UN

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Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. AFP file photo

Japan, which is facing similar security issues with China, has reaffirmed its support for the Philippine recourse to international arbitration over its dispute with Beijing involving territories in an area of the South China Sea, called the West Philippine Sea by the Philippines, citing its basis in international law.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipino WWII veterans slam China ‘bullying’

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Filipino World War II veterans and supporters mark Day of Valor in Washington, DC. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Elderly Filipino American veterans denounced Wed., April 9 Chinese “bullying” against the Philippines, which they said was part of China’s design to seize Philippine territories in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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

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