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In the Know: Itu Aba

A handout picture received from Taiwan’s National Security Council on Sept. 1, 2012, shows Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan holding a national flag at Itu Aba or Taiping, the biggest islet of the disputed Spratlys on Aug.31, 2012. AFP file photo

Itu Aba, the largest island in the disputed Spratlys, is occupied by Taiwan and administered by its Coast Guard.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Dealing with the Chinese pushback

PEACE, MAN  A Philippine Marine soldier flashes the peace sign to a Chinese Coast Guard ship after it tried to block a resupply vessel from restocking the BRP Sierra Madre on Ayungin Shoal on March 29.  INQUIRER PHOTO

The Inquirer is running a series of articles on issues facing President Aquino in his fifth State of the Nation Address on July 28. For more on the Sona, go to http://inq.ph/sona2014.   MANILA, Philippines–After deciding to stand up to China in defending the national interest, President Aquino and his administration now face a daunting […]

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Imagine the arts uniting 6 rivals for Spratlys on one stage

Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines, at the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

Imagine some of the music greats of all six claimants to territories in the South China Sea—the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei—on one stage and taking part in a concert that aims to promote camaraderie and friendly relations among these nations and ease rising tensions in the disputed waters.

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

PH flag to fly in all 9 occupied Spratly islands

The BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

On Thursday all the nine Philippine-occupied territories in the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, including the rusty BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal), will raise the national flag simultaneously with other military camps on the mainland in celebration of Independence Day.

Posted: June 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH won’t drive Chinese ships away from Spratlys


Malacañang ruled out Saturday the deployment of Navy vessels to drive away Chinese ships purportedly reclaiming land in at least two disputed reefs in the Spratly Islands, as Vietnam had done weeks ago.

Posted: June 7th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »