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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 »

Thailand supports PH’s call for peaceful resolution of South China Sea rows

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

Thailand supported the Philippines’ call for a peaceful resolution to disputes in the South China Sea Friday after meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.

Posted: July 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China ends drilling operations in disputed sea

Haiyang Shiyou oil rig 981, the first deep-water drilling rig developed in China, is pictured in May 2012 at 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Hong Kong in the South China Sea. AP FILE PHOTO

China on Wednesday moved an oil rig that it had deployed in a section of the South China Sea, triggering a dispute with Vietnam.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH chose right path vs China–DFA

DFA spokesman Charles Jose. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Philippines had “chosen the right path” when it took its case against China over their dispute in the South China Sea to the UN arbitration tribunal, following the recent “strong support” shown by the United States for Manila’s action, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DFA reiterates PH sovereignty rights over Recto Bank


Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Charles Jose reiterated the Philippines’ sovereignty rights over the Recto Bank (or Reed Bank), a huge oil rich table mount just off Palawan, as it countered a statement from Beijing last week staking claim on it.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »