By Jerry E. Esplanada
Economic losses from disasters worldwide have gotten “out of control,” totalling $2.5 trillion in the past decade, which is more than 50 percent over previous United Nations (UN) estimates, according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative for disaster risk reduction.
By Agence France-Presse and Frances Mangosing
Syrian rebels Sunday freed four Filipino peacekeepers five days after seizing them at an observation post in the Golan Heights, the Philippine military’s chief spokesman said.
By Frances Mangosing
MANILA, Philippines—The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) is still in “continuous talks” with the Syrian rebels who abducted four Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights. Brigadier General Domingo Tutaan, spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, told reporters in a press briefing on Friday that the Philippine Battalion is closely coordinating with the UNDOF, but declined [...]
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Friday that he has recommended to President Benigno Aquino III the pull out all Filipino UN peacekeepers from the Golan Heights following the abduction of four by Syrian rebels, the second such incident in two months.
By Tarra Quismundo
The Philippines on Wednesday condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the abduction of four Filipino peacekeepers deployed in the Golan Heights under the United Nations Command and called for their immediate release.
An armed group on Tuesday abducted four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights, which has been hit by mounting spillover from the Syrian civil war, the United Nations said.
By Jocelyn R. Uy
, Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Sunday it would just ignore the lawsuit filed by civil society groups before the United Nations Committee on Human Rights over the use of the controversial precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in the upcoming balloting.
By Philip C. Tubeza
Civil society groups on Friday brought their issue with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to the United Nations, accusing the Philippine government of violating their right to vote and of turning over to a foreign entity the conduct of the technical aspect of the country’s elections.
By Tarra Quismundo
China on Friday accused the Philippines of trying to legalize its occupation of islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), repeating that Beijing would never agree to international arbitration.
By TJ Burgonio
The Philippines will not drop its case against China over claims to the South China Sea even if China were to pull out its surveillance ships from the Scarborough Shoal, President Aquino said Wednesday night.
Teresita Mabignay does her ironing using free of electricity on the slope of a garbage dump, an unlikely beneficiary of efforts to turn the Philippines’ growing rubbish problems into a clean-energy windfall.
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has asked the United Nations to provide more protection to its peacekeeping forces, the government said Wednesday after announcing its troops would remain in the Golan Heights after a recent abduction. The foreign department said the Philippines’ permanent representative to the UN wrote to the UN Security Council to express Manila’s [...]