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UN tribunal called a ‘leveling ground’ in rows between small and powerful nations

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This undated photo handout released by the Kayalaan Municipal office on July 13, 2011 shows the island of Kalayaan, which means "Freedom" in the Filipino language, that was created in 1978 mainly to assert the Philippines' claim to the disputed territory in the Spratlys, a chain of islets in the South China Sea. AFP FILE PHOTO

A future ruling by a United Nations body on the territorial row in the West Philippine Sea, that part of the South China Sea which Manila claims to be within its exclusive economic zone, would guide the Philippines on how to negotiate with China, according to a maritime security expert.

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

Philippines suspends work on South China Sea military airstrip

In this March 30, 2014, file photo, Philippine Marines raise the Philippine flag on the first day of their deployment on the dilapidated navy ship LT57 BRP Sierra Madre at the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, locally known as Ayungin Shoal, off the West Philippine Sea. The Philippines on Monday, Aug. 18, slammed what it called China’s “illegitimate sovereignty patrols” of Philippine waters, following President Aquino’s revelation that two Chinese research vessels had been spotted on oil-rich Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

Malacañang said Saturday it has shelved planned improvements on a military airstrip in the disputed South China Sea to support its bid for a UN ruling against Beijing over the tense territorial row.

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

Philippine Army recognizes its Golan peacekeepers

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Filipino peacekeepers. INQUIRER.net PHOTO

From the Chief Executive to the Chief of Staff, this time it’s the Army Chief who would give them the recognition.

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

Aquino rebukes UN: Mission impossible

Philippine troops, who were deployed in the Golan Heights as U.N. Peacekeepers and recently battled Syrian rebels, arrive late Sunday, Sept 21, 2014 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future. A group of 244 Philippine peacekeepers flew back to Manila on Friday after being recalled, while 84 more arrived home Sunday, ending a five-year presence in the increasingly volatile Golan.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday criticized the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission “impossible.”

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

UN tribunal ruling on sea dispute ‘will hold weight’—Palace

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Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Even if China rejects the decision of the arbitration case filed by the Philippines on the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea, the ruling of the United Nations (UN) should prevail.

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

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