PHL vows ‘higher’ APEC summit

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines Saturday vowed “higher security” for world leaders at an economic summit in Manila next week after a series of bombings and shootings left more than 120 dead in Paris. US President Barack Obama is set to join the leaders of China, Japan,...

No R&Rs for US soldiers in Subic

DOF says port calls cancelled due to ‘operational reasons’   MANILA (AFP) – The US Navy has cancelled visits to the Philippine port of Subic amid public anger over accusations that a US Marine killed a Filipino on the city’s outskirts, officials said Monday. Foreign...

PHL to repatriate UN troops in Golan, Liberia

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines said Saturday it will repatriate over 400 of its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia amid security threats and concerns over the Ebola virus. “To ensure the safety and security of the Philippine military troops...

PHL protests Chinese patrols over territory

MANILA  (AFP) – The Philippines said Monday it would protest to China about what it called Beijing’s increasing patrols in a disputed area of the South China Sea believed to hold vast oil and gas resources. Foreign Department spokesman Charles Jose announced the protest a day...

12 Chinese jailed for illegal fishing in Tubbataha Reef

MANILA (AFP) – Twelve Chinese fishermen were handed long prison terms on Tuesday for illegal fishing in the Philippines after their ship ran aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef, a court official said. The 12 were arrested at the Tubbataha Reef, a marine sanctuary in the...

OFWs urged leave Afghanistan

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines on Tuesday urged 4,000 workers in Afghanistan to leave the country amid an election stand-off that has raised fears of instability and ethnic unrest. “The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued Alert Level 3 (voluntary repatriation phase) for...

PHL hopes deal reached before Obama visit

New defense accord means more US troops MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines said Friday it hopes to complete a new defense accord with the United States ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama this month, as a territorial dispute with China simmers. The chief Philippine negotiator,...

PHL: Fishing law aims to grab all of South China Sea

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines Saturday said a Chinese rule requiring foreign fishing vessels to secure permission to enter much of the South China Sea was part of a long-term scheme to claim the entire body of water. China’s southern island province of Hainan passed the rule in...

China carrier’s mission ‘raises tension’

MANILA, November 27, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines Wednesday criticized China’s dispatch of its first aircraft carrier to the South China Sea, saying it “raises tension” in waters where the two Asian neighbors are locked in a territorial dispute. “Its deployment does not...

PHL recalls envoy as China lays blocks on Scarborough

MANILA, September 5, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines has called home its ambassador to China for consultations, the foreign department said Thursday amid fresh tensions in a long-running maritime territorial dispute. Foreign department spokesman Raul Hernandez announced ambassador...
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