Aquino swears in ambassadors, new government officials

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III administered the oath of office of newly appointed ambassadors and government officials in a ceremony at Malacanang’s Rizal Hall on Monday. The newly appointed ambassadors were former Foreign Affairs spokesperson Raul Hernandez...

Malaysia Airlines: No Pinoy aboard missing plane

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – No Filipino was aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early Saturday. A statement released by the airline before noon (Manila time) did not indicate any Filipino aboard Flight MH370. “The flight was...

DFA denies 100,000 illegal Filipinos deported from Malaysia

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday denied reports that 100,000 Filipinos were deported by Malaysian authorities during its ongoing crackdown of illegal foreign workers. Earlier reports said thousands of Filipinos are staying in cramped evacuation...

Palace: PHL keeping lines open with HK on visa row

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Philippines will maintain open lines of communication with Hong Kong in the wake of visa requirements the Hong Kong government imposed on holders of red and blue (official) Philippine passports, Malacañang said Saturday. Deputy presidential spokesperson...

NO APOLOGIES: PHL stands firm in diplomatic row with Hong Kong

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines insisted Thursday it would not apologize for a 2010 hostage crisis in which Hong Kong tourists died, saying its response to the tragedy had been generous and compassionate. The statement came after the Hong Kong government announced on Wednesday it...

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...

HK lawmakers vote to scrap visa-free access to Pinoys over Manila bus hostage tragedy

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Hong Kong lawmakers voted this week to impose economic sanctions on the Philippines and cancel the visa-free access for Filipinos due to the Manila bus hostage crisis three years ago, South China Morning Post reported. The report said lawmakers voted to pass a...

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...

Binay assures assistance to Pinay sisters nabbed for drug smuggling in Hong Kong

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) -– The government will provide the necessary assistance to the two Filipino sisters arrested for carrying 14.5 kilos of shabu in Hong Kong, Vice President Jejomar Binay gave assurance Wednesday. In a statement, Binay, the Presidential Adviser on Overseas...
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