Aquino remains hopeful that territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea will be resolved amicably

MANILA, Oct 17 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III remains hopeful that the territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) will be resolved with all parties concerned amicably. The President told members of the Foreign Correspondents of the...

U.S. plane joins PHL coastal exercise

DAVAO, Philippines, Sept 6, 2012 (AFP) – A U.S. navy surveillance plane joined Philippine security forces Thursday in an exercise aimed at safeguarding coastal areas in the strife-torn south, the Filipino exercise director said. The PC-3 Orion flew over the Davao Gulf in the...

Clinton warns against “coercion” in South China Sea

By Shaun Tandon and Angela Dewan JAKARTA, Sept 3, 2012 (AFP): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Monday against coercion in the conflict-riven South China Sea and voiced hope that Beijing would find a peaceful resolution with Southeast Asian nations. With tensions...

Armed conflict possible in South China Sea: ICG

By Jason Gutierrez Manila, July 24, 2012 (AFP) – Tensions over competing claims in the South China Sea could escalate into conflict, with an arms build-up among rival nations raising the temperature, an international think tank warned Tuesday. Prospects of solving the dispute...

‘West Philippine Sea’

PHILIPPINE Congressman Walden Bello, right, walks past local residents and municipal employees of Pagasa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines Wednesday, July 20, 2011. China protested a trip...

PHL congressmen visit Spratlys despite China warning

PAG-ASA ISLAND, SOUTH CHINA SEA, July 20, 2011 (AFP) – Defiant Philippine lawmakers flew to an island in the disputed Spratly chain Wednesday, ignoring warnings from China that the trip would destabilize the region and damage ties. Five members of parliament, joined by a small...

AFP modernization program remains an elusive dream

By Ben Cal MANILA (PNA) –- Time was when the Philippines was second to none in Southeast Asia in terms of military muscle. Filipinos enjoyed that period of military superiority immediately after World War II until the early 1970s. Today, the Armed Forces of the Philippines...

95 Pinoys to man new warship from U.S.

MANILA, July 18 (Mabuhay) – At least 95 Filipino sailors will man the Philippines’ newest and biggest warship “BRP Gregorio del Pilar” in its voyage from the United States to the Philippines. Navy flag officer-in-command Rear Admiral Alexander Pama said the ship will...

Philippine oil vessel gets escort amid China spat

MANILA, March 4, 2011 (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday ordered the coast guard to escort a Filipino oil exploration vessel in disputed waters as Manila complained of harassment by Chinese patrols. The Philippine government fired off a protest to the...