Fil-Am conferred with commodore rank by PCG

Filipino-American Felix B. Lopez, division chief of the South East Asia Region of International Affairs Directorate of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG AUX) has been awarded the prestigious title of Honorary Commodore of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippine...

PHL economy bounces to 6.9% in Q4, second fastest growing economy in 2014

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine output rebounded sharply in the fourth quarter last year, growing as the second fastest economy in Asia – next to China – for the whole of 2014. This is on the back of the robust growth of the three productive sectors and the fulfillment of...

China condemns PHL over disputed sea arbitration

Beijing, China | AFP | – China on Sunday slammed the Philippines for challenging its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, refusing to back down just a week before a deadline to respond in the case. The Philippines infuriated China in...

PHL protests Chinese construction on Kagitingan Reef

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has already protested China’s reported reclamation project on a disputed reef in the South China Sea. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario said the DFA sent a note verbale to China on October 10 regarding its...

PHL convicts Chinese ‘poachers’ despite Beijing’s warnings

PUERTO PRINCESA (AFP) – A Philippine court on Monday found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching and environmental crimes for fishing in disputed waters, in a case that has strained relations with China. The nine, arrested in May, were fined $100,000 each for poaching with an...

Chinese island project in disputed waters ‘justifiable’: general

BEIJING (AFP) – Beijing on Monday fired back at US criticism of an artificial island project in the disputed South China Sea that could reportedly include an airstrip, with a top general defending it as “justifiable”. People’s Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan told the...

China blasts ‘irresponsible’ US comments on island project

BEIJING (AFP) – Beijing on Monday dismissed as “irresponsible” US criticism of its construction of an artificial island reportedly large enough for an airstrip in a disputed section of the South China Sea. The statement by China’s foreign ministry came after a US military...

China cozies up to ASEAN with $20 billion in loans

NAYPYIDAW (AFP) – China on Thursday offered $20 billion in loans and floated the possibility of a “friendship treaty” with Southeast Asian nations, in an apparent bid to defuse regional tensions which spiked this year over contested seas. Attending the East Asia Summit in...

Aquino pushes for legally binding code of conduct for South China Sea

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III has called on fellow ASEAN leaders to continue negotiations with China on the forging of a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea, amid tensions over territorial claims in the region. In his...

President Aquino visits Sisters of Mary Girlstown in Cavite, lauds the school’s initiatives for youth

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday lauded the Sisters of Mary School for helping the Filipino youth, especially the poor, and vowed that the government would continue to support its initiatives. Speaking before the students of the Sisters of Mary...