Tag Archives: Philippine Daily Inquirer

July 24 – A Dark Day in Philippine History

As dark days go, July 24, 2012 is akin historically to what occurred in China on February 18, 1932 when Japan proclaimed the state of Manchukuo as the governing body for the region of Manchuria which it had invaded and detached from China.  The people of China were driven to erase that infamous day from […]

Wescom chief: No standoff in Ayungin Shoal

MANILA, Philippines – The Western Command vowed that it will not abandon Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) even as China maintained its presence there. “As far as the Wescom is concerned we are continuously monitoring our good friends in that area with what is available with my […]

PH: China turning sea into its lake

MANILA, Philippines—China is turning the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) into “one country’s lake,” Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Tuesday, pressing Manila’s effort to roll back Beijing’s expansive claims in the strategic waterway. Speaking before an experts’ roundtable on maritime security in Brussels, Belgium, Del Rosario said China’s assertion of ownership over […]

PH hails diplomatic ties with China despite row

MANILA, Philippines—Their territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) should not stop the Philippines and China from celebrating the 38th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations, Malacañang said Sunday. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said relations between the two countries were multifaceted and the territorial dispute over parts of the […]

China’s cabbage strategy to recover Chinese islands, reefs illegally occupied by PH

While the attention of the Philippines has been focused on its conflict with Taiwan over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard on May 9, little notice has been given to the arrival, just the day before, of three Chinese naval ships at the Ayungin Reef (Second Thomas Shoal), the gateway […]

Justice Carpio pessimistic on PH case vs China but…

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines’ only recourse in the territorial dispute with China is to appeal to world opinion even if the country has already taken the issue to an arbitral tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), a senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court said. Senior Associate Justice Antonio […]

Gov’t hopes to revive rare earth elements dev’t plan with China

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines will try to revive next month preparations with China for the joint development of rare earth elements (REEs) in the Philippines, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). MGB Director Leo Jasareno told reporters that Philippine representatives would fly to Naning, China, on May 8 to discuss Manila’s intention to push […]

PH urged to help China quake victims amid territorial row

MANILA, Philippines — Despite diplomatic differences, the Philippines should quickly send a humanitarian mission to China to help victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked its province over the weekend, Senator Ralph Recto said on Tuesday. “As a neighbor with deep historical and economic ties, the country should send its own humanitarian contingent and find ways […]

Chinese fishermen on front line of marine dispute

By Agence France-Presse @ http://globalnation.inquirer.net/67147/chinese-fishermen-on-front-line-of-marine-dispute TANMEN, China—The tropical waters of the West Philippine Sea are among the most contested on Earth, but Chinese fishermen who sail in them shrug off the dangers of navigating between multiple competing claimants. “It’s a little risky… but in Chinese regions we’re not afraid, we’re in sea which belongs to […]

China sends more ships to West Philippine Sea

By Tarra Quismundo Philippine Daily Inquirer @ http://globalnation.inquirer.net/66337/china-sends-more-ships-to-west-philippine-sea MANILA, Philippines—Despite the Philippines’ repeated protests and condemnation of China’s incursions into the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a fleet of Chinese surveillance ships has again sailed into the contested waters on “regular patrol missions,” Chinese state media reported Friday. The Maritime Safety Administration of Hainan […]