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Philippines Sends Second Boat to Naval Standoff with China

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines and China continued looking for a diplomatic solution to a naval standoff on Thursday, even as Manila sent a second vessel to disputed islands in the South China Sea. Philippines foreign ministry spokesperson Raul Hernandez said a coast guard boat has been sent to the Scarborough Shoal, located about 230 kilometers off the […]

Philippines Warship, Chinese Vessels in China Sea Standoff

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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A tense maritime standoff between China and the Philippines showed few signs of cooling on Wednesday, with each side accusing the other of violating its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea. The standoff began Tuesday when two Chinese surveillance vessels blocked a Philippine warship from arresting a group of Chinese fishermen near a […]

Philippines Warship, Chinese Vessels in China Sea Standoff

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines said Wednesday one of its warships is engaged in a standoff with two Chinese surveillance vessels that blocked the arrest of Chinese fishermen in disputed waters of the South China Sea. The Philippines foreign ministry said the standoff began Tuesday when Manila’s flagship naval vessel, the Gregorio del Pilar, confronted eight Chinese fishing […]

Luxury Cruise Ship No Longer Adrift

Posted March 31st, 2012 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A luxury cruise ship left drifting in Philippine waters is back under its own power, heading for Malaysia. Philippine coast guard officials said Saturday the Azamara Quest hopes to reach port in Sandakan in the next 24 to 48 hours. The ship first starting drifting late Friday after a fire broke out in one of […]

Husband of Ex-Phillipine President Charged with Graft

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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A court in the Philippines has issued an arrest warrant for the husband of former president Gloria Arroyo. Prosecutors say Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo took millions of dollars in bribes from a Chinese firm, ZTE Corporation, to push through a $330 million contract to build a national broadband network in 2007. Arroyo says the charges […]

Philippines Taxman Sues Boxing Champ Pacquiao

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine officials have filed a lawsuit against world champion boxer and congressman Manny Pacquiao after he allegedly failed to submit documents to authorities investigating his tax returns. Tax officials said Thursday they have filed contempt charges against Pacquiao, which will allow them to investigate his earnings and tax payments. Officials said the charges do not […]

Beijing, Manila Stand Firm in South China Sea Dispute

Posted February 29th, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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A new dispute is building between China and the Philippines over oil exploration in the South China Sea, with neither side showing any sign of backing down. The dispute began earlier this week, when Philippines Energy Minister Jose Almendras announced that foreign investors will be invited to explore for oil and gas on two undersea […]

Ex-Philippines President Pleads Not Guilty to Election Fraud

Posted February 23rd, 2012 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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Former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo pleaded not guilty to charges of electoral fraud, as her high-profile trial got underway in Manila on Thursday. The 64-year-old Ms. Arroyo appeared at the brief arraignment hearing, smiling and wearing a white neck brace because of a spinal injury. She is accused of conspiring with a notorious warlord to […]

Rescuers Search for Survivors of Philippine Earthquake

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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Rescuers in the Philippines continued to search Tuesday for dozens of people still missing following an earthquake that triggered devastating landslides and powerful aftershocks. At least 43 people were confirmed killed after the 6.7-magnitude quake struck late Monday morning in a strait just off the heavily populated central Philippine island of Negros. Dozens of people […]

43 Killed in Philippines Earthquake

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Filipino officials say a strong earthquake has rocked the central Philippines, killing at least 43 people and causing widespread damage and power outages. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.8-magnitude quake struck late Monday morning at a depth of 20 kilometers. The quake was centered in a narrow strait just off Negros Island. Authorities say […]


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