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August 17, 2018 12:24 PM Duterte tells China: You can’t create artificial islands just because we are friends

China cannot just create artificial islands in the disputed waters and claim the territory as theirs, President Rodrigo Duterte asserted on Friday. Duterte made the remark before members of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the political party of his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in the Davao region. “When you create an artificial island, it thinks 5

August 17, 2018 7:52 AM UK, Australia push for respect for rule of law, Hague ruling

Hon. Mark Field, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (Photo from British Embassy Manila Twitter account) The United Kingdom and Australia on Friday reiterated the call to resolve disputes in the South China Sea based on international law, including the 2016 Hague ruling that invalidated China’s massive 5

August 14, 2018 9:35 PM PAF gets US tech for sea patrols

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Tuesday received from the United States a system upgrade for its maritime patrol operations, particularly at the West Philippine Sea. The Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (Sabir) system, worth P807 million, would be fitted in one of the PAF’s C-130 planes. The Department of National Defense said it could 7

August 14, 2018 9:27 AM US donates surveillance system to PH Air Force

MANILA - The United States on Tuesday donated a new surveillance system to the Philippine Air Force as part of its commitment to strengthen the Philippine military. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim turned over to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana the P807-million Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) system at the Villamor 6

August 14, 2018 9:04 AM Cambodia to open royal embassy in 3 countries

PHNOM PENH — The Royal Government of Cambodia is opening respective royal embassy in three foreign countries. According to a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, these new royal embassies will be in countries including Turkey, Serbia and Bulgaria. The Royal Government will also nominate one head of mission as ambassador extraordinary 5

August 11, 2018 11:10 AM PH for world free of nuclear weapons

THE Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reaffirmed the Philippine Government’s commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons. This reaffirmation was made by Philippine Ambassador to Tokyo Jose C. Laurel V when, accompanied by Minister and Consul General Robespierre Bolivar and Mme. Maria Aurora Bolivar, he attended the 73rd Nagasaki Peace Ceremony on August 5

July 30, 2018 11:25 PM Former ambassador Jose Apolinario Lozada passes away

MANILA - Former ambassador Jose Apolinario Lozada, Jr. has passed away at 67, his daughter said Tuesday. Lozada had suffered a brain hemorrhage and was confined at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Lozada's daughter told ABS-CBN News. Lozada served as former President Fidel V. Ramos' adviser for foreign affairs and Appointments secretary 5

July 26, 2018 10:38 PM Rody hits Catholic Church anew, questions its ‘taxation’

DAVAO CITY — President Duterte on Wednesday resumed his attacks on the Catholic Church, this time criticizing its practice of collecting money from its flock. In a speech during the Asia-Pacific Healthy Islands Conference at Marco Polo hotel here, the President reiterated his belief in a God “who does not need money.” “I have a God. But my God does not need money 5

July 26, 2018 7:49 AM Howard Dee among 2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Peace negotiator and former Philippine Ambassador Howard Dee is among the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardees, its official award-giving body announced on Thursday. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) announced that Dee is among the six awardees in the 60th year of the awards. Dee is recognized for “his quietly heroic half-century of service to the Filipino 5

July 19, 2018 11:52 AM DFA says it is ready to repatriate Filipinos in Nicaragua

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has assured Filipinos in Nicaragua that it is ready to repatriate them due to the continuing civil unrest in the country. DFA said on Thursday that none of the 86 Filipinos in Nicaragua have so far been affected by the unrest, but it gave assurances that the agency can help them fly home anytime. “We would like to assure 6