Gov’t reviewing recent Ayungin Shoal incident, says Palace official

By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA, March 30 (PNA) — Malacanang on Sunday said that Saturday’s incident which involved a Philippine vessel allegedly blocked by Chinese Coast Guards along the Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) was still being reviewed. It was reported that the vessel loaded with Philippine troops, supplies, media still managed to reach the Shoal despite the alleged harassment. The incident occurred amid rising tensions between the Philippines and China over the disputed West […]

PHL files ‘memorial’ vs China before int’l court; claim includes Ayungin Shoal

By Michaela del Callar MANILA, March 30 (PNA) — The Philippines’ arbitration case against China took another leap forward after Manila submitted a crucial document containing volumes of evidence and maps seeking to nullify Beijing’s sweeping claim over the resource-rich South China Sea. Manila said the document, called the “memorial,” was transmitted electronically to the The Hague-based tribunal, where a five-man panel will review and hear the Philippine complaint, which was first initiated in January […]