Aquino says “memorial” filed with UN not meant to provoke China

MANILA, March 31 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Monday the Philippines’ filing of a memorial or written argument with the United Nations arbitration court is meant to boost the country’s claim on a part of the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and not to provoke China. It can be recalled that the memorial was filed by the Philippines before the Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law […]

Jeepney fare to remain at 8 pesos

After the threat of Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations that they will charged an additional 50 centavos today without the permit of the Land Transportation and Franchising Board, ACTO President Efren De Luna said that the group agreed to not continue the threat and to just wait for their petition raising the jeepney fare to 10 pesos.

Napoles may be admitted to ‘Ospital ng Makati’ today

After Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court gave his permission, Janet Lim Napoles may now be admitted to the Ospital ng Makati for her operation. She is suffering from a lump in her uterus as well as bleeding. Her counsel emphasized that the government will not pay for Napoles’ treatment.

Ayungin Shoal resupply mission an assertion of PHL sovereignty — AFP

By Priam F. Nepomuceno MANILA, March 30 (PNA) — The successful mission to resupply and rotate the Marine contingent standing watch over Ayungin Shoal is an assertion of Philippine claim and sovereignty to the area. This was revealed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Major Gen. Domingo Tutaan, Jr,. “It’s an assertion of our claim to that territory and the mission to resupply the troops in the area,” he added. This, despite efforts […]

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 […]