Taipei, Manila agree to prevent violence in fishing disputes

Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng's boat, the Kuang Ta Hsing No 28, is inspected by Taiwanese officers after arriving at Liuqiu port in Pingtung County, Taiwan, on May 11. Photo: AP

The agreement was reached during their first preparatory meeting on fishery cooperation held in Manila on Friday, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said in a statement released late Saturday.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 1:48pm 1 comment

Filipino fishermen pay price as China ropes off disputed Scarborough Shoal

Fish trader Joey Legazpi tends to his store in Infanta. Photo: AP

Along the northwestern Philippine coast, poor children with claw hammers clamber aboard an abandoned fishing vessel to pry loose and steal rusty nails from its deck. It has become a familiar sight in villages where some fishermen have been forced to give up their livelihoods since China took control of their fishing haven last year.

23 May 2013 - 5:40am 8 comments

Philippines seeks UN arbitration over South China Sea disputes

Albert del Rosario

Manila is determined to pursue arbitration through the United Nations in the dispute over maritime territory in the South China Sea because it is "the last resort", the Philippine foreign minister said yesterday.

11 May 2013 - 3:48am 4 comments

Chinese hackers suspected of defacing Philippines news site

Suspected Chinese hackers yesterday defaced the website of the Philippines News Agency, officials said, a possible repeat of cyberattacks last year also blamed on China during a territorial row.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese fishing boat runs aground in Philippines reef

A US Navy ship also ran aground on Tubbataha in January. It was stuck for more than 10 weeks. Photo: AFP

A Chinese fishing boat has run aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines, roughly 1,600 kilometres from China’s nearest major landmass, authorities said on Tuesday.

The vessel, with 12 crew members, was found stranded in the shallows of Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea just before midnight on Monday, coast guard spokesman Lieutenant Commander Arman Balilo said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am