Thousands of US and Philippine troops began annual military exercises yesterday that Manila said were vital to building its defence capabilities to face the rising threat of China. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario used the launch of the 12-day Balikatan manoeuvres to accuse China of destabilising Asia with aggressive and illegal actions in the South China Sea.Saturday, 6 April, 2013, 2:26am
A sensible move to lower risks or a sharp new tool to assert sovereignty - analysts in the Philippines are hoping for the former but fear the latter as they digest China's consolidation of its maritime agencies under one civilian command to patrol its disputed borders.13 Mar 2013 - 7:31am
Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Wednesday he hoped “ultra-nationalist” sentiment in China would ease after a leadership change next month and thereby help to resolve a maritime row.17 Oct 2012 - 3:18pm
The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are considering joint patrols of their sea borders to combat piracy, smuggling and the movement of al-Qaeda-linked militants, a top defence official said on Thursday.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Since 1971, the US has led an international maritime warfare exercise biennially in the Pacific. But this year, the ongoing Rim of the Pacific war games, or Rimpac, is distinct from previous games in three important ways: its participants, its message and its timing, not to mention its size (22 nations, 40 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel).19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
The Philippines' fractious power blocs, as well as the public, have finally found something to unite them - they've swung solidly behind the government in asserting a claim to Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.16 May 2012 - 12:00am
Philippine Foreign Secretary Domingo Siazon said yesterday his Government expected mainlanders eventually to ease out many of the more than 140,000 Filipinos working in Hong Kong.
Mr Siazon said he estimated about 50,000 mainlanders would enter Hong Kong in search of jobs each year and displace the Filipinos in 20 to 30 years.26 May 1997 - 12:00am
As China escalated the row over the Scarborough Shoal, the Philippines said it hoped it would not lead to conflict and could be solved in talks.
President Fidel Ramos said in Hong Kong the dispute would be raised in senior officials' meetings with their Chinese counterparts.23 May 1997 - 12:00am
British officials will meet their Chinese counterparts in the next few months to discuss the tens of thousands of Filipino maids in Hong Kong.
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Hanley said yesterday in Manila he would lobby China to allow the Filipinos to stay in Hong Kong after the handover.16 Apr 1996 - 12:00am