A Filipino seaman works on German cargo vessel MV Merwedijk in Hamburg harbour, Germany. Photo: Alamy

Filipino seamen, despite powering global trade, face growing threats to their livelihoods

  • Smaller crews and competition from nations such as Vietnam and China are among pressures driving a sharp decline in the number of Filipinos working at sea
  • The Philippine maritime sector is in “chaos and confusion”, dogged by “bureaucracy and incompetence”, according to industry lobby group
Topic |   The Philippines

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A Filipino seaman works on German cargo vessel MV Merwedijk in Hamburg harbour, Germany. Photo: Alamy
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, holds an Israeli-made Galil rifle presented to him by former police chief Ronald Dela Rosa. Photo: AP

China-Philippines war over South China Sea? Duterte is fear mongering, says Hague tribunal point man Florin Hilbay

  • Former solicitor general who led the Philippines to victory at the Permanent Court of Arbitration wants a tougher stand by Manila
  • Florin ‘Pilo’ Hilbay says claims Beijing would go to war if the Philippines stands up to its ‘bullying’ are ‘fear mongering’ by Rodrigo Duterte
Topic |   South China Sea

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, holds an Israeli-made Galil rifle presented to him by former police chief Ronald Dela Rosa. Photo: AP
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