A Chinese coastguard ship attempts to block a Philippine government vessel at Second Thomas Shoal in 2014. Photo: AP

Philippine minister takes to Twitter to order diplomatic protest over Chinese ships

  • ‘Do I have to fly home to file the goddamned diplomatic protest myself?’ Teodoro Locsin Jnr tells staff after Chinese vessels seen at shoal guarded by Filipino soldiers
  • Beijing is stepping up its activities in the disputed South China Sea amid a swell of patriotic pride sparked by National Day celebrations, and it wants the world to see
Topic |   South China Sea

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A Chinese coastguard ship attempts to block a Philippine government vessel at Second Thomas Shoal in 2014. Photo: AP
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Esther Margaux ‘Mocha’ Uson pictured in 2017. Photo: AFP

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte hands ‘queen of fake news’ Mocha Uson plum overseas workers post

  • Model and sex coach is now deputy administrator at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, which caters to millions of Filipinos abroad
  • But critics say her appointment runs against the constitution owing to her losing bid in congressional elections earlier this year
Topic |   The Philippines

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Esther Margaux ‘Mocha’ Uson pictured in 2017. Photo: AFP
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