30 October, 2016 | Hits:1655
MANILA – Philippine aerial surveillance showed Chinese coast guard ships were still guarding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, but they allowed Filipinos to fish “unmolested” for the first time in years, the defense secretary said Sunday.
The return of Filipino fishermen to Scarborough Shoal, which China effectively seized in 2012, was “a most welcome development” because it brings back their key source of livelihood, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.
China granted access to the tiny, uninhabited shoal 123 nautical...
06 November, 2016 | Hits:1441
Bangkok: Terrorist groups are planning kidnappings on central Philippines islands popular with Australian tourists, including parts of the business and tourism hub of Cebu, the United States has warned.
The warning - repeated by the Australia government on its smartraveller.gov.au website - comes only days after a report that South-east Asia is facing a growing risk of extremist violence, especially from the southern Philippines, where a handful of militant Islamist groups have sworn allegiance to Islamic State.
The US warned foreigners to...
08 November, 2016 | Hits:1494
MANILA - The Australian Embassy in Manila has denied reports claiming that Filipinos can enter Australia visa-free beginning 2017.In a statement on their official website, the Embassy emphasized that Filipino visitors still need to apply for an Australian visa before being allowed entry."The Embassy is aware of a hoax/scam suggesting that visa-free options for Filipino nationals will be available from January 2017. This is a scam and potential travelers to Australia must have a valid Australian visa," it said.The article...
14 February, 2017 | Hits:1301
Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN NewsMANILA - The alleged bribery-extortion scandal that recently hit the Bureau of Immigration showed that corruption is "alive and well" under the Duterte administration, Senator Grace Poe said Tuesday.
"Corruption is alive and well. Even under this administration, there are still people protecting each other’s friends and interests,” Poe, who lost to President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 elections, said in an ANC interview.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is investigating allegations that gambling tycoon Jack Lam, through his...