China Harassment Of Filipino-Crewed Tanker Won’t Affect COC

China Harassment Of Filipino-Crewed Tanker Won’t Affect COC

Spotlight

Globe Recreates The Way You Learn With Special Promos

Globe introduces special Go promos for students and the GoTOK series to make quality learning and self-improvement accessible for everyone online and in real life!

Roma Point Bridge Construction In Full Swing With Republic Cement Support

Expected to be the longest bridge in Calabarzon, the Roma Point Bridge, also known as the Alabat Bridge, will be 1.7 kilometers long upon completion and will connect Alabat Island to mainland Quezon province.

Specialty Pulp Manufacturing Inc. Chooses 100% Clean Energy From EDC

Agriculture-based manufacturing company SPMI is now being powered by clean, renewable, reliable energy from EDC!

1st ARISE Virtual Annual General Membership Meeting Focused On Business Resilience

ARISE Philippines discusses the need to focus on key priority areas in its advocacies on disaster risk reduction in its first virtual Annual General Membership Meeting.

The incident involving the alleged harassment of a Greek oil tanker with an all Filipino crew by a Chinese vessel near Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) will not affect any progress made in crafting the code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea, Malacañang said Sunday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) bared that it is verifying the facts of the alleged harassment incident in the West Philippine Sea which took place last September 30.

“I don’t think so,” Panelo said in a press briefing in the Impact Challenger in Nonthaburi, Thailand when asked if the incident would affect ongoing negotiations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China in the crafting in the COC.

Panelo said the Philippine government has no plans to file a diplomatic protest against China over the incident because it does not involve a Philippine vessel.

He also insisted that the incident is not the concern of the Philippine government despite the Chinese coast guard telling the Filipino captain that the Scarborough Shoal is Chinese territory.

“It does not concern us because it’s not a Philippine vessel. For as long as they do not touch the Philippine ship or vessel, it will be the concern of that country that carries the flag of that particular vessel,” Panelo said.

Panelo, however, said he agreed with the remark made by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana saying the Chinese government “must respect international maritime laws if it wants to earn the respect of the international community.”

“I agree and I think China should agree because China itself says that we should respect international law,” Panelo said.

Reports showed that the Greek-owned, Liberia-registered oil tanker Green Aura was heading to China from Thailand and six nautical miles off Scarborough Shoal when it received a radio call from a Chinese warship.

Filipino captain Manolo Ebora was quoted saying that the Chinese ship ordered Green Aura to stay 10 nautical miles away from the disputed shoal and change its course.

However, Ebora, a Philippine Navy reservist, maintained the Green Aura’s course and came within about 11 kilometers from the disputed shoal.

He said that minutes later, the Chinese warship moved in the direction of the Green Aura to block its passage.

The Filipino captain insisted on the innocent passage over radio call but the line on the other end introduced itself as the Chinese Coast Guard, claimed jurisdiction over the disputed waters, and tailed the Green Aura to drive it away.

To recall, the Philippines lost Scarborough Shoal to China after a standoff in 2012 where China blocked Filipino fishermen from the disputed shoal.

This prompted the Philippines to file a case against China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at the Hague asserting Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea in 2016.

It did not rule on which country has sovereignty over the disputed shoal but called out China for violating fishing rights of the Philippines. (PNA)

First COVID-19 Diagnostic Center In Capiz Opens In Roxas City

Western Visayas has opened its 10th diagnostic laboratory center at the Hortus Botanicus in Roxas City on Tuesday.

Guv. Mamba Warns Of ECQ As COVID-19 Cases Spike

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba warns of the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in the entire province if the COVID-19 cases would continue to increase.

UK: COVID-19 Vaccines To Be Available In Early 2021

More than one COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be distributed by 2021.

MMFF Partners With Streaming Services, Premieres Online

This year, MMFF can be seen in the comfort of your home as it goes online!

Voter Registration Now From Monday-Friday

Vote on 2022! Check out the new schedule for voter registration here:

AFP Units, Offices To Forego Christmas Parties This Year

Just like majority of offices in the country, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has decided to cancel their Christmas Party this year.

Roque: Financing Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Supply ‘Not A Problem’

"Whether or not it’s in the budget, we have a financing scheme already in place. Kung mayroon na po tayong mabibili ngayon, makakabili na tayo ngayon kasi hindi naman po problema ang financing."

ABS-CBN News Anchor Christian Esguerra Honored With McLuhan Fellowship

Christian Esguerra was given one of the highest honors for journalists and communicators as he was named the 2020 Marshall McLuhan fellow by the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.

Nograles: IATF Studying Calls To Relax Inbound Travel Policies

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announces that they are now studying policies easing inbound travel restrictions.

Pasig Temporarily Shuts Down Community Kitchen

The Pasig city government has temporarily closed its community kitchen after one of its workers tested positive for the COVID-19.