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  • 'Gone to hell': The battle to save Europe's oldest lake 

    Agence France-Presse (AFP) (Manila Standard, July 4, 2021, on page 4B)
    Dimitar Pendoski marches to the end of a rickety walkway, skips around sunbathing youngsters, and sweeps back a tarpaulin protecting his empty lakeside restaurant, recently closed by officials under pressure from UNESCO. ...
  • Coast Guard buying P12-b patrol boats 

    (Manila Standard, August 23, 2021, on page A3)
    The chairman of a House committee has endorsed the Philippine Coast Guard’s plan to acquire two additional French-made high-endurance offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) at an estimated cost of P11.2 billion. “The two 84-meter ...
  • 'Illegal fishing in WPS a cause of concern' 

    Requejo, Rey E. (Manila Standard, April 23, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    The United States said Thursday the multi-billion “illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and destruction of the rich marine ecosystem in the West Philippine Sea is a cause of concern for both the United States and ...
  • Locsin: Get the f*** out of WPS: Du30 remarks that dispute with China not reason to be rude, disrespectful 

    Requejo, Rey E.; Barcelo, Vito; Ramos-Araneta, Macon (Manila Standard, May 4, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    The country’s top diplomat unambiguously told Beijing where to go on Monday, as the government insisted Chinese vessels were still illegally lingering in the West Philippine Sea. “China, my friend, how politely can I put ...
  • Peaceful end to sea row sought 

    (Manila Standard, July 16, 2021, on page A2)
    Geopolitical experts, including former foreign ministers, from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan called for a peaceful approach and compliance to international law to avoid military confrontation amidst the ...
  • Masbate town renews coral reefs, marine life 

    (Manila Standard, June 28, 2021, on page A6)
    A growing town in Masbate province has made headway in enhancing its marine ecosystem, following a sustained joint effort of town officials and a Masbate-based company in deploying reef balls and planting coral fragments ...
  • PH says Hague ruling binding; Chinese envoy wants it voided 

    Barcelo, Vito; Requejo, Rey E.; Araja, Rio N. (Manila Standard, July 15, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    Malacanang said Wednesday “no one can diminish” the 5-year-old arbitral award that junked Beijing’s sweeping maritime claims to the West Philippine Sea, despite China’s recent remark that the award was a piece of “wastepaper." ...
  • 'Rody's remarks at UN meet official policy on WPS row' 

    Requejo, Rey E.; Cruz, Maricel V. (Manila Standard, May 8, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement at the 75th UN General Assembly on the 2016 South China Sea Arbitral Award stands “as the supreme expression of foreign policy on the ...
  • 'Manila Bay years away from being swimmable' 

    Araja, Rio N. (Manila Standard, May 3, 2021, on page A4)
    Buhay Party-list Rep. Joselito Atienza on Sunday said Manila Bay being “swimmable” is still years away. He said it may take “several years” before the public could enjoy swimming safely in the waters of Manila Bay at the ...
  • Mindanao's new dive spot 

    Zozobrado, Bob (Manila Standard, May 7, 2021, on page C4)
    I’m sure a lot of you, dear readers, have been aching to finally break free from the bondage of quarantine restrictions and get back to a semblance of normal life which we all miss so much! I know for a fact that, in ...
  • China steps up naval drills: In wake of WPS exercises, Duterte crafting ‘3Cs foreign policy’—Roque 

    Pañares, Joyce; Ramos-Araneta, Macon (Manila Standard, May 3, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    China's Shandong aircraft carrier has conducted exercises in the South China Sea – military drills which the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said will be regularly held in the disputed regional waters. “We hope the outside ...
  • Aquafeed project shows promise for farmers’ income 

    (Manila Standard, June 7, 2021, on page A7)
    To help lower the price of fish amidst volatile food prices across the country, an international aquaculture research center is coming up with a new fish feed formulation that is cost-efficient and eco-friendly. Using ...
  • EU opposes unilateral action in S. China Sea 

    (Manila Standard, April 25, 2021, on page A1)
    The European Union (EU) on Saturday opposed any unilateral actions in the South China Sea (SCS) as it cited the recent swarming of Chinese vessels at the Julian Felipe Reef, an area located within the Philippine exclusive ...
  • Senators denounce China: File resolution criticizing Chinese incursions, chamber approval up 

    Ramos-Araneta, Macon; Requejo, Rey E. (Manila Standard, April 27, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    Eleven senators crossed party lines Monday to file a strongly-worded resolution denouncing the illegal activities of China in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EZZ) and other parts of the West Philippine Sea. In filing ...
  • Rody: Withdrawal of military support an 'outrageous tale' 

    Barcelo, Vito (Manila Standard, April 20, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    Malacañang on Monday dismissed reports that a group of retired and active military generals are withdrawing support from President Rodrigo Duterte for his apathy toward Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea. “It’s ...
  • China marks all over SCS': Online news service bares Chinese massive claims on disputed areas 

    Cruz, Maricel V.; Araja, Rio N. (Manila Standard, April 16, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    China has registered trademarks over hundreds of land features scattered throughout the South China Sea, a move opposed by other claimants to the disputed waters, BenarNews, a Washington-based online news service, reported ...
  • China ignores protests to focus on goal—Carpio 

    Requejo, Rey E.; Ramos-Araneta, Macon (Manila Standard, April 27, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    China will ignore all diplomatic protests filed against its aggressive behavior in the South China Sea because they run counter to its objective of establishing its national boundary based on its excessive nine-dash line ...
  • Beijing puts largest assault ship in service, likely mission in SCS 

    Gulle, Jimbo (Manila Standard, April 27, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    China has commissioned its first Type-075 amphibious assault ship, which is expected to be deployed in the disputed South China Sea, the South China Morning Post reported Monday. The ship, named the Hainan, was likely to ...
  • PH asserts WPS presence: Coast Guard activates drills to secure 'maritime jurisdiction' over vast areas 

    Ramos-Araneta, Macon (Manila Standard, April 26, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    The Philippine Coast Guard is conducting drills in the South China Sea that an official said Sunday were part of efforts to secure the country's “maritime jurisdiction” over the disputed waters. The exercises near the ...
  • China claims PH deal on sea issue 

    Barcelo, Vito; Cruz, Maricel V.; Macon-Araneta, Macon (Manila Standard, May 12, 2021, on page A1-A2)
    China on Tuesday bared a consensus has already been reached with the Philippines to “properly and peacefully handle” issues on maritime disputes in the South China Sea disputes through "dialogue and negotiation." When asked ...

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