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AFP to start construction of new naval base in Subic, says mayor

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The government will allot P1 billion from the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) modernization fund for the construction of a new naval operating base in this town, according to Mayor Jefferson Khonghun.

Posted: May 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

War games in Zambales give respite to fisherfolk

MASINLOC fishermen are getting some respite from the hostility of Chinese coast guard personnel, who have been barring them from the disputed Panatag Shoal, with the Balikatan exercises near their area. RAFFY LERMA

Fishermen in Masinloc town in Zambales province said the joint military exercises of Philippine and American troops at Naval Education Training Center here could provide them some respite from the hostility of Chinese coast guard personnel who have been barring them from the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal, or Bajo de Masinloc to locals).

Posted: May 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Zambales, near Panatag, is war games site

THE FISHING community of Masinloc town launches its boats from the town port, which has a good view of the municipality’s coal plant. Whenever fishing is hampered at the Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), the fishermen offer their boats as water taxis for villagers. ROBERT GONZAGA/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Like in 2012, Filipino soldiers and US Marines will conduct more joint exercises in Zambales province, some 240 kilometers from the Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), a territory being disputed by the Philippines and China.

Posted: September 15th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Provocative words worsen tiff with China


President Aquino is ill advised in aggravating our dispute with China over the Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys by making provocative statements.

Posted: August 7th, 2013 in Featured Columns,On Target | Read More »

Army to shift to territorial defense


The military’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) is shifting its operations from internal security to territorial defense in 2014, focusing on the Luzon coastlines amid disputes over marine boundaries in Southeast Asia, the new Nolcom chief said on Wednesday.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »