RSAF rescues man who drifted at sea for 3 days, Singapore News & Top Stories

A diving enthusiast drifted at sea for three days last month after a bout of bad weather sank his boat. Mr John Low had no food and water, and was starting to hallucinate on the third day when a passing ship caught sight of him in the South China Sea and took him on board. A Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) search-and-rescue team, Rescue 10, was scrambled on May 7 to pick him up from the ship and take him for emergency treatment. On Friday, a month after the…

France, UK draw Locsin’s ire on rights probe

France, UK draw Locsin’s ire on rights probe MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. yesterday criticized France and the United Kingdom for supporting a draft United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution calling for an investigation on alleged massive human rights violations in the Philippines. “Protect Philippine sovereignty? Their capitals are at present mulling to undermine the most fundamental aspect of a country’s sovereignty: its indisputable unquestionable right to protect the innocent from criminal elements by any means efficient to achieve the latter’s extinction,” Locsin wrote…

Chinese spy ship heading towards Australia to monitor joint war games off Queensland – China power

Posted July 07, 2019 00:12:28 Photo: A Type 815G electronic surveillance ship is expected to be heading to waters off the Queensland coast. (People’s Republic of China via Deagel, file photo) The Defence Force is closely tracking a high-tech Chinese spy ship as it makes its way towards Australia ahead of this month’s Talisman Sabre war games on the Queensland coast. Key points: The electronic surveillance ship was believed to be north of Papua New Guinea on Saturday night It is believed to have begun its voyage south to Australia…

Chinese trawler could have avoided sinking Philippine boat: Probe report, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA – The crew of a Chinese trawler that sank a Philippine fishing boat last month could have avoided a collision but failed to do so, and then fled instead of plucking the boat’s men out of the water, a state-appointed probe team has concluded. A 14-page report sent to President Rodrigo Duterte by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority confirmed accounts that at midnight on June 9, the Yuemaobinyu 42212, a steel-hulled trawler from Guangdong province, struck the stern of the Gem-Ver, a wooden outrigger fishing boat…

Una kayo, susunod kami! Duterte dares US to declare war in South China Sea

POLITIKO – The bible of Philippine Politics President Rodrigo Duterte has challenged the United States to declare war in the South China Sea in the wake of its persistent reminder for the Philippines to assert its maritime rights in the disputed waters. In a speech in Leyte Friday (July 5), Duterte said the Philippines will follow the US if it declares war in the South China Sea. “Let America declare the war. Let them assemble all their armaments there in South China Sea. Fire the first shot and I’ll be…

DND says beaching ramp on Pag-asa Island finished before end of 2019

A Dec. 14 satellite image shows a barge anchored off the west coast of Pagasa Island as part of the construction of a beaching ramp. CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative The construction of a beaching ramp on Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, the Philippines’ biggest outpost on Spratly Islands (Kalayaan) in the West Philippine Sea, will be finished before the year ends, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Friday (July 5). The new target completion date was moved back from the previous date which was before the onset of the monsoon season…

Commentary: The Reed Bank incident and the crisis in Philippines’ China policy

Commentary: The Reed Bank incident and the crisis in Philippines’ China policy Just before midnight on June 9, a Chinese fishing vessel rammed and partially sank a wooden Filipino fishing boat, the F/B Gem-Vir 1, then anchored at Reed Bank in the South China Sea. After the collision, the Chinese vessel reportedly turned off its signal lights and sailed away as the Filipino boat sank. The 22 Filipino fishers were forced to leave their boat and struggled to keep themselves afloat for more than six hours before being rescued…

Vietnam ‘deeply concerned’ about China’s missiles | Daily Express Online

Vietnam ‘deeply concerned’ about China’s missiles Published on: Saturday, July 06, 2019 MANILA: While the Department of Foreign Affairs is waiting for official military confirmation of China’s reported missile launch in the South China Sea, Vietnam’s foreign ministry had expressed concern over the matter.Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said Hanoi was “deeply concerned” about Beijing’s recent actions in the disputed waterway, according to a report from Ho Chi Minh-based newspaper Tuoi Tre News.  “Vietnam suggests that all activities in the East Sea (South China Sea)…