Twelve foreign vessels believed to be from China were allegedly seen illegally mining black sand in Caoayan town, Ilocos Sur. Residents were able to take pictures of the vessels and the piles of sands believed extracted in the area. The source said proof of the mining operation was the presence of drilling boats and a backhoe at the coastal area. “Residents said all the vessels were marked ‘Hercules.’ They are certain that the cargo ships were foreign owned and suspected to be from China, as shown from the markings on its side such as Hai Ran 86 and Zhou Hoo 0618 with Chinese characters,” the source added. Abandoned black sand mining sites in the adjacent village of Caparacadan, also in Caoayan town, and in Barangay Nagtupacan in San Vicente town were also found with dilapidated structures built in the area. Accordingly, the provincial environment and natural resources office has no authority to issue permits for mining, except for quarry operations for areas covering five hectares and below. The only agency authorized to issue permits to mining companies is the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
MANILA – Senators have proposed earmarking P1 billion as seed money to finance the development of the country’s own defense industry in the wake of China’s more aggressive activities in the West Philippine Sea. The senators, led by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, jointly filed Senate…Read more
Philippine national security adviser hits China’s claim of Philippines intruding into Scarborough Shoal
MANILA – National Security Adviser Eduardo Año on Tuesday said China was “creating unnecessary tensions” with the Philippines and was “overhyping” a recent incident where a Philippine Navy ship entered the waters of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. “Under international law, the Philippines has every right to patrol the length and breadth of the West Philippine Sea, which necessarily includes Bajo de Masinloc, which…Read more
A defense expert and former senior U.S. naval officer has urged the Philippines to focus on rallying the international community towards creating a stronger international pressure on Beijing amidst China’s increased aggression in the West Philippine Sea. Retired USN Carl O. Schuster pointed out that China, while it has become increasingly aggressive in asserting control over the entire South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea, has become more vulnerable to public…Read more
MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he is eyeing a fishing ban and other restrictions in certain areas to address overfishing and boost the country’s fish population. Such measures, said Marcos, are part of the government’s plan of securing the country’s fish stocks along with other initiatives for the agriculture sector to…Read more