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Military taps sardine fishing crews as 'reserve force' in Sulu Sea

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Crews of two major canned sardine companies have been armed and trained as 'special CAFGU' to guard the waters off the Zamboanga Peninsula, says the military

RESERVE FORCE. The military has enlisted the fishing crews of some big sardine companies as a paramilitary force to help guard against security threats in the Sulu Sea. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lorenzana lauds Duterte’s warning to foreign vessels trespassing PH waters

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The defense chief says the license to get compliance from unauthorized vessels even through an ‘unfriendly manner’ gives security forces authority to enforce the law

DEFENSE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Navy, Air Force, civilian volunteers join search for missing diver

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Wescom, in coordination with various stakeholders, will continue conducting the joint search and rescue operations despite inclement weather,' says the Western Command as authorities and civilian volunteers search for diver Bryan Nazareno

SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER. This Philippine Navy vessel is part of the search and rescue operation in Tubbataha Reef. Photo from Wescom

Coast Guard searches for missing diver in Tubbataha Reef

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard says diver Bryan Nazareno has been missing since June 3

US Marine missing in Sulu Sea

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(3RD UPDATE) 'The Marine was reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea, August 9,' says the 13th Marine Expedition Unit

SEARCH OPERATIONS. US Navy, US Marine, and Philippine ships and aircraft are scouring the Sulu Sea for the missing US Marine. File photo from the US Pacific Fleet

BBL's hot issue: Who gets to control rich Sulu Sea, Moro Gulf?

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

It's a deadlock at the bicameral conference committee

HOT ISSUE. Maguindanao 1st District Representative Bai Sandra Sema (middle) and Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali (R) fight for the Bangsamoro's jurisdiction over the Sulu Sea and Moro Gulf. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Senate panel seeks Divina disbarment, Dela Rosa on body cameras, Licuanan on resignation| Evening wRap

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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Duterte wants China to secure Sulu, Celebes Seas from pirates

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte credits China for helping combat piracy in Somalia and hopes the country can do the same thing for the Philippines and Indonesia

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

PH, U.S. navies complete patrol in Sulu Sea

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The joint patrol is upon the invitation of the Philippine government and comes amid the clashes between government troops and local terrorists in Marawi City

PATROL. Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) drive an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat to Philippine Navy ship Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) for personnel transfer. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis

Lopez, Human Rights Watch | Evening wRap

May 04, 2017 - 8:30 PM

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PH officials studying military drills with China

May 04, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Philippine National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr welcomes joint exercises with China in the Sulu Sea saying it can help deter threats like kidnapping

DRILLS WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte tours Chinese warship Chang Chun in Davao City. Presidential photo

Duterte wants Abu Sayyaf kidnappers 'blown up' at sea

Sep 09, 2016 - 10:01 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says Indonesia and the Philippines have decided to end the problem kidnappings once and for all

END TO PIRACY. President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines and Indonesia agreed to end the problem of kidnappings at sea once and for all. Photo by Rappler

5 things Duterte and Jokowi are expected to discuss

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

From their respective drug wars to the Abu Sayyaf which include Indonesians as their hostages here are 5 things Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian president Joko Widodo are likely to talk about

AirAsia plane search, Seniang death toll, Bilibid probe | The wRap

Dec 31, 2014 - 6:45 PM

The story of 2 families who missed that fatal AirAsia flight Seniang death toll rises to at least 53 The justice department orders: demolish VIP jail cells in the Philippines

Gov't, MILF agree on water territories

Jan 24, 2014 - 7:57 PM

Only one hurdle is left: the annex on the decommissioning of rebel firearms

Tsunami scare haunts traumatized Panay residents

Dec 07, 2013 - 7:00 AM

The absence of electricity and lack of communication devices contribute to the heightened misinformation among the residents says the Office of Civil Defense

CALM FOR NOW. The Aklan River, which residents have been monitoring for rising waters since a destructive 2008 flood. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Amanpulo, Visayas Islands among the best of Conde Nast

Nov 04, 2013 - 6:54 PM

Amanpulo Resort in Palawan and the Visayas Islands are among the top picks in Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Travel Awards 2013

AMANPULO. Paradise in the Sulu Sea. Screen shot from

NGOs, Piracy and Maritime Crime in Southeast Asia

Sep 06, 2013 - 9:27 PM

The establishment of a regional forum where NGOs can meet to discuss a comprehensive strategy to end the problem of piracy and maritime crime in Southeast Asia over the long term would be a very important development

Chinese boat carried endangered pangolins - coast guard

Apr 15, 2013 - 11:49 AM

Wildlife officials have been informed of the surprising discovery which could lead to more charges for the 12 Chinese men arrested

Photo from the Facebook account of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Aquino to US: Comply with our laws

Jan 26, 2013 - 5:12 PM

Even if the US has apologized for the Tubbataha intrusion President Aquino is set on probing the incident and pursuing damage claims

Tubbataha: PH's crown jewel in danger

Jan 21, 2013 - 11:07 AM

Tubbataha goes beyond being a spectacular underwater world Protecting Tubbataha contributes to food security for millions who depend on Philippine seas for livelihood

'Pablo' weakens, storm signal #3 lifted over Mindanao

Dec 05, 2012 - 12:14 AM

Typhoon Pablo weakened further as the storm moves over the Sulu Sea toward northern Palawan

'PABLO' NOW THREATENS PALAWAN. 11 pm satellite picture of the storm over the Sulu Sea. Image courtesy of PAGASA

PH arrests 51 Malaysians off Palawan

Sep 24, 2012 - 5:13 PM

The Malaysians without proper travel documents were caught in the Sulu Sea near southern Palawan