Obama calls for peaceful end to island dispute

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 01:04 p.m.

TOKYO — US President Barack Obama said Thursday that he wanted to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands.

"Historically they have been administered by Japan and we do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally," Obama said at a news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

SKorea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 01:00 p.m.

JINDO, South Korea -- Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon.

At a port on this island near the scene of divers' efforts, relatives lined up for a daily ritual, crowding around a large signboard to read updates about bodies found overnight and the search plan for the day. Volunteers posted messages of support: "Please come back home," one of the messages said. "We pray for you."

Northern Mindanao top prosecutor accused of carnapping

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:53 p.m.

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima has been urged to investigate and penalize her top prosecutor in Northern Mindanao for alleged carnapping of a sports utility vehicle and harassment of a man in Zamboanga del Sur.

Complainant Jose Elbina of Barangay Maguikay, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur said Regional State Prosecutor Jaime Umpa grabbed his Toyota Fortuner through the help of the town's policemen.

Magnitude 6.7 quake off British Columbia coast

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:26 p.m.

PORT ALICE, British Columbia — The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Earthquake Information Center said a magnitude 6.7 quake has been recorded in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia's Vancouver Island.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said there is no danger of a tsunami from the Wednesday night quake.

6 passengers remain to be contacted for MERS-CoV screening

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:54 a.m.

AS OF 10:45 p.m. Wednesday (April 23), only six more passengers of Etihad Airways flight EY0424 have not yet been contacted for the needed screening for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

In a statement, the Department of Health (DOH) said the six passengers have not yet coordinated with the agency for free “nose-throat-swab” screening.

Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 09:20 a.m.

TOKYO — President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere.

The ominous standoff between Ukraine and Russia is threatening to overshadow Obama's four-country Asia swing that began Wednesday. He may decide during the trip whether to levy new economic sanctions on Moscow, a step that would signal the failure of an international agreement aimed at defusing the crisis.

Gov't satisfied with US support over sea row – Malacanang

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 07:44 p.m.

THE Aquino government is satisfied with the support it is getting from the United States, especially regarding the country's territorial dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a Palace official said Wednesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said that statements of support from the US "have been encouraging and tend to affirm the cooperation and the partnership of both countries."

Palace: Philippines, Hong Kong relations back to normal

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 07:18 p.m.

THE relationship between the Philippines and Hong Kong is back to normal, Malacanang said Wednesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that this was the message conveyed by Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras after meeting with Hong Kong officials regarding how to put closure on the 2010 hostage taking incident wherein eight tourists from Hong Kong were killed at Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 07:15 p.m.

HONG KONG - Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations.

"The Philippine government expresses its most sorrowful regret and profound sympathy, and extends its most sincere condolences for the pain and suffering of the victims and their families," Hong Kong's leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, told reporters.

Gov't fails to contact all 414 Etihad passengers for MERS-CoV testing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 06:47 p.m.

AFTER more than a week, the concerned government agencies were yet to complete the tracking and testing for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) of all the more than 400 passengers of Etihad Airways flight EY0424 that arrived in Manila on April 15.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that as of Wednesday, there were still 43 passengers out of 414 who were yet to be contacted.

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