David and Goliath in the South China Sea dispute

David and Goliath in the South China Sea dispute

On April 23, a Chinese Coast Guard vessel and a Philippine Coast Guard ship nearly collided with each other near the disputed Ayungin Shoal in the South China Sea. The former was more than twice the size of the latter.The much larger and faster Chinese vessel was...
Laser incident escalates tensions in disputed waters

Laser incident escalates tensions in disputed waters

On Feb. 6, the Chinese Coast Guard pointed a military-grade laser at BRP Malapascua, a local maritime law enforcement vessel, as it moved near Ayungin Shoal to deliver fuel, food, and water to a handful of troops stationed in a rusty navy transport ship. It was the...
1 dead as cargo ship capsizes at Ormoc port

1 dead as cargo ship capsizes at Ormoc port

The body of a female crew of the ill-fated M/V Lite Ferry 3 was retrieved after the ship capsized shortly after it arrived at the port of Ormoc. (photo by John Piliapil)   The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Eastern Visayas has started its investigation of the ill-fated...