The Philippines is to upgrade a navy base facing disputed South China Sea waters to serve the extra ships being acquired to protect its territory, the military said Thursday. Navy spokesman Lieutenant-Commander Gregory Fabic said the military would build a 500-million-peso ($11.2 million) port at Ulugan Bay, the Philippine military base nearest to the Spratly Islands. President Benigno Aquino is set to visit the base on May 20 to launch the upgrading, Fabic added. In recent years, the …
UNA bets woo Pampanga voters
Senatorial candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance woo voters through sorties in Pampanga.
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By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, prompting China to send ships to scour the water for possible wreckage. It said there had been no distress signal and it cited early speculation that the plane may have landed in Nanming in southern China. As news of the disappearance filtered through to distraught friends and relatives who had been waiting …
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