South Korea, US launch 8 missiles in response to North’s missile tests

An official from South Korea’s Defense Ministry confirms eight Army Tactical Missile Systems had been fired, with one being from the US Army SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea and the United States fired eight surface-to-surface missiles early on Monday, June 6, off South Korea’s east coast after North Korea launched a barrage of short-range … Read more

South Cotabato ban on open-pit mining stays as governor vetoes amended code

South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. calls on the province’s legislature not to override his veto, and let the next provincial board review the 2010 South Cotabato Environment Code GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Heeding calls of various groups and prominent local personalities, South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. vetoed the amendment of the province’s … Read more

Biden and South Korea’s Yoon vow to deter North Korea, tackle new threats

Joe Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol say their countries’ decades-old alliance needed to develop not only to face North Korean threats but to keep the Indo-Pacific region ‘free and open’ and protect global supply chains SEOUL, South Korea – President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart agreed on Saturday, May 21, to hold bigger … Read more

North Korea nuclear threat tops agenda for Biden-Yoon meeting in South Korea

The friendly encounter between US President Joe Biden and South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk-yeol is clouded by intelligence showing North Korea is prepared to launch nuclear or missile tests SEOUL, South Korea – US President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart will search for ways on Saturday, May 21, to break a diplomatic … Read more

Protesters go home without assurance of open-pit mining-free South Cotabato

SOUTH COTABATO, Philippines – Protesters who gathered at the South Cotabato provincial capitol in Koronadal City on Thursday, May 19, went home without getting a clear response to their demand to keep the 12-year-old ban on open-pit mining. On Monday, May 16, the South Cotabato provincial board amended Section 22 of the 2010 Environment Code … Read more

Biden visits Japan, South Korea carrying warning to China

Biden is expected to offer collaboration collaboration to allies on a host of technological initiatives, highlight new public-private partnerships to ease supply chain constraints, and support for South Korean and Japanese initiatives to modernize their defense capabilities Joe Biden will visit Japan and South Korea on his first Asian trip as US president, carrying a … Read more

South Cotabato official defends move to lift open-pit mining ban

The opposition to the move that amends the local environment code and lifts the open-pit mining ban in South Cotabato is snowballing GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – One of the South Cotabato provincial board members behind the controversial move to lift a 12-year-old ban on open-pit mining said they amended the local environment code because … Read more

Groups decry lifting of South Cotabato open-pit mining ban

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Local environmental, religious, and civil society groups expressed outrage after the provincial board lifted the 12-year-old ban on open-pit mining in South Cotabato on Monday, May 16. The lifting of the ban means allowing the controversial $5.9-billion Tampakan copper-gold mine project to proceed. The project seeks to extract from the … Read more

It’s practically a ‘Solid South’ for Marcos, votes show

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – Presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. made his rivals look like nuisance candidates in nearly all the cities and provinces in Southern Philippines in the May 9 elections. Except for one city and two provinces, he is poised to win in all of Mindanao, according to the latest partial … Read more

Russia strikes Ukraine’s east, south; civilians evacuated from Mariupol plant

DOBROPILLIA, Ukraine – Russia carried out missile strikes across southern and eastern Ukraine on Saturday, April 30, Ukrainian officials said, and some women and children officials were evacuated from a steel plant in besieged city of Mariupol after sheltering there for over a week. Moscow has turned its focus toward Ukraine’s south and east after … Read more