` Philippines Police Seize a Chinese Fishing Boat in Disputed South China Sea Carrying Disputed Cargo ‘

#AceWorldNews – MANILA/BEIJING – May 07 (Reuters) – Philippines police seized a Chinese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday, an official told Reuters, the latest flare-up of tensions in the oil and gas-rich waters that are claimed wholly or in part by six Asian nations.

Chief Superintendent Niel Vargas of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group said a maritime police patrol apprehended a Chinese fishing boat around 7 a.m. on Tuesday off Half Moon Shoal.

The boat has 11 crew and police found about 500 turtles in the vessel, some of which were already dead, he said, adding that a Philippine boat with crew was also seized, and found to have 40 turtles on board.
Several species of sea turtles are protected under Philippine law.

Maritime police are now towing the boats to Puerto Princesa town on the island of Palawan where appropriate charges will be filed against them, Vargas said.

The incident is bound to raise the ire of Beijing, which claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting rival claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.

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` Philippine Police Clash with Activists over Visit by Barack Obama and Pact of Increased US Military Presence ‘

#AceWorldNews – MANILA – April 23 – Philippine police clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the US Embassy in Manila.

They oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and a looming pact that will increase the American military presence in the Philippines, AP reported.

Riot police blocked the activists near the heavily fortified embassy compound but the protesters slipped past them, sparking a brief scuffle.

Officers sprayed the protesters with water from a fire truck to push them away but no arrests were made.

Some of the activists carried paper US flags with the message: “Obama, not welcome.”

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