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China should pay and go

May 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks, Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights

China should pay and go

PH can sue China for war threat – Justice Carpio

May 20, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario also says China 'has strongly declared that it is might that will trump what is right'

PH can sue China for war threat – Justice Carpio

Duterte 'invited' China, foreign gov'ts to PH waters – Esperon

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:11 PM

'What is really so harmful with having a research ship [there]?' asks National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr on the presence of a Chinese survey ship in Benham Rise for 3 months

Duterte 'invited' China, foreign gov'ts to PH waters – Esperon

'No threat' in Benham Rise – Esperon

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine officials cannot say who granted China permit to access Benham Rise, which UNCLOS confirmed as part of the Philippines' continental shelf in 2012

'No threat' in Benham Rise – Esperon

Lorenzana: Navy set to assist further studies on Benham Rise

Mar 24, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The Philippine Navy has acquired a research vessel from the US, the BRP Gregorio Velasquez

Lorenzana: Navy set to assist further studies on Benham Rise

Philippine Navy sends warship to patrol Benham Rise

Mar 24, 2017 - 8:37 AM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the navy will now regularly patrol the underwater plateau located in the country's eastern border

Philippine Navy sends warship to patrol Benham Rise

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Benham Rise

Mar 18, 2017 - 10:15 AM

The Philippines 13-million-hectare territory near Aurora is considered part of the country's extended continental shelf, but is not part of the PH national territory

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Benham Rise

Duterte shows alarming confusion over Benham Rise

Mar 14, 2017 - 11:44 AM

China's interest in Benham Rise is a problem that President Rodrigo Duterte has to address. He can't afford to confuse it with the West Philippine Sea.

Duterte shows alarming confusion over Benham Rise

What now? AFP modernization in the time of Digong Duterte

Aug 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM

While it may take years, even decades, to catch up with the military capability of our nearest neighbors, the impetus has been initiated, and is now moving with its own momentum that cannot be halted abruptly

What now? AFP modernization in the time of Digong Duterte

DFA's Yasay claims he was misquoted on ASEAN

Jul 27, 2016 - 11:15 PM

'Please don't put words into my mouth,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says, denying a quote that was confirmed by reporters

DFA's Yasay claims he was misquoted on ASEAN

Cambodia: Yasay dropped bid for ASEAN to cite Hague ruling

Jul 27, 2016 - 9:40 PM

'The Filipino foreign minister himself decided to remove (it) and not to mention the ruling,' Cambodia's foreign ministry spokesman says

Cambodia: Yasay dropped bid for ASEAN to cite Hague ruling

Do we let greed continue running the world?

Jul 14, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Once our President makes a decision, it will be binding on us, on our children, and on our children's children. I do hope we get the answer right, before it is too late.

Do we let greed continue running the world?

PH-China ruling, Aquino reaction, Sanders endorses Clinton| 12PM wRap

Jul 13, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Camille Elemia

PH-China ruling, Aquino reaction, Sanders endorses Clinton| 12PM wRap

‘Victory’ rally in Manila ahead of South China Sea ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Advocacy groups are anticipating a favorable ruling for Manila, hours before the arbitral tribunal in The Hague hands down its ruling on the South China Sea dispute

‘Victory’ rally in Manila ahead of South China Sea ruling

Lawmaker to Duterte: Convene LEDAC after PH-China case ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 2:34 PM

'Manalo, matalo, hindi po matatapos ang hidwaan sa pinag-aagawang isla at karagatan,' says Kabayan Representative Harry Roque

Lawmaker to Duterte: Convene LEDAC after PH-China case ruling

PH-China case, Sanders and Clinton, Tim Duncan | 12PM wRap

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with David Lozada

PH-China case, Sanders and Clinton, Tim Duncan | 12PM wRap

Ruling on PH-China case: What's at stake

Jul 12, 2016 - 6:43 AM

The historic case in The Hague goes beyond the right to fish in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)

Ruling on PH-China case: What's at stake

UN sea law lays down the rules for the planet's oceans

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Take a look at key facts on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

UN sea law lays down the rules for the planet's oceans

The moment of truth in the West Philippine Sea

Jul 10, 2016 - 6:00 PM

What is at stake is not only regional security in Asia but also shared access to global commons in accordance to modern international law

The moment of truth in the West Philippine Sea

Beijing to reject Hague ruling on South China Sea case

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:23 AM

Beijing has consistently rejected the tribunal's right to hear the case and has taken no part in the proceedings

Beijing to reject Hague ruling on South China Sea case

Rappler Talk: Surprises from the Benham expedition

Jun 23, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Watch Rappler's interview with marine scientist Marianne Pan-Saniano here live

Rappler Talk: Surprises from the Benham expedition

ASEAN ministers express 'serious concerns' over South China Sea

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:10 PM

In a rare diplomatic slap in the face for Beijing – issued on its own territory – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) offers a sharp rebuke over China's actions in the waterway

ASEAN ministers express 'serious concerns' over South China Sea

The contest for international support on the South China Sea disputes

Jun 01, 2016 - 2:52 PM

What the apparent diplomatic contest between the Philippines and China, as they vie for international support to their respective positions, reveal

The contest for international support on the South China Sea disputes

PH mulls 'submarine force' amid dispute with China

Mar 30, 2016 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'We might have to undergo various aspects of our own military capabilities that had never been part of our needs,' says President Benigno Aquino III, explaining how Philippine policies have been affected by the row with China

PH mulls 'submarine force' amid dispute with China

World's nations gather to rescue ocean life

Mar 27, 2016 - 12:02 PM

There is no international treaty protecting marine areas beyond national jurisdiction

World's nations gather to rescue ocean life

PH asserts rights over claim as China deploys missile in disputed sea

Feb 17, 2016 - 7:09 PM

'We are also witnessing very aggressive actions by our big neighbor...the world’s second largest economy, and a nuclear power at that,' President Aquino says at a forum in Los Angeles

PH asserts rights over claim as China deploys missile in disputed sea

US barred from watching PH vs China hearing

Dec 01, 2015 - 2:28 PM

A UN-backed tribunal, on the other hand, allows the UK and 7 other countries to watch the proceedings

US barred from watching PH vs China hearing

Philippines: China to build ‘Berlin Wall of the Sea’

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario tells a UN-backed tribunal: ’What is ours is ours, not China’s’

Philippines: China to build ‘Berlin Wall of the Sea’

PH vs China: Why a win for Manila benefits the region

Nov 28, 2015 - 12:07 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says a ruling striking down China's 9-dash line will be a victory not just for the Philippines but also for other claimant countries

PH vs China: Why a win for Manila benefits the region

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza: Is PH case vs China 'worth it?'

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:17 PM

Estelito Mendoza says of the Philippine case: 'I do not believe in filing cases just to gain a reputation. I believe only in filing a case if it will bring relief to my client.'

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza: Is PH case vs China 'worth it?'

Beijing rejects South China Sea arbitration as hearing starts

Nov 24, 2015 - 6:47 PM

'Our position is clear: We will not participate to or accept the arbitration,' says China's Foreign Ministry spokesman

Beijing rejects South China Sea arbitration as hearing starts

When the Philippines and China sang, danced on a Manila Bay cruise

Nov 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

As the Philippines and China sparred over Mischief Reef, President Jiang Zemin charmed Philippine officials with his rendition of Western classics during his state visit after the 1996 APEC summit in Subic

When the Philippines and China sang, danced on a Manila Bay cruise

Aquino dares China: Take lead in sea row pact

Nov 21, 2015 - 3:50 PM

President Aquino says Beijing must ensure the swift establishment of a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea, given its growing economic and political clout in the region

Aquino dares China: Take lead in sea row pact

PH vs China: Round 2 in The Hague set Nov 24-30

Nov 10, 2015 - 10:52 PM

The Philippines aims to demolish – once and for all – China’s expansive claim over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)

PH vs China: Round 2 in The Hague set Nov 24-30

China to benefit from following arbitration ruling – Justice Carpio

Nov 06, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says China's global ambitions will make it costly for Beijing to defy an international arbitration ruling favoring the Philippines

China to benefit from following arbitration ruling – Justice Carpio

Carpio: 'Tribunal totally ignored China's 9-dash line'

Nov 05, 2015 - 9:06 PM

The Supreme Court justice says the UN-backed tribunal did not consider the 9-dash line, which China uses to claim almost the entire South China Sea

Carpio: 'Tribunal totally ignored China's 9-dash line'

Breaking down the Philippines’ legal victory in the West Philippine Sea

Nov 01, 2015 - 10:17 AM

'By unanimously voting in favor of exercising jurisdiction on the Philippines’ case, the Arbitral Tribunal effectively rejected Beijing’s efforts to sabotage Manila’s laudable legal effort'

Breaking down the Philippines’ legal victory in the West Philippine Sea

Beijing holds defense forum as South China Sea festers

Oct 16, 2015 - 8:46 PM

The disputes have sometimes spilled over into confrontations as vessels from the competing countries spar over fishing grounds and resource extraction rights

Beijing holds defense forum as South China Sea festers

PH reiterates 'peaceful solution' amid China military video

Aug 16, 2015 - 6:17 PM

The 4-minute, 23-second video showcases China’s vast military power as it featured warships, submarines, fighter-jets, and aircraft carriers along its claimed waters.

PH reiterates 'peaceful solution' amid China military video

Aquino and the West Philippine Sea: Realpolitk vs. Moralpolitk?

Aug 16, 2015 - 3:30 PM

'The Aquino administration’s injection of morality into foreign-policy discourse has managed to mobilize the Southeast Asian country against a tough neighbor'

Aquino and the West Philippine Sea: Realpolitk vs. Moralpolitk?

IN PHOTOS: Philippines challenges China in The Hague

Jul 22, 2015 - 3:21 PM

In photos emailed to Rappler, the Permanent Court of Arbitration gives us a glimpse of the closed-door hearings pitting Manila against Beijing

IN PHOTOS: Philippines challenges China in The Hague

Binay hits Philippine team vs China in The Hague

Jul 18, 2015 - 8:31 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay is pushing for bilateral talks between Manila and Beijing because, according to him, the Philippines needs China's money

Binay hits Philippine team vs China in The Hague

Vietnam, PH most concerned about China disputes

Jul 17, 2015 - 3:35 PM

The Pew Research Center, however, says there 'is little concern worldwide' about territorial disputes with China

Vietnam, PH most concerned about China disputes

Hague tribunal sets new deadline for Philippines

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:03 AM

The Philippines ends the first two rounds of oral arguments at The Hague, Netherlands, in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

Hague tribunal sets new deadline for Philippines

PH to seek provisional measures to stop China reclamation

Jul 12, 2015 - 3:00 PM

If the United Nations tribunal decides it has jurisdiction over the case, the Philippines may ask the body to temporarily stop China's reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea

PH to seek provisional measures to stop China reclamation

China on talks with PH: No need to drop case

Jul 11, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says dropping the case is not a precondition to talks but it seems 'the Philippine side itself shut the door...to secure that they have a strong position at the tribunal'

China on talks with PH: No need to drop case

PH lawyer vs China: 'Giant slayer' who defeated US

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:58 PM

Paul Reichler, the Philippines' chief counsel in its case against China, is known for 'representing small countries against big ones'

PH lawyer vs China: 'Giant slayer' who defeated US

Tribunal sets 2nd round of PH arguments

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:58 AM

(2nd UPDATE) This second round of oral arguments 'is routine' and indicates that 'judges want clarifications,' a member of the Philippine delegation tells Rappler

Tribunal sets 2nd round of PH arguments

Filipinos' trust in China drops to all-time low

Jul 09, 2015 - 7:15 PM

An SWS survey also shows that the West Philippine Sea dispute has become the Philippines' 5th most followed news event

Filipinos' trust in China drops to all-time low

From Masinloc to The Hague: A question of livelihood

Jul 09, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The tension between Manila and Beijing over Bajo de Masinloc has prevented fisherfolk in Zambales from heading out into open waters

From Masinloc to The Hague: A question of livelihood