Captain Roy Cuesta recounts his ordeal during the 2012 Scarborough Shoal standoff that prompted the Philippines to sue China before an arbitral tribunal in The Hague
The island where the accident took place was part of the small Natuna archipelago, where there have been repeated clashes between Chinese and Indonesian vessels.
But there is no timeline yet for the construction activities
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he is complying with China's request for him not to push through with this Independence Day plan
The Philippines' only runway in the disputed territory has been dilapidated due to forced neglect
(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the navy will now regularly patrol the underwater plateau located in the country's eastern border
In a filing to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Kuala Lumpur says new documents had been discovered in British archives backing its territorial claim to the islet
(UPDATED) SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says President Rodrigo Duterte can be impeached if he 'concedes sovereignty' over Panatag Shoal
President Rodrigo Duterte says that during his trip to China, he will demand that the Asian giant 'give back' the fishing rights of Filipinos
Beijing also says the situation in the South China Sea 'has not changed,' in response to Manila's statement that it spotted several vessels near the Scarborough Shoal
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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says 4 Chinese Coast Guard ships, two barge-like vessels, and two suspected troop ships were spotted on Saturday, September 3
'I strongly asked him to completely quieten the situation,' says Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on his talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi
The two countries are locked in a long-running dispute over uninhabited islets in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China
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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
China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi insists that the country's stance is 'in line with international law' and 'will not change'
(3rd UPDATE) 'Unfortunately, if these actions continue, China could end up erecting a Great Wall of self-isolation,' says US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter
(UPDATED) US President Barack Obama urges Vietnam to abandon authoritarianism, saying that bolstering rights 'actually reinforces stability'
US President Barack Obama, who is on a visit to Vietnam, says 'big nations should not bully smaller ones'
US President Barack Obama had said that the lifting of the embargo 'was not based on China,' but Chinese media say that is 'a very poor lie'
'We want to deepen the relationship with the Philippines,' says Captain Masaki Takada as Japanese destroyer Ise docks in Subic Bay
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(6th UPDATE) American Rear Admiral Ron Boxall says one or two Chinese vessels followed the warship but there were no tensions
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who is now in Manila, says more military bases will be added to the initial 5 agreed upon
President Benigno Aquino III emphasizes the crucial crossroads the nation faces on May 9, when Filipinos elect their new set of leaders
The oil tanker's captain and two crew members are also turned over by the Vietnamese coast guard to the police
Manila seeks to strengthen ties with Tokyo as tensions mount over the disputed waterway, almost all of which is claimed by China
A harvested coral reef, endangered turtles, and chemicals used to kill fish are seized from the poachers
'Filipino lawyers have provided wrong information misleading the world, so we feel we have to come out to rebuff their claims,' says Taiwan's president
President Benigno Aquino III forms the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea after Filipino fishermen were again harassed by the Chinese coast guard in Scarborough Shoal
Beijing's foreign ministry denounces a new incident that took place off Scarborough Shoal, saying that the Filipinos 'defied' orders to leave
'No matter what measures Japan may take to promote or push its stance, it will not change the basic fact that Diaoyu belongs to China,' says Beijing's foreign ministry
This comes as an arbitral tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, is expected to rule on the Philippines’ case against China early this year
(UPDATED) The Oyashio vessel will be in Subic Bay for drills starting Saturday, March 19, while its escort ships will also head to Vietnam
The European Union says deploying military forces or equipment to disputed islands 'affects regional security'
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Beijing tells Tokyo to 'mind its words and actions and refrain from undermining the peace and stability of the region'
Aquino's announcement follows the signing of an agreement last year between World War II foes Japan and the Philippines to transfer defense equipment to Manila
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says China 'actually abides by international law when we reject the Philippines' request for arbitration'
The Philippines says actions such as deploying missiles ‘negate China’s earlier commitment not to militarize the South China Sea’
Beijing's foreign ministry spokesman says Washington is stoking tensions in the disputed South China Sea
Should he become president, Duterte says he would tell China it is occupying Philippine territory
Hanoi and Beijing's diplomatic row over the South China Sea worsens further
The Philippines' tense relationship with China appeared to thaw in late 2015
The Philippines says it is 'very concerned' after China conducted test flights over the disputed South China Sea
In light of the territorial dispute with China, President Aquino stresses the need to modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines
On the sidelines of the APEC Summit, the Philippines signs deals with Australia and Vietnam
Both countries push for the 'early signing' of a law allowing transfer of military assets from Tokyo to Manila
His trip comes amid talks on a deal that would allow Japan to give military equipment to the Philippines