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A firsthand account of the Scarborough Shoal standoff

May 19, 2017 - 10:36 AM

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

A firsthand account of the Scarborough Shoal standoff

4 Indonesian soldiers killed in South China Sea training

May 18, 2017 - 1:19 PM

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.

4 Indonesian soldiers killed in South China Sea training

PH Navy commits to deliver materials for Pag-asa repairs soon

May 11, 2017 - 9:22 AM

But there is no timeline yet for the construction activities

PH Navy commits to deliver materials for Pag-asa repairs soon

Duterte cancels plan to raise flag in Spratlys

Apr 13, 2017 - 1:20 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he is complying with China's request for him not to push through with this Independence Day plan

Duterte cancels plan to raise flag in Spratlys

Duterte adviser bares plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Apr 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines' only runway in the disputed territory has been dilapidated due to forced neglect

Duterte adviser bares plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

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

Malaysia reopens island row with Singapore

Feb 04, 2017 - 11:59 AM

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

Malaysia reopens island row with Singapore

SC Justice Carpio fears losing Panatag if Duterte concedes to China

Oct 15, 2016 - 2:54 PM

(UPDATED) SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says President Rodrigo Duterte can be impeached if he 'concedes sovereignty' over Panatag Shoal

SC Justice Carpio fears losing Panatag if Duterte concedes to China

Duterte: You'll see me more often in China

Sep 22, 2016 - 6:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says that during his trip to China, he will demand that the Asian giant 'give back' the fishing rights of Filipinos

Duterte: You'll see me more often in China

China to PH: Do not 'hype up' maritime dispute

Sep 05, 2016 - 8:20 PM

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

China to PH: Do not 'hype up' maritime dispute

Davao blast, Scarborough Shoal, Mother Teresa | 12PM wRap

Sep 05, 2016 - 12:42 PM

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Davao blast, Scarborough Shoal, Mother Teresa | 12PM wRap

PH to China: Explain ships near Scarborough Shoal

Sep 04, 2016 - 7:05 PM

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

PH to China: Explain ships near Scarborough Shoal

Japan tells China to stop violating territory in East China Sea

Aug 24, 2016 - 11:45 PM

'I strongly asked him to completely quieten the situation,' says Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on his talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

Japan tells China to stop violating territory in East China Sea

Japan spots 230 Chinese fishing boats off disputed islets

Aug 06, 2016 - 3:00 PM

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

Japan spots 230 Chinese fishing boats off disputed islets

Abu Sayyaf outsourcing, Fabella hospital, ASEAN | 12PM wRap

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:43 PM

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Abu Sayyaf outsourcing, Fabella hospital, ASEAN | 12PM wRap

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

Beijing refuses to move on sea disputes as US meet ends

Jun 07, 2016 - 7:00 PM

China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi insists that the country's stance is 'in line with international law' and 'will not change'

Beijing refuses to move on sea disputes as US meet ends

US vows 'action' if China builds new South China Sea structures

Jun 04, 2016 - 10:38 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Unfortunately, if these actions continue, China could end up erecting a Great Wall of self-isolation,' says US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

US vows 'action' if China builds new South China Sea structures

Obama implores Vietnam to embrace human rights

May 24, 2016 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) US President Barack Obama urges Vietnam to abandon authoritarianism, saying that bolstering rights 'actually reinforces stability'

Obama implores Vietnam to embrace human rights

Obama calls for peaceful settlement of South China Sea disputes

May 24, 2016 - 4:15 PM

US President Barack Obama, who is on a visit to Vietnam, says 'big nations should not bully smaller ones'

Obama calls for peaceful settlement of South China Sea disputes

Chinese media slam US lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

May 24, 2016 - 2:55 PM

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'

Chinese media slam US lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

Japan warship visits Philippines as China sea row festers

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:40 PM

'We want to deepen the relationship with the Philippines,' says Captain Masaki Takada as Japanese destroyer Ise docks in Subic Bay

Japan warship visits Philippines as China sea row festers

SWS survey, China’s reclamation, Anthony Bourdain | 6PM wRap

Apr 25, 2016 - 6:48 PM

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SWS survey, China’s reclamation, Anthony Bourdain | 6PM wRap

US defense chief visits warship in South China Sea

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:36 AM

(6th UPDATE) American Rear Admiral Ron Boxall says one or two Chinese vessels followed the warship but there were no tensions

US defense chief visits warship in South China Sea

US forces to gain access to more PH bases – Carter

Apr 13, 2016 - 9:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who is now in Manila, says more military bases will be added to the initial 5 agreed upon

US forces to gain access to more PH bases – Carter

Aquino on Day of Valor: Remember history at this crucial time

Apr 09, 2016 - 8:29 PM

President Benigno Aquino III emphasizes the crucial crossroads the nation faces on May 9, when Filipinos elect their new set of leaders

Aquino on Day of Valor: Remember history at this crucial time

Vietnam seizes Chinese oil tanker – state media

Apr 04, 2016 - 6:50 PM

The oil tanker's captain and two crew members are also turned over by the Vietnamese coast guard to the police

Vietnam seizes Chinese oil tanker – state media

Japanese warships in Philippines near disputed waterway

Apr 03, 2016 - 3:19 PM

Manila seeks to strengthen ties with Tokyo as tensions mount over the disputed waterway, almost all of which is claimed by China

Japanese warships in Philippines near disputed waterway

Taiwan arrests 41 Chinese poachers in South China Sea

Mar 28, 2016 - 8:00 PM

A harvested coral reef, endangered turtles, and chemicals used to kill fish are seized from the poachers

Taiwan arrests 41 Chinese poachers in South China Sea

Taiwan gives tour of disputed island, says PH providing 'wrong' info

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:05 PM

'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

Taiwan gives tour of disputed island, says PH providing 'wrong' info

Aquino creates West Philippine Sea task force

Mar 23, 2016 - 6:28 PM

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

Aquino creates West Philippine Sea task force

China accuses Filipino fishermen of hurling 'fire bombs'

Mar 22, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Beijing's foreign ministry denounces a new incident that took place off Scarborough Shoal, saying that the Filipinos 'defied' orders to leave

China accuses Filipino fishermen of hurling 'fire bombs'

China protests Japanese textbook revisions on disputed islands

Mar 22, 2016 - 7:45 PM

'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

China protests Japanese textbook revisions on disputed islands

US fears China island building in Panatag Shoal

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:22 PM

This comes as an arbitral tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, is expected to rule on the Philippines’ case against China early this year

US fears China island building in Panatag Shoal

Japan submarine to visit Philippines

Mar 16, 2016 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Oyashio vessel will be in Subic Bay for drills starting Saturday, March 19, while its escort ships will also head to Vietnam

Japan submarine to visit Philippines

EU: End militarization of South China Sea

Mar 13, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The European Union says deploying military forces or equipment to disputed islands 'affects regional security'

EU: End militarization of South China Sea

2016 campaign spending, China vs Japan, ISIS leak | 12PM wRap

Mar 11, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Maria Ressa

2016 campaign spending, China vs Japan, ISIS leak | 12PM wRap

China slams Japan over patrol planes for PH

Mar 10, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Beijing tells Tokyo to 'mind its words and actions and refrain from undermining the peace and stability of the region'

China slams Japan over patrol planes for PH

Philippines to lease Japan planes to patrol disputed waters

Mar 09, 2016 - 8:56 PM

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

Philippines to lease Japan planes to patrol disputed waters

Philippines: Does China think it's above the law?

Feb 29, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says China 'actually abides by international law when we reject the Philippines' request for arbitration'

Philippines: Does China think it's above the law?

PH slams China over ‘missiles’ in disputed sea

Feb 19, 2016 - 7:48 PM

The Philippines says actions such as deploying missiles ‘negate China’s earlier commitment not to militarize the South China Sea’

PH slams China over ‘missiles’ in disputed sea

China: US island sail-by 'dangerous and irresponsible'

Feb 01, 2016 - 6:19 PM

Beijing's foreign ministry spokesman says Washington is stoking tensions in the disputed South China Sea

China: US island sail-by 'dangerous and irresponsible'

Duterte: I'll talk to China, assert our rights

Jan 17, 2016 - 5:53 PM

Should he become president, Duterte says he would tell China it is occupying Philippine territory

Duterte: I'll talk to China, assert our rights

Vietnam slams 'erroneous statements' on China island flights

Jan 13, 2016 - 5:18 PM

Hanoi and Beijing's diplomatic row over the South China Sea worsens further

Vietnam slams 'erroneous statements' on China island flights

Rappler Talk: Will PH and China improve ties in 2016?

Jan 08, 2016 - 12:55 PM

The Philippines' tense relationship with China appeared to thaw in late 2015

Rappler Talk: Will PH and China improve ties in 2016?

PH fears China air zone after test flights

Jan 07, 2016 - 2:26 PM

The Philippines says it is 'very concerned' after China conducted test flights over the disputed South China Sea

PH fears China air zone after test flights

Aquino: PH to spend $1.8B for military modernization

Dec 21, 2015 - 8:35 PM

In light of the territorial dispute with China, President Aquino stresses the need to modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Aquino: PH to spend $1.8B for military modernization

PH beefs up defense deals amid dispute with China

Nov 20, 2015 - 7:50 AM

On the sidelines of the APEC Summit, the Philippines signs deals with Australia and Vietnam

PH beefs up defense deals amid dispute with China

Japan considers sending 'large patrol' vessels to the PH

Nov 19, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Both countries push for the 'early signing' of a law allowing transfer of military assets from Tokyo to Manila

Japan considers sending 'large patrol' vessels to the PH

Japan's Abe arrives in Manila for APEC summit

Nov 18, 2015 - 11:16 AM

His trip comes amid talks on a deal that would allow Japan to give military equipment to the Philippines

Japan's Abe arrives in Manila for APEC summit