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Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or serendipity?

May 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

President Duterte’s strategy of de-emphasizing and compartmentalizing, while not abandoning, the territorial and maritime issues, is a wise move that can pay off if done smartly

Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or serendipity?

China condemns U.S. after warship sails near South China Sea reef

May 25, 2017 - 1:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) China claims the USS Dewey 'trespassed' in its territorial waters

China condemns U.S. after warship sails near South China Sea reef

Cayetano denies China 'bullying' Philippines with war threat

May 23, 2017 - 11:56 AM

'The context was not threatening each other that we'll go to war,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

Cayetano denies China 'bullying' Philippines with war threat

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

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

Why Justice Carpio wants China to read his e-book

May 06, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Through his new e-book on the South China Sea dispute, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio hopes to convince the Chinese that China's 9-dash line is baseless

Why Justice Carpio wants China to read his e-book

VLOG: Justice Carpio, naglunsad ng South China Sea e-book

May 05, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio wants the e-book to also reach a Chinese audience

VLOG: Justice Carpio, naglunsad ng South China Sea e-book

Del Rosario, Yasay air opposing views on ASEAN statement

May 02, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Albert del Rosario says the Philippines is off to a 'perilous road' while Perfecto Yasay Jr says ASEAN under the Philippines' chairmanship 'did the right thing'

Del Rosario, Yasay air opposing views on ASEAN statement

Philippines denies China hand in ASEAN statement

May 02, 2017 - 5:15 PM

The Philippines also says no ASEAN leader 'strongly pushed' to condemn China's island building in the disputed South China Sea

Philippines denies China hand in ASEAN statement

Pag-asa is ours, PH says amid China remarks

May 02, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says it is 'illegal' for the Philippines to occupy disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) islands

Pag-asa is ours, PH says amid China remarks

Duterte inspects China warships, jokes of missiles pointed to PH

May 01, 2017 - 11:25 PM

During a tour highlighting China's growing military might, Duterte writes a message of peace on a warship's guest book: 'Weather the waves, journey on seas of peace, freedom and friendship'

Duterte inspects China warships, jokes of missiles pointed to PH

Duterte to China: It's PH duty to 'repair' Pag-asa Island facilities

May 01, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The Philippine President says repairs of facilities in Pag-asa Island will push through despite China's displeasure

Duterte to China: It's PH duty to 'repair' Pag-asa Island facilities

Duterte open to PH-China military drills in Mindanao

May 01, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expresses openness to joint exercises with China as he visits 3 Chinese warships docked in Davao City

Duterte open to PH-China military drills in Mindanao

Chinese warships to visit Davao Sunday

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The fleet is headed by Rear Admiral Shen Hao, Deputy Commander of the East China Sea of the People's Liberation Army Navy

Chinese warships to visit Davao Sunday

China hits PH over Lorenzana trip to Pag-asa

Apr 22, 2017 - 6:28 PM

(UPDATED) China says it is 'gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with' this move by the Philippine government

China hits PH over Lorenzana trip to Pag-asa

PH security officials visit disputed island in West PH Sea

Apr 21, 2017 - 1:14 PM

(3RD UPDATE) China challenges Philippine Air Force planes as they fly over the disputed area – a routine exchange between the 2 countries in the West Philippine Sea

PH security officials visit disputed island in West PH Sea

ASEAN Summit in Manila to tackle West PH Sea

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:21 PM

New DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the upcoming ASEAN Summit will also be a chance 'to show the best of the Philippines'

ASEAN Summit in Manila to tackle West PH Sea

When we defied China

Apr 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM

President Duterte still has a chance to salvage the national honor by proceeding with his original plan to raise the Philippine flag on Pag-asa

When we defied China

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

Ex-DFA chief hits Duterte over 'selling' West PH Sea islands

Apr 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

In Riyadh, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella downplays the President's remarks as 'a lighthearted way of saying that we're friends' with China

Ex-DFA chief hits Duterte over 'selling' West PH Sea islands

IN PHOTOS: The China build-up

Apr 09, 2017 - 10:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to occupy and build structures in Philippine territory in the South China Sea. China has been building its own way before this.

IN PHOTOS: The China build-up

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 7, 2017

Apr 07, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 7, 2017

Duterte to military: Occupy PH islands in South China Sea

Apr 06, 2017 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The President says there is a need to 'maintain jurisdiction' in the disputed West Philippine Sea

Duterte to military: Occupy PH islands in South China Sea

Royal New Zealand Navy warship visits Manila

Apr 04, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Officers of the Royal New Zealand Navy will hold a series of joint activities with the Philippine Navy, including basketball

Royal New Zealand Navy warship visits Manila

Gibraltar: A Brexit negotiating weapon for Madrid, EU

Apr 04, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Tensions over the territory have ebbed and flowed over the years, but they spiked again due to a clause in the EU's position in upcoming Brexit negotiations

Gibraltar: A Brexit negotiating weapon for Madrid, EU

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

Philippines to raise China reclamation in talks

Mar 30, 2017 - 9:54 AM

'We're certainly not sleeping on this,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says of China's island-building activities in the West Philippine Sea

Philippines to raise China reclamation in talks

North Cotabato farmers decry killings, harassment over land dispute

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:37 AM

The murder of farmers' group leader Wilerme Dorado Agorde in front of his grandchildren in February further fuels suspicion that farmers locked in a land dispute with a state university are being 'silenced'

North Cotabato farmers decry killings, harassment over land dispute

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

Leticia Ramos-Shahani: Defend the Philippines

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:53 PM

'We are a maritime power, but we have to prove it and work towards that,' the late Leticia Ramos-Shahani says in one of her last public appearances

Leticia Ramos-Shahani: Defend the Philippines

SC's Carpio warns vs China station on Scarborough

Mar 18, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says that China's planned environmental monitoring station is a radar station that will enable it to enforce an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea

SC's Carpio warns vs China station on Scarborough

Duterte, Chinese vice premier affirm PH-China ties

Mar 18, 2017 - 12:48 PM

The two officials affirm their countries' commitment to previously signed deals but leave out any discussion on China's interest in Benham Rise

Duterte, Chinese vice premier affirm PH-China ties

China to build on Scarborough Shoal – reports

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Monitoring stations 'were being built on 6 islands and reefs, including Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines,' the Associated Press reports

China to build on Scarborough Shoal – reports

U.S. stopped China's plan to build on Scarborough

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:58 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Scarborough Shoal is a red line for both the US and the Philippines

U.S. stopped China's plan to build on Scarborough

Driven away from Scarborough Shoal, Filipino fishermen now train in China

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Outside the diplomatic arena, China’s decision to explore a different approach and strategy in dealing with Filipino fishermen appears to be shaky

Driven away from Scarborough Shoal, Filipino fishermen now train in China

Yasay flip-flops on ownership of West PH Sea islands

Feb 26, 2017 - 12:10 AM

He backpedals on his earlier statement that the Philippines merely exercises 'legal possession' and not 'ownership' of disputed features in the West Philippine Sea

Yasay flip-flops on ownership of West PH Sea islands

China vowed not to build on Scarborough Shoal – Yasay

Feb 23, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Philippines is 'happy and assured' that China will not construct on the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea

China vowed not to build on Scarborough Shoal – Yasay

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 23, 2017

Feb 23, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 23, 2017

Lorenzana: China likely to build on reef near Philippines

Feb 07, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana believes China would eventually reclaim the Scarborough Shoal, which sits 230 kilometers from Luzon

Lorenzana: China likely to build on reef near Philippines

China ships sail near disputed isles after Mattis visit – Japan

Feb 06, 2017 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) It comes two days after James Mattis, US President Donald Trump's new defense secretary, said in Tokyo that the island chain was subject to a longstanding Washington-Tokyo defense treaty

China ships sail near disputed isles after Mattis visit – Japan

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

Duterte wants Chinese coast guard patrolling int'l waters

Jan 31, 2017 - 6:46 PM

The President says he would be 'glad' about Chinese presence in international waters to guard against piracy and terrorism

Duterte wants Chinese coast guard patrolling int'l waters

PH wary of Trump men's anti-China provocations

Jan 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is concerned that the Philippines will be caught in the middle if US becomes more aggressive in the South China Sea

PH wary of Trump men's anti-China provocations

Duterte meets ranking Chinese diplomat

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's meeting with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin comes after Manila revealed it filed diplomatic protests against Beijing

Duterte meets ranking Chinese diplomat

Costa Rica drags Nicaragua to ICJ as territory row lingers

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:56 AM

The case involves a small slither of land between the two countries

Costa Rica drags Nicaragua to ICJ as territory row lingers

PH files diplomatic protests vs China over West PH Sea

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Foreign Secretary Yasay says he filed the little-known protests due to Chinese activities on Scarborough Shoal and its reported installation of weapons on reefs-turned-islands in the Kalayaan Group of Islands

PH files diplomatic protests vs China over West PH Sea

Still no plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

China has 3 runways in the South China Sea

Still no plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

ASEAN host Philippines won't raise ruling vs China

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr stresses the Philippines' 'pragmatic approach' toward the West Philippine Sea dispute

ASEAN host Philippines won't raise ruling vs China