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
(3rd UPDATE) China claims the USS Dewey 'trespassed' in its territorial waters
'The context was not threatening each other that we'll go to war,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says
Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario also says China 'has strongly declared that it is might that will trump what is right'
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
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
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio wants the e-book to also reach a Chinese audience
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'
The Philippines also says no ASEAN leader 'strongly pushed' to condemn China's island building in the disputed South China Sea
Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says it is 'illegal' for the Philippines to occupy disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) islands
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'
The Philippine President says repairs of facilities in Pag-asa Island will push through despite China's displeasure
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expresses openness to joint exercises with China as he visits 3 Chinese warships docked in Davao City
The fleet is headed by Rear Admiral Shen Hao, Deputy Commander of the East China Sea of the People's Liberation Army Navy
(UPDATED) China says it is 'gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with' this move by the Philippine government
(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
New DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the upcoming ASEAN Summit will also be a chance 'to show the best of the Philippines'
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
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he is complying with China's request for him not to push through with this Independence Day plan
In Riyadh, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella downplays the President's remarks as 'a lighthearted way of saying that we're friends' with China
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.
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(UPDATED) The President says there is a need to 'maintain jurisdiction' in the disputed West Philippine Sea
Officers of the Royal New Zealand Navy will hold a series of joint activities with the Philippine Navy, including basketball
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
The Philippines' only runway in the disputed territory has been dilapidated due to forced neglect
'We're certainly not sleeping on this,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says of China's island-building activities in the West Philippine Sea
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'
(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the navy will now regularly patrol the underwater plateau located in the country's eastern border
'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
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
The two officials affirm their countries' commitment to previously signed deals but leave out any discussion on China's interest in Benham Rise
Monitoring stations 'were being built on 6 islands and reefs, including Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines,' the Associated Press reports
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Scarborough Shoal is a red line for both the US and the Philippines
Outside the diplomatic arena, China’s decision to explore a different approach and strategy in dealing with Filipino fishermen appears to be shaky
He backpedals on his earlier statement that the Philippines merely exercises 'legal possession' and not 'ownership' of disputed features in the West Philippine Sea
The Philippines is 'happy and assured' that China will not construct on the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea
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Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana believes China would eventually reclaim the Scarborough Shoal, which sits 230 kilometers from Luzon
(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
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
The President says he would be 'glad' about Chinese presence in international waters to guard against piracy and terrorism
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
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's meeting with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin comes after Manila revealed it filed diplomatic protests against Beijing
The case involves a small slither of land between the two countries
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
(UPDATED) Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr stresses the Philippines' 'pragmatic approach' toward the West Philippine Sea dispute