As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks, Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights
Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario also says China 'has strongly declared that it is might that will trump what is right'
'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
(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
The Philippine Navy has acquired a research vessel from the US, the BRP Gregorio Velasquez
(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the navy will now regularly patrol the underwater plateau located in the country's eastern border
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
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.
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
'Please don't put words into my mouth,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says, denying a quote that was confirmed by reporters
'The Filipino foreign minister himself decided to remove (it) and not to mention the ruling,' Cambodia's foreign ministry spokesman says
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.
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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
'Manalo, matalo, hindi po matatapos ang hidwaan sa pinag-aagawang isla at karagatan,' says Kabayan Representative Harry Roque
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The historic case in The Hague goes beyond the right to fish in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)
Take a look at key facts on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
What is at stake is not only regional security in Asia but also shared access to global commons in accordance to modern international law
Beijing has consistently rejected the tribunal's right to hear the case and has taken no part in the proceedings
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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
What the apparent diplomatic contest between the Philippines and China, as they vie for international support to their respective positions, reveal
(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
There is no international treaty protecting marine areas beyond national jurisdiction
'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
A UN-backed tribunal, on the other hand, allows the UK and 7 other countries to watch the proceedings
Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario tells a UN-backed tribunal: ’What is ours is ours, not China’s’
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
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.'
'Our position is clear: We will not participate to or accept the arbitration,' says China's Foreign Ministry spokesman
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
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
The Philippines aims to demolish – once and for all – China’s expansive claim over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)
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
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
'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'
The disputes have sometimes spilled over into confrontations as vessels from the competing countries spar over fishing grounds and resource extraction rights
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.
'The Aquino administration’s injection of morality into foreign-policy discourse has managed to mobilize the Southeast Asian country against a tough neighbor'
In photos emailed to Rappler, the Permanent Court of Arbitration gives us a glimpse of the closed-door hearings pitting Manila against Beijing
Vice President Jejomar Binay is pushing for bilateral talks between Manila and Beijing because, according to him, the Philippines needs China's money
The Pew Research Center, however, says there 'is little concern worldwide' about territorial disputes with China
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
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
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'
Paul Reichler, the Philippines' chief counsel in its case against China, is known for 'representing small countries against big ones'
(2nd UPDATE) This second round of oral arguments 'is routine' and indicates that 'judges want clarifications,' a member of the Philippine delegation tells Rappler
An SWS survey also shows that the West Philippine Sea dispute has become the Philippines' 5th most followed news event
The tension between Manila and Beijing over Bajo de Masinloc has prevented fisherfolk in Zambales from heading out into open waters