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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

Duterte's party mates to meet with Beijing officials this January

Jan 13, 2017 - 3:58 PM

After Duterte s state visit to China his party mates are now set to meet with their Beijing counterparts to strengthen rekindled ties

China's warm welcome to President Rodrigo Duterte is shown here in this file photo as Chinese students usher the President at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Former partner of Bloomberry can claim 8.7% stake in Solaire

Sep 29, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The dispute stems from Bloomberry s move to terminate its 5 year management agreement with Las Vegas based company Global Gaming Philippines LLC

DISPUTE. Bloomberry chief Enrique Razon Jr (L) had terminated management agreement with Bill Weidner's (R) Global Gaming for 'material breach.' Photo of Razon by Franz Lopez/Rappler. Photo of Weidner by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Yasay raises West PH Sea ruling before UN

Sep 27, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea is final and binding on all parties Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

UN SPEECH. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr addresses the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly's 71st session on September 24, 2016. Photo courtesy of UN

#AnimatED: The very imperfect Perfecto Yasay

Aug 01, 2016 - 9:00 AM

How can Cambodia which is beholden to China and Foreign Secretary Yasay end up on the same side in the PH campaign to uphold the rule of law?

Ramos accepts Duterte offer to be envoy for China talks

Jul 24, 2016 - 1:02 AM

UPDATED Despite having 3 ailments the 88 year old former president accepts Duterte s offer

TALKS WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte wants to send former leader Fidel Ramos to Beijing. File photo

Hilbay, Jardeleza opposed inclusion of Itu Aba in PH case

Jul 20, 2016 - 6:18 PM

In former Solicitor General Hilbay s view it was better for Recto Bank to remain a disputed area even with the presence of the Chinese Navy as long as the Philippines claim stands

China must abide by same rules as everyone else – Biden

Jul 16, 2016 - 11:07 AM

The US Vice President also says We re urging both China and the Philippines to abide by the ruling

File photo by Andrew Harrer/EPA

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Jul 13, 2016 - 8:09 PM

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What now, China?

Jul 13, 2016 - 6:30 PM

China needs to be reminded of its promise of goodwill when it takes its next actions in the South China Sea

VICTORY. Members of the Filipino community at a rally outside the United Nations in New York, July 12, 2016. Photo by Cristina DC Pastor

Nat'l interest top priority regardless of Hague decision – Palace

Jul 12, 2016 - 1:19 PM

Malacañang says once the decision on the Philippines case against China is out the Duterte administration will have to thresh out a number of details before it announces its next steps

PH-CHINA RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr meet Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua days before the release of an international court's decision on the West Philippine Sea dispute. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

US urges respect for South China Sea ruling

Jul 08, 2016 - 10:51 AM

We urge both parties to comply with the ruling and urge all claimants to avoid provocative actions or statements says Abraham Denmark the senior Pentagon official responsible for East Asia

PH-CHINA DISPUTE. The seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands, which is set to issue a ruling on the South China Sea dispute between the Philippines and China. Photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

PH asserts rights over claim as China deploys missile in disputed sea

Feb 17, 2016 - 7:09 PM

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

WORLD AFFAIRS. President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech before the Los Angeles World Affairs Council at the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel on February 16, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH vs China: Why a win for Manila benefits the region

Nov 28, 2015 - 12:07 PM

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

GLOBAL INTEREST. Seven countries send observers to the arbitral tribunal hearings at The Hague on the Philippines' historic case against China. File photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

PH hits China for coral damage: 'Close to catastrophic'

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:04 AM

In The Hague the Philippines also slams China s deliberate policy to physically expel Filipinos from parts of the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE TEAM. The Philippines’ lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler (1st from right), speaks with Professor Philippe Sands (2nd) while Professor Alan Boyle (3rd) is in the background as Manila presents its arguments against Beijing in The Hague. Photo by Abigail Valte

PH in The Hague: China robs us of right to fish

Nov 25, 2015 - 8:11 AM

The Philippine team also presents 8 ancient maps to disprove China s claim over the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

START OF HEARINGS. The Philippines' lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler (right), confers with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (1st from left) and Philippine Solicitor General Florin Hilbay (2nd from left) on the 1st day of hearings on the merits of the Philippines' case. Photo by Abigail Valte

Aquino to ASEAN: Stop China's use of force

Nov 21, 2015 - 1:41 PM

ASEAN should not allow any country no matter how powerful to claim an entire sea as its own and to use force to assert its claim the Philippine president says

ON CHINA. President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his statement during the 27th ASEAN Summit Plenary Session at the Conference Hall 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 21, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Binay hits Philippine team vs China in The Hague

Jul 18, 2015 - 8:31 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay is pushing for bilateral talks between Manila and Beijing because according to him the Philippines needs China s money

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

Vietnam, PH most concerned about China disputes

Jul 17, 2015 - 3:35 PM

The Pew Research Center however says there is little concern worldwide about territorial disputes with China

UNITED FRONT. A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, on May 21, 2014. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Bishops issue prayer for PH, China

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:42 PM

We cannot represent the Philippines in the international court but we can certainly represent the Philippines before God reelected CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

OBLIGATORY PRAYER. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas (C) leads the recitation of the 'oratio imperata' for peace in the West Philippine Sea, along with CBCP vice president Archbishop Romulo Valles and CBCP secretary general Fr Marvin Mejia. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

China on talks with PH: No need to drop case

Jul 11, 2015 - 1:57 PM

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

'LET'S TALK.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippine Zhao Jianhua (L) presents his credentials to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the Philippine presidential palace on April 8, 2014. File photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy

PH lawyer vs China: 'Giant slayer' who defeated US

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:58 PM

Paul Reichler the Philippines chief counsel in its case against China is known for representing small countries against big ones

TOP LAWYER. The Philippines' lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler, has defended sovereign states for more than 25 years. File photo from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

'PH likely to win, lose some claims vs China'

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal explains that sovereignty and China s land reclamation beyond the Philippines exclusive zone are Manila s main hurdles in the arbitration case

The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. Among the team members are Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte, Jr., Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa, Jr., Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, as well as the legal counsels led by Mr. Paul Reichler of Foley Hoag.

Tribunal sets 2nd round of PH arguments

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:58 AM

2nd UPDATE This second round of oral arguments is routine and indicates that judges want clarifications a member of the Philippine delegation tells Rappler

HIGH-CALIBER TRIBUNAL. The arbitral tribunal hearing the Philippines' case is led by Judge Thomas Mensah of Ghana, the first president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (C). Other members (L-R) include Judge Jean-Pierre Cot, Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, and Professor Alfred H. A. Soons. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Filipinos' trust in China drops to all-time low

Jul 09, 2015 - 7:15 PM

An SWS survey also shows that the West Philippine Sea dispute has become the Philippines 5th most followed news event

'LONG FRIENDSHIP.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua greets one of the performers at the launch of an exhibit at the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs on March 4, 2015. Photo courtesy of DFA

EXPLAINER: Philippines' 5 arguments vs China

Jul 09, 2015 - 1:54 PM

In a nutshell Rappler explains the Philippines 5 arguments in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH: China 'irreversibly damaged' environment

Jul 09, 2015 - 8:38 AM

China s island building adds a new dimension to Manila s case against Beijing It wasn t part of the Philippines original arguments in January 2013

TOP GUNS. Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, and Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands Jaime Victor Ledda discuss while waiting for oral hearings at The Hague to begin. Photo and caption courtesy of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte

Vietnam, 4 countries attend PH-China hearing

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Next to the Philippines Vietnam is the Southeast Asian country that most actively challenges China s claim over the South China Sea

UNITED FRONT. A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, on May 21, 2014. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

FULL TEXT: The Philippines' opening salvo at The Hague

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:15 PM

China has pursued its activities in these disputed maritime areas with overwhelming force The Philippines can only counter by invoking international law

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario gives a statement about the South China Sea during a news conference in Manila on March 30, 2014. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PH to Hague tribunal: China threatens law of the sea

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:31 PM

The Philippines says UNCLOS shows that principles trump power; that law triumphs over force; and that right prevails over might

DAY TWO. The Philippine delegation waits inside a session hall at The Hague, The Netherlands, for the second day of the oral hearings on the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Abigail Valte

Power play in the South China Sea

Jul 08, 2015 - 2:42 PM

The world is watching It s the next step in the geopolitical calculus of power that includes the world s hot spots from Crimea Syria and the South China Sea

Philippines in full force on 1st day at The Hague

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:38 AM

UPDATED The Philippine government publishes behind the scenes photos of the first day of the historic hearings about the South China Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH vs China at The Hague: '80% of fish' at stake

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:15 AM

On China s ancient arguments a Supreme Court senior justice says The world has rotated a trillion times and you cannot bring this up anymore

SEA DISPUTE. A Chinese coast guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a standoff as the Philippine boat attempts to reach Ayungin Shoal, a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

#AnimatED: Philippines v China

Jul 06, 2015 - 9:00 AM

This week’s hearings in the UN Arbitral Tribunal a battle for the rule of law deserve every Filipino’s attention and support

Philippines vows to smash China's strongest argument

Jul 06, 2015 - 8:02 AM

Speaking to Rappler a Supreme Court senior justice says the UNCLOS tribunal is the only forum where we can beat China – where warships warplanes atomic bombs don’t count

BATTLEGROUND. A picture made available July 28, 2014, shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands on August 27, 2013. File photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

Philippines plans to resume talks with China

Apr 25, 2015 - 7:00 AM

We really have to go back to bilateral talks Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose says

FRIENDLY EXCHANGES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (left) chat with Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) during a tree-planting ceremony as part of the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders'’ Meeting in China in November 2014. Photo from www.gov.ph

Philippines vs China hearing set in July

Apr 23, 2015 - 12:47 PM

The hearing will address China s objections to the historic case filed by the Philippines says the arbitral tribunal based in The Hague

BATTLEGROUND. A picture made available July 28, 2014, shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands on August 27, 2013. File photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

G7 foreign ministers hit China reclamation

Apr 17, 2015 - 8:51 AM

We strongly oppose any attempt to assert territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation coercion or force G7 foreign ministers say

VOICING CONCERN. (L-R) German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini en route to the meeting of the G7 foreign ministers in Luebeck, Germany, on April 15, 2015. The two-day gathering of envoys from France, Britain, Germany, Canada, the United States, Italy, and Japan marks the beginning of the intensive stage of Germany's chairmanship of the group. Photo by Carsten Rehder/EPA

Binay: 'China has money, we need capital'

Apr 14, 2015 - 6:57 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay calls for a joint venture with China in developing the resources in the disputed South China Sea

BOOSTING TIES. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (right) pays a courtesy visit to Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) on April 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines

PH mulls citing China reclamation in historic case

Apr 13, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines is also considering a diplomatic protest against China over its artificial islands in the South China Sea

PH to tribunal: Vietnam boosts case vs China

Mar 18, 2015 - 3:46 PM

In the 3 000 page document it recently filed against China the Philippines shows a united front with Vietnam

UNITED FRONT. A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, on May 21, 2014. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

PH ordered to file written comment on case vs China

Dec 17, 2014 - 11:42 PM

The Hague based arbitral tribunal gives the Philippines until March 15 2015 to address as it considers appropriate any public statements made by the Chinese government in relation to the dispute

TOP JURISTS. The Arbitral Tribunal in the Philippines' arbitration case against China, L to R: Judge Jean-Pierre Cot,  Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, Judge Thomas A. Mensah (President), Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, Professor Alfred H. A. Soons. File photo from PCA website

Experts debunk China's claim on defying int'l rulings

Jun 06, 2014 - 5:04 PM

Facing a historic case filed by the Philippines China claims it is commonplace to snub international rulings

DAVID VS GOLIATH. A Chinese coast guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a standoff as the Philippine boat attempts to reach Ayungin Shoal, a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Rappler Newscast | June 4, 2014

Jun 04, 2014 - 8:23 PM

Tribunal orders China to answer PH pleading Napoles camp: Return millions to gov t? We ve no funds Beijing in lockdown for Tiananmen anniversary

Tribunal orders China to answer PH pleading

Jun 04, 2014 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED China is given until December this year to respond to the historic case filed against it by the Philippines

Aquino: PH likely to cite reclamation in case vs China

May 27, 2014 - 3:52 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the Philippines is also studying China s moves in Vietnam

CODE OF CONDUCT. President Benigno Aquino III continues his push for a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea among ASEAN countries. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH on China: Judge us by actions, not words

Apr 04, 2014 - 2:30 PM

The Philippines deflects China s barrage of propaganda since the day Manila filed a historic pleading against Beijing

HISTORIC PLEADING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario announces on March 30, 2014, that Manila has filed a nearly 4,000-page memorial against Beijing. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

China's strategy vs PH: Trial by publicity

Apr 04, 2014 - 9:01 AM

UPDATED Out of court China wages legal warfare against the Philippines

PH strikes back, files pleading vs China

Mar 30, 2014 - 3:10 PM

3rd UPDATE It is about securing our children s future Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says as Manila files a 4 000 page memorial