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[OPINION] Our President may need more help

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Of utmost primacy is the protection of the hard-earned gains of the Filipino people as handed down by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Arbitral Tribunal

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 6, 2018

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea, that he and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in has committed to strengthen the partnership of both countries in the areas of defense and security, trade and investments, infrastructure development, and protection of our nationals. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte contradicts Cayetano, says he's unaware of Ayungin incident

Jun 06, 2018 - 1:50 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano days earlier told lawmakers that President Duterte had given 'strong instructions' after hearing about the harassment incident in Ayungin Shoal

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during his meeting with the Filipino community at the Grand Hilton Convention Center Seoul in South Korea on June 3, 2018. Joining the President on stage are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Flashpoint Ayungin

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:39 AM

The latest harassment of Philippine troops by China in Ayungin is part of a pattern. In 2013, the Armed Forces had already reported that China eyed to occupy the shoal which lies within the country's EEZ.

Lorenzana: We're helpless against China blockade in West PH Sea

Jun 04, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana asks Congress to fund military modernization. 'We don't have the capabilities now. We are [working] double time but it depends on the funds that we get from Congress.'

DEFEATIST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the Philippines is helpless against China in the West Philippine Sea. File Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte on Ayungin Shoal, Facebook sinks among U.S. teens, #SaferRoadsPH wins data journ award | Midday wRap

Jun 01, 2018 - 12:54 PM

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Duterte 'seriously concerned' about Navy soldiers harassed by China chopper

May 31, 2018 - 9:46 PM

While Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has refrained from speaking publicly about the Ayungin Shoal incident, he conveyed concern about it in a confidential meeting

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China chopper harasses PH rubber boat in Ayungin Shoal – lawmaker

May 30, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano does not categorically call it a form of 'harassment' in the West Philippine Sea, as he prefers to label it an 'incident'

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photograph taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

READ: Text of Hague court ruling affirming PH rights over Mischief Reef

Feb 06, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'Mischief Reef... fall within areas where only the Philippines possesses possible entitlements to maritime zones under the Convention.... Accordingly, the Philippines – and not China – possesses sovereign rights with respect to resources in these areas,' reads the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016

2016 PHOTO. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Demand rent from China for occupying PH reefs – analyst

Apr 01, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Lawyer and doctoral candidate Perfecto Boy Caparas also stresses the need to revive preserve and protect the marine ecosystem in the Spratly Islands

MISCHIEF REEF. This satellite image released on December 13, 2016, shows Chinese structures seen on Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Aquino’s bet, new PNP chief, Ronda Rousey | 6PM wRap

Jul 16, 2015 - 6:24 PM

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China warns of 'further actions' over Ayungin ship

Jul 16, 2015 - 4:02 PM

China slams the Philippines as the real trouble maker and rule breaker and urges it to stop repairing a grounded ship in the disputed West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINES' STRONGHOLD. The dilapidated BRP Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy is seen on May 11, 2015, anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Filipino soldiers onboard to assert the Philippines' claim over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Ritchie Tongo/Pool/EPA

A Philippine soldier's first Father's Day celebration

Jun 20, 2015 - 3:25 PM

One man s struggle between the call of duty and love for his family

Graphics by Alejandro Edoria

Philippines 'cute little submissive' of US – Chinese media

Apr 21, 2015 - 2:40 PM

Global Times tabloid: After being the cute little submissive of the US all these years Manila has gained only a handful of second hand weapons and an empty sense of security let alone any real enhancement of its army s combat capability

2015 WAR GAMES. US Army Captain James Hahn from California (R) supervises Filipino soldiers during a mock 'assault' scenario as part of the US-Philippines joint military live fire exercises at Fort Magsaysay army training camp in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, North of Manila, Philippines, May 10, 2014. File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

China reclamation may cut PH access to West PH Sea

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:23 AM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says current activities on Mischief Reef – just 23 nautical miles from Philippine controlled Ayungin Shoal – threatens all our areas

Q and A: Case vs China 'not enough,' expert says

Aug 19, 2014 - 5:33 PM

We will always go back to the two countries sitting down to talk it out maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal tells Rappler

Philippines slams China over 'sovereignty patrols'

Aug 18, 2014 - 4:38 PM

The Philippines says China regularly sends ships as part of illegitimate sovereign patrols to claim the disputed West Philippine Sea

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

The question AFP's Catapang won't answer

Aug 17, 2014 - 4:44 PM

A Chinese television journalist tries to ask AFP chief Gen Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr a question – but gets a laugh instead

AFP Chief, Gen Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr

Troops fear 'miscalculation' in next mission to Ayungin

May 28, 2014 - 7:10 PM

The next mission to Ayungin might be more difficult soldiers tell Rappler

AYUNGIN MARINES: Lieutenant Mike Pelotera and fellow Marines deployed to the West Philippines Sea

PH Navy airdrops supplies for Ayungin troops

May 03, 2014 - 2:42 PM

The bundles contain fast food bottled water assorted bread canned goods and magazines

AIRDROP: The Philippine Navy airdrops supplies for the troops in Ayungin Shoal a month since the tense rotation mission. Photo from Western Command

Aquino inducts new Navy chief amid maritime tensions

Apr 30, 2014 - 9:17 PM

President Benigno Aquino III highlights the increasingly important role played by the Navy as he led the turnover ceremony of new Navy chief Jesus Millan

NEW LEADER. President Benigno S. Aquino III presents the Medal of the command symbol to new Navy chief Jesus Millan. Malacañang Photo Bureau

US helped PH Navy in Ayungin mission

Apr 11, 2014 - 7:23 PM

We know that they assisted the Philippine Navy in being able to evade the Chinese ships says Philippine Ambassador to Us Jose Cuisia Jr

DAVID VS GOLIATH. A much smaller Philippine ship arrives at the disputed Ayungin Shoal. Photo by AFP

Aquino honors war veterans, ‘Ayungin’ soldiers

Apr 09, 2014 - 1:33 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the government will strive to match the sacrifices of war veterans and the Armed Forces with increased benefits and upgraded equipment

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 military chief: China provoked us

Apr 01, 2014 - 2:37 PM

The Philippine military feels a sense of fulfillment after a successful mission to rotate troops in the disputed Ayungin Shoal

PH NOT PROVOCATIVE: Armed Forces chief General Bautista

China: Ayungin trip betrays PH intent

Apr 01, 2014 - 8:13 AM

It s a political provocation that works against Manila s interests Beijing says

Aquino: PH not provoking China

Mar 31, 2014 - 5:01 PM

President Aquino says China should recognize the right of the Philippines to defend its own interests

Malacañang vows continued diplomacy amid PH-China row

Mar 30, 2014 - 3:38 PM

UPDATED Manila remains focused on a peaceful resolution to the problem Malacañang says

DAVID VS GOLIATH. A much smaller Philippine ship arrives at the disputed Ayungin Shoal. Photo by AFP

China slams PH 'hype' over West PH Sea

Mar 30, 2014 - 8:08 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario is expected to announce that Manila has filed a formal plea before the UN arbitration tribunal

DAVID VS GOLIATH. A much smaller Philippine ship arrives at the disputed Ayungin Shoal. Photo by AFP

China harasses PH ship before pleading day

Mar 29, 2014 - 2:55 PM

The incident at the Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea erupts a day before Manila files a historic pleading against Beijing before an international tribunal

SEA BASTION. This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-meter (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. AFP PHOTO / Philippine Government

New aircraft deals not a reaction to China threat – Palace

Mar 22, 2014 - 5:18 PM

Territorial conflct or no Malacañang says it s committed to upgrade the military s defense capabilities

Rappler Newscast | March 19, 2014

Mar 19, 2014 - 9:16 PM

Gov t to probe media men who reportedly received bribes from pork barrel Golez: China posturing to seize Ayungin Shoal Ukraine warns the Crimea conflict enters the military stage

Rappler Newscast | March 18, 2014

Mar 18, 2014 - 10:04 PM

UP Law dominates 2013 bar exams China warns Manila for supposedly breaking promise over a disputed shoal Russia moves closer to annexing Crimea

China digs up details vs PH on Ayungin

Mar 18, 2014 - 7:09 AM

Prepare for consequences China says as it warns the Philippines against further possible provocations in the South China Sea

PH on more US troops: 'China can interpret message'

Mar 17, 2014 - 4:01 PM

Malacañang says increased rotational presence of US troops will certainly help the Philippines in its territorial dispute with China by improving the country s quality of preparedness

China on Ayungin: PH broke its promise

Mar 14, 2014 - 6:50 AM

UPDATED The Philippines brushes off China s claim that Manila promised to remove a stranded ship from Ayungin

SEA BASTION. This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-meter (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. AFP PHOTO / Philippine Government

Rappler Newscast | March 13, 2014

Mar 13, 2014 - 8:12 PM

China wants PH to remove its ship from Ayungin Shoal De Lima hits back at Senator Estrada Still no sign of the missing Malaysian plane

PH sending ships to Ayungin despite blockade

Mar 13, 2014 - 7:15 PM

Filipino troops in the disputed shoal were last given their food in November The Navy says it has to provide for them despite blockade put up by China

SEA BASTION. This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-meter (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. AFP Photo/Philippine Government

China to PH: Remove ship from Ayungin

Mar 13, 2014 - 3:15 PM

The Philippines is making unfounded countercharges by staging the so called protest the Chinese Foreign Ministry says

SEA BASTION. This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-meter (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. AFP PHOTO / Philippine Government

PH faces major hurdle in China case

Mar 12, 2014 - 7:11 AM

Does the arbitral tribunal have jurisdiction over the historic case? The Philippines will have to wait until 2015 Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza says

Rappler Newscast | March 11, 2014

Mar 11, 2014 - 7:52 PM

PH protests China’s move in Ayungin Shoal Janet Napoles refuses treatment in gov t hospitals Passengers who used stolen passport on flight MH370 identified

PH protests China's moves in Ayungin Shoal

Mar 11, 2014 - 3:46 PM

The DFA urges China to desist from any further interference with the Philippines efforts to resupply its troops in Ayungin

SEA BASTION. This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-meter (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. AFP PHOTO / Philippine Government

China drives away PH ships from shoal

Mar 10, 2014 - 9:46 PM

China is accusing the Philippines of attempting construction at the disputed Ayungin Shoal off Palawan

SEA BASTION. This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-meter (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. AFP PHOTO / Philippine Government

Don't dictate to PH over seas, China told

May 30, 2013 - 6:19 PM

The DFA says China in the first place has no right to be there

SEA BASTION. This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-meter (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. AFP PHOTO / Philippine Government

Peaceful approach to Ayungin issue - Palace

May 25, 2013 - 4:12 PM

The Aquino government is set on sticking to a rules based approach on Ayungin Shoal

SEA BASTION. This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-meter (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. AFP PHOTO / Philippine Government

P75-B boost for PH Navy to resist 'bullies'

May 22, 2013 - 8:10 AM

Aquino: We have a clear message to the world: The Philippines is for Filipinos and we have the capability to resist bullies entering our backyard

President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions during the press briefing at the 115th Anniversary of the Philippine Navy at the Naval Station Pascual Ledesma, Fort San Felipe, Cavite City, May 21, 2013. Rey Baniquet /Malacañang Photo Bureau

30 Chinese vessels, 1 warship sighted in Palawan

May 21, 2013 - 6:01 PM

The government has already filed a diplomatic protest with the Chinese Embassy in Manila