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Can Supreme Court force Duterte gov't to protect West PH Sea?

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a petition by fishermen, accusing the Duterte government of failure to enforce the fisheries code and other environmental issuances in Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal, and Panganiban Reef

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Palawan fishermen sue Duterte gov’t for West PH Sea neglect

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Members of the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, along with fishermen from Zambales, file a petition against the DENR, DA, BFAR, Navy, PCG, PNP, and DOJ

Sereno and the opposition, Trump-Kim summit, PH weather | Midday wRap

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:37 PM

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Highlights: Araw ng Kalayaan 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gets heckled as a 'traitor' in the first Independence Day rites he has ever graced, and most protest actions, statements, even online memes tackle his soft, almost subservient, approach toward China

THE PHILIPPINE FLAG. Workers of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines assist in fixing the national flag during the 120th Independence Day celebration at Rizal Park in Manila on June 12, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

With Sereno for charm offensive, opposition projects strong front

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:46 PM

The ousted chief justice calls on Tindig Pilipinas to join with other forces, but Senator Hontiveros says they still have a fundamental difference with the Left

TINDIG PILIPINAS. Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers the key address of the biggest general assembly yet of Tindig Pilipinas, a coalition of opposition groups. Photo by Rappler

With China in West PH Sea, lawmakers say Independence Day 'devoid of spirit'

Jun 12, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Opposition lawmakers say the country is not truly given the government's failure to assert the country's rights against China in the West Philippine Sea

FREEDOM. Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets with full of gladness in celebration of Independence Day in 2017.  File photo by SM City Tarlac

Traffic advisory for Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:39 PM

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Bank schedules for June 12, Araw ng Kalayaan

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Bookmark this page for the operating hours of banks on Independence Day, a holiday

Vietnam calls on China to withdraw missiles from Spratlys

May 09, 2018 - 10:52 AM

'Vietnam requests that China, as a major regional and global power, show responsibility in the maintenance of peace and stability in the East Sea, stop militarization and withdraw military equipments illegally deployed on structures under Vietnam's sovereignty,' reads a statement of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry

Beijing 'installs missiles' on South China Sea islands

May 04, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The US network CNBC reports, citing sources close to US intelligence, the Chinese army installed anti-ship and air-to-air defenses on outposts also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines over the last 30 days

DISPUTED. This 2016 file photo shows

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

Malacañang says no more Chinese flag near Kota Island

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Philippine Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says he got this assurance from a reliable source

FULL TEXT: 'Ang kalayaan ay patuloy na ipinaglalaban at inaalagaan'

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:14 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson a Caviteño leads the celebration in Kawit Cavite where Philippine independence was declared 119 years ago on June 12 1898

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2017. Senator Panfilo Lacson was the guest speaker during the 119th independence day celebration in Kawit, Cavite. Photo from Senator Lacson's office

WATCH: On Independence Day, artists' group raises PH flag in West Philippine Sea

Jun 12, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Dakila a movement for modern day heroism accomplishes what President Rodrigo Duterte has only promised since the campaign period

Surfers paddled out to bring the Philippine Flag to the West Philippine Sea.Photo by Charlon Kim

Senate minority to Congress, SC: Preserve independence, democracy

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:28 AM

The Senate minority bloc also urges the public to fight for democracy amid the proliferation of fake news

DEMOCRACY. Minority senators urge the Supreme Court and Congress to preserve its independence.

Coalition seeks freedom for millions of Filipinos with cancer

Jun 10, 2017 - 8:49 PM

The campaign aims to secure enough signatories to push Congress to pass a law on an integrated national cancer control and prevention program

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

COMMITMENT. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado says they will implement the orders of Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to repair facilities on Pag-asa island. Rappler photo

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

PH plans for Pag-asa to test Duterte's friendship with China

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) How far China goes to react to Philippine plans to develop Pag-asa island – and how President Rodrigo Duterte responds – will show how the friendship between the two countries really works

IT IS OURS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana lays down plans to develop facilities in Pag-Asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Rappler photo

Pag-asa residents watch China build 'city' in neighboring reef

Apr 24, 2017 - 2:50 PM

They have learned to co exist with the Chinese Their bigger question is when can the Philippine government build facilities to make the island more liveable?

View of Subi Reef from a communication tower on Pag-asa Island as of April 2017. AFP Photo

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

PAG-ASA ISLAND TRIP. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana visits Pag-Asa Island in the disputed Spratlys on April 21, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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

China feared to house missiles in PH's Mischief Reef

Feb 23, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Subi Reef which is close to Pag Asa Island in Palawan s Kalayaan Island Group may also house missiles soon according to US officials interviewed by Reuters

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

PH defense chief plans to visit troops in West PH Sea

Jan 09, 2017 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he will await the recommendation of the military on when he could visit the troops there

TROOPS VISIT. The military says the planned visit of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to the troops deployed in the West Philippine Sea is no reason to anger China. Rappler file photo

QC: Expect heavy traffic along Elliptical Road Sept 20-25

Sep 19, 2016 - 7:13 PM

ADVISORY: While the drainage improvement project in the area is ongoing the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety suggests alternate routes

Angara bill: Declare Pag-asa Island an ecotourism destination

Aug 27, 2016 - 1:28 PM

This would promote and develop the island cluster as a tourist destination while protecting its natural resources says the senator

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. Photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

Duterte wants to turn presidential plane into 'air ambulance'

Aug 08, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The President says he doesn t mind giving up the presidential plane because he is already comfortable using commercial flights or small jets

COMMERCIAL FLIGHT. President Duterte takes a commercial flight to Davao City on July 7, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/Malacanang PPD

Vietnamese in PH celebrate Hague ruling vs China

Jul 13, 2016 - 11:23 AM

Justice always prevails over coercion and intimidation Congratulations to the Philippine people says the spokesperson of the Vietnamese Community in the Philippines

GLOBAL COMMUNITY. Vietnamese hold placards as they join a victory rally along Roxas Boulevard in Manila on July 12. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

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Jun 13, 2016 - 8:07 PM

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Filipino protesters say harassed by Chinese during flag stunt

Jun 13, 2016 - 4:19 PM

Filipino protesters sayChinese coastguard ships blocked and sprayed them with water as they sailed to Scarborough Shoal to plant a Philippine flag for independence day

This undated handout photo taken from the Facebook account of Kalayaan Atin Ito (Kalayaan This Is Ours), a group of Filipino activists, and made available to Agence France-Presse on June 13, 2016 shows a Filipino activist holding a Philippine flag while a Chinese coast guard ship sails close by their ship at the Scarborough Shoal. Kalayaan Atin Ito handout/AFP

Stories from the diaspora: PH Independence Day for young Filipinos abroad

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:16 PM

For Filipinos who grew up miles away from their home country does Independence Day mean anything?

INFOGRAPHIC: PH Independence Day 2016 activities, services

Jun 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Check out the free activities and government services on Sunday June 12 as Filipinos commemorate Independence Day

PMA graduates smallest batch in almost 5 decades

Mar 07, 2016 - 1:57 PM

If President Aquino approves the Philippine Military Academy resolution the school will take in 400 exam passers in April to supplement this year s small number of graduates

PMA GABAY LAYA CLASS 2016. Among the top graduates of Asia's oldest military school are Cdt 1CL Kristian Daeve Glacio Abiqui of San Pablo, Isabela (left-most, 1st row), and  2 females: Cdt 1CL Christine Mae Naungayan Calima from Bolinao, Pangasinan, and 3rd Cdt 1CL Arby Jurist Azman Cabrera. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Anti-China protesters return from Philippine-held island

Jan 03, 2016 - 6:59 PM

The 47 young members of the Kalayaan Atin Ito group come home after protesting China s claim over the South China Sea

BACK HOME. This photo taken on December 26, 2015, provided by a group called Kalayaan Atin Ito (Kalayaan This Is Ours), shows Filipino youth posing for a photo at the island of Pag-asa, also known as Thitu, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of the western Philippines. Almost 50 young Filipinos are camping on a remote Philippine-held island in the South China Sea in a symbolic stand against China's claim to most of the waterway, officials said on December 27. PHoto by Kalayaan Atin Ito/AFP

Philippines to protest China's test-flight on Spratlys

Jan 03, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Manila will protest Beijing s test flight of a civilian aircraft on an airstrip it built in the artificial island of Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea

FIERY CROSS. Satellite imagery shows changes to Fiery Cross Reef between February and March 2015, including the beginning of an airfield installation. Image courtesy: CNES 2015, Distribution Airbus DS/Spot Image/IHS

Defying China, Filipino youth camp out on disputed island

Dec 27, 2015 - 5:01 PM

On Facebook the group urges President Benigno Aquino III to inform the people correctly without sugar coating the truth about Chinese invasion of our Exclusive Economic Zone

DEFYING CHINA. Some 50 youth camp out in Pag-asa Island in an 'act of defiance' against China. Photo from the Kalayaan ATIN ITO Facebook page

Remember when Noynoy Aquino declared he would run?

Sep 09, 2015 - 6:18 PM

It was on September 9 2009 when Benigno Noynoy Aquino III decided he would run for president We look back at that event

ANNOUNCEMENT. Then Senator Benigno Aquino III announces his candidacy in the 2010 presidential elections. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

Beijing says South China Sea land reclamation completed

Aug 05, 2015 - 10:00 PM

A diplomatic source says lighthouses medical and emergency rescue facilities and meteorological and marine installations will be constructed next

Subi Reef, Spratly Islands, South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Victor Robert Lee/DigitalGlobe   Photo by Victor Robert Lee/Digital Globe

China's 2nd suspected airstrip 'too close' to PH

Aug 04, 2015 - 5:11 PM

It s alarming in the sense that we have a pending case We are not used to seeing an unfriendly force very near us Kalayaan town mayor Eugenio Bito onon tells Rappler

Subi Reef, Spratly Islands, South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Victor Robert Lee/DigitalGlobe

Araw ng Kalayaan o Kataksilan?

Jun 12, 2015 - 6:27 PM

May magkakasalungat na elemento sa ginawa ni Emilio Aguinaldo sa Kawit Cavite – nagdeklara ng kalayaan pero kasabay nito y idinedeklara rinang Filipinas bilang protectorate ng United States

On Independence Day, PH launches docu on sea row

Jun 11, 2015 - 5:44 PM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says the documentary on the South China Sea doesn t aim to agitate Beijing

LIVES AT STAKE. Elementary student wave flags as they welcome Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr on his visit to Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

The residents of Pag-asa: Life on a disputed island

May 18, 2015 - 4:00 PM

For decades Pag asa residents have been oblivious to sporadic incidents elsewhere in the West Philippine Sea But now they see China s massive reclamation in the area and know that times have changed

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. Photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

#AnimatED: China’s reclamation in Spratlys needs ASEAN response

Apr 27, 2015 - 8:52 AM

Our giant neighbor is literally digging in while expanding its ground in the South China Sea dispute

Women and organic farming: Ending hunger one garden at a time

Mar 08, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Women have a big role in ending hunger not just in their families but also in the community

PH youth urge Pope Francis: ‘Hear our true story’

Jan 15, 2015 - 8:47 AM

In an open letter to the Catholic leader a nationwide coalition of youth groups details the challenges faced by Filipino youth from the peace process and disasters to corruption in government

China turns tables on PH over 'moratorium' on tensions

Jun 17, 2014 - 8:45 AM

While it conducts reclamation activities China slams the Philippines for planning to build an airport and upgrade its naval facilities in the South China Sea

DISPUTED ISLANDS. An aerial photo shows Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines on July 20, 2011. File photo by Rolex dela Peña/Pool/AFP

June 12: A chance for Luneta photographers to make ends meet

Jun 12, 2014 - 4:15 PM

Most offices halt operations and let their employees commemorate Independence Day but for others it is just another chance to earn more

RAIN OR SHINE. The rain is no big deal for people like Myra who supports her family.

What frees the Filipino? Netizens share their answers

Jun 12, 2014 - 1:52 PM

What frees you from the things that hold you back?

Independence Day: PH embassy in Greece honors OFWs

Jun 12, 2014 - 12:04 PM

Like the country’s heroes Filipino overseas workers are also sacrificing a lot in the quest for a better life in other countries

The many dates of Philippine independence

Jun 12, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines declared independence numerous times for many reasons