Kalayaan Group of Islands - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Kalayaan Group of Islands


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

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

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 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

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

#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

Coast Guard to teach grade schoolers on Pag-asa Island

Apr 28, 2014 - 6:44 PM

The school in Kalayaan town does not have enough teachers The PCG is just too willing to teach and at the same time assert the Philippines claim the Spratlys

SIGNED. Philippine Coast Guard-Palawan will deploy licensed teachers from PCG to an elementary school in Spratly's Pag-asa Island. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard website.

PH military denies beefing up Spratlys garrison

Oct 01, 2012 - 4:16 PM

The AFP denied having deployed 800 new troops to guard the Kalayaan group of islands and hopes to not rekindle tensions

AFP 3rd Marine Brigade arrives in Palawan on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of AFP WestCom