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Q and A: How can PH get Mischief Reef back from China?

Dec 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Hawaii-based South China Sea expert Alexander Vuving talks to Rappler about fears of a big war erupting in the disputed seas, the role of the Philippines as a 'swing state' between the US and China, and how he thinks President Duterte should manage the dispute moving forward

BALANCING CHINA. Alexander Vuving outlined a strategy on how the US and the Philippines can work together to 'restore equilibrium' in the South China Sea. He is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

AFP chief careful, quiet on West PH Sea

May 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

'I'm sorry, I can't make statements,' Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr tells reporters, but gives assurances 'the AFP is doing its best' to protect Philippine territory

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr says only the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of National Defense may issue statements on the West Philippine Sea

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

STRUCTURES. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

Malacañang 'confident' Chinese missiles 'not directed' at PH

May 04, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Yet the Palace expresses concern over the reported new missiles and says the issue will be addressed through 'diplomatic means'

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

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Cayetano: PH eyeing protest vs China planes on Mischief Reef

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:20 PM

'We're taking the diplomatic action,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after two Chinese military planes were reportedly seen on Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef)

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is considering filing a diplomatic protest over the reported spotting of two Chinese planes on Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef). Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Pagsasanla ng kasarinlan ang bagong diplomasya

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

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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 on China buildup on PH reef: What do you want us to do?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque again downplays continued militarization by China of artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

Photos show China's massive construction, runway on PH reef

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:22 PM

China ignores a ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration that declared Mischief Reef a part of the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone

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

China protests after U.S. warship sails near island

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says the actions of the USS John S McCain have violated Chinese and international law seriously impairing the country s sovereignty and security

This US Navy photo obtained August 10, 2017 shows the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it patrols the South China Sea on January 7, 2017. A US warship on August 10, 2017 sailed close to an artificial island China has built up in the South China Sea. Photo by James Vazquez/US Navy/AFP

Beijing's South China Sea outposts nearly set for missile deployment – report

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:15 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says Beijing s Fiery Cross Reef base in the Spratly Islands now has 12 hardened shelters 4 more than seen in February with retractable roofs that can house missile launchers

FIERY CROSS/KAGITINGAN REEF. In 1998, China built a weather station that is seen in a photo from January 2006. After a decade, the marine observation station became a military fortress. File photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/Digital Globe

China condemns U.S. after warship sails near South China Sea reef

May 25, 2017 - 1:10 PM

3rd UPDATE China claims the USS Dewey trespassed in its territorial waters

MISCHIEF REEF. 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

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

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

Duterte adviser bares plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Apr 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines only runway in the disputed territory has been dilapidated due to forced neglect

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

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Feb 23, 2017 - 1:56 PM

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Feb 23, 2017 - 10:59 AM

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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

Satellite imagery shows ecocide in South China Sea

Jan 16, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Poaching of giant clam shells is causing massive scarring of coral reefs

Image by Victor Robert Lee and DigitalGlobe

Australian aircraft flies near China's artificial island

Dec 15, 2015 - 1:58 PM

The Australian freedom of navigation operation is revealed in the wake of renewed tension between China and the US over the latter s deployment of its most advanced surveillance aircraft to the region

SPRATLY ISLANDS. An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of China's reclamation activities on Mischief Reef as of May 2015. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

When the Philippines and China sang, danced on a Manila Bay cruise

Nov 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

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

Illustration by Alejandro Edoria

'Balance of power,' Aquino says of US ship in West PH Sea

Oct 27, 2015 - 1:25 PM

I see no issue as to this US Navy ship traversing under international law in waters that should be free to be traveled upon by any country the Philippine leader says in welcoming the move

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Philippines challenges China in The Hague

Jul 22, 2015 - 3:21 PM

In photos emailed to Rappler the Permanent Court of Arbitration gives us a glimpse of the closed door hearings pitting Manila against Beijing

SILENT WITNESS. The venue of the arbitration proceedings is the 100-year-old Peace Palace in The Hague, which also houses the International Court of Justice. Photo courtesy of PCA

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

Hague tribunal sets new deadline for Philippines

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:03 AM

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

LEGAL 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

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

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

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

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

IN PHOTOS: China's creeping expansion

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:44 AM

China is busy building military fortresses in the West Philippine Sea

#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

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

Leftist lawmaker wants more troops, ships in West PH Sea

Apr 10, 2015 - 7:50 PM

President Aquino should fortify our positions in the area to counter China’s aggressive acts says Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares

SEND A WARSHIP: Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares wants the navy to send a warship to the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Karlos Manlupig