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Año says China-funded Safe Philippines project will be 'all-Filipino'

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The national government will handle all the data gathered by the surveillance system project, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

ALL FILIPINO? Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that after providing the equipment, Chinese contractors will not be handling the Safe Philippines project. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Robredo on taho incident: 'Pambabastos sa bansa natin'

Feb 10, 2019 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo questions the 'special treatment' given to China by the Philippine government

PANTAWID ANNIVERSARY. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks before the Pantawid Program beneficiaries during the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid's second anniversary held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

#TheLeaderIWant: Gary Alejano on taking his fight to the Senate

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:40 PM

If elected senator, how will the former Marine captain prove that he can be the soldier of every Filipino?

China should be 'Big Uncle' to ASEAN, says Arroyo

Sep 09, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'In my humble view, the ideal approach is for China to think of itself as the Big Uncle to many nephews in the family,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

CHINA ALLY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers the keynote speech at the China-ASEAN Mayors' Forum on September 8, 2018. Photo from Arroyo's office

[OPINYON] Tayo nang maglaro ng Chinese barter

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Bukod sa malaking usapin ng soberanya sa teritoryo, sa likod ng ilang kilong isda kapalit ng instant noodles o bottled water ay ang binabanggit ko: kalayaan at kusang-loob

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Jun 19, 2018 - 12:08 PM

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Cayetano says PH can't file protest vs China bombers

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is 'ridiculous' to protest about an action beyond Philippine shores. 'Paano tayo magpo-protest sa hindi natin territory?'

NO PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines cannot file a protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DFA won't publicly condemn China over bombers

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is no longer the Philippines' strategy to file diplomatic protests against China at every opportunity it has. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

[OPINION] Staying on course, minus defeatism

Feb 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Much remains to be done in the Philippines' territorial and maritime rights defense

Philippines-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on The South China Sea. Photo by DFA

[OPINION | Newspoint] The great sellout

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:00 PM

If we think the ultimate danger is native, Marcos-style authoritarianism, we really have not been looking. What we stand to lose this time is not just our freedom, but our sovereignty, our identity, our very soul as a nation

PH aborts construction on Pag-asa sandbar after China protest

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'We tried to put some structures in one of the sandbars near our island and the Chinese reacted....The President said, "Let's pull out,"' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reveals at the ASEAN Leadership Forum

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana addresses the ASEAN leadership forum on November 8, 2017, where he discussed the South China Sea dispute, among others topics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte’s shift toward China threatens ASEAN centrality

Oct 08, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The sudden change in Philippines-China relations shows that Chinese influence remains to be one of the greatest challenges to ASEAN centrality when it comes to the South China Sea disputes

Chinese ships spotted near Pag-asa Island sandbars, says Alejano

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) The ships were monitored on September 18, says opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano

CHINESE ACTIVITY. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, a former soldier, says Chinese vessels were spotted near Pag-asa island and its sand bars. File photo

PH hails ties with China on year 1 of Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Philippines calls itself a regional peacemaker after adopting positive neighborly relations with China

WARMER TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Philippine leader's visit to China in May 2017. Photo from Presidential Photo

Change is wanting: Dutertenomics and foreign policy

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Despite positive efforts the President has also tried but failed to recalibrate our dependent neocolonial relations with the US and appears intent on merely replicating the same with China and Russia

Dutertismo and the West Philippine Sea: Year One

Jun 30, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Despite its apparent benefits Duterte s policy has not generated any assurance that China will not impose itself and its pre emptive claim over waters and resources that legally pertain to the Philippines

Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or serendipity?

May 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

President Duterte’s strategy of de emphasizing and compartmentalizing while not abandoning the territorial and maritime issues is a wise move that can pay off if done smartly

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A firsthand account of the Scarborough Shoal standoff

May 19, 2017 - 10:36 AM

Captain Roy Cuesta recounts his ordeal during the 2012 Scarborough Shoal standoff that prompted the Philippines to sue China before an arbitral tribunal in The Hague

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL STANDOFF. Captain Roy Cuesta and his crew. File photo

Chinese warships to visit Davao Sunday

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The fleet is headed by Rear Admiral Shen Hao Deputy Commander of the East China Sea of the People s Liberation Army Navy

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

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 Coast Guard regular patrol in Scarborough resumed August

Nov 19, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard completes its 4th sortie to Scarborough Shoal since President Rodrigo Duterte s visit to China

THE MOUTH OF SCARBOROUGH. Screenshot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard of its first patrol on August 5, 2016 shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the shoal

Friends in need, friends indeed

Nov 02, 2016 - 8:12 AM

It took President Duterte to be frank and candid or to be more precise undiplomatic to get this far with the superpowers

FRIENDSHIP RENEWED. Chinese pupils hold the flags of the Philippines and China as they welcome President Rodrigo Duterte at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Choice of one country over another 'unnecessary' – expert

Oct 29, 2016 - 11:30 AM

UP Professor Aileen Baviera says As a developing country we have to make sure that we have more options that we remain in flexible positions so that we can serve what is in the best interest of the country

Communists warn Duterte about China’s ‘imperialist ambitions’

Oct 21, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The guerrillas say they have a critical view of Duterte s friendship with China

Duterte’s ‘hugot’ for his evolving foreign policy

Oct 20, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The real challenge is for President Duterte to follow the Constitution to the letter by abandoning the much travelled road of previous presidents and treading the path of independent diplomacy and economic sovereignty

MEETING IN CHINA. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping after they witness the signing of documents on cooperation in trade, agriculture, tourism, maritime security, and infrastructure. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Rappler Talk: US Ambassador Goldberg on PH pivot to China

Oct 20, 2016 - 2:54 PM

As he approaches the end of his term Ambassador Goldberg weighs in on Manila s pivot to China

Duterte: West PH Sea dispute ‘takes back seat’ in state visit

Oct 19, 2016 - 8:54 PM

I did not come here to agree to talk about the dispute the President tells reporters in Beijing

PH-China sea dispute may not be solved ‘in our lifetime’ – Yasay

Oct 19, 2016 - 3:44 PM

Our closer ties with China is not going to erode our close ties with the rest of our allies and traditional partners Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay also tells Filipino and Chinese businessmen in Beijing

MEETING CHINESE BUSINESSMEN. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr addresses Filipino and Chinese businessmen at a gathering in Beijing on October 19, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte won't raise PH fishing rights in Beijing – Yasay

Oct 19, 2016 - 2:43 PM

We re taking advantage of the opportunity of making sure that the other aspects of our relationship with our neighbor China will be pursued says Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr

IMPROVING PH-CHINA TIES. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr talks to the Philippine media covering President Rodrigo Duterte's state visit to China on October 19, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH, China to sign MOU on tourism cooperation

Oct 19, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and China National Tourism Administration chief Li Jinzao will sign the MOU in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte and China President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday October 20

WORLD-FAMOUS BEACH. Boracay Island is a top destination of Chinese tourists in the Philippines. Rappler file photo

Bilibid verdict, Marcos burial, Typhoon Lawin | 6PM wRap

Oct 18, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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At a glance: Duterte's state visit to China

Oct 18, 2016 - 11:13 AM

UPDATED The Philippine President and Cabinet officials will meet with their Chinese counterparts and Chinese businessmen

FOREIGN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte will have a 4-day state visit to China beginning October 18, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Most Filipinos don't share Duterte's trust in China, distrust in US – SWS

Oct 18, 2016 - 10:39 AM

A Social Weather Stations poll shows that 76 of Filipinos have much trust in the US while only 22 have much trust in China

DUTERTE AND CHINA. File photo of President Rodrigo Duterte meeting Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua at Malacañang Palace in July 2016. File photo from Presidential Photographers Division

#AnimatED: Bananas, rehab centers for Scarborough?

Oct 17, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Why should this pivot to China come at the expense of our hard won victory at The Hague?

The Philippines' pivot to China

Oct 12, 2016 - 2:30 PM

President Duterte is taking a huge risk betting all on China’s goodwill and beneficence without the insurance provided by the diversified multi lateral support of historical and traditional friends and allies

Duterte admin 'independent' from US, 'bullied' by China?

Oct 08, 2016 - 6:52 PM

It s not independent because you move from one strong alliance to another strong alliance a foreign affairs analyst tells Rappler

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the National Banana Congress held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on October 7, 2016. Photo by Ace Moradente/Presidential Photo

Duterte to Vietnam's Quang: Bilateral talks with China 'necessary'

Sep 29, 2016 - 6:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang agree to avoid provocative acts in the South China Sea

OFFICIAL VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte exchanges pleasantries with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang following their bilateral meeting at the State Palace in Hanoi on September 29. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Duterte: Next PH-US military exercises will be last in my term

Sep 28, 2016 - 10:56 PM

You US are scheduled to hold war games again which China does not want I will serve notice to you now this will be the last military exercise says President Rodrigo Duterte in Hanoi

BALIKATAN EXERCISES. Flag bearers from the Philippine and the US await the entrance of colours during the opening ceremonies for the annual RP-US Balikatan at the AFP-COC inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 4, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Towards an independent foreign policy

Sep 24, 2016 - 10:00 AM

It is not for or against anybody but equidistant to everyone

DUTERTE AND CHINA. President Duterte meets Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua in Malacanang Palace in July 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Yasay: No bilateral talks yet with China over West PH Sea

Sep 16, 2016 - 10:36 AM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr tells a forum in Washington DC that the Philippines and China have different standpoints on the context of such bilateral discussions

ABOUT CHINA AND THE PHILIPPINES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr discusses bilateral talks with China at a forum on September 15, 2016. Screen shot from YouTube.

China: Checking the boxes for fear of true global humiliation

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM

These what ifs are threatening situations that will feed directly into Beijing s fear of true humiliation

DIPLOMACY. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua meets Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr in Malacañang Palace. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Time for a Ramos model in the West Philippine Sea?

Aug 06, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Instead of opting for either a bilateral or multilateral approach Ramos adopted what I call bi multilateralism in his administration s approach to China

DUO. A file photo of 2 former leaders - former Philippine president Fidel Ramos and former Chinese president Jiang Zemin. File photo by AFP

Belmonte eyed to lead new House committee on West PH Sea

Aug 03, 2016 - 2:46 PM

House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas hopes former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr s strong sense of nationalism will make him accept the job

West Philippine Sea: Why China can’t just ignore Hague ruling

Aug 03, 2016 - 1:00 PM

If China continues to refuse compliance the Philippines and other claimant states can ask the International Seabed Authority to revoke China’s license to extract seabed resources in international waters

DILEMMA. A security officer stands guard at the door of the Chinese consular office as Filipino protestors holding placcards are seen reflected on its glass during a protest against China's territorial claims over the disputed Spratlys group of islands in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines, July 12, 2016. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Taiwan: Include us in dialogues on South China Sea

Jul 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM

From a historian scholar’s perspective the South China Sea is not only Asia’s Cauldron as Robert D Kaplan described but also a complex and dangerous powder keg of the Asia Pacific region

 A handout picture made available by the Office of the President of Taiwan shows Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (C) walking to board the Taiwanese Navy warship Kang Ding before it sets sail to Taiping Island in the South China Sea on July 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Office of the President of Taiwan

#AnimatED: Strategic patience in negotiating with China

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Duterte government needs to move out of its shock and awe mode and map out a strategy to make China comply with Hague ruling

Will Duterte jetski to ‘Albert rock’ and ‘Tony rock’?

Jul 15, 2016 - 4:28 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida faces international law experts assessing our victory in the West Philippine Sea case and adds humor – ? – to the discussion