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President Rodrigo Duterte's stronger words on the sea dispute so far revolve around one specific part of the West Philippine Sea – Pag-asa Island. Here's why it's special to him.
(UPDATED) Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasizes 'good neighborliness,' while Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says allies should strengthen, 'not destroy,' each other
Will the declaration of the island as a marine protected area keep Chinese ships away?
'Now is the best time' to address the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing over the West Philippine Sea, says foreign secretary Albert del Rosario
(UPDATED) The Philippine President declares he won't allow China to 'occupy' Pag-asa Island
'Such actions when not repudiated by the Chinese government are deemed to have been adopted by it,' says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs
But asked if the supposed diplomatic protest against China will be made public, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says, 'No way, José'
President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman also says the Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest about the Chinese vessels, but no details are provided
President Rodrigo Duterte never took China's abuses in the West Philippine Sea seriously, says senatorial bet Gary Alejano
As lawmakers debate on the MACR they think children deserve, kids continue to be exposed to environments that put them on a collision course with the law
Do our lawmakers know that they are trying to pass a law that would demonize angels? Do they know what they are doing?
Satellite images from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative show 'a high of 95' Chinese vessels surrounding Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea
‘The problems lie in the implementation of the law and that is what the amendments should focus on,’ says Senator Franklin Drilon
The winning films of Vice President Leni Robredo's Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival will be screened at Ayala Malls Cinemas from June 13 to 30
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Filipino residents in Pag-asa Island continue to enjoy access to the 3 sandbars but they cannot 'occupy' them based on an agreement between the Philippines and China
The military says all 174,000 precincts opened by 11:30 am on Monday, May 14, including isolated islands in the West Philippine Sea and Palawan
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Close-up aerial photos of the Philppine island occupied by about a hundred Filipinos – Pag-asa (Thitu) Island – show a settlement studded with trees but sparse in facilities
Istorya ng Pag-asa (Stories of Hope), a traveling photo gallery that aims to inspire and empower Filipinos, is currently hosted by Tabaco City in Albay
Lawyer Barry Gutierrez says the Vice President visits communities through her anti-poverty program, which allows her to talk to and help Filipinos from 'all walks of life'
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he is confident China will not protest the repairs, citing improved relations with the military superpower.
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(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
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not worried yet but he says the mere presence of the ship in the West Philippine Sea will definitely be a concern
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(UPDATED) The ships were monitored on September 18, says opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano
Istorya ng Pag Asa is an effort to present an alternative narrative to the prevailing trend of negativity and hate through stories of hope optimism and inspiration
It was not a Chinese flag says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año
While keeping the facts secret Secretary Cayetano hits Justice Carpio for using the wrong facts about Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the presence of Chinese ships in Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island does not count as invasion
Construction has yet to start 4 months since Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the need to immediately repair the Philippine airstrip on Pag asa Island
By any yardstick this is a seizure of Philippine territory Justice Carpio says as Chinese ships guard a sandbar near Pag asa Island
CSIS images also show more Chinese ships in the West Philippine Sea even as Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano justifies the presence of Chinese vessels there
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Have we already adopted the strategy of silence inaction and subservience in West Philippine Sea so as not to offend China? asks opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano
There are reasons for the presence of certain vessels but the situation in the area is very stable Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says
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The Chinese may have a sinister plan to occupy sandbars just west of Pag asa that belong to us says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano
But there is no timeline yet for the construction activities
Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says it is illegal for the Philippines to occupy disputed West Philippine Sea South China Sea islands
The Philippine President says repairs of facilities in Pag asa Island will push through despite China s displeasure
The fleet is headed by Rear Admiral Shen Hao Deputy Commander of the East China Sea of the People s Liberation Army Navy
(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
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?
UPDATED China says it is gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with this move by the Philippine government