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DND insists China 'squatting' in West PH Sea

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:44 PM

'Possession' or 'position?' The Defense department clears up post-SONA mess by reiterating the Philippines’ claim of sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

MABINI REEF. Internationally known as Johnson Reef, Mabini Reef has been reclaimed and turned into a military outpost by China. Image from CSIS/AMTI

Dissecting Duterte’s amped-up West Philippine Sea rhetoric

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM

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.

Duterte, Xi agree to resolve Pag-asa Island row through talks

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:40 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasizes 'good neighborliness,' while Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says allies should strengthen, 'not destroy,' each other

PH–CHINA REAFFIRM FRIENDSHIP. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping reaffirm their friendship and commitment to a stronger development partnership as they hold a bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 25, 2019 ahead of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Malacañang photo

Philippines considering making Pag-asa Island protected area

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Will the declaration of the island as a marine protected area keep Chinese ships away?

Del Rosario to Duterte gov't: 'Unshelve' Hague ruling

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:03 AM

'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

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges the Duterte government to 'unshelve' the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte: 'Compromise' needed to deal with Chinese ships near Pag-asa

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine President declares he won't allow China to 'occupy' Pag-asa Island

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

Philippines says Chinese ships near Pag-asa Island 'illegal'

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Such actions when not repudiated by the Chinese government are deemed to have been adopted by it,' says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Locsin: I 'fired off salvo of diplomatic notes' vs China

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:40 PM

But asked if the supposed diplomatic protest against China will be made public, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says, 'No way, José'

DIPLOMATIC NOTES. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says he has filed diplomatic notes against China over Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Panelo to 'politely ask' China envoy to stop deploying ships near Pag-asa

Apr 01, 2019 - 2:10 PM

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 chats with Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo after the 5th Cabinet meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on August 22. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Duterte gov't hit over China vessels near Pag-asa

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte never took China's abuses in the West Philippine Sea seriously, says senatorial bet Gary Alejano

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

China deploys militia as Philippines builds on Pag-asa Island

Feb 07, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Satellite images from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative show 'a high of 95' Chinese vessels surrounding Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

PH did not lose sandbars near Pag-asa island, says Lorenzana

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:22 PM

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

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

Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea opened for barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 8:05 PM

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

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys. File photo from the Philippine military

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Photos compare developed China, Vietnam reefs to bare Philippine islands

May 08, 2018 - 10:14 AM

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

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys. File photo from the Philippine military

PH gears again to fix runway in West PH Sea island after delays

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he is confident China will not protest the repairs, citing improved relations with the military superpower.

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys.

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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 removes pole marker planted on West PH Sea island

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:44 PM

It was not a Chinese flag says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

KOTA ISLAND. The Philippine military removes a pole marker planted on one of the country's islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Screenshot of Google Maps

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Aug 22, 2017 - 8:21 PM

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Aug 22, 2017 - 1:53 PM

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Cayetano conceals facts about China ships near Sandy Cay

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:55 PM

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

CONCEALING FACTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano refuses to disclose the facts about the Chinese ships reportedly guarding Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Screen grab from Rappler video

Duterte: Why should I defend West PH Sea sandbar?

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:45 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the presence of Chinese ships in Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island does not count as invasion

Delay hits gov't plan to fix runway in West Philippine Sea

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:47 AM

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

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys.

Carpio to Duterte, Cayetano: Protest China 'invasion'

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

By any yardstick this is a seizure of Philippine territory Justice Carpio says as Chinese ships guard a sandbar near Pag asa Island

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Aug 18, 2017 - 7:29 PM

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Photos show China ships fishing near Pag-asa Island

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:55 PM

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

'ACTIVELY FISHING.' This photo shows one of two Chinese ships that 'appear to be actively fishing, with their nets visibly in the water,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

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Aug 17, 2017 - 7:36 PM

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Alejano: Does PH have 'strategy of silence' in West Philippine Sea?

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:30 PM

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

WHAT'S THE POLICY? Opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano criticized DFA secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over recent statements made concerning the West Philippine Sea. File photo

Cayetano downplays reported China ships near Pag-asa Island

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:22 PM

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

BETTER TIES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Duterte administration has improved the Philippines' ties with China. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

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Aug 15, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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5 Chinese ships spotted near Pag-asa sandbars

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:21 AM

The Chinese may have a sinister plan to occupy sandbars just west of Pag asa that belong to us says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys

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

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May 02, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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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

Duterte to China: It's PH duty to 'repair' Pag-asa Island facilities

May 01, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The Philippine President says repairs of facilities in Pag asa Island will push through despite China s displeasure

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

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 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

China hits PH over Lorenzana trip to Pag-asa

Apr 22, 2017 - 6:28 PM

UPDATED China says it is gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with this move by the Philippine government

PAG-ASA TRIP. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a trip to the disputed Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Screen grab from Rappler video

PH military chief says nothing like singing nat'l anthem on Pag-asa

Apr 22, 2017 - 12:51 PM

It s the first time for the Philippine military chief to step foot on Pag asa the second biggest naturally occurring island in the entire South China Sea

LUPANG HINIRANG. Top Philippine security officials lead the flag-raising ceremony on Pag-asa on April 21, 2017. Rapper photo

PH allots P1.6B to fast track construction on Pag-asa

Apr 22, 2017 - 10:08 AM

The funding mainly covers the repairs of the eroding runway

TOP BRASS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the top officers of the Philippine military visit Pag-Asa Island on April 21, 2017. Rappler photo

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Apr 21, 2017 - 8:30 PM

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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

When we defied China

Apr 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM

President Duterte still has a chance to salvage the national honor by proceeding with his original plan to raise the Philippine flag on Pag asa

Duterte cancels plan to raise flag in Spratlys

Apr 13, 2017 - 1:20 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says he is complying with China s request for him not to push through with this Independence Day plan

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