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U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer

US PRESENCE. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy arrives in Manila for a routine port call. Rappler photo

Malacanang on Charter Change, Mayon Volcano eruption, Roque on Navy frigate deal | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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PH conducts maritime patrol in Scarborough, brings TV crew

Jan 23, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Amid criticisms over its failure to assert its sovereignty of Panatag Shoal, the Philippines shows it can fly a military aircraft to the disputed shoal without protests from China

BRAND NEW: The Philippine Air Force receives the first of its 3 brand new C295 transport planes

Lorenzana defends presence of U.S. warship near Panatag

Jan 22, 2018 - 11:38 AM

'International law allows innocent passage even in territorial waters,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

INNOCENT PASSAGE. File photo of USS Hopper (DDG 70) departing the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. US Navy photo

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

Alejano wants Duterte impeached over Benham Rise, West PH Sea row

Mar 30, 2017 - 10:05 AM

UPDATED In his supplementary impeachment complaint Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano also alleges that the Philippine leader is forging secret deals with Beijing

WARMER RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

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Mar 28, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Duterte, China envoy discuss 'proper handling' of sea row

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua says a bilateral mechanism on the South China Sea dispute is needed to avoid misunderstandings

News Briefs: March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday March 24

China vowed not to build on Scarborough, says Duterte

Mar 23, 2017 - 10:05 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also again brings up the possibility of joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his arrival speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on March 23, 2017, highlights the gains of the country following his successful visit to Myanmar and Thailand. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

China denies plans to build on Scarborough Shoal

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denies Beijing will set up an environmental monitoring station on the shoal in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

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

PH asks China to clarify building plans on Scarborough

Mar 22, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The Philippines will decide on its next move after China replies to its March 20 letter says Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo

SEEKING CLARIFICATION. Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo answers questions during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

5 ways Duterte can defend Scarborough without going to war

Mar 20, 2017 - 5:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s statements are feared to encourage China to build on Scarborough

MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

PH 'can't stop' China from building on Scarborough

Mar 19, 2017 - 5:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will be a destroyed nation if it declares war against China

A ship of the China Coast Guard near Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal), September 3, 2016. Photo courtesy Philippine Department of Defense

SC's Carpio warns vs China station on Scarborough

Mar 18, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says that China s planned environmental monitoring station is a radar station that will enable it to enforce an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea

WEST PH SEA. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio of the Philippine Supreme Court warns against China's reported plan to install an environmental monitoring station on Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

China to build on Scarborough Shoal – reports

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Monitoring stations were being built on 6 islands and reefs including Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines the Associated Press reports

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL. A screen shot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard on August 5, 2016, shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the disputed shoal. Screen shot courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

U.S. stopped China's plan to build on Scarborough

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:58 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Scarborough Shoal is a red line for both the US and the Philippines

NDCP FORUM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks about the country's security challenges. Rappler photo

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Feb 28, 2017 - 10:32 AM

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Driven away from Scarborough Shoal, Filipino fishermen now train in China

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Outside the diplomatic arena China’s decision to explore a different approach and strategy in dealing with Filipino fishermen appears to be shaky

This photo taken on June 16, 2016 shows a fishing vessel anchored at the South China Sea off the town of Infanta in Pangasinan province, as they wait for their fishing expedition to Scarborough Shoal. Ted Aljibe/AFP/File

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Feb 23, 2017 - 8:51 PM

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China vowed not to build on Scarborough Shoal – Yasay

Feb 23, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Philippines is happy and assured that China will not construct on the disputed Panatag Shoal Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea

SEA DISPUTE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says China vowed not to build on the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

PH Coast Guard gets 2nd patrol ship from Japan

Dec 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

BRP Malabrigo will join the 1st ship from Japan in patrolling Scarborough Shoal according to PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo

PATROL SHIP. The second of 10 MRRVs from Japan arrive in the Philippines. Photo from Coast Guard Public Affairs Office

Chinese Coast Guard rescues 2 PH fishermen near Scarborough

Dec 02, 2016 - 5:57 PM

If Chinese fishermen needed our assistance we will rescue them That s the job of the coast guard regardless of nationality and race says the Philippine Coast Guard after thanking its Chinese counterpart

This hand out picture taken on August 7, 2016 and released from the Japan Coast Guard shows the China coast guard ship 33103 sailing near the waters of disputed East China Sea islands. Japan Coast Guard/AFP

5 fishermen missing near Scarborough back home

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The Coast Guard says the fishermen – missing since November 21 – are back in Sta Cruz Zambales

Duterte: Like PH, China must ban fishing in Scarborough

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:49 PM

The Philippine leader argues that a fishing ban in the disputed shoal is in the common interest of China and the Philippines as it ensures protection of a vital fish spawning ground

DEALINGS WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping greet each during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in Lima, Peru on November 19. Photo by REY BANIQUET/ Presidential Photo

Duterte to declare Scarborough Shoal a marine reserve

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The Philippine President has told Chinese President Xi Jinping about his plan to ban fishing in the shoal says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

EO ON SCARBOROUGH. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by army and police officials during his arrival at the Davao International Airport in Davao City on November 17, 2016 prior to his departure for Lima, Peru. Photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Improved situation in Scarborough only temporary – analysts

Nov 14, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The Philippine government is also told: Any negotiation to access Scarborough is a mistake because that is already your territory

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Nov 02, 2016 - 7:52 PM

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Photos show China blocking access to Panatag Shoal

Nov 02, 2016 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED One of the photos is taken on October 29 a week after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made a 4 day state visit to China

CHINA IN PANATAG. China is still blocking Filipino fishermen's access to Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), new photos suggest. This image shows Panatag Shoal on October 29, 2016. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

China ships still at disputed shoal, fishermen back – Manila

Oct 30, 2016 - 5:56 PM

Happy days are here again says one Filipino fisherman

FREEDOM TO FISH. Activists call on China to respect the rights of Filipino fishermen to fish in Scarborough Shoal on July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipino fishermen able to access Scarborough Shoal – Palace

Oct 28, 2016 - 6:23 PM

Days after President Duterte s China visit the Chinese Coast Guard and Navy have left the vicinity of the shoal says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

FREEDOM TO FISH. Activists call on China to respect the rights of Filipino fishermen to fish in Scarborough Shoal on July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte and Xi talked about fishing rights in Scarborough Shoal

Oct 23, 2016 - 12:27 AM

’ll leave it to the Chinese authorities what they will do in the next few days Let us see what develops in the days to come says Duterte hinting at possible developments on the sticky issue of fishing rights

TALKING MARITIME DISPUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping are welcomed by Chinese students during the arrival ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

PH, China agree to hold talks on maritime dispute

Oct 20, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Presidents Duterte and Xi fail to discuss fishing rights for Filipinos in disputed Scarborough Shoal

'NEW PAGE.' President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping are all smiles as Chinese students greet them at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

#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?

SC Justice Carpio fears losing Panatag if Duterte concedes to China

Oct 15, 2016 - 2:54 PM

UPDATED SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says President Rodrigo Duterte can be impeached if he concedes sovereignty over Panatag Shoal

IMPROVING TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) talks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (right) during the 115th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Manila on August 17, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China to PH: Do not 'hype up' maritime dispute

Sep 05, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Beijing also says the situation in the South China Sea has not changed in response to Manila s statement that it spotted several vessels near the Scarborough Shoal

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Sep 05, 2016 - 12:42 PM

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PH to China: Explain ships near Scarborough Shoal

Sep 04, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says 4 Chinese Coast Guard ships two barge like vessels and two suspected troop ships were spotted on Saturday September 3

PH: China risks being 'losers at the end of the day'

Aug 30, 2016 - 1:29 PM

As you can see China is practically alone Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr holds a news conference on July 27, 2016, after the recent ASEAN meeting in Laos. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Zambales gov to fishermen: Avoid Scarborough Shoal despite ruling

Jul 16, 2016 - 5:13 PM

The lives of our fishermen are of paramount importance that is why I have repeatedly advised them not to fish until it s free to fish says Zambales Governor Amor Deloso

PH VICTORY? Zambales Governor Amor Deloso wants to protect fishermen from his province from any possible acts of aggression on the part of China. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Soldiers get replica of 1734 map debunking China's claims

Jun 06, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The Northern Luzon Command says the 1734 Murillo Map will always remind them that Scarborough Shoal is ours

'SCARBOROUGH IS OURS.' The Northern Luzon Command on June 6, 2016, receives a framed replica of the 1734 Murillo Map that shows the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) as part of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Northern Luzon Command

Duterte: We will never surrender Scarborough

Jun 04, 2016 - 7:00 AM

President elect Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines approach toward the West Philippine Sea dispute has to be multilateral in the first 3 to 4 years

COURTESY CALL. Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (right) meets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during a courtesy call in Davao City on May 16, 2016. Photo by AFP/Pool

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Mar 18, 2016 - 7:27 PM

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US fears China island building in Panatag Shoal

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:22 PM

This comes as an arbitral tribunal in The Hague Netherlands is expected to rule on the Philippines’ case against China early this year

NAVAL OPS HEAD. US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson testifies before the Senate appropriations committee, sub-committee on Defense, about the Department of Navy fiscal year 2017 budget and posture. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales/US Navy

APEC ministers endorse action plan on food security, ‘blue economy’

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:11 PM

The action plan will help ensure the security of the region’s food supply by addressing illegal unregulated and unreported fishing among others says Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

WIDENING APEC's impact. APEC ministers discuss how to widen APEC’s reach and impact, in keeping with the APEC 2015 theme, Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World. Photo from APEC

War games show how US defends PH island from invaders

Apr 22, 2015 - 4:10 PM

Working together the American and Filipino Marines encircle the Calabayan forces and defeat them to take back Luzon island from the invaders

WAR GAMES: US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on Tuesday, April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino accepts Purisima resignation, Mar on Purisima, TransAsia hero | The wRap

Feb 05, 2015 - 11:27 PM

President Aquino accepts the resignation of police chief Alan Purisima Mar Roxas denies asking President Aquino to fire Purisima And experts call the pilot of the Taiwanese plane a hero

SolGen: EDCA no guarantee US will aid PH in sea dispute

Nov 25, 2014 - 5:52 PM

While the focus of the legal battle has been whether EDCA needs Senate ratification Supreme Court justices have grilled petitioners and Acting Solicitor General Florin Hilbay about the benefits of EDCA

ORAL ARGUMENTS ON EDCA: Acting Solicitor General Florin Hilbay and Anti-EDCA petitioner former Senator Rene Saguisag. Rappler photo

US to train PH troops on maritime surveillance

Apr 08, 2014 - 4:45 PM

At least 3 000 Philippine troops will train with 2 500 US soldiers on humanitarian assistance and disaster response maritime surveillance and civil military operations among others

ALLIES. US Ambassador Harry Thomas, Jr (3rd from left) and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario (3rd from right) lead the opening of last year's Balikatan exercises

New aircraft deals not a reaction to China threat – Palace

Mar 22, 2014 - 5:18 PM

Territorial conflct or no Malacañang says it s committed to upgrade the military s defense capabilities