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[ANALYSIS] Scarborough Shoal and its threat to Philippine centers of gravity

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

It is our economic assets, our commerce, and way of life that can now be threatened by the Chinese. Green Aura is a harbinger of things to come.

Carpio hits awards to China envoy: 'Our heroes turning in their graves'

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Retired SC justice Antonio Carpio urges UP law alumni to practice their profession in the service of Filipinos, which is practicing law 'in the grand manner'

STAUNCH DEFENDER. Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio hits the Duterte administrations awards to outgoing China Ambassador Zhao Jianhua. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[PODCAST] Bakit di dapat balewalain ang harassment ng China malapit sa Panatag Shoal?

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Mali si Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo na wala sa interes ng Pilipinas ang insidente sa West Philippine Sea. Pakinggan ang talakayan nila defense reporter JC Gotinga at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

Ship captain in Chinese vessel spat hailed as hero but might lose job

Nov 06, 2019 - 7:26 AM

Batangas City commends the 'exemplary courage' of seasoned seaman Manolo Ebora, who calls on the government to also make a stand for Filipinos' rights in the West Philippine Sea

HOMETOWN HERO. Unlike the national government, the local government of Batangas City commends the 'exemplary courage' that commercial ship captain Manolo Ebora showed by standing up to Chinese vessels in Panatag Shoal on September 30. This photo shows Ebora receiving awards from the Batangas City Council on November 5, 2019. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gov't neglecting duty to defend PH territory – maritime expert

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says not calling out China's latest harassment 'is tantamount to a public surrender of Philippine interest in Scarborough Shoal'

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. This broader ECDIS map image shows Scarborough Shoal adjacent to the western tip of Luzon. The red line represents the general direction of the Green Aura's course as it heads from Thailand to China on its voyage from September 26 to October 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Why should we alter our course? This week's outlook

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:45 PM

We wonder how many stories in the high seas are left untold – whether by Philippine Navy troops who would get into confrontations with Chinese ships or Filipino fishermen who are constantly harassed in our own waters

Cayetano: 'Nothing new' with China driving away Filipino-crewed ship

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also does not want to use the term 'harassment' to refer to a 'Chinese naval warship' ordering a Filipino-crewed commercial ship to change course in Scarborough Shoal

'NOTHING NEW.' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano does not want to use the term 'harassment' for the incident involving a Chinese warship and a Filipino-crewed commercial ship in Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Locsin refuses to call out China ship harassment in West Philippine Sea

Nov 04, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the presence of Chinese vessels near Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Rappler Talk: Retired rear admiral Rommel Jude Ong on PH Navy's 'rebirth'

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:59 PM

On Monday, November 4, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with retired rear admiral Rommel Jude Ong to discuss the Philippine Navy's strategic vision for the future, among others

Maritime expert hits Panelo for downplaying China ship harassment

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'It's like a person not caring that his house is being managed by someone else who claims to be the owner,' says expert Jay Batongbacal in response to Malacañang

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference for the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) at the Impact Challenger in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 3, 2019. AVITO DALAN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo: Harassment of Filipino-crewed ship 'not our concern'

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:20 PM

'It's not a Philippine vessel,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, when asked about the incident involving a Filipino-crewed commercial ship and a 'Chinese warship'

FILIPINO CREW. Ship captain Manolo Ebora (left) speaks to the crew of a 'Chinese warship' on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura near Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Lorenzana to China: Respect international maritime law

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The defense chief also says the encounter between a Chinese vessel that claimed to be a warship and the Filipino crew of a commercial ship ‘should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized’

PHILIPPINE WATERS. This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the ship's path between Panatag Shoal (left) and Luzon island (right), and the presence of Chinese vessels in the area on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Lorenzana commends Filipino captain who defied ‘Chinese warship’ in West PH Sea

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The defense chief also rebuts the 'Chinese naval warship' crew’s claim that Panatag Shoal is ‘under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government’

COMMENDABLE. Captain Manolo Ebora of the international oil tanker M/T Green Aura stood up to a Chinese naval warship near Panatag Shoal on September 30, 2019. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana commended him on November 2, 2019, saying his handling of the encounter was admirable. Image by Rappler

DFA verifying Chinese ship harassment of Filipino-crewed ship in West PH Sea

Nov 02, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'We will verify the facts of the incident then relevant offices will make the appropriate recommendations,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Ship captain Manolo Ebora speaks to the crew of a "Chinese warship" on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura past Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese ‘naval warship’ harasses Filipino-crewed ship near Scarborough Shoal

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:48 PM

The Chinese vessel insists that the commercial ship change course to avoid the shoal, and then tails it to make sure it stays away from the Chinese-controlled area in the West Philippine Sea

Carpio: No need for China recognition of PH ownership in joint exploration

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the fact oil and gas exploration will be done through a service contract means China will be recognizing Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines is safe with the memorandum of understading with China on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines, China hold first meeting on oil, gas exploration deal

Oct 30, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The official establishment of the Philippines-China intergovernmental joint steering committee brings the two countries closer to exploiting natural resources in the West Philippine Sea

OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION. The Philippines and China officially establish the inter-governmental joint steering committee on oil and gas exploration on October 28,2019 in Beijing, China. Photo by the Department of Foreign Affairs

Carpio's retirement goal: To convince Duterte to assert arbitral ruling

Oct 30, 2019 - 1:33 PM

'As a DHO, a die hard optimist, I believe the seemingly impossible dream can still be achieved with your help,' retired justice Antonio Carpio tells journalists

'TRUTH'. Retired SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio tells journalists on October 29, 2019, to tell the world about the "historical truth" that China never owned or controlled the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IT firm seeks TRO vs SEA Games organizers over bidding mess

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The 2019 SEA Games gets entangled in a legal controversy just a month before the country hosts the regional biennial meet

MESS. The SEA Games faces more problems with the regional biennial meet happening a month away. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PH, China eye marine research, protection in South China Sea

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The Philippines and China are also considering fisheries cooperation, maritime search and rescue, and maritime safety initiatives

Carpio backs Del Rosario proposal to bring Hague ruling to U.N.

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Newly retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says one way to make China comply with the Hague ruling is to rally world opinion behind the landmark legal victory at the United Nations

STAUNCH DEFENDERS. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario urge the Philippine government to bring the Hague ruling to the UN. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Del Rosario: South China Sea code must incorporate Hague ruling

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'Our region cannot promote the rule of law while ignoring the law as it stands,' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

CODE OF CONDUCT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says ASEAN states must ensure the South China Sea Code of Conduct abides by the rule of law. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Carpio offers 5 ways ASEAN can counter Chinese intimidation in South China Sea

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:31 PM

(UPDATED) Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio also warns against China declaring it wanted the South China Sea code signed before 2022, saying this would likely happen after Beijing reclaims Scarborough Shoal

RULE OF LAW. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio offers 5 ways ASEAN claimant states can enforce the rule of law in the South China Sea. Rappler Screenshot

Robredo: China ‘must first recognize’ PH ownership in joint exploration

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

'That should be one of our most basic demands: that before we enter into a contract with them, they recognize first our ownership and our sovereignty over those [areas],' says Vice President Leni Robredo

RECOGNIZE PH OWNERSHIP FIRST. Vice President Leni Robredo continues to be wary of the proposed joint oil and gas deal between the Philippines and China. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Team from Russian energy firm visited Manila for oil exploration talks – envoy

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Russian energy giant Rosneft is ‘very interested’ in joint exploration and development of Philippine oil and gas reserves, says Ambassador Igor Khovaev

EXPLORATORY TALKS. This file photo shows President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discussing matters with Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev in Moscow, Russia, on October 4, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] An 'Abominable' problem: When Chinese money takes over company values

Oct 20, 2019 - 8:30 PM

As 'South Park' character Stan Marsh said, 'Anyone who betrays their ideals just to make money in China isn't worth a lick of spit'

Carpio welcomes Russian oil exploration in West Philippine Sea

Oct 20, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Manila should be also spreading out service contracts for oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea to countries other than China

STAUCH DEFENDER. Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine should spread out partners for oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Rappler Screenshot

PH owes 'incalculable debt of gratitude' to retiring Justice Carpio

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'His example inspires us to be patriots each day of our lives and to do what is right in the face of adversity,' says former top diplomat Albert del Rosario

'PATRIOT'. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will retire on October 26, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Carpio on West Philippine Sea: Every Filipino's duty to defend PH territory

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:04 PM

'If you want your advocacy to bear fruit, you have to press on and continue despite all odds,' says retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

END OF AN ERA. Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio sits down with Rappler's Marites Vitug to talk about independence in the judiciary and his West Philippine Sea advocacy. Rappler Screenshot

Intentional? Chinese ship in Recto Bank incident 'explicitly connected' to Beijing

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

Locsin wants DreamWorks boycott over 'Abominable' movie

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:36 AM

'Call a universal boycott...from here on,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says after the animated DreamWorks film showcased a map depicting China's 9-dash line in the South China Sea

BOYCOTT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr expresses his opposition against a DreamWorks animated film which depicted China's 9-dash line. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte fires gov't oil exploration corporation chief

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte aired his displeasure over PNOC-EC chief Pedro Aquino Jr during a Cabinet meeting on October 11

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with some members of the cabinet prior to the start of the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Rappler Talk: Jeffrey Ordaniel on Duterte's embrace of China

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:07 PM

On Monday, October 14, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Jeffrey Ordaniel of Tokyo International University to assess President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China

Duterte invites Russian oil giant to explore in West Philippine Sea

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Rosneft, the Russian firm which ruffled China's feathers with its oil and gas projects in Vietnam, is offered a chance to pursue a similar project in Philippine waters

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the officials of Rosneft Oil Co. led by its CEO Igor Sechin, who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow, Russia on October 2, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Retiring Carpio gives West PH Sea lecture to SC workers

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:44 AM

In the JBC, chief justice applicants are asked whether Carpio's media interviews about China are 'improper'

LECTURE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio receives a plaque of appreciation from Supreme Court Employees Association (SCEA) president Erwin Ocson after giving a lecture on Defending Philippine Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Sea on October 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of the SC Public Information Office

Chinese vessels in Philippine waters: Who’s keeping score?

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:48 PM

As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Tolentino wants Filipino songs broadcast to China-occupied features in West PH Sea

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:31 PM

'Para malaman nila na they (Chinese) are in Philippine territory,' says Senator Francis Tolentino

Senator Francis Tolentino at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Science and Technology and it attached agencies. September 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Del Rosario refutes Duterte gov't: U.N. resolution on Hague ruling 'can be done'

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario reminds the Duterte administration that the United Nations serves as both the 'primary promoter' of the rule of law and the 'court of world public opinion'

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. The Philippines is set to speak at the UN General Assembly on September 28, 2019. UN file photo/Kim Haughton

Malacañang against raising Hague ruling before UN for fear of hurting China ties

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Following ex-DFA chief Albert del Rosario's suggestion will only have an 'adverse effect' on the Philippines' and China's 'friendly talks' on the West Philippine Sea, says the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

China using fishing vessels for surveillance, control of West PH Sea – DND

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Chinese fishing vessels complement Chinese naval and coast guard ships, and could be used for 'asymmetric warfare of sea control and sea denial' against Filipinos, the defense department says in a report to a lawmaker

LONELY OUTPOST. An aerial view shows the BRP Sierra Madre that has been grounded since 1999 to assert the Philippines' sovereignty over Ayungin Shoal. The China Coast Guard constantly patrols the area, the DND says. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Del Rosario urges PH to bring Hague ruling to U.N.

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:57 PM

The former foreign secretary urges the Duterte government to take the opportunity 'present a case for the UN to reassert that right is might and the rule of law must be upheld'

TAKE ACTION. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Philippines must seek the UN General Assembly's support for the 2016 Hague ruling. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: Sibol PH taps 27 athletes for 2019 SEA Games esports tournament

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The Philippine national esports team aims to sweep all events as the country hosts the 2019 SEA Games

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea

'THE GALL OF DUTERTE.' Senator Leila de Lima slams President Rodrigo Duterte over the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima.

Robredo hits Duterte's 'shameful' sellout to China over oil, gas deal

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:47 PM

'Why are the President and his administration the very ones who undermine our decisive victory before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 with remarks such as this?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

ASSERTING PH RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo slams President Rodrigo Duterte for once again downplaying the Philippines' arbitral victory against Chia over the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Duterte 'ignoring' arbitral ruling to make way for joint exploration

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:46 PM

After repeatedly saying he will assert the Hague ruling before China, President Rodrigo Duterte says the landmark decision can be ignored

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Team Liyab standouts vie for 2019 SEA Games esports berth

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Kevin 'Gambit' Dizon and Caviar 'Enderr' Acampado of Team Liyab are part of the Sibol national training pool

TIGHTENED COMPETITION. Team Liyab members train hard to make the cut for the inaugural 2019 SEA Games eSports tournament. Photo from release

'Like a thief in your own territory'

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Once before Filipino fishermen could make as many trips as they wanted to Scarborough Shoal and easily bring home 4 tons of fish each trip. Now they're lucky to haul in a third of what they used to.

Supreme Court spares IBP, Diokno in West PH Sea case mess

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The SC says, 'Counsels for petitioners were sternly warned that the commission of the same or similar infractions in the future would be dealt with more severely'

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. IBP lawyer Andre Palacios and collaborating counsel Chel Diokno during the first oral arguments at the Supreme Court on their Writ of Kalikasan petition. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Duterte, Xi beyond the hype

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:54 AM

As he enters the last phase of his term, can Duterte afford to appear and sound like a wimp alongside his fellow Southeast Asian leaders? And for what? For China’s empty promises and intrusions into our territories?

Lorenzana: 'No reason to believe' China will not honor agreements

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'Let us trust, but we must also be cautious,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo