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Albayalde on PNP, Bello on ‘endo,’ Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

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Con-Com's proposed charter firms up West PH Sea stance, Sabah claim

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Consultative Committee's proposed Article 1 confers 'constitutional status' on the Hague ruling and introduces the concept of 'sovereign rights' to the constitution

Cayetano: PH eyeing protest vs China planes on Mischief Reef

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:20 PM

'We're taking the diplomatic action,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after two Chinese military planes were reportedly seen on Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef)

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is considering filing a diplomatic protest over the reported spotting of two Chinese planes on Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef). Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Rappler Talk Investigative: UP professor Herman Kraft on PH-China joint exploration

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:30 PM

On Wednesday, April 18, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to University of the Philippines Political Science associate professor Herman Kraft on the issues surrounding joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

[OPINION] Duterte’s China itch

Apr 17, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The President pushes for joint development in South China Sea. But China has no similar deal with any country in Southeast Asia where claims overlap

U.S., Australia, Japan navies sail in PH as China parades might

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Australian long range guided missile frigate HMAS Anzac, and Japanese destroyer JS Akizuki arrive in the Philippines for port visits as China holds a large naval parade in the South China Sea

RECEPTION. Ambassador Sung Kim holds a reception aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt for 300 guests on April 13, 2018

Zuckerberg on Facebook, Duterte and Xi on West Philipines Sea, Trump on Russia | Evening wRap

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 12, 2018

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:05 AM

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WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte, Xi give 'go signal' to craft joint exploration framework

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is bent on fast-tracking the proposed joint exploration between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after their bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte: 'I need China'

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Before flying off to China for the 3rd time, the Philippine leader says he has no plans of bringing up reclamation and construction activities by Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Joint development in West PH Sea: An idea whose time has come

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:20 PM

The Philippines is the only Southeast Asian country that has yet to enter into a joint development with a neighbor over a disputed maritime area

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Democracy’s short Philippine life

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Of course, we've only had a go at it twice. But with the untold losses we've suffered with each failure, how can we afford another?

China leader Xi Jinping greets Duterte on his birthday

Mar 27, 2018 - 4:41 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte marks his 73rd birthday, Chinese President Xi Jinping praises the 'turnaround' in ties between the Philippines and China

BETTER TIES. Chinese President Xi Jinping hails the improved ties between the Philippines and China under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Climate change and PH seas: Unlocking blue carbon solutions

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Addressing climate change lies in ensuring the well-being of our people and making sure that they have the capacity to survive and thrive in these trying times

PH, China agree on 'prudent' cooperation on joint sea exploration

Mar 22, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The countries will 'in a prudent and steady way advance cooperation on offshore oil and gas exploration,' says Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi

LETTER. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister and State Counselor Wang Yi after he passed on a hand-written letter from President Rodrigo Duterte to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 21, 2018. Photo by Parker Song/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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Cayetano off to China for talks on joint exploration

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines and China 'are trying to find a legal framework' for joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

VISITING CHINA. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is flying to China for talks on joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Before joining gov't, Roque hit China over human rights

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In 2016, lawyer Harry Roque urged United Nations officials 'to express grave concern on the human rights violations committed by China' in Scarborough Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Then Representative Harry Roque briefs a local official in Zambales about his initiatives in Congress for Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), in this photo posted by the group he co-founded, CenterLaw, on August 12, 2016. File photo from CenterLaw's Facebook page

Xi's lifetime rule may mean continued hardline stance in West PH Sea – analyst

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Aaron Jed Rabena says China could be considered 'compliant' with the 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling if there were peace and stability in the West Philippine Sea

HARDLINE STANCE. Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena expects China to maintain a hardline stance in the West Philippine Sea as Chinese President Xi Jinping moves towards lifetime rule.

Roque once slammed China as 'aggressor' in international law

Mar 11, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Now Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts 'good faith' on the part of China as Malacañang backs joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

CHANGING TUNES. Before speaking for President Rodrigo Duterte, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque once slammed China as an 'aggressor' in international law. Malacañang file photo

ASEAN military chiefs push for peace in South China Sea

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:18 PM

ASEAN military chiefs also stress the need for 'a peaceful resolution' of the South China Sea dispute

2016 PHOTO. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Calamian area a ‘confidence-builder’ for joint exploration in Reed Bank – analyst

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Calamian is an uncontested area. Any joint exploration with China in the area should be governed by Philippine laws, says Aaron Jed Rabena of the policy think tank Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress

FIRST STEP. Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena said the Philippine government could jointly explore the Calamian area with China before Reed Bank.

CONTEXT: China never said West Philippine Sea is 'disputed'

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters,' says Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on June 29, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Duterte on ICC, 2018 Forbes’ Richest List, Cayetano on West PH Sea | Midday wRap

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:15 PM

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Supreme Court on Sereno, Ban on Rappler coverage, Sotto on alleged poll fraud | Evening wRap

Mar 06, 2018 - 11:02 PM

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Cayetano maintains it's the 'disputed' West Philippine Sea

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'What are we going to do? Will we pretend it's not disputed?' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, as he hits 'so-called experts' like Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano appears in a hearing at the House of Representatives on March 6, 2018, about delays in passport processing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Roque: No need to assert PH rights to foreign companies eyeing joint exploration

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:56 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque urges reporters to 'move on' from the West Philippine Sea issue

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque holds a press briefing for the Malacañang Press Corps at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018 where he said that Special Assistant for the President Christopher Lawrence Go did not intervene on the Frigate Acquisition Project. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[WATCH] Rappler Talk: Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena on Philippines-China relations

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:45 PM

On Tuesday, March 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Aaron Jed Rabena on how Chinese President Xi Jinping's move toward lifetime rule might affect Philippines-China relations and their maritime dispute

Calida on Sereno, Carpio on Roque, 2018 Oscar winners | Evening wRap

Mar 05, 2018 - 9:25 PM

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Stop calling it the 'disputed' West Philippine Sea – Carpio

Mar 05, 2018 - 5:55 PM

A Hague tribunal 'has already ruled with finality,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio. 'There's no appeal. We are the owners of the resources there.'

NOT DISPUTED. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says Filipinos should stop saying 'disputed' West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

Carpio disputes Roque claim on joint exploration in EEZ

Mar 05, 2018 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court has not issued a ruling on joint exploration within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

Upholding the Law of the Sea Convention and the Post-Arbitration Philippine Challenge forum at Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law on July 15, 2016

Sereno won’t resign, Malacañang on joint exploration, Duterte on UN rapporteurs | Evening wRap

Mar 02, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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Malacañang: Two areas being considered for joint exploration with China

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Service Contracts 57 and 72 are top of mind for Malacañang when it comes to possible joint exploration agreements between Philippine and Chinese corporations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua as the latter accompanied the Communist Party of China Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng who met with the President at Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on Benham Rise, Duterte on Rappler, PH-Kuwait bilateral meeting | Midday wRap

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

SC en banc on Sereno, Rappler on Roque, DOTr on MRT3 | Evening wRap

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:08 PM

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Duterte says he would 'go to war' to defend Benham Rise

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:55 PM

In comparison, President Rodrigo Duterte has said he cannot afford to go to war over the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte peers through the scope of a sniper rifle during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018. Malacañang photo

Roque defends Duterte's West PH Sea 'co-ownership' remark

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) The President's spokesman says Duterte did not really mean 'ownership' as the Philippines only exercises sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque holds a press briefing for the Malacañang Press Corps at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018 where he said that Special Assistant for the President Christopher Lawrence Go did not intervene on the Frigate Acquisition Project. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: West PH Sea exploration with China like ‘co-ownership’

Feb 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'It's like two of us own that. That's better than fighting,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about China's offer for joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Petron-Petron Dealers Association (PETDA) Mindanao Mini Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pimentel: Nothing wrong with PDP-Laban ties with China's Communist Party

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'Isn't this a free country? If someone else wants to run the party then they should first join, get elected as party leader, and then run it the way they want to run it,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Photo from Pimentel's official Facebook account

Scientists, military officers to attend Benham Rise hearing at Senate

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Senate Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bam Aquino is set to lead the hearing

HEARING STARTS. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

[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

PH a Chinese province? Alejano hits Duterte's 'irresponsible banter'

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The former Navy officer says the President's joke is too 'close to the truth'

BAD JOKE. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano criticizes the President for joking about turning the Philippines into a mere province of China. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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Duterte jokes: Why not make Philippines a province of China?

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The President says negotiations for joint exploration with China are underway. He suggests a sharing scheme of two-thirds for the Philippines and one-third for China.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates his oath of office to protect the country and its citizens in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Pagsasanla ng kasarinlan ang bagong diplomasya

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

Tuluyan na bang tatalikuran ang soberanya at kasarinlan dahil sa pragmatismo? Hindi ba ito pagtataksil sa bayan?

U.S. seeks to continue 'working closely' with Philippine military

Feb 18, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'The Philippines is one of our 5 allies in the region. We've had a close relationship for a very long time and we want to continue that relationship,' says a spokesman of the US Navy's Carl Vinson Strike Group

US AIRCRAFT CARRIER. USS Carl Vinson arrives in Manila for a routine port call

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

IBP exploring possibility of filing for writ of kalikasan to protect PH marine territories

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'We saw that instead of moving the ball forward to a goal, the Philippine government somehow froze the ball and now the ball is now being brought towards the opposite direction,' Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo says

PH 'aggressively' pursuing joint exploration with China

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is looking to a precedent deal from 2005, actually still being challenged before the Supreme Court

SEA DISPUTE. The Philippines and China discuss their sea dispute in the second meeting of their bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea, held in Manila on February 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA