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The silent hero behind the Philippines' case vs China

Jul 16, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Meet Henry Bensurto Jr the diplomat behind the blueprint of the Philippines case against China at The Hague

SILENT HERO. Diplomat Henry Bensurto Jr is widely credited for the blueprint of the Philippines' case against China over the disputed South China Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ASEAN host Philippines won't raise ruling vs China

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr stresses the Philippines pragmatic approach toward the West Philippine Sea dispute

HOSTING ASEAN. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says on January 11, 2016, that 'there is really no useful benefit' if the Philippines raises Manila's legal victory against Beijing during the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

No mention of Hague ruling in ASEAN chairman's statement

Sep 07, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Still ASEAN leaders remain seriously concerned over recent and ongoing developments in the South China Sea

Lao police security stand guard at the entrance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

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Aug 24, 2016 - 9:12 PM

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Duterte to China: You can't avoid Hague ruling

Aug 24, 2016 - 5:21 PM

President Duterte warns China that if they can t understand each other the Philippine military has no choice but to defend the country s sovereign rights

WHAT NOW, CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte addresses soldiers in a military camp in Tanay, Rizal, on August 24, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Yasay contradicts Del Rosario, adopts one of China’s views

Jul 31, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Unlike his predecessor Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says the historic case filed by Manila against Beijing concerns China and the Philippines alone

OLD AND NEW. Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (left) and current Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr hold different views about the Philippines' case against China. Del Rosario's photo by AFP; Yasay's photo by EPA

Recording shows Yasay didn't want ASEAN to cite Hague ruling

Jul 28, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Never never did Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says when asked if the Philippines pitched to include the Hague ruling in ASEAN s joint communiqué

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

Duterte thanks Aquino for 'ace card' Hague ruling

Jul 28, 2016 - 8:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he asked the country s past leaders for advice on how to proceed in the maritime dispute Arroyo and Estrada recommended caution

CONSULTING HIS 'ELDERS.' President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the National Security Council meeting during which he consults with 4 former Philippine presidents on the West Philippine Sea dispute. KIWI BULACLAC/PPD

Duterte assures Kerry: Talks with China will begin with Hague ruling

Jul 27, 2016 - 4:50 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry previously says he supports negotiations between Manila and Beijing on the West Philippine Sea dispute

Duterte hails Hague ruling in SONA 2016

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:44 PM

During his first State of the Nation Address President Rodrigo Duterte issues this message before an audience that includes Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

DUTERTE AUDIENCE. A Filipino couple watches the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on a screen at the House of Representatives on July 25, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Ramos accepts Duterte offer to be envoy for China talks

Jul 24, 2016 - 1:02 AM

UPDATED Despite having 3 ailments the 88 year old former president accepts Duterte s offer

TALKS WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte wants to send former leader Fidel Ramos to Beijing. File photo

LIVE: Justice Antonio Carpio on what's next for PH after case vs China

Jul 22, 2016 - 1:51 PM

What can we expect after the Philippines victory over China in the arbitral tribunal?

Hilbay defends aborted strategy vs China

Jul 21, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Ex Solicitor General Florin Hilbay remembers telling the Philippine team I will not be the Solicitor General who sold this case to China

TOP GOVERNMENT LAWYER. Philippine Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who serves as agent for the Philippines, delivers a statement before the arbitral tribunal in June 2015. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Kerry to visit PH, meet with Duterte

Jul 20, 2016 - 8:22 AM

UPDATED The visit set from July 26 to 27 comes after the Philippines won a historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

VISITING PHILIPPINES, TOO. A handout photo provided by the US Department of State shows US Secretary of State John Kerry holding a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (not in photo) after their meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Britain, on July 19, 2016. Photo by US State Department/EPA

'Game of diplomats' begins in West Philippine Sea

Jul 16, 2016 - 9:51 PM

The goal here is a diplomatic solution to a very complicated problem Counselor Kristie Kenney of the US State Department tells Rappler

'GAME OF DIPLOMATS.' Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (right) and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (left) exchange pleasantries during Zhao's courtesy call on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on July 7, 2016. Photo from MARO-PCOO

DTI chief downplays Hague ruling impact on trade

Jul 15, 2016 - 4:46 PM

Safe to say there s no immediate impact says Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez Maybe [trade with China] will even grow stronger

POLICY PAPER. Pamphlets titled 'Facts and Policy; The China-Philippine Dispute in the South China Sea' and the policy paper on China's position on the ruling of an international tribunal on the South China Sea are seen beside a reporter during a press conference in Beijing, China on July 13. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

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Jul 15, 2016 - 12:34 PM

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LIVE: West Philippine Sea after PH victory

Jul 15, 2016 - 12:30 PM

This forum is scheduled from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Malcolm Theater of the University of the Philippines UP College of Law

Duterte wants to send Ramos to China for talks

Jul 14, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Former president Fidel Ramos however hints he might not accept the offer citing his age and other commitments

Fidel Ramos

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Jul 14, 2016 - 7:29 PM

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China rejects talks with PH if 'based on ruling'

Jul 14, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea is nothing more than a piece of waste paper says Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin

REJECTING THE RULING. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin holds up a policy paper on China's position on the ruling of an arbitral tribunal on the South China Sea during a press conference in Beijing, China, on July 13, 2016. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Duterte wants to start bilateral talks with China – Diokno

Jul 14, 2016 - 4:30 PM

President Duterte and his Cabinet discussed the unavoidable prospect of talking to Beijing after the West Philippine Sea ruling

DUTERTE AND CHINA. President Duterte is visited by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua days before a historic ruling on the West Philippie Sea dispute is released. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Joint development in EEZ 'prohibited' – Carpio

Jul 14, 2016 - 3:09 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Why do you want to share what s exclusively yours?

LEADING EXPERT. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio of the Philippine Supreme Court gives a lecture on the South China Sea dispute between the Philippines and China on June 17, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

PH-China ruling: Why Yasay wasn't smiling

Jul 13, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Did the government of President Rodrigo Duterte want to water down Manila’s victory to appease Beijing?

NOT SMILING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr draws flak for his somber tone in announcing the Philippines' victory against China on July 12, 2016. Photo courtesy of EPA

Hague ruling: Filipinos, Chinese may fish in Scarborough

Jul 13, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The UN backed tribunal recognizes the traditional fishing rights of small scale Filipino and Chinese fishermen in the shoal effectively declaring it as a common fishing ground

BACK TO SEA. Fishermen from Zambales join an anti-China rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati City on July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Hague ruling won't affect PH, China credit ratings – Moody's

Jul 13, 2016 - 7:40 PM

We assess geopolitical strains as posing a very low risk of weighing on sovereign credit trends in China or the Philippines says Moody s senior vice president Marie Diron

POLICY PAPER. Pamphlets titled 'Facts and Policy; The China-Philippine Dispute in the South China Sea' and the policy paper on China's position on the ruling of an international tribunal on the South China Sea are seen beside a reporter during a press conference in Beijing, China on July 13. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Taiwan rejects Philippines' victory over China

Jul 13, 2016 - 6:26 PM

Taiwan says the award won by the Philippines is completely unacceptable to the government of the Republic of China

TAIWANESE WARSHIP. A handout picture made available by the Office of the President of Taiwan shows Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (C) walking to board the Taiwanese Navy warship Kang Ding before it sets sail to Taiping Island in the South China Sea on July 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Office of the President of Taiwan

OFW in China: I don’t tell people I’m Filipino

Jul 13, 2016 - 5:59 PM

Filipinos in China are starting to fear for their future in their host country

Carpio, Hilbay, Jardeleza brief Duterte on West PH Sea ruling

Jul 13, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aquirre II says the 3 men agreed to the tenor of the statement made by Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr earlier Tuesday evening

THUMBS UP. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr gives President Rodrigo Duterte the thumbs-up sign after announcing the favorable ruling on the West Philippine Sea earlier that evening. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

PH to consult ASEAN allies over sea dispute ruling – defense chief

Jul 13, 2016 - 12:22 PM

The community of ASEAN who supported us in our pleading should also be consulted says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

STUDYING THE RULING. Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana says the Philippines is still studying the implications of the South China Sea ruling. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Aquino: 'Monumental' ruling on PH-China victory for all

Jul 13, 2016 - 7:55 AM

The former president says that with the decision the maritime dispute is now closer to having a permanent solution

CHINESE HERITAGE. The ancestors of President Benigno Aquino III come from Hongjian village in Zhangzou, a Fujian province in China. Malacañang file photo

How to enforce Hague ruling? PH lead counsel explains

Jul 12, 2016 - 8:40 PM

The Philippines’ lead counsel Paul Reichler says this will depend on how vigorously the affected states assert their rights against China

HISTORIC HEARINGS. The Philippines' lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler (right), confers with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (1st from left) and Philippine Solicitor General Florin Hilbay (2nd from left) on the 1st day of hearings on the merits of the Philippines' case. Photo by Abigail Valte

Robredo congratulates legal team on victory vs China

Jul 12, 2016 - 8:28 PM

We congratulate our legal team for the time effort and hard work they put into this historic case she says

PARTY MATE. Vice President Leni Robredo lauds the former administration's efforts in pursuing the case versus China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Duterte urged to use tribunal ruling to assert PH rights vs China

Jul 12, 2016 - 7:51 PM

UPDATED Solicitors general under the Aquino administration say the ruling is a potent legal platform for our goal of effectively asserting our maritime entitlements under UNCLOS

BALL IN DUTERTE'S COURT. Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza (right) and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay urge the Duterte government to use the favorable ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration as leverage in the Philippines' relations with China. Rappler photo

'Null and void': Chinese media slam West Philippine Sea ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Media organizations from Beijing describe the ruling as ill founded and accuse the arbitral tribunal of being law abusing

PH lawyer vs China: 'This is a victory for rule of law'

Jul 12, 2016 - 7:07 PM

UPDATED It is also a great victory for the other coastal states along the South China Sea the Philippines lead counsel Paul Reichler says

TOP LAWYER. The Philippines' lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler, has defended sovereign states for more than 25 years. File photo from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Senators to China: Follow ruling on West PH Sea case

Jul 12, 2016 - 6:36 PM

3rd UPDATE Philippine senators call on China to respect international law and comply with the historic ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

FOLLOW RULING. Senators welcome the favorable decision on the South China Sea, as they urge China to comply with the ruling of the internation tribunal. File photo by Rappler

Lawmakers hail ruling on Philippines' case vs China

Jul 12, 2016 - 6:12 PM

UPDATED Legislators at the House of Representatives are elated by the Philippines historic win against China over the West Philippine Sea dispute

HISTORIC. Lawmakers at the House of Representatives weigh in on the historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea dispute. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

TEXT: Summary of ruling on Philippines-China case

Jul 12, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Here is the gist of the Permanent Court of Arbitration s ruling on the historic case filed by the Philippines against China

LEGAL BATTLEGROUND. Filipinos stage a protest at Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands during the ruling on the case filed by the Philippines against China's claims in the South China Sea on July 12, 2016. Photo by Jed Alegado/Rappler

‘Victory’ rally in Manila ahead of South China Sea ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Advocacy groups are anticipating a favorable ruling for Manila hours before the arbitral tribunal in The Hague hands down its ruling on the South China Sea dispute

VICTORY? Advocacy groups celebrate an anticipated favorable ruling for Manila in the South China Sea dispute. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lawmaker to Duterte: Convene LEDAC after PH-China case ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 2:34 PM

Manalo matalo hindi po matatapos ang hidwaan sa pinag aagawang isla at karagatan says Kabayan Representative Harry Roque

ADVISE TO DUTERTE. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque holds a press conference ahead of the historic ruling on the dispute West Philippine Sea. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Jul 11, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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UN sea law lays down the rules for the planet's oceans

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Take a look at key facts on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea UNCLOS

epa05165512 (FILE) A file picture dated 20 July 2011 and taken through the window of a closed aircraft, shows an aerial view of Pagasa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea, located off the coast of western Philippines. China has deployed two batteries of sophisticated surface-to-air missile launchers to a disputed island in the South China Sea, news reports said on 17 February 2016. Satellite imagery from ImageSat International showed two batteries of eight missile launchers on Woody Island, part of the contested Paracel Islands, media reported. A US official confirmed that the imagery showed the HQ-9 air defense system, which has a range of around 200km, the report said. The report came as US President Barack Obama met with South-East Asian leaders in California, where they called for 'maritime security' and urged 'non-militarization and self-restraint' by countries in the region. Beijing claims nearly all of the South China Sea, including small islands that are hundreds of kilometers from its southern coast. Four countries in South-East Asia have unresolved territorial disputes with China over the South China Sea, which has important shipping lanes and potential oil and other natural resources. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA/POOL

Philippines-China case lights up world's oldest tribunal

Jul 10, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Here are several facts about the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague which is set to rule on Manila s case against Beijing

epa04333595 A picture made available 28 July 2014 shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands, 27 August 2013. According to news reports on 28 July 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, the Netherlands, awarded former Yukos shareholders with 50 billion US dollars compensation from Russia. The group of shareholders accused Russia of expropriation of the oil giant. EPA/GUUS SHOONEWILLE

CHEAT SHEET: What you need to know about PH-China case

Jul 10, 2016 - 7:30 PM

To help you navigate the issues better Rappler compiles key stories revolving around the Philippines case against China over the West Philippine Sea

HISTORIC CASE. The Philippine delegation presents its arguments against China before an arbitral tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, in November 2015. Photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Palace: It will be a 'very, very historic week' for the PH

Jul 10, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the week of July 10 will be very historic as the country awaits landmark announcements from The Hague and the Office of the President

HISTORIC WEEK. Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the week of July 10 will be a 'historic' one for the country.

Confirmed: Ruling on PH-China case out on July 12

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:14 PM

3rd UPDATE The Permanent Court of Arbitration says that there will be no in person meeting or ceremony for the rendering of the award

HIGH-CALIBER TRIBUNAL. The arbitral tribunal is led by Judge Thomas Mensah (president, C), the first president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The high-caliber tribunal also includes the following (L to R): Judge Jean-Pierre Cot, Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, and Professor Alfred H. A. Soons. Photo courtesy of PCA

Justice Carpio: Talks with China OK, if PH wins case

Jun 10, 2016 - 6:07 PM

Joint exploration with China is also possible under Philippine law says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (2nd from right) joins the powerhouse Philippine team in The Hague from July 7 to 13. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

PH hits China for coral damage: 'Close to catastrophic'

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:04 AM

In The Hague the Philippines also slams China s deliberate policy to physically expel Filipinos from parts of the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE TEAM. The Philippines’ lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler (1st from right), speaks with Professor Philippe Sands (2nd) while Professor Alan Boyle (3rd) is in the background as Manila presents its arguments against Beijing in The Hague. Photo by Abigail Valte

PH to tribunal: China island building destroys seabed

Nov 26, 2015 - 10:15 AM

In The Hague the Philippines slams China for its ‘flagrant and persistent’ violations of international law

SLAMMING CHINA. On the second day of the hearings on Manila’s case against Beijing, Lawyer Andrew Loewenstein hits China’s reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of Abigail Valte