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Cayetano says PH can't file protest vs China bombers

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is 'ridiculous' to protest about an action beyond Philippine shores. 'Paano tayo magpo-protest sa hindi natin territory?'

NO PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines cannot file a protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China deploys new weapons systems to Paracel Islands

May 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Nearby, the Philippines begins 'long-delayed repairs' to its runway on the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe  NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

More than 1,600 Chinese structures in South China Sea

May 25, 2018 - 9:51 PM

From basketball courts to buildings with radar equipment, nearly 800 of these Chinese structures can be found in the West Philippine Sea

SUBI REEF. This photo shows the artificial island on Subi Reef in the West Philippine Sea as of December 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

DFA won't publicly condemn China over bombers

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is no longer the Philippines' strategy to file diplomatic protests against China at every opportunity it has. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo slams China missiles in West Philippine Sea

May 06, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo urges the Duterte administration to file a diplomatic protest against Chna, as she hits the 'increased militarization' of Philippine waters

SECOND IN COMMAND. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks before members and fellow alumni of the UP Junior Finance Association during the organization's 50th anniversary ball held on May 5, 2018, in Taguig City. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duterte admin 'naive' on West Philippine Sea – expert

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'If a bully keeps punching you over and over and over, it is naive to think he's all of a sudden going to stop and behave nicely,' Gregory Poling of CSIS tells Rappler

US-BASED EXPERT. Gregory Poling, director of the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, describes the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

ASEAN, China aim to start negotiations on sea code

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:26 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to hold a meeting with other ASEAN leaders and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

ASEAN SUMMIT. The Philippines is hosting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this year, attended by ASEAN countries and also dialogue partners such as China.

Duterte to be 'frank' with Xi on West Philippine Sea dispute

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:15 PM

But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not bring up the Hague ruling during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Vietnam

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows his head in prayer during the start of the of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Philippine National Police (PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

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

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

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

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

Malacañang: Joint dev't deal in disputed sea should favor PH

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The statement comes after President Rodrigo Duterte s meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who backs joint development in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Ambassador of the United  Kingdom to the Philippines Asif Ahmad who paid a courtesy call on  the President at the Study Room of Malacañan Palace on July 25,  2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines to consult ASEAN on joint China sea oil search

Jul 26, 2017 - 6:41 PM

It will not be a unilateral action from the Philippines because the premise of the president is peace and stability and unilateral action by anybody leads to destabilization Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano tells reporters

JOINT SEA OIL SEARCH? China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (R) attend a joint press conference in Manila on July 25, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Joint development in disputed sea must follow PH laws – Cayetano

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:40 PM

We re exploring if we can explore Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says of the proposed joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea

MEETING OF MINDS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (R) hold a joint press conference in Manila on July 25, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China offers self as 'good brother' of Philippines

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:10 PM

In Manila Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urges the region to stand together against non regional forces in the South China Sea disputes

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (R) after signing the guestbook in Manila on July 25, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China's top diplomat visits PH, urges joint development

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warns that unilateral development in disputed waters might lead to tensions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaking at a joint press conference at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taguig City on on July 25, 2017 in Taguig. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino says dispute with China can't be fixed 'now na'

Jul 22, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Let s just be reasonable about it former president Benigno Aquino III says of the Philippines dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

RAPPLER TALK. Former president Benigno Aquino III talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa on July 18, 2017, a year after Aquino stepped down from office. Screen shot from Rappler Talk

West PH Sea worth more than $24B from China – Carpio

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The value of resources in the West Philippine Sea is much much higher than the Philippines 24 billion package from China SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says he is sure the value of the West Philippine Sea's riches 'is much, much higher' than the Philippines' $24-billion package from China. Photo courtesy of Stratbase-ADRI

Rally world around Hague ruling, experts tell PH

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

We just dropped the ball after the ruling came out so how can you expect the world to support us? says SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

HAGUE RULING. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (4th from left) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (5th) lead the group of panelists at a forum on July 12, 2017, the first anniversary of the historic hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Stratbase-ADRI

Talk to China or go to war? 'False option,' Carpio says

Jul 12, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Those who raise the issue of war with China either do not understand the 3 warfare strategy of China or simply are scaring Filipino people to make them submit to China says SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WAR THREAT? Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says on July 12, 2017, that China 'does not want war' over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Rappler photo   WAR THREAT? Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says on July 12, 2017, that China 'does not want war' over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Rappler photo

Justice Carpio hits Duterte policy after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2017 - 5:59 PM

I do not at all blame the DFA for this because the chief architect of our foreign policy is not the DFA but the President SC Senior Associate Justice Carpio says

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio criticizes the Duterte administration's policy on the West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

PH urged to 'reassume leadership' a year after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Even today countries hope for us to lead from our position of strength says ex DFA chief Albert del Rosario

ICON OF DIPLOMACY. Albert del Rosario, 76, formally steps down as the Philippines' foreign affairs chief on March 7, 2016, after 5 years in service. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Cayetano denies China 'bullying' Philippines with war threat

May 23, 2017 - 11:56 AM

The context was not threatening each other that we ll go to war Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano attends his flag ceremony as head of the Department of Foreign Affairs on May 22, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH can sue China for war threat – Justice Carpio

May 20, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario also says China has strongly declared that it is might that will trump what is right

HITTING CHINA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (3rd from right) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (1st) both criticize China for threatening war against the Philippines. In this photo, Carpio and del Rosario unveil the 'Mother of All Philippine Maps' during the launch of Carpio's e-book on May 4, 2017. Photo courtesy of IMOA

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

Why Justice Carpio wants China to read his e-book

May 06, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Through his new e book on the South China Sea dispute Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio hopes to convince the Chinese that China s 9 dash line is baseless

VLOG: Justice Carpio, naglunsad ng South China Sea e-book

May 05, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio wants the e book to also reach a Chinese audience

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

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

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

ASEAN Summit in Manila to tackle West PH Sea

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:21 PM

New DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the upcoming ASEAN Summit will also be a chance to show the best of the Philippines

NEW SPOKESMAN. Veteran diplomat Robespierre Bolivar, the new Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman, says the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Manila will tackle the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute among other issues. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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

Ex-DFA chief hits Duterte over 'selling' West PH Sea islands

Apr 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

In Riyadh Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella downplays the President s remarks as a lighthearted way of saying that we re friends with China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announces that he will soon rename Benham Rise to Philippines Ridge during his departure speech at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 10, 2017. Malacañang Photo

Philippines to raise China reclamation in talks

Mar 30, 2017 - 9:54 AM

We re certainly not sleeping on this Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says of China s island building activities in the West Philippine Sea

'CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE.' China completes constructing 'hangars for 24 combat aircraft and 4 larger hangars' on Subi Reef, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Leticia Ramos-Shahani: Defend the Philippines

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:53 PM

We are a maritime power but we have to prove it and work towards that the late Leticia Ramos Shahani says in one of her last public appearances

SEASONED DIPLOMAT. The late Leticia Ramos Shahani, a former diplomat and senator, is also the sister of former Philippine president Fidel V Ramos. Photo from daughter Lila Shahani's Facebook account

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

Yasay flip-flops on ownership of West PH Sea islands

Feb 26, 2017 - 12:10 AM

He backpedals on his earlier statement that the Philippines merely exercises legal possession and not ownership of disputed features in the West Philippine Sea

FLIP-FLOPPING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr contradicts his earlier statement about the ownership of disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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).

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