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LIST: China's incursions in Philippine waters

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:06 AM

As the Duterte administration claims friendlier ties with China, Philippine officials report several sightings of Chinese vessels criss-crossing Philippine waters without due notice

Lorenzana lauds Duterte’s warning to foreign vessels trespassing PH waters

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The defense chief says the license to get compliance from unauthorized vessels even through an ‘unfriendly manner’ gives security forces authority to enforce the law

DEFENSE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over warships in EEZ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'Drop the diplomatic crap; say it is ours period; they're trespassing,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

OFWs in China as spies? 'Preposterous,' says Lorenzana

Aug 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana points out that Chinese companies are mandated to provide intelligence to their government, unlike overseas Filipino workers

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (center) with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (left). Photo from the Chinese Embassy in Manila

Lorenzana wants Duterte to bring up warship incursions during China visit

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Where did they come from? Where are they going? Obviously they are going back to China pero ang mas malaking question, saan sila galing at bakit sila dumadaan sa Sibutu Strait?' asks the defense chief

LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants President Rodrigo Duterte to bring up with China's President Xi Jinping the illegitimate passage of Chinese warships in Philippine waters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military hits 'trespassing' by Chinese warships in Philippine waters

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:15 PM

'Incursions' by Chinese naval vessels in the Sibutu Strait may not have been overtly hostile but the military says they pose a security threat that needs to be addressed

TRESPASSING. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

'Not an act of friendship,' says Panelo on Chinese ships in Sibutu Strait

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The passage of Chinese warships may be the subject of yet another Philippine diplomatic protest, which critics have said are not working

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

5 more Chinese warships spotted in Philippine waters in July, August

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The military says this is in addition to the passage of 4 Chinese vessels earlier this year, all without permission from the Philippine government

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Philippines files another diplomatic protest vs China

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:22 AM

'Got it, General. DFA firing off diplomatic protest,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza urged the government to ask China why its ships were in Philippine waters

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr announces another diplomatic protest has been fired off against China over its survey ships and warships' presence in Philippine waters. Malacañang Photo

Duterte to raise 'delay' in South China Sea Code of Conduct with Xi Jinping

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Asked who is 'delaying' the completion of the South China Sea Code of Conduct, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'It could be China. Nobody else is asking us to wait.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath-taking ceremony of the newly promoted officers of the Philippine National Police at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP: 4 Chinese warships passed Palawan waters in June

Aug 06, 2019 - 4:54 PM

(UPDATED) The Western Mindanao Command says 3 of the Chinese warships were unresponsive to radio calls from Philippine troops

WESCOM CHIEF. Wescom chief Rene Medina Wescom Facebook page

Duterte to 'invoke' Hague ruling in next China visit

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to discuss the proposed joint exploration for oil and gas with Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte allows stamping of China passports with 9-dash line image

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to end the implementation of a 7-year-old Philippine government policy that served as a form of protest against China's inclusion of its 9-dash line in its e-passports

Visa-upon-arrival scheme for Chinese to be ‘tightened,’ not scrapped

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:48 PM

One proposal considered at the August 5 Cabinet meeting is ‘automatic blacklisting’ of Chinese nationals who overstay after benefiting from the VUA scheme

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP hits 'deception' in China warships' passage

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels

CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China's southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently spotted conducting a massive naval drill with dozens of vessels in the South China Sea, according to satellite images released on March 30. Photo by Planet Labs Inc/AFP

DND insists China 'squatting' in West PH Sea

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:44 PM

'Possession' or 'position?' The Defense department clears up post-SONA mess by reiterating the Philippines’ claim of sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

MABINI REEF. Internationally known as Johnson Reef, Mabini Reef has been reclaimed and turned into a military outpost by China. Image from CSIS/AMTI

Esperon sees influx of illegal Chinese nationals as 'threat'

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:28 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says he's concerned when any one nationality comes to the Philippines in droves 'and their intent is not clear'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China gives P10-M donation to Batanes earthquake victims

Jul 31, 2019 - 3:43 PM

The Chinese government expresses its 'deepest sympathies and condolences' to the families affected by the twin earthquakes

HOMES LOST. Residents demolish their houses destroyed by a series of earthquakes in Itbayat Island, Batanes on July 29, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Locsin: 'Diplomatic protest fired off' vs China

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says a protest against China has been filed over the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

5 challenges to Duterte's ‘fishing deal’ with China

Jul 30, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Why President Duterte’s ‘verbal agreement’ allowing China to fish in Philippine waters is unlawful and dangerous

China to Philippines: 'We won't take the first shot'

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says that Beijing is committed to a peaceful settlement of disputes

'PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT.' China says it is committed to ''peaceful settlement' of disputes in the South China Sea. Photos from the Chinese Embassy in Manila

Defense chief hits China's 'bullying' in Scarborough Shoal takeover

Jul 30, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Filipinos would 'naturally' distrust China for 'grabbing' islands in the West Philippine Sea, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

BULLYING. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. PCG photo

Tolentino insists Duterte-Xi fishing deal 'valid' without knowing what it's about

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:34 PM

In his Senate floor debut, neophyte Senator Francis Tolentino insists that the so-called fishing deal between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping does not need Senate concurrence

LACKS INFO? Neophyte Senator Francis Tolentino says he did not have the capacity to 'secure' agreements from the President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler PLUS briefing: China's presence in the PH

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Join us on Tuesday, August 13, at 5 pm for the second and final briefing in our two-part series on China

LOOK: Image shows Chinese aircraft carrier passed Philippine waters

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Despite denials from the Philippine defense chief and the Chinese ambassador, it appears the aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass though Philippine waters

WARSHIP PASSAGE. This image tweeted by OedoSoldier shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass through Philippine waters recently. Photo from OedoSoldier on Twitter  Source: Twitter.com/OedoSoldier

36% of Filipinos want Chinese in Recto Bank incident sanctioned – Pulse Asia

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:02 PM

Moreover, 26% of Filipinos believe China itself must also pay for the injuries suffered by the Filipino crew and damage done to their fishing boat, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey

SANCTIONS SOUGHT. The damaged fishing boat Gem-Ver arrives at the shores of Bgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

More Filipinos distrust China after Recto Bank incident – survey

Jul 26, 2019 - 11:09 AM

China's overall trust rating among Filipinos sank by 13 percentage points after the incident between a Filipino boat and a Chinese ship in the waters off Palawan

"MARITIME INCIDENT." Fishing boat Gem-vir off the coast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lorenzana confirms Chinese warships passed through Tawi-Tawi

Jul 25, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Lorenzana clarifies that it was not an aircraft carrier but several smaller Chinese naval vessels, and that China should have informed Philippine authorities about their passage

WARSHIP PASSAGE. Photo of a Chinese naval vessel by the Philippine Coast Guard

Unlike Duterte, Aquino doubts China will wage war over West PH Sea

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:15 PM

'Sila rin naman eh namomroblema paano ba nila tayo papatulan na hindi lumabas na bully,' says former president Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines and China's maritime dispute

NO WAR? Former president Benigno Aquino says China would not want to appear like a bully to its trading partners. File photo by Rappler

Carpio rebuts Duterte: China 'not in possession' of West Philippine Sea

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:53 AM

(UPDATED) Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio hits President Rodrigo Duterte's assumption that China has dispossessed Filipinos of the West Philippine Sea

PAG-ASA ISLAND. An aerial view of the Philippines' largest outpost in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from the Center for Strategic and International Studies/Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

SONA 2019: Duterte insists on fishing deal, threat of war with China

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Duterte reiterates that pushing for the country's sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea would lead to war with China, and that his 'fishing deal' with the Chinese is legal

SOVEREIGN RIGHTS. The FB Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque II, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvaged near the Reed (Recto) Bank following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte asserts PH sovereignty to others, except China – analyst

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'[Duterte] compromises sovereignty when it comes to [his] relationship with China and then he asserts sovereignty when it comes to international organizations,' says political analyst Bobby Tuazon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

[OPINION] Freud's libido and Duterte's jingoism

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:00 PM

International relations are not built on drunken macho street-talk that Duterte has been used to all his life as a mayor in the country’s southern backwaters

Carpio slams China’s 'double standard' in warship passage near Tawi-Tawi

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Although the Philippines observes China's right of innocent passage in its waters, China has consistently tried to stop Filipinos from patrolling parts of the West Philippine Sea

INNOCENT PASSAGE. China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi Jinping. China's national defence ministry had said the Liaoning, named after a northeastern Chinese province, was part of a flotilla on a "routine training mission" and would make a port of call in the former British colony. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Carpio: Duterte ‘fishing deal’ with China must go through Senate scrutiny

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Senate must find out exactly what the supposed verbal agreement between Manila and Beijing entails, and whether it falls within Philippine law

SENATE SCRUTINY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch defender of the West Philippine Sea, says the Senate must scrutinize a supposed fishing deal between Manila and Beijing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filipinos' top SONA 2019 issues: Pay hike, lower prices, Philippine sovereignty

Jul 19, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated polls Filipinos on the topics they want President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss or mention in his 4th State of the Nation Address

ASSERT PH VICTORY VS CHINA. Protesters rally near the Presidential Palace ahead of the third anniversary of Philippines' victory over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, in Julu 2019.  Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

MISLEADING: Compared to Aquino, Duterte had a better approach to China

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:00 AM

At least half of the claimed results of the approach to China are either misleading or outright false

Carpio, Del Rosario refute Duterte on invoking defense pact with U.S.

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The [Mutual Defense] Treaty operates only for self-defense, not for aggression against another state,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Mutual Defense Treaty with the US is only for self-defense. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Carpio rebuts Duterte, offers at least 6 ways to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Stop the defeatist attitude toward China, says Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Ambassador Albert del Rosario attend the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute's forum on the third anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea on July 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Philippines loses to China 3 years after Hague ruling

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

'The present administration has done absolutely nothing to enforce the award,' says Justice Antonio Carpio. Did the Philippine efforts go to waste?

Davao City gets more foreign funding under Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Now that Davao City's longtime mayor has become the most powerful man in the country, his city has taken its place at the ODA banquet table

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between U.S., China

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:37 AM

‘We’re like a pendulum. We cannot keep swinging from one extreme to the other,’ says Aileen Baviera, professor and former dean of UP’s Asian Center

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between US, China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH to sue Chinese ship crew in local courts if China fails to penalize them

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines can file a case on 'reckless imprudence resulting to serious damage of property' against the captain and crew of the Chinese ship that hit F/B Gem-Ver

Children play around the dry-docked F/B Gem-Ver on June 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

No need for China permit to fish, says PH lawyer in Hague case

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:07 AM

'It is up to the Philippines' whether to allow Chinese fishermen to fish in the West Philippine Sea, says world-renowned lawyer Paul Reichler

LEAD COUNSEL. Paul Reichler, known as 'the giant slayer of public international law,' was the Philippines' lead counsel in its case against China over the South China Sea. File photo courtesy of PCA

Justice Carpio: Deal with China to fish in Reed Bank 'lopsided' against PH

Jul 04, 2019 - 9:44 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio calls on the government to reject President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called verbal deal with Xi Jinping to let China fish in the Reed Bank

LOPSIDED. Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says a deal to let China fish in the Reed Bank is lopsided for the Phiippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Nograles: Despite 'verbal deal' with China, PH must still enforce laws

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, echoing Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, says the supposed deal is not yet enforceable since it lacks the necessary terms and conditions

Recto Bank incident 'clear violation' of int'l law – PH lead counsel

Jul 03, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Paul Reichler, the Philippines' lead counsel against China, tells Rappler there is 'a very strong case' to hold China liable for the Recto Bank incident

'GIANT SLAYER.' Paul Reichler, the Philippines' lead counsel in its case against China, says the Recto Bank incident is a 'clear violation' of international law. File photo courtesy of ITLOS

Duterte-Xi fishing deal 'cannot be enforced' – Locsin

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:59 AM

'It's not policy,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the verbal agreement is legally binding

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by Chinese President Xi Jinping inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on April 25, 2019. Malacañang photo

Philippines, China 'not talking' about online gambling

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:25 PM

'We are not talking to the Chinese government about it. This is a matter of their citizens...who work here and are subject to our tax laws. That's all,' says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III


Lacson says Duterte deal with China nothing but words

Jul 02, 2019 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) And because they're mere words, what would be the basis for impeaching the President?

SPOTTED. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal in June 2019. PCG photo