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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

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

Rappler PLUS briefing: What do we know about China?

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:28 PM

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FALSE: Media 'did not cover' 2014 water cannon incident in Panatag Shoal

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Local and international news outlets reported about China using water cannons to drive away Filipino fishermen from Panatag Shoal in 2014

Duterte wants China to guarantee rights, safety of PH fishermen

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte told Cabinet officials that the Recto Bank incident will be discussed in the next round of bilateral meetings with China, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China rejects third party in Recto Bank joint probe – Panelo

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines will still 'suggest' the inclusion of a neutral country in the joint inquiry, if China and the Philippines have conflicting findings on the Recto Bank incident

Damage of the F/B GemVir. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] The importance of integrity

Jun 30, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Our territorial integrity is like our personal integrity. We must maintain, protect, and defend both with all the power at our command because they are priceless.

[OPINION] The sublime and unfathomable wisdom of Rodrigo Duterte

Jun 29, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The key to understanding President Duterte’s gospel has been there all along, hiding in plain sight as though to mock imperceptive doubters like us: 'We are friends with China.'

[OPINION | Newspoint] A nation held to ransom

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Duterte's betrayals actually go further and deeper.

Carpio hits Duterte: Defending PH EEZ not 'thoughtless, senseless'

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the threat of war is raised 'only to intimidate the Filipino people into submitting to China's encroachment' of the West Philippine Sea

[OPINION] A facade of smiles over the Recto Bank incident

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy

Sunken boat incident not affecting business between PH, China

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:47 PM

FFCCCII President Henry Lim Bon Liong says business ties between Manila and Beijing remain solid despite the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea

ASSISTANCE GIVEN. The FFCCCII formally turns over assistance to the fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver in a press conference on June 28, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

De Lima: Duterte 'impeachable' by allowing Chinese to fish in PH waters

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:54 PM

'But the Duterte-controlled Congress is not expected to hold Duterte to account for these impeachable offenses anytime soon,' says Senator Leila de Lima

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 Malacanang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Sotto sees no problem with China fishing in Philippine waters

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'It’s very difficult to say that there is an exclusivity if it is underwater. The fish could be coming from China. And the fish from the Philippines could be going to China,' says Senate President Sotto

RESCUE AT SEA. Fishing boat M2M tows the F/B Gem-Ver to the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 15, 2019. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Stop putting China over Filipinos – Del Rosario

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:34 PM

'When will we stop giving our northern neighbor primacy over our own people?' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, and is welcomed by former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, after he was denied entry in Hong Kong on June 21, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte vs fishermen: Is the Philippines lawyering for China?

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and his alter egos doubt their own countrymen whose boat was sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea on June 9, 2019

QUESTIONING FISHERMEN. President Rodrigo Duterte's government raises doubts about the testimonies of Gem-Ver fishermen, whose boat was sunk by a Chinese ship on June 9, 2019. Photos by LeAnne Jazul/Martin San Diego/Malacañang

Filipino-Chinese businessmen give P1.2 million for sunken boat’s repair

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Boat owner Felix dela Torre, Gem-Ver Captain Junel Insigne, cook Richard Blaza, and fisherman Jaypee Gordiones attend the turnover ceremony in Quezon City on June 28

ASSISTANCE GIVEN. The FFCCCII formally turnover check donations and sacks of rice to the owner and fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver on at a press conference in Quezon City on June 28, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Justice Carpio refutes Duterte gov't: China can't fish in PH

Jun 25, 2019 - 10:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'No government official can waive this sovereign right of the Filipino people without their consent,' says Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine government cannot allow China to fish in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BFAR: Municipal waters yield more fish than deeper fishing grounds

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:55 PM

'Ang mga pumupunta sa West Philippine Sea ay para manghuli ng high-value fish, that's why we should be there. But on our records, there is more money in galunggong than in tuna,' says BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona

San Roque fishing community. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Sotto claims Chinese vessel did not sink Philippine fishing boat

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Quoting a 'Coast Guard expert,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the Chinese vessel did not sink F/B Gem-Ver in the West Philippine Sea

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol talks to  22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver, who were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in West Philippine Sea, in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Del Rosario donates P500,000 to PH fishermen sunk by China

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr returns to ex-top diplomat Albert del Rosario his P500,000 donation to the Recto Bank fishermen

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on June 21, 2019, after Hong Kong denied him entry. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Groups urge Filipinos to defend Philippine territory after boat sinking

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Protesters stress the importance of standing in solidarity with the Filipino fishermen, even as the Duterte administration echoes China in downplaying the sinking of the boat as a 'maritime incident'

DEFEND PHILIPPINES. Various groups wave Philippine flags along Manila Bay as they show their strong solidarity for the Philippines and their resistance against China during a protest on Saturday, June 22. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

In ASEAN, Duterte vents 'disappointment' over sea code delays

Jun 23, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks at the ASEAN Summit show he is 'not beholden to or afraid of any foreign country'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states during the 34th ASEAN Summit plenary session at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 22, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo 'not confident' about joint PH-China probe, backs third-party inquiry

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'Kaya mahirap na joint investigation, kasi hindi natin sigurado kung iyong totoo talaga iyong lalabas,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the planned joint probe with China into the Recto Bank incident

VISIT. Vice President Leni Robredo visits the fishermen and crew of FB Gem-Ver, in Brgy. San Roque, San Jose Occ Mindoro on June 21, 2019. Rappler screengrab

Senators oppose joint Recto Bank probe by PH, China

Jun 23, 2019 - 5:03 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 'It will never be a fair investigation when one is the oppressed and the other is the oppressor,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

SUPPORTING FISHERMEN. Protesters unite in an anti-China protest by Manila Bay on June 22, 2019, after a Filipino boat was sunk by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PH backtracks, downplays 3rd party in Recto Bank probe

Jun 23, 2019 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after Duterte government officials made categorical statements about involving an independent 3rd party in the Recto Bank investigation

PALACE. President Rodrigo Duterte with his Palace executives Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo upon their arrival at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 21, 2019 for the ASEAN Summit. Malacañang photo

Sereno: Tri-party probe of Recto Bank incident 'overt surrender of sovereignty'

Jun 22, 2019 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'The incident happened in Philippine waters, to Filipino citizens, whose laws immediately apply, and where jurisdiction, unless surrendered, vests exclusively in Philippine courts or appropriate administrative agencies,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte agrees to joint probe of Recto Bank incident

Jun 22, 2019 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) 'President Duterte welcomes and accepts the offer of the Chinese Government to conduct a joint investigation to determine what really transpired in Recto Bank and find a satisfactory closure to this episode,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

WARM TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanks Chinese President Xi Jinping for 'understanding' him. Malacañang file photo

Despite Duterte openness, Locsin rejects joint PH-China probe

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'Who the fuck is this guy?' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, referring to an analyst who spoke of the proposed joint probe into the Recto Bank incident

DUTERTE'S ALTER EGO. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr on the sidelines of Japan House of Councilors President Chuichi Date's courtesy call on the President in Malacañang on January 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

Hours before he is held in HK, Del Rosario hits PH-China probe

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:14 AM

'Can we please not insult the intelligence of our people?' says ex-foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on the proposed joint investigation of the Recto Bank incident

RECTO BANK. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario slams the proposed joint Philippines-China probe into the Recto Bank incident. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Filipino fishermen give dog to Vietnamese after rescue

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

As a gesture of friendship and gratitude, the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver leave their dog with the Vietnamese fishermen who rescued them

GEM-VER'S CREW. Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Vir, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Reed Bank, towards the shore of Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Fisheries code empowers PH to fine Chinese vessel for just being in Reed Bank

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The fisheries code is clear: entry of any foreign fishing vessel in Philippine waters shall constitute prima facie evidence that the vessel is engaged in fishing in Philippine waters. The Philippines can fine the foreign vessel up to US$1 Million

SEA INCIDENT. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol talks to  22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver, who were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in West Philippine Sea, in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Unlike PH, Vietnam defends its fishermen vs China

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 AM

This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses as a 'maritime incident' the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea

VIETNAMESE DIPLOMACY. Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang takes questions during a press conference in Hanoi on August 3, 2017. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Duterte open to PH-China probe into Recto Bank boat sinking

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives a thumbs up to the suggestion of the Chinese government for Manila and Beijing to conduct a joint investigation into the incident

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO