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Locsin: Stamp with PH EEZ to be used on all foreign passports

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'Full Extent of Our Sovereignity. Full stop,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

FRONTLINES. Bureau of Immigration personnel are the country's frontlines in securing its borders. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

Outgoing China ambassador Zhao bids Cayetano farewell

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:54 AM

Set to leave the Philippines in November, outgoing China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua pays a farewell call to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who had been praised as one of China's 'best friends'

FAREWELL CALL. Outgoing China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua pays a farewell call to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on November 4, 2019. Photo from the China Embassy in the Philippines

Panelo: Harassment of Filipino-crewed ship 'not our concern'

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:20 PM

'It's not a Philippine vessel,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, when asked about the incident involving a Filipino-crewed commercial ship and a 'Chinese warship'

FILIPINO CREW. Ship captain Manolo Ebora (left) speaks to the crew of a 'Chinese warship' on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura near Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Tolentino wants Filipino songs broadcast to China-occupied features in West PH Sea

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:31 PM

'Para malaman nila na they (Chinese) are in Philippine territory,' says Senator Francis Tolentino

Senator Francis Tolentino at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Science and Technology and it attached agencies. September 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Manila gets 2 unsolicited railway proposals

Sep 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The city government of Manila receives proposals for a tram along Roxas Boulevard and a sky shuttle that would traverse Tondo, Binondo, and Sta Cruz

TRAM. A private company submits an unsolicited proposal for a tram along Roxas Boulevard. Shutterstock photo

Australia urges 'sovereignty' as South China Sea tensions rise

Aug 23, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Scott Morrison's comments come after the US slammed China for its 'escalation' in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels

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

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

Filipino kids shine at international taekwondo competition

Jul 03, 2019 - 10:48 AM

All members of the Philippine tearm win medals at the China Hong Kong Taekwondo Alliance Kyorugi 2019

WINNING TEAM.The winning Philippine team with their coaches, headed by Olympian Donnie Geisler. Photo from Donnie Geisler Taekwondo Training Center Facebook page

New faces, no Younghusbands in Azkals China training camp

Jun 05, 2019 - 5:51 PM

National team mainstays Phil and James Younghusband won't be around when the Azkals start their preparations for the World Cup qualifiers

REMATCH. Philippines' midfielder Stephan Schrock (2nd-L) is marked by China's defender Feng Xiaoting (L) and China's defender Ke Shi (R) during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Philippines backs U.S. moves vs China buildup in South China Sea

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:04 PM

'The Philippine position is that every country has a right to use the waters in the South China Sea as well as the airspace. And we want peace and quiet in that area. So anything that will provide such kind of atmosphere, we are for it,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

China debt trap? Opposition bets say PH at 'losing end' of 'onerous' loans

Apr 27, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Ang mahirap sa sinasabi ng pamahalaan na hindi pa ito done deal, hihintayin pa ba natin na matapos ang kontrata saka tayo magrereklano? Aanhin mo pa ang damo, kung patay na ang kabayo?' says Otso Diretso's Romulo Macalintal

STUDY CHINA DEALS. Opposition senatorial bets oppose the China deals as is. Rappler file photos by Angie de Silva and Darren Langit

Only 2 in 10 Filipinos believe China has good intentions for PH

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Respondents of the Social Weather Stations survey are asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement, 'Most of what the Chinese government wants to happen in the Philippines is good for the Filipinos'

XI AND DUTERTE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

Duterte: 'Compromise' needed to deal with Chinese ships near Pag-asa

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine President declares he won't allow China to 'occupy' Pag-asa Island

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] Future challenges of our foreign policy

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The government needs to listen to our people. China needs to hear from our people.

DOCUMENTS: PH-China deals signed during Xi Jinping visit

Nov 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Malacañang releases 7 of the 29 agreements signed between the Philippines and China during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit. See the released documents here.

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

Ex-Ombudsman Morales: 'PH cannot survive treason from within'

Nov 24, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'The ensuing period of years is the litmus test of how this nation is going to assert the gains it has painstakingly fought for in The Hague,' former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says in a forum on the West Philippine Sea

'TREASON FROM WITHIN.' Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales speaks of a "treason from within" at a forum on upholding Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Proceed with caution on China oil deal, says Carpio

Nov 24, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'The only way to prevent a cessation of our sovereign rights is not to sign anything that will cede it. You cannot cure it after the fact,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

OIL DEAL. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says there must be continued vigilance on how Philippines proceeds with its Memorandum of Understanding with China on oil exploration. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Oil and gas deal in West PH Sea 'victory for 'bully' China – Alejano

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:52 AM

'The fact that we have recognized China in sharing with [them] our own resources in our own waters is already a victory on their part,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

'VICTORY' FOR CHINA. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is against the oil and gas development deal signed by the Philippines and China. Screenshot from Rappler

IN CHARTS: Don't credit China for Philippine growth just yet

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The bulk of foreign direct investments and project loans still comes from traditional trade partners like Japan and the United States, and not from China

Welcome Xi Jinping? Filipinos give China 'poor' trust ratings

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:56 AM

Most Filipinos reject President Duterte's policy of inaction in the West Philippine Sea, according to a Social Weather Stations poll released on the day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the Philippines

ANTI-CHINA PROTEST. Militant groups hold a  rally in front of the Chinese embassy in Makati City on November 20, 2018, hours before the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manila for a state visit. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Enemy at sea, friend of the chief: Philippine military navigates ties with China

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Bullied and harassed by China in the West Philippine Sea, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is forced to strike 'cordial' ties with the staunch ally of its commander-in-chief

FRIENDS. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad and Defense Armed Forces Attaché of China Colonel Sheng Dazhi stand in attention to welcome the return of a Philippine Navy team from China on November 8, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Aquino to Cayetano: Would you give PH's playbook to China?

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Answering DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano's questions to 'prove' the Aquino administration's transparency in its dealing with China would only 'make the Philippines predictable,' says former President Benigno Aquino III

Duterte opens Chinese-donated Bukidnon drug rehab center

Aug 03, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The P500-million facility is donated by Friends of the Philippines, a group of Chinese businessmen led by Jose Kho, associated with a company behind planned massive reclamation in Manila Bay

[OPINION] Why Duterte should heed Filipinos on China

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:10 AM

The Duterte administration's appeasement policy – even defeatist policy – can only cement China's hold on the West Philippine Sea and lead to a waiver of our sovereign rights that we fought so hard to win under the arbitral ruling

4 in 5 Filipinos reject gov't inaction vs China moves – SWS

Jul 15, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Most Filipinos also believe the Duterte administration should strengthen the Philippine military as China militarizes the West Philippine Sea

BOOSTING TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Ideas that divide the nation

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

We should be wary of new concepts imported from foreign shores and alien to our history as a people, which could divide the nation and even lead to the dismemberment of the Philippine state

Robredo: China presence in West PH Sea 'most serious external threat since WWII'

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says asserting the country's rights over the West Philippine Sea goes beyond the welfare of Filipino fishermen: 'It is about our nation's independence, security, and sovereignty'

VP Leni Robredo speech at the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum. Photo by OVP

Prepare for possible China invasion, ex-defense chief tells PH

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Former defense secretary Norberto Gonzales says 'within hours, the Chinese can destroy most of the country's defense facilities and probably some of our cities'

'CONTINGENCY PLAN'. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping following a bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Robredo expresses concern over harassment of PH fishermen in Panatag

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls the China Coast Guard's actions as 'a blatant disregard of the rights of Filipinos, and the authority of the Republic of the Philippines over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal'

WEST PH SEA. Vice President Leni Robredo urges the government to act on the recent incident at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

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

Duterte on Ayungin Shoal, Facebook sinks among U.S. teens, #SaferRoadsPH wins data journ award | Midday wRap

Jun 01, 2018 - 12:54 PM

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May 28, 2018 - 12:27 PM

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Duterte's joke to Navy: One day, Philippines will invade other nations

May 22, 2018 - 8:20 PM

With an improved naval force, 'maybe we can start invading other nations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Navy during its anniversary

[OPINION] On the South China Sea: Let us help our President

May 21, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'As we had previously said, we are opposed to war – as we should be. But if threatened by the use of force, we should be ready to inflict, at the very least, a bloody nose on any attacker who is out to harm us.'

PH to raise Chinese bombers during next talks with China

May 21, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte still does not consider China a threat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a garland upon his arrival at the Golden Coast Hotel in Boao, Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Geopolitics, Duterte-style

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Duterte wants us to believe that China will intervene to keep him in power. What is troubling with Duterte’s empty boast is it unmasks his provincial view of regional security and his malnourished understanding of sovereignty.

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

Trillanes seeks Senate probe into China missiles in Spratlys

May 07, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'This alleged militarization of the West Philippine Sea is very alarming and it poses a big threat to the country's national defense and security,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a resolution

DISPUTED. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the disputed Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

Joint exploration with China not just about economic benefits – expert

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'We're talking about sovereignty here. We're not just talking about [the] economic provision per se,' says UP associate professor Herman Kraft

SOVEREIGNTY. University of the Philippines Associate Professor Herman Kraft said joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea cannot only be about economic benefits. Screenshot from Rappler Talk

Duterte wants P4-B 'gratis' from China to fund Jolo, Basilan hospitals

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he prefers economic aid from China to be spent on healthcare in the Sulu capital and Basilan instead of funding infrastructure projects

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping exchange tokens on the sidelines of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Also in the photo are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. The portrait presented by President Duterte is painted by artist Maestro Ronilo Abayan and authenticated by Jobe Nkemakolam. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte teases Chinese reporter about 'flowering' PH-China ties

Apr 09, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'China and the Philippines will bloom and you and I are in the middle of the flower,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells a China Central Television reporter during a press conference

Duterte off to China, Hong Kong this month

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:27 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will address the plenary at the Boao Forum for Asia on April 10, and will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the event

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Gawad Saka 2017 and Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) 2017 awarding ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018, gives a stern warning to the smugglers to stop their illegal activities for they may face harsh penalties when they are caught. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China defends Duterte from U.N. rights chief's tirades

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:02 AM

China says 'anyone without bias can see' that President Rodrigo Duterte has made 'achievements' in fighting illegal drugs and improving people's jobs

FOREIGN MINISTRY. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang takes a question from the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

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

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Mar 07, 2018 - 1:15 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