Scarborough Shoal

PH military encourages fishermen to return to Scarborough

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:20 PM

'Takot sila. Sabi nila haharangin sila. We encourage them to go back,' says Northern Luzon Command chief Lieutenant General Emmanuel Salamat

MARITIME FORUM. The Northern Luzon Command hosts a maritime forum for fishermen. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/

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

U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer

US PRESENCE. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy arrives in Manila for a routine port call. Rappler photo

PH can ban China in Benham, but not other nations – Carpio

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The Philippines has no valid ground to disallow other member-states of UNCLOS from conducting marine scientific research in Benham Rise, and will be 'violating UNCLOS' if it does so, says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM

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Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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PH conducts maritime patrol in Scarborough, brings TV crew

Jan 23, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Amid criticisms over its failure to assert its sovereignty of Panatag Shoal, the Philippines shows it can fly a military aircraft to the disputed shoal without protests from China

BRAND NEW: The Philippine Air Force receives the first of its 3 brand new C295 transport planes

'Benham Rise is ours,' Nene Pimentel says after PH allowed China research

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We would like to emphasize Scarborough Shoal is ours, Kalayaan shoals are ours, that Benham Rise is likewise within our exclusive economic zone,' says the former Senate president

DISCUSSING CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: Former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. (middle), flanked by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (right) and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza (left), addresses question from senators during the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes hearing on the proposed formation of a Constitutional Convention that will amend or revise the 1987 Philippine Constitution on Thursday, December 8, 2016. (PRIB Photo by Albert Calvelo/ 08 December 2016)

Lorenzana defends presence of U.S. warship near Panatag

Jan 22, 2018 - 11:38 AM

'International law allows innocent passage even in territorial waters,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

INNOCENT PASSAGE. File photo of USS Hopper (DDG 70) departing the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. US Navy photo

China says U.S. warship near Panatag violated 'sovereignty'

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:54 AM

China shoos away a US warship sailing near Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, a rocky sandbar off the coast of Zambales province in the Philippines

PRACTICAL OCCUPATION. Chinese Coast Guard ships have occupied Panatag Shoal since 2012

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Nov 07, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Duterte says he hopes China will not build on Scarborough Shoal

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'I wish he will honor it because it will change the entire geography. If war starts, I don't know what will be the next geographical division of Asia,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 58th Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on October 5, 2017, reminds the government troops to remain loyal to the Constitution and the flag. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang keeps faith in China despite ‘island-maker’

Nov 07, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The Philippine government insists China has assured President Duterte it has no intention to reclaim in Scarborough Shoal

Duterte holding on to China's promise on Scarborough Shoal

Nov 01, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The President says, 'I cannot imagine myself getting involved in a violent and almost suicide action'

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

A firsthand account of the Scarborough Shoal standoff

May 19, 2017 - 10:36 AM

Captain Roy Cuesta recounts his ordeal during the 2012 Scarborough Shoal standoff that prompted the Philippines to sue China before an arbitral tribunal in The Hague

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL STANDOFF. Captain Roy Cuesta and his crew. File photo

Philippine fishermen accuse China of firing on vessel

Apr 21, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Philippine officials are investigating the reported attack on the Princess Johann boat by 7 Chinese coast guards on board a speedboat

Graphic by Alejano Edoria/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The China build-up

Apr 09, 2017 - 10:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to occupy and build structures in Philippine territory in the South China Sea China has been building its own way before this

Alejano wants Duterte impeached over Benham Rise, West PH Sea row

Mar 30, 2017 - 10:05 AM

UPDATED In his supplementary impeachment complaint Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano also alleges that the Philippine leader is forging secret deals with Beijing

WARMER RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

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Mar 28, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Duterte, China envoy discuss 'proper handling' of sea row

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua says a bilateral mechanism on the South China Sea dispute is needed to avoid misunderstandings

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Mar 24, 2017 - 9:20 AM

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China vowed not to build on Scarborough, says Duterte

Mar 23, 2017 - 10:05 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also again brings up the possibility of joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his arrival speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on March 23, 2017, highlights the gains of the country following his successful visit to Myanmar and Thailand. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

China denies plans to build on Scarborough Shoal

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denies Beijing will set up an environmental monitoring station on the shoal in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

THE MOUTH OF SCARBOROUGH. Screenshot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard of its first patrol on August 5, 2016 shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the shoal

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Mar 22, 2017 - 8:18 PM

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PH asks China to clarify building plans on Scarborough

Mar 22, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The Philippines will decide on its next move after China replies to its March 20 letter says Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo

SEEKING CLARIFICATION. Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo answers questions during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

5 ways Duterte can defend Scarborough without going to war

Mar 20, 2017 - 5:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s statements are feared to encourage China to build on Scarborough

MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

PH 'can't stop' China from building on Scarborough

Mar 19, 2017 - 5:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will be a destroyed nation if it declares war against China

A ship of the China Coast Guard near Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal), September 3, 2016. Photo courtesy Philippine Department of Defense

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

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Mar 09, 2017 - 9:52 PM

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U.S. stopped China's plan to build on Scarborough

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:58 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Scarborough Shoal is a red line for both the US and the Philippines

NDCP FORUM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks about the country's security challenges. Rappler photo

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Feb 28, 2017 - 10:32 AM

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Driven away from Scarborough Shoal, Filipino fishermen now train in China

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Outside the diplomatic arena China’s decision to explore a different approach and strategy in dealing with Filipino fishermen appears to be shaky

This photo taken on June 16, 2016 shows a fishing vessel anchored at the South China Sea off the town of Infanta in Pangasinan province, as they wait for their fishing expedition to Scarborough Shoal. Ted Aljibe/AFP/File

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Feb 23, 2017 - 8:51 PM

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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).

China, U.S. aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter over South China Sea

Feb 11, 2017 - 8:31 AM

UPDATED Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis says the two planes came within 300 meters of each other near Scarborough Shoal

DISPUTED. This territory west of the Philippines is claimed by six countries

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Feb 07, 2017 - 9:05 PM

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Lorenzana: China likely to build on reef near Philippines

Feb 07, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana believes China would eventually reclaim the Scarborough Shoal which sits 230 kilometers from Luzon

THE MOUTH OF SCARBOROUGH. Screenshot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard of its first patrol on August 5, 2016 shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the shoal.

PH files diplomatic protests vs China over West PH Sea

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Foreign Secretary Yasay says he filed the little known protests due to Chinese activities on Scarborough Shoal and its reported installation of weapons on reefs turned islands in the Kalayaan Group of Islands

QUIET ACTIONS. Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says the government is protecting Philippine interests in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

On China 'militarizing' Spratlys: 'Nothing we can do'

Dec 17, 2016 - 9:19 PM

UPDATED We cannot stop China at this point in time we will continue to pursue peaceful means at which all of these militarization can be prevented Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks with the Russian foreign minister during their meeting in Moscow on December 5, 2016. Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

PH Coast Guard gets 2nd patrol ship from Japan

Dec 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

BRP Malabrigo will join the 1st ship from Japan in patrolling Scarborough Shoal according to PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo

PATROL SHIP. The second of 10 MRRVs from Japan arrive in the Philippines. Photo from Coast Guard Public Affairs Office

Chinese Coast Guard rescues 2 PH fishermen near Scarborough

Dec 02, 2016 - 5:57 PM

If Chinese fishermen needed our assistance we will rescue them That s the job of the coast guard regardless of nationality and race says the Philippine Coast Guard after thanking its Chinese counterpart

This hand out picture taken on August 7, 2016 and released from the Japan Coast Guard shows the China coast guard ship 33103 sailing near the waters of disputed East China Sea islands. Japan Coast Guard/AFP

5 fishermen missing near Scarborough back home

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The Coast Guard says the fishermen – missing since November 21 – are back in Sta Cruz Zambales

PCG searches for 5 missing fishermen near Scarborough

Nov 28, 2016 - 9:55 PM

The fishermen all residents of Riverside Lipay Sta Cruz Zambales were left behind on November 21

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Nov 24, 2016 - 8:19 PM

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Duterte: Like PH, China must ban fishing in Scarborough

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:49 PM

The Philippine leader argues that a fishing ban in the disputed shoal is in the common interest of China and the Philippines as it ensures protection of a vital fish spawning ground

DEALINGS WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping greet each during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in Lima, Peru on November 19. Photo by REY BANIQUET/ Presidential Photo

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Nov 21, 2016 - 10:32 PM

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Duterte to declare Scarborough Shoal a marine reserve

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The Philippine President has told Chinese President Xi Jinping about his plan to ban fishing in the shoal says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

EO ON SCARBOROUGH. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by army and police officials during his arrival at the Davao International Airport in Davao City on November 17, 2016 prior to his departure for Lima, Peru. Photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Improved situation in Scarborough only temporary – analysts

Nov 14, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The Philippine government is also told: Any negotiation to access Scarborough is a mistake because that is already your territory