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Santiago resigns, SC junks Napoles bail petition, Trillanes to file libel case vs Nieto | Evening wRap

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

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday March 24

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

Scarborough Shoal, Mighty Corporation, Robredo | Evening wRap

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

Aguirre, Matobato, peace talks | Evening wRap

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

The Scarborough vivendi

Nov 03, 2016 - 3:28 PM

The tactical victory of restored access to fisheries resulted in the downgraded territorial status of Scarborough Shoal which is actually a strategic loss

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Nov 02, 2016 - 7:52 PM

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Photos show China blocking access to Panatag Shoal

Nov 02, 2016 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED One of the photos is taken on October 29 a week after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made a 4 day state visit to China

CHINA IN PANATAG. China is still blocking Filipino fishermen's access to Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), new photos suggest. This image shows Panatag Shoal on October 29, 2016. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Friends in need, friends indeed

Nov 02, 2016 - 8:12 AM

It took President Duterte to be frank and candid or to be more precise undiplomatic to get this far with the superpowers

FRIENDSHIP RENEWED. Chinese pupils hold the flags of the Philippines and China as they welcome President Rodrigo Duterte at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

China, Philippines in 'friendly' understanding on shoal – official

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:40 PM

There is no agreement but our president believes that our fishermen will no longer be harassed because he already brought up this matter during his visit Esperon tells the media

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

China ships still at disputed shoal, fishermen back – Manila

Oct 30, 2016 - 5:56 PM

Happy days are here again says one Filipino fisherman

FREEDOM TO FISH. Activists call on China to respect the rights of Filipino fishermen to fish in Scarborough Shoal on July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipino fishermen able to access Scarborough Shoal – Palace

Oct 28, 2016 - 6:23 PM

Days after President Duterte s China visit the Chinese Coast Guard and Navy have left the vicinity of the shoal says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

FREEDOM TO FISH. Activists call on China to respect the rights of Filipino fishermen to fish in Scarborough Shoal on July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte and Xi talked about fishing rights in Scarborough Shoal

Oct 23, 2016 - 12:27 AM

’ll leave it to the Chinese authorities what they will do in the next few days Let us see what develops in the days to come says Duterte hinting at possible developments on the sticky issue of fishing rights

TALKING MARITIME DISPUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping are welcomed by Chinese students during the arrival ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

PH, China agree to hold talks on maritime dispute

Oct 20, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Presidents Duterte and Xi fail to discuss fishing rights for Filipinos in disputed Scarborough Shoal

'NEW PAGE.' President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping are all smiles as Chinese students greet them at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD