Second Thomas Shoal - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Second Thomas Shoal


Lorenzana: We're helpless against China blockade in West PH Sea

Jun 04, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana asks Congress to fund military modernization. 'We don't have the capabilities now. We are [working] double time but it depends on the funds that we get from Congress.'

DEFEATIST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the Philippines is helpless against China in the West Philippine Sea. File Photo by DARREN LANGIT

READ: Text of Hague court ruling affirming PH rights over Mischief Reef

Feb 06, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'Mischief Reef... fall within areas where only the Philippines possesses possible entitlements to maritime zones under the Convention.... Accordingly, the Philippines – and not China – possesses sovereign rights with respect to resources in these areas,' reads the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016

2016 PHOTO. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Demand rent from China for occupying PH reefs – analyst

Apr 01, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Lawyer and doctoral candidate Perfecto Boy Caparas also stresses the need to revive preserve and protect the marine ecosystem in the Spratly Islands

MISCHIEF REEF. This satellite image released on December 13, 2016, shows Chinese structures seen on Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Fear for Philippine troops facing China 'enemy'

Apr 02, 2014 - 9:24 PM

China had largely tolerated the Philippines plucky effort to hold on to Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratlys archipelago to the south but last year began increasing pressure to end what it termed an illegal occupation

Philippine Marine Lieutenant First Class Mike Pelotera shows his bronze cross medals he received along with eight colleagues after a five month mission manning the Philippines' remote outpost on the Second Thomas Shoal in the disputed Spratlys Island in the South China Sea

New aircraft deals not a reaction to China threat – Palace

Mar 22, 2014 - 5:18 PM

Territorial conflct or no Malacañang says it s committed to upgrade the military s defense capabilities

AFP: Up to 5 Chinese ships circling Panatag, Ayungin

Aug 28, 2013 - 8:54 PM

The Armed Forces chief says 2 to 5 Chinese ships are circling the Ayungin and Panatag shoals at any given time

Don't dictate to PH over seas, China told

May 30, 2013 - 6:19 PM

The DFA says China in the first place has no right to be there

SEA BASTION. This undated handout photo released by the Philippine Government on May 23, 2013 shows an aerial view of BRP Sierra Madre, a 100-meter (328 foot) amphibious vessel built for the US in 1944 and acquired by the Filipino navy in 1976, grounded at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. AFP PHOTO / Philippine Government

Taiwan protests PH ships in Spratlys

May 25, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Taiwan protests to the Philippines for sending naval ships to disputed South China Sea islands in the latest diplomatic spat between the two governments

Grounded ship is PH's last line of defense

May 23, 2013 - 11:47 AM

A handful of marines living on a World War II era ship that is grounded on a remote tiny reef is the Philippines last line of defense in disputed waters