South China Sea
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Going to the ‘heart of Unclos’

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Excerpts from ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China,’ which will be launched on Wednesday, July 18, at the Ateneo de Manila University

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

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Hague ruling anniversary, Duterte's 'Sorry God,' and updates on the Thai cave rescue

[OPINION] China's grand larceny

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:25 AM

What should we now do as a willing victim and an abettor that has fully embraced our big northern neighbor who is clearly acting as a bully, a grand larcenist, and an international outlaw?

Hague ruling anniversary, Tulfo audit, Kylie Jenner | Evening wRap

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

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73% of Filipinos want PH to assert rights under Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes says 'a plurality of Filipinos' believe the Philippines 'should file a diplomatic protest' over China's militarization of the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINES-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte (left), through meetings with China officials led by Chinese President Xi Jinping (right), seeks better ties Beijing. Malacañang file photo

Robredo seeks peaceful protest vs China moves in West PH Sea

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says of the Philippines' victory against China in The Hague on July 12, 2016: 'Sadly, since then, we have lost that advantage'

HAGUE RULING. Vice President Leni Robredo poses with former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario at a forum on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Del Rosario: PH 'a willing victim' 2 years after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

'Before we can hope for help, we must first demonstrate that we are worth helping,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on the second anniversary of the Philippines' South China Sea victory

HAGUE RULING. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario speaks in a forum on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

2 years after winning, Duterte refuses to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The Philippines marks the second anniversary of its victory against China over the South China Sea, still with an 'inexplicable reluctance' to enforce this ruling

EFFORTS WASTED? This is the Philippine team that flew to The Hague, Netherlands, to defend the merits of the Philippines' case against China in November 2015. Photo courtesy of PCA

[OPINION] Enforce arbitral award for present, future generations

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Since the Duterte administration has chosen to set aside the enforcement of the Award, the task of keeping alive the Award within our country has fallen on people like you and me

[SCHEDULE] Book launch, talks: ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China’

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Interested readers can listen to the author and buy ‘Rock Solid’ at the these events in the Philippines and abroad

Senate inaction on China: No inquiry amid militarization

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Experts tell Rappler it is the Senate's 'patriotic duty' to protect the Philippines' territorial integrity as China militarizes the South China Sea

[OPINION] Time for a different narrative on maritime dispute with China

Jul 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Since the stunning victory over China in 2016, the official story has been defeatist

Rappler editor to launch landmark book on Philippines-China case

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Dañguilan Vitug is set to unveil the book 'Rock Solid,' the first of its kind about the Philippines' victory over the South China Sea, at the Ateneo de Manila University on July 18

LANDMARK BOOK. 'Rock Solid,' authored by award-winning journalist Marites Dañguilan Vitug, is the first of its kind on the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea. Photo of Vitug by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Xi Jinping, U.S. defense chief meet amid troubled security relations

Jun 27, 2018 - 8:18 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, visiting Beijing to take the measure of China's global security ambitions, especially in the South China Sea, tells Xi Jinping he wants to keep the bilateral military relationship on an even keel and find areas to cooperate

MIGHTY CHINA. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on June 21, 2018. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Australia buys high-tech drones to monitor South China Sea, Pacific

Jun 26, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Canberra is embarking on its largest peacetime naval investment through a massive shipbuilding strategy that includes new submarines, offshore patrol vessels and frigates to shore up its defense capabilities

AUSSIE EYE. This handout photo taken on April 3, 2014 and received from the Australian Department of Defence on June 26, 2018, shows Squadron Leader Col Gray inspecting a full scale mock up of the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Canberra. Photo by LAC Michael Green/ Australian Department of Defence/AFP

[OPINYON] Tayo nang maglaro ng Chinese barter

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Bukod sa malaking usapin ng soberanya sa teritoryo, sa likod ng ilang kilong isda kapalit ng instant noodles o bottled water ay ang binabanggit ko: kalayaan at kusang-loob

[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

Duterte: China taking of PH fisherman's catch 'not outright seizure'

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte uses the term 'barter' to describe the uneven 'exchange' of goods between China Coast Guard and Filipino fishermen, a word also used by Chinese envoy Zhao Jianhua

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte examines one of the firearms donated by the People's Republic of China (PRC) during the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Living within the truth

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:36 PM

There are forces competing for our attention, pushing us to believe in thing or another. There is, in fact, a hidden war going on beneath the surface of our lives. It's a war between 'living within the truth' and 'living within the lies.'

[OPINION] To respectfully differ with Defense Secretary Lorenzana

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:33 PM

We feel deeply sad because it appears that he is being used as a propagandist precisely since he has the reputation of being straight as an arrow

'2 bottles of water for P3,000 worth of fish in Panatag Shoal'

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:58 AM

Filipino fishermen from Zambales province confirm that China Coast Guard habitually takes their catch in Scarborough Shoal

Photo by Randy Datu

Masinloc mayor Lim: China fish-taking like 'toll fee' for Filipinos

Jun 14, 2018 - 4:51 PM

'We can't fight a country that is bigger and more powerful, but that was made by God for all,' says Mayor Arsenia Lim, referring to China's apparent control of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal

Drilon urges Duterte to review 'appeasement policy' towards China

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Citing data, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says Vietnam has received more Chinese investments, trade, and tourists despite its confrontational stance on the South China Sea row

Senate Hearing BBL 11th Session February 13 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque on China 'goodwill' in Panatag: What matters is PH can fish there

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:07 PM

'They are able to fish now under the administration of President Duterte and to me, as their former counsel, that's what matters,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, whohelped Zambales fishermen file a human rights case against China before the UN in 2015

Did Cayetano admit China can apprehend Filipinos in Panatag Shoal?

Jun 14, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) Referring to giant clams in Panatag Shoal, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says, 'If Filipinos or Chinese or Vietnamese take any of these, they will really be apprehended.' But by whom?

PANATAG SHOAL. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says Filipino fishermen can be apprehended if taking giant clams in Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang: No to 'costly' suit vs China over damaged reefs

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Filing a new case against China will reverse our diplomatic gains, not to mention the cost it entails,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo says Duterte admin 'too soft' vs Chinese presence in West PH Sea

Jun 13, 2018 - 4:35 PM

'Iyong atin, atin iyon. Kapag mayroong violation galing sa iba – kung China man iyan o ibang lugar – kailangan tayong mag-protesta,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on China's militarization of the West Philippine Sea

'WHAT'S OURS IS OURS'. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum on June 11, 2018. File photo by OVP

PH Democracy, Scarborough, Independence Day | Evening wRap

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

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Sue China for destroying corals in Panatag Shoal – Carpio

Jun 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Philippines 'should demand damages from China' for destroying corals while harvesting giant clams in Panatag Shoal, says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

SUE CHINA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio urges the Philippine government to sue China for destroying coral reefs in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China allows Filipinos to fish in Panatag 'out of goodwill'

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:18 AM

(UPDATED) The Chinese embassy says China Coast Guard personnel 'have always acted in accordance with the law,' even as a television report shows them taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Protesters troop to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2018, the eve of Independence Day, to protest harassment of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese envoy: 'Bad apples' in China Coast Guard to be disciplined

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:55 AM

But the China Coast Guard personnel may have just been trading goods with Filipino fishermen, says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

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

'Sailor, patriot, public servant': Lawmakers, officials mourn Roilo Golez

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) Former Parañaque representative and National Security Adviser Roilo Golez was supposed to give an interview on maritime disputes when he died Monday, June 11, due heart attack

ADVOCATE. Former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez explains the Philippines' territorial claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) at a rally in 2013. File photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roilo Golez: Defender of the West Philippine Sea

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The former national security adviser had consistently argued that the law is on the Philippines' side in the maritime dispute

IN PHOTOS: Fisherfolk slam China on eve of Independence Day

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Protesters in front of the Chinese consulate call on Filipinos to fight for independence, and demand that China should leave Philippine territory

'CHINA OUT!' Fisherfolk-members of activist group Akbayan troop to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2018, eve of Independence Day to protest China's alleged thievery and harassment against Filipino fisherfolk Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bong Go confirms China government plane landed in Philippines

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'The request for landing was received, processed, and cleared by relevant Philippine government agencies,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport have gone viral, fueling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

[OPINION] Our President may need more help

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Of utmost primacy is the protection of the hard-earned gains of the Filipino people as handed down by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Arbitral Tribunal

Carpio to Duterte gov't: File new case vs China

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:46 PM

'We can demand damages for economic loss that our fishermen suffer. That’s the course of action that we should take if we want to protect the interest of our fishermen,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio criticizes the Duterte administration's policy on the West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

PH did not lose sandbars near Pag-asa island, says Lorenzana

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Filipino residents in Pag-asa Island continue to enjoy access to the 3 sandbars but they cannot 'occupy' them based on an agreement between the Philippines and China

SOUTH CHINA SEA. File photo of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana addressing the ASEAN leadership forum on November 8, 2017, where he discussed the South China Sea dispute, among others topics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte on West PH Sea, Kris vs Mocha, women driving in Saudi | Evening wRap

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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Duterte doubts military would follow orders to defend West PH Sea

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he fears a coup d'etat if he orders the Armed Forces to go on a 'suicide' mission against China in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the query from one of the members of the media after delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Why Philippines should protest vs China bombers in Paracels

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Former DFA chief Albert del Rosario says a protest by the Philippines will 'galvanize the support of countries' opposing the militarization of the South China Sea

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges the Philippine government to file a protest against China's bombers in the Paracels to galvanize international support against China's militarization of the South China Sea. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DFA says Duterte admin made '85 diplomatic actions' – on what?

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

This comes after Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano criticized Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano for supposedly filing only one protest against China

'DIPLOMATIC ACTION.' The Department of Foreign Affairs says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has undertaken 35 of 85 'diplomatic actions' since the Duterte administration began. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aquino: China violates declaration with ASEAN on South China Sea

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:54 PM

'Walang isla, nagkaroon ng isla....Meron ngayong facilities. 'Yung facilities, tinitirahan ng personnel 'nyo. Noong tinatayo 'nyo 'yan, for everybody. Ngayon, nilalagyan na ninyo ng mga sandata,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Former President Aquino’s press con re Dengvaxia case against him and others. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte admin lost territory in West Philippine Sea – Del Rosario

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Former DFA chief Albert del Rosario says the Philippines should have filed 'a very strong protest' against China's seizure of Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island

SANDY CAY. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Duterte administration lost territory in the West Philippine Sea after China seized Sandy Cay. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

China increasingly isolated as France, Britain set sail for disputed seas

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:34 AM

France and Britain are set to sail through the South China Sea next week, joining international efforts to stand up to the Asian military superpower

ASIA DEPLOYMENT. British Royal Navy's HMS Sutherland docks in Singapore during the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit. Photo from the HMS Sutherland Twitter Page

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

China general slams 'irresponsible comments' on South China Sea

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Lieutenant General He Lei's statement comes after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused China of 'intimidation and coercion' in the disputed waters at a security summit in Singapore

SECURITY SUMMIT. Lieutenant General He Lei (L), vice president of the People's Liberation Army's Academy of Military Science, and Hajit Sajjan (R), Canadian National Defense Minister, attend the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP