South China Sea
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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

Duterte insists war only alternative to dealing with China

May 22, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Yet various experts say there are other options aside from war and 'subservience' to China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Carpio, Del Rosario urge PH to protest Chinese bombers

May 22, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio warns the Duterte administration against 'handing over to China on a silver platter the West Philippine Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urge the Duterte administration to file a diplomatic protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo alarmed over Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 22, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo, however, erroneously says the Chinese bombers landed on Philippine territory. The Philippines is not claiming ownership of the Paracel Islands, where the bombers landed.

CALL FOR DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo once again urges the DFA to file a diplomatic protest against China over its increase militarization of the South China Sea. File photo by OVP

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May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

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Unlike Philippines, Vietnam condemns Chinese bombers

May 22, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Vietnam 'demands that China stop these activities' and 'cease militarization' of the South China Sea, even as Manila won't publicly condemn Beijing

VIETNAMESE DIPLOMACY. Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang takes questions during a press conference in Hanoi on August 3, 2017. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Beijing denies 'militarization' of South China Sea

May 21, 2018 - 10:05 PM

'The South China Sea islands are Chinese territories,' says China foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, adding this is 'part of the normal training for the Chinese military'

CHINA BOMBERS. This handout photograph taken and released on May 11, 2018 by Taiwan's Defense Ministry shows a Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft (left) flying alongside a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K bomber that reportedly flew over the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and over the Miyako Strait, near Japan's Okinawa Island, in a drill.  AFP/Taiwan   Defense Ministry/ Handout

AFP won't comment on China bombers, but says 'we are doing our mandate'

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'We can assure our people that your armed forces will never renege in its constitutional obligation to help secure and defend the territorial integrity of our nation,' says the AFP

SILENCE. AFP Spokesperson Colonel Edgard Arevalo says they have conducted patrols for the China bombers but declines to reveal their findings. Rappler file photo

[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

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May 21, 2018 - 12:38 PM

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May 21, 2018 - 9:48 AM

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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

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

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

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: 'Remain meek, humble' to get 'mercy' of China's Xi

May 16, 2018 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says China's Xi Jinping is proposing a 'bigger share' for the Philippines in a joint development of the West Philippine Sea

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte says China's Xi vowed to protect him from ouster

May 15, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'We will not allow you to be taken out from your office,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recalls Chinese President Xi Jinping telling him

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

AFP chief careful, quiet on West PH Sea

May 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

'I'm sorry, I can't make statements,' Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr tells reporters, but gives assurances 'the AFP is doing its best' to protect Philippine territory

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr says only the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of National Defense may issue statements on the West Philippine Sea

Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea opened for barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The military says all 174,000 precincts opened by 11:30 am on Monday, May 14, including isolated islands in the West Philippine Sea and Palawan

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys. File photo from the Philippine military

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May 10, 2018 - 10:42 AM

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VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Vietnam calls on China to withdraw missiles from Spratlys

May 09, 2018 - 10:52 AM

'Vietnam requests that China, as a major regional and global power, show responsibility in the maintenance of peace and stability in the East Sea, stop militarization and withdraw military equipments illegally deployed on structures under Vietnam's sovereignty,' reads a statement of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry

Photos compare developed China, Vietnam reefs to bare Philippine islands

May 08, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Close-up aerial photos of the Philppine island occupied by about a hundred Filipinos – Pag-asa (Thitu) Island – show a settlement studded with trees but sparse in facilities

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys. File photo from the Philippine military

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.

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May 07, 2018 - 11:24 AM

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Robredo slams China missiles in West Philippine Sea

May 06, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo urges the Duterte administration to file a diplomatic protest against Chna, as she hits the 'increased militarization' of Philippine waters

SECOND IN COMMAND. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks before members and fellow alumni of the UP Junior Finance Association during the organization's 50th anniversary ball held on May 5, 2018, in Taguig City. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

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

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Missing the forest for the trees

May 05, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Indeed, China is emerging as the Duterte regime’s ultimate patron – as investor, infrastructure builder, labor and material supplier, and money lender – in a modern-day sort of colonial arrangement

Duterte falsely claims Hague ruling issued during Aquino presidency

May 04, 2018 - 8:25 PM

'Aquino filed an arbitration case, we won, he was still there. Bakit hindi niya ginawa kung 'yan ang gusto ng mga yellow?' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III with incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the Main Lobby stairs of the Malacañan Palace during the Departure Honors on Thursday (June 30, 2016). (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Malacañang 'confident' Chinese missiles 'not directed' at PH

May 04, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Yet the Palace expresses concern over the reported new missiles and says the issue will be addressed through 'diplomatic means'

Beijing 'installs missiles' on South China Sea islands

May 04, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The US network CNBC reports, citing sources close to US intelligence, the Chinese army installed anti-ship and air-to-air defenses on outposts also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines over the last 30 days

DISPUTED. This 2016 file photo shows

Wooden Philippine boats to retrace historic China voyage

Apr 28, 2018 - 11:25 PM

The crew members on the 3 'balangay' replicas hope to make it to Xiamen by May 2

VOYAGE TO CHINA. A traditional Philippine wooden boat known as 'balangay' sets sail from Manila to China on April 28, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte offers ’60-40’ deal to China in West PH Sea joint exploration

Apr 28, 2018 - 6:19 PM

'President Xi is a friend. We'll share with you,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on his planned joint exploration with China

COOPERATING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Duterte says he will sail to Benham Rise next week

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Will it end up like his promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys?

SAILING TO BENHAM RISE? President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang photo

Vietnam PM tells Duterte they can supply PH with rice

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Singapore

VIETNAM PM. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a courtesy call in September 2016. Malacañang file photo

Cayetano: PH eyeing protest vs China planes on Mischief Reef

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:20 PM

'We're taking the diplomatic action,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after two Chinese military planes were reportedly seen on Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef)

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is considering filing a diplomatic protest over the reported spotting of two Chinese planes on Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef). Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte’s China itch

Apr 17, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The President pushes for joint development in South China Sea. But China has no similar deal with any country in Southeast Asia where claims overlap

U.S., Australia, Japan navies sail in PH as China parades might

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Australian long range guided missile frigate HMAS Anzac, and Japanese destroyer JS Akizuki arrive in the Philippines for port visits as China holds a large naval parade in the South China Sea

RECEPTION. Ambassador Sung Kim holds a reception aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt for 300 guests on April 13, 2018

Taiwan president watches naval drill as China tensions grow

Apr 13, 2018 - 1:29 PM

Tsai Ing-wen boards the Kee Lung destroyer to supervise as troops practice defending against an attack on the northeastern port of Suao

NAVAL DRILL. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen smiles during a press conference at the Keelung destroyer at the Suao navy harbour in Yilan, eastern Taiwan, on April 13, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

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Xi Jinping makes surprise visit to fleet in South China Sea drill

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:11 PM

Footage of Xi's visit on state broadcaster CCTV shows the president watching jets taking off from China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and joining sailors for a meal

MUSCLE. File photo of China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.  Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

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WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte, Xi give 'go signal' to craft joint exploration framework

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is bent on fast-tracking the proposed joint exploration between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after their bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte: 'I need China'

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Before flying off to China for the 3rd time, the Philippine leader says he has no plans of bringing up reclamation and construction activities by Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Beijing, Hanoi promise to keep peace in South China Sea

Apr 01, 2018 - 11:20 PM

In a meeting in Hanoi, foreign ministers from China and Vietnam vow to address disputes peacefully

Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi (L) at the Government guesthouse in Hanoi on April 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MINH HOANG

[OPINION] Joint development in West PH Sea: An idea whose time has come

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:20 PM

The Philippines is the only Southeast Asian country that has yet to enter into a joint development with a neighbor over a disputed maritime area

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Democracy’s short Philippine life

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Of course, we've only had a go at it twice. But with the untold losses we've suffered with each failure, how can we afford another?

U.S. gives boats to Vietnam amid South China Sea tensions

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:01 PM

It comes only three weeks after the historic visit of US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the first since the end of the Vietnam war in 1975

US-VIETNAM RELATIONS. Hanoi and Washington have improved defense links in recent years as they seek to counter Beijing's growing might in the disputed and resource-rich waterway.

China leader Xi Jinping greets Duterte on his birthday

Mar 27, 2018 - 4:41 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte marks his 73rd birthday, Chinese President Xi Jinping praises the 'turnaround' in ties between the Philippines and China

BETTER TIES. Chinese President Xi Jinping hails the improved ties between the Philippines and China under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

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