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Carpio corrects China ship owner's apology: Recto Bank not part of Spratlys

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Recto Bank is within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, 'beyond the territorial sea of any island in the Spratlys'

GEM-VER. In this photo, the damaged stern of Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver is seen as it arrives back in its hometown of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DND to investigate China missile test in West Philippine Sea

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:48 PM

The Philippine government will look into a US report that China tested ballistic missiles near the Spratlys, a move the Pentagon called 'disturbing'

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

[ANALYSIS] China’s new Great Wall

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:14 AM

China has not stopped building imaginary walls to protect its maritime Silk Road, and the Philippines will soon be a part of the defense line

TIMELINE: Skirmishes, standoffs, harassment in West Philippine Sea

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:08 PM

These incidents in the Philippines-China row typically don't just target state authorities but also affect local fisherfolks

This photo taken on May 14, 2019, a Philippine coast guard ship (R) sails past a Chinese coastguard ship during an joint search and rescue exercise between Philippine and US coastguards near Scarborough shoal, in the South China Sea. - Two Philippine coastguard ships, BRP Batangas and Kalanggaman and US coastguard cutter Bertholf participated in the exercise. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

Dissecting Duterte’s amped-up West Philippine Sea rhetoric

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's stronger words on the sea dispute so far revolve around one specific part of the West Philippine Sea – Pag-asa Island. Here's why it's special to him.

Spratlys part of China territory? Malacañang reminds Beijing of Hague ruling

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:59 PM

'China should avoid performing acts that will place at risk the Filipino fishermen fishing in the disputed areas,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

IN PHOTOS: Philippines, Vietnam navies play games on disputed South China Sea island

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Philippine and Vietnamese navies spend an afternoon of camaraderie at the Philippine-occupied Northeast Cay in the Spratlys

Camaraderie in South China Sea: Philippines, Vietnam navies play volleyball on disputed island. Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

China builds weather stations in West Philippine Sea

Nov 04, 2018 - 3:04 PM

China reportedly installs these weather stations on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef, and Mischief Reef in the West Philippine Sea

MISCHIEF REEF. 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

Chinese destroyer sails extremely close to U.S. warship

Oct 02, 2018 - 12:46 PM

A Chinese Luyang destroyer has approached the USS Decatur in 'an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver in the vicinity of Gaven Reef in the South China Sea,' says US Pacific Fleet spokesman Commander Nate Christensen

DISPUTED WATERS. This US Navy photo obtained October 21, 2016 shows the USS Decatur (DDG 73) as it operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) on October 13, 2016. File photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan/US Navy/AFP

[OPINION] Flashpoint Ayungin

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:39 AM

The latest harassment of Philippine troops by China in Ayungin is part of a pattern. In 2013, the Armed Forces had already reported that China eyed to occupy the shoal which lies within the country's EEZ.

Duterte 'seriously concerned' about Navy soldiers harassed by China chopper

May 31, 2018 - 9:46 PM

While Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has refrained from speaking publicly about the Ayungin Shoal incident, he conveyed concern about it in a confidential meeting

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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May 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo  taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

China chopper harasses PH rubber boat in Ayungin Shoal – lawmaker

May 30, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano does not categorically call it a form of 'harassment' in the West Philippine Sea, as he prefers to label it an 'incident'

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photograph taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

China deploys new weapons systems to Paracel Islands

May 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Nearby, the Philippines begins 'long-delayed repairs' to its runway on the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe  NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

More than 1,600 Chinese structures in South China Sea

May 25, 2018 - 9:51 PM

From basketball courts to buildings with radar equipment, nearly 800 of these Chinese structures can be found in the West Philippine Sea

SUBI REEF. This photo shows the artificial island on Subi Reef in the West Philippine Sea as of December 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

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May 21, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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May 09, 2018 - 7:26 PM

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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

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.

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

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

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

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

[OPINION] Letting China into Benham Rise: History lessons for Duterte and Cayetano

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

With 20 years of experience dealing with China behind us, the Philippines should not let its guard down

Photos show China's massive construction, runway on PH reef

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:22 PM

China ignores a ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration that declared Mischief Reef a part of the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone

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

As China aims for 'world-class army', Asia starts to worry

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Xi's call to build a military that can "fight and win" has alarmed China's neighbors, several of whom are embroiled in tense border disputes with the superpower

ON GUARD. In this photo, Chinese paramilitary guards walk in front of The Forbidden City in Beijing on July 31, 2017, on the eve of the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Fred Dufour/AFP

China protests after U.S. warship sails near island

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says the actions of the USS John S McCain have violated Chinese and international law seriously impairing the country s sovereignty and security

This US Navy photo obtained August 10, 2017 shows the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it patrols the South China Sea on January 7, 2017. A US warship on August 10, 2017 sailed close to an artificial island China has built up in the South China Sea. Photo by James Vazquez/US Navy/AFP

Beijing's South China Sea outposts nearly set for missile deployment – report

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:15 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says Beijing s Fiery Cross Reef base in the Spratly Islands now has 12 hardened shelters 4 more than seen in February with retractable roofs that can house missile launchers

FIERY CROSS/KAGITINGAN REEF. In 1998, China built a weather station that is seen in a photo from January 2006. After a decade, the marine observation station became a military fortress. File photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/Digital Globe

China rejects 'irresponsible' U.S. remarks on South China Sea

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The Chinese foreign ministry accuses certain countries outside the region of making erroneous remarks driven by ulterior motives

US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

China should pay and go

May 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights

SLEEPING OVER PH RIGHTS? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. MPC pool photo

China condemns U.S. after warship sails near South China Sea reef

May 25, 2017 - 1:10 PM

3rd UPDATE China claims the USS Dewey trespassed in its territorial waters

MISCHIEF REEF. 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

PH Navy commits to deliver materials for Pag-asa repairs soon

May 11, 2017 - 9:22 AM

But there is no timeline yet for the construction activities

COMMITMENT. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado says they will implement the orders of Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to repair facilities on Pag-asa island. Rappler photo

PH plans for Pag-asa to test Duterte's friendship with China

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) How far China goes to react to Philippine plans to develop Pag-asa island – and how President Rodrigo Duterte responds – will show how the friendship between the two countries really works

IT IS OURS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana lays down plans to develop facilities in Pag-Asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Rappler photo

Pag-asa residents watch China build 'city' in neighboring reef

Apr 24, 2017 - 2:50 PM

They have learned to co exist with the Chinese Their bigger question is when can the Philippine government build facilities to make the island more liveable?

View of Subi Reef from a communication tower on Pag-asa Island as of April 2017. AFP Photo

Robredo, Pag-asa Island, De Lima | Evening wRap

Apr 21, 2017 - 8:30 PM

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When we defied China

Apr 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM

President Duterte still has a chance to salvage the national honor by proceeding with his original plan to raise the Philippine flag on Pag asa

Duterte cancels plan to raise flag in Spratlys

Apr 13, 2017 - 1:20 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says he is complying with China s request for him not to push through with this Independence Day plan

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

PH military mulls occupying submerged rocks inside EEZ

Apr 07, 2017 - 4:53 PM

That s an order from the President and I intend to carry that out says General Eduardo Año on Friday April 7

LOCALIZED TALKS. Despite the failed negotiations between the government and communists, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is set to engage in 'localized peace talks' with rebels in communities. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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

China feared to house missiles in PH's Mischief Reef

Feb 23, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Subi Reef which is close to Pag Asa Island in Palawan s Kalayaan Island Group may also house missiles soon according to US officials interviewed by Reuters

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

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Feb 07, 2017 - 9:05 PM

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Duterte to visit China again in May – report

Jan 19, 2017 - 5:34 PM

I look forward to meeting Xi Jinping again the Chinese Foreign Ministry reportedly quotes President Rodrigo Duterte as saying

FRIENDLY TIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with China Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin at the Music Room in Malacanang on January 17, 2017. Presidential Photo

China muted after Tillerson vows islands blockade

Jan 12, 2017 - 3:11 PM

UPDATED We re going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island building stops and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed Rex Tillerson says

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, testifies during his confirmation hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee January 11, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Tillerson is expected to face tough questions regarding his ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

PH defense chief plans to visit troops in West PH Sea

Jan 09, 2017 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he will await the recommendation of the military on when he could visit the troops there

TROOPS VISIT. The military says the planned visit of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to the troops deployed in the West Philippine Sea is no reason to anger China. Rappler file photo

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

China says weapons in South China Sea not militarization

Dec 15, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman: To conduct construction on China s own territory and deploy necessary national defense facilities is quite normal

China boosts defenses on South China Sea islets – US experts

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:39 AM

Ongoing satellite imagery has shown the installation of military equipment and longer runways on artificial islands in the disputed sea says US based think tank

Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016. Image courtesy CSIS/AMTI / DigitalGlobe