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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

PH gears again to fix runway in West PH Sea island after delays

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he is confident China will not protest the repairs, citing improved relations with the military superpower.

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys.

PH aborts construction on Pag-asa sandbar after China protest

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'We tried to put some structures in one of the sandbars near our island and the Chinese reacted....The President said, "Let's pull out,"' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reveals at the ASEAN Leadership Forum

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

PH to monitor movements of China's new 'island-maker'

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not worried yet but he says the mere presence of the ship in the West Philippine Sea will definitely be a concern

IT IS OURS. File photo of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana visiting Pag-Asa Island in March 2017. Rappler photo

PH removes pole marker planted on West PH Sea island

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:44 PM

It was not a Chinese flag says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

KOTA ISLAND. The Philippine military removes a pole marker planted on one of the country's islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Screenshot of Google Maps

Delay hits gov't plan to fix runway in West Philippine Sea

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Construction has yet to start 4 months since Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the need to immediately repair the Philippine airstrip on Pag asa Island

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys.

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

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

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Apr 07, 2017 - 10:59 AM

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Duterte to military: Occupy PH islands in South China Sea

Apr 06, 2017 - 4:05 PM

UPDATED The President says there is a need to maintain jurisdiction in the disputed West Philippine Sea

'FORTIFYING' TERRITORIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana attend the anniversary of the Philippine army. Photo by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

Duterte adviser bares plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Apr 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines only runway in the disputed territory has been dilapidated due to forced neglect

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. File photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

Satellite imagery shows ecocide in South China Sea

Jan 16, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Poaching of giant clam shells is causing massive scarring of coral reefs

Image by Victor Robert Lee and DigitalGlobe

The residents of Pag-asa: Life on a disputed island

May 18, 2015 - 4:00 PM

For decades Pag asa residents have been oblivious to sporadic incidents elsewhere in the West Philippine Sea But now they see China s massive reclamation in the area and know that times have changed

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. Photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

PH lawmakers want to visit Spratlys, too

May 16, 2015 - 4:35 PM

The last high profile visit of lawmakers to the disputed island was in 2011

MUNICIPALITY OF KALAYAAN (FREEDOM). Filipino resident at soldiers conduct a flag raising ceremony during the visit of Armed Forces of the Philippines military chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr in Pagasa island (Thitu Island) at the Philippine municipality of Kalayaan. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

PH runway in Spratlys erodes as China reclaims to build own

May 13, 2015 - 8:41 AM

As soon as the case is finished we will now have the moral authority to develop the area says Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr

INSPECTION: AFP chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr inspects the Philippine's Rancudo Airfied in Pag-Asa Island in the South China Sea. Rappler photo