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

PH can sue China for war threat – Justice Carpio

May 20, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario also says China has strongly declared that it is might that will trump what is right

HITTING CHINA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (3rd from right) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (1st) both criticize China for threatening war against the Philippines. In this photo, Carpio and del Rosario unveil the 'Mother of All Philippine Maps' during the launch of Carpio's e-book on May 4, 2017. Photo courtesy of IMOA

Duterte 'invited' China, foreign gov'ts to PH waters – Esperon

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:11 PM

What is really so harmful with having a research ship [there]? asks National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr on the presence of a Chinese survey ship in Benham Rise for 3 months

NO BREACH, NO THREAT. National Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte invited ships from foreign countries, including China, in Philippine waters for patrol and research, among others. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'No threat' in Benham Rise – Esperon

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:21 PM

UPDATED Philippine officials cannot say who granted China permit to access Benham Rise which UNCLOS confirmed as part of the Philippines continental shelf in 2012

BENHAM RISE. Filipinos dive into Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File

Lorenzana: Navy set to assist further studies on Benham Rise

Mar 24, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The Philippine Navy has acquired a research vessel from the US the BRP Gregorio Velasquez

ANTI-PIRACY PATROLS. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana gestures during a press conference at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters in Manila on March 9, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Philippine Navy sends warship to patrol Benham Rise

Mar 24, 2017 - 8:37 AM

UPDATED Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the navy will now regularly patrol the underwater plateau located in the country s eastern border

HAND-ME-DOWN. The Philippine Navy's most capable warship, BRP Ramon Alcaraz, is an excess defense article from the US Coast Guard. Rappler file photo Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Benham Rise

Mar 18, 2017 - 10:15 AM

The Philippines 13 million hectare territory near Aurora is considered part of the country s extended continental shelf but is not part of the PH national territory

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM

Duterte shows alarming confusion over Benham Rise

Mar 14, 2017 - 11:44 AM

China s interest in Benham Rise is a problem that President Rodrigo Duterte has to address He can t afford to confuse it with the West Philippine Sea

UNDERWATER PLATEAU. Found near Aurora, the 13-million-hectare Benham Rise is part of the Philippines' continental shelf. Screenshot from a document the Philippines submitted to the UN

What now? AFP modernization in the time of Digong Duterte

Aug 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM

While it may take years even decades to catch up with the military capability of our nearest neighbors the impetus has been initiated and is now moving with its own momentum that cannot be halted abruptly

DFA's Yasay claims he was misquoted on ASEAN

Jul 27, 2016 - 11:15 PM

Please don t put words into my mouth Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says denying a quote that was confirmed by reporters

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr holds a news conference on July 27, 2016, about the recent ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Vientiane, Laos. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Cambodia: Yasay dropped bid for ASEAN to cite Hague ruling

Jul 27, 2016 - 9:40 PM

The Filipino foreign minister himself decided to remove it and not to mention the ruling Cambodia s foreign ministry spokesman says

NEIGHBORS IN ASIA. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (4th from left) links his hands with ASEAN foreign ministers, as well as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd) during the ASEAN-China Ministerial meeting as part of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and related meetings in Vientiane, Laos, on July 25, 2016. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Do we let greed continue running the world?

Jul 14, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Once our President makes a decision it will be binding on us on our children and on our children s children I do hope we get the answer right before it is too late

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Jul 13, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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‘Victory’ rally in Manila ahead of South China Sea ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Advocacy groups are anticipating a favorable ruling for Manila hours before the arbitral tribunal in The Hague hands down its ruling on the South China Sea dispute

VICTORY? Advocacy groups celebrate an anticipated favorable ruling for Manila in the South China Sea dispute. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lawmaker to Duterte: Convene LEDAC after PH-China case ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 2:34 PM

Manalo matalo hindi po matatapos ang hidwaan sa pinag aagawang isla at karagatan says Kabayan Representative Harry Roque

ADVISE TO DUTERTE. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque holds a press conference ahead of the historic ruling on the dispute West Philippine Sea. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Jul 12, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Ruling on PH-China case: What's at stake

Jul 12, 2016 - 6:43 AM

The historic case in The Hague goes beyond the right to fish in the disputed West Philippine Sea South China Sea

'DEFEND THE SEA.' A Filipino joins a demonstration in front of the Chinese consular office in Makati City on June 10, 2016, ahead of a historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

UN sea law lays down the rules for the planet's oceans

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Take a look at key facts on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea UNCLOS

epa05165512 (FILE) A file picture dated 20 July 2011 and taken through the window of a closed aircraft, shows an aerial view of Pagasa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea, located off the coast of western Philippines. China has deployed two batteries of sophisticated surface-to-air missile launchers to a disputed island in the South China Sea, news reports said on 17 February 2016. Satellite imagery from ImageSat International showed two batteries of eight missile launchers on Woody Island, part of the contested Paracel Islands, media reported. A US official confirmed that the imagery showed the HQ-9 air defense system, which has a range of around 200km, the report said. The report came as US President Barack Obama met with South-East Asian leaders in California, where they called for 'maritime security' and urged 'non-militarization and self-restraint' by countries in the region. Beijing claims nearly all of the South China Sea, including small islands that are hundreds of kilometers from its southern coast. Four countries in South-East Asia have unresolved territorial disputes with China over the South China Sea, which has important shipping lanes and potential oil and other natural resources. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA/POOL

The moment of truth in the West Philippine Sea

Jul 10, 2016 - 6:00 PM

What is at stake is not only regional security in Asia but also shared access to global commons in accordance to modern international law

HIGH-CALIBER TRIBUNAL. The arbitral tribunal is led by Judge Thomas Mensah (president, C), the first president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The high-caliber tribunal also includes the following (L to R): Judge Jean-Pierre Cot, Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, and Professor Alfred H. A. Soons. Photo courtesy of PCA

Beijing to reject Hague ruling on South China Sea case

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:23 AM

Beijing has consistently rejected the tribunal s right to hear the case and has taken no part in the proceedings

File photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Rappler Talk: Surprises from the Benham expedition

Jun 23, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Watch Rappler s interview with marine scientist Marianne Pan Saniano here live

ASEAN ministers express 'serious concerns' over South China Sea

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:10 PM

In a rare diplomatic slap in the face for Beijing – issued on its own territory – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN offers a sharp rebuke over China s actions in the waterway

FUELING CONCERN. New images released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies – such as this photo of Cuarteron Reef – show the extent of China's reclamation activities in the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS

The contest for international support on the South China Sea disputes

Jun 01, 2016 - 2:52 PM

What the apparent diplomatic contest between the Philippines and China as they vie for international support to their respective positions reveal

File photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

PH mulls 'submarine force' amid dispute with China

Mar 30, 2016 - 3:33 PM

UPDATED We might have to undergo various aspects of our own military capabilities that had never been part of our needs says President Benigno Aquino III explaining how Philippine policies have been affected by the row with China

CHINA DISPUTE. President Benigno S. Aquino lll keynotes the opening ceremony of Publish Asia 2016 Conference at the Manila Hotel on March 30, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

World's nations gather to rescue ocean life

Mar 27, 2016 - 12:02 PM

There is no international treaty protecting marine areas beyond national jurisdiction

PH asserts rights over claim as China deploys missile in disputed sea

Feb 17, 2016 - 7:09 PM

We are also witnessing very aggressive actions by our big neighbor the world’s second largest economy and a nuclear power at that President Aquino says at a forum in Los Angeles

WORLD AFFAIRS. President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech before the Los Angeles World Affairs Council at the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel on February 16, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

US barred from watching PH vs China hearing

Dec 01, 2015 - 2:28 PM

A UN backed tribunal on the other hand allows the UK and 7 other countries to watch the proceedings

OBSERVER DELEGATIONS. Members of observer delegations watch the Philippines vs China hearing at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, from November 24 to 30, 2015. Photo courtesy of PCA

Philippines: China to build ‘Berlin Wall of the Sea’

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario tells a UN backed tribunal: ’What is ours is ours not China’s’

‘GIANT SLAYER.’ The Philippines’ lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler, argues before an arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo courtesy of PCA

PH vs China: Why a win for Manila benefits the region

Nov 28, 2015 - 12:07 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says a ruling striking down China s 9 dash line will be a victory not just for the Philippines but also for other claimant countries

GLOBAL INTEREST. Seven countries send observers to the arbitral tribunal hearings at The Hague on the Philippines' historic case against China. File photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza: Is PH case vs China 'worth it?'

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:17 PM

Estelito Mendoza says of the Philippine case: I do not believe in filing cases just to gain a reputation I believe only in filing a case if it will bring relief to my client

BRINGING RELIEF? Veteran trial lawyer Estelito Mendoza (right) questions whether the Philippine arbitration case against China will work to Manila's favor if Beijing defies the final ruling. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Beijing rejects South China Sea arbitration as hearing starts

Nov 24, 2015 - 6:47 PM

Our position is clear: We will not participate to or accept the arbitration says China s Foreign Ministry spokesman

SLAMMING CRITICS. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says Beijing will 'not accept' a judicial arbitration in the disputed South China Sea, which China is claiming in its entirety. File photo by AFP

When the Philippines and China sang, danced on a Manila Bay cruise

Nov 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

As the Philippines and China sparred over Mischief Reef President Jiang Zemin charmed Philippine officials with his rendition of Western classics during his state visit after the 1996 APEC summit in Subic

Illustration by Alejandro Edoria

Aquino dares China: Take lead in sea row pact

Nov 21, 2015 - 3:50 PM

President Aquino says Beijing must ensure the swift establishment of a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea given its growing economic and political clout in the region

TAKE LEAD. President Benigno S. Aquino III listens to the discussions during the 27th ASEAN Summit Plenary Session at the Conference Hall 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 21, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH vs China: Round 2 in The Hague set Nov 24-30

Nov 10, 2015 - 10:52 PM

The Philippines aims to demolish – once and for all – China’s expansive claim over the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. A powerhouse team represented the Philippines in The Hague, Netherlands, during the first set of hearings on Manila's case against Beijing from July 7 to 13, 2015. The Philippine delegation is set to return to The Hague from November 24 to 30, 2015, to argue the merits of the Philippines' case. Photo courtesy of PCA

China to benefit from following arbitration ruling – Justice Carpio

Nov 06, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says China s global ambitions will make it costly for Beijing to defy an international arbitration ruling favoring the Philippines

'SAVING FACE.' Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Beijing cannot afford to defy an international ruling on the South China Sea arbitration case. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Carpio: 'Tribunal totally ignored China's 9-dash line'

Nov 05, 2015 - 9:06 PM

The Supreme Court justice says the UN backed tribunal did not consider the 9 dash line which China uses to claim almost the entire South China Sea

'NO EFFECT.' Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says China's 9-dash line has no effect on the tribunal's initial ruling on Manila's South China Sea case. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Breaking down the Philippines’ legal victory in the West Philippine Sea

Nov 01, 2015 - 10:17 AM

By unanimously voting in favor of exercising jurisdiction on the Philippines’ case the Arbitral Tribunal effectively rejected Beijing’s efforts to sabotage Manila’s laudable legal effort

FIRST VICTORY. File photo of a hearing at the Hague in session

Beijing holds defense forum as South China Sea festers

Oct 16, 2015 - 8:46 PM

The disputes have sometimes spilled over into confrontations as vessels from the competing countries spar over fishing grounds and resource extraction rights

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 reiterates 'peaceful solution' amid China military video

Aug 16, 2015 - 6:17 PM

The 4 minute 23 second video showcases China’s vast military power as it featured warships submarines fighter jets and aircraft carriers along its claimed waters

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

Aquino and the West Philippine Sea: Realpolitk vs. Moralpolitk?

Aug 16, 2015 - 3:30 PM

The Aquino administration’s injection of morality into foreign policy discourse has managed to mobilize the Southeast Asian country against a tough neighbor

SUBJECT OF PROTESTS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

IN PHOTOS: Philippines challenges China in The Hague

Jul 22, 2015 - 3:21 PM

In photos emailed to Rappler the Permanent Court of Arbitration gives us a glimpse of the closed door hearings pitting Manila against Beijing

SILENT WITNESS. The venue of the arbitration proceedings is the 100-year-old Peace Palace in The Hague, which also houses the International Court of Justice. Photo courtesy of PCA

Binay hits Philippine team vs China in The Hague

Jul 18, 2015 - 8:31 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay is pushing for bilateral talks between Manila and Beijing because according to him the Philippines needs China s money

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

Vietnam, PH most concerned about China disputes

Jul 17, 2015 - 3:35 PM

The Pew Research Center however says there is little concern worldwide about territorial disputes with China

UNITED FRONT. A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, on May 21, 2014. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Hague tribunal sets new deadline for Philippines

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:03 AM

The Philippines ends the first two rounds of oral arguments at The Hague Netherlands in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

LEGAL BATTLEGROUND. A picture made available July 28, 2014, shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands on August 27, 2013. File photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

PH to seek provisional measures to stop China reclamation

Jul 12, 2015 - 3:00 PM

If the United Nations tribunal decides it has jurisdiction over the case the Philippines may ask the body to temporarily stop China s reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea

FIGHTING FOR OUR SEAS. The Philippine delegation waits inside a session hall at The Hague, The Netherlands, for the second day of the oral hearings on the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Abigail Valte

China on talks with PH: No need to drop case

Jul 11, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says dropping the case is not a precondition to talks but it seems the Philippine side itself shut the door to secure that they have a strong position at the tribunal

'LET'S TALK.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippine Zhao Jianhua (L) presents his credentials to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the Philippine presidential palace on April 8, 2014. File photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy

PH lawyer vs China: 'Giant slayer' who defeated US

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:58 PM

Paul Reichler the Philippines chief counsel in its case against China is known for representing small countries against big ones

TOP LAWYER. The Philippines' lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler, has defended sovereign states for more than 25 years. File photo from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Tribunal sets 2nd round of PH arguments

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:58 AM

2nd UPDATE This second round of oral arguments is routine and indicates that judges want clarifications a member of the Philippine delegation tells Rappler

HIGH-CALIBER TRIBUNAL. The arbitral tribunal hearing the Philippines' case is led by Judge Thomas Mensah of Ghana, the first president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (C). Other members (L-R) include Judge Jean-Pierre Cot, Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, and Professor Alfred H. A. Soons. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Filipinos' trust in China drops to all-time low

Jul 09, 2015 - 7:15 PM

An SWS survey also shows that the West Philippine Sea dispute has become the Philippines 5th most followed news event

'LONG FRIENDSHIP.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua greets one of the performers at the launch of an exhibit at the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs on March 4, 2015. Photo courtesy of DFA

From Masinloc to The Hague: A question of livelihood

Jul 09, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The tension between Manila and Beijing over Bajo de Masinloc has prevented fisherfolk in Zambales from heading out into open waters

PH VS CHINA. Locals and fishermen of Masinloc, Zambales gather to discuss issues surrounding China's claim to practically the entire South China Sea. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler