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About to adjourn, Senate yet to probe China deals, other controversial contracts

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The Senate has only 35 days if it wants to initiate investigations into contracts bagged by relatives of Solicitor General Jose Calida and former presidential assistant Bong Go

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte’s China push needs to find the sweet spot

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?

'FRIENDS.' Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media at the welcome ceremony for Xi in Malacanang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

Oil deal with China may be solution to sea dispute – Carpio

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:24 PM

That is, if China agrees to the terms in the template petroleum service contract of the Department of Energy, governed by Philippine laws

Maritime Disputes in South China Sea forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Del Rosario: PH should seek U.N. resolution asking China to follow Hague ruling

Dec 07, 2018 - 11:46 AM

The country's former top diplomat says the United Nations gives the Philippines a forum where its views can be heard in the face of a much more powerful country

Photo by Angie de Silva

Q and A: How can PH get Mischief Reef back from China?

Dec 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Hawaii-based South China Sea expert Alexander Vuving talks to Rappler about fears of a big war erupting in the disputed seas, the role of the Philippines as a 'swing state' between the US and China, and how he thinks President Duterte should manage the dispute moving forward

BALANCING CHINA. Alexander Vuving outlined a strategy on how the US and the Philippines can work together to 'restore equilibrium' in the South China Sea. He is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Duterte mocks Carpio: He keeps 'hankering' for Hague ruling

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he did not appoint Justice Antonio Carpio as Chief Justice because he 'refused the offer.' Carpio, however, had accepted the most recent nomination for the post.

Justice Antonio Carpio. KASARINLAN A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum. July 9, 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Q and A: Judge in PH-China case on why ruling is not 'useless'

Nov 27, 2018 - 10:30 PM

'It's in the interest also of China to be accepted as a good neighbor,' says Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, one of the 5 judges in the Philippines' case against China, on Rappler Talk

TRIBUNAL JUDGE. Stanislaw Pawlak, one of the 5 judges in the Philippines' case against China, attends a South China Sea forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Judge Stanislaw Pawlak on PH case vs China

Nov 27, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, one of the 5 judges in the Philippines' case against China, sits down with Rappler for a rare interview about the historic Hague ruling of 2016

PH to 'validate' if shooing away PH media is China policy

Nov 26, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Asked if the actions of the Chinese Coast Guard violate Philippine rights, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says, 'We don't know it yet'

TENSE ENCOUNTER. Filipino journalist Jun Veneracion (right) of GMA-7 is driven away from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) by members of the Chinese Coast Guard. Screenshot from Facebook video of GMA-7's Reporter's Notebook

Robredo slams China for driving away PH media from Panatag | Midday wRap

Nov 26, 2018 - 1:28 PM

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Ex-Ombudsman Morales: 'PH cannot survive treason from within'

Nov 24, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'The ensuing period of years is the litmus test of how this nation is going to assert the gains it has painstakingly fought for in The Hague,' former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says in a forum on the West Philippine Sea

'TREASON FROM WITHIN.' Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales speaks of a "treason from within" at a forum on upholding Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Proceed with caution on China oil deal, says Carpio

Nov 24, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'The only way to prevent a cessation of our sovereign rights is not to sign anything that will cede it. You cannot cure it after the fact,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

OIL DEAL. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says there must be continued vigilance on how Philippines proceeds with its Memorandum of Understanding with China on oil exploration. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Duterte feared offending China after Hague ruling – Lorenzana

Nov 23, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recalls his initial idea to send a 'small force' to recover Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks at a West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Oil and gas deal in West PH Sea 'victory for 'bully' China – Alejano

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:52 AM

'The fact that we have recognized China in sharing with [them] our own resources in our own waters is already a victory on their part,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

'VICTORY' FOR CHINA. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is against the oil and gas development deal signed by the Philippines and China. Screenshot from Rappler

LIVE: Forum on maritime disputes in the South China Sea

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The forum – Maritime Disputes in the South China Sea: Navigating the Diplomatic Waters – brings together high-level officials, diplomats, and experts on the issue

Locsin: 'Forces' in gov't pushed for PH-China oil deal | Evening wRap

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:01 PM

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China drives away Filipino TV crew from Panatag Shoal

Nov 22, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'Without the permission of China, you cannot carry out the interview here,' a member of the Chinese Coast Guard tells the crew of broadcast giant GMA-7

#TheLeaderIWant: Gary Alejano on taking his fight to the Senate

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:40 PM

If elected senator, how will the former Marine captain prove that he can be the soldier of every Filipino?

'Forces' in gov't pushed for PH-China oil deal – Locsin

Nov 22, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the oil and gas deal with China 'wasn't being pushed' by President Rodrigo Duterte himself

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr holds a press briefing on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

DILG irons out problems with ‘Ang Probinsyano’ | Midday wRap

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Locsin bares parts of Philippines' oil deal with China

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says he needs China's permission to release the complete oil deal signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (left) and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi share a light moment during the latter's official visit to Davao City, Philippines, on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

SC urged: Rule now on 2008 petition vs exploration deal with China

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:57 PM

The petitioners say it is 'high time' that the High Court resolve their 10-year-old petition in view of a new joint exploration deal between the Philippines and China

SUPREME COURT. The High Court allows court employees to work only till noontime on Holy Wednesday. Rappler file photo

PH-China deal on oil, gas dev't creates body to study joint exploration

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Up to the last minute, uncertainty clouded what kind of oil and gas deal would come out of Xi's state visit. The MOU appears to be a softer version of the framework earlier prepared.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) react after a joint press statement at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

Del Rosario calls for 'full transparency' in PH-China oil deal

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

'It behooves our negotiators to ensure that our Constitution is not violated,' former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario tells Rappler

FULL TRANSPARENCY. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario calls on Filipinos to seek 'full transparency' about possible oil and gas development in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

Robredo on China deals: Don't compromise PH sovereignty

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'Our interests should always come first when we deepen relations with other nations,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed the members of Zonta Club of Metro Rizal as the organization celebrated its 27th anniversary, held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. In her remarks, VP Leni called on the Zonta Club members to create networks that will push for wider spaces for women participation. She also urged them to “fight for the most vulnerable and bravely speak up against misogyny, discrimination, and abuse.” (Photo by OVP)

Malacañang: Other countries should assert Hague ruling

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Malacañang sees the value in pressuring China to abide by the 2016 Hague ruling even as President Rodrigo Duterte himself has said that doing so would only provoke China

Activists participate on a protest in front of the Chinese Consular office in Manila on July 12, 2018, to mark the second anniversary of a UN-backed tribunal ruling in July 2016 saying there was no basis for China's claims to most of the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague in July 2016 ruled that there was no legal basis for Beijing's claims to much of the South China Sea, embodied in a "nine-dash line" that dates from 1940s maps and stretches close to other countries' coasts, a decision which China angrily rejected. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Panelo: 'Doesn't matter' if China drafted joint exploration deal

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Malacañang gives assurances that, regardless of the origin of a draft agreement, Philippine government officials will have studied the document carefully

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo shares the complaints being lodged by concerned citizens 8888 Hotline during the inauguration of the People's Television (PTV) Cordillera Hub at Lualhati Compound in Baguio City on March 11, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Why Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit matters to Filipinos

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Ties between the Philippines and China stretch back centuries – but power and money can complicate (not necessarily destroy) even the closest of friendships

CHINESE LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping witnesses the signing of a memorandum of understanding following a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Malacañang photo

Enemy at sea, friend of the chief: Philippine military navigates ties with China

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Bullied and harassed by China in the West Philippine Sea, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is forced to strike 'cordial' ties with the staunch ally of its commander-in-chief

FRIENDS. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad and Defense Armed Forces Attaché of China Colonel Sheng Dazhi stand in attention to welcome the return of a Philippine Navy team from China on November 8, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Carpio praises Duterte for upholding sea freedoms

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says it 'is a most welcome development' that President Rodrigo Duterte upheld freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio attends Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum in Intramuros, Manila, on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Carpio rebuffs Duterte: China doesn't possess South China Sea

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio makes these remarks after President Rodrigo Duterte said China 'is already in possession' of the South China Sea

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a West Philippine Sea advocate, attends 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum' on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Oil is everything’ – Duterte’s rhetoric on West PH Sea joint exploration

Nov 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

In the weeks leading to a framework agreement on joint exploration with China, President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes the Philippines' need for oil

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

Duterte to China: 'Tell us route to take' in sea row

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Before attending the ASEAN-China Summit, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shares his views on the much-awaited Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members of his cabinet upon his arrival at a hotel in Singapore on November 12, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sandiganbayan verdict: Imelda Marcos guilty of graft | Midday wRap

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:08 PM

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Amid joint exploration talks, Sotto says China now 'recognizes West PH Sea is ours'

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'I am privy to dialogue and talks within the executive department and slowly, we are realizing the fact that they do agree that those areas are ours,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III explains the bill on lowering the criminal liability to 13 years old. September 25, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2 oil exploration contracts awaiting Duterte's signature – Cusi

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:10 PM

One contract for oil exploration is likely to be signed with China state-owned oil producer China National Offshore Oil Corporation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Chinese businessmen at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing, China on October 21 before leaving for Davao City. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

PH to protest China weather stations, if reports are true – Panelo

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:26 PM

But Malacañang says it still needs to 'validate' news reports quoting Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang about Beijing-controlled weather stations in the Spratlys

MISCHIEF REEF. €The construction of hangars on Mischief Reef is said to be part of China's ˜militarization of the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

West Philippine Sea, Synagogue attack, plane crash in Indonesia | Evening wRap

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:28 PM

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China to heed proposed sea code, binding or not – Wang Yi

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:19 PM

'Whether or not it is legally binding, any document we have signed, we will strictly abide by it and firmly implement it,' says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

TOP DIPLOMAT. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers questions from the press after his meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PH, China can shelve claims for sake of joint dev't – Wang Yi

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushes for joint development between the Philippines and China 'without prejudice to each other's sovereign claim'

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi share a light moment during the latter's official visit in Davao City, Philippines, on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Joint exploration with China, AFP in BOC, typhoon Rosita | Midday wRap

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:40 PM

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China lost to PH in court. Will it win via joint exploration?

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The proposed joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea is a key issue expected during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's unprecedented trip to Davao City

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr pose for photographs during the opening of the Chinese consulate in Davao City on October 28, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

U.S., China back military air rules to avoid mishaps

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreeS to guidelines on managing air encounters at the annual meeting of the 10-member bloc's defense ministers

SECURITY. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe during a meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) security summit in Singapore on October 18, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

#PHVote2019, Federalism draft, Padre Pio | Evening wRap

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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[OPINION] Food for thought: Hungry for change

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Please, before we say that we should not politicize food, consider this fact: literally everything we put in our mouths is political, and we haven't even started talking about sex

China top diplomat to visit PH for joint exploration talks

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making an official trip to the Philippines at the invitation of Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

CLOSE TIES. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a meeting in China on August 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Chinese foreign ministry

Navy warship successfully pulled from West PH Sea shoal

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:41 AM

BRP Gregorio del Pilar will be towed to Subic for repairs, says military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

Cayetano says he protested China radio warnings

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

In China, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano makes a 'nonconfrontational' protest in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

'NONCONFRONTATIONAL' PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a meeting in China on August 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Chinese foreign ministry

Time in Manila bar, Ampatuan, Crazy Rich Asians | Evening wRap

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:09 PM

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