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U.S. to continue West PH Sea patrols despite China's disapproval

May 16, 2019 - 7:35 PM

'We'll consistently be present,' says United States Navy chief Admiral John Richardson

ON PATROL. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) on June 26, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released

IN PHOTOS: PH, U.S., Japan, India flex muscles in South China Sea

May 09, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Their sail comes as China continues with its rapid military expansion in the South China Sea, which has reached even the part that belongs to the Philippines

SHOW OF FORCE. Six ships from four countries unite in sailing the South China Sea. Photos from the Philippine Navy

[OPINYON] Para sa kapakanan mo, oposisyon ang iboto

May 06, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hindi trabaho ng Senado na maging sunod-sunuran sa lahat ng gusto ni Pangulong Duterte at pagbigyan ang lahat ng nais niya

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.

FALSE: 'China confirmed' Noynoy Aquino, Trillanes 'sold' Scarborough Shoal

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:41 PM

There is no official confirmation from China that the Aquino administration sold Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal)

Del Rosario slams Panelo for 'mindless' surrender to China

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:10 PM

If Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is not defending the Philippines, 'what in heaven's name is he doing?' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario holds a press conference with former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (not in photo) on March 22, 2019, about their complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Palawan fishermen sue Duterte gov’t for West PH Sea neglect

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Members of the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, along with fishermen from Zambales, file a petition against the DENR, DA, BFAR, Navy, PCG, PNP, and DOJ

PH eyes 'legal action' vs China giant clam harvest

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippines protested the alleged mass harvesting of giant clams by Chinese vessels in Scarborough Shoal

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) arrive for a press conference at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 20, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

[OPINION] The paradox of a gift: Foreign aid and its conditions

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Should we reject foreign aid as it is ultimately self-serving anyway? Not at all.

Robredo: Imee Marcos 'insensitive' for saying PH started fight with China

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'Iyon talagang nakakadismaya.... Talagang napaka-insensitive. Nakakatakot na ganito iyong magiging senador,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo visited the beneficiaries of cattle donated by Office of the Vice President under its Angat Buhay program in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. The beneficiaries are part of the Daruhan sa Matag Mag-uuma farmers association, and received the cattle as part of livelihood initiatives, as identified by the local government, a participant in the Angat Buhay Bridging Leadership Program. (Photo by OVP)

Del Rosario to Duterte gov't: 'Unshelve' Hague ruling

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:03 AM

'Now is the best time' to address the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing over the West Philippine Sea, says foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges the Duterte government to 'unshelve' the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Vietnam 'quietly upgrades' facilities in West Philippine Sea

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) Vietnam is not 'facing the same reaction from China's maritime militia forces as the Philippines recently has,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

VIETNAM UPGRADES. Vietnam is quietly upgrading its facilities in the Spratly Islands, says the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photo courtesy of AMTI/CSIS/DigitalGlobe

Duterte: 'Compromise' needed to deal with Chinese ships near Pag-asa

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine President declares he won't allow China to 'occupy' Pag-asa Island

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

Philippines says Chinese ships near Pag-asa Island 'illegal'

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Such actions when not repudiated by the Chinese government are deemed to have been adopted by it,' says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Locsin: I 'fired off salvo of diplomatic notes' vs China

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:40 PM

But asked if the supposed diplomatic protest against China will be made public, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says, 'No way, José'

DIPLOMATIC NOTES. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says he has filed diplomatic notes against China over Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Panelo to 'politely ask' China envoy to stop deploying ships near Pag-asa

Apr 01, 2019 - 2:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman also says the Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest about the Chinese vessels, but no details are provided

President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo after the 5th Cabinet meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on August 22. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Duterte gov't hit over China vessels near Pag-asa

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte never took China's abuses in the West Philippine Sea seriously, says senatorial bet Gary Alejano

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Loan default? DOF says Reed Bank gas can be sold to raise funds

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Finance Undersecretary Bayani Agabin says that in the 'unlikely' event of a loan default, China cannot claim Reed Bank. Instead, the Philippines can sell gas and use the cash to pay Beijing.

China shooing away PH fishermen from Panatag Shoal? 'What can we do?' – Panelo

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The claims of Zambales fishermen interviewed in a video for senatorial bet Neri Colmenares question the effectiveness of the Duterte administration's bilateral talks with China on the West Philippine Sea

ROUTINE. Fisherfolk in Masinloc, Zambales, go on with their business despite the dangers of being attacked by Chinese coastguards in the disputed Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough). File photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Philippines has no say in loan deals with China – Panelo

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The Duterte administration has no choice but to abide by China's terms since it is only the borrower while China is the lender, says Malacañang

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) during an exchange of agreements 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

ICC complaint vs China's Xi 'deserves support' of Filipinos – senators

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is a patriotic move....that deserves the support of every freedom-loving Filipino whose duty is to protect and preserve our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Carpio raises alarm over Chico River deal: China 'can take' gas-rich Reed Bank

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:17 PM

If the Philippines can't pay off its loans to China, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says 'for sure, we will lose in all arbitrations'

NO CHANCE OF WINNING. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines will have no chance of winning in case of arbitrations over Chinese loan deals. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-PH officials bring China's Xi to Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales accuse China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

CHINESE LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press statement with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang in Manila on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

In Pompeo visit, Philippines gets timely assurance from oldest ally

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The US assurance that Philippine vessels in the South China Sea are protected by the Mutual Defense Treaty sends a 'strong and clear' signal to Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo exchange pleasantries during their meeting at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on February 28, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New guard takes charge of the West Philippine Sea

Mar 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Rear Admiral Rene Medina used to be the commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao based in Zamboanga City

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Rear Admiral Rene Medina assumes as commander of Western Command on March 2, 2019. Sourced photo

South China Sea covered by PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty – Pompeo

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'Any armed attack on any Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assures Manila

[OPINION] How to give China pause in the South China Sea

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:40 AM

What we can do is try to make China's occupation of the South China Sea a direct threat to other great powers

Pimentel: Don't fear China, focus on legality of joint exploration

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:26 AM

What matters is not who the Philippines is engaging in joint exploration with but whether or not the agreement abides by the Constitution, says administration bet Koko Pimentel

Dengvaxia scare caused measles outbreaks in PH –Año | Evening wRap

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:15 PM

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China deploys militia as Philippines builds on Pag-asa Island

Feb 07, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Satellite images from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative show 'a high of 95' Chinese vessels surrounding Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Lorenzana wants PH to protest China 'rescue center' in Spratlys

Feb 04, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'We don't want them keeping on building things there.... It will become theirs,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during NDCP Alumni Forum at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, February 4, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Carpio: Protest China’s ‘rescue center’ in West Philippine Sea | Midday wRap

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Chito de la Vega

China opens 'rescue center' in West Philippine Sea | Evening wRap

Jan 31, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Carpio says PH should protest China 'rescue center'

Jan 31, 2019 - 7:10 PM

In contrast, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says 'maybe we should be thankful' for China's new 'maritime rescue center' in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum,' in Intramuros, Manila, on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH 'should thank' China for 'rescue center' in West PH Sea – Panelo

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Does Malacañang believe China when it says the 'rescue center' will not be used for other purposes? 'We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippins Zhao Jianhua who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on October 8, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China opens 'rescue center' in West Philippine Sea

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:18 AM

China claims it will use its artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea for humanitarian purposes, while experts warn that China aims for militarization

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

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