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Rappler Talk: Jeffrey Ordaniel on Duterte's embrace of China

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:07 PM

On Monday, October 14, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Jeffrey Ordaniel of Tokyo International University to assess President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China

Duterte invites Russian oil giant to explore in West Philippine Sea

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Rosneft, the Russian firm which ruffled China's feathers with its oil and gas projects in Vietnam, is offered a chance to pursue a similar project in Philippine waters

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the officials of Rosneft Oil Co. led by its CEO Igor Sechin, who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow, Russia on October 2, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Retiring Carpio gives West PH Sea lecture to SC workers

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:44 AM

In the JBC, chief justice applicants are asked whether Carpio's media interviews about China are 'improper'

LECTURE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio receives a plaque of appreciation from Supreme Court Employees Association (SCEA) president Erwin Ocson after giving a lecture on Defending Philippine Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Sea on October 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of the SC Public Information Office

Chinese vessels in Philippine waters: Who’s keeping score?

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:48 PM

As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the 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

Tolentino wants Filipino songs broadcast to China-occupied features in West PH Sea

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:31 PM

'Para malaman nila na they (Chinese) are in Philippine territory,' says Senator Francis Tolentino

Senator Francis Tolentino at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Science and Technology and it attached agencies. September 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Del Rosario refutes Duterte gov't: U.N. resolution on Hague ruling 'can be done'

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario reminds the Duterte administration that the United Nations serves as both the 'primary promoter' of the rule of law and the 'court of world public opinion'

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. The Philippines is set to speak at the UN General Assembly on September 28, 2019. UN file photo/Kim Haughton

Malacañang against raising Hague ruling before UN for fear of hurting China ties

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Following ex-DFA chief Albert del Rosario's suggestion will only have an 'adverse effect' on the Philippines' and China's 'friendly talks' on the West Philippine Sea, says the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

China using fishing vessels for surveillance, control of West PH Sea – DND

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Chinese fishing vessels complement Chinese naval and coast guard ships, and could be used for 'asymmetric warfare of sea control and sea denial' against Filipinos, the defense department says in a report to a lawmaker

LONELY OUTPOST. An aerial view shows the BRP Sierra Madre that has been grounded since 1999 to assert the Philippines' sovereignty over Ayungin Shoal. The China Coast Guard constantly patrols the area, the DND says. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Del Rosario urges PH to bring Hague ruling to U.N.

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:57 PM

The former foreign secretary urges the Duterte government to take the opportunity 'present a case for the UN to reassert that right is might and the rule of law must be upheld'

TAKE ACTION. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Philippines must seek the UN General Assembly's support for the 2016 Hague ruling. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea

'THE GALL OF DUTERTE.' Senator Leila de Lima slams President Rodrigo Duterte over the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima.

Robredo hits Duterte's 'shameful' sellout to China over oil, gas deal

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:47 PM

'Why are the President and his administration the very ones who undermine our decisive victory before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 with remarks such as this?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

ASSERTING PH RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo slams President Rodrigo Duterte for once again downplaying the Philippines' arbitral victory against Chia over the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Duterte 'ignoring' arbitral ruling to make way for joint exploration

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:46 PM

After repeatedly saying he will assert the Hague ruling before China, President Rodrigo Duterte says the landmark decision can be ignored

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

'Like a thief in your own territory'

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Once before Filipino fishermen could make as many trips as they wanted to Scarborough Shoal and easily bring home 4 tons of fish each trip. Now they're lucky to haul in a third of what they used to.

Supreme Court spares IBP, Diokno in West PH Sea case mess

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The SC says, 'Counsels for petitioners were sternly warned that the commission of the same or similar infractions in the future would be dealt with more severely'

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. IBP lawyer Andre Palacios and collaborating counsel Chel Diokno during the first oral arguments at the Supreme Court on their Writ of Kalikasan petition. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Duterte, Xi beyond the hype

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:54 AM

As he enters the last phase of his term, can Duterte afford to appear and sound like a wimp alongside his fellow Southeast Asian leaders? And for what? For China’s empty promises and intrusions into our territories?

Lorenzana: 'No reason to believe' China will not honor agreements

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'Let us trust, but we must also be cautious,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

[PODCAST] May silbi ba ang diplomatic protest laban sa China?

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:31 PM

May ngipin ba ang mga diplomatic protest laban sa mga aksyon ng China? Alamin sa talakayan nina foreign affairs reporter Sofia Tomacruz at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

Philippines, China form groups to implement oil, gas exploration deal

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) The creation of the groups brings the two countries one step closer to implementing contracts on exploiting natural resources in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Xi refuses to recognize Hague ruling after Duterte brings it up

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:40 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells Xi Jinping that the arbitral ruling is 'final' and 'binding' but the Chinese leader says his country is 'not budging' from its position

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

[ANALYSIS] Just how valuable is the West Philippine Sea?

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The monetary value of our marine ecosystems in 2007 was thought to be US$966.59 billion, or close to $1 trillion. Using the 2007 exchange rate, that’s P44.61 trillion or nearly 6.5 times our GDP back then.

Recto Bank incident on 'cusp of closure,' says PH envoy to China

Aug 29, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta Romana says while the apology is a 'breakthrough,' compensation for the aggrieved 22 fishermen of Gem-Ver is still subject to more discussions and negotiations

IN REPAIR. The FB Gem-Ver remains dry docked on the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 16, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Joint oil, gas exploration deals to abide by both PH, Chinese laws – Sta Romana

Aug 29, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The Chinese are willing to be 'flexible' and 'pragmatic' as the two countries thresh out cooperation agreements on exploiting the resource-rich West Philippine Sea, says the Philippine envoy to China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a warm welcome from Philippine Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Jose Sta. Romana upon his arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport in the People's Republic of China on August 28, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

When Duterte meets with Xi: What West PH Sea deals were reached in past talks?

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Here's a compilation of key agreements on the West Philippine Sea reached during bilateral meetings between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Philippines accepts apology of Chinese ship owner

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Philippines welcomes the acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to the owner of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver

Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Vir, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Reed Bank, towards the shore of Brgy. San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Duterte has to do more than ‘raise’ Hague ruling with Xi – Carpio

Aug 26, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The Philippine President has to gather support from the international community and take action in the West Philippine Sea, or China may just ignore him, maritime law experts say

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) raise a toast during a state banquet 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/PoolAFP

Chinese survey ship's brief passage 'OK' – Lorenzana

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials are studying how to enforce President Rodrigo Duterte's order that foreign vessels must get permission before entering Philippine waters

Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad of the Philippine Navy (left) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (right) at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After Chinese vessel sightings, Carpio urges passage of bill defining sea lanes

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the measure would aid in the tracking of foreign ships passing through Philippine waters as it can require ships to turn on trackers

SEA LANES. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says a bill designating sea lanes where foreign ships could pass is needed. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte insists he will raise Hague ruling: 'Don't control my mouth'

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:15 PM

'If I am not allowed as a president of [a] sovereign nation to talk [about] whatever I want to talk about, then let us not bother to talk altogether,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected officers of theLeague of Cities of the Philippines and Liga ng mga Barangay at the Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Chinese Coast Guard ship spotted near Ayungin Shoal

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The military also reports that Chinese and Vietnamese fishing vessels were sighted around Panata Island in the West Philippine Sea

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the 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

Carpio corrects Cayetano: Malaysia, Vietnam don't have claims in PH EEZ

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'In fact, China is the only country that claims Philippine EEZ in the West Philippine Sea,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio points out Malaysia and Vietnam do not claim any part of the Philippines' exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Bill Hayton on China’s false claims and 'imagined territories'

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:03 AM

On Thursday, August 15, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Bill Hayton of Chatham House about how China spreads information about allegedly false historical claims and what the concept of "imagined territories" is about

5 more Chinese warships spotted in Philippine waters in July, August

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The military says this is in addition to the passage of 4 Chinese vessels earlier this year, all without permission from the Philippine government

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Locsin backtracks on ban vs foreign marine surveys

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr now says he was 'reliably informed' that under international law, countries cannot ban marine surveys

FOR ALL. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says marine surveys in Philippine waters would be open to all countries as long as they seek permission from the Philippines. Presidential Photo

PODCAST: Gem-Ver: The men, the crash, the journey home

Aug 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

It's been 2 months since a Chinese trawler rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. In this podcast, Rappler revisits that harrowing night, and more.

States must declare marine protected areas in South China Sea – expert

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:15 AM

'Let's put humanity and... the environment at the forefront,' says Deo Onda of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute

PROTECT ENVIRONMENT. The South China Sea is considering a major source of livelihood and food though experts warn environmental damage and overfishing are pushing it to collapse. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Vietnam says China ships have left disputed sea after month-long standoff

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hanoi confirms the Chinese vessels had left its exclusive economic zone, after weeks of repeated demands to vacate

RESOURCE-RICH. File photo shows the oil rigs in the South China Sea. Photo by corlaffra/Shuttterstock

Another Chinese survey vessel found operating in PH waters

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Map images show Chinese survey ship 'Dong Fang Hong 3' operating in Philippine waters a day after Chinese ship 'Zhanjian' was seen operating off the country's east coast

VESSEL'S PATH. Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Dong Fang 3' operating inside the Philippines exclusive economic zone. Photo from Ryan Martinson

China survey vessel in PH waters? Not until AFP says so – Locsin

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's not happening until I hear from the Armed Forces,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the reported presence of a Chinese vessel in the country's exclusive economic zone

MILITARY INFO ONLY. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said he would only rely on military information regarding a Chinese survey vessel supposedly operating in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

LOOK: Chinese survey ship found operating in PH waters

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Zhanjian' operating 80 nautical miles off the east coast of the Philippines

VESSEL'S PATH. Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Zhanjian' operating inside the Philippines exclusive economic zone. Photo from Ryan Martinson

Del Rosario commends Duterte's plan to 'invoke' Hague ruling

Aug 06, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'Let us salute him and assure him of the support of all Filipinos,' says former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario, who was among those who led the filing of the Philippines' historic case against China

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

Duterte to 'invoke' Hague ruling in next China visit

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to discuss the proposed joint exploration for oil and gas with Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler Talk: Deo Onda on the value of West PH Sea resources to Filipinos

Aug 05, 2019 - 2:09 PM

On Monday, August 5, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Dr Deo Onda of the University of the Philippines' Marine Science Institute to discuss the importance of the West Philippine Sea to Filipinos

AFP hits 'deception' in China warships' passage

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels

CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China's southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently spotted conducting a massive naval drill with dozens of vessels in the South China Sea, according to satellite images released on March 30. Photo by Planet Labs Inc/AFP

Del Rosario: PH must urge U.N. to back Hague ruling

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario warns the Philippines must adopt a 'multilateral approach' to asserting its rights in the West Philippine Sea before facing 'irreversible consequences'

TAKE ACTION. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Philippines must seek the UN General Assembly's support for the 2016 Hague ruling. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DND insists China 'squatting' in West PH Sea

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:44 PM

'Possession' or 'position?' The Defense department clears up post-SONA mess by reiterating the Philippines’ claim of sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

MABINI REEF. Internationally known as Johnson Reef, Mabini Reef has been reclaimed and turned into a military outpost by China. Image from CSIS/AMTI

Carpio: PH must compel foreign ships to keep trackers on when passing through

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:35 PM

This is in response to Chinese warships crossing Tawi-Tawi waters undetected

PASSAGE OF CHINESE WARSHIPS. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio sounds the alarm on Chinese warships passing by Tawi-Tawi without the knowledge of the Philippine government. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

5 challenges to Duterte's ‘fishing deal’ with China

Jul 30, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Why President Duterte’s ‘verbal agreement’ allowing China to fish in Philippine waters is unlawful and dangerous

China to Philippines: 'We won't take the first shot'

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says that Beijing is committed to a peaceful settlement of disputes

'PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT.' China says it is committed to ''peaceful settlement' of disputes in the South China Sea. Photos from the Chinese Embassy in Manila

Defense chief hits China's 'bullying' in Scarborough Shoal takeover

Jul 30, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Filipinos would 'naturally' distrust China for 'grabbing' islands in the West Philippine Sea, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

BULLYING. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. PCG photo