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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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Galunggong imported from China may come from West Philippine Sea

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'Of course, the prices will be more expensive now when imported, even if that is possibly our fish,' says Fisheries Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona

IMPORTS. A fish vendor sells round scad or galunggong.Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler


Del Rosario commends rare Duterte tirade vs China

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:51 PM

'We want to respectfully commend President Duterte on his recent remarks about China's aggressive and unlawful behavior in the South China Sea,' says former foreign secretary

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario commends President Rodrigo Duterte for his recent remarks about China's behavior in the South China Sea. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

After Duterte tirade, China asserts right to warn planes

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:58 PM

China 'rebuffed' President Rodrigo Duterte for his criticism of Chinese radio warnings in the South China Sea, according to Reuters

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the launch of Go Negosyo'€™s €˜Pilipinas Angat Lahat€™ program at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on August 14, 2018. Malacañang photo

UK, Australia: Hague ruling binds Philippines, China

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Stressing the need for a rules-based system, the United Kingdom and Australia also 'regret' that the Philippines is leaving the International Criminal Court

AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañang on December 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

Federalism, West Philippine Sea, Donald Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:19 PM

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Cayetano denies saying PH should put aside 'claim' vs China

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:06 PM

But video taken by Rappler, and the official transcript by the Department of Foreign Affairs, contradict Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano's statement

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (R) after signing the guestbook in Manila on July 25, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte hopes Beijing can 'temper' warnings in South China Sea

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'You cannot create an island and you say that the air above the artificial island is your own,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a rare statement critical of Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte uses the binoculars to get a closer look on the fleet review of the Philippine Navy's naval surface and air assets during their 120th anniversary at the Coconut Palace of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on May 22, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

GDP, West Philippine Sea, Ginebra | Evening wRap

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:19 PM

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Joint development deal may be finalized before Xi visit – Roque

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to fly to the Philippines in late 2018, after he attends the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in November

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH to 'put aside' rights in joint development with China

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:25 PM

While open to a '60-40' scheme with the Philippines, China is not backing down from its claim that it has 'indisputable' rights over the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on June 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Cayetano 'a political snake' amid China row – Trillanes

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is 'pretending to be blind and deaf' over his role as China backchannel negotiator

'POLITICAL SNAKE.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV turns the tables on Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over the Philippines' strategy during the 2012 Panatag Shoal standoff. File photos by Rappler

Aquino to Cayetano: Would you give PH's playbook to China?

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Answering DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano's questions to 'prove' the Aquino administration's transparency in its dealing with China would only 'make the Philippines predictable,' says former President Benigno Aquino III

[OPINION] Loose lips sink ships

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Following the Battle of Marawi, the Armed Forces had enjoyed an immense level of support from the public. A year later, things rapidly went downhill because of the Duterte administration's position on the West Philippine Sea.

Pantaleon Alvarez, ASEAN statement on China, Bong Go movie role | Evening wRap

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

SCHEDULE: Marites Vitug’s ‘Rock Solid’ book launches, talks

Aug 02, 2018 - 3:10 PM

(7th UPDATE) Interested readers can listen to the author, a veteran journalist and Rappler editor-at-large, and buy ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China’ at these events in the Philippines and abroad

PNoy on West Philippine Sea, inflation, Serena Williams | Midday wRap

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

ASEAN to hit China reclamation, hail Trump-Kim talks

Aug 02, 2018 - 10:40 AM

In a draft statement, ASEAN foreign ministers say land reclamations in the South China Sea 'have eroded trust and confidence' and 'increased tensions'

FOREIGN MINISTERS. From L-R: Malaysia's foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Myanmar's Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint, the Philippines' foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Singapore's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan, and Thailand's foreign minister Don Pramudwinai attend the AMM interface with ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Representatives (AICHR) during the ASEAN ministerial meeting in Singapore on August 1, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 6 Chinese ships guarding Panatag Shoal

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Only one Philippine fishing vessel is spotted miles away from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal)

FLYING OVER. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Aquino warns against 60-40 joint exploration in West PH Sea

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:45 PM

'Exclusive ito sa atin, meron ba tayong obligasyon na bahagian sila?' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Photo by Angie de Silva /Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Marites Vitug on significance of 'Rock Solid'

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Listen to discussions with Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug about her new book 'Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China', the first of its kind on Manila's legal victory against Beijing

Del Rosario on China, U.S. Military, Demi Lovato | Midday wRap

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Bea Cupin

[OPINION] Why Duterte should heed Filipinos on China

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:10 AM

The Duterte administration's appeasement policy – even defeatist policy – can only cement China's hold on the West Philippine Sea and lead to a waiver of our sovereign rights that we fought so hard to win under the arbitral ruling

Del Rosario to Duterte: Listen to Filipinos, not China's envoy

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:40 PM

'The President and his men should cast aside their fear of displeasing China,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario at the book launch of 'Rock Solid'

'ROCK SOLID.' Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (1st from left), along with Vice President Leni Robredo (3rd) and Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio (4th), is one of the guests at the launch of 'Rock Solid' by Rappler's Marites Dañguilan Vitug (2nd). Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler editor launches landmark book on Philippines-China case

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rappler editor-at-large Marites Dañguilan Vitug unveils the book 'Rock Solid,' the first of its kind about the Philippines' victory over the South China Sea, at the Ateneo de Manila University

LANDMARK BOOK. 'Rock Solid,' authored by award-winning journalist Marites Dañguilan Vitug, is the first of its kind on the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea. Photo of Vitug by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte vows to defend West Philippine Sea in SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will not 'waver in our commitment to defend our interests in the West Philippine Sea'

STRONGER TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Lessons for Manila from Sri Lanka's 'debt-trap' experience

Jul 22, 2018 - 7:24 PM

We consider the case of Sri Lanka as an illustrative example of the process whereby Chinese debt can translate into strategic concessions

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 16-22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Watch the 'Give Up Tomorrow' documentary, highlights of the Trump-Putin summit, and the report on Pacquiao's heart ailment

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Philippines' legal fees in China case still unpaid

Jul 18, 2018 - 5:09 PM

In a Rappler Talk interview, former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the amount due is 'less than a million dollars'

LEAD COUNSEL. Paul Reichler, known as 'the giant slayer of public international law,' was the Philippines' lead counsel in its case against China over the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of PCA

Bilateral talks with China 'will never work' – Del Rosario

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'They are the elephant in the room, and the only other person in that room with that elephant is you,' says ex-foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on Rappler Talk

EX-DFA CHIEF. Albert del Rosario, former Philippine foreign secretary, says the Philippines 'will obviously get nowhere' by engaging China in bilateral or one-on-one talks. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Albert del Rosario on Duterte gov’t’s refusal to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Watch Rappler's full interview with former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

Going to the ‘heart of Unclos’

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Excerpts from ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China,’ which will be launched on Wednesday, July 18, at the Ateneo de Manila University

4 in 5 Filipinos reject gov't inaction vs China moves – SWS

Jul 15, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Most Filipinos also believe the Duterte administration should strengthen the Philippine military as China militarizes the West Philippine Sea

BOOSTING TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. Malacañang file photo

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Hague ruling anniversary, Duterte's 'Sorry God,' and updates on the Thai cave rescue