Rappler's latest stories on West Philippines Sea
President Rodrigo Duterte aired his displeasure over PNOC-EC chief Pedro Aquino during a Cabinet meeting on October 11
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
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
In the JBC, chief justice applicants are asked whether Carpio's media interviews about China are 'improper'
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?
'Para malaman nila na they (Chinese) are in Philippine territory,' says Senator Francis Tolentino
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'
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
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
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'
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
'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
After repeatedly saying he will assert the Hague ruling before China, President Rodrigo Duterte says the landmark decision can be ignored
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.
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'
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?
'Let us trust, but we must also be cautious,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
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.
(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
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
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.
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
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
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
The Philippines welcomes the acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to the owner of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver
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'
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
(UPDATED) Security officials are studying how to enforce President Rodrigo Duterte's order that foreign vessels must get permission before entering Philippine waters
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
'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
The military also reports that Chinese and Vietnamese fishing vessels were sighted around Panata Island in the West Philippine Sea
'In fact, China is the only country that claims Philippine EEZ in the West Philippine Sea,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio
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
The military says this is in addition to the passage of 4 Chinese vessels earlier this year, all without permission from the Philippine government
Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr now says he was 'reliably informed' that under international law, countries cannot ban marine surveys
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.
'Let's put humanity and... the environment at the forefront,' says Deo Onda of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute
Hanoi confirms the Chinese vessels had left its exclusive economic zone, after weeks of repeated demands to vacate
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
'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
Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Zhanjian' operating 80 nautical miles off the east coast of the Philippines
'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
(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to discuss the proposed joint exploration for oil and gas with Chinese President Xi Jinping
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
The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels
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'
'Possession' or 'position?' The Defense department clears up post-SONA mess by reiterating the Philippines’ claim of sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea
This is in response to Chinese warships crossing Tawi-Tawi waters undetected
Why President Duterte’s ‘verbal agreement’ allowing China to fish in Philippine waters is unlawful and dangerous
Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says that Beijing is committed to a peaceful settlement of disputes