PH gov't told to pay Maynilad over P3B for delayed tariff hike

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:40 AM

An arbitral tribunal orders the Republic of the Philippines to reimburse the country s largest water concessionaire of its losses from unenforced tariff adjustments

BIG VICTORY. In a decision dated July 24, the three-man arbitral tribunal unanonimously upheld the validity of Maynilad's claim against the government to compensate the water concessionaire for the delayed tariff adjustments from 2013 to 2017. Rappler file photo

Palace: A year after Hague ruling, PH-China dialogue going well

Jul 11, 2017 - 12:59 PM

On Wednesday July 12 it will have been one year since the Philippines scored a historic victory over China in the South China Sea maritime dispute

Chinese pupils hold the flags of the Philippines and People???s Republic of China as they welcome President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, May 1-7, 2017

May 07, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Must watch videos from the past week

Why Justice Carpio wants China to read his e-book

May 06, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Through his new e book on the South China Sea dispute Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio hopes to convince the Chinese that China s 9 dash line is baseless

WATCH: Duterte's defense chief asserts claim to West PH Sea

Apr 22, 2017 - 11:08 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana visits Pag asa island in the West Philippine Sea bringing along with him the Philippines top military officers

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana inspecting the eroded runway on Pag-asa on April 21, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The China build-up

Apr 09, 2017 - 10:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to occupy and build structures in Philippine territory in the South China Sea China has been building its own way before this

Driven away from Scarborough Shoal, Filipino fishermen now train in China

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Outside the diplomatic arena China’s decision to explore a different approach and strategy in dealing with Filipino fishermen appears to be shaky

This photo taken on June 16, 2016 shows a fishing vessel anchored at the South China Sea off the town of Infanta in Pangasinan province, as they wait for their fishing expedition to Scarborough Shoal. Ted Aljibe/AFP/File

Duterte's party mates to meet with Beijing officials this January

Jan 13, 2017 - 3:58 PM

After Duterte s state visit to China his party mates are now set to meet with their Beijing counterparts to strengthen rekindled ties

China's warm welcome to President Rodrigo Duterte is shown here in this file photo as Chinese students usher the President at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

West Philippine Sea, Robredo, Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:40 AM

Watch Rappler s evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

East Timor and Australia to tear up sea border treaty

Jan 09, 2017 - 9:57 AM

East Timor has now officially notified its southern neighbor it wants to end the Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea CMATS which carves up future revenue from oil and gas reserves in the area

An outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, at The Hague, Natherlands, February 1, 2012. UN Photo/ICJ/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen

Sepp Blatter loses appeal against FIFA ban - spokesman

Dec 05, 2016 - 9:57 PM

The disgraced former FIFA head will have to serve his 6 year ban from the football governing body

UPHELD. An international court has shut down Sepp Blatter's bid to overturn his ban. File photo by Alain Grosclaude/AFP

Friends in need, friends indeed

Nov 02, 2016 - 8:12 AM

It took President Duterte to be frank and candid or to be more precise undiplomatic to get this far with the superpowers

FRIENDSHIP RENEWED. Chinese pupils hold the flags of the Philippines and China as they welcome President Rodrigo Duterte at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Duterte, Aman Futures scam, Pacquiao| 12PM wRap

Oct 27, 2016 - 3:41 PM

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ITF blasts Sharapova for saying they tried to make an example of her

Oct 06, 2016 - 6:06 AM

Maria Sharapova says the ITF wanted to suspend her for 4 years a claim they have denied

EARLY RETURN. Maria Sharapova will be back sooner than expected after winning an appeal to shorten her suspension to 15 months from two years. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Sharapova's doping ban reduced to 15 months

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:39 PM

The Court of Arbitration for Sport cuts the tennis star s ban by 9 months allowing her to return by April of 2017

LENIENCY. Maria Sharapova can return to action by next April after her suspension was reduced by 9 months. Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images/AFP

Former partner of Bloomberry can claim 8.7% stake in Solaire

Sep 29, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The dispute stems from Bloomberry s move to terminate its 5 year management agreement with Las Vegas based company Global Gaming Philippines LLC

DISPUTE. Bloomberry chief Enrique Razon Jr (L) had terminated management agreement with Bill Weidner's (R) Global Gaming for 'material breach.' Photo of Razon by Franz Lopez/Rappler. Photo of Weidner by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Yasay raises West PH Sea ruling before UN

Sep 27, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea is final and binding on all parties Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

UN SPEECH. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr addresses the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly's 71st session on September 24, 2016. Photo courtesy of UN

Yasay: No bilateral talks yet with China over West PH Sea

Sep 16, 2016 - 10:36 AM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr tells a forum in Washington DC that the Philippines and China have different standpoints on the context of such bilateral discussions

ABOUT CHINA AND THE PHILIPPINES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr discusses bilateral talks with China at a forum on September 15, 2016. Screen shot from YouTube.

No mention of Hague ruling in ASEAN chairman's statement

Sep 07, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Still ASEAN leaders remain seriously concerned over recent and ongoing developments in the South China Sea

Lao police security stand guard at the entrance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Kerry says united with allies over South China Sea

Aug 31, 2016 - 5:10 PM

The United States is united with its allies in upholding freedom of navigation rights in the South China Sea following a tribunal s decision on the contested waters Secretary of State John Kerry says

US Secretary of State John F. Kerry gestures as he addresses a gathering at The Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi on August 31, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Abu Sayyaf, Lacson, Yasay on China | 6PM wRap

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:54 PM

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Australia says tribunal has no jurisdiction over East Timor border

Aug 29, 2016 - 4:09 PM

East Timor has been demanding that Australia renegotiate the border which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea

A picture made available July 28, 2014, shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands on August 27, 2013. File photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

Sepp Blatter mounts final stand with FIFA ban appeal

Aug 25, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Ex FIFA president Blatter is in the world s top sports court seeking a career redemption after a 6 year ban

ONE FINAL STAND. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been banned for 6 years over inappropriate payments. Photo by Valentin Flauraud/EPA

Duterte on China, Leila de Lima, Tokyo Olympics | 6PM wRap

Aug 24, 2016 - 9:12 PM

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Duterte to China: You can't avoid Hague ruling

Aug 24, 2016 - 5:21 PM

President Duterte warns China that if they can t understand each other the Philippine military has no choice but to defend the country s sovereign rights

WHAT NOW, CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte addresses soldiers in a military camp in Tanay, Rizal, on August 24, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Belmonte eyed to lead new House committee on West PH Sea

Aug 03, 2016 - 2:46 PM

House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas hopes former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr s strong sense of nationalism will make him accept the job

Olympics: Russian doping ban appeals rejected

Aug 03, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Daniil Andrienko and 16 other rowers lodge a case against the World Rowing Federation and International Olympic Committee IOC

A file picture dated 23 February 2014 of the Olympic flag (L) and the Russian flag (R) during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia. Photo by HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/EPA

West Philippine Sea: Why China can’t just ignore Hague ruling

Aug 03, 2016 - 1:00 PM

If China continues to refuse compliance the Philippines and other claimant states can ask the International Seabed Authority to revoke China’s license to extract seabed resources in international waters

DILEMMA. A security officer stands guard at the door of the Chinese consular office as Filipino protestors holding placcards are seen reflected on its glass during a protest against China's territorial claims over the disputed Spratlys group of islands in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines, July 12, 2016. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Beijing tightens maritime rules after South China Sea case

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:43 PM

The decision appears to be an attempt to strengthen Chinese rules governing the waters with a focus on sanctions for illegal fishing

DISPUTED. An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a military plane shows the ongoing reclamation by China on Mischief Reef, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA/Pool

#AnimatED: The very imperfect Perfecto Yasay

Aug 01, 2016 - 9:00 AM

How can Cambodia which is beholden to China and Foreign Secretary Yasay end up on the same side in the PH campaign to uphold the rule of law?

Ramos, Carina, Clinton | 6PM wRap

Jul 29, 2016 - 8:17 PM

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SONA, illegal drugs, Democratic Party | 6PM wRap

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:17 PM

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Ramos accepts Duterte offer to be envoy for China talks

Jul 24, 2016 - 1:02 AM

UPDATED Despite having 3 ailments the 88 year old former president accepts Duterte s offer

TALKS WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte wants to send former leader Fidel Ramos to Beijing. File photo

PH vows 'nationalistic' stance in Shell-Malampaya case

Jul 23, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi stresses the need for the government s unified stance as in the case of the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

UNPAID TAXES. The Commission on Audit earlier ordered the consortium behind the Malampaya deep water gas-to-power project to pay the government P53.14 billion in taxes. File image from Sembcorp Marine website

Pimentel files Senate resolution praising Aquino for win over China

Jul 22, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Pimentel who s eyed as the next Senate president says it is just fitting and right that the Senate recognizes the heroic efforts of former President Benigno Aquino III and others who helped in the case

RESOLUTION. Senator Koko Pimentel, presumptive Senate President, files a resolution seeking to commend former president Benigno Aquino III and other Filipinos who helped win the arbitration case against China.

LIVE: Justice Antonio Carpio on what's next for PH after case vs China

Jul 22, 2016 - 1:51 PM

What can we expect after the Philippines victory over China in the arbitral tribunal?

Hilbay defends aborted strategy vs China

Jul 21, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Ex Solicitor General Florin Hilbay remembers telling the Philippine team I will not be the Solicitor General who sold this case to China

TOP GOVERNMENT LAWYER. Philippine Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who serves as agent for the Philippines, delivers a statement before the arbitral tribunal in June 2015. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Sports court rejects Russia appeal, bars athletes from Rio

Jul 21, 2016 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED The International Olympic Committee had said the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport will help shape its decision on whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games

Secretary General of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Matthieu Reeb delivers a statement on July 21, 2016 at its headquarters in Lausanne. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Key court ruling as IOC weighs Russia's Rio fate

Jul 21, 2016 - 2:09 PM

The IOC has opted to wait until after the CAS ruling before making a verdict on whether to hit Russia with a total ban for the Olympic games

A file picture dated 23 February 2014 of the Olympic flag (L) and the Russian flag (R) during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia. Photo by HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/EPA

Hilbay, Jardeleza opposed inclusion of Itu Aba in PH case

Jul 20, 2016 - 6:18 PM

In former Solicitor General Hilbay s view it was better for Recto Bank to remain a disputed area even with the presence of the Chinese Navy as long as the Philippines claim stands

Duterte, National ID, Mendoza | 6PM wRap

Jul 18, 2016 - 7:58 PM

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Vietnam detains activists after South China Sea ruling

Jul 17, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Thirty activists were swiftly bundled onto waiting buses and cars by security forces after they gathered to hold a protest near the city s famous Hoan Kiem lake

ARRESTED. Vietnamese activists were arrested for their anti-China sentiments following the ruling on the contested South China Sea.

Olympics: Key Russia findings could cast shadow over Rio

Jul 17, 2016 - 11:25 AM

A World Anti Doping Agency decision on whether to let the Rio doping laboratory reopen could also hamper International Olympic Committee preparations

A picture taken on November 18, 2015 shows the glass window displaying the Olympic Rings at the Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

'Game of diplomats' begins in West Philippine Sea

Jul 16, 2016 - 9:51 PM

The goal here is a diplomatic solution to a very complicated problem Counselor Kristie Kenney of the US State Department tells Rappler

'GAME OF DIPLOMATS.' Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (right) and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (left) exchange pleasantries during Zhao's courtesy call on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on July 7, 2016. Photo from MARO-PCOO

Zambales gov to fishermen: Avoid Scarborough Shoal despite ruling

Jul 16, 2016 - 5:13 PM

The lives of our fishermen are of paramount importance that is why I have repeatedly advised them not to fish until it s free to fish says Zambales Governor Amor Deloso

PH VICTORY? Zambales Governor Amor Deloso wants to protect fishermen from his province from any possible acts of aggression on the part of China. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Lorenzana: Improving PH territorial defense now a priority

Jul 16, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana hopes that China eventually respects the ruling so they can devote more resources to pressing problems at home

Recto: PH 'no gloating' policy better than China's 'tantrums'

Jul 16, 2016 - 1:42 PM

We re calm and collected Let me quote a Chinese saying: He who strikes the first blow admits he s lost the argument says Senator Ralph Recto

NO GLOATING POLICY. Senator Ralph Receto lauds Malacañang's 'no gloating' policy over the international tribunal ruling favoring the Philippines. Photo from Recto's Facebook page

China must abide by same rules as everyone else – Biden

Jul 16, 2016 - 11:07 AM

The US Vice President also says We re urging both China and the Philippines to abide by the ruling

File photo by Andrew Harrer/EPA

PH vs China, Binay’s bail, Tom Hiddleston | 6PM wRap

Jul 15, 2016 - 8:08 PM

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Will Duterte jetski to ‘Albert rock’ and ‘Tony rock’?

Jul 15, 2016 - 4:28 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida faces international law experts assessing our victory in the West Philippine Sea case and adds humor – ? – to the discussion