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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

[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

#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

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

#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

[OPINION] China's grand larceny

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:25 AM

What should we now do as a willing victim and an abettor that has fully embraced our big northern neighbor who is clearly acting as a bully, a grand larcenist, and an international outlaw?

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Duterte 'happily dancing to his master's tune' in West Philippine Sea – groups

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Church leaders, civil rights groups gather in front of the Chinese Embassy in Makati on the second anniversary of the Hauge ruling to denounce Duterte’s appeasement policy towards China

Activists participate on a protest in front of the Chinese Consular office in Manila on July 12, 2018, to mark the second anniversary of a UN-backed tribunal ruling in July 2016 saying there was no basis for China's claims to most of the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague in July 2016 ruled that there was no legal basis for Beijing's claims to much of the South China Sea, embodied in a "nine-dash line" that dates from 1940s maps and stretches close to other countries' coasts, a decision which China angrily rejected. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Malacañang says no need to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and other individuals do not 'fully comprehend the nature of arbitration'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

73% of Filipinos want PH to assert rights under Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes says 'a plurality of Filipinos' believe the Philippines 'should file a diplomatic protest' over China's militarization of the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINES-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte (left), through meetings with China officials led by Chinese President Xi Jinping (right), seeks better ties Beijing. Malacañang file photo

Robredo seeks peaceful protest vs China moves in West PH Sea

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says of the Philippines' victory against China in The Hague on July 12, 2016: 'Sadly, since then, we have lost that advantage'

HAGUE RULING. Vice President Leni Robredo poses with former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario at a forum on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Del Rosario: PH 'a willing victim' 2 years after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

'Before we can hope for help, we must first demonstrate that we are worth helping,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on the second anniversary of the Philippines' South China Sea victory

HAGUE RULING. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario speaks in a forum on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

2 years after winning, Duterte refuses to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The Philippines marks the second anniversary of its victory against China over the South China Sea, still with an 'inexplicable reluctance' to enforce this ruling

EFFORTS WASTED? This is the Philippine team that flew to The Hague, Netherlands, to defend the merits of the Philippines' case against China in November 2015. Photo courtesy of PCA

[OPINION] Enforce arbitral award for present, future generations

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Since the Duterte administration has chosen to set aside the enforcement of the Award, the task of keeping alive the Award within our country has fallen on people like you and me

How this Cagayan de Oro lawyer is breaking the glass ceiling in international arbitration

Jun 23, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Female, Asian, and just in her 30s, Earl Joyce Rivera Dolera shows the way for other young women who want to work in an industry not known for diversity and inclusion

Duterte falsely claims Hague ruling issued during Aquino presidency

May 04, 2018 - 8:25 PM

'Aquino filed an arbitration case, we won, he was still there. Bakit hindi niya ginawa kung 'yan ang gusto ng mga yellow?' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III with incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the Main Lobby stairs of the Malacañan Palace during the Departure Honors on Thursday (June 30, 2016). (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Calamian area a ‘confidence-builder’ for joint exploration in Reed Bank – analyst

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Calamian is an uncontested area. Any joint exploration with China in the area should be governed by Philippine laws, says Aaron Jed Rabena of the policy think tank Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress

FIRST STEP. Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena said the Philippine government could jointly explore the Calamian area with China before Reed Bank.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Pagsasanla ng kasarinlan ang bagong diplomasya

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

Tuluyan na bang tatalikuran ang soberanya at kasarinlan dahil sa pragmatismo? Hindi ba ito pagtataksil sa bayan?

Japanese speed skater vows to clear name in first 2018 Olympics drug case

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Kei Saito failed an out-of-competition test prior to the event, the Court of Arbitration for Sport says in a statement

SPEED SKATING. This file photo taken on February 10, 2018 shows South Korea's Seo Yira (L) and Japan's Kei Saito (R) taking part in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating heat event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung. Mladen Antonov/AFP

PH can ban China in Benham, but not other nations – Carpio

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The Philippines has no valid ground to disallow other member-states of UNCLOS from conducting marine scientific research in Benham Rise, and will be 'violating UNCLOS' if it does so, says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM

Group revives plunder complaint vs Alvarez over Piatco case

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Speaker's wife was an incorporator of Wintrack Builders, which got the NAIA-3 contract while he was also an official of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and chaired the bids committee

Duterte on open-pit mining, Cayetano on arbitral award, UN Human Rights Chief | Midday wRap

Nov 22, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, senators urge gov't to enforce West PH Sea ruling

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:20 PM

'We suggest that the government use its ASEAN chairmanship to rally our allies and friends to this end – for our people, for our fisherfolk,' senators say ahead of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

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

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

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

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

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

Watch the 6PM wRap with David Lozada

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