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China should pay and go

May 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights

SLEEPING OVER PH RIGHTS? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. MPC pool photo

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Oct 11, 2016 - 10:29 PM

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PH should send patrols to South China Sea – Carpio

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:38 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is the surprise guest of honor at the closing ceremony of the last war games between the Philippine and US militaries

BOUNDARIES. Antonio Carpio, senior associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, addresses Filipino and American marines at the closing ceremony on October 11, 2016, of what President Rodrigo Duterte wants to be the 'last' war games between the longtime allies. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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

#CHexit: Filipinos celebrate PH victory over China

Jul 12, 2016 - 5:56 PM

Shortly after the ruling spread on the Internet CHexit – short for China exit – starts to climb as a top trending topic in the Philippines on Twitter

DFA chief clarifies statement on China, again

Jul 09, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Hit for a blunder Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr explains his statement that the Philippines can share resources in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

'WILLING TO SHARE.' Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr on July 8, 2016, says the Philippines is willing to share natural resources with China in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte open to joint exploration with China in West PH Sea

Feb 05, 2016 - 1:00 PM

If the arbitration case on the maritime dispute drags on for too long Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he is willing to discuss sharing natural resources with China

TALKING FOREIGN POLICY. Rodrigo Duterte takes questions about his take on international affairs during a Go Negosyo elections forum on February 4, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Philippines: China to build ‘Berlin Wall of the Sea’

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario tells a UN backed tribunal: ’What is ours is ours not China’s’

‘GIANT SLAYER.’ The Philippines’ lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler, argues before an arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo courtesy of PCA

Carpio: 'Tribunal totally ignored China's 9-dash line'

Nov 05, 2015 - 9:06 PM

The Supreme Court justice says the UN backed tribunal did not consider the 9 dash line which China uses to claim almost the entire South China Sea

'NO EFFECT.' Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says China's 9-dash line has no effect on the tribunal's initial ruling on Manila's South China Sea case. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Binay hits Philippine team vs China in The Hague

Jul 18, 2015 - 8:31 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay is pushing for bilateral talks between Manila and Beijing because according to him the Philippines needs China s money

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

China on talks with PH: No need to drop case

Jul 11, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says dropping the case is not a precondition to talks but it seems the Philippine side itself shut the door to secure that they have a strong position at the tribunal

'LET'S TALK.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippine Zhao Jianhua (L) presents his credentials to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the Philippine presidential palace on April 8, 2014. File photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy

Tribunal sets 2nd round of PH arguments

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:58 AM

2nd UPDATE This second round of oral arguments is routine and indicates that judges want clarifications a member of the Philippine delegation tells Rappler

HIGH-CALIBER TRIBUNAL. The arbitral tribunal hearing the Philippines' case is led by Judge Thomas Mensah of Ghana, the first president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (C). Other members (L-R) include Judge Jean-Pierre Cot, Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, and Professor Alfred H. A. Soons. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Filipinos' trust in China drops to all-time low

Jul 09, 2015 - 7:15 PM

An SWS survey also shows that the West Philippine Sea dispute has become the Philippines 5th most followed news event

'LONG FRIENDSHIP.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua greets one of the performers at the launch of an exhibit at the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs on March 4, 2015. Photo courtesy of DFA

EXPLAINER: Philippines' 5 arguments vs China

Jul 09, 2015 - 1:54 PM

In a nutshell Rappler explains the Philippines 5 arguments in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH: China 'irreversibly damaged' environment

Jul 09, 2015 - 8:38 AM

China s island building adds a new dimension to Manila s case against Beijing It wasn t part of the Philippines original arguments in January 2013

TOP GUNS. Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, and Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands Jaime Victor Ledda discuss while waiting for oral hearings at The Hague to begin. Photo and caption courtesy of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte

Vietnam, 4 countries attend PH-China hearing

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Next to the Philippines Vietnam is the Southeast Asian country that most actively challenges China s claim over the South China Sea

UNITED FRONT. A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, on May 21, 2014. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

FULL TEXT: The Philippines' opening salvo at The Hague

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:15 PM

China has pursued its activities in these disputed maritime areas with overwhelming force The Philippines can only counter by invoking international law

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario gives a statement about the South China Sea during a news conference in Manila on March 30, 2014. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PH to Hague tribunal: China threatens law of the sea

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:31 PM

The Philippines says UNCLOS shows that principles trump power; that law triumphs over force; and that right prevails over might

DAY TWO. The Philippine delegation waits inside a session hall at The Hague, The Netherlands, for the second day of the oral hearings on the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Abigail Valte

Philippines in full force on 1st day at The Hague

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:38 AM

UPDATED The Philippine government publishes behind the scenes photos of the first day of the historic hearings about the South China Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH vs China at The Hague: '80% of fish' at stake

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:15 AM

On China s ancient arguments a Supreme Court senior justice says The world has rotated a trillion times and you cannot bring this up anymore

SEA DISPUTE. A Chinese coast guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a standoff as the Philippine boat attempts to reach Ayungin Shoal, a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Philippines vows to smash China's strongest argument

Jul 06, 2015 - 8:02 AM

Speaking to Rappler a Supreme Court senior justice says the UNCLOS tribunal is the only forum where we can beat China – where warships warplanes atomic bombs don’t count

BATTLEGROUND. 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

IN PHOTOS: China's creeping expansion

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:44 AM

China is busy building military fortresses in the West Philippine Sea

Aquino fears China fishing ban in disputed sea

Apr 17, 2015 - 4:05 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III also hails the G7 for issuing a statement against China s artificial islands in the South China Sea

UPHOLDING SOVEREIGNTY. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III honors the Colors while singing the Philippine National Anthem during the 73rd Commemoration of the Day of Valor at the Dambana ng Kagitingan, Mt Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan on April 9, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau/PCOO

Oil firm stops drilling in West Philippine Sea

Mar 03, 2015 - 7:04 PM

The Pangilinan led Forum Energy says the Philippine government has explained that the contract area falls within the disputed West Philippine Sea

PANGILINAN-LED. Forum Energy, the British company allowed to explore Recto Bank, is run in the Philippines by businessman Manuel V Pangilinan.

Philippines, Indonesia eye undersea boundary

Oct 16, 2014 - 5:50 PM

This comes months after the Philippines and Indonesia sealed a historic deal hailed as a model in settling maritime disputes

UNDERSEA BOUNDARY. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa sign a statement to explore a possible boundary between their countries' overlapping portions of the continental shelf. Photo courtesy of DFA

Q and A: Case vs China 'not enough,' expert says

Aug 19, 2014 - 5:33 PM

We will always go back to the two countries sitting down to talk it out maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal tells Rappler

Philippines slams China over 'sovereignty patrols'

Aug 18, 2014 - 4:38 PM

The Philippines says China regularly sends ships as part of illegitimate sovereign patrols to claim the disputed West Philippine Sea

DAVID VS GOLIATH. A Chinese coast guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a standoff as the Philippine boat attempts to reach Ayungin Shoal, a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Aquino hits China over 2 ships in Recto Bank

Aug 18, 2014 - 1:27 AM

China s hydrographic ships have been sighted within the Philippines exclusive economic zone President Aquino says he fears heightened tension between the 2 countries in the South China Sea

FEARING TENSION. President Benigno Aquino III says the Armed Forces of the Philippines spotted two Chinese hydrographic ships in the disputed South China Sea. In this photo taken on August 14, 2014, Aquino leads the ceremonial distribution of assault rifles at the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Headquarters. Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Menlu Filipina: Jaga stabilitas Laut Tiongkok Selatan

Jul 16, 2014 - 1:58 PM

Menteri Luar Negeri Filipina Albert Del Rosario berkunjung ke Kementerian Luar Negeri RI di Jakarta untuk melakukan pertemuan bilateral dengan Menteri Luar Negeri Indonesia Marty Natalegawa

KUNJUNGAN. Menteri Luar Negeri Filipina Albert del Rosario (kiri) menandatangani buku tamu, sementara rekannya, Menteri Luar Negeri Marty Natalegawa mendampinginya. Keduanya melakukan pertemuan bilateral di Kementerian Luar Negeri RI di Jakarta, Selasa (15/7/2014). Photo oleh EPA

China rebuffs US for hitting 10-dash line

Jun 30, 2014 - 12:54 PM

The South China Sea dispute is none of America s business says the Chinese Embassy pointing out that the US has not even ratified the UNCLOS

Philippines: China's '10-dash' line won't affect case

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:06 AM

In the first place China hasn t officially communicated the 10 dash line to the international community a maritime law expert tells Rappler

NEW MAP. A new Chinese map shows a 10-dash line to claim virtually the entire South China Sea. Screen grab from news.xinhuanet.com/Image edited by Rappler

Philippines hits China over ‘10-dash line’ map

Jun 25, 2014 - 7:49 PM

It is precisely such ambitious expansionism that is causing the tensions in the South China Sea Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose says

NEW MAP. A new Chinese map shows a 10-dash line to claim virtually the entire South China Sea. Screen grab from news.xinhuanet.com/Image edited by Rappler

Top Philippine judge uses Chinese maps vs China

Jun 10, 2014 - 3:33 PM

China s claim over the South China Sea is based not on historical facts but on historical lies says Philippine Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

EVIDENCE VS CHINA. Published in 1896 in China by Guangxu Bing Shen, this map is titled 'Huang Chao Zhi Sheng Yu Di Quan Tu' or the Qing Empire's Complete Map of All Provinces. This map shows Hainan Island as the southernmost territory of China. This digital reproduction is from the US Library of Congress (Catalogue No. gm71005083; digital ID g7820 ct003428). Image and caption grabbed from Justice Carpio's presentation

China: Vietnam rammed our ships 1,400 times

Jun 09, 2014 - 12:44 PM

China claims Vietnam – an economic dwarf compared to Beijing – provoked the Asian giant first in the South China Sea

EVIDENCE? A screenshot of a video played during a press conference on the growing dispute with China over the South China Sea shows a Vietnamese sinking boat (R) which was allegedly rammed by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracel Islands, near a Marine Guard ship (L), in Hanoi, Vietnam June 5, 2014. Photo by Luong Thai Linh/EPA

Philippines, Indonesia seal historic maritime deal

May 23, 2014 - 11:40 AM

A first for the Philippines the treaty draws a boundary between overlapping EEZs

HISTORIC DEAL. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (left) and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (right) finish signing a historic maritime deal between their countries. Behind them, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III witness the signing. Photo by Rey Baniquet/PCOO/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Philippines, Indonesia agree to draw sea boundary

May 19, 2014 - 8:37 PM

This will make it clear for Filipino and Indonesian fishermen among others which parts of the sea they can explore and exploit for resources

PH solons: Ignore China's new fishing law

Jan 11, 2014 - 1:02 PM

Recognizing the law would be tantamount to giving up claim to the disputed West Philippine Sea

'CHINA GET OUT.' Hundreds of protesters troop to the Chinese consulate in July 2013 to denounce Beijing's 'bullying' over the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Vincent Go

Trade-off? 'Bolder' Taiwan boats enter PH

Aug 09, 2013 - 7:53 PM

Taiwan s lifting of sanctions is likely a trade off for portions of Philippine territory a maritime law expert says

New PH map to include 'West PH Sea,' EEZ

Jan 16, 2013 - 9:28 PM

The new PH map featuring West PH Sea and the EEZ comes after China s published its own charts claiming 130 islands in the South China Sea

'WEST PH SEA' NOW ON MAP. The new official map of the Philippines will include not only the new name for the Philippine-claimed parts of the South China Sea but also the EEZ contested by China

PH mulls protest over new China map

Jan 14, 2013 - 5:01 PM

For the first time China s new maps include more than 130 islands and islets in the South China Sea

DISPUTED AREA. The Philippines lodged in 2012 a record 15 formal protests over China's actions in the South China Sea

PH protests Chinese patrol vessel

Dec 28, 2012 - 3:33 PM

The state of the art patrol boat equipped with helipad was dispatched to the South China Sea ahead of the enforcement of new rules that will take effect January 1

PATROL VESSEL. Photo of the Haixun 31 maritime patrol boat courtesy of the Maritime Security Administration of the People's Republic of China

AFP: Chinese vessels outside PH territory

Jul 18, 2012 - 3:26 PM

The 30 Chinese vessels in the Spratlys have not entered the Philippines exclusive economic zone a military officer says