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Roilo Golez: Defender of the West Philippine Sea

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The former national security adviser had consistently argued that the law is on the Philippines' side in the maritime dispute

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)

Duterte: 'I need China'

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Before flying off to China for the 3rd time, the Philippine leader says he has no plans of bringing up reclamation and construction activities by Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

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Beijing, Hanoi promise to keep peace in South China Sea

Apr 01, 2018 - 11:20 PM

In a meeting in Hanoi, foreign ministers from China and Vietnam vow to address disputes peacefully

Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi (L) at the Government guesthouse in Hanoi on April 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MINH HOANG

PH, China agree on 'prudent' cooperation on joint sea exploration

Mar 22, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The countries will 'in a prudent and steady way advance cooperation on offshore oil and gas exploration,' says Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi

LETTER. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister and State Counselor Wang Yi after he passed on a hand-written letter from President Rodrigo Duterte to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 21, 2018. Photo by Parker Song/AFP

CONTEXT: China never said West Philippine Sea is 'disputed'

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters,' says Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying

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. File photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Cayetano maintains it's the 'disputed' West Philippine Sea

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'What are we going to do? Will we pretend it's not disputed?' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, as he hits 'so-called experts' like Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano appears in a hearing at the House of Representatives on March 6, 2018, about delays in passport processing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[WATCH] Rappler Talk: Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena on Philippines-China relations

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Aaron Jed Rabena on how Chinese President Xi Jinping's move toward lifetime rule might affect Philippines-China relations and their maritime dispute

Stop calling it the 'disputed' West Philippine Sea – Carpio

Mar 05, 2018 - 5:55 PM

A Hague tribunal 'has already ruled with finality,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio. 'There's no appeal. We are the owners of the resources there.'

NOT DISPUTED. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says Filipinos should stop saying 'disputed' West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

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Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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READ: Text of Hague court ruling affirming PH rights over Mischief Reef

Feb 06, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'Mischief Reef... fall within areas where only the Philippines possesses possible entitlements to maritime zones under the Convention.... Accordingly, the Philippines – and not China – possesses sovereign rights with respect to resources in these areas,' reads the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016

2016 PHOTO. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

[OPINION] Letting China into Benham Rise: History lessons for Duterte and Cayetano

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

With 20 years of experience dealing with China behind us, the Philippines should not let its guard down

Photos show China's massive construction, runway on PH reef

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:22 PM

China ignores a ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration that declared Mischief Reef a part of the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone

2016 PHOTO. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

China says U.S. warship near Panatag violated 'sovereignty'

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:54 AM

China shoos away a US warship sailing near Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, a rocky sandbar off the coast of Zambales province in the Philippines

PRACTICAL OCCUPATION. Chinese Coast Guard ships have occupied Panatag Shoal since 2012

China island expansion moves ahead in South China Sea

Dec 25, 2017 - 7:15 PM

China's new super-dredger, called a 'magical island building machine,' is expected to take China's expansion in the disputed sea a step further

Cayetano downplays Hague ruling, says citing UNCLOS enough

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:15 PM

'Ano ba ang arbitral award? Hindi ba UNCLOS 'yun, 1982? O, eh lahat naman ng statement may UNCLOS 1982 eh,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

ARBITRAL AWARD. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is enough to cite UNCLOS instead of the arbitral award won by the Philippines against China. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Nov 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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PH thanks Trump for offer to mediate in sea row

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'It's a very kind, generous offer, because he is a good mediator. He is the master of the art of the deal,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

IN HANOI. US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Luong Thai Linh/Pool/AFP

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Trump's surprise proposal to insert himself into the decades-long row risks a backlash from China

TRUMP IN HANOI. US President Donald Trump, accompanied by his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang, attends a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Kham/Pool/AFP

Duterte says Xi downplayed sea militarization in meeting

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:16 AM

The Chinese leader also supposedly assures President Rodrigo Duterte that Beijing respects other countries' rights to free passage in the disputed South China Sea

PH aborts construction on Pag-asa sandbar after China protest

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'We tried to put some structures in one of the sandbars near our island and the Chinese reacted....The President said, "Let's pull out,"' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reveals at the ASEAN Leadership Forum

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana addresses the ASEAN leadership forum on November 8, 2017, where he discussed the South China Sea dispute, among others topics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH to monitor movements of China's new 'island-maker'

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not worried yet but he says the mere presence of the ship in the West Philippine Sea will definitely be a concern

IT IS OURS. File photo of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana visiting Pag-Asa Island in March 2017. Rappler photo

As China aims for 'world-class army', Asia starts to worry

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Xi's call to build a military that can "fight and win" has alarmed China's neighbors, several of whom are embroiled in tense border disputes with the superpower

ON GUARD. In this photo, Chinese paramilitary guards walk in front of The Forbidden City in Beijing on July 31, 2017, on the eve of the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Fred Dufour/AFP

WATCH: PH, China improve ties amid sticky issues in West PH Sea

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año cite proverbs to rule 'new era' of relationship

NEW GUNS. (L-R) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Chinese Ambassado Zhao Jianhua, and AFP chief General Eduardo Ano check the new assault rifles from China on October 5, 2017. Photo from SN1 Donald Viluan PN/PAOAFP

Vietnam slams China over military drills in disputed sea

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Hanoi condemns Beijing s latest military drills in the Paracel Islands a contentious archipelago claimed by both sides

At 50, ASEAN faces unpleasant reality check

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:35 AM

At 50 can ASEAN step forward to be the agenda setter putting in place the rules and norms of a regional order governed by international law?

Duterte: Why should I defend West PH Sea sandbar?

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:45 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the presence of Chinese ships in Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island does not count as invasion

Delay hits gov't plan to fix runway in West Philippine Sea

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Construction has yet to start 4 months since Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the need to immediately repair the Philippine airstrip on Pag asa Island

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys.

DFA defends Cayetano claim on China reclamation

Aug 11, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The DFA says the Philippines position on the South China Sea dispute is always based on the latest intelligence we have on the ground

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the closing ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo courtesy of ASEAN Media Pool

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Aug 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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Photos prove Cayetano, Wang wrong on China reclamation

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:50 AM

CSIS releases photos that show China didn t stop its reclamation activities in 2015 as claimed by Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Don't tell us what to do, PH tells countries on sea dispute

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The problem of territorial disputes between China and the Philippines is between China and the Philippines says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

SEA ROW. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano holds a press conference on August 8, 2017, that tackled a range of topics including the Philippines' dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH admits not pushing ASEAN to hit China island building

Aug 08, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says he didn t want to include China s aggressive behavior in the ASEAN foreign ministers joint statement

ISLAND BUILDING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines did not push ASEAN to include China's island building activities in their recently issued statement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China claims ASEAN statement not hitting them

Aug 08, 2017 - 12:36 PM

On land reclamation in the South China Sea Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Maybe the countries that are talking about it are the ones doing it

IN MANILA. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings hosted by the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S., Australia, Japan to PH: Follow the ruling you won

Aug 07, 2017 - 5:13 PM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop voice their strong opposition to coercive unilateral actions in the disputed South China Sea

HAGUE RULING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano echoes President Rodrigo Duterte's stance to downplay the Hague ruling won by the Philippines against China in July 2016. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ASEAN talks tough vs China island building

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:25 PM

UPDATED Southeast Asian foreign ministers defy expectations that they will issue a weaker statement at the end of their Manila meeting

China Foreign Minister Wang Yi link arms with other foreign ministers of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members during the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on Sunday, August 06, 2017. (POOL/KJ ROSALES)

China warns ASEAN vs 'outside parties' in South China Sea

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:45 PM

This comes after foreign ministers of ASEAN and China adopted the framework of a Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea

CHINA'S TOP DIPLOMAT Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi grants an interview with reporters on August 6, 2017, during the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings. ASEAN pool photo

Southeast Asian nations feud over China sea claims

Aug 06, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED Southeast Asian nations fight to find a compromise on how to deal with Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. ASEAN foreign ministers take part in a meeting of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on August 5, 2017. Erik de Castro/AFP

South China Sea, North Korea for discussion at ASEAN forum

Aug 05, 2017 - 1:36 PM

UPDATED The issues set the stage for what is expected to be a fiery few days of diplomacy in the Philippine capital

FINISHING TOUCHES. Laborers work on a giant lantern decorated with the logo for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) displayed at the entrance to the venue of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ASEAN-ARF) meeting in Manila on August 3, 2017. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Malacañang: Joint dev't deal in disputed sea should favor PH

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The statement comes after President Rodrigo Duterte s meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who backs joint development in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Ambassador of the United  Kingdom to the Philippines Asif Ahmad who paid a courtesy call on  the President at the Study Room of Malacañan Palace on July 25,  2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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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

Xi raises 'negative factors' in call with Trump

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED Chinese President Xi Jinping tells US counterpart Donald Trump that Sino US relations have been hit by negative factors in a phone call following days of US actions that have vexed Beijing

FRIENDLY WAVE. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) waves to the press as he walks with US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. warship sails close to South China Sea island occupied by Beijing

Jul 02, 2017 - 11:15 PM

UPDATED The USS Stethem passes less than 12 nautical miles from Triton Island a move likely to provoke China

Dutertismo and the West Philippine Sea: Year One

Jun 30, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Despite its apparent benefits Duterte s policy has not generated any assurance that China will not impose itself and its pre emptive claim over waters and resources that legally pertain to the Philippines

China can't 'buy its way out' of global problems – U.S.

Jun 05, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Rex Tillerson: We desire productive relationships but we cannot allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems

The Chinese flag flies prior to the arrival of Prime Minister Li Keqiang for talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 31, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

China rejects 'irresponsible' U.S. remarks on South China Sea

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The Chinese foreign ministry accuses certain countries outside the region of making erroneous remarks driven by ulterior motives

US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

China rebukes G7 over statement on seas

May 29, 2017 - 4:13 PM

China is strongly dissatisfied at the G7 summit gesticulating over the issues of the East and South China seas under the guise of international law

NAVAL MIGHT. This photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a logistics supply drill near the James Shoal area on South China Sea. Stringer/File/AFP

Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or serendipity?

May 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

President Duterte’s strategy of de emphasizing and compartmentalizing while not abandoning the territorial and maritime issues is a wise move that can pay off if done smartly

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China condemns U.S. after warship sails near South China Sea reef

May 25, 2017 - 1:10 PM

3rd UPDATE China claims the USS Dewey trespassed in its territorial waters

MISCHIEF REEF. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe