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PH, Japan to boost cooperation on security, maintaining rule of law in region

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The two countries, both with territorial disputes with China, 'agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in wide areas including security and enforcement of the laws of the seas,' says Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu

DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu exchange notes during Motegi's first official visit to the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

LOOK: Indian Navy ships on friendly visit to Manila

Oct 23, 2019 - 10:37 PM

The Indian Navy sends its warships on a goodwill visit to the Philippines just days after the two countries signed a maritime security cooperation agreement

PH, India sign maritime security deal during Kovind visit

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:08 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte hosts Indian leader Ram Nath Kovind, the Philippine Coast Guard and Indian Navy sign a memorandum of understanding on sharing information about the movement of non-military commercial vessels

President Ram Nath Kovind of India is accompanied by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno during wreath laying ceremony in Rizal monument, Manila on October 18, 2019. Phoo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

WATCH: PH Navy debuts new amphibious vehicles, attack vessels

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:59 AM

The Navy's brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) and multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) boosts its capability to defend the Philippines' maritime domain

ASSAULT VEHICLES. The Philippine Navy showcases its brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) in a military exercise in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, on September 21, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Why Coast Guard Base Sibutu matters

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:01 AM

This 4.3-hectare base will be equipped with a marine radar, an automatic identification system receiver, and a Coast Watch monitoring system

1st ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise underway in Thailand

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The drills are aimed at strengthening alliances among the US and Southeast Asian navies for 'an unparalleled advantage that no competitor or rival can match,' says a US Navy officer

PHILIPPINE CONTINGENT. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz and a crew of around 200 sailors from the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Marines left Manila for Thailand on August 28, 2019, to join the first ever ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary treaty now in force

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The agreement enters into force 25 years after the Philippines and Indonesia first discussed it in June 1994

IN FORCE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (right) signed the 'Protocols of Exchange' of the instruments of ratification concerning the boundary agreement between the two countries. Photo by Anthony Cornista/DFA

Carpio: PH must compel foreign ships to keep trackers on when passing through

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:35 PM

This is in response to Chinese warships crossing Tawi-Tawi waters undetected

PASSAGE OF CHINESE WARSHIPS. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio sounds the alarm on Chinese warships passing by Tawi-Tawi without the knowledge of the Philippine government. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Coast Guard gets new high-speed boats, trucks to boost capabilities

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Other new assets include rubber boats and fully equipped ambulances useful in disaster response and rescue operations

NEW ASSETS. Turnover and blessing ceremony of newly procured Philippine Coast Guard Assets at PCG headquarters in Manila on July 25, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Coast Guard will still stop Chinese boats fishing in PH waters – Esperon

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The National Security Adviser, however, emphasizes that the Philippines does not have enough resources to fully protect its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

[OPINION] Projecting military power: Japan’s carrier fleet reborn

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Japan, together with the US, has an overwhelming superiority that is sure to keep Beijing in check...and which belies Rodrigo Duterte’s claims that China is more powerful than those arrayed against it

Coast Guard gets modern patrol ship from France

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:07 AM

The new vessel is the largest and most modern in the PCG fleet and will be used to patrol the West Philippine Sea and Benham Rise as well as to guard against piracy and terrorism

MODERN VESSEL. This Offshore Patrol Vessel, shown here as it is launched from the OCEA shipyard in France on July 17, 2019, will be the Philippine Coast Guard's largest and most modern patrol ship yet. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Rappler Talk: Ex-Coast Guard chief Carlos Agustin on West PH Sea

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Former Philippine Coast Guard commandant Carlos Agustin talks about the Recto Bank incident and the situation in the West Philippine Sea

[OPINION] A facade of smiles over the Recto Bank incident

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy

How were maritime collisions dealt with before?

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:16 PM

As the Philippines works on resolving the issue of China and the sunken Gem-Ver, here's how we and other countries ironed things out in the past

[ANALYSIS] China’s new Great Wall

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:14 AM

China has not stopped building imaginary walls to protect its maritime Silk Road, and the Philippines will soon be a part of the defense line

[ANALYSIS] Increasing maritime domain awareness: The P3C Orion option

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The Philippines must think twice before agreeing to the transfer of a P3C Orion platform only, because the government would end up spending more to refurbish an old plane

[OPINION] Predeparture inspection of domestic vessels should no longer be PCG’s task

Jun 06, 2019 - 7:00 PM

It is no longer practiced in other parts of the world, and it allows shipowners not to share the blame when sea mishaps happen

Senate approves Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary treaty

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Under the treaty, there will be a clear boundary between the two nations, helping Filipino and Indonesian fishermen to operate peacefully and properly

MARITIME BOUNDARY DEAL. The map shows the exclusive economic zone boundary between the Philippines and Indonesia. Photo courtesy of DFA

[ANALYSIS] The need for a credible Navy

May 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

As long as it has an inferior coast guard and ill-equipped naval forces, the Philippines will not gain the respect of its neighbors and will always hesitate to challenge foreign intruders into its territorial waters

[ANALYSIS] Balikatan: U.S. shifts gears from counterterrorism to great power competition

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Balikatan may yet emerge as the template for multilateral exercises among US and its close allies in the entire Indo-Pacific region

[ANALYSIS] America, China and the real star wars

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:07 AM

Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency report in January is an eye-opener and shows what China is capable of doing in the South China Sea

Ousted PH Navy chief wanted 'proven technology' for warships

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

On January 4, 2017, then Philippine Navy chief vice admiral Ronald Mercado wrote Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to reject plans to install the Combat Management System of Hanwha Systems in Philippine warships. A week later, Lorenzana is handed a Hanwha white paper in Malacañang.

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

Noises detected in Argentine sub search disappoint

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:02 AM

A total of 14 vessels and 10 aircraft are helping search for the submarine, missing since November 15

STILL WAITING. Military personnel lower the Argentine national flag during sunset at 'Arquitecto Mariani' small square in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 20, 2017.  Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Rescuers battle waves, wind in hunt for missing Argentine sub

Nov 20, 2017 - 10:49 AM

An air and sea search is under way with help from countries including Brazil, Britain, Chile, the United States and Uruguay

WAITING. Banners and Argentine flags with message in support of submarine crew members are displayed outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 19, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Coast Guard outpost eyed off Cagayan to secure Philippine Rise

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The proposed project will be the Philippine Coast Guard's main outpost for monitoring activities at Philippine Rise, which extends from Santa Ana town in Cagayan up to Aurora province

BENHAM RISE. Researchers explore Benham Rise, an underwater mass off the coast of Aurora. Photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

PH, U.S. navies complete patrol in Sulu Sea

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The joint patrol is upon the invitation of the Philippine government and comes amid the clashes between government troops and local terrorists in Marawi City

PATROL. Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) drive an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat to Philippine Navy ship Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) for personnel transfer. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis

WATCH: Speeches at the Navy-sponsored forum on maritime security

May 10, 2017 - 11:48 PM

Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado professors Aileen Baviera and Charmaine Willoughby of PH Shafiah Fifi Muhibat of Singapore Carlyle Thayer of Australia

SC's Carpio: Philippines can't have VFA with China

May 10, 2017 - 2:50 PM

It s difficult to have a VFA with a country claiming your territory For me it is common sense says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

COMMON SENSE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines cannot have a Visiting Forces Agreement with China. Rappler photo

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defense ties amid China challenge

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Japan will actively encourage cooperation on maritime security and encourage the development of the remote islands of Indonesia

BILATERAL TIES. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) chat during their meeting at the presidential palace in Bogor on January 15, 2017. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

PH patrol ship BRP Malabrigo ready for deployment

Dec 22, 2016 - 5:50 PM

BRP Malabrigo is commissioned to the Philippine Coast Guard on Thursday December 22

Photo by DOTr Media

Australia, Indonesia mull joint South China Sea patrols

Nov 01, 2016 - 7:56 AM

The possibility was raised by Jakarta during meetings between Bishop and Defense Minister Marise Payne and Indonesian officials including Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu last week

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in London on September 9, 2016. Justin Tallis/AFP

Southeast Asia now biggest piracy hotspot – report

Sep 19, 2016 - 1:04 PM

The Philippine based bandit group Abu Sayyaf is instrumental in a number of these attacks in 2015 the International Maritime Bureau reports

Philippines seeks joint patrols with US in South China Sea

Jan 14, 2016 - 9:05 PM

The remarks come after the Philippine s Supreme Court upholds a 10 year security agreement opening the door for the US to operate more troops and equipment out of the Southeast Asian archipelago

JOINT PATROLS? Philippine Navy warship Apolinario Mabini (PS 36), one of the remaining old ships patrolling the South China sea, enters port of Manila, Philippines, 12 december 2015. File Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Obama deepens ASEAN-US ties as sea row escalates

Nov 22, 2015 - 8:08 AM

At a summit in Kuala Lumpur Obama repeats his call for China to stop reclamation and forges a partnership with ASEAN on areas like maritime security

STRONGER TIES. US President Barack Obama poses with ASEAN leaders during the ASEAN-US Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 21, 2015. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Obama to China: Halt reclamation in South China Sea

Nov 18, 2015 - 1:22 PM

UPDATED In a bilateral meeting Aquino and Obama agree on bold steps to ease tensions in the South China Sea

US pledges $259M to SE Asian allies for maritime security

Nov 17, 2015 - 4:00 PM

The United States will commit 119 million this financial year with another 140 million earmarked for the following 12 months The Philippines will get the most support

SUPPORT FOR ALLIES. US President Barack Obama waves upon his arrival at the international airport to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila on November 17, 2015. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

#AnimatED: China’s reclamation in Spratlys needs ASEAN response

Apr 27, 2015 - 8:52 AM

Our giant neighbor is literally digging in while expanding its ground in the South China Sea dispute

Japan, PH renew vow to strengthen maritime security cooperation

Feb 01, 2015 - 4:17 PM

The two countries also aim for strengthened cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief HADR and defense equipment and technology

ALLIES: Philippines and Japan strengthen cooperation on security issues

Pirates kill crew member of Vietnamese tanker off Malaysia

Dec 08, 2014 - 6:31 PM

The 16 crew tanker was carrying asphalt from Singapore to Vietnam when pirates stormed the vessel on December 7 near Aur island off southern Johor state authorities say

Singapore to deploy massive surveillance balloon

Oct 29, 2014 - 10:13 PM

The helium filled aerostat will be equipped with radar equipment that can spot threats from as far as 200 kilometers

Vietnam groups call for more anti-China protests

May 17, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Vietnamese authorities warn they would resolutely prevent any further outbursts

PH sets up Nat'l Coast Watch Center to deter intrusions

May 01, 2014 - 7:45 PM

The Philippines will also set up radar stations It is looking at areas in Palawan – El Nido Rizal and Sabang – as possible stations for the radar system

DAVID VS GOLIATH. A much smaller Philippine ship arrives at the disputed Ayungin Shoal. Photo by AFP

US gives $40M to boost PH security

Dec 17, 2013 - 9:07 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry says his country wants to improve the Philippines maritime security

China starts construction in Panatag

Sep 03, 2013 - 1:58 PM

China has concrete blocks in Panatag Scarborough an obvious prelude to construction defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says

CONCRETE BLOCKS: Philippine Navy spots concrete blocks that are prelude to construction

'Maritime security still issue in Southeast Asia'

Nov 17, 2012 - 8:27 PM

Territorial disputes over the South China Sea are expected to dominate discussions during the 21st ASEAN summit

DISPUTED. This territory west of the Philippines is claimed by six countries

PH pushes sea row at Asia-Europe meeting

Nov 05, 2012 - 5:20 PM

President Benigno Aquino III raised the issue in bilateral meetings with EU leaders

Aquino speaks to the Filipino community in Laos on Sunday, November 4. Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH hosts ASEAN Maritime Security Forum

Oct 03, 2012 - 4:32 PM

The Philippines hosts the 3rd ASEAN Maritime Forum to promote maritime security and cooperation among members countries

MARITIME SECURITY FOR ASEAN. Vice President Jejomar Binay delivers his speech. Screen grab from video footage by Carlos Santamaria

US to help build PH Coast Watch

Jun 09, 2012 - 3:09 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces aid for Philippine maritime security during a luncheon for President Benigno Aquino III