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Satellite data show China ship not 'besieged' by Filipino boats

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:02 PM

(UPDATED) 'What 7-8 vessel swarm of night-marauding Filipino fishing boats is China talking about?' says maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal

RECTO BANK. This Google Earth screenshot, provided by maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal, shows that boats 'were spread over the wide area' of Recto Bank in the evening of June 9, 2019. The two boat-icons closest to each other have been estimated to be 3-5 nautical miles (about 7-9 kilometers) apart. Screenshot from Jay Batongbacal

Recto Bank: Why China covets what belongs to the Philippines

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Recto Bank is said to contain most of the oil and natural gas in the West Philippine Sea. The Philippines owns it.

GET OUT! A protester carries a placard that says, 'China, layas!' (China, get out!) in a picket in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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.

Sereno won’t resign, Malacañang on joint exploration, Duterte on UN rapporteurs | Evening wRap

Mar 02, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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Malacañang: Two areas being considered for joint exploration with China

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Service Contracts 57 and 72 are top of mind for Malacañang when it comes to possible joint exploration agreements between Philippine and Chinese corporations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua as the latter accompanied the Communist Party of China Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng who met with the President at Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

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Senators to Duterte: Why tolerate China's war threat?

May 22, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV asks why the Philippines is rejecting the European Union s supposed interference but allowing China to make threats

WAR THREAT. President Rodrigo Duterte revealed parts of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping, saying the latter threatened to use force if the Philippines goes ahead with its exploration in Reed Bank. File photo by Malacañang

Could Duterte's approach to China ultimately make Ongpin richer?

May 17, 2017 - 1:00 PM

It s no secret President Rodrigo Duterte dislikes tycoon Roberto Ongpin But Duterte s friendly approach toward China may be the key Ongpin has long been waiting for to unlock a natural gas windfall in the South China Sea

MVP on Reed Bank exploration: 'Absolutely no movement'

Nov 21, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Meanwhile a congressman is worried about energy security and says it is high time to allow the resumption of the stalled projects

NO MOVEMENT. After the Philippines' win against China over the West Philippine Sea, Pangilinan-led PXP Energy awaits government's cue on Reed Bank exploration. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

Reed Bank exploration: Philex Petroleum may seek new foreign partner

Jul 14, 2016 - 3:52 PM

After the Philippines win against China over the West Philippine Sea Philex Petroleum awaits government s cue on Reed Bank exploration

NEW PARTNER? Philex Petroleum chief Pangilinan hints his company might look for new foreign partner/s for Reed Bank exploration. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philex explores prospects outside disputed Reed Bank

Mar 07, 2016 - 6:36 PM

This is after the Philippine government in March 2015 suspended all exploration works at the Reed Bank in the South China Sea

EXPLORATION. Oil and gas reserves in Reed Bank are said to be larger than those in Malampaya, which accounts for 40% electricity requirement of Luzon

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.

PH gives mixed signals on Recto Bank drilling

Feb 26, 2015 - 7:56 AM

The reported suspension of oil drilling comes as the Philippines calls for a moratorium on activities that raise tension in the South China Sea

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

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

Rappler Newscast | August 18, 2014

Aug 18, 2014 - 8:02 PM

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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

China hits Philippines over extended oil drilling

Jul 11, 2014 - 4:29 PM

The Philippines extends the permit of Forum Energy a Pangilinan led company to conduct oil drilling activities in the disputed South China Sea

'FURTHER DAMAGE.' Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei warns the Philippines about submitting its historic pleading against Beijing. File photo by AFP

Aquino: Venture with Beijing harder to keep than marriage

Oct 10, 2013 - 6:18 PM

The Philippine president on possible joint energy exploration with China: Whose laws will prevail? Whose dispute resolution mechanism will be used?

MVP-led Philex Petroleum posts P1.09-B loss in 2012

Feb 22, 2013 - 11:22 AM

The listed oil and gas unit of the Manuel V Pangilinan business group wrote off losses from coal and gas projects in 2012

Reed Bank 'holds huge oil, gas reserves'

Feb 10, 2013 - 11:38 PM

Most of the untapped hydrocarbon resources in the South China Sea are in Reed Bank a US agency says

Gov't OKs delay in Recto Bank drilling

Jan 28, 2013 - 9:56 AM

The Department of Energy DOE has approved the request of Forum Energy a company led by businessman Manuel V Pangilinan to push back the drilling and investment schedule up to 2015

Aquino to MVP: What am I supposed to do?

Jan 27, 2013 - 11:10 AM

President Benigno Aquino III harked back at businessman Manuel V Pangilinan who has made a comment about the government s move to elevate to an international tribunal a sea dispute and its impact to private business

BALANCING ACT. President Aquino talks to Filipino media in Davos about the South China Sea issues he is faced with. Photo by Malacañang bureau

MVP: Bringing sea dispute to UN puts gas project at a standstill

Jan 24, 2013 - 5:21 PM

The oil and gas exploration at the Recto Bank is put on hold as the Philippines elevates the sea dispute with China to a United Nations tribunal

MVP group awaits govt's nod on Recto Bank drilling delays

Jan 18, 2013 - 11:03 AM

The group is waiting for word from the Department of Energy if it can miss some of the deadlines in its approved work program

MVP on Recto Bank: We're talking only to CNOOC

Jan 17, 2013 - 2:35 PM

Other foreign firms have approached Forum Energy for the joint exploration of Rector Bank but Manuel Pangilinan says the oil and gas company is negotiating only with China s CNOOC

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Dec 31, 2012 - 5:51 PM

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2012 YEARENDER: PH, China and Scarborough Shoal

Dec 29, 2012 - 3:50 PM

Why do the Philippines and China fight over a rock in the South China Sea?

LOCKING HORNS. The Philippines and China have spent 2012 arguing over Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Graphic by Emil Mercado

MVP group eyes new deal talks with CNOOC

Nov 19, 2012 - 6:01 PM

The local business group led by businessman Manuel V Pangilinan is considering reviving talks with Chinese state oil firm China National Offshore Oil Corporation CNOOC for a commercial deal over the Recto Bank energy bloc at the South China Sea

CNOOC must respect PH claim for gas venture to proceed - MVP

Jun 28, 2012 - 12:38 AM

The Pangilinan led consortium will not forge a deal with CNOOC if the Chinese state firm will not respect the Philippine s right over the disputed gas rich Recto Bank off Palawan island

PNoy supports consortium with China in Recto bank

Jun 25, 2012 - 3:40 PM

The government supports efforts to include Chinese investors in the exploration of the disputed oil and gas rich bank off Palawan as long as they comply with the terms and conditions of the contract

MVP open to US, Chinese partners in Recto Bank

Jun 16, 2012 - 11:23 AM

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Aside from China, firms from US, Europe also keen on Recto Bank

May 17, 2012 - 5:45 PM

The controlling stakeholders of the consortium granted the right to drill and explore the massive gas deposits at Recto Bank is on the lookout for foreign partners that are not exactly from China alone

Rappler Newscast | May 8, 2012

May 08, 2012 - 7:51 PM

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With bigger reserves than Malampaya, Recto Bank drilling a go

Apr 25, 2012 - 12:58 PM

Philex discovers more oil and gas at Recto Bank

Philex can explore in Recto Bank despite Taiwan protest - Palace

Mar 13, 2012 - 6:47 PM

Despite recent protests from Taiwan Malacanang asserted its undisputed claim on Recto Bank where Pangilinan led unit of Philex Mining Corp is currently conducting exploration activities