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Cayetano meets Wang, BDO on Osmeña, Zuckerberg on Cambridge Analytica | Midday wRap

Mar 22, 2018 - 12:05 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 22, 2018

Mar 22, 2018 - 11:50 AM

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An Egyptian fisherman uses a pole to row along the River Nile near Abou Shosha village in the Qina governorate, some 600 kilometres south of the capital Cairo on March 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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Cayetano off to China for talks on joint exploration

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines and China 'are trying to find a legal framework' for joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

VISITING CHINA. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is flying to China for talks on joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis, urge South China Sea calm

Mar 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya

ASEAN LEADERS. The region's leaders pose in solidarity during the ASEAn Summit and Related Summits in Manila, Philippines in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

Before joining gov't, Roque hit China over human rights

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In 2016, lawyer Harry Roque urged United Nations officials 'to express grave concern on the human rights violations committed by China' in Scarborough Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Then Representative Harry Roque briefs a local official in Zambales about his initiatives in Congress for Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), in this photo posted by the group he co-founded, CenterLaw, on August 12, 2016. File photo from CenterLaw's Facebook page

Xi's lifetime rule may mean continued hardline stance in West PH Sea – analyst

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Aaron Jed Rabena says China could be considered 'compliant' with the 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling if there were peace and stability in the West Philippine Sea

HARDLINE STANCE. Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena expects China to maintain a hardline stance in the West Philippine Sea as Chinese President Xi Jinping moves towards lifetime rule.

Roque once slammed China as 'aggressor' in international law

Mar 11, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Now Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts 'good faith' on the part of China as Malacañang backs joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

CHANGING TUNES. Before speaking for President Rodrigo Duterte, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque once slammed China as an 'aggressor' in international law. Malacañang file photo

ASEAN military chiefs push for peace in South China Sea

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:18 PM

ASEAN military chiefs also stress the need for 'a peaceful resolution' of the South China Sea dispute

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

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

On Tuesday, March 6, 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

Carpio disputes Roque claim on joint exploration in EEZ

Mar 05, 2018 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court has not issued a ruling on joint exploration within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

Upholding the Law of the Sea Convention and the Post-Arbitration Philippine Challenge forum at Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law on July 15, 2016

Duterte says he would 'go to war' to defend Benham Rise

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:55 PM

In comparison, President Rodrigo Duterte has said he cannot afford to go to war over the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte peers through the scope of a sniper rifle during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018. Malacañang photo

Roque defends Duterte's West PH Sea 'co-ownership' remark

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) The President's spokesman says Duterte did not really mean 'ownership' as the Philippines only exercises sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque holds a press briefing for the Malacañang Press Corps at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018 where he said that Special Assistant for the President Christopher Lawrence Go did not intervene on the Frigate Acquisition Project. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: West PH Sea exploration with China like ‘co-ownership’

Feb 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'It's like two of us own that. That's better than fighting,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about China's offer for joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Petron-Petron Dealers Association (PETDA) Mindanao Mini Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pimentel: Nothing wrong with PDP-Laban ties with China's Communist Party

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'Isn't this a free country? If someone else wants to run the party then they should first join, get elected as party leader, and then run it the way they want to run it,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Photo from Pimentel's official Facebook account

[OPINION] Staying on course, minus defeatism

Feb 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Much remains to be done in the Philippines' territorial and maritime rights defense

Philippines-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on The South China Sea. Photo by DFA

PH a Chinese province? Alejano hits Duterte's 'irresponsible banter'

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The former Navy officer says the President's joke is too 'close to the truth'

BAD JOKE. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano criticizes the President for joking about turning the Philippines into a mere province of China. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte jokes: Why not make Philippines a province of China?

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The President says negotiations for joint exploration with China are underway. He suggests a sharing scheme of two-thirds for the Philippines and one-third for China.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates his oath of office to protect the country and its citizens in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[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?

U.S. seeks to continue 'working closely' with Philippine military

Feb 18, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'The Philippines is one of our 5 allies in the region. We've had a close relationship for a very long time and we want to continue that relationship,' says a spokesman of the US Navy's Carl Vinson Strike Group

US AIRCRAFT CARRIER. USS Carl Vinson arrives in Manila for a routine port call

U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer

US PRESENCE. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy arrives in Manila for a routine port call. Rappler photo

PH 'aggressively' pursuing joint exploration with China

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is looking to a precedent deal from 2005, actually still being challenged before the Supreme Court

SEA DISPUTE. The Philippines and China discuss their sea dispute in the second meeting of their bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea, held in Manila on February 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

Duterte on Tan, SWS survey on love and career, PH-China meeting | Midday wRap

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:55 PM

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PH, China silent on artificial islands after meeting

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The Philippines and China say they 'had a frank, cordial exchange of views' on the West Philippine Sea, but stay silent on China's island building

MISCHIEF REEF. €The construction of hangars on Mischief Reef is said to be part of China's ˜militarization of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

British warship to sail through disputed South China Sea

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:26 PM

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson says the HMS Sutherland, an anti-submarine frigate, will sail through South China Sea on its way back to Britain from Australia

IN HER MAJESTY'S SERVICE. HMS Sutherland approaching Hamburg, on 19th October 2013. Image courtesy Hummelhummel/WikiMedia Commons

2nd PH-China meeting on sea dispute set for February 13

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The Bilateral Consultation Mechanism meeting will happen in Manila amid public concern over China's continued construction on Panganiban (Mischief) Reef

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and members of his delegation engaged in an expanded bilateral meeting with People’s Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang and other Chinese government officials at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

ICC on Duterte, Poe slams Roque, Malacanang on rice supply | Evening wRap

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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Duterte admin 'naive' on West Philippine Sea – expert

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'If a bully keeps punching you over and over and over, it is naive to think he's all of a sudden going to stop and behave nicely,' Gregory Poling of CSIS tells Rappler

US-BASED EXPERT. Gregory Poling, director of the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, describes the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poe to Palace: What makes you think China will leave West PH Sea islands?

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:56 PM

For Senator Grace Poe, it's 'like saying that a homeowner may soon be thankful to a gang of fully armed men who unlawfully intruded his place'

HITTING ROQUE. Senator Grace Poe compares the 'wishful thinking' of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque to a homeowner thanking 'a gang of fully armed men' who introduced his place. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Roque on China, Caloocan cops ordered arrested, Canada on chopper deal | Midday wRap

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:54 PM

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Roque: One day, we'll thank China for artificial islands

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:30 PM

'Clearly, eventually, those artificial islands will be ours if we can ask China to leave,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

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

China activity on reclaimed reef has eroded trust – ASEAN

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:04 PM

The ministers from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) did not mention China by name in their statement after a one-day meeting in Singapore

ASEAN MEET. This general view shows the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) defense ministers attending a meeting in Singapore on February 6, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/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

[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

Malacañang on China buildup on PH reef: What do you want us to do?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque again downplays continued militarization by China of artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

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

Rappler Talk: CSIS' Gregory Poling on West Philippine Sea

Feb 03, 2018 - 3:52 PM

US-based analyst Gregory Poling explains why he views the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive'

PH conducts maritime patrol in Scarborough, brings TV crew

Jan 23, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Amid criticisms over its failure to assert its sovereignty of Panatag Shoal, the Philippines shows it can fly a military aircraft to the disputed shoal without protests from China

BRAND NEW: The Philippine Air Force receives the first of its 3 brand new C295 transport planes

'Benham Rise is ours,' Nene Pimentel says after PH allowed China research

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We would like to emphasize Scarborough Shoal is ours, Kalayaan shoals are ours, that Benham Rise is likewise within our exclusive economic zone,' says the former Senate president

DISCUSSING CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: Former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. (middle), flanked by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (right) and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza (left), addresses question from senators during the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes hearing on the proposed formation of a Constitutional Convention that will amend or revise the 1987 Philippine Constitution on Thursday, December 8, 2016. (PRIB Photo by Albert Calvelo/ 08 December 2016)

Duterte on corruption, Teachers’ salary hike, Princess Charlotte nursery photos | Evening wRap

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:29 PM

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Roque, Lorenzana contradict each other on China's promise on man-made islands

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:39 PM

President Duterte's spokesman and his defense chief are not on the same page when it comes to China's promise: Is it a promise just to stop new reclamation in the South China Sea, or also to refrain from militarization of its man-made islands?

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is glad to announce during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on January 8, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has garnered an approval rating of 80 percent and 82 percent trust rating based on the last quarter survey of Pulse Asia. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH gears again to fix runway in West PH Sea island after delays

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he is confident China will not protest the repairs, citing improved relations with the military superpower.

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

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

[OPINION | Newspoint] A summit of lost chances

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Indeed, if any summiteer came away truly happy, it must be China

ASEAN’s existential question

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Can it have a united voice on the South China Sea and achieve peace in these contested waters?