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The countries will 'in a prudent and steady way advance cooperation on offshore oil and gas exploration,' says Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi
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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
While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya
In 2016, lawyer Harry Roque urged United Nations officials 'to express grave concern on the human rights violations committed by China' in Scarborough Shoal
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
(UPDATED) Now Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts 'good faith' on the part of China as Malacañang backs joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea
ASEAN military chiefs also stress the need for 'a peaceful resolution' of the South China Sea dispute
'China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters,' says Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying
'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
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
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.'
(UPDATED) The Supreme Court has not issued a ruling on joint exploration within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio
In comparison, President Rodrigo Duterte has said he cannot afford to go to war over the West Philippine Sea
(UPDATED) The President's spokesman says Duterte did not really mean 'ownership' as the Philippines only exercises sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea
'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
'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
Much remains to be done in the Philippines' territorial and maritime rights defense
The former Navy officer says the President's joke is too 'close to the truth'
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.
Tuluyan na bang tatalikuran ang soberanya at kasarinlan dahil sa pragmatismo? Hindi ba ito pagtataksil sa bayan?
'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
'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is looking to a precedent deal from 2005, actually still being challenged before the Supreme Court
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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
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
The Bilateral Consultation Mechanism meeting will happen in Manila amid public concern over China's continued construction on Panganiban (Mischief) Reef
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'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
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'
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'Clearly, eventually, those artificial islands will be ours if we can ask China to leave,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
'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
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
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
With 20 years of experience dealing with China behind us, the Philippines should not let its guard down
(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque again downplays continued militarization by China of artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea
China ignores a ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration that declared Mischief Reef a part of the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone
US-based analyst Gregory Poling explains why he views the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive'
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
'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
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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?
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he is confident China will not protest the repairs, citing improved relations with the military superpower.
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
Indeed, if any summiteer came away truly happy, it must be China
Can it have a united voice on the South China Sea and achieve peace in these contested waters?