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Duterte: 'Let time heal' West Philippine Sea dispute with China

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:36 PM

'We might as well just be friendly, improve our commerce, and let time heal,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he again shuns the option of asserting the Philippines' rights

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes officers of the Philippine Navy at the Port Area in Manila on January 14, 2020. Malacañang photo

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Indonesia has protested to China over the incident

JOKOWI. This handout picture taken and released on January 8, 2020 by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesia's President Joko Widodo walking past the country's flag on a navy ship during his visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. (Photo by Handout/Presidential Palace/AFP)

What help? Chinese company, gov't officials botch aid to Gem-Ver fishermen

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Rappler traces the origin of F/B Pengyou from Batangas to Occidental Mindoro. The tattered boat is the latest in the government's bungled assistance efforts for the fishermen of Gem-Ver.

Indonesia deploys fighter jets, warships to disputed waters in China spat

Jan 08, 2020 - 2:54 PM

The moves come after Indonesia lodges a 'strong protest' over a Chinese coast guard vessel escorting Chinese fishing boats around the islands in mid-December

This handout picture taken and released by the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) on January 3, 2020 shows commander of region 1 of defense territory joint command, rear admiral Yudo Margono (front L) inspecting Indonesian troops at Natuna military base in Riau islands. - Indonesia is stepping up sea and aerial patrols of islands near the disputed South China Sea, an official said on January 4, following a diplomatic spat over "trespassing" Chinese vessels. Military aircraft and three warships with some 600 navy, army and air force personnel have been deployed to waters around the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. (Photo by Handout / Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) / AFP) /

No mention of West Philippine Sea in new military chief’s speech

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:17 PM

Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr praises President Duterte’s ‘localized peace talks’ with communist guerrilla fronts, and vows to focus military efforts on stamping out the rebellion

NEW AFP CHIEF. Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr was installed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on January 4, 2020. Screengrab from RTVM

The second sinking of Gem-Ver

Dec 27, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Part 1: Rappler returns to San Jose 5 months later, in November, as the crewmen finish their repairs and prepare to sail back to Recto Bank. While Gem-Ver has been patched up, its men have drifted apart.

Neighbors worried about China's military, economic might – poll

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:52 AM

A survey by Washington-based Pew Research Center finds that 79% of people across the Asia-Pacific region say they are alarmed by China's growing military strength

Chinese troops march during a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. (Photo by Greg BAKER / AFP)

China condemns U.S. navy sail-by in disputed South China Sea

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:27 PM

The US Navy says the USS Gabrielle Giffords littoral combat ship sailed near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, and the USS Wayne E. Meyer guided-missile destroyer passed the Paracel Islands

DISPUTED WATERS. This file photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Stringer/AFP

Rappler Talk: Law of the Sea expert James Kraska on China and the 'gray zone'

Nov 21, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Law of the Sea expert James Kraska to discuss the concept of gray zones, the potentials for risk and conflict, and how a country like the Philippines should respond

Least trusted? Malacañang says China can be PH 'role model'

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also believes Filipinos will 'eventually' appreciate China – despite its aggressive tactics in the West Philippine Sea

LEADERS, FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after anl expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] Will Vietnam take China to court?

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Hanoi looks closely at Manila’s arbitration case

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: The new fishermen of Gem-Ver

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Ten new crew members of fishing boat Gem-Ver prepare to sail again to Recto Bank

NEW CREW. The fishermen and crew of F/B Gem-Ver pose for a group picture on November 15, 2019, in Brgy San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

In Manila, U.S. defense chief says ‘assert sovereign rights’ in West PH Sea

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Although the US maintains it does not take sides in the sovereignty dispute between the Philippines and China, its defense chief wants smaller countries to pressure the rising power into respecting their rights

PRESSURE CHINA. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper calls on the Philippines and other claimant states in the South China Sea to pressure China into respecting their sovereign rights. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte, Abe discuss comfort women, South China Sea in meeting

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The two leaders also take up the Japan-funded Metro Manila Subway and plans to develop the Subic Bay area

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe pose for posterity prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 4, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. accuses Beijing of 'intimidation' in South China Sea

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:28 PM

'Beijing has used intimidation to try and stop ASEAN nations from exploiting their offshore resources,' says US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien

'INTIMIDATION.' US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien (L) shakes hands with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a bilateral meeting in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Summit. Photo by Romeo Gacad/Pool/AFP

Rappler’s Marites Vitug, Joselito de los Reyes win 38th National Book Awards

Nov 04, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Marites Dañguilan Vitug’s ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China’ is Best Book in Journalism and Joselito D. de los Reyes’s ‘Finding Teo: Tula/Talambuhay’ is Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in Filipino

Beijing says 'ready to work' with ASEAN on South China Sea rules

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:31 PM

(UPDATED) China's premier Li Keqiang says the first reading of the code of conduct – a chance for all members to comment on the draft terms – is 'a very important landmark'

ASEAN-CHINA SUMMIT. ASEAN leaders and China's Premier Li Keqiang (5th from left) pose for a group photo during the 22nd ASEAN-China Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Duterte in ASEAN: Let's exercise 'self-restraint' in South China Sea

Nov 03, 2019 - 9:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on ASEAN countries not to choose sides between China and the United States, all while pursuing his 'independent foreign policy' which involves the Philippines' pivot to China

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries during the 35th ASEAN Summit Plenary at Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 2, 2019. Malacañang photo

Carpio: No need for China recognition of PH ownership in joint exploration

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the fact oil and gas exploration will be done through a service contract means China will be recognizing Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines is safe with the memorandum of understading with China on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH, China eye marine research, protection in South China Sea

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The Philippines and China are also considering fisheries cooperation, maritime search and rescue, and maritime safety initiatives

Del Rosario: South China Sea code must incorporate Hague ruling

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'Our region cannot promote the rule of law while ignoring the law as it stands,' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

CODE OF CONDUCT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says ASEAN states must ensure the South China Sea Code of Conduct abides by the rule of law. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Carpio offers 5 ways ASEAN can counter Chinese intimidation in South China Sea

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:31 PM

(UPDATED) Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio also warns against China declaring it wanted the South China Sea code signed before 2022, saying this would likely happen after Beijing reclaims Scarborough Shoal

RULE OF LAW. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio offers 5 ways ASEAN claimant states can enforce the rule of law in the South China Sea. Rappler Screenshot

Robredo: China ‘must first recognize’ PH ownership in joint exploration

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

'That should be one of our most basic demands: that before we enter into a contract with them, they recognize first our ownership and our sovereignty over those [areas],' says Vice President Leni Robredo

RECOGNIZE PH OWNERSHIP FIRST. Vice President Leni Robredo continues to be wary of the proposed joint oil and gas deal between the Philippines and China. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

[OPINION] An 'Abominable' problem: When Chinese money takes over company values

Oct 20, 2019 - 8:30 PM

As 'South Park' character Stan Marsh said, 'Anyone who betrays their ideals just to make money in China isn't worth a lick of spit'

PH owes 'incalculable debt of gratitude' to retiring Justice Carpio

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'His example inspires us to be patriots each day of our lives and to do what is right in the face of adversity,' says former top diplomat Albert del Rosario

'PATRIOT'. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will retire on October 26, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malaysia looks to strengthen navy as sea tensions grow

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says the government wants to 'control the presence' of warships in the sea, in part by boosting the strength of its navy

Locsin wants DreamWorks boycott over 'Abominable' movie

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:36 AM

'Call a universal boycott...from here on,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says after the animated DreamWorks film showcased a map depicting China's 9-dash line in the South China Sea

BOYCOTT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr expresses his opposition against a DreamWorks animated film which depicted China's 9-dash line. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Jeffrey Ordaniel on Duterte's embrace of China

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:07 PM

On Monday, October 14, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Jeffrey Ordaniel of Tokyo International University to assess President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China

Rappler editor, columnist finalists for 38th National Book Awards

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:51 PM

Shorlisted are Marites Dañguilan Vitug’s ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China’ as Best Book in Journalism and Joselito D. Delos Reyes’s ‘Finding Teo: Tula/Talambuhay’ as Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in Filipino

Tolentino wants Filipino songs broadcast to China-occupied features in West PH Sea

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:31 PM

'Para malaman nila na they (Chinese) are in Philippine territory,' says Senator Francis Tolentino

Senator Francis Tolentino at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Science and Technology and it attached agencies. September 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea

'THE GALL OF DUTERTE.' Senator Leila de Lima slams President Rodrigo Duterte over the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima.

Robredo hits Duterte's 'shameful' sellout to China over oil, gas deal

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:47 PM

'Why are the President and his administration the very ones who undermine our decisive victory before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 with remarks such as this?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

ASSERTING PH RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo slams President Rodrigo Duterte for once again downplaying the Philippines' arbitral victory against Chia over the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Lorenzana: 'No reason to believe' China will not honor agreements

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'Let us trust, but we must also be cautious,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

UK, France, Germany ‘concerned’ over South China Sea tensions

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The E3 countries seek to 'underline their interest in the universal application' of the UNCLOS

MARITIME DISPUTE. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

ASEAN, U.S. to hold first ever joint maritime drill

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Washington's re-engagement with Southeast Asia comes as a deteriorating trade war with China threatens to engulf the global economy

NAVAL DRILLS. In this May 9, 2019, photo released by the US Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal. Photo by Darion Chanelle Triplett/Navy Office of Information/AFP

Australia urges 'sovereignty' as South China Sea tensions rise

Aug 23, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Scott Morrison's comments come after the US slammed China for its 'escalation' in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels

Locsin hits U.S. over sea convention

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'If only the greatest power on earth led by the example of subscribing to UNCLOS, it would be a safer world,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMATS. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr meets with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at the Department of State, December 20, 2018. File photo courtesy of US State Department

White House accuses China of 'bullying' in South China Sea

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea is disturbing,' says US National Security Advisor John Bolton

ON SOUTH CHINA SEA. US National Security Advisor John Bolton accuses China of 'bullying tactics' in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea. File photo from AFP

5 more Chinese warships spotted in Philippine waters in July, August

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The military says this is in addition to the passage of 4 Chinese vessels earlier this year, all without permission from the Philippine government

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Locsin backtracks on ban vs foreign marine surveys

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr now says he was 'reliably informed' that under international law, countries cannot ban marine surveys

FOR ALL. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says marine surveys in Philippine waters would be open to all countries as long as they seek permission from the Philippines. Presidential Photo

States must declare marine protected areas in South China Sea – expert

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:15 AM

'Let's put humanity and... the environment at the forefront,' says Deo Onda of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute

PROTECT ENVIRONMENT. The South China Sea is considering a major source of livelihood and food though experts warn environmental damage and overfishing are pushing it to collapse. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte to raise 'delay' in South China Sea Code of Conduct with Xi Jinping

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Asked who is 'delaying' the completion of the South China Sea Code of Conduct, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'It could be China. Nobody else is asking us to wait.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath-taking ceremony of the newly promoted officers of the Philippine National Police at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Vietnam says China ships have left disputed sea after month-long standoff

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hanoi confirms the Chinese vessels had left its exclusive economic zone, after weeks of repeated demands to vacate

RESOURCE-RICH. File photo shows the oil rigs in the South China Sea. Photo by corlaffra/Shuttterstock

AFP hits 'deception' in China warships' passage

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels

CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China's southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently spotted conducting a massive naval drill with dozens of vessels in the South China Sea, according to satellite images released on March 30. Photo by Planet Labs Inc/AFP

Pompeo to ASEAN: We're not asking to 'choose between' U.S., China

Aug 02, 2019 - 7:36 AM

In his opening remarks during the ASEAN ministerial meeting, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says, our 'engagement in this region has not been and will not be a zero-sum exercise'

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Appropriations Committee's State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee about his departments FY2020 budget request March 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. With Pompeo at the helm, the State Department has requested budget cuts of more than 11-percent over FY2019 and both Republicans and Democrats were critical of the request. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Defense chief hits China's 'bullying' in Scarborough Shoal takeover

Jul 30, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Filipinos would 'naturally' distrust China for 'grabbing' islands in the West Philippine Sea, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

BULLYING. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. PCG photo

LOOK: Image shows Chinese aircraft carrier passed Philippine waters

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Despite denials from the Philippine defense chief and the Chinese ambassador, it appears the aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass though Philippine waters

WARSHIP PASSAGE. This image tweeted by OedoSoldier shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass through Philippine waters recently. Photo from OedoSoldier on Twitter  Source: Twitter.com/OedoSoldier

U.S. Coast Guard calls for push-back vs. China; PH pulls back

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:15 AM

As other Asia-Pacific countries resist China’s incursions into their waters, the Philippines says China must be allowed to fish at Recto Bank

PUSH BACK. The United States Coast Guard National Security Cutter Bertholf docks at the Pier 15 during an arrival ceremony on May 15, 2019 in Manila after the search and rescue, maritime security and law enforcement exercise they conduct with the Philippine Coast Guard near Bajo de Masinloc in West Philippine Sea. The visit is part of deployment in the Indo-Pacific under the tactical control of the commander of US 7th fleet. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

Vietnam demands 'immediate withdrawal' of China ship in disputed sea

Jul 26, 2019 - 7:25 AM

'Vietnam has had several appropriate diplomatic exchanges... requesting immediate withdrawal from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone,' says its foreign ministry

Lorenzana confirms Chinese warships passed through Tawi-Tawi

Jul 25, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Lorenzana clarifies that it was not an aircraft carrier but several smaller Chinese naval vessels, and that China should have informed Philippine authorities about their passage

WARSHIP PASSAGE. Photo of a Chinese naval vessel by the Philippine Coast Guard