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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?

Duterte on open-pit mining, Cayetano on arbitral award, UN Human Rights Chief | Midday wRap

Nov 22, 2017 - 1:16 PM

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Cayetano downplays Hague ruling, says citing UNCLOS enough

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:15 PM

'Ano ba ang arbitral award? Hindi ba UNCLOS 'yun, 1982? O, eh lahat naman ng statement may UNCLOS 1982 eh,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

ARBITRAL AWARD. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is enough to cite UNCLOS instead of the arbitral award won by the Philippines against China. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

ASEAN 2017: A wasted opportunity for the West Philippine Sea

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

'The Philippines' chairmanship wasn't just a missed opportunity; it significantly weakened ASEAN's standing on political-security matters,' Southeast Asia expert Gregory Poling tells Rappler

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approaches the podium to deliver his keynote address during the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañang photo

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Nov 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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China wins vs U.S. at ASEAN Summit but loses on publicity

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

China gets things done in areas that matter – trade and security. It champions free trade and practically silences protests over its aggression in the South China Sea.

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacañang photo

New Coast Guard vessels from Japan to fight piracy, patrol West PH Sea

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:39 PM

'The sea around Southeast Asia...is one of the most important areas for world maritime transportation but unfortunately the threat of international terrorism, piracy and so on is present,' says Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, during a visit to the Philippine Coast Guard

BOATS FROM JAPAN. The Philippine Coast Guard receives 3 high speed Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats from Japan, which it showcased at the 15th Maritime Law Enforcement Exercise on November 16, 2017. Photo from PCG

ASEAN avoids hitting China in Chairman's Statement

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:30 PM

ASEAN evades reference to China's militarization of the South China Sea, as it hails the 'positive momentum' in Southeast Asia's ties with China

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the 31st ASEAN Summit, where Southeast Asian leaders avoid directly criticizing China over its militarization of the disputed South China Sea. Malacañang photo

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Duterte and Trump on South China Sea, Trudeau at ASEAN, Arms cache in Marawi | Evening wRa

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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Pangilinan still optimistic over oil hunt in West Philippine Sea

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:15 PM

As ASEAN countries and China prepare to craft a Code of Conduct, Filipino tycoon Manuel Pangilinan is hopeful potential oil and gas reserves in the disputed waters can eventually be tapped

HOPEFUL. 'We are quite optimistic that something could happen, but that is entirely beyond our control,' PXP Energy chief Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte, Trump hit South China Sea 'militarization'

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:08 PM

The Philippines and the US stress 'the importance of peacefully resolving disputes in the South China Sea, in accordance with international law'

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on November 13, 2017, on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Photo by AFP

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Nov 13, 2017 - 9:55 PM

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ASEAN, China announce start of Code of Conduct talks

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

This is the biggest milestone for the past 15 years in crafting a Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea

ASEAN-CHINA SUMMIT. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang joins members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the 20th ASEAN-China Summit on November 13, 2017. Photo from ASEAN Media Pool

ASEAN, China: We can't take 'calmer' seas 'for granted'

Nov 13, 2017 - 2:43 PM

'While the situation is calmer now, we cannot take the current progress for granted,' ASEAN and China say in a draft statement

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacanang photo

ASEAN, China aim to start negotiations on sea code

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:26 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to hold a meeting with other ASEAN leaders and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

ASEAN SUMMIT. The Philippines is hosting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this year, attended by ASEAN countries and also dialogue partners such as China.

PH thanks Trump for offer to mediate in sea row

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'It's a very kind, generous offer, because he is a good mediator. He is the master of the art of the deal,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

IN HANOI. US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Luong Thai Linh/Pool/AFP

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Trump's surprise proposal to insert himself into the decades-long row risks a backlash from China

TRUMP IN HANOI. US President Donald Trump, accompanied by his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang, attends a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Kham/Pool/AFP

Duterte says Xi downplayed sea militarization in meeting

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:16 AM

The Chinese leader also supposedly assures President Rodrigo Duterte that Beijing respects other countries' rights to free passage in the disputed South China Sea

China Premier's visit to Philippines is first in 10 years

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It's also the first overseas trip of Chinese Premier Li since President Xi introduced him in October as part of a team of new leaders who will usher in a 'new era' for China

Aquino posts bail, Duterte meets Putin, Trump on South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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Trump rejects militarization of South China Sea

Nov 10, 2017 - 5:00 PM

US President Donald Trump in China 'raised concerns about the construction and militarization of outposts in the South China Sea,' US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad says

CLOSE CHAT. In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Duterte to push for sea code of conduct in meeting with Xi

Nov 10, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine leader plans to relay to the Chinese president the worry of ASEAN nations over militarization in the South China Sea

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Ahead of ASEAN Summit, senators urge gov't to enforce West PH Sea ruling

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:20 PM

'We suggest that the government use its ASEAN chairmanship to rally our allies and friends to this end – for our people, for our fisherfolk,' senators say ahead of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

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BURIED REEFS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

Duterte to ask China to clarify plans in West PH Sea

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to ask Chinese President Xi Jinping: 'What are the stakes? Do you want to control the passage or do we have the free passage?'

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APPEAL DENIED. The Ombudsman denies the appeal of former president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III in connection to graft charges over the Mamasapano operations. Malacanang file photo

PH aborts construction on Pag-asa sandbar after China protest

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'We tried to put some structures in one of the sandbars near our island and the Chinese reacted....The President said, "Let's pull out,"' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reveals at the ASEAN Leadership Forum

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana addresses the ASEAN leadership forum on November 8, 2017, where he discussed the South China Sea dispute, among others topics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte to be 'frank' with Xi on West Philippine Sea dispute

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:15 PM

But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not bring up the Hague ruling during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Vietnam

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows his head in prayer during the start of the of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Philippine National Police (PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

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Nov 07, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Malacañang keeps faith in China despite ‘island-maker’

Nov 07, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The Philippine government insists China has assured President Duterte it has no intention to reclaim in Scarborough Shoal

Pro-Duterte bloggers slam Roque, Lorenzana on China dredger, Texas attacker | Midday wRap

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:21 PM

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PH to monitor movements of China's new 'island-maker'

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not worried yet but he says the mere presence of the ship in the West Philippine Sea will definitely be a concern

IT IS OURS. File photo of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana visiting Pag-Asa Island in March 2017. Rappler photo

As China aims for 'world-class army', Asia starts to worry

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Xi's call to build a military that can "fight and win" has alarmed China's neighbors, several of whom are embroiled in tense border disputes with the superpower

ON GUARD. In this photo, Chinese paramilitary guards walk in front of The Forbidden City in Beijing on July 31, 2017, on the eve of the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Fred Dufour/AFP

Duterte on ASEAN, New York attack | Midday wRap

Nov 01, 2017 - 12:37 PM

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Duterte’s shift toward China threatens ASEAN centrality

Oct 08, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The sudden change in Philippines-China relations shows that Chinese influence remains to be one of the greatest challenges to ASEAN centrality when it comes to the South China Sea disputes

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WATCH: PH, China improve ties amid sticky issues in West PH Sea

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año cite proverbs to rule 'new era' of relationship

NEW GUNS. (L-R) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Chinese Ambassado Zhao Jianhua, and AFP chief General Eduardo Ano check the new assault rifles from China on October 5, 2017. Photo from SN1 Donald Viluan PN/PAOAFP

Envoy insists on right of China to fish around Pag-asa

Oct 05, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua invokes commitment to the Declaration of Conduct, an agreement China has repeatedly violated in the past

CAMP AGUINALDO VISIT. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua is in Camp Aguinaldo on October 5 to hand over Chinese assault rifles

Chinese ships spotted near Pag-asa Island sandbars, says Alejano

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) The ships were monitored on September 18, says opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano

CHINESE ACTIVITY. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, a former soldier, says Chinese vessels were spotted near Pag-asa island and its sand bars. File photo

Philippines assures Vietnam of 'fair' probe into fishermen's deaths

Sep 25, 2017 - 2:20 PM

'We would like to offer our sympathies over the unfortunate loss of life,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano tells Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano assures Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh that the Philippines will conduct a fair and thorough probe into the deaths of two Vietnamese fishermen. Photo from DFA

2 Vietnamese fishermen killed in West PH Sea incident

Sep 24, 2017 - 5:45 PM

(4th UPDATE) 5 other Vietnamese fishermen are arrested off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan

ILLEGAL FISHING? Two Vietnamese fisherman were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, some 60 nautical miles off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

China jabs back at Trump's barb over South China Sea

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The spokesman also calls for 'restraint' in response to Trump's warning that he will 'totally destroy' North Korea if it threatens the US or its allies

LU KANG. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang takes a question from the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016.  File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Vietnam slams China over military drills in disputed sea

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Hanoi condemns Beijing s latest military drills in the Paracel Islands a contentious archipelago claimed by both sides

U.S. planning more regular South China Sea patrols – report

Sep 02, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The Wall Street Journal says the aim is to create a more consistent posture to counter China s maritime claims

DESTROYER. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) on June 26, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released