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Duterte: China taking of PH fisherman's catch 'not outright seizure'

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte uses the term 'barter' to describe the uneven 'exchange' of goods between China Coast Guard and Filipino fishermen, a word also used by Chinese envoy Zhao Jianhua

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte examines one of the firearms donated by the People's Republic of China (PRC) during the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Living within the truth

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:36 PM

There are forces competing for our attention, pushing us to believe in thing or another. There is, in fact, a hidden war going on beneath the surface of our lives. It's a war between 'living within the truth' and 'living within the lies.'

[OPINION] To respectfully differ with Defense Secretary Lorenzana

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:33 PM

We feel deeply sad because it appears that he is being used as a propagandist precisely since he has the reputation of being straight as an arrow

'2 bottles of water for P3,000 worth of fish in Panatag Shoal'

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:58 AM

Filipino fishermen from Zambales province confirm that China Coast Guard habitually takes their catch in Scarborough Shoal

Photo by Randy Datu

Masinloc mayor Lim: China fish-taking like 'toll fee' for Filipinos

Jun 14, 2018 - 4:51 PM

'We can't fight a country that is bigger and more powerful, but that was made by God for all,' says Mayor Arsenia Lim, referring to China's apparent control of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal

Drilon urges Duterte to review 'appeasement policy' towards China

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Citing data, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says Vietnam has received more Chinese investments, trade, and tourists despite its confrontational stance on the South China Sea row

Senate Hearing BBL 11th Session February 13 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque on China 'goodwill' in Panatag: What matters is PH can fish there

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:07 PM

'They are able to fish now under the administration of President Duterte and to me, as their former counsel, that's what matters,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, whohelped Zambales fishermen file a human rights case against China before the UN in 2015

Did Cayetano admit China can apprehend Filipinos in Panatag Shoal?

Jun 14, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) Referring to giant clams in Panatag Shoal, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says, 'If Filipinos or Chinese or Vietnamese take any of these, they will really be apprehended.' But by whom?

PANATAG SHOAL. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says Filipino fishermen can be apprehended if taking giant clams in Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang: No to 'costly' suit vs China over damaged reefs

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Filing a new case against China will reverse our diplomatic gains, not to mention the cost it entails,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo says Duterte admin 'too soft' vs Chinese presence in West PH Sea

Jun 13, 2018 - 4:35 PM

'Iyong atin, atin iyon. Kapag mayroong violation galing sa iba – kung China man iyan o ibang lugar – kailangan tayong mag-protesta,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on China's militarization of the West Philippine Sea

'WHAT'S OURS IS OURS'. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum on June 11, 2018. File photo by OVP

Trillanes hits Malacañang for 'publicity stunt' with fishermen

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

'The definition of harassment can be twisted. The fact [that] the Chinese coast guard [personnel] went on board their [boat] against their will shows they're helpless,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH Democracy, Scarborough, Independence Day | Evening wRap

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

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Sue China for destroying corals in Panatag Shoal – Carpio

Jun 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Philippines 'should demand damages from China' for destroying corals while harvesting giant clams in Panatag Shoal, says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

SUE CHINA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio urges the Philippine government to sue China for destroying coral reefs in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China invasion of PH? 'Nonsense,' says Chinese envoy

Jun 12, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'We have never thought of going to war with our good neighbor, our good friend that is the Philippines,' says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on the landing of a Chinese plane in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: Militant groups protest at Chinese consulate

Jun 12, 2018 - 12:34 PM

Anakbayan slams Duterte’s policies and programs that they said would only benefit China, the US, and foreign corporations

Militant activist protest at the Chinese consular office in Makati City on June 12, 2018, Independence Day to call on Duterte to stop his tolerance of China’s incursion in the West PH sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China allows Filipinos to fish in Panatag 'out of goodwill'

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:18 AM

(UPDATED) The Chinese embassy says China Coast Guard personnel 'have always acted in accordance with the law,' even as a television report shows them taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Protesters troop to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2018, the eve of Independence Day, to protest harassment of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese envoy: 'Bad apples' in China Coast Guard to be disciplined

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:55 AM

But the China Coast Guard personnel may have just been trading goods with Filipino fishermen, says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

Robredo: China presence in West PH Sea 'most serious external threat since WWII'

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says asserting the country's rights over the West Philippine Sea goes beyond the welfare of Filipino fishermen: 'It is about our nation's independence, security, and sovereignty'

VP Leni Robredo speech at the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum. Photo by OVP

Roque and fishermen, Roilo Golez, Trump-Kim summit | Evening wRap

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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'Sailor, patriot, public servant': Lawmakers, officials mourn Roilo Golez

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) Former Parañaque representative and National Security Adviser Roilo Golez was supposed to give an interview on maritime disputes when he died Monday, June 11, due heart attack

ADVOCATE. Former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez explains the Philippines' territorial claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) at a rally in 2013. File photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

To prove fruits of PH-China 'friendship,' Roque brings fishermen to press briefing

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:35 PM

But the fishermen from Zambales also give more details about how China Coast Guard personnel take the best of their catch

Roilo Golez: Defender of the West Philippine Sea

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The former national security adviser had consistently argued that the law is on the Philippines' side in the maritime dispute

IN PHOTOS: Fisherfolk slam China on eve of Independence Day

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Protesters in front of the Chinese consulate call on Filipinos to fight for independence, and demand that China should leave Philippine territory

'CHINA OUT!' Fisherfolk-members of activist group Akbayan troop to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2018, eve of Independence Day to protest China's alleged thievery and harassment against Filipino fisherfolk Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bong Go confirms China government plane landed in Philippines

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'The request for landing was received, processed, and cleared by relevant Philippine government agencies,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport have gone viral, fueling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

Prepare for possible China invasion, ex-defense chief tells PH

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Former defense secretary Norberto Gonzales says 'within hours, the Chinese can destroy most of the country's defense facilities and probably some of our cities'

'CONTINGENCY PLAN'. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping following a bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Robredo expresses concern over harassment of PH fishermen in Panatag

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls the China Coast Guard's actions as 'a blatant disregard of the rights of Filipinos, and the authority of the Republic of the Philippines over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal'

WEST PH SEA. Vice President Leni Robredo urges the government to act on the recent incident at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Groups to hold 'HINDIpendence day' protest on June 12

Jun 08, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) The groups cite at least 5 'dire challenges' confronting the nation

Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Our President may need more help

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Of utmost primacy is the protection of the hard-earned gains of the Filipino people as handed down by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Arbitral Tribunal

Carpio to Duterte gov't: File new case vs China

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:46 PM

'We can demand damages for economic loss that our fishermen suffer. That’s the course of action that we should take if we want to protect the interest of our fishermen,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio criticizes the Duterte administration's policy on the West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

PH did not lose sandbars near Pag-asa island, says Lorenzana

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Filipino residents in Pag-asa Island continue to enjoy access to the 3 sandbars but they cannot 'occupy' them based on an agreement between the Philippines and China

SOUTH CHINA SEA. File photo of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana addressing 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 on West PH Sea, Kris vs Mocha, women driving in Saudi | Evening wRap

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 6, 2018

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea, that he and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in has committed to strengthen the partnership of both countries in the areas of defense and security, trade and investments, infrastructure development, and protection of our nationals. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte doubts military would follow orders to defend West PH Sea

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he fears a coup d'etat if he orders the Armed Forces to go on a 'suicide' mission against China in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the query from one of the members of the media after delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte contradicts Cayetano, says he's unaware of Ayungin incident

Jun 06, 2018 - 1:50 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano days earlier told lawmakers that President Duterte had given 'strong instructions' after hearing about the harassment incident in Ayungin Shoal

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during his meeting with the Filipino community at the Grand Hilton Convention Center Seoul in South Korea on June 3, 2018. Joining the President on stage are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Why Philippines should protest vs China bombers in Paracels

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Former DFA chief Albert del Rosario says a protest by the Philippines will 'galvanize the support of countries' opposing the militarization of the South China Sea

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges the Philippine government to file a protest against China's bombers in the Paracels to galvanize international support against China's militarization of the South China Sea. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DFA says Duterte admin made '85 diplomatic actions' – on what?

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

This comes after Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano criticized Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano for supposedly filing only one protest against China

'DIPLOMATIC ACTION.' The Department of Foreign Affairs says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has undertaken 35 of 85 'diplomatic actions' since the Duterte administration began. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aquino: China violates declaration with ASEAN on South China Sea

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:54 PM

'Walang isla, nagkaroon ng isla....Meron ngayong facilities. 'Yung facilities, tinitirahan ng personnel 'nyo. Noong tinatayo 'nyo 'yan, for everybody. Ngayon, nilalagyan na ninyo ng mga sandata,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Former President Aquino’s press con re Dengvaxia case against him and others. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte admin lost territory in West Philippine Sea – Del Rosario

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Former DFA chief Albert del Rosario says the Philippines should have filed 'a very strong protest' against China's seizure of Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island

SANDY CAY. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Duterte administration lost territory in the West Philippine Sea after China seized Sandy Cay. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Flashpoint Ayungin

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:39 AM

The latest harassment of Philippine troops by China in Ayungin is part of a pattern. In 2013, the Armed Forces had already reported that China eyed to occupy the shoal which lies within the country's EEZ.

Lorenzana: We're helpless against China blockade in West PH Sea

Jun 04, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana asks Congress to fund military modernization. 'We don't have the capabilities now. We are [working] double time but it depends on the funds that we get from Congress.'

DEFEATIST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the Philippines is helpless against China in the West Philippine Sea. File Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Cayetano says PH can't file protest vs China bombers

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is 'ridiculous' to protest about an action beyond Philippine shores. 'Paano tayo magpo-protest sa hindi natin territory?'

NO PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines cannot file a protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cayetano conceals details of note verbale vs China

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:22 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also hits Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano for informing Filipinos about a China chopper harassing a Philippine navy rubber boat in Ayungin Shoal

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano appears at a House of Representatives hearing on May 30, 2018, about the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of DFA

Experts urge Philippines to publicize protests vs China

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:42 AM

'Quietly passing notes to Beijing and refusing to acknowledge Chinese harassment publicly' doesn't help in increasing international pressure on China, says Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano addresses reporters in an ambush interview on the sidelines of a congressional hearing on May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo  taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Philippines silently files note verbale against China

May 31, 2018 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) China also filed a diplomatic note against the Philippines after their second bilateral consultation mechanism meeting in February, insiders tell Rappler

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano addresses reporters in an ambush interview on the sidelines of a congressional hearing on the West Philippine Sea on May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

China chopper harasses PH rubber boat in Ayungin Shoal – lawmaker

May 30, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano does not categorically call it a form of 'harassment' in the West Philippine Sea, as he prefers to label it an 'incident'

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photograph taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Duterte on BBL, Inquirer and Mon Tulfo, Cayetano lectures DFA personnel | Midday wRap

May 29, 2018 - 12:02 PM

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Cayetano lectures career diplomats about diplomacy

May 28, 2018 - 8:49 PM

A politician-turned-diplomat, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano uses metaphors, such as a neighborhood squabble, to teach diplomacy to veterans in the foreign service

LECTURING DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano lectures career diplomats about diplomacy at the Department of Foreign Affairs' flag-raising ceremony on May 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of MJ Roldan/DFA

Roque on Duterte’s critics, Cimatu on Boracay, Giuliani on Russia probe | Midday wRap

May 28, 2018 - 12:27 PM

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