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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

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

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

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

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

Tropical Cyclone Salome, Duterte appoints Aranas to GSIS, Trump praises Xi | Midday wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 1:32 PM

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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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Nov 09, 2017 - 11:47 AM

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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.

Del Rosario on ASEAN, Grab driver’s killer, Facebook vs revenge porn | Evening wRap

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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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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Nov 08, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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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

Santiago resigns, SC junks Napoles bail petition, Trillanes to file libel case vs Nieto | Evening wRap

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

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

China unveils massive island-building vessel

Nov 04, 2017 - 4:12 PM

When testing of the ship is completed next June, it will be the most powerful such vessel in Asia, the paper noted, nicknaming it the "magic island maker"

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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.

Uber, Ombudsman, Bautista | Evening wRap

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:47 PM

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PH removes pole marker planted on West PH Sea island

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:44 PM

It was not a Chinese flag says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

KOTA ISLAND. The Philippine military removes a pole marker planted on one of the country's islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Screenshot of Google Maps

Malacañang says no more Chinese flag near Kota Island

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Philippine Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says he got this assurance from a reliable source

Customs, Dela Rosa, Cayetano | Evening wRap

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:21 PM

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Chinese flag planted near PH-controlled Kota Island – Alejano

Aug 22, 2017 - 3:16 PM

Citing sources the Magdalo representative says a Chinese civilian ship planted the flag in an area in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea 3rd week of July

MONITORING. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano shows a map to illustrate China's alleged acitivities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Duterte, Faeldon, West Philippine Sea | Midday wRap

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:53 PM

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Cayetano conceals facts about China ships near Sandy Cay

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:55 PM

While keeping the facts secret Secretary Cayetano hits Justice Carpio for using the wrong facts about Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea

CONCEALING FACTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano refuses to disclose the facts about the Chinese ships reportedly guarding Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Screen grab from Rappler video

Duterte: Why should I defend West PH Sea sandbar?

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:45 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the presence of Chinese ships in Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island does not count as invasion

PH Navy gets radar system from U.S.

Aug 20, 2017 - 11:52 AM

The Tethered Aerostat Radar System TARS is a balloon borne radar that will boost the country s capability to patrol its maritime territories

BALLOON-BORNE RADARS. This photo from the web site of the US Customs and Border Protection shows one of its tethered aerostat radar system

Delay hits gov't plan to fix runway in West Philippine Sea

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Construction has yet to start 4 months since Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the need to immediately repair the Philippine airstrip on Pag asa Island

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

Carpio to Duterte, Cayetano: Protest China 'invasion'

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

By any yardstick this is a seizure of Philippine territory Justice Carpio says as Chinese ships guard a sandbar near Pag asa Island

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Aug 18, 2017 - 7:29 PM

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Photos show China ships fishing near Pag-asa Island

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:55 PM

CSIS images also show more Chinese ships in the West Philippine Sea even as Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano justifies the presence of Chinese vessels there

'ACTIVELY FISHING.' This photo shows one of two Chinese ships that 'appear to be actively fishing, with their nets visibly in the water,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Uber and LTFRB, Human Rights Watch, Alejano | Evening wRap

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:36 PM

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Alejano: Does PH have 'strategy of silence' in West Philippine Sea?

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Have we already adopted the strategy of silence inaction and subservience in West Philippine Sea so as not to offend China? asks opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano

WHAT'S THE POLICY? Opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano criticized DFA secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over recent statements made concerning the West Philippine Sea. File photo

Cayetano ribs Alejano: 'Thin line' between informing, stirring situation

Aug 16, 2017 - 9:26 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano citing military sources says Chinese vessels were spotted near Pag asa island in the West Philippine Sea

NO REASON FOR ALARM. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (right) stands beside Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a press conference in Manila in July 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Cayetano downplays reported China ships near Pag-asa Island

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:22 PM

There are reasons for the presence of certain vessels but the situation in the area is very stable Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

BETTER TIES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Duterte administration has improved the Philippines' ties with China. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler