Bajo de Masinloc - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Bajo de Masinloc


Before joining gov't, Roque hit China over human rights

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In 2016, lawyer Harry Roque urged United Nations officials 'to express grave concern on the human rights violations committed by China' in Scarborough Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Then Representative Harry Roque briefs a local official in Zambales about his initiatives in Congress for Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), in this photo posted by the group he co-founded, CenterLaw, on August 12, 2016. File photo from CenterLaw's Facebook page

China vowed not to build on Scarborough, says Duterte

Mar 23, 2017 - 10:05 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also again brings up the possibility of joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his arrival speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on March 23, 2017, highlights the gains of the country following his successful visit to Myanmar and Thailand. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

China denies plans to build on Scarborough Shoal

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denies Beijing will set up an environmental monitoring station on the shoal in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

THE MOUTH OF SCARBOROUGH. Screenshot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard of its first patrol on August 5, 2016 shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the shoal

PH 'can't stop' China from building on Scarborough

Mar 19, 2017 - 5:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will be a destroyed nation if it declares war against China

A ship of the China Coast Guard near Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal), September 3, 2016. Photo courtesy Philippine Department of Defense

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 28, 2017

Feb 28, 2017 - 10:32 AM

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Driven away from Scarborough Shoal, Filipino fishermen now train in China

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Outside the diplomatic arena China’s decision to explore a different approach and strategy in dealing with Filipino fishermen appears to be shaky

This photo taken on June 16, 2016 shows a fishing vessel anchored at the South China Sea off the town of Infanta in Pangasinan province, as they wait for their fishing expedition to Scarborough Shoal. Ted Aljibe/AFP/File

PH Coast Guard gets 2nd patrol ship from Japan

Dec 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

BRP Malabrigo will join the 1st ship from Japan in patrolling Scarborough Shoal according to PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo

PATROL SHIP. The second of 10 MRRVs from Japan arrive in the Philippines. Photo from Coast Guard Public Affairs Office

Chinese Coast Guard rescues 2 PH fishermen near Scarborough

Dec 02, 2016 - 5:57 PM

If Chinese fishermen needed our assistance we will rescue them That s the job of the coast guard regardless of nationality and race says the Philippine Coast Guard after thanking its Chinese counterpart

This hand out picture taken on August 7, 2016 and released from the Japan Coast Guard shows the China coast guard ship 33103 sailing near the waters of disputed East China Sea islands. Japan Coast Guard/AFP

5 fishermen missing near Scarborough back home

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The Coast Guard says the fishermen – missing since November 21 – are back in Sta Cruz Zambales

Duterte: Like PH, China must ban fishing in Scarborough

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:49 PM

The Philippine leader argues that a fishing ban in the disputed shoal is in the common interest of China and the Philippines as it ensures protection of a vital fish spawning ground

DEALINGS WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping greet each during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in Lima, Peru on November 19. Photo by REY BANIQUET/ Presidential Photo

Duterte to declare Scarborough Shoal a marine reserve

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The Philippine President has told Chinese President Xi Jinping about his plan to ban fishing in the shoal says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

EO ON SCARBOROUGH. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by army and police officials during his arrival at the Davao International Airport in Davao City on November 17, 2016 prior to his departure for Lima, Peru. Photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

PH Coast Guard regular patrol in Scarborough resumed August

Nov 19, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard completes its 4th sortie to Scarborough Shoal since President Rodrigo Duterte s visit to China

THE MOUTH OF SCARBOROUGH. Screenshot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard of its first patrol on August 5, 2016 shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the shoal

Chinese Coast Guard shoos away PH fishermen from Scarborough

Sep 27, 2016 - 3:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will engage China to talk to them about allowing the Filipino fishermen in the disputed area

BACK TO SEA. File photo of Filipino Fishermen joining an anti-China rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati City on July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Zambales gov to fishermen: Avoid Scarborough Shoal despite ruling

Jul 16, 2016 - 5:13 PM

The lives of our fishermen are of paramount importance that is why I have repeatedly advised them not to fish until it s free to fish says Zambales Governor Amor Deloso

PH VICTORY? Zambales Governor Amor Deloso wants to protect fishermen from his province from any possible acts of aggression on the part of China. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Soldiers get replica of 1734 map debunking China's claims

Jun 06, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The Northern Luzon Command says the 1734 Murillo Map will always remind them that Scarborough Shoal is ours

'SCARBOROUGH IS OURS.' The Northern Luzon Command on June 6, 2016, receives a framed replica of the 1734 Murillo Map that shows the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) as part of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Northern Luzon Command

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Apr 25, 2016 - 6:48 PM

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China to build on disputed Scarborough Shoal – report

Apr 25, 2016 - 12:39 PM

3rd UPDATE China will establish an outpost on Scarborough Shoal the South China Morning Post newspaper reports

Aquino creates West Philippine Sea task force

Mar 23, 2016 - 6:28 PM

President Benigno Aquino III forms the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea after Filipino fishermen were again harassed by the Chinese coast guard in Scarborough Shoal

NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY. President Benigno S. Aquino III creates the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea as tensions continue to mount between the Philippines and China in the disputed area. File photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

US submarine arrives in Subic amid fresh PH-China tension

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:34 AM

Through engagements with our partners such as this port visit to Subic Bay we aid in maintaining stability says the commanding officer of the USS Ohio

US SUBMARINE AT SUBIC. The USS Ohio at Subic Freeport, a former US naval base, on March 22, 2016. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

APEC ministers endorse action plan on food security, ‘blue economy’

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:11 PM

The action plan will help ensure the security of the region’s food supply by addressing illegal unregulated and unreported fishing among others says Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

WIDENING APEC's impact. APEC ministers discuss how to widen APEC’s reach and impact, in keeping with the APEC 2015 theme, Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World. Photo from APEC

5 years of Aquino: Highs and lows

Jul 28, 2015 - 6:05 PM

Rappler looks back at the most criticized and most applauded statements and actions of President Aquino

LAST SONA. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III smiles during a signing ceremony between Philippine's Department of Trade (DTI) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) on business promotion cooperation in Tokyo, Japan, June 2, 2015. File photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Fishermen remove Chinese-marked buoys off Zambales

Jul 25, 2015 - 10:14 PM

Zambales fishermen find these buoys as China asserts de facto control over the West Philippine Sea South China Sea through island building

CHINESE-MARKED BUOYS. Fishermen in Zambales remove these markers seen to assert China's claim over the West Philippine Sea. Screen grab from Rappler video

From Masinloc to The Hague: A question of livelihood

Jul 09, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The tension between Manila and Beijing over Bajo de Masinloc has prevented fisherfolk in Zambales from heading out into open waters

PH VS CHINA. Locals and fishermen of Masinloc, Zambales gather to discuss issues surrounding China's claim to practically the entire South China Sea. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

PH Coast Guard confirms Filipino fishermen harassed by China

Apr 20, 2015 - 5:35 PM

However the Coast Guard has yet to confirm the number of fishermen involved

2012 file photo of Chinese surveillance ships off Scarborough Shoal by DFA/Philippine Navy/AFP

PH to China: Don’t harm our fishermen

Feb 06, 2015 - 5:11 PM

Don’t do action that would endanger the lives of our fishermen says DFA spokesman Charles Jose two days after the Philippines lodged protests with China over its alleged harassment of Filipino fishermen in a disputed area

DOUBLE DUTIES. Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose, also represents the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's spokesperson as China turned its chairmanship over to the Philippines in 2014.

PH slams China for ramming vessels, collecting clams

Feb 05, 2015 - 8:31 AM

The Philippines files two protest notes against China over separate incidents in the disputed Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea

2012 file photo of Chinese surveillance ships off Scarborough Shoal by DFA/Philippine Navy/AFP

PH finds China case 'doubly difficult'

Feb 28, 2014 - 8:50 PM

The Philippines is forced to present China s arguments to the arbitral tribunal in the historic case over the South China Sea

'Even during storms, China harassed Filipinos'

Feb 25, 2014 - 3:23 PM

China has harassed Filipino fishermen for 10 times since 2013 the DFA says

China starts construction in Panatag

Sep 03, 2013 - 1:58 PM

China has concrete blocks in Panatag Scarborough an obvious prelude to construction defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says

CONCRETE BLOCKS: Philippine Navy spots concrete blocks that are prelude to construction

Aquino dodges China dispute in SONA

Jul 22, 2013 - 8:43 PM

He unleashed stinging words against Beijing in 2012 What happened?

Philippine ship pull-out calms tensions: China

Jun 18, 2012 - 1:43 PM

China said Monday June 18 it welcomed Philippine President Benigno Aquino s order pulling out two ships from a disputed shoal and expressed hope it would calm tensions

US military to help PH monitor coastal waters, but no radar yet

Jun 13, 2012 - 11:44 AM

The US military said Tuesday June 12 it planned to help the Philippines monitor its coastal waters as Manila faces an escalating dispute with China over territorial claims

DFA: South China Sea fishing ban 'encroachment'

May 14, 2012 - 2:12 PM

In addition President Aquino says China s annual fishing ban at South China Sea beneficial for Scarborough Shoal s ecosystems since he says Chinese fisherman get more resources from the area

China: We're not bullying PH ships in Scarborough

Apr 30, 2012 - 11:30 AM

China says Philippine accusation of bullying two coast guard ships sheer subjective assumption

"SUBJECTIVE ASSUMPTION." China denies "bullying" Philippine coast guard ships in disputed shoal.

Don't lie to Beijing, DFA tells Chinese embassy

Apr 25, 2012 - 7:16 PM

The DFA complains about statements contrary to reality in a note verbale to the Chinese embassy in the Philippines

DON'T LIE. The DFA warns the Chinese embassy in the Philippines to be "factual" in its reports to Beijing.

Beijing to Manila: Don't 'internationalize' Scarborough dispute

Apr 25, 2012 - 5:45 PM

Internationalizing this issue will only complicate and magnify the situation Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said

PH to raise China dispute with US

Apr 23, 2012 - 5:36 PM

What we are saying is that maybe they US should be apprised of what is happening in the Scarborough issue says Foreign Affairs spokesperson Raul Hernandez

Scarborough Shoal according to Manila, Beijing

Apr 21, 2012 - 8:35 PM

Ownership of Scarborough Shoal depends on whose version of the story one believes

TWO STORIES. The Scarborough story begins with Kublai Khan for China, and with Spanish colonization for the Philippines.