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Chinese aggression, pandemic likely to delay sea code – analysts

May 15, 2020 - 9:41 PM

Still, experts agree that pursuing the code of conduct is a worthwhile investment to show that Southeast Asian nations and China can cooperate to solve disputes

SEA CODE. The long-delayed South China sea code is supposed to set guidelines to avoid conflict in the volatile waters. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ASEAN should rally behind Hague ruling to counter Chinese intimidation, experts say

May 15, 2020 - 5:07 PM

Maritime experts say China will have no choice but to adjust if its Southeast Asian neighbors put up a united front in the strategic waterway

LEGAL VICTORY. Filipinos stage a protest outside the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands on July 12, 2016, the day the tribunal released its ruling. Photo by Jed Alegado/Rappler

Carpio hits China's 'pure and simple bullying' in West Philippine Sea

Apr 24, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal also calls a Chinese warship's targetting of a Philippine Navy vessel a 'provocative and reckless escalation' of tensions in the West Philippine Sea

BRP CONRADO YAP. Spectators raise their flags during the arrival of the BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) at Pier 13 in Manila in August 2019. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

2019: Year of rough seas for PH in the face of belligerent China

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home

Gov't neglecting duty to defend PH territory – maritime expert

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says not calling out China's latest harassment 'is tantamount to a public surrender of Philippine interest in Scarborough Shoal'

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. This broader ECDIS map image shows Scarborough Shoal adjacent to the western tip of Luzon. The red line represents the general direction of the Green Aura's course as it heads from Thailand to China on its voyage from September 26 to October 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Locsin refuses to call out China ship harassment in West Philippine Sea

Nov 04, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the presence of Chinese vessels near Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Maritime expert hits Panelo for downplaying China ship harassment

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'It's like a person not caring that his house is being managed by someone else who claims to be the owner,' says expert Jay Batongbacal in response to Malacañang

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference for the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) at the Impact Challenger in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 3, 2019. AVITO DALAN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte has to do more than ‘raise’ Hague ruling with Xi – Carpio

Aug 26, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The Philippine President has to gather support from the international community and take action in the West Philippine Sea, or China may just ignore him, maritime law experts say

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) raise a toast during a state banquet at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/PoolAFP

WATCH: Forum on the 3rd anniversary of The Hague ruling on the West PH Sea

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Watch the presentations and panel discussions here

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between U.S., China

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:37 AM

‘We’re like a pendulum. We cannot keep swinging from one extreme to the other,’ says Aileen Baviera, professor and former dean of UP’s Asian Center

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between US, China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

FALSE: Maritime law expert 'lied' about satellite image of Recto Bank

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:57 PM

In his screenshot, maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal also uses a layer from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suit which captures satellite images on Earth in real time

Satellite data show China ship not 'besieged' by Filipino boats

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:02 PM

(UPDATED) 'What 7-8 vessel swarm of night-marauding Filipino fishing boats is China talking about?' says maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal

RECTO BANK. This Google Earth screenshot, provided by maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal, shows that boats 'were spread over the wide area' of Recto Bank in the evening of June 9, 2019. The two boat-icons closest to each other have been estimated to be 3-5 nautical miles (about 7-9 kilometers) apart. Screenshot from Jay Batongbacal

China statement on PH boat 'an insult to intelligence' of Filipinos

Jun 15, 2019 - 2:17 PM

China shows 'it has absolutely no respect for this country and its citizens,' says maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal, as he enumerates falsehoods made by China

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal speaks at a South China Sea forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Sinking of Filipino vessel 'a first' in Philippines-China row

Jun 12, 2019 - 9:05 PM

'It is enough reason for this administration to seriously reconsider its friendship policy toward China,' maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal tells Rappler

SLAMMING CHINA. Protesters slam China's incursions in the West Philippine Sea during a protest at the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2019, the eve of the Philippines' 121st Independence Day. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

LIVE: Forum on maritime disputes in the South China Sea

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The forum – Maritime Disputes in the South China Sea: Navigating the Diplomatic Waters – brings together high-level officials, diplomats, and experts on the issue

Professors, scholars launch signature campaign vs constituent assembly

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) With at least 79 signatories as of 7 am of July 14, the manifesto also condemns talks of cancelling the 2019 elections

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calamian area a ‘confidence-builder’ for joint exploration in Reed Bank – analyst

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Calamian is an uncontested area. Any joint exploration with China in the area should be governed by Philippine laws, says Aaron Jed Rabena of the policy think tank Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress

FIRST STEP. Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena said the Philippine government could jointly explore the Calamian area with China before Reed Bank.

CONTEXT: China never said West Philippine Sea is 'disputed'

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters,' says Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on June 29, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Cayetano maintains it's the 'disputed' West Philippine Sea

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'What are we going to do? Will we pretend it's not disputed?' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, as he hits 'so-called experts' like Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano appears in a hearing at the House of Representatives on March 6, 2018, about delays in passport processing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't admits China surveyed Benham Rise without permit

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:26 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and the Philippine Navy say they lack the capabilities and ships to monitor illegal entry

HUDDLE. (L-R) National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, National Security Council Deputy Director General Vicente Agdamag, and Undersecretary Jose Luis Alano huddle during the Senate hearing on Benham Rise, February 26, 2018. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

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Jan 31, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Roque says remarks on Benham Rise research misunderstood

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The Presidential Spokesman claims he was referring to China, not Filipino scientists and researchers, when he said 'no one can do it, because, apparently, it's capital intensive'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque informs entrepreneurs during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018 that a total of P2-billion will be allotted to two programs of the Department of Trade and Industry. The two programs include the 'Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso' Micro Loan Program and the shared service facilities, equipment project that aims to develop micro, small and medium enterprises. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Filipinos exploring Benham Rise region for years

Jan 24, 2018 - 6:13 PM

This government’s claim that the Philippines cannot explore Benham Rise without China is a total sham meant to disempower and demean Filipinos and their capacity and capability as a people

China's 33-day permit to survey PH's eastern seaboard begins

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:11 AM

The permit allows China to gather data on the ocean circulation in the Western Pacific, covering the 'eastern side of Luzon and Mindanao'

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM

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

West PH Sea worth more than $24B from China – Carpio

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The value of resources in the West Philippine Sea is much much higher than the Philippines 24 billion package from China SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says he is sure the value of the West Philippine Sea's riches 'is much, much higher' than the Philippines' $24-billion package from China. Photo courtesy of Stratbase-ADRI

Rally world around Hague ruling, experts tell PH

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

We just dropped the ball after the ruling came out so how can you expect the world to support us? says SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

HAGUE RULING. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (4th from left) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (5th) lead the group of panelists at a forum on July 12, 2017, the first anniversary of the historic hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Stratbase-ADRI

Improved situation in Scarborough only temporary – analysts

Nov 14, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The Philippine government is also told: Any negotiation to access Scarborough is a mistake because that is already your territory

The Scarborough vivendi

Nov 03, 2016 - 3:28 PM

The tactical victory of restored access to fisheries resulted in the downgraded territorial status of Scarborough Shoal which is actually a strategic loss

'Always wait and see if Duterte will match words with actions'

Oct 22, 2016 - 1:31 PM

I would hope that it is posturing of course because it is easier said than done says UP College of Law professor Jay Batongbacal on President Rodrigo Duterte s anti US tirades

Q and A: Is South China Sea now a superpowers' battleground?

Nov 28, 2015 - 5:00 PM

UP law professor Jay Batongbacal says: The South China Sea and the region are becoming the arena for competition between these great powers

MARITIME SECURITY. US President Barack Obama speaks following a tour of the BRP Gregario Del Pilar in Manila Harbor in Manila on November 17, 2015 after arriving to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

PH vs China: Why a win for Manila benefits the region

Nov 28, 2015 - 12:07 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says a ruling striking down China s 9 dash line will be a victory not just for the Philippines but also for other claimant countries

GLOBAL INTEREST. Seven countries send observers to the arbitral tribunal hearings at The Hague on the Philippines' historic case against China. File photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

China on talks with PH: No need to drop case

Jul 11, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says dropping the case is not a precondition to talks but it seems the Philippine side itself shut the door to secure that they have a strong position at the tribunal

'LET'S TALK.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippine Zhao Jianhua (L) presents his credentials to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the Philippine presidential palace on April 8, 2014. File photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy

'Binay's joint venture with China must be corruption-free'

Jul 10, 2015 - 2:03 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says Vice President Binay s proposed joint venture with China is allowed under international law but must be corruption free

AVOID SCANDAL. Professor Jay Batongbacal says Vice President Binay's proposed joint venture with China is allowed under international law but must be corruption-free. File photo by Rob Reyes

'PH likely to win, lose some claims vs China'

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal explains that sovereignty and China s land reclamation beyond the Philippines exclusive zone are Manila s main hurdles in the arbitration case

The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. Among the team members are Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte, Jr., Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa, Jr., Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, as well as the legal counsels led by Mr. Paul Reichler of Foley Hoag.

Filipino seamen at risk in South China Sea row

Sep 27, 2014 - 9:30 AM

If we allow the 9 dash line to exist and China decides that they will not allow Filipino seafarers to cross the South China Sea you re out of jobs a maritime law expert says

SEAMEN AT RISK. Excessive Chinese control over the South China Sea pose potential threats to seamen, an analyst says. File 2012 photo of Chinese surveillance ships off Scarborough Shoal by DFA/Philippine Navy/AFP

Survey Spratlys before it's too late, Philippines urged

Sep 22, 2014 - 8:41 PM

China s artificial islands in the South China Sea can make it impossible to settle the Philippines historic case against the Asian giant a US based analyst says

'JEOPARDIZING CASE.' The Philippines fears China is turning Mabini Reef into an island. This image dated Feb 25, 2014 shows ongoing reclamation activities. Photo courtesy of DFA

Q and A: Case vs China 'not enough,' expert says

Aug 19, 2014 - 5:33 PM

We will always go back to the two countries sitting down to talk it out maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal tells Rappler

Philippines' problem: China thinks there's no problem

Aug 12, 2014 - 5:40 PM

You can t solve a problem if you don t recognize that there is one the Philippines says after China rejected its South China Sea plan

REGIONAL SUMMIT. Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario attends the Plenary Session of the 47th Association of South East Asian Nations Foreign Ministers' Meeting at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on August 8, 2014. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

PH hits China over sea plan: 'We're humoring ourselves'

Aug 11, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says while China rejected the South China Sea plan Manila s proposal got no objections from ASEAN

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Secretary Albert del Rosario reads as he attends the meeting of the Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone commission in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on August 8, 2014. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Philippines denies violating own South China Sea plan

Aug 11, 2014 - 4:22 PM

The Philippines says China might have misunderstood the triple action plan that the Southeast Asian country proposed to ASEAN

SEA ROW. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) shakes hands with Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario (right) during the the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-China Ministerial Meeting at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on August 9, 2014. Photo by Nyein  Chang Naing/EPA

Philippines to upgrade Spratlys airstrip amid moratorium bid

Aug 08, 2014 - 4:19 PM

The Philippines banks on the shared concern among ASEAN countries to convince China to agree to stop provocative activities in the South China Sea

PROVOCATIVE? The Philippines is set to repair the damaged Rancudo Air Field in Pag-Asa island in the Spratlys

Philippines' 'triple action plan' futile without China?

Aug 07, 2014 - 2:13 PM

The triple action plan has a snowball s chance in hell of success an analyst says But the Philippines says China might be convinced who knows?

FOREIGN MINISTERS. In January, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (first from left) and his ASEAN counterparts meet in Bagan, Myanmar for the first time in 2014. File photo by AFP

China rebuffs US for hitting 10-dash line

Jun 30, 2014 - 12:54 PM

The South China Sea dispute is none of America s business says the Chinese Embassy pointing out that the US has not even ratified the UNCLOS

Philippines: China's '10-dash' line won't affect case

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:06 AM

In the first place China hasn t officially communicated the 10 dash line to the international community a maritime law expert tells Rappler

NEW MAP. A new Chinese map shows a 10-dash line to claim virtually the entire South China Sea. Screen grab from news.xinhuanet.com/Image edited by Rappler

PH: China reclamation 'jeopardizing' arbitration case

May 16, 2014 - 4:18 PM

Turning Mabini Reef into an island can affect the Philippines historic case against China the Department of Foreign Affairs says

'JEOPARDIZING CASE.' The Philippines fears China is turning Mabini Reef into an island. This image dated Feb 25, 2014 shows ongoing reclamation activities. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH warned about backlash from China

Mar 06, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines says we have to be ready for the consequences of the historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

Trade-off? 'Bolder' Taiwan boats enter PH

Aug 09, 2013 - 7:53 PM

Taiwan s lifting of sanctions is likely a trade off for portions of Philippine territory a maritime law expert says

DFA: Vietnam backs PH case vs China

Aug 01, 2013 - 5:52 PM

The DFA says it is a possibility that Vietnam will participate in the unprecedented case over the South China Sea

Arbitration will not solve WPS dispute - expert

Feb 03, 2013 - 10:25 PM

The case will lead to a scenario similar to the current one according to UP professor Jay Batongbacal

COURT WILL DECIDE The Philippines will take China to international court over their territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Graphic by Mich Garcia