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[ANALYSIS] Scarborough Shoal and its threat to Philippine centers of gravity

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

It is our economic assets, our commerce, and way of life that can now be threatened by the Chinese. Green Aura is a harbinger of things to come.

[PODCAST] Bakit di dapat balewalain ang harassment ng China malapit sa Panatag Shoal?

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Mali si Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo na wala sa interes ng Pilipinas ang insidente sa West Philippine Sea.

Lorenzana to China: Respect international maritime law

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The defense chief also says the encounter between a Chinese vessel that claimed to be a warship and the Filipino crew of a commercial ship ‘should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized’

PHILIPPINE WATERS. This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the ship's path between Panatag Shoal (left) and Luzon island (right), and the presence of Chinese vessels in the area on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Lorenzana commends Filipino captain who defied ‘Chinese warship’ in West PH Sea

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The defense chief also rebuts the 'Chinese naval warship' crew’s claim that Panatag Shoal is ‘under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government’

COMMENDABLE. Captain Manolo Ebora of the international oil tanker M/T Green Aura stood up to a Chinese naval warship near Panatag Shoal on September 30, 2019. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana commended him on November 2, 2019, saying his handling of the encounter was admirable. Image by Rappler

FALSE: Media 'did not cover' 2014 water cannon incident in Panatag Shoal

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Local and international news outlets reported about China using water cannons to drive away Filipino fishermen from Panatag Shoal in 2014

Philippine Coast Guard spots Chinese warship in Scarborough Shoal

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:56 PM

During the 4-day maritime patrol of the PCG, the China Coast Guard asks why the Philippine vessel is in the area

IN DISPUTED WATERS. The Philippine Coast Guard spots a naval ship from China during the former’s 4-day maritime patrol off Zambales, from June 6-9, 2019. PCG photo

Ben Tulfo berates Regine Velasquez: 'Entertainer ka lang'

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Ano ba ang alam nitong si Regine Velasquez other than kumanta lamang?' says the TV and radio personality after the singer scored Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr over his giant clam comments

ASIA'S SONGBIRD. The Kapamilya star attracts the ire of staunch Duterte supporter Ben Tulfo. Photo from Regine Velasquez's Instagram

China shooing away PH fishermen from Panatag Shoal? 'What can we do?' – Panelo

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The claims of Zambales fishermen interviewed in a video for senatorial bet Neri Colmenares question the effectiveness of the Duterte administration's bilateral talks with China on the West Philippine Sea

ROUTINE. Fisherfolk in Masinloc, Zambales, go on with their business despite the dangers of being attacked by Chinese coastguards in the disputed Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough). File photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

PH to 'validate' if shooing away PH media is China policy

Nov 26, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Asked if the actions of the Chinese Coast Guard violate Philippine rights, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says, 'We don't know it yet'

TENSE ENCOUNTER. Filipino journalist Jun Veneracion (right) of GMA-7 is driven away from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) by members of the Chinese Coast Guard. Screenshot from Facebook video of GMA-7's Reporter's Notebook

Robredo slams China for driving away PH media from Panatag

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:06 PM

'Nakakatakot na nakakagalit,' says Vice President Leni Robredo after the Chinese Coast Guard drove away a Filipino TV crew from Panatag Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Vice President Leni Robredo says it makes her scared – and angry – that the Chinese Coast Guard recently drove away a Filipino TV crew from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Duterte feared offending China after Hague ruling – Lorenzana

Nov 23, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recalls his initial idea to send a 'small force' to recover Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks at a West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

China drives away Filipino TV crew from Panatag Shoal

Nov 22, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'Without the permission of China, you cannot carry out the interview here,' a member of the Chinese Coast Guard tells the crew of broadcast giant GMA-7

Cayetano 'a political snake' amid China row – Trillanes

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is 'pretending to be blind and deaf' over his role as China backchannel negotiator

'POLITICAL SNAKE.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV turns the tables on Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over the Philippines' strategy during the 2012 Panatag Shoal standoff. File photos by Rappler

Aquino to Cayetano: Would you give PH's playbook to China?

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Answering DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano's questions to 'prove' the Aquino administration's transparency in its dealing with China would only 'make the Philippines predictable,' says former President Benigno Aquino III

IN PHOTOS: 6 Chinese ships guarding Panatag Shoal

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Only one Philippine fishing vessel is spotted miles away from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal)

FLYING OVER. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINYON] Tayo nang maglaro ng Chinese barter

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Bukod sa malaking usapin ng soberanya sa teritoryo, sa likod ng ilang kilong isda kapalit ng instant noodles o bottled water ay ang binabanggit ko: kalayaan at kusang-loob

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

TD Ester, Filipino fishermen, Facebook | Midday wRap

Jun 15, 2018 - 12:30 PM

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'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

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

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

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Acor Arceo

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 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

Malacañang wants China to discipline 'errant' Coast Guard personnel

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'If it is proven, there will be punishment imposed for the Chinese Coast Guard,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, citing assurances made by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes hands with China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the courtesy call of People’s Republic of China Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan at the President’s Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 7, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/ Presidential Photo

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

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

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

Schools rankings, Chinese takes fish, Domeng | Midday wRap

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:23 PM

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PH military encourages fishermen to return to Scarborough

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:20 PM

'Takot sila. Sabi nila haharangin sila. We encourage them to go back,' says Northern Luzon Command chief Lieutenant General Emmanuel Salamat

MARITIME FORUM. The Northern Luzon Command hosts a maritime forum for fishermen. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/

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

U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer

US PRESENCE. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy arrives in Manila for a routine port call. Rappler photo

Malacanang on Charter Change, Mayon Volcano eruption, Roque on Navy frigate deal | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

PH conducts maritime patrol in Scarborough, brings TV crew

Jan 23, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Amid criticisms over its failure to assert its sovereignty of Panatag Shoal, the Philippines shows it can fly a military aircraft to the disputed shoal without protests from China

BRAND NEW: The Philippine Air Force receives the first of its 3 brand new C295 transport planes

Lorenzana defends presence of U.S. warship near Panatag

Jan 22, 2018 - 11:38 AM

'International law allows innocent passage even in territorial waters,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

INNOCENT PASSAGE. File photo of USS Hopper (DDG 70) departing the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. US Navy photo

A firsthand account of the Scarborough Shoal standoff

May 19, 2017 - 10:36 AM

Captain Roy Cuesta recounts his ordeal during the 2012 Scarborough Shoal standoff that prompted the Philippines to sue China before an arbitral tribunal in The Hague

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL STANDOFF. Captain Roy Cuesta and his crew. File photo

Alejano wants Duterte impeached over Benham Rise, West PH Sea row

Mar 30, 2017 - 10:05 AM

UPDATED In his supplementary impeachment complaint Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano also alleges that the Philippine leader is forging secret deals with Beijing

WARMER RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

South China Sea, Marcos, Kushner | Midday wRap

Mar 28, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

Duterte, China envoy discuss 'proper handling' of sea row

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua says a bilateral mechanism on the South China Sea dispute is needed to avoid misunderstandings

News Briefs: March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday March 24

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 asks China to clarify building plans on Scarborough

Mar 22, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The Philippines will decide on its next move after China replies to its March 20 letter says Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo

SEEKING CLARIFICATION. Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo answers questions during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

5 ways Duterte can defend Scarborough without going to war

Mar 20, 2017 - 5:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s statements are feared to encourage China to build on Scarborough

MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

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

SC's Carpio warns vs China station on Scarborough

Mar 18, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says that China s planned environmental monitoring station is a radar station that will enable it to enforce an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea

WEST PH SEA. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio of the Philippine Supreme Court warns against China's reported plan to install an environmental monitoring station on Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

China to build on Scarborough Shoal – reports

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Monitoring stations were being built on 6 islands and reefs including Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines the Associated Press reports

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL. A screen shot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard on August 5, 2016, shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the disputed shoal. Screen shot courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard