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Duterte falsely claims Hague ruling issued during Aquino presidency

May 04, 2018 - 8:25 PM

'Aquino filed an arbitration case, we won, he was still there. Bakit hindi niya ginawa kung 'yan ang gusto ng mga yellow?' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III with incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the Main Lobby stairs of the Malacañan Palace during the Departure Honors on Thursday (June 30, 2016). (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Pagsasanla ng kasarinlan ang bagong diplomasya

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

Tuluyan na bang tatalikuran ang soberanya at kasarinlan dahil sa pragmatismo? Hindi ba ito pagtataksil sa bayan?

PH can ban China in Benham, but not other nations – Carpio

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The Philippines has no valid ground to disallow other member-states of UNCLOS from conducting marine scientific research in Benham Rise, and will be 'violating UNCLOS' if it does so, says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

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

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

PH gov't told to pay Maynilad over P3B for delayed tariff hike

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:40 AM

An arbitral tribunal orders the Republic of the Philippines to reimburse the country s largest water concessionaire of its losses from unenforced tariff adjustments

BIG VICTORY. In a decision dated July 24, the three-man arbitral tribunal unanonimously upheld the validity of Maynilad's claim against the government to compensate the water concessionaire for the delayed tariff adjustments from 2013 to 2017. Rappler file photo

WATCH: Duterte's defense chief asserts claim to West PH Sea

Apr 22, 2017 - 11:08 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana visits Pag asa island in the West Philippine Sea bringing along with him the Philippines top military officers

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana inspecting the eroded runway on Pag-asa on April 21, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The China build-up

Apr 09, 2017 - 10:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to occupy and build structures in Philippine territory in the South China Sea China has been building its own way before this

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

Duterte's party mates to meet with Beijing officials this January

Jan 13, 2017 - 3:58 PM

After Duterte s state visit to China his party mates are now set to meet with their Beijing counterparts to strengthen rekindled ties

China's warm welcome to President Rodrigo Duterte is shown here in this file photo as Chinese students usher the President at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

West Philippine Sea, Robredo, Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:40 AM

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East Timor and Australia to tear up sea border treaty

Jan 09, 2017 - 9:57 AM

East Timor has now officially notified its southern neighbor it wants to end the Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea CMATS which carves up future revenue from oil and gas reserves in the area

An outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, at The Hague, Natherlands, February 1, 2012. UN Photo/ICJ/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen

Duterte, Aman Futures scam, Pacquiao| 12PM wRap

Oct 27, 2016 - 3:41 PM

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Yasay raises West PH Sea ruling before UN

Sep 27, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea is final and binding on all parties Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

UN SPEECH. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr addresses the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly's 71st session on September 24, 2016. Photo courtesy of UN

Yasay: No bilateral talks yet with China over West PH Sea

Sep 16, 2016 - 10:36 AM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr tells a forum in Washington DC that the Philippines and China have different standpoints on the context of such bilateral discussions

ABOUT CHINA AND THE PHILIPPINES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr discusses bilateral talks with China at a forum on September 15, 2016. Screen shot from YouTube.

No mention of Hague ruling in ASEAN chairman's statement

Sep 07, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Still ASEAN leaders remain seriously concerned over recent and ongoing developments in the South China Sea

Lao police security stand guard at the entrance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Kerry says united with allies over South China Sea

Aug 31, 2016 - 5:10 PM

The United States is united with its allies in upholding freedom of navigation rights in the South China Sea following a tribunal s decision on the contested waters Secretary of State John Kerry says

US Secretary of State John F. Kerry gestures as he addresses a gathering at The Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi on August 31, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Abu Sayyaf, Lacson, Yasay on China | 6PM wRap

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:54 PM

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Australia says tribunal has no jurisdiction over East Timor border

Aug 29, 2016 - 4:09 PM

East Timor has been demanding that Australia renegotiate the border which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea

A picture made available July 28, 2014, shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands on August 27, 2013. File photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

Belmonte eyed to lead new House committee on West PH Sea

Aug 03, 2016 - 2:46 PM

House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas hopes former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr s strong sense of nationalism will make him accept the job

Beijing tightens maritime rules after South China Sea case

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:43 PM

The decision appears to be an attempt to strengthen Chinese rules governing the waters with a focus on sanctions for illegal fishing

DISPUTED. An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a military plane shows the ongoing reclamation by China on Mischief Reef, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA/Pool

Ramos, Carina, Clinton | 6PM wRap

Jul 29, 2016 - 8:17 PM

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SONA, illegal drugs, Democratic Party | 6PM wRap

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:17 PM

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Pimentel files Senate resolution praising Aquino for win over China

Jul 22, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Pimentel who s eyed as the next Senate president says it is just fitting and right that the Senate recognizes the heroic efforts of former President Benigno Aquino III and others who helped in the case

RESOLUTION. Senator Koko Pimentel, presumptive Senate President, files a resolution seeking to commend former president Benigno Aquino III and other Filipinos who helped win the arbitration case against China.

Duterte, National ID, Mendoza | 6PM wRap

Jul 18, 2016 - 7:58 PM

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Vietnam detains activists after South China Sea ruling

Jul 17, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Thirty activists were swiftly bundled onto waiting buses and cars by security forces after they gathered to hold a protest near the city s famous Hoan Kiem lake

ARRESTED. Vietnamese activists were arrested for their anti-China sentiments following the ruling on the contested South China Sea.

Recto: PH 'no gloating' policy better than China's 'tantrums'

Jul 16, 2016 - 1:42 PM

We re calm and collected Let me quote a Chinese saying: He who strikes the first blow admits he s lost the argument says Senator Ralph Recto

NO GLOATING POLICY. Senator Ralph Receto lauds Malacañang's 'no gloating' policy over the international tribunal ruling favoring the Philippines. Photo from Recto's Facebook page

PH vs China, Binay’s bail, Tom Hiddleston | 6PM wRap

Jul 15, 2016 - 8:08 PM

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Beijing's South China Sea anger belies dilemma – experts

Jul 13, 2016 - 11:30 PM

Beijing unleashes a deluge of vitriol against the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague but at the same time it is trying to position itself as a key player in the global community

DILEMMA. A security officer stands guard at the door of the Chinese consular office as Filipino protestors holding placcards are seen reflected on its glass during a protest against China's territorial claims over the disputed Spratlys group of islands in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines, July 12, 2016. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

The Hague ruling, Duterte’s rating, contraceptives | 6PM wRap

Jul 13, 2016 - 8:09 PM

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PH-China ruling could help restart talks – ICG

Jul 13, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Despite China rejecting the ruling it could form the basis of a better durable negotiated outcome the International Crisis Group says

Activists from various anti-China groups rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati City on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong

Vietnamese in PH celebrate Hague ruling vs China

Jul 13, 2016 - 11:23 AM

Justice always prevails over coercion and intimidation Congratulations to the Philippine people says the spokesperson of the Vietnamese Community in the Philippines

GLOBAL COMMUNITY. Vietnamese hold placards as they join a victory rally along Roxas Boulevard in Manila on July 12. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

China claims right to air defense zone, denounces court

Jul 13, 2016 - 11:01 AM

UPDATED Beijing insists that it had sovereignty over the South China Sea defying an international tribunal ruling that its claims to a vast swathe of the waters had no legal basis

In this photo taken on June 15, 2016 a vendor stands behind a map of China including an insert with red dotted lines showing China's claimed territory in the South China Sea, in Beijing. Greg Baker/AFP

'Null and void': Chinese media slam West Philippine Sea ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Media organizations from Beijing describe the ruling as ill founded and accuse the arbitral tribunal of being law abusing

Senators to China: Follow ruling on West PH Sea case

Jul 12, 2016 - 6:36 PM

3rd UPDATE Philippine senators call on China to respect international law and comply with the historic ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

FOLLOW RULING. Senators welcome the favorable decision on the South China Sea, as they urge China to comply with the ruling of the internation tribunal. File photo by Rappler

Highlights of ruling: China violated Philippine sovereign rights

Jul 12, 2016 - 6:32 PM

The UN backed tribunal declares Mischief Reef Second Thomas Shoal and Reed Bank form part of the Philippines 200 nautical exclusive economic zone and continental shelf

Image courtesy Permanent Court of Arbitration

Lawmakers hail ruling on Philippines' case vs China

Jul 12, 2016 - 6:12 PM

UPDATED Legislators at the House of Representatives are elated by the Philippines historic win against China over the West Philippine Sea dispute

HISTORIC. Lawmakers at the House of Representatives weigh in on the historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea dispute. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#CHexit: Filipinos celebrate PH victory over China

Jul 12, 2016 - 5:56 PM

Shortly after the ruling spread on the Internet CHexit – short for China exit – starts to climb as a top trending topic in the Philippines on Twitter

TEXT: Summary of ruling on Philippines-China case

Jul 12, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Here is the gist of the Permanent Court of Arbitration s ruling on the historic case filed by the Philippines against China

LEGAL BATTLEGROUND. Filipinos stage a protest at Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands during the ruling on the case filed by the Philippines against China's claims in the South China Sea on July 12, 2016. Photo by Jed Alegado/Rappler

PH calls for ‘restraint, sobriety’ amid favorable ruling on sea row

Jul 12, 2016 - 5:37 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay says the Philippines strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision to help address disputes in the South China Sea

RESTRAINT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says concerned parties should exercise 'sobriety and restraint' following the favorable ruling of the UN-backed arbitral tribunal on the Philippines' case against China, during a news conference on July 12, 2016.  File photo by Mark Cristino/EPA   / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

TIMELINE: The Philippines-China maritime dispute

Jul 12, 2016 - 4:35 PM

UPDATED A timeline of events starting from 2011 in the maritime dispute between China and the Philippines

The South China Sea (C) is seen on a globe for sale at a bookstore in Beijing on June 15, 2016. Greg Baker/AFP

Beijing raises rhetoric ahead of South China Sea ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Beijing launches a deluge of denunciations ahead of an international tribunal s ruling on the South China Sea

This file photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Stringer/AFP

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Jul 11, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Philippines-China case lights up world's oldest tribunal

Jul 10, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Here are several facts about the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague which is set to rule on Manila s case against Beijing

epa04333595 A picture made available 28 July 2014 shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands, 27 August 2013. According to news reports on 28 July 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, the Netherlands, awarded former Yukos shareholders with 50 billion US dollars compensation from Russia. The group of shareholders accused Russia of expropriation of the oil giant. EPA/GUUS SHOONEWILLE

CHEAT SHEET: What you need to know about PH-China case

Jul 10, 2016 - 7:30 PM

To help you navigate the issues better Rappler compiles key stories revolving around the Philippines case against China over the West Philippine Sea

HISTORIC CASE. The Philippine delegation presents its arguments against China before an arbitral tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, in November 2015. Photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Palace: It will be a 'very, very historic week' for the PH

Jul 10, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the week of July 10 will be very historic as the country awaits landmark announcements from The Hague and the Office of the President

HISTORIC WEEK. Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the week of July 10 will be a 'historic' one for the country.

Beijing will not 'step back' in South China Sea – media

Jul 08, 2016 - 3:00 PM

If the US and the Philippines act on impulse and carry out flagrant provocation China will not take a single step back the Global Times newspaper says in an editorial

MISCHIEF REEF. An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of the alleged on-going reclamation by China into Mischief reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, 11 May 2015. File Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

US urges respect for South China Sea ruling

Jul 08, 2016 - 10:51 AM

We urge both parties to comply with the ruling and urge all claimants to avoid provocative actions or statements says Abraham Denmark the senior Pentagon official responsible for East Asia

PH-CHINA DISPUTE. The seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands, which is set to issue a ruling on the South China Sea dispute between the Philippines and China. Photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

#AnimatED: Dealing with China and PH allies

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The new government s primordial diplomatic task is to gather robust international support so that the arbitral ruling is enforced Is Perfecto Yasay Jr up to the job?