West Philippine Sea dispute - updates

Rappler's latest stories on West Philippine Sea dispute


Robredo: China presence in West PH Sea 'most serious external threat since WWII'

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says asserting the country's rights over the West Philippine Sea goes beyond the welfare of Filipino fishermen: 'It is about our nation's independence, security, and sovereignty'

VP Leni Robredo speech at the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum. Photo by OVP

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.

ASEAN 2017 eyes framework on South China Sea code of conduct

Jan 05, 2017 - 6:46 PM

On the year the Philippines chairs ASEAN the bloc aims to finish the framework of a legally binding document governing settlement of disputes in the South China Sea

ASEAN'S CHALLENGE. President Rodrigo Duterte accepts the chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017 during the 2016 ASEAN Summit held in Laos. Photo from PPD

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

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

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:54 PM

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NSC to Ramos: Begin China talks with 'things we agree on'

Jul 29, 2016 - 3:08 PM

The National Security Council chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte gives the guiding principles for former president Fidel Ramos mission to Beijing

BEIJING MISSION. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Former President Fidel V. Ramos during the Testimonial Dinner Reception organized by the San Beda Law Alumni Association at Club Filipino in San Juan City, Manila on July 14, 2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Bilateral talks with China still on the table – Palace

Jul 20, 2016 - 1:33 PM

The Palace clarifies that the Duterte administration still wants to talk to China after a US senator tweets that the Philippine president has closed the door on the option

DUTERTE AND US. US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and President Rodrigo Duterte talk about West Philippine Sea during their meeting on July 19, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Anti-US protests staged at 11 KFC branches in China – report

Jul 19, 2016 - 10:26 PM

KFC is a potent symbol of American capitalism in the world s most populous country with over 4 000 branches The protests highlight how foresign firms can be hit by bouts of nationalism in China

KFC PROTEST. Customers exit a KFC fast-food branch in Beijing, China 23 July 2014. File photo by Rolex dela Pena

Duterte and US officials discuss West Philippine Sea ruling

Jul 19, 2016 - 9:58 PM

After the meeting US Senator Chris Murphy tweets and claims Duterte assured them he has no plans to negotiate with China over the West Philippine Sea

DUTERTE AND AMERICA. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US Ambassador Philip Goldberg. Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/PND

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Jul 18, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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Duterte to confront China on illegal drugs trade

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:52 AM

After bigger issues are settled by both countries the Philippine president plans to air his grievances on the involvement of Chinese nationals in the illegal drug trade

TALKING TO CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese ambassador Zhao Jinhua meet in Malacañang Palace days before the release of the ruling on the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

PH-China ruling, Aquino reaction, Sanders endorses Clinton| 12PM wRap

Jul 13, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Lawmaker to Duterte: Convene LEDAC after PH-China case ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 2:34 PM

Manalo matalo hindi po matatapos ang hidwaan sa pinag aagawang isla at karagatan says Kabayan Representative Harry Roque

ADVISE TO DUTERTE. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque holds a press conference ahead of the historic ruling on the dispute West Philippine Sea. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH-China case, Sanders and Clinton, Tim Duncan | 12PM wRap

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Ruling on PH-China case: What's at stake

Jul 12, 2016 - 6:43 AM

The historic case in The Hague goes beyond the right to fish in the disputed West Philippine Sea South China Sea

'DEFEND THE SEA.' A Filipino joins a demonstration in front of the Chinese consular office in Makati City on June 10, 2016, ahead of a historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

PH vs China: Round 2 in The Hague set Nov 24-30

Nov 10, 2015 - 10:52 PM

The Philippines aims to demolish – once and for all – China’s expansive claim over the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. A powerhouse team represented the Philippines in The Hague, Netherlands, during the first set of hearings on Manila's case against Beijing from July 7 to 13, 2015. The Philippine delegation is set to return to The Hague from November 24 to 30, 2015, to argue the merits of the Philippines' case. Photo courtesy of PCA

Philippine military clueless on China poll ‘sabotage’

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:48 AM

UPDATED An election watchdog hits a Comelec commissioner for making a very careless statement about China s reported attempt to sabotage the 2016 polls

CHINA SABOTAGE? A Comelec official warns on September 16, 2015, that China might 'sabotage' the Philippine elections in May 2016. File photo by John Javellana

China might sabotage 2016 polls – Comelec

Sep 16, 2015 - 10:59 AM

2nd UPDATE The Chinese Embassy says The so called attempt by China to sabotage the 2016 elections is totally groundless and a sheer fabrication

COMELEC CHAIRMAN. A photo made available on February 24, 2013, shows Andres Bautista, chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, during an interview at his office in Mandaluyong City on February 20, 2013. File photo by Rolex dela Peña/EPA

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

Philippines vows to smash China's strongest argument

Jul 06, 2015 - 8:02 AM

Speaking to Rappler a Supreme Court senior justice says the UNCLOS tribunal is the only forum where we can beat China – where warships warplanes atomic bombs don’t count

BATTLEGROUND. 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

China reclamation poses P4.8-B economic loss for PH

Apr 23, 2015 - 7:15 PM

The Philippine fisheries bureau says China s reclamation in 5 reefs in the Spratlys has buried 311 hectares of coral reefs – 5 times the size of Rizal Park in Manila

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.

Beijing resto takes down sign barring Filipinos

Feb 28, 2013 - 1:47 PM

This shop does not receive the Japanese the Philippines the Vietnamese and dog the sign said in both Chinese and English

This photo taken on February 26, 2013 shows a Chinese cook working in a restaurant behind a sign that says "This shop does not receive the Japanese, The Philippines, The Vietnamese and Dog" at the historic tourist district of Houhai in Beijing. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

'No Philippines or dog'

Feb 27, 2013 - 9:29 PM

Photos of the controversial sign posted by a Beijing restaurant have gone viral on social media

This photo taken on February 26, 2013 shows a Chinese cook working in a restaurant behind a sign that says "This shop does not receive the Japanese, The Philippines, The Vietnamese and Dog" at the historic tourist district of Houhai in Beijing. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

China blames PH for Scarborough tension

Apr 17, 2012 - 2:51 PM

China accuses the Philippines of sending an archaeological vessel to the disputed Scarborough Shoal