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Duterte tells China: 'You can't create islands and claim the sea'

Aug 17, 2018 - 9:55 PM

'Why do you have to say those nasty words?' President Rodrigo Duterte tells Beijing as he stands firm on his previous assertion that drew a statement from China's foreign ministry

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message during a dinner at the Brigadier General Benito Ebuen Airbase in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on February 12, 2018. Malacañang Photo

China deploys new weapons systems to Paracel Islands

May 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Nearby, the Philippines begins 'long-delayed repairs' to its runway on the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe  NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

More than 1,600 Chinese structures in South China Sea

May 25, 2018 - 9:51 PM

From basketball courts to buildings with radar equipment, nearly 800 of these Chinese structures can be found in the West Philippine Sea

SUBI REEF. This photo shows the artificial island on Subi Reef in the West Philippine Sea as of December 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Duterte on Benham Rise, Duterte on Rappler, PH-Kuwait bilateral meeting | Midday wRap

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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PH, China silent on artificial islands after meeting

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The Philippines and China say they 'had a frank, cordial exchange of views' on the West Philippine Sea, but stay silent on China's island building

MISCHIEF REEF. €The construction of hangars on Mischief Reef is said to be part of China's ˜militarization of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

ICC on Duterte, Poe slams Roque, Malacanang on rice supply | Evening wRap

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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Duterte admin 'naive' on West Philippine Sea – expert

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'If a bully keeps punching you over and over and over, it is naive to think he's all of a sudden going to stop and behave nicely,' Gregory Poling of CSIS tells Rappler

US-BASED EXPERT. Gregory Poling, director of the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, describes the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poe to Palace: What makes you think China will leave West PH Sea islands?

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:56 PM

For Senator Grace Poe, it's 'like saying that a homeowner may soon be thankful to a gang of fully armed men who unlawfully intruded his place'

HITTING ROQUE. Senator Grace Poe compares the 'wishful thinking' of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque to a homeowner thanking 'a gang of fully armed men' who introduced his place. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Roque on China, Caloocan cops ordered arrested, Canada on chopper deal | Midday wRap

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:54 PM

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Roque: One day, we'll thank China for artificial islands

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:30 PM

'Clearly, eventually, those artificial islands will be ours if we can ask China to leave,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Philippines & China, impeachment complaint, Ivanka Trump | Midday wRap

Mar 30, 2017 - 1:12 PM

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South China Sea, Estrada, exoplanets | Midday wRap

Feb 23, 2017 - 1:56 PM

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Duterte & Forbes magazine, South China Sea, Putin | Midday wRap

Dec 15, 2016 - 1:14 PM

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PH black sand possibly used to build China 'islands' – DFA

Aug 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

They cannot just do that And if they will do that it is our right to defend our territory against this encroachment Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

CHINESE 'ISLAND.' Mischief Reef is the site of one of China's artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). €˜Construction of hangars at Mischief Reef is at an earlier stage,€™ the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says of this satellite image dated July 22. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Hangars prove China plan to 'militarize' islands

Aug 14, 2016 - 7:15 AM

China wants to establish effective control over the sea and airspace in the South China Sea analyst Gregory Poling tells Rappler

FIERY CROSS REEF. Construction of fighter-jet hangars appears complete at the southern end of the runway and is well-advanced along the middle of the airstrip,€™ the AMTI says of this satellite image dated June 3. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Contraceptives in PH, Pemberton’s appeal, Prince George | 6PM wRap

Jan 07, 2016 - 6:05 PM

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'Balance of power,' Aquino says of US ship in West PH Sea

Oct 27, 2015 - 1:25 PM

I see no issue as to this US Navy ship traversing under international law in waters that should be free to be traveled upon by any country the Philippine leader says in welcoming the move

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Beijing tries to soothe South China Sea jitters

Oct 17, 2015 - 11:42 AM

We have done our utmost to avoid unexpected conflicts says Fan Changlong vice chair of China s Central Military Commission

NO USE OF FORCE. General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, says China will not commit acts that would cause conflict in the South China Sea. In this photo he is welcomed at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Building in Spratlys? PH 'can't even fix Manila airport'

May 01, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Denying China s claims the Philippines says it simply wants to undertake some repairs and maintenance on its existing runway in the South China Sea

DAMAGED FACILITIES. The Philippines' Rancudo Air Field on Pag-asa Island (left) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila (right) both need repairs. File photo of NAIA by Agence France-Presse

Philippines to ASEAN: 'Speak in one voice' vs reclamation

Apr 21, 2015 - 2:50 PM

At the upcoming ASEAN Summit Philippines will stress the progress of China s reclamation activities since Manila raised the alarm in 2014

'ONE VOICE' SOUGHT. Leaders of ASEAN member countries join hands during the 24th ASEAN Summit Plenary in Myanmar on May 11, 2014. File photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Balikatan 2015, Binay and Jokowi, Mayweather gameplan | The wRap

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:01 PM

The Philippines and US war games begin Binay wants to meet Jokowi to save Mary Jane Mayweather’s plans to counter Pacquiao’s left hand

China reclamation meant to 'define' 9-dash line – PH

Apr 15, 2015 - 9:31 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says China wants its artificial islands to undermine Manila s case against Beijing

FUELING CONCERN. New images released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies – such as this photo of Cuarteron Reef – show the extent of China's reclamation activities in the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS

PH mulls citing China reclamation in historic case

Apr 13, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines is also considering a diplomatic protest against China over its artificial islands in the South China Sea

China reclamation destroys 300 acres of corals – PH

Apr 13, 2015 - 1:42 PM

In the South China Sea China s reclamation is said to have destroyed a coral reef system more than twice the size of Rizal Park leading to 100 million in losses

SUBJECT OF PROTESTS. 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.

France loan offer, artificial islands, Jihadi John | The wRap

Feb 27, 2015 - 6:53 PM

France offers the Philippines a loan for disaster risk management China builds 3 artificial islands in disputed waters And who is Jihadi John?

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