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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

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte wants P4-B 'gratis' from China to fund Jolo, Basilan hospitals

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he prefers economic aid from China to be spent on healthcare in the Sulu capital and Basilan instead of funding infrastructure projects

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping exchange tokens on the sidelines of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Also in the photo are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. The portrait presented by President Duterte is painted by artist Maestro Ronilo Abayan and authenticated by Jobe Nkemakolam. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: West PH Sea exploration with China like ‘co-ownership’

Feb 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'It's like two of us own that. That's better than fighting,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about China's offer for joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Petron-Petron Dealers Association (PETDA) Mindanao Mini Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Top China diplomat Wang Yi to visit Philippines

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making a rare official trip to the Philippines

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. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Sun rises 'beautifully' on Philippines ties – China envoy

Sep 28, 2016 - 6:17 PM

The clouds are fading away The sun is rising over the horizon and will shine beautifully on the new chapter of bilateral relations Zhao says according to a copy of the speech released by the mission Wednesday

ZHAO JIANHUA. This photo taken on August 29, 2016 shows Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua talking to journalists after attending the Philippines' National Heroes' Memorial in Manila. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

China stresses need for 'dialogue, consultation' with PH

Jul 20, 2016 - 2:11 PM

China says it s willing to work with the Philippines as long as the Duterte administration wishes to resume dialogue and consultation with China

DIPLOMACY. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua meets Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr in Malacañang Palace. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

China envoy visits Duterte days before Hague ruling

Jul 07, 2016 - 5:02 PM

This is the 3rd time Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua pays a visit to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a span of 3 months

CHINESE-PH RELATIONS. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua visits President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang Palace on Thursday, July 7. Photo from MARO-PCOO

PH charges 'poachers' despite China warning

May 12, 2014 - 8:01 PM

Filipino prosecutors filed environmental crime charges against 9 Chinese fishermen found carrying more than 500 endangered sea turtles in their boat

CAPTURED. Photos of poached sea turtles (pawikan) in the Chinese vessel intercepted by the PNP Maritime Group on May 6. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

Dismounting China from the South China Sea

Apr 26, 2014 - 6:18 PM

China s growing energy needs and overlapping territorial claims place its energy security on a collision course with its smaller weaker neighbors

US hits 'provocative' China move on PH ships

Mar 13, 2014 - 1:38 AM

The United States says it was troubled by Sunday s incident in which China prevented movement of two ships contracted by the Philippine Navy

DISPUTED. The territory west of the Philippines has been the cause of the dispute between Southeast Asian countries and China

China: No reason to fear our military

Jul 31, 2012 - 2:29 PM

A spokesman also says China opposes any military intervention in the South China Sea

Aquino's softened tone on Scarborough

Jul 21, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Rappler reviews the President s statements on the Scarborough Shoal dispute ahead of his 3rd State of the Nation Address

PH's 1st 'mistake' in Scarborough

Jul 20, 2012 - 7:03 PM

The Philippines made a mistake when it sent a warship to face 8 fishing boats in Scarborough Shoal says an expert based in Singapore

NAVY'S FASTEST. The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar. Photo from

PH town 'no match' vs China's Sansha City

Jul 19, 2012 - 6:52 AM

One of the poorest Philippine towns faces a better funded more politically complex Chinese city in the disputed South China Sea

AFP: Chinese vessels outside PH territory

Jul 18, 2012 - 3:26 PM

The 30 Chinese vessels in the Spratlys have not entered the Philippines exclusive economic zone a military officer says

Chinese congress in South China Sea city

Jul 18, 2012 - 9:55 AM

Further flexing its political muscle China plans to establish a legislative body in Sansha in the disputed South China Sea

GOVERNMENT SEAT. Sansha City's top government office is found on a South China Sea island called Yongxing. File photo from

PH wants Cambodia's turnaround on Scarborough

Jul 17, 2012 - 5:35 PM

The Palace wants Cambodia to recognize the value of discussing the Scarborough Shoal dispute as well as other South China issues for the Asean region

Chinese warship seen as threat vs PH

Jul 17, 2012 - 1:00 PM

The UN allows foreign ships to pass through Philippine waters but not when they pose economic or security threats

Miriam: PH needs wit vs China the 'dragon'

Jul 12, 2012 - 12:55 PM

The Philippines a mosquito should use its brain against the dragon that is China says Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago

Clinton to Asean: Take a stand on Scarborough

Jul 12, 2012 - 8:27 AM

US Secretary of State wants Asean to clearly outline its position on Scarborough Shoal

Should PH redeploy ships to Scarborough?

Jul 06, 2012 - 11:27 AM

Netizens debate the Scarborough Shoal issue

Palace: US spy planes just like Google Earth

Jul 03, 2012 - 4:02 PM

UPDATED But the US planes that could monitor Scarborough Shoal carry missiles torpedoes rockets mines and bombs

China eyes military in South China Sea 'city'

Jun 29, 2012 - 10:37 PM

China makes this announcement amid Pacific military drills led by the US whose regional presence agitates the Chinese

Chinese boats return to Scarborough - DFA

Jun 26, 2012 - 4:15 PM

Chinese vessels return to the disputed territory two months after the Philippine Navy confirmed their pullout

South China Sea under new Chinese city

Jun 22, 2012 - 7:11 AM

UPDATED The new city includes territories claimed by the Philippines — Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys

PH to check Chinese ships in Scarborough

Jun 20, 2012 - 8:39 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says it is impossible to keep Philippine vessels permanently in Scarborough Shoal

Is China pulling out of Scarborough?

Jun 19, 2012 - 5:02 PM

This is not the first time the two countries gave conflicting statements on supposed agreements

PH pulls out ships from Scarborough due to bad weather

Jun 16, 2012 - 2:54 PM

President Benigno Aquino III makes this decision due to bad weather

US to help build PH Coast Watch

Jun 09, 2012 - 3:09 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces aid for Philippine maritime security during a luncheon for President Benigno Aquino III

Obama backs Philippines on sea freedom

Jun 09, 2012 - 2:00 AM

UPDATED The US President pledges support for PH efforts to upgrade its military and build a minimum credible defense posture

PNoy: Leave PH, China alone to settle dispute

Jun 07, 2012 - 6:24 PM

The Philippines should stop drumming up international support for its cause in Scarborough Shoal says President Aquino

PH, China withdraw key ships from 'Panatag'

Jun 05, 2012 - 2:13 PM

The Philippines and China arrive at this decision following consultations says the foreign affairs department

US military chief asks nations to speak on Scarborough

Jun 01, 2012 - 3:31 PM

US chief of staff Gen Martin Dempsey wants to hear from Asia Pacific nations regarding the South China Sea dispute

US IN ASIA-PACIFIC. US Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Army Gen Martin Dempsey (right) confers with US Pacific Command chief Navy Adm Samuel Locklear III (left) ahead of the Shangri-La Dialogue this week. Photo by D Myles Cullen, courtesy of the US Defense Department.

It's final: New envoy flies to China

May 30, 2012 - 3:29 PM

China itself welcomes the appointment of career diplomat Sonia Brady whose knowledge of Beijing spans almost 4 decades

NEW ENVOY. Sonia Brady, whom the President named as the Philippines' new ambassador to China, meets with a Chinese government official during her previous posting in 2010. File photo from China's Ministry of Commerce website

PNoy names envoy to China

May 26, 2012 - 11:13 AM

The newly nominated Philippine ambassador to China Sonia Brady occupied the same position from 2006 to 2010

NEW ENVOY. Sonia Brady, whom the President named as the Philippines' new ambassador to China, meets with a Chinese government official during her previous posting in 2010. File photo from China's Ministry of Commerce website

PNoy to visit US amid China tensions

May 26, 2012 - 8:06 AM

President Benigno Aquino III will meet with US President Barack Obama in June amid the Philippine China Scarborough Shoal standoff

US VISIT. President Benigno Aquino III will visit the United States in June amid the Philippines' Scarborough Shoal dispute with China. File photo from Malacañang/PCOO

China: What 92 vessels in Scarborough?

May 24, 2012 - 9:27 AM

China says it only has 20 vessels in Scarborough Shoal contrary to the Philippines claim that it has 92

92 VESSELS? Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei denies China has 92 vessels in Scarborough Shoal. File photo from China Foreign Ministry

92 Chinese vessels in Scarborough; PH has 2

May 23, 2012 - 3:04 PM

PH protests the increase in Chinese vessels in the disputed Scarborough Shoal

China hits Pentagon over South China Sea

May 20, 2012 - 5:02 AM

China criticizes a US Defense Department report about the Chinese military and its assertiveness in the South China Sea

US ROLE. China fears US involvement in South China Sea disputes, a think-tank says.

US submarine leaves PH

May 19, 2012 - 5:13 PM

A second US submarine was scheduled to arrive Saturday local authorities say

USS NORTH CAROLINA. In this file photo, Sailors "man the ship" and officially bring the newest Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) to life during her commissioning ceremony, May 3, 2008, at Wilmington, North Carolina, United States. U.S. Navy file photo By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelvin Edwards.

PH stops protest trip to Scarborough Shoal

May 18, 2012 - 12:06 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III asks ex Marine captain Nicanor Faeldon to stop his group s Friday trip to Scarborough Shoal

How China trade 'sanctions' could hit PH

May 17, 2012 - 6:05 PM

The Philippines stands to lose its 3rd biggest economic partner if China uses its economic might in the Scarborough Shoal conflict

TRADE SANCTIONS? How will China's moves against Philippine products, like local bananas, affect the country's trade? File photo by AFP

PNoy: PH fishing ban not due to China

May 16, 2012 - 12:55 PM

President Aquino cites reports of damaged coral beds as China begins a South China Sea fishing ban of two and a half months

THORNY SEAHORSE. This kind of seahorse is one of the creatures found in the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Blogie Robillo,

Major Chinese airline cuts PH flights

May 15, 2012 - 8:42 PM

China Southern Airlines decreases its Philippine flights due to tour cancellations amid the Scarborough Shoal standoff

CUTTING FLIGHTS. A major Chinese airline has decreased flights to the Philippines amid the Scarborough Shoal standoff.

US submarine arrives near Scarborough

May 15, 2012 - 5:30 PM

One of the United States newest submarines visits the Philippines as the Scarborough Shoal standoff entered its 5th week

USS NORTH CAROLINA. In this file photo, Sailors "man the ship" and officially bring the newest Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) to life during her commissioning ceremony, May 3, 2008, at Wilmington, North Carolina, United States. U.S. Navy file photo By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelvin Edwards.

Scarborough in the eyes of Filipino-Chinese

May 12, 2012 - 5:00 PM

Many who are perceived by others as Chinese do not even see themselves as Chinese

WEIGHING IN. Chinese Filipinos tell Rappler their thoughts on the Scarborough Shoal dispute.

China denies preparing for war over South China Sea‎

May 12, 2012 - 12:38 PM

China s defense ministry makes this statement amid state media warnings that China is prepared to fight to end the standoff

WAR PREPARATIONS? China has denied it is preparing for war over the South China Sea.

China hits PH for 'instigating' citizens

May 12, 2012 - 9:21 AM

Filipino anti China protests which ended in singing and dancing in the Philippines make Beijing angry

KUNG FU FIGHTING. China blames the Philippines for global protests against them Friday.

'Kung Fu' dance: Protesting vs China the Pinoy way

May 11, 2012 - 2:42 PM

The Filipino led rally that agitated Beijing ends in singing and dancing

PEACEFUL RALLY. Filipino protesters use song and dance to oppose China's claim over Scarborough Shoal.