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China condemns U.S. after warship sails near South China Sea reef

May 25, 2017 - 1:10 PM

3rd UPDATE China claims the USS Dewey trespassed in its territorial waters

MISCHIEF REEF. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

DFA urged to file protest over China's war threat

May 21, 2017 - 7:05 PM

This comes after China reportedly threatened the Philippines with war if it forces the issue of the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. New DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is urged to file a diplomatic protest against China for its war threat. Rappler photo

South China Sea, Estrada, exoplanets | Midday wRap

Feb 23, 2017 - 1:56 PM

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Duterte, death penalty, Lorenzana | Evening wRap

Feb 07, 2017 - 9:05 PM

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PH: Southeast Asia not 'proxy' for superpower rivalry

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:52 AM

PH Defense Secretary Lorenzana: We will reaffirm the unity and solidarity of ASEAN amidst this emerging superpower competition We will also work for the finalization of a binding code of conduct for the South China Sea

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

[WATCH] 2016: Change is here

Dec 31, 2016 - 1:26 AM

From the 2016 Duterte election win the war on drugs the weaponization of the internet Trump’s victory and Manila’s shift from U S to China — it was a year that turned traditional politics upside down Watch Rappler s 2016 yearender

Duterte, Aman Futures scam, Pacquiao| 12PM wRap

Oct 27, 2016 - 3:41 PM

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Duterte: No talks with China on joint exploration in West PH Sea

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:42 PM

The Philippine President will seek Congress approval before proposing joint exploration of the disputed sea

DUTERTE IN CHINA. Duterte speaks to reporters in a Beijing hotel. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Obama on China, Duterte, De Lima | 6PM wRap

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:54 PM

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Duterte on De Lima, Barangay & SK polls, South China Sea | 6PM wRap

Aug 29, 2016 - 7:13 PM

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Duterte, Tiamzons, Phelps | 6PM wRap

Aug 12, 2016 - 7:59 PM

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Pacquiao, South China Sea, Marcos | 6PM wRap

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:32 PM

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Duterte, National ID, Mendoza | 6PM wRap

Jul 18, 2016 - 7:58 PM

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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

PNP generals, Duterte & Robredo, Pacquiao | 6PM wRap

Jul 05, 2016 - 7:47 PM

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Yasay on China, Manafort, Durant to GSW | 12PM wRap

Jul 05, 2016 - 12:59 PM

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Dear Digong: Let’s leverage our West Philippine Sea arbitration case

Jun 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Duterte administration should be very careful in any prospective bilateral negotiation in the future which is indispensable but should be unconditional

In this file photo, the Philippines' and China' national flags are seen as Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (L) and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao stand in the background during a signing ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on August 31, 2011. How Hwee Young/EPA

China blasts 'unilateral' Philippine move ahead of ruling

Jun 08, 2016 - 3:54 PM

The Philippines has unilaterally closed the door of settling the South China Sea issue with China through negotiation

A photo of the jurisdictional hearing on the Philippines vs China case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, July 7, 2015. Image courtesy Permanent Court of Arbitration

Philippines to protest China's test-flight on Spratlys

Jan 03, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Manila will protest Beijing s test flight of a civilian aircraft on an airstrip it built in the artificial island of Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea

FIERY CROSS. Satellite imagery shows changes to Fiery Cross Reef between February and March 2015, including the beginning of an airfield installation. Image courtesy: CNES 2015, Distribution Airbus DS/Spot Image/IHS

Duterte in 2016, PH-China dispute, Russia vs ISIS | 12PM wRap

Nov 23, 2015 - 12:58 PM

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When the Philippines and China sang, danced on a Manila Bay cruise

Nov 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

As the Philippines and China sparred over Mischief Reef President Jiang Zemin charmed Philippine officials with his rendition of Western classics during his state visit after the 1996 APEC summit in Subic

Illustration by Alejandro Edoria

China to benefit from following arbitration ruling – Justice Carpio

Nov 06, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says China s global ambitions will make it costly for Beijing to defy an international arbitration ruling favoring the Philippines

'SAVING FACE.' Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Beijing cannot afford to defy an international ruling on the South China Sea arbitration case. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Justice Carpio: 'Catastrophe to withdraw China case'

Nov 06, 2015 - 8:59 AM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio gives the warning to presidential aspirants who he says should detail their stance on China

2016 CHALLENGE. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says presidential candidates must say whether or not they will withdraw the arbitration case against China. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Beijing slams tribunal decision on South China Sea row

Oct 30, 2015 - 4:08 PM

China refuses to participate in the proceedings arguing that the case is about sovereignty and the court cannot rule on it

CHINA SLAMS DECISION. Photo of the Hague courtesy of PCA

The Waterlord

Aug 06, 2015 - 1:16 PM

In my opinion China’s approach is founded upon what the philosopher Lao Tzu observed a long time ago the sage transforms the world by controlling water

'Binay's joint venture with China must be corruption-free'

Jul 10, 2015 - 2:03 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says Vice President Binay s proposed joint venture with China is allowed under international law but must be corruption free

AVOID SCANDAL. Professor Jay Batongbacal says Vice President Binay's proposed joint venture with China is allowed under international law but must be corruption-free. File photo by Rob Reyes

Philippines to present China sea case at Hague in July

Jun 15, 2015 - 7:47 PM

The Netherlands based UN court is scheduled to conduct a hearing from July 7 on a case lodged by the Philippines in 2013 which China has spurned foreign department spokesman Charles Jose says

CHINA RECLAMATION. The alleged on-going reclamation by China at Subi reef seen from Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, 11 May 2015. File Photon by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

China to UN: PH 'totally wrong' on sea row

Jun 14, 2015 - 7:52 PM

China s deputy ambassador to the UN says [The Philippines ] calculations are totally wrong No matter what they say they will never get their way

'ROCK FIRM.' Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the UN, defends China's reclamation work in the South China Sea. File UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Rappler Talk: The Philippines & China's Great Wall of Sand

Jun 08, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Former ABC News Beijing Bureau Chief Chito Sta Romana talks about the options available to Manila

'Is China an enemy? Have we lost Scarborough?'

May 07, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV poses the questions to Philippine officials at the first Senate hearing on China s activities in the South China Sea

SENATE HEARING: The Philippine Senate holds its first congressional hearing on the West Philippine Sea where military officers freely discuss the security threat posed by China's reclamation activities.

Philippines 'cute little submissive' of US – Chinese media

Apr 21, 2015 - 2:40 PM

Global Times tabloid: After being the cute little submissive of the US all these years Manila has gained only a handful of second hand weapons and an empty sense of security let alone any real enhancement of its army s combat capability

2015 WAR GAMES. US Army Captain James Hahn from California (R) supervises Filipino soldiers during a mock 'assault' scenario as part of the US-Philippines joint military live fire exercises at Fort Magsaysay army training camp in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, North of Manila, Philippines, May 10, 2014. File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

China reclamation may cut PH access to West PH Sea

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:23 AM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says current activities on Mischief Reef – just 23 nautical miles from Philippine controlled Ayungin Shoal – threatens all our areas

China: We are against bullying small countries

Jan 23, 2015 - 9:03 AM

Accused of massive reclamation in the South China Sea China says it is countries like the Philippines that must follow international law

50% COMPLETE? A runway is believed to be among what China will build at the reclaimed Kagitingan Reef off the coast of Palawan

PH to take up China reclamation before ASEAN

Jan 22, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says Manila is still exploring options to respond to China s massive reclamation in the South China Sea

'BLATANT VIOLATION.' Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says China's reclamation activity in the South China Sea undermines international law and ASEAN agreements. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

China ignores deadline to respond to PH case

Dec 16, 2014 - 9:41 AM

China reiterates that it will not accept or participate in the Philippines case on the South China Sea snubbing a December 15 deadline to respond

NO MEMORIAL. China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang says arbitration is not the way to resolve the South China Sea dispute. File photo by Kim Hee-Chul/EPA

China: PH legal case weak on jurisdiction

Dec 07, 2014 - 2:09 PM

Turning the tables on the Philippines Beijing says Manila abused international law by filing an arbitration case on the South China Sea dispute

TURNING TABLES. China accuses the Philippines of violating international law by resorting to arbitration. In this photo, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario holds a press conference after Manila filed its pleading last March. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Will China follow PH arbitration case ruling?

Oct 30, 2014 - 8:15 AM

An American international law scholar says countries that are parties to laws such as UNCLOS already agreed to follow processes such as arbitration

VLOG: PH hits China, salutes peacekeepers in UN

Sep 30, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario hits China s expansionist claims and praises Filipino peacekeepers

Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary addresses the general debate of the 69th session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

At UN, PH rejects China’s ‘dangerous, reckless’ acts

Sep 30, 2014 - 4:03 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario criticizes China s dangerous reckless and forceful activities before the UN s biggest annual gathering

ASEAN alarm over China sea spat

May 12, 2014 - 1:14 PM

The communique from the ASEAN follows a summit on Sunday that was dominated by escalating maritime tensions

China slams PH for 'premeditated provocative act'

May 08, 2014 - 5:51 PM

China accuses the Philippines of intentionally seizing the Chinese fishing boat off the coast of Palawan to elevate tensions in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

‘Dealing with China not like haggling in Divisoria’

Feb 27, 2014 - 8:02 PM

Senators call on the Philippine government to consider the implications of a Chinese offer not to submit its pleading in its arbitration case against Beijing

AFP chief: Chinese used water cannons vs Filipino fishermen

Feb 24, 2014 - 12:41 PM

Chinese coast guard ships used water cannons to drive away Filipino fishing vessels from the disputed Panatag Shoal last January 27 AFP chief Emmanuel Bautista reveals

FACING THE FOCAP. AFP Chief, Gen Emmanuel Bautista, speaks during a forum hosted by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines, 24 February 2014. Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Aquino is going to China

Aug 28, 2013 - 6:19 PM

President Aquino confirms he is attending the China ASEAN Expo in Nanning China next week

Rappler Newscast | July 1, 2013

Jul 01, 2013 - 8:54 PM

Illegal foreign workers in Saudi Arabia leave or legalize PH: China’s military buildup in South China Sea threatens peace SC justices submit SALN

China slams Philippines over disputed islands

Apr 26, 2013 - 4:46 PM

China s Foreign Ministry says the Philippines is attempting to cover in a cloak of legality its illegal occupation of China s islands and reefs

DISPUTED AREA. The Philippines lodged in 2012 a record 15 formal protests over China's actions in the South China Sea

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