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Carpio praises Duterte for upholding sea freedoms

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says it 'is a most welcome development' that President Rodrigo Duterte upheld freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio attends Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum in Intramuros, Manila, on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China increasingly isolated as France, Britain set sail for disputed seas

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:34 AM

France and Britain are set to sail through the South China Sea next week, joining international efforts to stand up to the Asian military superpower

ASIA DEPLOYMENT. British Royal Navy's HMS Sutherland docks in Singapore during the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit. Photo from the HMS Sutherland Twitter Page

U.S., Australia, Japan navies sail in PH as China parades might

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Australian long range guided missile frigate HMAS Anzac, and Japanese destroyer JS Akizuki arrive in the Philippines for port visits as China holds a large naval parade in the South China Sea

RECEPTION. Ambassador Sung Kim holds a reception aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt for 300 guests on April 13, 2018

[OPINION] Staying on course, minus defeatism

Feb 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Much remains to be done in the Philippines' territorial and maritime rights defense

Philippines-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on The South China Sea. Photo by DFA

U.S. seeks to continue 'working closely' with Philippine military

Feb 18, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'The Philippines is one of our 5 allies in the region. We've had a close relationship for a very long time and we want to continue that relationship,' says a spokesman of the US Navy's Carl Vinson Strike Group

US AIRCRAFT CARRIER. USS Carl Vinson arrives in Manila for a routine port call

China protests to US over sail-by in disputed waters

Oct 12, 2017 - 12:05 AM

The US Navy missile destroyer Chafee enters into China's territorial waters near the Paracel Islands on Tuesday, according to Beijing's foreign ministry

U.S. warplanes fly over disputed South China Sea

Jul 07, 2017 - 9:32 PM

This is the first time US Pacific Command directed B 1B Lancers have conducted combined training with JASDF fighters at night the statement from the US Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs office reads

FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION. Images from Wikipedia

U.S. warship sails close to South China Sea island occupied by Beijing

Jul 02, 2017 - 11:15 PM

UPDATED The USS Stethem passes less than 12 nautical miles from Triton Island a move likely to provoke China

China slams 'provocative' US sail-by in South China Sea

Oct 22, 2016 - 2:25 PM

The ship s entrance into China s territorial waters is a serious illegal act and a deliberately provocative act says China s defense ministry

DISPUTED WATERS. This US Navy photo obtained October 21, 2016 shows the Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) as it operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) on October 13, 2016. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan/US Navy/AFP

US destroyer sails close to contested islands in South China Sea

Oct 22, 2016 - 8:40 AM

The USS Decatur conducted this transit in a routine lawful manner without ship escorts and without incident says the Pentagon

This US Navy photo obtained October 21, 2016 shows the Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73)as it operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG)on October 13, 2016. The Bonhomme Richard ESG is operating in the South China Sea in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. A US destroyer sailed close to a string of islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on October 21, 2016, the Pentagon said, amid continued tensions in the contested waterway. The USS Decatur passed close to the Paracel Islands and "conducted this transit in a routine, lawful manner without ship escorts and without incident," Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross said.  / AFP PHOTO / Navy Media Content Operations (N / Petty Officer 2ndClass Diana QUINLAN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US NAVY/Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Oct 11, 2016 - 10:29 PM

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PH should send patrols to South China Sea – Carpio

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:38 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is the surprise guest of honor at the closing ceremony of the last war games between the Philippine and US militaries

BOUNDARIES. Antonio Carpio, senior associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, addresses Filipino and American marines at the closing ceremony on October 11, 2016, of what President Rodrigo Duterte wants to be the 'last' war games between the longtime allies. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Vietnam seeks support for 'maritime freedom'

Aug 24, 2016 - 9:40 PM

Vietnam s President Tran Dai Quang hopes France and other countries will help ease tensions in the South China Sea

Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang speaks during an interview with AFP at the presidential palace in Hanoi on August 24, 2016.  France and other countries should help to keep the peace in the disputed South China Sea, Vietnam's president told AFP, as unease grows over China's increasingly muscular approach in the key waterway. / AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAM

US fighter planes arrive in Philippines for training mission

Jun 16, 2016 - 6:24 PM

The Philippines longtime ally deploys the aircraft to train Filipino pilots as Manila remains locked in an increasingly tense maritime dispute with Beijing

US FIGHTER PLANE. An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches while Sailors taxi another EA-18G Growler assigned to VAQ-133 to an adjacent catapult on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Photo from the US Navy

ASEAN ministers express 'serious concerns' over South China Sea

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:10 PM

In a rare diplomatic slap in the face for Beijing – issued on its own territory – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN offers a sharp rebuke over China s actions in the waterway

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

Why the US will fight for 'freedom of navigation' in the South China Sea

Jun 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Freedom of navigation is a cardinal principle of the US and it is the key reason why Washington would fight for the idea in the South China Sea or anywhere else in the world’s oceans

DISPUTED WATERS. In this file photo, US Navy personnel raise their flag during the bilateral maritime exercise between the Philippine Navy and US Navy dubbed Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2014) aboard the USS John S. McCain in the South China Sea near waters claimed by Beijing on June 28, 2014. Noel Celis/Pool/EPA/FIle

Obama implores Vietnam to embrace human rights

May 24, 2016 - 5:35 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama urges Vietnam to abandon authoritarianism saying that bolstering rights actually reinforces stability

epa05325943 US President Barack Obama addresses his speech to the Vietnamese people at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, 24 May 2016. EPA/KHAM/POOL

Obama calls for peaceful settlement of South China Sea disputes

May 24, 2016 - 4:15 PM

US President Barack Obama who is on a visit to Vietnam says big nations should not bully smaller ones

CHINA’S RECLAMATION. The Philippines releases this photo in May of China’s alleged reclamation in Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, warning it may be building an airstrip. Photo courtesy: Department of Foreign Affairs

Chinese media slam US lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

May 24, 2016 - 2:55 PM

US President Barack Obama had said that the lifting of the embargo was not based on China but Chinese media say that is a very poor lie

epa05324583 US President Barack Obama (C-L) and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (C-R) review an honor guard at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, 23 May 2016. US President Barack Obama visits Vietnam for the first time from 23 to 25 May 2016, making him the third US President to visit the South East Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. During the first day of his visit Obama announced that the US will lift its arms embargo on weapon sales to Vietnam. EPA/MINH HOANG

EU: End militarization of South China Sea

Mar 13, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The European Union says deploying military forces or equipment to disputed islands affects regional security

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, May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

PH supports Australia's patrols over South China Sea

Dec 17, 2015 - 1:51 PM

The Philippine foreign affairs department says: The Australian aircraft was exercising its right of freedom of overflight a principle we fully support

OVERFLIGHT PATROLS. Australia confirms it has been doing patrols over disputed waters in the South China Sea. File photo from

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

Filipino seamen at risk in South China Sea row

Sep 27, 2014 - 9:30 AM

If we allow the 9 dash line to exist and China decides that they will not allow Filipino seafarers to cross the South China Sea you re out of jobs a maritime law expert says

SEAMEN AT RISK. Excessive Chinese control over the South China Sea pose potential threats to seamen, an analyst says. File 2012 photo of Chinese surveillance ships off Scarborough Shoal by DFA/Philippine Navy/AFP

Rappler Newscast | October 7, 2013

Oct 07, 2013 - 9:33 PM

Hong Kong journalists kicked out of APEC for shouting at Aquino PH upholds freedom to navigate South China Sea despite China s warning

PH upholds freedom of navigation amid China warning

Oct 07, 2013 - 4:39 PM

The Philippines upholds freedom of navigation after China criticizes the US Japan and Australia for interfering in maritime disputes

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL. China insists on calling Scarborough Shoal an island.

US, PH vow freedom of navigation amid Asia sea rows

Aug 24, 2013 - 1:22 PM

The United States and the Philippines vow to maintain freedom of navigation in a Southeast Asia increasingly beset by maritime territorial rows

PH hosts ASEAN Maritime Security Forum

Oct 03, 2012 - 4:32 PM

The Philippines hosts the 3rd ASEAN Maritime Forum to promote maritime security and cooperation among members countries

MARITIME SECURITY FOR ASEAN. Vice President Jejomar Binay delivers his speech. Screen grab from video footage by Carlos Santamaria

PH scoffs at China's free navigation claim

Sep 06, 2012 - 7:34 PM

Freedom to navigate the South China Sea doesn t need China s consent the Department of Foreign Affairs says