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PH Navy christens first-ever brand new frigate, BRP Jose Rizal

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:03 AM

Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo hails the new warship as 'the great milestone and accomplishment of the defense sector in decades'

TOP WARSHIP. The Philippine Navy's brand new frigate BRP Jose Rizal. Photo from the Philippine Navy

PH Coast Guard to block departure of Hong Kong ship crew in Liberty 5 case

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:55 PM

In a tearful meeting with the families of the 14 missing crew and passengers of the ill-fated fishing vessel, the Philippine Coast Guard urged them to pray for justice and a miracle – that the victims be found alive

GRIM MEET. Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr meets with the families of the 14 missing crew and passengers of F/V Liberty 5 on Wednesday, July 8. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

PH Coast Guard files criminal cases vs HK ship crew

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) The company and officers of bulk carrier Vienna Wood are formally accused of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property, as the 14 crew of fishing boat Liberty 5 remain missing

ACCOUNTABILITY. The Philippine Coast Guard  in Occidental Mindoro files charges against the company and crew of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Vienna Wood over its collision with the Philippine fishing vessel Liberty 5. Photos from the Philippine Coast Guard

PCG extends search for missing Filipino fishermen

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:58 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says search and retrieval operations for the 14 crew members of Liberty 5 will be until Tuesday, July 7

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) conducts an aerial search for the missing crew of fishing boat Liberty 5, which capsized after colliding with a cargo ship off Mindoro on June 28, 2020. Photo from the PCG

PH Coast Guard 'building evidence' vs Hong Kong ship crew

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:32 PM

Without any trace of the 14 Filipino crew of Liberty 5, the search for survivors becomes a search for bodies, but Philippine Coast Guard chief George Ursabia Jr says he is still hoping for a miracle

CARGO SHIP. The Hong Kong-flagged M/V Vienna Wood. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

No trace of 14 fishing boat crew 5 days since collision with HK ship

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:55 PM

(UPDATED) Chances of finding survivors get slimmer by the minute, says the Philippine Coast Guard

BULK CARRIER. Philippine Coast Guard personnel inspect the bow of the Hong Kong-flagged ship Vienna Wood. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Locsin: Don't politicize PH boat collision with HK ship

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:58 PM

'It happened in Mindoro waters and I don’t want to make those Mindoro waters into international waters just to please a few idiots back here,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

INSPECTION. Philippine Coast Guard personnel examine the damaged stem of the Hong Kong bulk carrier Vienna Wood. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

China 'shocked' by PH boat collision, opposes 'politicization' of incident

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:51 PM

'Our thoughts and prayers go out to the missing crew members and passengers. We sincerely hope all of them could be rescued at the earliest,' says the China embassy in the Philippines

CAPSIZED. The upturned hull of Philippine fishing boat Liberty 5 spotted on June 28, 2020, after it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Hong Kong ship did not try to rescue 14 Filipino boat crew after collision – PCG

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:18 PM

(UPDATED) The bulk carrier, however, stayed in the vicinity of the incident, which Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr says was likely an accident

BULK CARRIER. The damaged stem of the Hong Kong bulk carrier Vienna Wood, June 30, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

'Banggaan lang': Palace doubts PH boat collision with HK ship to hurt China ties

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Wala naman pong malaking implikasyon 'yan. Banggaan lang po 'yan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

CAPSIZED. The upturned hull of the Philippine fishing boat Liberty 5 spotted on Sunday, June 28, after it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

PCG search on for missing fishermen who collided with Hong Kong-flagged ship

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:40 AM

(4th UPDATE) The Philippine Coast Guard identifies the cargo vessel as Hong Kong-registered MV Vienna Wood, as it searches for the 14 missing crew of fishing boat Liberty 5 off Mindoro

AERIAL SEARCH. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) conducts an aerial search for the missing crew of fishing boat Liberty 5, which capsized after colliding with a cargo ship off Mindoro on June 28, 2020. Photo from the PCG

14 Filipinos missing after fishing boat collides with Chinese ship off Mindoro

Jun 29, 2020 - 12:50 AM

(UPDATED) There are 14 Filipino crew missing after fishing boat Liberty Cinco collides with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship off Occidental Mindoro

CAPSIZED. The upturned hull of the Philippine fishing boat Liberty 5 spotted on Sunday, June 28, after it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Lorenzana: China’s planned air defense zone in West PH Sea breaks rules

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:19 PM

'It is my fervent hope that China would not proceed with this planned action for the continued peace and stability in the entire South China Sea,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

TAKE OFF. A fighter jet takes off from the American carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea on May 26, 2020. Handout photo from the US Navy

2 U.S. carrier strike groups hold drills in PH Sea amid China airspace control fears

Jun 24, 2020 - 12:10 AM

The Western Pacific's traditional power showcases its naval might as China plans to establish an air defense identification zone over the South China Sea

NAVAL POWER. The USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz carrier strike groups in the Philippine Sea in June 2020. Photo from the US Pacific Fleet Facebook page v

WATCH: Upgrades on Pag-asa Island continue as Chinese militias prowl its waters

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:24 PM

The government inaugurates a new beaching ramp at the Philippines' main outpost in the West Philippine Sea, which is still hounded by the presence of Chinese paramilitary ships

PAG-ASA ISLAND. An aerial view of Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of Eugenio Bito-onon Jr

‘Let’s not hurt China’s feelings’: Why Duterte hasn’t visited Pag-asa Island

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana explains the President’s reason for calling off planned visits to the country’s main outpost in the West Philippine Sea

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L) during a send-off ceremony for two Navy ships at the Port of Manila in January 2020. Malacañang Photo

Experts warn of China-backed candidates in 2022 PH elections

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:04 AM

There may be several 'Manchurian candidates' in the presidential race in 2022 as China tries to tighten its grip on the Philippines, say military and diplomatic experts

'BEST FRIENDS.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in August 2019. Malacañang photo

Welcome to China, Vietnam: Roaming texts greet officials arriving on Pag-asa Island

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Pag-asa Island lies in an area of the West Philippine Sea where signals from other claimant countries overlap, and the strongest ones win out

WELCOME. These screen caps from defense officials and reporters show roaming text alerts welcoming them to China or Vietnam while visiting Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea on June 9, 2020. Sourced photos

More plans to upgrade Pag-asa Island as Lorenzana unveils beaching ramp

Jun 09, 2020 - 4:16 PM

The ramp allows for the delivery of large equipment and supplies in the West Philippine Sea. A new sheltered harbor will also be inaugurated on Friday, June 12.

MILESTONE. The new beaching ramp at Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of the Department of National Defense

Former coast guard chief Garcia to lead National Coast Watch Council Secretariat

Jun 08, 2020 - 11:08 PM

Retired Admiral Joel Garcia returns to the National Coast Watch System, which he helped lead before taking over the Philippine Coast Guard in October 2019

JOEL GARCIA. Retired Admiral Joel Garcia is the new executive director of the National Coast Watch Council Secretariat. File photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Del Rosario: PH can seize China's assets as payment for West PH Sea damage

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Assets that can be seized include China's stakes in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and the 3rd telco, says former foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario

FISHING BOATS. Filipino fishing boats docked in Masinloc, Zambales, which opens to the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Jaen Manegdeg/Rappler

LOOK: New harbor on Pag-asa Island

May 30, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The harbor, along with other new structures on the island, will make both civilian and military visits easier – a small but significant step forward in establishing Filipino presence in the West Philippine Sea

SAFE HARBOR. An aerial view of the construction of a sheltered port at Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of the Municipal Engineering Office of the Kalayaan Island Group

First time: PH Navy ship docks at Pag-asa Island

May 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM

A new port and beaching ramp near completion on the country's largest outpost in the West Philippine Sea

FIRST TIME. The Philippine Navy ship BRP Ivatan (far right) docks at Pag-asa Island for the first time on May 13, 2020. Photo from Naval Forces West

PH, Japan to boost cooperation on security, maintaining rule of law in region

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The two countries, both with territorial disputes with China, 'agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in wide areas including security and enforcement of the laws of the seas,' says Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu

DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu exchange notes during Motegi's first official visit to the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

LOOK: Indian Navy ships on friendly visit to Manila

Oct 23, 2019 - 10:37 PM

The Indian Navy sends its warships on a goodwill visit to the Philippines just days after the two countries signed a maritime security cooperation agreement

PH, India sign maritime security deal during Kovind visit

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:08 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte hosts Indian leader Ram Nath Kovind, the Philippine Coast Guard and Indian Navy sign a memorandum of understanding on sharing information about the movement of non-military commercial vessels

President Ram Nath Kovind of India is accompanied by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno during wreath laying ceremony in Rizal monument, Manila on October 18, 2019. Phoo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

WATCH: PH Navy debuts new amphibious vehicles, attack vessels

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:59 AM

The Navy's brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) and multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) boosts its capability to defend the Philippines' maritime domain

ASSAULT VEHICLES. The Philippine Navy showcases its brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) in a military exercise in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, on September 21, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Why Coast Guard Base Sibutu matters

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:01 AM

This 4.3-hectare base will be equipped with a marine radar, an automatic identification system receiver, and a Coast Watch monitoring system

1st ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise underway in Thailand

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The drills are aimed at strengthening alliances among the US and Southeast Asian navies for 'an unparalleled advantage that no competitor or rival can match,' says a US Navy officer

PHILIPPINE CONTINGENT. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz and a crew of around 200 sailors from the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Marines left Manila for Thailand on August 28, 2019, to join the first ever ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary treaty now in force

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The agreement enters into force 25 years after the Philippines and Indonesia first discussed it in June 1994

IN FORCE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (right) signed the 'Protocols of Exchange' of the instruments of ratification concerning the boundary agreement between the two countries. Photo by Anthony Cornista/DFA

Carpio: PH must compel foreign ships to keep trackers on when passing through

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:35 PM

This is in response to Chinese warships crossing Tawi-Tawi waters undetected

PASSAGE OF CHINESE WARSHIPS. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio sounds the alarm on Chinese warships passing by Tawi-Tawi without the knowledge of the Philippine government. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Coast Guard gets new high-speed boats, trucks to boost capabilities

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Other new assets include rubber boats and fully equipped ambulances useful in disaster response and rescue operations

NEW ASSETS. Turnover and blessing ceremony of newly procured Philippine Coast Guard Assets at PCG headquarters in Manila on July 25, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Coast Guard will still stop Chinese boats fishing in PH waters – Esperon

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The National Security Adviser, however, emphasizes that the Philippines does not have enough resources to fully protect its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

[OPINION] Projecting military power: Japan’s carrier fleet reborn

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Japan, together with the US, has an overwhelming superiority that is sure to keep Beijing in check...and which belies Rodrigo Duterte’s claims that China is more powerful than those arrayed against it

Coast Guard gets modern patrol ship from France

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:07 AM

The new vessel is the largest and most modern in the PCG fleet and will be used to patrol the West Philippine Sea and Benham Rise as well as to guard against piracy and terrorism

MODERN VESSEL. This Offshore Patrol Vessel, shown here as it is launched from the OCEA shipyard in France on July 17, 2019, will be the Philippine Coast Guard's largest and most modern patrol ship yet. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Rappler Talk: Ex-Coast Guard chief Carlos Agustin on West PH Sea

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Former Philippine Coast Guard commandant Carlos Agustin talks about the Recto Bank incident and the situation in the West Philippine Sea

[OPINION] A facade of smiles over the Recto Bank incident

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy

How were maritime collisions dealt with before?

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:16 PM

As the Philippines works on resolving the issue of China and the sunken Gem-Ver, here's how we and other countries ironed things out in the past

[ANALYSIS] China’s new Great Wall

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:14 AM

China has not stopped building imaginary walls to protect its maritime Silk Road, and the Philippines will soon be a part of the defense line

[ANALYSIS] Increasing maritime domain awareness: The P3C Orion option

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The Philippines must think twice before agreeing to the transfer of a P3C Orion platform only, because the government would end up spending more to refurbish an old plane

[OPINION] Predeparture inspection of domestic vessels should no longer be PCG’s task

Jun 06, 2019 - 7:00 PM

It is no longer practiced in other parts of the world, and it allows shipowners not to share the blame when sea mishaps happen

Senate approves Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary treaty

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Under the treaty, there will be a clear boundary between the two nations, helping Filipino and Indonesian fishermen to operate peacefully and properly

MARITIME BOUNDARY DEAL. The map shows the exclusive economic zone boundary between the Philippines and Indonesia. Photo courtesy of DFA

[ANALYSIS] The need for a credible Navy

May 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

As long as it has an inferior coast guard and ill-equipped naval forces, the Philippines will not gain the respect of its neighbors and will always hesitate to challenge foreign intruders into its territorial waters

[ANALYSIS] Balikatan: U.S. shifts gears from counterterrorism to great power competition

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Balikatan may yet emerge as the template for multilateral exercises among US and its close allies in the entire Indo-Pacific region

[ANALYSIS] America, China and the real star wars

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:07 AM

Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency report in January is an eye-opener and shows what China is capable of doing in the South China Sea

Ousted PH Navy chief wanted 'proven technology' for warships

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

On January 4, 2017, then Philippine Navy chief vice admiral Ronald Mercado wrote Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to reject plans to install the Combat Management System of Hanwha Systems in Philippine warships. A week later, Lorenzana is handed a Hanwha white paper in Malacañang.

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

Noises detected in Argentine sub search disappoint

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:02 AM

A total of 14 vessels and 10 aircraft are helping search for the submarine, missing since November 15

STILL WAITING. Military personnel lower the Argentine national flag during sunset at 'Arquitecto Mariani' small square in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 20, 2017.  Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Rescuers battle waves, wind in hunt for missing Argentine sub

Nov 20, 2017 - 10:49 AM

An air and sea search is under way with help from countries including Brazil, Britain, Chile, the United States and Uruguay

WAITING. Banners and Argentine flags with message in support of submarine crew members are displayed outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 19, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Coast Guard outpost eyed off Cagayan to secure Philippine Rise

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The proposed project will be the Philippine Coast Guard's main outpost for monitoring activities at Philippine Rise, which extends from Santa Ana town in Cagayan up to Aurora province

BENHAM RISE. Researchers explore Benham Rise, an underwater mass off the coast of Aurora. Photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

PH, U.S. navies complete patrol in Sulu Sea

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The joint patrol is upon the invitation of the Philippine government and comes amid the clashes between government troops and local terrorists in Marawi City

PATROL. Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) drive an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat to Philippine Navy ship Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) for personnel transfer. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis