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China rejects Philippines' call to comply with Hague ruling

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:04 PM

China says its 'territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea will under no circumstances be affected' by the historic award

SEA DISPUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang file photo

PH to fly back remaining deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia on July 20

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The repatriation of the bodies of overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia is moved by a week

4 years later, Philippines says Hague ruling 'non-negotiable'

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr marks the 4th year since the Philippines won its historic case against China by reaffirming Manila's 'adherence to the award and its enforcement without any possibility of compromise or change'

HISTORIC AWARD. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr at the Department of Foreign Affairs in June 2020.  File photo courtesy of DFA

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

Dela Rosa says U.S. offered visa after Duterte-Trump call

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) Taking up the United States on its offer, Senator Ronald Dela Rosa says he will go to the American embassy after quarantine restrictions are eased

NEW VISA. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to media on the cancellation of his US visa on January 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] The Air Defense Identification Zone – China’s next South China Sea aggression?

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:18 PM

'[China's] seizing control of the South China Sea is but the maritime step in a much larger strategic goal: dominating Asia by 2050'

China issues Canada travel warning in Hong Kong spat

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urges Canada to 'immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any way, so as to avoid further damage to China-Canada relations'

TRAVEL WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian packs up his notes after speaking at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

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

U.S. aircraft carriers conduct drills in South China Sea

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:06 PM

The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan conduct dual carrier operations in the waterway to 'support a free and open Indo-Pacific'

DRILLS. This US Navy photo obtained October 7, 2019 shows the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)(L), and the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 6) and ships from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group underway in formation while conducting security and stability operations in the US 7th Fleet area of operations on October 6, 2019 in the South China Sea. File photo Navy Office of Information/AFP

[OPINION] U.S. Independence Day: Foundational freedoms for the future

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'Friends help each other in times of need, or as I’ve heard here, the weight becomes lighter when we help each other – Ang mabigat ay gumagaan, kapag nagtutulungan'

PH issues rare warning of 'severest response' vs China drills

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:35 PM

In a rare video message, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr delivers the threat himself: 'Should the exercises spill over to Philippine territory...it will be met with the severest response, diplomatic and whatever else is appropriate'

WARNING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr at the Department of Foreign Affairs. File photo courtesy of DFA

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

Philippines secures P23.5-billion Japan loan vs coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The loan is payable in 15 years, inclusive of a 4-year grace period, and has a fixed interest rate of just 0.01% per annum

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

Bello says OFWs selling blood only do so for going out and drinking

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:57 PM

'Yung mga para sa mga lakad nila gusto nilang mag-inuman ganun, gusto nila, may lakad sila, ang ginagawa nila nagbebenta na lang sila ng dugo' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

OFWS SELLING BLOOD. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs reportedly selling blood only do so to have money for going out or drinking. File photo by Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB


EU excludes PH travelers, reopens to 'safe' countries

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:39 AM

The bloc allows travelers from 15 countries that meet health criteria showing the coronavirus is under control

CAUTIOUS REOPENING. In this file photo, children wearing protective face masks play football in front of their building in Rome, Italy, once the epicenter for the coronavirus in Europe. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP¨

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

France loans Philippines P14 billion for infrastructure, financial inclusion

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The latest loan agreements will help small entrepreneurs, farmers, and fisherfolk, as well as the Duterte administration's Build, Build, Build program

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

DOLE: Remains of 301 Saudi Arabia OFWs home by July 4

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:39 PM

After delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the bodies of hundreds of OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia are finally set to be repatriated

Britain has to accept weaker economic ties with EU – Merkel

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'If the United Kingdom does not want regulations comparable to that of Europe in terms of the environment, the labor market or social norms, our relations will lose intensity,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) walks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen inside 10 Downing Street in central London on January 8, 2020, ahead of their meeting. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/POOL/AFP

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

Duterte officials finally aid Gem-Ver fishermen vs Chinese ship owner

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:48 AM

12 months and 13 days after Filipino fishermen were left floating at sea, Philippine officials say they will reach out to the owners and crew of fishing boat Gem-Ver to help them claim damages for the sinking of their vessel

REBUILDING. On November 14, 2019, fishermen haul the F/B Gem-Ver back to sea by the shore of Barangay San Roque in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro for the first time since its sinking. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte halted VFA termination due to South China Sea tensions

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says for President Rodrigo Duterte, 'having a rise in military tensions in the South China Sea was not helping anybody'

DUTERTE'S ALTER EGO. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in Malacañang on January 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

Over 200 Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia died of 'natural causes' – DFA

Jun 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto says limited flights largely caused delays in bringing Filipinos' remains home

FILIPINO DEATHS. An aerial view shows a deserted highway due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on May 24, 2020. Photo by Failsal Al-Nasser/AFP

PH aims to bring home bodies of deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia this week

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:58 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippine government is arranging a cargo flight 'as we speak' to bring home the bodies of 282 deceased Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia

COOPERATE. DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Saudi Arabia Ambassador to the Philippines Abdullah Al Bussairy in a meeting on June 15, 2020. Photo from DFA

Saudi Arabia asks PH to bring home bodies of deceased OFWs

Jun 21, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Of the 282 Filipino fatalities in Saudi Arabia, 50 died due to the coronavirus, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

U.S., China clash anew as top officials meet on tensions

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets at a Honolulu military base with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi, in the two countries' highest-level meeting since the coronavirus pandemic sent tensions skyrocketing

MIKE POMPEO. In this file photo US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint news conference on the International Criminal Court at the State Department in Washington, DC, on June 11, 2020. Photo by Yuri Gripas/AFP

U.S. State Dept, ambassador 'concerned' by Ressa verdict, call for free speech

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:49 AM

America calls for a resolution of the case 'in a way that reinforces the U.S. and Philippines’ long shared commitment to freedom of expression, including for members of the press'

VERDICT. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020. photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Davao, Cebu road projects get P75-billion Japan funding

Jun 16, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The Philippines and Japan sign a new loan deal worth P75.5 billion for the Davao City Bypass and the Cebu-Mactan 4th Bridge and Coastal Road

LOAN DEAL. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency chief representative Eigo Azukizawa signs the P75.5-billion loan deal for Cebu and Davao road projects on June 16, 2020. Photo from DOF

Alleged Chinese spy arrested at LA airport for visa fraud

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:26 PM

Xin Wang is taken into custody just before boarding a flight to Tianjin, China, says a joint statement by the US Attorney's Office in San Francisco and the local FBI office

Aerial view of LAX Los Angeles International Airport at sunset with decorative light tubes, Los Angeles, California . Shutterstock.com

Xi to Duterte: PH will be 'priority' recipient of China coronavirus vaccine

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:59 PM

In a phone call on the eve of Philippine Independence Day, the Chinese leader talks to President Rodrigo Duterte about the COVID-19 pandemic

'DESPITE CHALLENGES.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping before the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

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

Locsin hits PLDT after China, Vietnam roaming texts on Pag-asa Island

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:15 PM

'Just drop that roaming partnership shit with China and Vietnam,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr tells PLDT

THREATS MADE. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr at a Senate hearing on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte-Modi phone call: India assures PH of coronavirus medical supplies

Jun 10, 2020 - 6:59 PM

Hydroxychloroquine is among the drugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country can supply to the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks on the phone with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on June 9, 2020. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

‘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

On 45th year of diplomatic ties, PH shows complicated relationship with China

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:44 PM

On the 45th anniversary of Philippines-China relations, the Duterte government says one thing and does another

'DESPITE CHALLENGES.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping before the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. 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

'Total disarray': Carpio slams Duterte gov’t West Philippine Sea strategy

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:17 PM

'The Filipino people do not deserve this,' says retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio

DEFENDING FILIPINO'S RIGHTS. Different protest groups gather in different parts of Commonwealth during President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019.  File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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

A year later, Gem-Ver fishermen still unpaid by Chinese ship owner

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:54 AM

'Kung aasa naman kami sa ayuda, kailan pa po?' asks Gem-Ver owner Fe dela Torre

MAKING A LIVING. In this file photo, Gem-Ver embarks on its return voyage to Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea in November 2019 after 5 months of repairs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Iran scientist freed by U.S. back home after prisoner swap

Jun 08, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Majid Taheri returns to Iran after being detained in the US for 16 months following a prisoner swap with US Navy veteran Michael White

PRISONER SWAP. This handout photo released by the US State Department on June 4, 2020 shows US Navy veteran Michael White (L) holding a folded US flag as he poses with US Special Envoy to Iran Brian Hook at Zurich Airport in Zurich, Switzerland, on June 4, 2020, after White was released from Iran. Photo by US State Department/AFP