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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 exacts revenge on Vietnam to claim SEA Invitational Mobile Legends crown

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The Philippines' Bren Esports stages a rousing come-from-behind win against Vietnam's Vec Fantasy Main in the do-or-die match to capture the title

TURNAROUND. Bren Esports takes down Vec Fantasy Main in comeback fashion. Screenshot from YouTube/Razer

PH tops Vietnam to snag SEA Invitational Dota 2 title

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines' Neon Esports shows why it ended the earlier rounds unbeaten by crushing Vietnam's 496 Gaming in the winner-take-all match

VICTORY. Neon Esports rolls past 496 Gaming in a do-or-die finals match. Screenshot from YouTube/Razer

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 sweeps Myanmar to reach SEA Invitational Mobile Legends grand finals

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Relegated to the lower bracket, Bren Esports vents its ire on Yangon Galacticos with a sweep of their best-of-three series to clinch the last grand finals berth

FINALS-BOUND. Bren Esports dominates Yangon Galacticos in back-to-back games. Screenshot by YouTube/Razer

Vietnam relegates PH to lower bracket of SEA Invitational Mobile Legends

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:24 PM

Vec Fantasy Main dominates Bren Esports in a best-of-three series to punch its ticket to the grand finals

SWEEP. The Philippines' Bren Esports falls prey to Vietnam's Vec Fantasy Main in the upper bracket finals. Screenshot from YouTube/Razer

PH Mobile Legends team books SEA Invitational upper bracket finals spot

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:04 PM

The Philippines and Vietnam arrange a best-of-three face-off to determine which team will advance to the grand finals

COMEBACK. Bren Esports comes from behind against Yangon Galacticos to secure the top spot in Group B of the SEA Invitational. Screengrab from YouTube/@Razer

PH through to Mobile Legends playoffs of SEA Invitational

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Bren Esports of the Philippines figures in ties with the Yangon Galacticos of Myanmar and Rimo Batara of Indonesia to end the elimination round

DRAW. Bren Esports of the Philippines redeems itself against Rimo Batara of Indonesia to end their two-game series on a tie. Screenshot from YouTube/@Razer

[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'

You can now watch Carpio’s signature West Philippine Sea lecture online

Jul 05, 2020 - 3:33 PM

Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio makes available to the public his hallmark West Philippine Sea lecture

NOW ONLINE. Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio delivers his West Philippine Sea lecture online. Screenshot from Access Online video

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

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 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

Pentagon: China military exercises will 'further destabilize' South China Sea

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Washington rejects Beijing's territorial claim to much of the South China Sea, including the Paracels

PARACEL ISLANDS. An aerial view of Qilianyu islands in the Paracel chain, which China considers part of Hainan province on August 10, 2018. File photo by 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

SEA Invitational to prepare top esports players for next SEA Games

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The SEA Invitational will have 10 countries from the region compete in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Dota 2, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile

REMOTE. Adjusting to the situation created by the coronavirus, the SEA Invitational will stage all of its games online. Photo from Razer

U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet crashes in North Sea

Jun 15, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The US Air Force says the cause of the crash and the status of the pilot are currently unknown

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

‘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

'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

[ANALYSIS] West Philippine Sea strategy in total disarray

Jun 09, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Certainly, the Filipino people do not deserve this. This only means that we have a long struggle ahead of us.

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

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

[OPINION] Happy World Oceans Day, Admiral

Jun 08, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'He had so much faith in our potential. Despite the scarcity of maritime security specialists in the country, he believed he could make dedicated ones out of us.'

U.S. urges China to comply with Hague ruling, rejects 'excessive' sea claims

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:55 AM

The United States also calls on China cease its 'provocative activities' in the South China Sea

PATROLS. The USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) in front, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) transit the South China Sea April 18, 2020. Photo from US Navy

DNA research uncovers Dead Sea Scrolls mystery

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:24 PM

Research on the texts has been ongoing for decades and in the latest study, DNA tests on manuscript fragments indicate that some were not originally from the area around the Qumran caves

DEAD SEA SCROLLS. A conservator of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) shows fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls at their laboratory in Jerusalem on June 2, 2020. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

ASEAN states should follow Indonesia, invoke Hague ruling vs China – Carpio

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:28 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio says raising the landmark ruling is the 'best and most effective' argument under international law to thwart China's encroachment of Southeast Asian states' waters

FLYING HIGH. Flags of ASEAN member-states and partners at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, November 10, 2017. File photo by Leanne Jazul/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

Air Force pilot Erickson Gloria is new military commander guarding West PH Sea

May 30, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines announces changes in key positions as Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria takes over the Western Command based in Palawan

NEW WESCOM CHIEF. Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria is appointed commander of the AFP Western Command. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

LOOK: Indonesia invokes Hague ruling in UN note

May 29, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Read the communication where Indonesia backs the 2016 Hague ruling the Philippines won against China

RULE OF LAW. This handout picture taken and released on January 8, 2020 shows Indonesia President Joko Widodo (R) saluting troops during his visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Handout photo /Presidential Palace/AFP

In rare move, Indonesia raises Hague ruling vs China

May 28, 2020 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) The move provides an 'important building block' for Manila, which won the historic award against Beijing, says Asia maritime expert Greg Poling

LAW OF THE SEA. This handout picture taken and released on January 8, 2020 by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesia's President Joko Widodo walking past the country's flag on a navy ship during his visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Photo by Handout/Presidential Palace/AFP

Lies and disinformation cover up environmental assault on the Baltic Sea

May 25, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Pollution linked to animal farming in northwestern Russia contaminates rivers and kills large areas of seabed

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

Chinese aggression, pandemic likely to delay sea code – analysts

May 15, 2020 - 9:41 PM

Still, experts agree that pursuing the code of conduct is a worthwhile investment to show that Southeast Asian nations and China can cooperate to solve disputes

SEA CODE. The long-delayed South China sea code is supposed to set guidelines to avoid conflict in the volatile waters. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

West PH Sea turning into a wasteland – analyst

May 15, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Reclaiming coral reefs, harvesting giant clams, and overfishing – mostly by China – have reduced the contested sea into a 'boneyard,' says Asia maritime expert Gregory Poling

FISHERFOLK. Children play among docked boats in a fishing village in Masinloc, Zambales. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg/Rappler

ASEAN should rally behind Hague ruling to counter Chinese intimidation, experts say

May 15, 2020 - 5:07 PM

Maritime experts say China will have no choice but to adjust if its Southeast Asian neighbors put up a united front in the strategic waterway

LEGAL VICTORY. Filipinos stage a protest outside the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands on July 12, 2016, the day the tribunal released its ruling. Photo by Jed Alegado/Rappler

Beijing continues South China Sea aggression during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 4:07 PM

The strategic waterway is choppy as ever as China presses on its expansive claims, leaving countries to battle a pandemic and defend their territories

VOLATILE REGION. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

2 Chinese vessels chase Japanese fishing boat near disputed islets

May 10, 2020 - 1:28 PM

Japan lodges an official protest with China

DISPUTE. In this file photo, national flags of Japan and China (R) are displayed at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Little hope ASEAN can rein in China in sea dispute – analyst

May 08, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The long-delayed, highly anticipated code of conduct in the coveted waterway will unlikely restrain China’s assertive actions, says US-based Asia maritime expert Greg Poling

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This photo from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (AMTI-CSIS) shows the progress of repairs and construction on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

[OPINION] China’s silent invasion

May 07, 2020 - 1:53 PM

'It remains a mystery as to why the Duterte government locks down everybody else except mainland Chinese, who tour or dock on our shores to extract our minerals, and recklessly expose our people to COVID-19'

Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes in Indonesia's Banda Sea, no tsunami alert

May 06, 2020 - 10:45 PM

The epicenter is about 390 kilometers south of the city of Ambon in the archipelago's Maluku province

[OPINION] Foisting false dilemmas on China

May 04, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Retired Justice Antonio Carpio is hardly an 'amateur,' and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr's views on China and the Spratlys should not go unassailed

PH protests China districts, features in West PH Sea, asserts Hague ruling

Apr 30, 2020 - 5:38 PM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it does not recognize names given to maritime features in the Kalayaan Island Group as well as China’s declaration the area is under the jurisdiction of Sansha City

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

U.S. Navy ship sails through Chinese-claimed waters in South China Sea

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:17 AM

'Unlawful and sweeping maritime claims in the South China Sea pose an unprecedented threat to the freedom of the seas,' the Navy says

DISPUTED. An aerial view of Qilianyu islands in the Paracel chain, which China considers part of Hainan province on August 10, 2018. Photo by AFP