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Sovereignty vs sovereign rights: What do we have in West PH Sea?

Jun 29, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Under international law, the Philippines has sovereign rights – not sovereignty – over the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE WATERS. Does the Philippines enjoy sovereignty or sovereign rights over its waters, and what is the difference? Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Con-Com's proposed charter firms up West PH Sea stance, Sabah claim

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Consultative Committee's proposed Article 1 confers 'constitutional status' on the Hague ruling and introduces the concept of 'sovereign rights' to the constitution

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Jun 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM

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Why should we respect the PH Flag?

May 28, 2017 - 6:28 PM

According to the curator of the Aguinaldo Shrine it s important to revisit the history of the flag and be reminded of how our heroes fought for our independence

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May 09, 2017 - 8:43 PM

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Indonesia sinks impounded foreign boats to celebrate independence

Aug 17, 2016 - 4:56 PM

Since elected President Joko Widodo has intensified a campaign to exercise Indonesia s maritime sovereignty and has sunk and blown up scores of foreign vessels

BLOWING UP BOATS. One of seven fishing boats is blown up by the Indonesian government in Batam, Kepulauan Riau province on February 22, 2016. File photo by Sei Ratifa/ AFP

Hong Kong activists demand independence via 'return to British rule'

Jun 22, 2016 - 3:24 PM

A group of Hong Kong activists are demanding a return to British rule as a stepping stone towards independence

A view of the Hong Kong skyline, Hong Kong, China, August 15, 2014. Alex Hofford/AFP

Aquino: Giving up West PH Sea claim 'political suicide'

May 21, 2016 - 7:52 AM

I don’t think that any Philippine president can afford to give up any portion of territorial sovereignty President Benigno Aquino III tells Time magazine as the incoming Duterte administration eyes bilateral talks with China on the dispute

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Benigno Aquino III says it is 'political suicide' for any leader to give up portion of his or country's sovereignty. Photo courtesy of Malacañang Photo Bureau

Comelec employees' union to Duterte: End contractualization

May 16, 2016 - 1:12 PM

The Comelec Employees Union shares how foot soldiers of the poll body are paid with ridiculously low wages that are scandalously disproportionate to their very crucial role

COMELEC-EU. In this file photo, Comelec employees assist in the mock elections held months before the elections. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Taiwan fishing boats shot at in Indonesian waters

Mar 22, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Two Taiwanese fishing boats were allegedly chased and shot by an Indonesian patrol boat claims which Indonesia denies

What he wanted and what he got: assessing Cameron's EU deal

Feb 20, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Here are details of what Cameron was hoping for and what he has achieved through a series of compromises couched in often ambiguous diplomatic language

EU DEAL. British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves at the end of an extraordinary two days EU summit at EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 19, 2016. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Vatican under fire from Israel over accord with Palestine

Jun 26, 2015 - 10:11 PM

The Vatican has had diplomatic relations with Israel since 1993 but has yet to conclude an accord on the Church s rights in the Jewish state

Pope Francis waves at the end of his weekly general audience on April 2, 2014 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Putin criticizes sanctions but says Russia doesn't want war

Feb 07, 2015 - 11:05 PM

Putin says the sanctions imposed on Russia by the West over Ukraine can t be effective although he admits they will cause damage on the economy

'NOT AT WAR'. File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama by Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Aquino fears China oil rig in Philippine waters – report

Sep 24, 2014 - 10:42 AM

President Benigno Aquino III tells the Associated Press that the Philippines will stick up for its territorial rights in the disputed South China Sea

FACING CHINA. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says he is concerned about China's moves in the disputed South China Sea. In this photo, he speaks at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA on September 22, 2014. Photo by CJ Gunther/EPA

Q and A: Case vs China 'not enough,' expert says

Aug 19, 2014 - 5:33 PM

We will always go back to the two countries sitting down to talk it out maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal tells Rappler

Philippines slams China over 'sovereignty patrols'

Aug 18, 2014 - 4:38 PM

The Philippines says China regularly sends ships as part of illegitimate sovereign patrols to claim the disputed West Philippine Sea

DAVID VS GOLIATH. A Chinese coast guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a standoff as the Philippine boat attempts to reach Ayungin Shoal, a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Pentagon chief's visit exposes US-China divide

Apr 08, 2014 - 9:47 PM

China s defense minister General Chang Wanquan tells a joint news conference in Beijing it will not take the initiative to stir up troubles and blames Japan and the Philippines for tensions in the region

Tatar minority to vote for autonomy in Crimea

Mar 29, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Crimea s Tatars will vote on whether to push for self rule in their homeland

Syria says UN aid resolution must respect 'sovereignty'

Feb 23, 2014 - 11:19 PM

Syria said that it is ready to cooperate with a rare UN Security Council resolution to allow humanitarian access so long as it respects state sovereignty

The UN resolution calls for an end to air strikes, the use of explosive-packed barrel bombs, and to stop attacks against civilians. Photo by Ali Diab/AFP

Spain considers taking Gibraltar dispute to UN

Aug 12, 2013 - 7:50 PM

Spain considers taking its row with Britain over Gibraltar to the United Nations and the International Court of Justice

Palace on 60-30-10: 'The people have spoken'

Jun 26, 2013 - 4:36 PM

The Palace brushes aside calls for a recount because people have accepted the votes

US will stay out of Sabah issue

Mar 21, 2013 - 2:28 PM

Washington will not respond to the Sulu sultan s request for protection under a 1915 agreement the US ambassador says

SABAH NOT OUR PROBLEM. US ambassador Harry Thomas (center) takes questions from the media during the annual Kapihan sa Embahada informal chat with defense reporters. Photo by Carlos Santamaria

Partylist reps call for Senate probe on US drone

Jan 08, 2013 - 3:29 PM

Bayan Muna accuses the US military of violating the territorial sovereignty of the Philippines

US DRONE IN MASBATE. This handout photo released by Philippine National Police (PNP) Masbate on January 7, 2013 shows Philippine fishermen preparing to unload from their wooden boat an unmanned aerial vehicle, which Philippine naval and police authorities believe is a US drone, after it was recovered in waters off San Jacinto town, Masbate province, central Philippines. AFP PHOTO/PNP-MASBATE/PO3 ERWIN YUSI RIVERA

China must clarify policy over boarding 'intruder' vessels - Binay

Dec 04, 2012 - 5:09 PM

Manila has asked Beijing to clarify reports that it had ordered its navy to board and interdict foreign ships entering disputed territories

PLEASE CLARIFY, CHINA. Vice President Jejomar Binay hands to Chinese Embassy Charge d'Affaires Bai Tian the letter of President Benigno Aquino III to President Hu Jin Tao asking for the commutation of the death sentence of a Filipino national in late 2011. Photo from OVP website