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The new Philippine flag after "crossing the Rubicon."
May this never happen!
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Lawmaker wants Chinese product banned for listing Manila as China ‘province'
Mara Cepeda Aug 20 2020
PBA Representative Jericho Nograles – a nephew of President Rodrigo Duterte – says the mislabeling is an 'insult' to the Philippines
On Thursday, August 20, Nograles shared photos of the packaging of Ashley Shine Keratin Treatment Deep Repair, where its complete manufacturing address was listed as “1st floor, 707 Sto Cristo Street, San Nicolas, Manila Province, P.R. (People’s Republic of) China.

Owners of store selling ‘Manila Province, PR China’ products to be prosecuted, deported
August 21, 2020 Jeffrey Damicog
The Chinese owners of the establishment shut down by the Manila city government for selling products with the label “Manila Province, PR China” will be prosecuted first before they are deported, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Friday.

NBI probes Binondo firm on ‘Manila Province, PR China’ labels
August 21, 2020 Jeffrey Damicog
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has begun investigating a Binondo-based establishment which was discovered selling products with labels that indicated that Manila is a province of China.

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Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday (Aug. 20) asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to deport two Chinese nationals for selling beauty products tagging the country’s capital a province of China.

‘PH a province of China? Nonsense!’
August 20, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang called as nonsense the claim of a Chinese hair product being sold in the country that the Philippines is a province of China, saying Filipinos will not let themselves be subjugated by any foreign force. Look the Video

It's final
Philippines leaves International Criminal Court

The Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court takes effect Sunday, March 17.

March 17, 2019

Duterte foreign policy: Independent but isolated
Paterno Esmaquel II June 29, 2017

In disregarding the international ruling on South China Sea, 'We allow ourselves to be bullied, but we call it an independent foreign policy,' an analyst says.

Duterte asserts PH sovereignty to others, except China
Macel Pagdanganan July 21, 2019
'[Duterte] compromises sovereignty when it comes to [his] relationship with China and then he asserts sovereignty when it comes to international organizations,'called out President Rodrigo Duterte for the "double standard" in his foreign policy, says political analyst Bobby Tuazon

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Defending Philippine Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Sea
Jul 4, 2020 Access Online

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You can now watch Carpio’s signature West Philippine Sea lecture online
Sofia Tomacruz July 05, 2020
Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio makes available to the public his hallmark West Philippine Sea lecture

Criticizing China abroad? Beware of Hong Kong security law
Sofia Tomacruz July 05, 2020

One of the provisions of the highly controversial law expands the scope of offenses to cover people outside Hong Kong, even if they are not permanent residents of the Special Administrative Region.
China's controversial security law recently imposed on Hong Kong is sweeping not only in its power over the harbor city but even in its reach, casting a wide net that covers individuals outside Hong Kong among those who can face punishment for vaguely defined political crimes.

Where lies the terror?
Melba Padilla Maggay June 15, 2020

'It is a supreme irony that Filipinos suspected of being communist are being hounded and hunted down, while communists from Mainland China are being invited to tutor the Senate, most likely on how to lock down and fence us all in for effective social control'

WATCH: Upgrades on Pag-asa Island continue as Chinese militias prowl its waters
JC Gotinga June 11, 2020 - with Video

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.

The Air Defense Identification Zone – China’s next South China Sea aggression?
Carl O. Schuster July 07, 2020
'China's seizing control of the South China Sea is but the maritime step in a much larger strategic goal: dominating Asia by 2050'

Former admiral, ambassador warn of Chinese influence in 2022 elections
JC Gotinga June 10, 2020

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

On 45th year of diplomatic ties, PH shows complicated relationship with China
Sofia Tomacruz June 10, 2020
On the 45th anniversary of Philippines-China relations, the Duterte government says one thing and does another

China’s silent invasion
Melba Padilla Maggay May 07, 2020
'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'

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China using COVID-19 to prevent criticism - as excuse to aggression - increase control over S. China Sea
Apr 27, 2020 ANC 24/7 - ABS-CBN News

China should not be allowed to use the pandemic and its cooperation with other countries in fighting the disease as an excuse to legitimize its claims over South China Sea. That's according to maritime law expert, Prof. Jay Batongbacal. This comes after the release of a music video by the Chinese Embassy in Manila about the supposed partnership between Beijing and Manila as so-called 'friendly neighbors across the sea'. This also comes after Manila filed diplomatic protests against Beijing over its creation of two new districts in the South China Sea.

The song performed by Filipina "jukebox queen" and Camarines Sur vice-governor Imelda Papin and other singers has earned more than 100,000 dislikes on YouTube for being a piece of propaganda for Beijing

Kantang ‘Iisang Dagat’, may hidden agenda?
GMA Public Affairs Apr 27, 2020
Inilabas ng Chinese embassy ang kantang “Iisang Dagat” (One Sea) na nagpapahayag daw ng “partnership” ng Pilipinas at China bilang “friendly neighbors across the sea” sa panahon ng COVID-19. Kaagad naman itong nakatanggap ng samu’t saring batikos sa netizens. May hidden agenda nga ba sa awiting ito?

The Video: 'Wow China’ sa Wow Philippines, may pro-China propaganda?
GMA Public Affairs May 13, 2020
Binatikos ng netizens ang Chinese program na “Wow China” dahil umano sa paglalabas nito ng “pro-China propaganda” sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic. Samantala, tila hindi rin sang-ayon ang ilang mambabatas sa bansa katulad nina Sen. Risa Hontiveros at Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite sa pag-ere ng programa. Pero ayon sa Philippine Broadcasting System, hindi intensyon ng programa ang magpakalat ng mga ganitong propaganda at iba pang political views

PH protests China districts, features in West PH Sea, asserts Hague ruling
Sofia Tomacruz April 30, 2020

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

The Video: We will keep filing diplomatic protests over China's aggression in West PH Sea
May 2, 2020 ANC 24/7
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said they will keep filing diplomatic protests over China's aggression in the West Philippine Sea but he says, the relation between Manila and Beijing does not start and end with the disputed waters.

4 years after historic win, big majority of Filipinos still want PH to assert Hague ruling
Sofia Tomacruz July 14, 2020
The results of Social Weather Stations survey show that 82% of Filipinos also agree that the Philippines should 'form alliances with other democratic countries that are ready to help us in defending our territorial rights in the West Philippine Sea'

PH ‘agrees to disagree’ with China over South China Sea
JOVE MOYA July 14, 2020
MALACAÑANG on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, said it will “agree to disagree” with the Chinese government’s refusal to honor the country’s appeal to respect the arbitration ruling that invalidated China’s claim over the South China Sea.

China rejects Philippines' call to comply with Hague ruling
Sofia Tomacruz July 13, 2020
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

4 years later, Philippines says Hague ruling 'non-negotiable'
Sofia Tomacruz July 12, 2020
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'

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Beijing continues South China Sea aggression during pandemic
Sofia Tomacruz and JC Gotinga May 13, 2020
The strategic waterway is choppy as ever as China presses on its expansive claims, leaving countries to battle a pandemic and defend their territories

The Chinese among us
Feb 21, 2020

They can be crime suspects, victims, or complicit Filipinos

2,000+ Chinese military in PH for immersion? Checking, says AFP chief
JC Gotinga March 05, 2020

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is verifying a raw report from Senator Panfilo Lacson that up to 3,000 members of China’s military are in the Philippines on an ‘immersion mission’

Probably not 3,000, but Chinese agents are around us – intel experts
JC Gotinga March 10, 2020
Are there undercover Chinese military agents among POGO workers entering the country? Military and intelligence community sources say they've been here all along.

The Video: Chinese military, nasa Pilipinas na rin?!
GMA Public Affairs March 06, 2020
Kamakailan lang ay ibinahagi ni Sen. Richard Gordon na may isang subdivision umano sa Parañaque City ang may daan-daang POGO workers ang nakatira. Ayon naman kay Sen. Ping Lacson, may 2000 hanggang 3,000 miyembro raw ng Chinese military sa Pilipinas! Panoorin ang video!


Jeffrey Ordaniel on Duterte's embrace of China
October 14, 2019

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Jeffrey Ordaniel of Tokyo International University to assess President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China.

Del Rosario urges Duterte gov't: Protest new Chinese districts in South China Sea
Sofia Tomacruz April 20, 2020
'As we struggle against a pandemic that poses a real threat to our lives, we must not also risk losing our national patrimony,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

Robredo: China ‘must first recognize’ PH ownership in joint exploration
Mara Cepeda October 28, 2019
'That should be one of our most basic demands: that before we enter into a contract with them, they recognize first our ownership and our sovereignty over those [areas],' says Vice President Leni Robredo

No need for China recognition of PH ownership in joint exploration
Sofia Tomacruz October 30, 2019
Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the fact oil and gas exploration will be done through a service contract means China will be recognizing Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

Philippines, China hold first meeting on oil, gas exploration deal
Sofia Tomacruz October 30, 2019
The official establishment of the Philippines-China intergovernmental joint steering committee brings the two countries closer to exploiting natural resources in the West Philippine Sea

Duterte 'ignoring' arbitral ruling to make way for joint exploration
Pia Ranada September 10, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines and China are "ignoring" the 2016 arbitral ruling on the West Philippine Sea in order to push through with joint oil and gas exploration there.


Newsbreak Chats: Marites Vitug on significance of 'Rock Solid'
July 25, 2018

Listen to discussions with Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug about her new book 'Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China', the first of its kind on Manila's legal victory against Beijing


Why Duterte should heed Filipinos on China
Justice Antonio T. Carpio July 25, 2018 - with Video
The Duterte administration's appeasement policy – even defeatist policy – can only cement China's hold on the West Philippine Sea and lead to a waiver of our sovereign rights that we fought so hard to win under the arbitral ruling

Rappler editor launches landmark book on Philippines-China case
Paterno Esmaquel II July 25, 2018 - with Video
Rappler editor-at-large Marites Dañguilan Vitug unveils the book 'Rock Solid,' the first of its kind about the Philippines' victory over the South China Sea, at the Ateneo de Manila University


Law of the Sea expert James Kraska on China and the 'gray zone'
November 21, 2019

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Law of the Sea expert James Kraska to discuss the concept of gray zones, the potentials for risk and conflict, and how a country like the Philippines should respond

Carpio hits awards to China envoy: 'Our heroes turning in their graves'
Sofia Tomacruz November 08, 2019

Retired SC justice Antonio Carpio urges UP law alumni to practice their profession in the service of Filipinos, which is practicing law 'in the grand manner'.
Antonio Carpio did not mince words when he criticized the awards recently given by the Duterte administration to outgoing Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua.

75 years after MacArthur's return, WW2 combatants face common threat: China
Jose Antonio Custodio November 07, 2019

Why are the US and Japan forces in the Philippines for joint 'warrior' exercises? Because Beijing desires regional and global domination, and the Philippines is standing in its way.

An 'Abominable' problem: When Chinese money takes over company values
Rob Julian M. Maghinang October 20, 2019

As 'South Park' character Stan Marsh said, 'Anyone who betrays their ideals just to make money in China isn't worth a lick of spit'.
A scene shows a map of Asia with the 9-dash line – China's highly controversial claim to virtually the entire West Philippine Sea.

'Like a thief in your own territory'
JC Gotinga September 08, 2019

Once before Filipino fishermen could make as many trips as they wanted to Scarborough Shoal and easily bring home 4 tons of fish each trip. Now they're lucky to haul in a third of what they used to.

The Video: 'Like thieves in our own territory': Zambales fishermen on Chinese presence at Scarborough Shoal
Nov 1, 2019
Leonardo Cuaresma, Chairman of the Federated Fisherfolk Association of Masinloc, talks about the troubles they face because of China's occupation of Scarborough Shoal, which is a traditional fishing ground of Filipinos. Cuaresma says their catch has declined by 80% ever since the Chinese Coast Guard barred them from entering the main lagoon of the shoal.

Scarborough Shoal and its threat to Philippine centers of gravity
Jose Antonio A. Custodio November 12, 2019

It is our economic assets, our commerce, and way of life that can now be threatened by the Chinese. Green Aura is a harbinger of things to come.

'Fantasy of cordial relations' with the Philippines
Sofia Tomacruz October 08, 2019

As the People’s Republic of China celebrates 70 years since its founding anniversary, the Asian giant has gone from poor neighbor to rich neighbor – and bully – of the Philippines

Least trusted? Malacañang says China can be PH 'role model'
Sofia Tomacruz November 21, 2019
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also believes Filipinos will 'eventually' appreciate China – despite its aggressive tactics in the West Philippine Sea

China's expansion

Chay F. Hofileña October 09, 2019

PH Navy to build Fuga Island outpost ahead of Chinese 'smart city' plan
JC Gotinga November 14, 2019

The government realizes the need to establish a military presence on the northern frontier island where a Chinese company plans to build a business hub.
The Philippine Navy and the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) on Wednesday, November 14, formalized a plan to build a naval detachment on Fuga Island in Cagayan province, where a Chinese company plans to build a “smart city.” Look also below


Bill Hayton on China’s false claims and 'imagined territories'
August 15, 2019

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Bill Hayton of Chatham House about how China spreads information about allegedly false historical claims and what the concept of "imagined territories" is about.

Duterte, Xi beyond the hype
September 02, 2019

As he enters the last phase of his term, can Duterte afford to appear and sound like a wimp alongside his fellow Southeast Asian leaders?
And for what? For China’s empty promises and intrusions into our territories?

Just how valuable is the West Philippine Sea?
JC Punongbayan August 29, 2019

The monetary value of our marine ecosystems in 2007 was thought to be US$966.59 billion, or close to $1 trillion. Using the 2007 exchange rate, that’s P44.61 trillion or nearly 6.5 times our GDP back then.

Covering up a national sellout
Vergel O. Santos August 03, 2019

When he surrendered our sovereignty to China over some of our richest and most strategic territorial waters, he not only committed treason outright, but launched himself on a continuing crime of national betrayal.

PH, China eye marine research, protection in South China Sea
Sofia Tomacruz October 29, 2019
The Philippines and China are also considering fisheries cooperation, maritime search and rescue, and maritime safety initiatives

Robredo on 'confusing' remarks of Duterte, Panelo: 'Ano ba talaga?'
September 15, 2019
Vice President Leni Robredo urged President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo to end the "practice" of having "contradicting" remarks that "confuse" Filipinos, especially when addressing important policy questions.

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China
Mara Cepeda September 15, 2019
Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea

Robredo hits Duterte's 'shameful' sellout to China over oil, gas deal
Mara Cepeda September 12, 2019 - with Video
'Why are the President and his administration the very ones who undermine our decisive victory before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 with remarks such as this?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

'No reason to believe' China will not honor agreements
September 01, 2019
'Let us trust, but we must also be cautious,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

De Lima to Duterte: Scrap deals with Chinese firms in key PH islands
August 17, 2019
Senator Leila de Lima has filed a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to cancel the development of 3 Philippine islands by Chinese firms.
De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 93 on Wednesday, August 14, in response to the Chinese firms' plans to develop 3 islands in the northern Philippines: Fuga in Cagayan, and Grande and Chiquita in Subic Bay, Zambales.
The senator filed the resolution a week after the Philippine military expressed concern over the plan.

Philippine military warns on Chinese investment in key islands
Agence France-Presse August 06, 2019
Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the government should study the security implications of handing over the islands to foreign entities.

For the 5th time: Duterte to visit China in August
August 04, 2019
In an interview over Radio Inquirer, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte will discuss with President Xi Jinping pressing issues between the two countries

Duterte to 'invoke' Hague ruling in next China visit
Pia Ranada August 06, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to discuss the proposed joint exploration for oil and gas with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Philippines loses to China 3 years after Hague ruling
Paterno Esmaquel II July 13, 2019

'The present administration has done absolutely nothing to enforce the award,' says Justice Antonio Carpio. Did the Philippine efforts go to waste?

Malacañang against raising Hague ruling before UN for fear of hurting China ties
Pia Ranada September 20, 2019
Following ex-DFA chief Albert del Rosario's suggestion will only have an 'adverse effect' on the Philippines' and China's 'friendly talks' on the West Philippine Sea, says the Palace

Locsin says 'we will lose' if PH brings up Hague ruling at U.N.
Sofia Tomacruz September 19, 2019
'Such is life,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says as he claims the Philippines will be outnumbered by countries grateful to China for its development aid

Del Rosario urges PH to bring Hague ruling to U.N.
Sofia Tomacruz September 16, 2019
The former foreign secretary urges the Duterte government to take the opportunity 'present a case for the UN to reassert that right is might and the rule of law must be upheld'

Duterte knew raising Hague ruling with Xi was futile
Pia Ranada September 05, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte admits having no plan to assert Philippine rights using the Hague ruling, apart from mentioning it in a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

Del Rosario to Duterte gov't: Bring Hague ruling to United Nations
Sofia Tomacruz August 31, 2019
‘It will take time and hard work, but we must do this for the sake of our many generations to come,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

Xi refuses to recognize Hague ruling after Duterte brings it up
Pia Ranada August 30, 2019
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells Xi Jinping that the arbitral ruling is 'final' and 'binding' but the Chinese leader says his country is 'not budging' from its position

Duterte has to do more than ‘raise’ Hague ruling with Xi – Carpio
Pia Ranada August 26, 2019
The Philippine President has to gather support from the international community and take action in the West Philippine Sea, or China may just ignore him, maritime law experts say

Duterte insists he will raise Hague ruling: 'Don't control my mouth'
Pia Ranada August 21, 2019
'If I am not allowed as a president of [a] sovereign nation to talk [about] whatever I want to talk about, then let us not bother to talk altogether,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Follow rule of law, but aspire for rule of justice
Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio July 16, 2019

We cannot adopt a defeatist attitude and just sit idly by and let China seize what international law has declared to be our own exclusive economic zone

Duterte allows stamping of China passports with 9-dash Line image
Pia Ranada August 06, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte reverses a 7-year-old Philippine government policy that served as a form of protest against China's inclusion of its 9-dash Line in its e-passports.

Duterte gov't to stamp PH map 'with entire EEZ' on China passports
Pia Ranada August 06, 2019
'So tit for tat,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

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China to Philippines: 'We won't take the first shot'
Sofia Tomacruz July 30, 2019
Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says that Beijing is committed to a peaceful settlement of disputes

Defense chief hits China's 'bullying' in Scarborough Shoal takeover
JC Gotinga July 30, 2019
Filipinos would 'naturally' distrust China for 'grabbing' islands in the West Philippine Sea, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Chinese tourists accosted for taking photos of naval facility in Palawan
JC Gotinga July 31, 2019

Taking pictures is generally prohibited in most military facilities because it risks giving away valuable tactical information.
Two groups of Chinese tourists were caught taking pictures of a naval facility in Palawan, prompting the Philippine Navy (PN) to ask local tourism officials to cordon off a portion of a popular tourist area, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) confirmed on Wednesday, July 31.

Forum on the 3rd anniversary of The Hague ruling on the West PH Sea
Updated July 13, 2019 - with Videos

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Del Rosario warns Duterte over 'ignoring' arbitral ruling in joint exploration with China
Sofia Tomacruz September 11, 2019
Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Duterte government has a choice not to set aside the historic ruling as a service contract arrangement would remain faithful to both the Constitution and the ruling

Del Rosario: PH must urge U.N. to back Hague ruling
Sofia Tomacruz August 01, 2019
Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario warns the Philippines must adopt a 'multilateral approach' to asserting its rights in the West Philippine Sea before facing 'irreversible consequences'


Deo Onda on the value of West PH Sea resources to Filipinos
August 05, 2019

The West Philippine Sea is more than just about territories. It's also about the Filipinos' right to access its resources, especially those who fish for a living.
This is why the University of the Philippines' Marine Science Institute (UP MSI), the country's top center for marine science, has been steadfast in its call to strictly enforce the Filipinos’ exclusive access to the area. READ: U.P. marine scientists: 'West Philippine Sea is for Filipinos'


Ex-Coast Guard chief Carlos Agustin on West PH Sea
July 14, 2019

Former Philippine Coast Guard commandant Carlos Agustin talks about the Recto Bank incident and the situation in the West Philippine Sea
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Carpio warns Duterte vs defending China in SONA 2019
Sofia Tomacruz July 12, 2019 - with Video

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warns, using the SONA to defend allowing China to fish in Philippine waters will leave Manila 'finally bound' to a lopsided deal

Carpio rebuts Duterte: China 'not in possession' of West Philippine Sea
JC Gotinga July 23, 2019
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio hits President Rodrigo Duterte's assumption that China has dispossessed Filipinos of the West Philippine Sea

Carpio rebuts Duterte, offers ways to enforce Hague ruling
Sofia Tomacruz July 14, 2019
Stop the defeatist attitude toward China, says Justice Antonio Carpio

High tide or low tide? The question that won us the West Philippine Sea case
JC Gotinga July 14, 2019

A simple explainer on how the Philippines won its maritime case through a keen understanding of international maritime law

93% of Filipinos want PH to regain China-occupied islands
Paterno Esmaquel II July 11, 2019

A Social Weather Stations survey shows 93% of Filipino adults think 'it is important that the Philippines regain control of the islands occupied by China in the West Philippine Sea'

3 years later, 87% of Filipinos want gov't to assert Hague ruling
Sofia Tomacruz July 12, 2019
An equal percentage, also 87%, say that Chinese fishermen who destroy marine resources should be arrested

The Video: Facts First: Wasted victory?
ABS-CBN News Jul 12, 2019
It's been 3 years since the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague ruled in favor of Manila in a case against Beijing. In this edition of "Facts First," Christian Esguerra talks about the ruling through the lens of renewed ties between the Philippines and China under the Duterte administration.

The Video: Protests mark South China Sea ruling at China consulate
Manila Bulletin Online Jul 13, 2019
More than a hundred Filipino protesters marched to the Chinese consulate in Manila on the third year anniversary of the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration's decision upholding the Philippines territorial rights on the South China Sea on Friday.

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between U.S., China
Carmela Fonbuena July 12, 2019

‘We’re like a pendulum. We cannot keep swinging from one extreme to the other,’ says Aileen Baviera, professor and former dean of UP’s Asian Center.
PH need to find a middle ground between the country's powerful neighbor, China, and its longtime ally, the United States.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics are outraged as he continues to bow to China and downplay the international ruling won by his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III.

Duterte’s weak grasp of the maritime case on South China Sea
Marites Dañguilan Vitug July 11, 2019

Three years after the stunning victory that washed away China’s expansive 9-dash line claim on the South China Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte still needs to grasp the essence of the case decided by an international arbitral tribunal in 2016: how the Philippines framed it and what the country won.

Authorize mapping agency to name features in West PH Sea
Sofia Tomacruz April 28, 2020
Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio says once the country's central mapping agency can approve names for features in the Philippine waters, China's attempts rename features there will lose its bearing


Paul Reichler, Philippines' lawyer vs China
July 03, 2019
[EXCLUSIVE] Paul Reichler, the Philippines' lead counsel against China, speaks to Rappler about Recto Bank and the 3rd anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea
He's known as the giant slayer.
Paul Reichler, an internationally-renowned lawyer based in the United States, was the Philippines' legal counsel against China in its case over the South China Sea. The Philippines won this case at The Hague on July 12, 2016.

This is Reichler's first one-on-one interview with a Filipino news outlet on the Hague ruling.

Recto Bank incident 'clear violation' of int'l law – PH lead counsel
Paterno Esmaquel II July 03, 2019
Paul Reichler, the Philippines' lead counsel against China, tells Rappler there is 'a very strong case' to hold China liable for the Recto Bank incident

Foreign-funded? Journalists hit back, say Duterte gov't gets funds from China
Rambo Talabong May 03, 2019 with Video

On World Press Freedom Day, leading Philippine veteran journalists called out the Duterte administration for applying double standard on the issue of foreign funding – hitting media organizations for receiving foreign funds without acknowledging that the government's own media apparatus gets huge funding from China.

Chinese businessmen flock to Duterte's Malacañang
Pia Ranada June 03, 2018

Executives of one Chinese company even got to present their proposed reclamation project in Manila Bay during a full Cabinet meeting, Rappler learned.
A tally by Rappler, based on Palace press releases and inside information show that of the at least 32 meetings Duterte has held with businessmen in Malacañang or in his Davao City office, many were with Chinese businessmen or business groups.

Favored for projects?
With the Philippines turning a friendly face to China, it's not surprising that Chinese companies are being considered for major government projects that involve billions of funds.

What connects Duterte to Fujian Normal University?
Pia Ranada August 20, 2019

Why is a college in a Chinese university named after President Rodrigo Duterte's mother? The answer lies in the President's Fujian connection: Chinese tycoon Jose Kho.
Last August 6, President Rodrigo Duterte spoke of a "building" in a Fujian university being built in honor of his mother, Soledad Roa Duterte. It's yet another reason why he must visit China soon, he said.

Duterte postpones Fujian leg of China trip
August 23, 2019
3rd UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte is supposed to inaugurate a building at the Fujian Normal University built in honor of his mother, Soledad Roa Duterte

China drives away Filipino TV crew from Panatag Shoal
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 22, 2018

'Without the permission of China, you cannot carry out the interview here,' a member of the Chinese Coast Guard tells the crew of broadcast giant GMA-7

PH to 'validate' if shooing away PH media is China policy
by Pia Ranada November 26, 2018
Asked if the actions of the Chinese Coast Guard violate Philippine rights, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says, 'We don't know it yet'

Robredo slams China for driving away PH media from Panatag
November 25, 2018
Vice President Leni Robredo slammed China on Sunday, November 25, after the Chinese Coast Guard drove away a Filipino TV crew from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), as she also scored the Duterte administration for its "defeatist" attitude.
"Nakakatakot na nakakagalit (It is scary and it also makes us angry)," Robredo said of the Panatag Shoal incident.

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P773 billion worth of Philippine natural wealth 'sold out' by Duterte gov't
Anna Mogato July 19, 2019

A network of environmental groups says 3 years of the Duterte presidency has resulted in the selling out of at least P773 billion worth of the Philippines' sovereign mineral, water, wildlife, and marine resources

All Chinese workers in PH must pay taxes
July 05, 2019

'That's the right approach. Before you badger Congress to levy new taxes or raise rates, kindly plug the leaks first,' says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto

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Chinese warships - survey ships - etc. vessels operating close to - in PH waters

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Chinese warship targeted Philippine Navy vessel in West PH Sea – AFP
JC Gotinga April 23, 2020 - with Video

The hostile act is a clear violation of international law and Philippine sovereignty, says the AFP Western Command based in Palawan

'Offensive,' Lorenzana says about China's laser gun aimed at PH Navy ship
JC Gotinga April 28, 2020
'Why does the Chinese Navy need to aim their target acquisition radars at our airplanes or ships?' asks Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Carpio hits China's 'pure and simple bullying' in West Philippine Sea
Sofia Tomacruz April 24, 2020
Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal also calls a Chinese warship's targetting of a Philippine Navy vessel a 'provocative and reckless escalation' of tensions in the West Philippine Sea

Chinese vessels likely to stay near Pag-asa Island, says Esperon
JC Gotinga March 03, 2020

Since China has already turned Zamora Reef into a military base, it will likely keep deploying boats – believed to be militias – just 'to deny us some space,' says the Philippines' national security adviser

Lorenzana denies Chinese vessels hampered Pag-asa Island construction
JC Gotinga March 10, 2020
'Although there are always Chinese ships in the vicinity of Pag-asa, they have never in any way interfered with the rehabilitation of the island,' says the defense chief

More than 100 Chinese vessels sighted near Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea – AFP
JC Gotinga March 02, 2020

More than 100 Chinese vessels were sighted near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea in January and February this year, the military said.
Although appearing to be fishing boats, these vessels could be part of a paramilitary force of the Chinese government

China Coast Guard ship spotted patrolling Ayungin Shoal
Rambo Talabong January 15, 2020
A China Coast Guard vessel is spotted in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea as CCG officials go on a 'goodwill visit' to the Philippines

Year of rough seas for PH in the face of belligerent China
JC Gotinga December 10, 2019 - UPDATED Jan 04, 2020

Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese ‘naval warship’ harasses Filipino-crewed ship near Scarborough Shoal
JC Gotinga November 01, 2019 - with Video
The Chinese vessel insists that the commercial ship change course to avoid the shoal, and then tails it to make sure it stays away from the Chinese-controlled area in the West Philippine Sea.

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Ship captain in Chinese vessel spat hailed as hero but might lose job
JC Gotinga November 06, 2019 - with Video
Batangas City commends the 'exemplary courage' of seasoned seaman Manolo Ebora, who calls on the government to also make a stand for Filipinos' rights in the West Philippine Sea

Gov't neglecting duty to defend PH territory – maritime expert
Sofia Tomacruz November 05, 2019
Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says not calling out China's latest harassment 'is tantamount to a public surrender of Philippine interest in Scarborough Shoal'

Locsin refuses to call out China ship harassment in West Philippine Sea
Sofia Tomacruz November 04, 2019
'We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

'Nothing new' with China driving away Filipino-crewed ship
Mara Cepeda November 04, 2019 - with Video
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also does not want to use the term 'harassment' to refer to a 'Chinese naval warship' ordering a Filipino-crewed commercial ship to change course in Scarborough Shoal

Maritime expert hits Panelo for downplaying China ship harassment
Pia Ranada November 04, 2019
'It's like a person not caring that his house is being managed by someone else who claims to be the owner,' says expert Jay Batongbacal in response to Malacañang

Harassment of Filipino-crewed ship 'not our concern'
Jodesz Gavilan November 04, 2019 - with Video
'It's not a Philippine vessel,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, when asked about the incident involving a Filipino-crewed commercial ship and a 'Chinese warship'

The Video: PH gov’t not likely to file diplomatic protest for alleged harassment at Scarborough Shoal
Manila Bulletin Online Nov 3, 2019

Lorenzana to China: Respect international maritime law
JC Gotinga November 03, 2019
The defense chief also says the encounter between a Chinese vessel that claimed to be a warship and the Filipino crew of a commercial ship ‘should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized’

DFA verifying Chinese ship harassment of Filipino-crewed ship in West PH Sea
Sofia Tomacruz November 02, 2019
'We will verify the facts of the incident then relevant offices will make the appropriate recommendations,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Lorenzana commends Filipino captain who defied ‘Chinese warship’ in West PH Sea
JC Gotinga November 02, 2019
The defense chief also rebuts the 'Chinese naval warship' crew’s claim that Panatag Shoal is ‘under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government’

Intentional? Chinese ship in Recto Bank incident 'explicitly connected' to Beijing
Sofia Tomacruz October 17, 2019

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'

Chinese vessels in Philippine waters: Who’s keeping score?
JC Gotinga October 02, 2019

As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?

China using fishing vessels for surveillance, control of West PH Sea – DND
JC Gotinga September 19, 2019

Chinese fishing vessels complement Chinese naval and coast guard ships, and could be used for 'asymmetric warfare of sea control and sea denial' against Filipinos, the defense department says in a report to a lawmaker

After Chinese vessel sightings, Carpio urges passage of bill defining sea lanes
Sofia Tomacruz August 22, 2019

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the measure would aid in the tracking of foreign ships passing through Philippine waters as it can require ships to turn on trackers

LIST: China's incursions in Philippine waters
Sofia Tomacruz and JC Gotinga August 22, 2019

As the Duterte administration claims friendlier ties with China, Philippine officials report several sightings of Chinese vessels criss-crossing Philippine waters without due notice
Chinese vessels have been criss-crossing Philippine waters even as the government claims friendlier ties with China, casting doubt on the merits of President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called independent foreign policy that has largely favored Beijing.

A growing list of incursions by different kinds of boats and ships from China indicate a scenario that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana himself described as "alarming."

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Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over ships near Ayungin shoal
Sofia Tomacruz October 02, 2019 - with Video
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the statement after Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff Noel Clement told senators of the Chinese ships' presence near Ayungin Shoal.
Prior to this, Locsin fired off a series of diplomatic protests against China over the presence of its warships and survey ships in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone. Diplomatic protests against Beijing had also been filed over the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Xi says China not required to seek permission for ships' passage – Lorenzana
JC Gotinga September 04, 2019
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says China 'wants to ask permission' for its ships' passage

Duterte tells Xi of 'deep concern' over Chinese warships intrusion
Pia Ranada August 30, 2019
The Philippine President wants Chinese warships to abide by laws on innocent passage, saying not doing so runs counter to their efforts at managing the sea row.

Chinese survey ship's brief passage 'OK'
JC Gotinga August 23, 2019
Security officials are studying how to enforce President Rodrigo Duterte's order that foreign vessels must get permission before entering Philippine waters.
The reentry of a Chinese survey ship into the country's eastern exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Pacific Ocean is no cause for concern even if it did not notify the government, said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, as long as it does not stay long in the area.

Lorenzana lauds Duterte’s warning to foreign vessels trespassing PH waters
JC Gotinga August 21, 2019
The defense chief says the license to get compliance from unauthorized vessels even through an ‘unfriendly manner’ gives security forces authority to enforce the law

Chinese Coast Guard ship spotted near Ayungin Shoal
JC Gotinga August 20, 2019
A China Coast Guard ship as well as 27 Chinese and Vietnamese fishing vessels have been spotted in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in the West Philippine Sea, said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (Wescom) based in Palawan.

Duterte warns foreign vessels from passing PH waters without clearance
Pia Ranada August 20, 2019
'Either we get compliance in a friendly manner or we enforce it in an unfriendly manner,' says Malacañang

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over warships in EEZ
Sofia Tomacruz August 19, 2019
'Drop the diplomatic crap; say it is ours period; they're trespassing,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

Lorenzana wants Duterte to bring up warship incursions during China visit
JC Gotinga August 16, 2019
'Where did they come from? Where are they going? Obviously they are going back to China pero ang mas malaking question, saan sila galing at bakit sila dumadaan sa Sibutu Strait?' asks the defense chief.

Carpio slams China’s 'double standard' in warship passage near Tawi-Tawi
JC Gotinga July 20, 2019
Although the Philippines observes China's right of innocent passage in its waters, China has consistently tried to stop Filipinos from patrolling parts of the West Philippine Sea.
A Chinese warship passed through Philippine territorial waters 2 to 3 weeks ago, said Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, adding that it showed China’s "double standard" because it never allows Filipino vessels free passage in waters Beijing claims to be its territory in the West Philippine Sea.

Military hits 'trespassing' by Chinese warships in Philippine waters
JC Gotinga August 15, 2019
'Incursions' by Chinese naval vessels in the Sibutu Strait may not have been overtly hostile but the military says they pose a security threat that needs to be addressed

'Not an act of friendship,' says Panelo on Chinese ships in Sibutu Strait
Pia Ranada August 15, 2019
The passage of Chinese warships may be the subject of yet another Philippine diplomatic protest, which critics have said are not working

5 more Chinese warships spotted in Philippine waters in July, August
JC Gotinga August 14, 2019
The military says this is in addition to the passage of 4 Chinese vessels earlier this year, all without permission from the Philippine government.

The Video: AFP Five more Chinese warships entered PH waters in July, August
CNN Philippines Aug 14, 2019

Philippines files another diplomatic protest vs China
Sofia Tomacruz August 09, 2019
'Got it, General. DFA firing off diplomatic protest,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza urged the government to ask China why its ships were in Philippine waters

Another Chinese survey vessel found operating in PH waters
Sofia Tomacruz August 08, 2019
Map images show Chinese survey ship 'Dong Fang Hong 3' operating in Philippine waters a day after Chinese ship 'Zhanjian' was seen operating off the country's east coast

China survey vessel in PH waters? Not until AFP says so – Locsin
Sofia Tomacruz August 07, 2019
'That's not happening until I hear from the Armed Forces,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the reported presence of a Chinese vessel in the country's exclusive economic zone

LOOK: Chinese survey ship found operating in PH waters
Sofia Tomacruz August 07, 2019
Map images tracking the vessel's movement  show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Zhanjian' operating 80 nautical miles off the east coast of the Philippines August 3.

AFP: 4 Chinese warships passed Palawan waters in June
JC Gotinga August 06, 2019
The Western Mindanao Command says 3 of the Chinese warships were unresponsive to radio calls from Philippine troops

AFP hits 'deception' in China warships' passage
JC Gotinga August 03, 2019
The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels

Image shows Chinese aircraft carrier passed Philippine waters
JC Gotinga July 27, 2019
Despite denials from the Philippine defense chief and the Chinese ambassador, it appears the aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass though Philippine waters
It appears the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass Philippine waters after all, based on a map tracking the warship’s passage published by several Taiwanese media outfits.

Lorenzana confirms Chinese warships passed through Tawi-Tawi
JC Gotinga July 25, 2019
Lorenzana clarifies that it was not an aircraft carrier but 4 smaller Chinese naval vessels, and that China should have informed Philippine authorities about their passage

Locsin: 'Diplomatic protest fired off' vs China
Sofia Tomacruz July 31, 2019

Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr said on Wednesday, July 31, that a diplomatic protest was filed against China over the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The Video in the above album: 113 Chinese fishing vessels sighted near Pagasa Island on July 24 Jul 31, 2019

Foreign Policy - general - etc.

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PH urged to 'reassume leadership' a year after Hague ruling
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 12, 2017 - with video

Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urged the Philippines on July 12, to "reassume leadership" a year after Manila won a historic case against Beijing over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Don't dump old friends for new suitors, PH urged
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 20, 2016

'What's the advantage of running away from the claws of the American eagle only to rush to the embrace of a Chinese or Russian bear?' asks Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto.

Recognizing and exiting our troubled times
by Curtis S. Chin & Meera Kumar October 26, 2016

From the Middle East to the West Philippines Sea, the world has found itself in troubled and troubling times. The rhetoric intensifies in the US election process as do words from Manila about the US-Philippines relationship.

Independent foreign policy: It’s about time
by Teddy Casiño September 29, 2016

Why is it that in the Philippine context, an independent foreign policy is necessarily antagonistic to the US and its interests?

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Duterte admin 'independent' from US, 'bullied' by China?
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 08, 2016
'It's not independent because you move from one strong alliance to another strong alliance,' a foreign affairs analyst tells

Duterte: If I don't respect you, expect gallons of curses
by Pia Ranada October 12, 2016
After again blasting the US and UN, President Rodrigo Duterte praises China for helping to build a drug rehab center: 'This is how you treat your friends.'

Ex-DFA chief on Duterte U.S. policy: 'National tragedy'
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 21, 2016

The decision to 'cast aside' the US to 'hastily embrace' China is 'both unwise and incomprehensible,' former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says

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Duterte hits ex-DFA chief: 'Daldal nang daldal'
by Pia Ranada May 26, 2017 - with video
UPDATED The President slams former DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario for criticizing his foreign policy, especially on the South China Sea dispute.


Philippine foreign policy swings like 'pendulum,' diplomat Lauro Baja says
Oct 29, 2016

Philippine foreign policy swings like a "pendulum" between the United States and China, a senior diplomat said Saturday, as he urged the government to take a more definite stand.

Duterte’s China card
by Joel Rocamora October 24, 2016

Does he know what game he’s playing?
"I've realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to [President Vladimir] Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world – China, Philippines, and Russia. It's the only way," Mr Duterte said.

Dredge report: Firm that built China's islands gets PH deal
by Agence France-Presse October 26, 2016

A Chinese state-owned company said to have been involved in Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea signed a deal to construct islands for rival claimant the Philippines as its President Rodrigo Duterte visited last week, reports said. Look also below subjects


SC justice: Duterte's China non-invasion remark 'incorrect'
Oct 25, 2016

Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio Carpio is urging the government to issue a correction on President Duterte's statement that China never has invaded any part of Philippine territory.

US Ambassador Goldberg on PH pivot to China
October 20, 2016
As he approaches the end of his term, Ambassador Goldberg weighs in on Manila's pivot to China
The interview happens as President Rodrigo Duterte is in talks with top Chinese officials in an ongoing state visit to the Asian giant, where he said he would stop military exercises with America in the event China provides Manila loans.
How does Goldberg see the current situation and where it's headed?
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PH-China ties 'shouldn't be at expense' of U.S. – envoy
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 22, 2016
In a Rappler Talk interview with Maria Ressa, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg also says the US will keep its friendship with the Philippines – if it can

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Duterte's policy 'gambit' aids China in rivalry with US
Oct 20, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte’s shift to China at the expense of the United States provides Beijing an “opening” to strengthen its influence in the Pacific, a political analyst said Friday.

Netizens nervous over Duterte's pro-China, anti-US statements
by Rappler Social Media Team October 21, 2016

Some Filipinos online fear the President may be making and breaking the wrong ties

Duterte’s ‘hugot’ for his evolving foreign policy
by Teddy Casiño October 20, 2016

The real challenge is for President Duterte to follow the Constitution to the letter by abandoning the much travelled road of previous presidents and treading the path of independent diplomacy and economic sovereignty

Duterte open to war games with China, Russia
by Agence France-Presse October 17, 2016

Asked if he would consider joint military exercises with China or Russia, Duterte says, 'Yes, I will. I have given enough time for the Americans to play with the Filipino soldiers.'
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is open to joint military exercises with China and Russia, and reiterated he will no longer allow war games with the United States.

Love triangle reloaded? The Trump triumph and US-Philippine-China ties
by Walden Bello November 10, 2016
I think the combination of Trump's election and Duterte's new diplomacy might accelerate the Philippines' distancing from Washington amid a broader reconfiguration of the US's relations with East Asia.
Both President Rodrigo Duterte and President-elect Donald Trump are very thin-skinned people. They do not forget slights and carry on a grudge even if it seems politically unwise to do so to others
Philippines tells US no more joint sea patrols
by Agence France-Presse October 07, 2016

UPDATED The announcement that the joint patrols had been suspended is the first official confirmation that one of Duterte's anti-US comments had become policy

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PH should send patrols to South China Sea – Carpio and the Video
by Carmela Fonbuena October 11, 2016
The senior Supreme Court justice says: 'There is only one power on earth that can stop the Chinese from poaching in our exclusive economic zone. That is the US.'

US denies getting PH notice suspending sea patrols
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 08, 2016
This comes after Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the joint patrols in the West Philippine Sea 'have been suspended for the time being'

Duterte's pivot to China won't be easy for Americanized AFP
by Carmela Fonbuena September 30, 2016

Regular war games have synchronized the tactics, techniques, and procedures of the two militaries, allowing the Americans to quickly respond in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda while other foreign militaries struggled to assist

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The Philippines - China relations

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The importance of integrity
Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio June 30, 2019

Our territorial integrity is like our personal integrity. We must maintain, protect, and defend both with all the power at our command because they are priceless.



China control of NGCP 'cause for concern'
Sofia Tomacruz November 26, 2019

Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio warns this is especially the case if the Chinese themselves handle the maintenance of the Philippines' power supply

The Video: NGCP violated Constitution for allowing Chinese to hold high position
Feb 3, 2020
Senators believe there was a clear violation of the Constitution on the part of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) for allowing a Chinese national hold the second highest position in the company, warning of a possible revocation of its franchise.

Hontiveros asks for cybersecurity audit of 'China-controlled' NGCP
Aika Rey December 09, 2019 - with Video
Senator Risa Hontiveros says: 'Ang chairman Chinese, halos lahat ng contractors Chinese, ang systems software made in China, at ang training sa China. Pero dapat magtiwala at maniwala tayo na ito ay 'Filipino-run'?'

Defense, energy departments to probe Chinese control of power lines
JC Gotinga December 04, 2019
Can China really remotely control – and shut down – the Philippines’ electricity? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants to find out.

China can shut off the Philippines' power grid at any time, leaked report warns
James Griffiths CNN November 26, 2019
The Philippines' power grid is under the full control of the Chinese government and could be shut off in time of conflict, according to an internal report prepared for lawmakers seen by CNN.

Probe sought over concern China can shut down Philippine power
Agence France-Presse November 28, 2019 - with Video
Senator Risa Hontiveros asks the Senate to conduct an inquiry into the potential threat of China shutting off the Philippines' supply of electricity

China dismisses fears it can control Philippines power supply
Sofia Tomacruz November 28, 2019 - with Video
'There is no need to worry about the sky falling or imagine trouble where there is none,' says Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang



'Onerous' power grid deal with Fil-Chinese firm lacks full oversight: DOE chief
Nov 27, 2019 ABS-CBN News
Lawmakers have raised concerns that the State Grid Corp of China could control the Philippines' power grid. The Chinese firm owns 40 percent of the grid operator, National Grid Corp of the Philippines or NGCP, while the rest is held by 2 Filipino firms.
Filipinos 'exclusively' control, manage PH power grid - NGCP | ANC
Nov 26, 2019 ABS-CBN News
Dateline: China's stake in the national grid is limited to being "technical adviser," the NGCP said.

Del Rosario, Morales still pursuing ICC complaint vs China
Sofia Tomacruz December 06, 2019 - with Video

Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales vow to submit new 'facts and evidence' for their case accusing China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

The Video: Albert Del Rosario, Carpio Morales to pursue ICC communication vs China's Xi
Dec 5, 2019 ABS-CBN News

What do we know about China?
July 19, 2019 - with Video

China is very much in our midst – whether as a neighbor that lends us money, or as a military giant that harasses us in our own waters, or as a nation that has sent its gamblers and unemployed workers to our country.

China's presence in the PH
July 29, 2019
August 13, at 5 pm the second and final briefing in the two-part series on China

The sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in West Philippine Sea
June 18, 2019

Newshref=""> Duterte vs fishermen: Is the Philippines lawyering for China?
Rambo Talabong and Paterno Esmaquel II June 26, 2019 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte and his alter egos doubt their own countrymen whose boat was sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea on June 9, 2019
Is the Philippine government indeed lawyering for China?

Not dropping case yet: IBP's new leaders stand by West PH Sea petition
Lian Buan July 12, 2019

The handling lawyers ask the Supreme Court for more time to talk to fishermen from Palawan and Zambales after 19 of them give affidavits to the Duterte government to disown the petition.

IBP withdraws West PH Sea petition
Lian Buan July 19, 2019
Solicitor General Jose Calida wins again

Supreme Court issues gag order in fishermen's West PH Sea petition
Lian Buan July 16, 2019 - with Video

UPDATED Solicitor General Jose Calida has traded barbs with Integrated Bar of the Philippines and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

China rejects third party in Recto Bank joint probe
Pia Ranada July 01, 2019 - with Video

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines will still 'suggest' the inclusion of a neutral country in the joint inquiry, if China and the Philippines have conflicting findings on the Recto Bank incident

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China rejects third party in Recto Bank joint probe

More Filipinos distrust China after Recto Bank incident – survey
JC Gotinga July 26, 2019
China's overall trust rating among Filipinos sank by 13 percentage points after the incident between a Filipino boat and a Chinese ship in the waters off Palawan

36% of Filipinos want Chinese in Recto Bank incident sanctioned – Pulse Asia
JC Gotinga July 26, 2019
Moreover, 26% of Filipinos believe China itself must also pay for the injuries suffered by the Filipino crew and damage done to their fishing boat, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey

and the Video: Pinoys want retribution for fishermen in Recto Bank incident
ABS-CBN News Jul 25, 2019
Rundown: Filipinos expect Beijing to pay the 22 fishermen who were left at sea after a Chinese vessel sank their boat off the coast of Recto (Reed) Bank, Pulse Asia president Ronnie Holmes said

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In Xi meeting, Duterte sees 'stronger momentum' in PH-China ties
Pia Ranada August 29, 2019
Despite 'challenges,' the Philippines and China remain true to their 'friendship,' says President Rodrigo Duterte during the portion of his meeting with Xi Jinping open to the media

5 challenges to Duterte's ‘fishing deal’ with China
Sofia Tomacruz July 30, 2019
Why President Duterte’s ‘verbal agreement’ allowing China to fish in Philippine waters is unlawful and dangerous

Duterte ‘fishing deal’ with China must go through Senate scrutiny
JC Gotinga July 19, 2019
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Senate must find out exactly what the supposed verbal agreement between Manila and Beijing entails, and whether it falls within Philippine law

Fisherfolk group to file impeachment complaint vs Duterte
Aika Rey July 06, 2019
Fisherfolk group Pamalakaya says they will file an impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte over the verbal deal for 'violating the Constitution, committing treason, and betraying public trust'

No need for China permit to fish, says PH lawyer in Hague case
Paterno Esmaquel II July 06, 2019
'It is up to the Philippines' whether to allow Chinese fishermen to fish in the West Philippine Sea, says world-renowned lawyer Paul Reichler

Justice Carpio: Deal with China to fish in Reed Bank 'lopsided' for PH
Lian Buan July 04, 2019
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio calls on the government to reject President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called verbal deal with Xi Jinping to let China fish in the Reed Bank

Not right for Palace to pit two constitutional provisions vs each other – law expert
Pia Ranada July 03, 2019
The charter's order for the government to keep resources in the Philippines' EEZ for exclusive use of Filipinos is not in conflict with the provision requiring the government to 'serve and protect' Filipinos, says law professor Tony La Viña

Despite 'verbal deal' with China, PH must still enforce laws
Pia Ranada July 03, 2019
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, echoing Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, says the supposed deal is not yet enforceable since it lacks the necessary terms and conditions

Duterte-Xi fishing deal 'cannot be enforced' – Locsin
Paterno Esmaquel II July 03, 2019
'It's not policy,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the verbal agreement is legally binding

Carpio inhibits from West PH Sea case vs Duterte gov't
Lian Buan July 02, 2019
'I voluntarily inhibited for the peace of mind of the Solicitor General,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

Duterte wants China to guarantee rights, safety of PH fishermen
Pia Ranada July 02, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte told Cabinet officials that the Recto Bank incident will be discussed in the next round of bilateral meetings with China, says Malacañang

De Lima slams Duterte for 'secret deal' with China
June 30, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte's secret deal with China on the West Philippine Sea 'has sold our nation like a sack of potatoes,' says Senator Leila de Lima

Carpio hits Duterte: Defending PH EEZ not 'thoughtless, senseless'
Paterno Esmaquel II June 29, 2019
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the threat of war is raised 'only to intimidate the Filipino people into submitting to China's encroachment' of the West Philippine Sea

Sovereignty vs sovereign rights: What do we have in West PH Sea?
Paterno Esmaquel II June 29, 2019
Under international law, the Philippines has sovereign rights – not sovereignty – over the West Philippine Sea

The sublime and unfathomable wisdom of Rodrigo Duterte
JC Gotinga June 29, 2019
The key to understanding President Duterte’s gospel has been there all along, hiding in plain sight as though to mock imperceptive doubters like us: 'We are friends with China.'
We all thought what he said was that “he could not disallow Chinese fishermen in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone,” because that was what we all heard.

'Thoughtless, senseless' to insist on mandate protecting PH waters – Duterte
Pia Ranada June 27, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte also dares critics to impeach him: 'Kulungin ko silang lahat'
President Rodrigo Duterte belittled the 1987 Constitution's provision that requires him, as Chief Executive, to ensure the resources in the country's waters are for the exclusive use of Filipinos.

Stop putting China over Filipinos – Del Rosario
Paterno Esmaquel II June 26, 2019
'When will we stop giving our northern neighbor primacy over our own people?' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

Allow China to fish in PH waters? Panelo cites UNCLOS but forgets Constitution
Pia Ranada June 26, 2019
While an international agreement cites instances when a country can allow another to fish in its waters, the Philippine Constitution forbids it

Justice Carpio refutes Duterte gov't: China can't fish in PH
Paterno Esmaquel II June 25, 2019 - with Video
'No government official can waive this sovereign right of the Filipino people without their consent,' says Justice Antonio Carpio.

Groups urge Filipinos to defend Philippine territory after boat sinking
June 23, 2019
Protesters stress the importance of standing in solidarity with the Filipino fishermen, even as the Duterte administration echoes China in downplaying the sinking of the boat as a 'maritime incident'

Senators oppose joint Recto Bank probe by PH, China
Lian Buan June 23, 2019
'It will never be a fair investigation when one is the oppressed and the other is the oppressor,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

PH backtracks, downplays 3rd party in Recto Bank probe
Lian Buan June 23, 2019
This comes after Duterte government officials made categorical statements about involving an independent 3rd party in the Recto Bank investigation

Tri-party probe of Recto Bank incident 'overt surrender of sovereignty'
Lian Buan June 22, 2019
'The incident happened in Philippine waters, to Filipino citizens, whose laws immediately apply, and where jurisdiction, unless surrendered, vests exclusively in Philippine courts or appropriate administrative agencies,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Unlike PH, Vietnam defends its fishermen vs China
Paterno Esmaquel II June 21, 2019
This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses as a 'maritime incident' the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea

China, the patron, is Duterte's reality check
Glenda M. Gloria June 19, 2019
Duterte the patron knows what a patron expects – debt of gratitude, acquiescence despite being wronged, and the unconditional acceptance that the patron will make up for mistakes, one way or the other Look also below the Video

Why the influx of Chinese in the Philippines?
JC Punongbayan June 17, 2019
From 2005 to 2018 the number of Chinese holders of alien employment permits issued by the Department of Labor and Employment has grown by 24 times

China takes down statement on Facebook about PH sinking boat
Paterno Esmaquel II June 15, 2019
Here is the full, unedited text of the Chinese embassy's statement on the sinking of a Philippine boat in the West Philippine Sea

Owner of sunken boat: I feel like we’re slaves of China
Rambo Talabong June 15, 2019 - with Video
'Parang alipin po tayo ng China. Parang wala tayong karapatan sa sarili nating nasasakupan,' says Felix dela Torre, the owner of the fishing boat sunk and abandoned by a Chinese fishing boat in West Philippine Sea

Now’s the best time to rethink China policy
Manny Mogato June 14, 2019
The Philippines should not be timid in resisting China’s bullying tactics at sea

China debt trap? Opposition bets say PH at 'losing end' of 'onerous' loans
Aika Rey April 27, 2019
'Ang mahirap sa sinasabi ng pamahalaan na hindi pa ito done deal, hihintayin pa ba natin na matapos ang kontrata saka tayo magrereklano? Aanhin mo pa ang damo, kung patay na ang kabayo?' says Otso Diretso's Romulo Macalintal

Del Rosario slams Panelo for 'mindless' surrender to China
Paterno Esmaquel II April 16, 2019
If Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is not defending the Philippines, 'what in heaven's name is he doing?' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

Otso Diretso supporters raise PH flags to oppose Chinese vessel in Batangas

U.P. history teachers urge Filipinos to defend PH from China
April 09, 2019
'Ang panghihimasok ng mga barkong Tsino sa bansa ay paglabag sa ating Saligang Batas at pagyurak sa alaala ng ating mga bayani,' says the UP Department of History, in a statement released on Araw ng Kagitingan

Duterte critics lead Day of Valor rally vs China
Paterno Esmaquel II April 09, 2019 - with Video
On Araw ng Kagitingan, protesters say the Philippines needs a leader who is brave, not macho, in defending the country's rights in the West Philippine Sea

Only 2 in 10 Filipinos believe China has good intentions for PH
April 06, 2019
Respondents of the Social Weather Stations survey are asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement, 'Most of what the Chinese government wants to happen in the Philippines is good for the Filipinos'

Poe: Release 'made in China' loan contracts for public scrutiny
Aika Rey April 02, 2019
'We can begin the review process by releasing in full the loan agreements, including annexes and minutes of the meeting of the reviewing and approving bodies'

China is 'threat to world' says dissident writer
Agence France-Presse April 05, 2019
'My dream is that China splits up into 10 or so countries. Because China as it is today is a threat for the whole world,' he said as his latest book, "Balls of Opium".

Loan terms with waivers, shrouded in secrecy
Ralf Rivas March 27, 2019
Beijing likes its contracts tough and countries quiet. Is the Philippines learning from others' mistakes?

How the Philippines fell for China’s infamous debt trap
JC Punongbayan March 27, 2019
Duterte himself fell for China’s debt trap – hook, line, and sinker – and in the process put at risk the country’s natural resources and strategic assets

We never defaulted on our loans? That’s historical revisionism
JC Punongbayan April 11, 2019
By saying the country 'never, never defaulted on its loans,' the DOF is being naïve at best and disingenuous at worst

Breach in protocol over PH presidential flag during Xi's state visit
Jodesz Gavilan November 21, 2018

By Frances Roberto August 07, 2018
The Duterte administration lauds improving relations with China. Critics regret the government's inordinately forgiving foreign policy.

‘China won’t allow my ouster’

New large dams onerous for Filipinos

Kaliwa and Chico Dams: More than just debt of money


ALL Videos in the albums in China's greed, Duterte’s generosity - Is Duterte a lapdog of China? e.g.:

Effigy ni Xi Jinping, inikot sa Metro Manila bilang protesta!
GMA Public Affairs Sep 6, 2019
Inikot sa Metro Manila ang isang effigy ni Chinese President Xi Jinping bilang protesta umano sa pambu-bully ng China sa Pilipinas! Ang nag-protesta, isang dating journalist! Ano nga ba ang mensaheng gusto niyang iparating?

Akbayan to Duterte: Serve the Philippines, not China Jul 18, 2019

Duterte threatens to jail critics who says he may be impeached
CNN Philippines Jun 28, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte minced no words against critics who said he can be impeached if he allows Chinese fishermen in the country's exclusive economic zone.
Critics are citing the Constitution which mandates the state to protect the country's territories. The president who seems to be "annoyed" by the criticisms said the constitution is just a piece of paper which could just spark a war.
The impeachment of a President is provided for in the Constitution.
Lawmakers, legal experts weigh in on Duterte’s arrest threat
Published on Jun 28, 2019
As he prepares to mark his third year in office on Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte again stirred up controversy by threatening those who will file an impeachment complaint against him with arrest. But legal experts perceive the president's remarks as a hollow threat. Sherrie Ann Torres has tonight's top story
Supposed fishing deal between PH, China violates Constitution: Monsod
Published on Jun 28, 2019
One of the framers of the 1987 Constitution sees multiple provisions being violated in a supposed agreement with China to fish in the country's exclusive economic zone. Malacañang for its part insists the President is fulfilling his constitutional mandate to protect Filipinos.
Recto Bank incident proof that Duterte is a lapdog of China Jun 20, 2019
Dozens of protesters held a rally near the Presidential Palace in Manila on Wednesday to condemn President Rodrigo Duterte's statement last Monday that the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel is just "a little maritime accident."
April 06, 2019
Environmental activists and fishermen on Friday, April 5, raised Philippine flags along the beach of Olo-Olo in Lobo, Batangas, to protest the presence of a Chinese-manned vessel near the area.
'Nakakalungkot lang na ang dali lang para sa administrasyon na labagin ang karapatan ng mga nasa minorya, pero hirap kalabanin ang Tsina. Kanino ba nagsisilbi ang gobyerno?' asks Pipay Sevilla of Millennials PH
Look  MORE below about Cases - Etc. about Baselines of the Territorial Sea

PODCAST: Impunity in the West Philippine Sea
June 24, 2019

Pakinggan ang usapan nina defense reporter Rambo Talabong, foreign affairs reporter Paterno Esmaquel, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan ukol sa nangyaring banggaan at tugon ng administrasyong Duterte rito

LOOK: Nikki Luna’s ‘Rape of Seas’ goes on exhibit in Vienna
February 05, 2020

The exhibit confronts the fragility of Filipino sovereignty over the West Philippine sea under the Duterte administration

Breach in protocol over PH presidential flag during Xi's state visit
by Jodesz Gavilan November 21, 2018
The lone presence of the Chinese flag during the welcome ceremony and review of the guards by the 2 presidents is unlike any other state visit.
The sight of the lone Chinese flag behind Presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Xi Jinping as they made their way past the honor guards in Malacañang on Tuesday, November 20, caught the eye of not a few.

AND the Video in the album "The Flag - Evolution - Flag days - Etc.":

Explainer: What are the flag protocols and why are they important?

Duterte’s shift toward China threatens ASEAN centrality
by Florence Principe October 08, 2017

The sudden change in Philippines-China relations shows that Chinese influence remains to be one of the greatest challenges to ASEAN centrality when it comes to the South China Sea disputes.

Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or serendipity?
by Aileen S.P. Baviera May 25, 2017

President Duterte’s strategy of de-emphasizing and compartmentalizing, while not abandoning, the territorial and maritime issues, is a wise move that can pay off if done smartly.

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PH hails ties with China on year 1 of Hague ruling
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 12, 2017
The Philippines calls itself a 'regional peacemaker' after adopting 'positive neighborly relations' with China.

China should pay and go
by Perfecto Boyet Caparas May 28, 2017
As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks, Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights.

Joma wary Chinese loans might trap PH to give up West PH Sea
by Carmela Fonbuena May 15, 2017 - with video

UPDATED Communist leader Jose Maria Sison raises 8 questions regarding President Rodrigo Duterte's plans to heavily borrow from China amid a warning it could turn the Philippines into a debt slave of the Asian economic giant.

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Cayetano denies China 'bullying' Philippines with war threat
by Paterno Esmaquel II Updated May 26, 2017 - with video
'The context was not threatening each other that we'll go to war,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says.

Senators to Duterte: Why tolerate China's war threat?
by Camille Elemia May 22, 2017
Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV asks why the Philippines is rejecting the European Union's supposed interference, but allowing China to make threats.

DFA urged to file protest over China's war threat
May 21, 2017
This comes after China reportedly threatened the Philippines with war if it 'forces the issue' of the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea.

PH can sue China for war threat – Justice Carpio
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 20, 2017
Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario also says China 'has strongly declared that it is might that will trump what is right'

Duterte claims Xi warned of war if PH 'forces issue' in disputed sea
by Pia Ranada May 19, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that Chinese President Xi Jinping warned him China would go to war if the Philippines "forces the issue" of the arbitral ruling on the South Sea China.

SC's Carpio: Philippines can't have VFA with China
"It is common sense"
by Carmela Fonbuena May 10, 2017 - with video
Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio dismissed proposals for the Philippines to have a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with China and allow Chinese troops to hold military exercises with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
"We cannot have a VFA with them when they are claiming our territory," Carpio told reporters on Wednesday, May 10, on the sidelines of a maritime security symposium hosted by the Philippine Navy.
Duterte to China: Let's share oil in West PH Sea
by Pia Ranada December 19, 2016
'Kung gusto ninyo, let's just develop what's the oil there, hati-hati nalang tayo,' says President Rodrigo Duterte.
President Rodrigo Duterte again floated the idea of sharing oil in the West Philippine Sea with China, despite an international arbitral award that says parts of the sea are in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.
Ramos resigns as Duterte's special envoy to China
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 31, 2016
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the Palace has not received former president Fidel V. Ramos’ resignation from this position.
Former president Fidel V. Ramos resigned as President Rodrigo Duterte’s special envoy to China, even as the Palace said the country needs his “stature and expertise” in dealing with Beijing.
Ties with China to fill infra spending gap, pose risk to PPP
By Chrisee Dela Paz Oct 20, 2016

Increased Chinese involvement may have the dual effect of reducing the number of PPP projects in the pipeline and fulfilling plans for a 'Golden Age of Infrastructure' in the Philippines, says a research firm

Duterte Infra: Bigger, more imperial and China-linked
by Ron Mendoza and Jerik Cruz July 30, 2017

With increased ambition, could there also be more risk?

Palace: No 'commitments' made to shady Chinese companies
by Pia Ranada October 28, 2016
The MOUs with Chinese companies, one of them banned by the World Bank, are still subject to 'public hearings and necessary processes,' says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella
Duterte's pivot: Are we ready for China's imminent debt crisis?
by JC Punongbayan October 22, 2016

Before we embark on ever deeper ties with China, it’s imperative that our leaders – starting with the President himself – have a good idea of who we’re dealing with and what exactly we’re signing up for

Former DFA chief Alberto Del Rosario raises questions on Duterte's China policy
Apr 25, 2017
Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Del Rosario pushes for the integration of the arbitral ruling to the Code of Conduct.

Look the video from the article in HD HERE

Duterte's 'China pivot' draws int'l reactions
by Michael Bueza October 22, 2016
'Risky,' 'unsure where rhetoric ends,' and 'stunning about-face for the Philippines' are just some of the reactions

Most Filipinos don't share Duterte's trust in China, distrust in US
October 18, 2016
A Social Weather Stations poll shows that 76% of Filipinos have 'much trust' in the US, while only 22% have 'much trust' in China, they do not share his sentiments towards China and the United States.

Duterte faces Asia's Goliath: What PH stands to gain or lose in China
by Pia Ranada October 17, 2016

The unwieldy Philippine President heads to China's capital on Tuesday, October 18. Will his visit yield gifts from an old friend, a victory against a foe, or a deal with the devil?

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DOCUMENT: PH-China joint statement during Duterte state visit
October 21, 2016

IN NUMBERS: Philippines-China relations
by Elizabeth Ruth Deyro October 18, 2016
UPDATED Although the two countries have been locked in territorial tug-of-war issues, they have maintained ties. Here's a quick overview of their relationship – as told in latest available figures.

FAST FACTS: Philippines-China presidential visits
by Katerina Francisco October 18, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte will be the 7th Philippine leader to visit China since diplomatic relations between the two countries were formally established in 1975

'Shady track records'd PH-China infrastructure contract Chrisee Dela Paz Oct 26, 2016

UPDATED But the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) clarifies that the memoranda signed with these Chinese companies are only meant for 'feasibility studies'

Duterte won't raise PH fishing rights and leaving out the Philippines' sea dispute in Beijing

'We're taking advantage of the opportunity of making sure that the other aspects of our relationship with our neighbor, China, will be pursued,' says Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.
Aside from leaving out the Philippines' sea dispute with the regional giant in his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Rodrigo Duterte will also not raise Philippine fishing rights in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) during their meeting set on Thursday, October 20 2016

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Philippines, China agree to hold bilateral talks on maritime dispute
Presidents Duterte and Xi fail to discuss fishing rights for Filipinos in disputed Scarborough Shoal

Duterte to declare Scarborough Shoal a marine reserve
The Philippine President has told Chinese President Xi Jinping about his plan to ban fishing in the shoal, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

all by Pia Ranada October 19 - 20, November 21, 2016

Duterte not seeking military alliance with China
by Pia Ranada October 19, 2016

'There will be no military alliances in the talks, there will be no military alliances broken,' says Duterte ahead of bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Days after saying he was open to the Philippines joining war games with China and Russia, President Rodrigo Duterte said military alliances are not on the agenda.
“There will be no military alliances in the talks, there will be no military alliances broken,” he told reporters on Wednesday, October 19, in a Beijing hotel.

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China offers Philippines weapons for drug war
by Agence France-Presse December 13, 2016
Ambassador Zhao Jianhua confirms China is ready to supply the Philippines with weapons. 'We're exploring the possibilities of providing arms, light arms,' Zhao tells reporters.

The Philippines' pivot to China
by Jay L. Batongbacal October 12, 2016
'President Duterte is taking a huge risk, betting all on China’s goodwill and beneficence without the insurance provided by the diversified, multi-lateral support of historical and traditional friends and allies'

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Duterte visit signifies ‘full recovery’ of PH-China relations
by Pia Ranada October 20, 2016
'The visit signifies the full recovery of China, the Philippines’ friendship back to the normal level,' says Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin

Duterte tells Chinese: Americans are ‘loud, discourteous’
by Pia Ranada October 20, 2016
At the end of his heavily anti-American speech, Duterte appeals to China: 'If China would find in its heart to help us in our needs then we will remember it for all time'

Duterte announces military, economic split from U.S.
by Pia Ranada October 20, 2016
Before chuckling, the President tells his Chinese audience, 'So please you have another problem of economics in my country. I am separated from them so I will be dependent on you for a long time.' Look also above

PH, China sign coast guard cooperation pact, 12 other deals
by Pia Ranada October 20, 2016
Presidents Duterte and Xi witness the signing of 13 documents on cooperation in a variety of areas, from agriculture to law enforcemen.

Bananas, rehab centers for Scarborough?
October 17, 2016
Why should this pivot to China come at the expense of our hard-won victory at The Hague?

Cases - Etc. about Baselines of the Territorial Sea of the Philippines

Look also above HERE and Dredge report: Firm that built China's islands gets PH deal

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The Philippine Baseline Law RA 9522

An Act to Define the Baselines of the Territorial Sea of the Philippines

Look RA 9522 and The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea UNCLOS
Philippine constitution national territory report
Mar 4, 2015
by Joey Navarro, Working at United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary
Look the video as pdf HERE as pptx HERE
RA 9522 Philippine Baseline Law and Know Your Boundaries

The new baseline law declares the Philippines' claim on the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal as "regime of islands" under the Republic of the Philippines. China and Vietnam issued their protest against the baseline law.
The Philippine Territory

Satellite image shows Chinese military plane on Kagitingan Reef
JC Gotinga March 30, 2020

The routine presence of Chinese military assets shows Beijing's continuing dominance in the West Philippine Sea
A United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal ruled in July 2016 that China's sweeping 9-dash line claim in the South China Sea is illegal, and that the Philippines is entitled to sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea.

After one year, Duterte veers ever more to the right
Teddy Casiño June 30, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte is proving to be a hindrance to the country's most urgent political and socio-economic reforms.

FAST FACTS: South China Sea dispute
By Agence France-Presse Jul 12, 2016
Competing claims to the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) have for decades been a source of tension in the region.

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U.S., Australia, Japan to PH: Follow the ruling you won
by Paterno Esmaquel II August 07, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop voice 'their strong opposition to coercive unilateral actions' in the disputed South China Sea.
The United States, Japan, and Australia urged the Philippines on Monday, August 7, to abide by its own legal victory against China over the disputed South China Sea.

Duterte cancels plan to raise flag in Spratlys
by Paterno Esmaquel II April 13, 2017 - with video
President Rodrigo Duterte says he is complying with China's request for him not to push through with this Independence Day plan.

and below: When we defied China

Aquino says dispute with China can't be fixed 'now na'
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 22, 2017 - with Video

Former president Benigno Aquino III said there is no quick-fix solution to the Philippines' dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), as it is crucial to be "reasonable" about the issue.
Referring to China, Aquino said, "You will not want to force them to – what's the phrase the younger ones say? – now na (do it right now)."
The former Philippine leader said, however, that "there has to be, at some point, an agreement that yes, we're headed toward" resolving the dispute.

"The South China Sea Dispute: Philippine Sovereign Rights and Jurisdiction in the West Philippine Sea"
by Antonio T. Carpio

This eBook is dedicated to the Filipino youth who will carry on the inter-generational struggle to defend and protect Philippine maritime entitlements in the West Philippine Sea.

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Why Justice Carpio wants China to read his e-book
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 06, 2017
Though his new e-book on the South China Sea dispute, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio hopes to convince the Chinese that China's 9-dash line is baseless.

VLOG: Justice Carpio, naglunsad ng South China Sea e-book
May 05, 2017
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio wants the e-book to also reach a Chinese audience.

May 04, 2017 Justice Antonio T. Carpio

ASEAN evades island building, Hague ruling
By Paterno Esmaquel II Apr 30, 2017

UPDATED – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in its Chairman's Statement on Sunday, April 30, evaded China's island building activities and Philippines' legal victory against Beijing over the disputed South China Sea.

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ASEAN lawmakers call for 'peaceful' solution to maritime dispute
By Mara Cepeda Apr 30, 2017
In solving the sea row, the 38th AIPA General Assembly says member-countries must 'exercise self-restraint in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law,' including UNCLOS


All the Videos in the album China's greed, Duterte’s generosity - Cases about Baselines of the Territorial Sea in the album China's greed, Duterte’s generosity - Is Duterte a lapdog of China? e.g.:
Newly found maps show Spratly Islands never a part of China.
China’s claim to more than 80% of the South China Sea, which includes overlapping claims with the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam, took another hit recently when Dr. Tran Duc Anh Son, a Vietnamese historian and Deputy Director at the Da Nang institute for Socio-Economic Development, visited Yale University in New Haven, Ct. Jun 2, 2016
300-year-old Philippine map shows Scarborough Shoal
Isang mapa ng Pilipinas na 300 taon na ang balak gamitin sa arbitration case ng ating gobyerno laban sa China. Naniniwala nga kasi ang mga eksperto na isa itong matibay na ebidensya para igiit natin ang pagmamay-ari sa Scarborough Shoal na inaangkin ngayon ng China. Jun 8, 2015
Kalayaan, Karapatan sa Karagatan (West Philippine Sea), 15 June 2015
Malacanang invites Filipinos to watch documentary regarding West Philippine Sea. Hosted by Lourd de Vera - Look the full desription of the video HERE
1734 Murillo-Velarde map shows Scarborough Shoal, Spratlys
ANC, May 05, 2017
An ancient map is reinforcing Manila's arbitration victory against China on the disputed South China Sea. It is shown to the public for the first time.
Spratly Islands Reef Madness - Foreign Correspondent ABC
A glimpse of the Spratlys and how the military and some residents survived the poorest living conditions. It's really pitiful to know this, my tears literaly flowed for them. Thanks Mr. Eric Campbell for sharing. A wake-up call to the Philippine government officials! May 22, 2014
Gov't uses arbitration ruling as 'guide'
Dec 19, 2016
Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay insists the government respects and uses the arbitration ruling as a guide in the country's claims in the South China Sea. But at least one lawmaker says, the president's position must reflect the nation's opinion on the regional dispute, and not his alone.
Justice Antonio Carpio on what's next for PH after case vs China
July 22, 2016
What can we expect after the Philippines' victory over China in the arbitral tribunal?
Manila Defense and Security Symposium
June 17, 2016
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio delivers a lecture on developments on the Philippines' historic case China over disputed waters
West Philippine Sea after PH victory
The forum, "Upholding the Law of the Sea Convention and the Post-Arbitration Philippine Challenge", was scheduled July 16 from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Malcolm Theater of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law.
The biggest names involved in the Philippines’ case against China gathered for the first forum of its kind after Manila won the arbitral proceedings against Beijing.
South China Sea dispute and the way forward
The situation in the South China Sea has become more precarious and some say, more unpredictable, even after the historic ruling of the permanent court of arbitration on the maritime dispute in the region.
Philippines wins case vs China with:

#CHexit: Philippines' journey to victory

PHILIPPINES WINS! Arbitral Tribunal Favors Philippines Maritime Dispute Against China

Ex-SolGen Jardeleza: Duterte urged to use tribunal ruling to assert PH rights vs China

PHL, pinanigan ng UN arbitral court sa isyu ng maritime dispute laban sa China

PH lawyer vs China: 'This is a victory for rule of law'
(only audio)

How to enforce Hague ruling? PH lead counsel explains
(only audio)

PH closely monitoring Chinese activities in Scarborough Shoal
Mar 22, 2017
The Philippines is closely watching activities in the South China Sea, particularly the Scarborough Shoal amid reports of China’s plan to build its first permanent structure in the disputed territory.


PH security officials visit disputed island in West PH Sea
by Carmela Fonbuena April 21, 2017
China challenges Philippine Air Force planes as they fly over the disputed area – a routine exchange between the 2 countries in the West Philippine Sea.

Senators to Duterte: Why tolerate China's war threat?
by Camille Elemia May 22, 2017
Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV asks why the Philippines is rejecting the European Union's supposed interference, but allowing China to make threats.

DFA urged to file protest over China's war threat
May 21, 2017
This comes after China reportedly threatened the Philippines with war if it 'forces the issue' of the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea.

PH can sue China for war threat – Justice Carpio
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 20, 2017
Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario also says China 'has strongly declared that it is might that will trump what is right'

Duterte claims Xi warned of war if PH 'forces issue' in disputed sea
by Pia Ranada May 19, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that Chinese President Xi Jinping warned him China would go to war if the Philippines "forces the issue" of the arbitral ruling on the South Sea China.

Duterte to military: Occupy PH islands in South China Sea
by Pia Ranada April 06, 2017
The President says there is a need to 'maintain jurisdiction' in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

China denies plans to build on Scarborough Shoal
By Agence France-Presse Mar 22, 2017
The Chinese Foreign Ministry denies Beijing will set up an environmental monitoring station on the shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)

PH asks China to clarify building plans on Scarborough
by Pia Ranada March 22, 2017
The Philippines will decide on its next move after China replies to its March 20 letter, says Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo

Duterte urges completion of South China Sea rules
by Pia Ranada March 21, 2017 - with video
Amid his warm approach to China, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes respect for freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea.

China's sea militarization 'very troubling' – PH defense chief
by Agence France-Presse January 17, 2017
'The Philippine government would be remiss in its duty to protect its national interest if it does not protest, question and seek clarification from China on the presence of weapons in the Spratlys,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says.

PH files diplomatic protests vs China over West PH Sea
by Carmela Fonbuena January 16, 2017
Foreign Secretary Yasay says he filed the little-known protests due to Chinese activities on Scarborough Shoal and its reported installation of weapons on reefs-turned-islands in the Kalayaan Group of Islands.

Duterte: I won't give up West PH Sea, Hague ruling
by Pia Ranada October 16, 2016
'Nobody but nobody, even the President of this country can give up the claim... That's one sure way of going to impeachment,' says the Philippine President

Duterte to China: You can't avoid Hague ruling
by Pia Ranada August 24, 2016
President Duterte warns China that if they can't 'understand each other' the Philippine military has no choice but to defend the country's sovereign rights

West Philippine Sea: Why China can’t just ignore Hague ruling
by Richard Javad Heydarian August 03, 2016
If China continues to refuse compliance, the Philippines and other claimant states can ask the International Seabed Authority to revoke China’s license to extract seabed resources in international waters.

Highlights of ruling: China violated Philippine sovereign rights
by Carmela Fonbuena July 12, 2016
The UN-backed tribunal declares Mischief Reef, Second Thomas Shoal, and Reed Bank form part of the Philippines' 200 nautical exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
Look also the articles July 12 - 13, 2016:
Duterte urged to use tribunal ruling to assert PH rights vs China
by Jee Y. Geronimo

Why so gloomy? Netizens disappointed in Yasay reaction to South China Sea ruling
by David Lozada

How to enforce Hague ruling? PH lead counsel explains
by Paterno Esmaquel II

CHexit: Filipinos celebrate PH victory over China
by Voltaire Tupaz

BREAKING NEWS: Philippines wins case vs China
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 12, 2016
This ruling by an arbitral tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, on the maritime dispute on the West Philippine Sea comes after a 3-year process pursued by Manila but snubbed by Beijing The Permanent Court of Arbitration on Tuesday, July 12, rules in favor of the Philippines in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
and the articles HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE

China hits PH over Lorenzana trip to Pag-asa
by Paterno Esmaquel II April 22, 2017 - with video

China says it is 'gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with' this move by the Philippine government.Criticized the Philippines after Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led security officials in visiting the disputed Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea.
During his trip to Pag-asa Island, Lorenzana vowed to allot P1.6 billion* ($32.1 million) for the long-delayed construction of facilities there, mainly to repair a dilapidated runway.

Global response to West PH Sea dispute crucial:
July 02, 2016
The lead counsel for the Philippines in a high-profile case challenging China's sweeping claims in the disputed South China Sea says the response of other coastal states will be crucial in the aftermath of an upcoming ruling by an international tribunal.

Photos show China blocking access to Panatag Shoal
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 02, 2016

UPDATED One of the photos is taken on October 29, a week after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made a 4-day state visit to China.
Newly-released photos suggest that China is still blocking Filipino fishermen's access to Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a think tank said Wednesday, November 2.

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PH won't protest China 'militarization' of Spratlys – report
December 17, 2016
'Let them take whatever action is necessary in the pursuit of their national interest... and we will leave it at that,' Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says.

The Scarborough vivendi
by Jay L. Batongbacal November 03, 2016
'The tactical victory of restored access to fisheries resulted in the downgraded territorial status of Scarborough Shoal, which is actually a strategic loss'
Recent satellite imagery released by the Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) reveals that the Chinese Coast Guard continues to hold station at the mouth of the main entrance to the shoal’s lagoon, while Philippine boats hover at the shoal’s perimeter.

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PH 'can't stop' China from building on Scarborough
by Agence France-Presse March 19, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will be a 'destroyed nation' if it declares 'war' against China

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Duterte says he can’t stop China from building on shoal
Mar 19, 2017

China to build on Scarborough Shoal – reports
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 17, 2017
Monitoring stations 'were being built on 6 islands and reefs, including Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines,' the Associated Press reports.

SC's Carpio warns vs China station on Scarborough
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 18, 2017
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says that China's planned environmental monitoring station is a radar station that will enable it to enforce an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea

PH-China sea dispute may not be solved ‘in our lifetime’ – Yasay

'Our closer ties with China is not gonal partners,' Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay also tells Filipino and Chinese businessmen in Beijing

West PH Sea dispute ‘takes back seat’ in state visit

'I did not come here to agree to talk' about the dispute, the President tells reporters in Beijing

Both by Pia Ranada October 19, 2016


Yasay: We do not own disputed island in South China Sea &
Ownership of territories in disputed waters unsettled
Feb 21 - 22, 2017
Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says the official stance of the government is that the Philippines does not own the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

This is an album in the in the album about RA 9522

Why should this pivot to China come at the expense of our hard-won victory at The Hague?

When we defied China
by Walden Bello April 17, 2017
President Duterte still has a chance to salvage the national honor by proceeding with his original plan to raise the Philippine flag on Pag-asa.
Best approach to China? Assert and execute Hague ruling
by Jodesz Gavilan October 15, 2016
Former Permanent Representative to the UN Lauro Baja Jr says the Duterte administration should implement the historic ruling over the West Philippine Sea or risk losing the respect of the international community
PH can't say Benham Rise is theirs, China argues
Mar 13, 2017
China confirms some of its research vessels passed through the Benham Rise area in 2016, saying it was 'exercising navigation freedoms and the right to innocent passage only'

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'Philippine Rise': Duterte signs EO 25 renaming Benham Rise
May 22, 2017
All official maps and charts of the Philippines will now use the name 'Philippine Rise' to refer to the 13-million-hectare underwater plateau near Aurora

Look EO 25

Alejano wants Duterte impeached over Benham Rise, West PH Sea row
by Mara Cepeda March 30, 2017 - with video
UPDATED In his supplementary impeachment complaint, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano also alleges that the Philippine leader is forging 'secret deals' with Beijing

'No threat' in Benham Rise – Esperon
by Camille Elemia March 29, 2017
Philippine officials cannot say who granted China permit to access Benham Rise, which UNCLOS confirmed as part of the Philippines' continental shelf in 2012

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Benham Rise
by Katerina Francisco March 18, 2017
The Philippines 13-million-hectare territory near Aurora is considered part of the country's extended continental shelf, but is not part of the PH national territory.

Excitement over troubled waters
by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino March 17, 2017
There is no reason for the hair-tearing and the insane frenzy that followed the sighting of Chinese vessels in the vicinity of Benham Rise.

Trillanes seeks probe into Duterte 'deal' with China on Benham Rise
by Camille Elemia March 15, 2017
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV slams 'inconsistencies' between the statements of President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Duterte shows alarming confusion over Benham Rise
with video
by Carmela Fonbuena March 14, 2017
China's interest in Benham Rise is a problem that President Rodrigo Duterte has to address. He can't afford to confuse it with the West Philippine Sea.

China's greed, Duterte’s generosity
March 20, 2017

The core of the problem is President Duterte's pattern of highly personalistic and parochial dealings with China.
Imagine Lorenzana’s shock, for he certainly didn’t know. Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo was just as clueless.
The tragedy didn’t stop there....

Etc. e.g.:

Chinese 'invasion and spionage - creeping influence , electricity, water, telecommunities' in PH, China online gambling

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Philippine passport, ibinebenta ng ilang Chinese-run travel agencies?
GMA Public Affairs March 03, 2020

All-in-one package raw ang offer ng ilang Chinese-run travel agencies na ito sa bansa. Bukod kasi sa travel tour plan, maaari mo na rin daw mabili ang iyong Philippine passport dito?! Ang buong kuwento, panoorin sa video!

China's creeping influence in PH telco, electricity, water
JC Punongbayan February 20, 2020

China’s creeping influence and encroachment in our vital infrastructure shows we ought to be extra careful especially where the nation’s security is at stake

IMPORTANT: Read ALL links in the article


Chinese Spies Sa 'Pinas?
Chinese nationals na sangkot sa shooting incident sa Makati, espiya nga ba?
GMA Public Affairs March 02, 2020

Kamakailan lang, ilang Chinese nationals ang nasangkot sa isang shooting incident sa Makati City. Ang mga sangkot sa insidente, dati raw nagtatrabaho sa Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations o POGO. Pero bukod sa nakumpiskang baril, palaisipan ngayon sa mga pulis ang dalawang military ID na nakuha sa mga suspect. Maituturing nga ba silang espiya? Panoorin ang video!

70% of Filipinos ‘worried’ about influx of Chinese workers in PH
Sofia Tomacruz December 05, 2019

The Social Weather Stations poll also shows 52% of Filipinos agree that the rising number of Chinese working in the Philippines is a 'threat' to the country's security

342 Chinese POGO workers without visas set to be deported
Agence France–Presse December 20, 2019
POGOs are the country's fastest-growing industry. They have caused friction because of allegations of widespread tax evasion and the influx of tens of thousands of immigrant workers.

Malacañang claims SWS slanted survey on foreign Chinese workers
Pia Ranada December 06, 2019 - with Video
The Palace also denies any tension caused by the influx of workers from China even if lawmakers and President Duterte's own advisers have expressed concern about it.

PART 1: Military report confirms spying risks in deal with China-backed telco
JC Gotinga December 20, 2019

The China-backed telco’s equipment can indeed be used to spy on the military, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ own risk analysis of the ‘co-location’ deal

PART 2: Will PH military be China's unwitting accessory to data breach?
JC Gotinga December 21, 2019
Experts say Dito Telecommunity can allow China to mine data of Filipinos, and the Philippine military would be helping it by letting the telco build cell sites in its camps and bases


China’s backdoors in PH military camps
Antonio T. Carpio September 17, 2020
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced last Sept. 8 that he had finally approved the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Dito Telecommunity Corp. (Dito), allowing Dito to “co-locate” its communications equipment in all military camps throughout the country. The communications equipment refers to Dito’s “microwave relay and base transceiver station for mobile communication and tower facilities.” What is wrong with this MOA?

De Lima wants Senate probe into China-funded surveillance project
Mara Cepeda January 05, 2020
Senator Leila de Lima says the Safe Philippines project is an opportunity for China to spy on Filipinos

Experts warn of spying risk in AFP deal with China-backed telco
Part 1

Rappler obtains copies of the military’s co-location agreements with Dito Telecommunity, Globe Telecom, and Smart Communications. Security analysts say the arrangements leave military communications open to intercepts.

The military's co-location deals with Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, and Dito Telecommunity are prone to spying, experts say, but Dito's link to the Chinese government means the third telco poses a greater threat

Both: JC Gotinga November 10, 2019

Read ALL links in the articles - Look also ALL below links

AFP, Mislatel sign deal to build facilities in military camps
JC Gotinga September 11, 2019

The Mislatel consortium includes Chinese government-run China Telecom, raising concerns that its facilities may be used for espionage

DND to reconsider AFP deal with China-backed telco after Senate review
JC Gotinga November 13, 2019
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will 'think thrice, even 4 times,' after senators raised serious security concerns over Dito Telecommunity's plan to build cell sites within military properties

Lorenzana: ‘Nothing wrong’ with deal between China-backed telco and military
JC Gotinga October 18, 2019
The defense chief says he 'most probably will sign' the agreement between the military and Dito Telecommunity, but holds off while the Senate reviews its security implications.

Senate to check AFP-Dito deal before Lorenzana decides on it
JC Gotinga September 30, 2019
Opposition lawmakers want a chance to back out of a deal that might give the Chinese government '130 listening posts' all over the Philippines

AFP can still back out of deal with Dito telco 'if necessary' – Lorenzana
JC Gotinga September 24, 2019
The defense chief says he will look into the extent of China Telecom’s technological role in Dito Telecommunity after initially insisting it was a mere investor in the consortium

China-backed telco also wants to build structures in PH police camps
Rambo Talabong September 19, 2019
But unlike the military, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año holds off the deal with Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel), citing concerns over ‘some provisions’ in the proposal

AFP chief downplays Dito Telecommunity's Chinese connection
JC Gotinga September 17, 2019
'You are dealing with a Chinese company, not the Chinese government,' General Benjamin Madrigal Jr says of the Chinese government-owned China Telecom

Hontiveros wants Senate probe into AFP deal with China-backed telco
Aika Rey September 17, 2019
'If this deal can fly stealthily under the nose of the man responsible for our nation's defense, then it raises anew the vulnerability of our borders from intruders,' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.

Dito, DICT dismiss Chinese spying concerns about deal with AFP
JC Gotinga September 17, 2019
Under the agreement, the China-backed telco will pay for its use of the military's facilities – but in kind

Lorenzana to ‘carefully scrutinize’ AFP deal with China-backed telco
JC Gotinga September 16, 2019
The defense chief says he was unaware of the deal to let Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel) build facilities in military camps, and will check it before giving his approval

Lorenzana unaware of AFP-Mislatel deal, vows probe – Panelo
Pia Ranada September 16, 2019
The Philippine government can still pull out of the deal if officials identify security risks in the arrangement, says Malacañang

AFP says deal with China-backed telco 'no cause for concern'
JC Gotinga September 16, 2019
The military says it has 'appropriate safeguards' in place, as it defends a deal allowing Mislatel to build facilities in military camps

'Absurd': Why build China-backed telco towers in military camps?
JC Gotinga September 13, 2019
A senator and a security expert say the deal exposes the Philippine military to Chinese spying at a time when other countries are shunning Chinese technology companies.

The Videos:

Not just military bases: DITO wants to build towers in police camps to 'hasten rollout'
ANC Sep 19, 2019
Top Story: Third telco player DITO Telecommunity is seeking approval to build facilities inside police camps nationwide to "hasten rollout" of services, its spokesperson said.
'Safeguards are there': AFP allays fears of Chinese spying in PH military camps
ABS-CBN News Published Sep 18, 2019
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) allayed fears that national security would be compromised once China-backed telecommunications player Dito Telecommunity put up facilities in its military camps.
Senate to probe deal between Chinese-linked telco, PH military during budget hearing
ABS-CBN News Published on Sep 16, 2019
The Senate will look into the deal between the military and Chinese-linked telco firm Dito Telecommunity Corp. during its deliberations on the 2020 budget, an opposition senator said Monday.

Immigration bureau seeks to deport 500 foreign workers nabbed in Parañaque for online anti-fraud raid
Paolo Barcelon, Oct 10, 2019

A total of 542 Asian nationals were arrested in the raid; 442 of them were Chinese, 45 came from Myanmar, 25 from Malaysia, 23 from Vietnam, four from Taiwan, and three from Indonesia, according to the Bureau of immigration

The Video: Over 500 undocumented Asian workers arrested for online fraud

OFWs in China as spies? 'Preposterous,' says Lorenzana
JC Gotinga August 18, 2019

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana points out that Chinese companies are mandated to provide intelligence to their government, unlike overseas Filipino workers.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana lashed back at Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, who reportedly said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in China could be accused of spying just as well as Chinese workers in Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) hubs near military camps.

Defense chief says Chinese POGO workers can easily shift to espionage
JC Gotinga August 17, 2019
Chinese online gaming hubs near military camps can eventually spy on them, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says, but a security expert believes spying is 'the least of worries' that POGOs present

Kaliwa Dam bidding looks rigged for China Energy – COA
Lian Buan August 19, 2019 - with Video

Two other bidders were included 'merely to comply' with the requirement that there be at least 3 bidders, says an audit observation memorandum.
The bidding for the P12.2-billion Kaliwa Dam looks rigged in favor of China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited, said the Commission on Audit (COA).

Duterte to use 'extraordinary powers' to see Kaliwa Dam project through
Pia Ranada October 28, 2019
'It might create some danger or damage, but that is not my concern,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the China-funded Kaliwa Dam project

IMPORTANT look: Water shortage and Tinipak River - How Kaliwa Dam will impact


Bridge work may damage old churches in Manila Jul 20, 2019

The construction of the controversial China-funded Binondo-Intramuros Friendship Bridge may indeed damage nearby baroque churches recognized as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). But the damage could be avoided.

Bridge work may damage old churches in Manila – expert
Katrina Hallare July 20, 2019

Controversial China-funded Binondo-Intramuros Bridge put on hold
Edgar Allan M. Sembrano, Philippine Daily Inquirer May 27, 2019
But heritage advocates say bridge continues to be built

Bridge burning bridges: Why the China-funded Binondo-Intramuros structure is controversial
Rosette Adel Philstar April 30, 2019

POGO activities - dilemma - Etc. - China online gambling - Chinese 'criminals'

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POGOs linked to crimes: Forged PH passports, money-laundering, sex trafficking
Aika Rey March 04, 2020

Here's a rundown of issues hounding the opaque Philippine offshore gaming operations industry

76 illegal POGO workers arrested in Makati
Rambo Talabong May 06, 2020
Of the arrested Philippine offshore gaming operations workers, 63 are Chinese while 13 are Filipino

Duterte says POGOs 'clean,' but AMLC warns of dirty money
Ralf Rivas March 11, 2020
The Anti-Money Laundering Council flags the lack of transparency and low level of awareness of rules in the online gaming industry

Duterte clears POGOs despite alleged crime links
Sofia Tomacruz March 10, 2020
'Under my oath of office as President of the Republic, as elected by you, 'yang POGO na 'yan, malinis 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

The Videos:  ‘You are being misled by your people,’ Gordon tells Duterte on POGO issue
Mar 10, 2020
Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday directly addressed President Rodrigo Duterte as being misled by his own people when the latter dismissed money laundering allegations against Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs).
Gordon: Family tagged in money laundering offered donations to PH Red Cross
Mar 10, 2020 ANC 24/7

The Video: GMRC 'good manners and right conduct' training sa mga Chinese, kailangan na
Mar 9, 2020

The Video: PRRD: No to POGO closure - POGO sa bansa, hindi raw ipasasara ayon sa pangulo!
GMA Public Affairs March 09, 2020
Sa kabila ng kaliwa’t kanang reklamo at panawagan para ipasara ang POGO sa bansa, wala umanong nakikitang rason si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte para i-shut down ito. Ano kaya ang dahilan ng Presidente? Alamin sa video!

Panelo defends Duterte's decision to keep POGOs running: 'Hindi naman masama'
Sofia Tomacruz March 09, 2020
'You cannot be burning the entire house just because there are so many rats there,' says Panelo of the President's decision to keep POGOs despite alleged crime links

The Video: Money laundering is 'real pain' for POGOs, must be addressed, says Gordon
Mar 9, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Philippines is unprepared to lose offshore gaming firms or POGOs, Sen. Richard Gordon admitted even as he criticized how the industry is used to funnel dirty money in the country.

The Videos:
Duterte rejects ban on offshore gambling hubs accused of bribery, crimes
President Rodrigo Duterte rejected suggestions to suspend offshore gambling activities in the country, most of which are Chinese-run, amid allegations of corruption and other crimes hounding the industry, his spokesman said Sunday.
Duterte di ipasasara, sususpendehin ang mga POGO sa bansa: spox
Hindi ipatitigil ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang operasyon ng mga Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) sa bansa sa kabila ng pagkakasangkot ng industriya sa mga isyu ng katiwalian at krimen.

Both Mar 8, 2020 ABS-CBN News

The Video: PH lawmaker wants POGO hubs to shut down
Mar 8, 2020 ANC 24/7
Some Philippine Lawmakers call on the government to close down all offshore gaming hubs in the country insisting the Philippines does not benefit from them.

Duterte won't ban POGOs despite alleged crime links
Sofia Tomacruz March 08, 2020
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte's decision is also based on the need to fund government projects

Gordon says Duterte's 'soft' stance on China fuels POGO scandals
Aika Rey March 04, 2020
'That's why there is some tolerance. Takot sila eh. Hindi nila alam. 'May deal ba si boss dito? May deal ba ang Presidente dito? Pinagbibigyan niya itong mga ito',' says Senator Richard Gordon

POGOs must pay taxes before resuming operations in lockdown
Sofia Tomacruz May 04, 2020

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Pagcor says revenue generated from them can be used to fund the government's coronavirus response

POGOs like BPOs? Drilon says PH to lose franchise tax, license fees
Aika Rey May 04, 2020
Senator Risa Hontiveros also slams Pagcor for releasing a full-age ad on POGOs, asking why the regulatory body is doing public relations for them

POGOs, a social virus
Vergel O. Santos May 04, 2020

'As everything Chinese, POGOs, along with their breeder, should have been held off at the first instance - held off, pandemic or no pandemic, at a social distance of no less than the entire breadth of the West Philippine Sea'

LIVE: Senate hearing on money laundering, sex trafficking in POGO industry
Streamed March 05, 2020
The Senate probes alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with POGO operations


Drilon: POGO should continue because of income earned? That’s a ‘stupid’ remark
Mar 5, 2020
Senator Franklin Drilon expressed his disappointment towards the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) following its supposed remark that Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogos) should be allowed to continue to operate because of the income the country earns from the industry - Look also this article

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'We are losing fight' vs dirty money, Gordon tells AMLC
Aika Rey March 05, 2020
'I don't see any enthusiasm on the part of AMLC to make this thing work,' says Senator Richard Gordon


Money laundering? Gordon says $447 million 'suspiciously' entered PH
Mar 4, 2020
In a privilege speech on Tuesday, March 3, Gordon said $447 million was brought in by 47 people. Some $210 million (P10.6 billion) or nearly half of the amount was reportedly brought in by Chinese individuals.

Money laundering? Gordon says $447 million 'suspiciously' entered PH
Aika Rey March 03, 2020
The Senate blue ribbon committee will investigate the multimillion-dollar cash flow into the Philippines on March 5


Senator urges probe into allegedly laundered Chinese millions
Mar 3, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Authorities should investigate some $446 million that allegedly entered the country and was likely laundered through mostly Chinese-run gambling hubs, Sen. Richard Gordon said Tuesday.

PNP says rise in Chinese kidnappings linked to POGO worker influx
Aika Rey March 05, 2020
PNP chief of directorial staff Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar says the increase in crime is related to the number of Chinese who have arrived here

'Filipinos' safety first': Hontiveros wants Chinese 'criminals' deported
Aika Rey March 05, 2020
The Chinese embassy says criminal cases in the country involving its citizens are only 'isolated incidents'

Military denies soldiers helped syndicates smuggle cash into PH
JC Gotinga March 04, 2020
It could have been retired servicemen now working for private security companies whom the Bureau of Customs spotted escorting syndicates' couriers at the airport, says AFP spokesperson Edgard Arevalo

'Baka military?' Residents troubled by POGO workers moving into Parañaque subdivision
JC Gotinga March 05, 2020

Villagers say it's suspicious that a new firing range has popped up near their club house as droves of able-bodied Chinese nationals move into their neighborhood

Police file charges vs 181 illegal Chinese POGO workers in Cebu
Ryan Macasero September 11, 2019 - with Video

The employees face charges of violating illegal gambling and cybercrime laws
Police arrested in a raid September 7, 181 Chinese working in an illegal Philippine offshore gaming operation (POGO) office in Lapu-Lapu City for violating cybercrime and illegal gambling laws.

BI arrests 277 illegal Chinese workers in Pasig
September 13, 2019
Immigration officials initially target 4 fugitives wanted in China for economic crimes but find 273 other undocumented Chinese workers engaged in illegal online operations during the raid at Ortigas Center

Duterte and the POGO dilemma
Bob Herrera-Lim August 26, 2019

Beijing has asked that POGOs be closed, but their departure would in the near term adversely affect the bottom line of several of the Philippines' largest real estate firms. It's for President Duterte to save the sector

Duterte won't ban POGOs: 'We need it'
Pia Ranada September 04, 2019
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not heeding China's call to ban online gambling operations


Chinese Workers Invasion?
Chinese workers, dumarami na sa bansa!
GMA Public Affairs March 04, 2020

Ikinababahala raw ni Sen. Richard Gordon ang tumataas na bilang ng Chinese workers sa bansa. Ayon sa kanya, mayroong isang subdivision sa Parañaque kung saan daan-daang POGO workers ang nakatira. Ang buong detalye, panoorin sa video!


STOP POGO - Gobyerno, lugi dahil sa POGO?
GMA Public Affairs Feb. 25, 2020

Korapsyon sa Bureau of Immigration, prostitusyon, at kaso ng kidnapping — ito ang mga isyu na bumabalot ngayon sa Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations o POGO. Ang Pilipinas, lugi na nga ba dahil sa POGO? Panoorin ang video!

Malacañang: Duterte won't rush decision on calls for POGO suspension
Sofia Tomacruz March 05, 2020
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also says the President's decision to suspend lotto operations in 2019 – widely criticized as done in haste – should not be compared to his perceived slow action on calls to suspend POGO operations

Vico Sotto to ‘crack down’ on illegal POGO, businesses, and their city hall fixers
JC Gotinga March 02, 2020

‘Hindi ‘nyo po talaga ako makukumbinse na okay ang POGO para sa Pasig City,’ says the mayor as he warns his own bureaucracy against ‘negotiating’ with illegal business operators

Vico Sotto shuts down illegal Chinese restaurant in Pasig, says no to POGO
JC Gotinga February 23, 2020
‘Kakapal ng mukha!’ Indignant at owners of a permit-less restaurant, the Pasig mayor offers to help the Bureau of Immigration track down and deport illegal workers and businessmen in the city

Angeles City shuts down Chinese-operated POGO firm
Jun A. Malig October 12, 2019

City Hall closes a POGO company which had no business permit and was not paying business taxes.
First-term Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr said that the POGO firm was allegedly “being operated by Chinese investors who are skirting laws in mainland China.”

Over 8,000 foreign POGO workers lack permits – DOLE
Sofia Tomacruz September 17, 2019

Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay says 1,693 have since applied for the required alien employment permit, while a list of 6,678 others who did not was given to immigration.
Tutay said this represents about 20% of the 41,742 foreign workers employed by the 177 POGO service providers. Some 88% of this, or 61,878, were Chinese nationals, with the rest from Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, she said.

The Video: Senate probes rush of foreign workers in offshore gaming
February 11, 2020 ABS-CBN News

Senate hearing on sex trafficking in POGO industry
Jan 28, 2020 -
Feb 20, 2020 - March 02, 2020 - with Videos

The Senate committee on women, children, family relations, and gender equality holds a hearing on Senate Resolution 131, seeking to investigate sex trafficking, prostitution rings, and work that exploit women in the Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) industry

Immigration officials 'deny to death' participation in pastillas scheme
Aika Rey March 02, 2020
Immigration officer Ralph Garcia denies he was the person behind the 'RG Garcia Ralph' codename – supposedly the administrator of a Viber group for the moneymaking scheme

BIR shuts down POGO for failing to pay P114-million taxes
Aika Rey February 21, 2020
Synchronization Anywhere for You Incorporated is the first POGO firm to be padlocked by the Bureau of Internal Revenue

DOJ to evaluate BI whistleblower for witness protection program
February 21, 2020
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Immigration Officer Allison Chiong, the whistleblower in the POGO bribery mess, is now under provisional coverage of the program

Duterte says he 'loves' immigration chief Morente amid POGO bribery mess
JC Gotinga February 20, 2020
Does the President exempt Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, a former Davao police chief, from accountability for the bribery scheme that let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country?

Majority of immigration officers part of 'pastillas scheme'
Aika Rey February 20, 2020
Whistleblower Allison Chiong says immigration officers in NAIA Terminal 1 receive as much as P20,000 a week in the bribery scheme
‘Pastillas’ scheme whistleblower surfaces at Senate probe
Christia Marie Ramos - February 20, 2020 - with Video
The whistleblower who exposed the alleged “pastillas” money-making scheme within the Bureau of Immigration (BI) surfaced at the Senate on Thursday to personally testify on the multi-billion peso scheme.

Duterte sacks immigration officials, employees over POGO bribery scheme
February 20, 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte found 'probable cause' to investigate allegations that immigration officers have taken bribes to let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country, says his spokesman

The Video: Immigration personnel sa ‘pastillas modus,’ binalaan
Jan Escosio Feb 20, 2020

LOOK: How syndicates, airport officials split P10,000 bribe from POGO workers
Michelle Abad February 17, 2020
In a modus called 'pastillas,' POGOs pay P10,000 per person and provide free lunch to get VIP treatment

The Videos: Ilang Chinese nationals, may VIP entrance sa Pilipinas?
GMA Public Affairs February 17, 2020
Sa halagang Php 10,000, madali na raw makapapasok sa bansa ang ilang Chinese kahit walang legal na papeles! Ang modus na ‘yan sa loob mismo ng Bureau of Immigration, tinatawag na “Pastillas”! Ang buong katotohanan, alamin sa video!
Panelo: Gov’t open to reviewing POGO policies if ‘pastillas’ bribe scheme is true
Feb 19, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online
The government is open to the possible review of its policy on Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs) if the alleged “pastillas” bribery scheme in airports is proven true.

‘Magkano at hanggang kanino?’: Hontiveros reveals bribery in entry of POGO workers
Michelle Abad February 17, 2020
The senator confronts immigration officials at a hearing after an informant alleges that the entry of POGO employees is facilitated for P10,000 per person

Hontiveros sees link between influx of POGO workers, rise of sex trafficking in Manila
Janella Paris January 28, 2020
Senator Risa Hontiveros says photos of trafficked women are being passed around in WeChat and Telegram chat groups, where there are 'menus of services, as though in a restaurant'

EXPLAINER: How online casinos hit the jackpot in the Philippines
August 27, 2019 - with Video

Rappler breaks down how online gambling flourished in Manila and why it could be the latest test of the relationship between the Philippines and China.
China wants the Philippines to halt all online gambling operations, after linking the industry to crimes such as money laundering, kidnapping, and extortion.
The industry, run by Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), has hit the jackpot in Manila and raked in billions of cash. The government was also able to collect billions, and is eyeing more.

Philippines, China 'not talking' about online gambling
Ralf Rivas July 02, 2019

'We are not talking to the Chinese government about it. This is a matter of their citizens... who work here and are subject to our tax laws. That's all,' says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III
Amid all the buzz and even red flags over Chinese online gambling companies doing business in the Philippines, it seems that the two countries are not really discussing the matter.

China wants Philippines to ban online gambling
Sofia Tomacruz August 21, 2019
China also wants to 'jointly tackle criminal activities including online gambling and cyber fraud,' saying it would help development relations between Manila and Beijing

The real losers and winners of Chinese online gambling
Dr. Fan Dai August 17, 2019
Driven by greed and ignorance, countless ordinary Chinese people, like moths flying toward fire, fall into online gambling and cannot extricate themselves

China slams Pagcor proposal to place Chinese workers in 'hubs'
Sofia Tomacruz August 08, 2019
China expresses 'grave concern' over the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s plan to place Chinese workers in 'self-contained' communities to limit their interaction with locals.

How China’s online gambling addiction is reshaping Manila
Ralf Rivas and Alex Evangelista November 19, 2018
There's more dim sum and jobs in the metro, but the Chinese have driven up rent and brought in the sins tied to gambling
There are an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 Chinese nationals working for POGOs in the Philippines, insider sources earlier told Rappler.


POGO: Chinese invasion o dagdag kita para sa mga Pilipino?
ABS-CBN News Aug 13, 2019

Bilyong piso raw ang puwedeng kitain ng Pilipinas mula sa Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations or POGO. Pero marami ang umaalma dahil hindi naman daw sa mga Pilipino napupunta ang trabahong dala ng POGO. Paano ba naging POGO hub ang Pilipinas?

The Video: Stricter rules needed on entry of Chinese workers in PH
ABS-CBN News Aug 14, 2019
MANILA - The head of the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) on Thursday called for stricter measures in allowing foreign nationals to enter and work in the Philippines.

POGO hubs would protect Chinese workers' rights
Ralf Rivas August 08, 2019
'When we refer to POGO hubs as self-contained communities, what we mean is that these hubs will have all the basic needs of the foreign employees of POGO,' says Pagcor Chairperson Andrea Domingo

Malacañang won't allow abuses vs Chinese workers
Pia Ranada August 08, 2019
The Palace wants Pagcor to explain its plan to put Chinese POGO workers in self-contained hubs before it comments


Online gaming boom fuels Chinese 'invasion' in PH, says BI
ABS-CBN News Jun 29, 2019

MANILA - A boom in online gaming is fueling the influx of Chinese workers to the Philippines in the past couple of months, an immigration spokeswoman said.

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