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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
by 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.

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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?

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

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

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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, 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.


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

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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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.'

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Will Duterte Overhaul Philippine Foreign Policy?
Updated Aug 18, 2016

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 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.

Rappler PLUS briefing: What do we know about China?
July 02, 2019

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.

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

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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.

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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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


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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
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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

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.

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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.

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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' hound PH-China infrastructure contractors
By 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

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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

After one year, Duterte veers ever more to the right
by 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 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
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'
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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
UPDATED 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
UPDATED 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

Look also the Video in the album about RA 9522:

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

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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

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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' in PH

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Chinese ‘invasion’ of the Philippines
February 17, 2019 PerryScope By Perry Diaz

Typically, when a foreign power invades another country, they’re met with resistance that could lead to war. But something unusual is happening in the Philippines - thousands of Chinese workers are invading the country and taking jobs away from Filipinos.
However, Malacañang is not worried about it. In fact, they welcome it.

IMPORTANT: Look above All Chinese workers in PH must pay taxes

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.

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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