West Philippine Sea.

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Supreme Court issued a writ of kalikasan on Friday in response to a petition seeking protection of the marine environment in the disputed West Philippine Sea. In a ruling, the high court settled the plea filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and fishermen from Palawan and Zambales, both on the coast of the resource-rich sea, seeking the writ to compel government to protect and preserve the Philippines’ exclusive

President Rodrigo Duterte

The Aglipayans rejected President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged plan “to impose complete control over the Senate.” an assembly of 150 leaders and members endorsed 10 senatorial candidates. Said group is composed of bishops, priests, and laypersons of the Aglipayan Church, also formally called the Iglesia Filipina Independiente. In their statement, the church members defined the Senate as “our last safeguard against authoritarian rule.” Members also mentioned 4 major issues under Duterte’s

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Under President Rodrigo Duterte, via an independent Philippine foreign policy led, “to a new height of diplomatic relations”. As Malacañang stated on Sunday as the Chief Executive returned from a three-day trip to China. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo stated Duterte’s presence at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum provided the country an opportunity to work towards a shared goal of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and prosperity. “Our countrymen are

President Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana told in an interview on Friday, that after the latest bilateral meeting between President Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping, “there was enough indication that the situation will be addressed and the concerns of the Philippines will be addressed.” As China has sustained to downplay the 2016 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) ruling favoring the Philippines’ territorial

President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the presence of Chinese ships near Pag-asa Island and came to an agreement to resolve the issue through bilateral talks. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday said “Both agree that the situation can be managed by the mechanism of bilateral negotiations.” Duterte who raised “the issue of the West Philippine Sea, particularly the situation in Pag-asa Island,” cited Panelo. Discussions

President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana cited the “West Philippine Sea has been the subject of very tense diplomatic discussions” as China continued its aggression in the disputed waterway, including deploying maritime militia vessels near Philippine-occupied islands. The Philippine President and the Chinese President, Xi Jinping will discuss the South China Sea dispute as they meet in Beijing on Thursday. “The two leaders usually do a general review

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. claimed that the Philippines was not aware of the existence of the clams following his previous remarks that China should pay for the giant clams they harvested from Scarborough Shoal. A tweet earlier this week from the diplomat said he will not be “going down in history as a clam defender.” Twitter user @JGDelica replied to Locsin’s tweet, pointing out that the Philippine government

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Just one Pinoy soldier hurt in the West Philippine Sea due to China’s continued aggression might mean trouble, President Duterte on Wednesday warned China. Duterte delivered the statement as hundreds of Chinese maritime militias grouped around the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island and other areas in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippines Sea. Duterte then asked China to meet the Philippines halfway in their longstanding maritime dispute in

Albert del Rosario

Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario stated for the first time that the United States played a key role in the events that led to the Philippines losing control of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal to China in 2012 and reignited the dispute in the South China Sea, he said on Tuesday. Del Rosario added the United States brokered talks to end the standoff between China and the Philippines at Panatag and

Flood China with lawsuits, analyst urges Philippines

A political risk analyst said last Sunday that the national government should embed complaints in all available policies therein counter China to focus international attention on its intrusions in contested waters. Filipino fishermen and former officials last week registered a complaint before the International Criminal Court, accusing Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity in lieu with Beijing’s “systematic plan to control the South China Sea.” The action is