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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

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After President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two formal agreements were signed and agreed to further enhance the bilateral relations at the Great Hall of the People. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo in a statement noted the Philippines and China would come up with a project list that will serve as the focus of cooperation between the National Economic and Development Authority and the National Development and

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Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said on Wednesday that Chinese authorities have deported illegal Filipino workers last year. “Last year, I think our figure is about more than a thousand were deported by the Chinese,” he noted. Sta. Romana was unable to deliver the exact number of illegal Filipinos living in China, “They’re not registered and because we only know when they surrender or they’re caught by

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The country is expecting to get $10 billion in investments and deals with China when President Rodrigo Duterte goes to that country for the second Belt and Road Forum on April 25, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. A statement last Tuesday, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez stated the $10-billion amount may increase “as more agreements may be added” during the President’s China trip. Lopez added about 15 agreements

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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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Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III stated that there is a meet with the Chinese Minister of Labor next week to deliberate on the possible deployment of medical workers, like caregivers and nurses. Bello said his China trip will be from April 24 to 27. Previously sent out teachers, the Government of China may soon open its doors to Filipino health workers. “I’ll go to China

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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

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Salvador S. Panelo, Presidential Spokesman and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel said on Wednesday that he is “sure” that Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. will also file a new protest after validating the report that local authorities have monitored a number of Chinese vessels hanging around Kota (Loaita) Island and Panata (Lonkiam Cay) Island. Malacañang perceives the continued presence of Chinese vessels, suspected as maritime militia, in the West

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President Duterte is uncertain of the timely assistance from the United States if the Philippines ever comes under attack. Duterte made the remark within the fresh reports of China’s aggression around Philippine-occupied territories in the West Philippine Sea. Given a speaking engagement during PDP-Laban’s campaign rally in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Thursday night, the President stressed that the US Congress would have to give its concurrence first before it

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