South China Sea


Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario said Friday the Philippine government should consider bringing its naval conflict against China to the General Assembly of the United Nations. Del Rosario said the Philippine government should seek assistance to force China to stick to its arbitral victory in the disputed waters. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague upheld Manila’s sovereign rights to its 200-nautical-mile exclusive


Vietnam called for the instant withdrawal of a Chinese ship in the South China Sea as the standoff on the disputed waters worsened. Last week, Beijing released a fresh call for Hanoi to respect its resource-rich region claims— historically challenged by Vietnam as well as Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Hanoi reacted by stating it had sent several emails to Beijing demanding that a Chinese survey ship vacate its


According to presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, the oral agreement between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping was duly registered by an agent and publicly revealed. Panelo also said House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, as then Secretary of Foreign Affairs, made statements, stating that the Philippines and China co-control the disputed waters and that the fishermen should be free to fish in them. This representation touched on this topic

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MANILA — Malacañang on Friday said former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario, who was held in Hong Kong for five hours, may have mis-used his diplomatic passport during his trip there. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement, “Mr. del Rosario may have misused a diplomatic passport in his travel to Hong Kong, a trip which is private in nature and is in no way


MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana now choruses it was just “maybe an accident.” This was after being the first to condemn the boat sinking incident in the West Philippine Sea. Lorenzana stated on Wednesday, June 19, in a Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum in Malate, Manila, “I think it’s just an accident, based on information we got from the crew. Maybe the other side did not intend to


MANILA — The captain of a Filipino fishing vessel that crashed with a Chinese ship will no longer meet with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday; his wife stated. F/B GEM-VIR1 Captain Junel Insigne on Sunday stated he was supposed to go to Manila and voice to Duterte how the Chinese trawler hit their boat and abandoned them near Recto (Reed) Bank last June 10. Insigne, who is from San Jose,


MANILA – US admonished the Philippines and China to avoid using “coercion and intimidation” in stating their claims in the disputed South China Sea, its embassy in Manila on Friday. The US embassy posted a statement, “Our position on the South China Sea is clear: We support lawful uses of the sea, respect for international law, unimpeded lawful commerce, and peace and stability.” US embassy dispensed the statement after a

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MANILA, Philippines – The United States Coast Guard is monitoring disturbances by the Chinese militia in the South China Sea, an official stated on Tuesday, June 11. US Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander Vice Admiral Linda Fagan said in a teleconference, calling from their headquarters in Alameda, California, “We have been following the militia and some of the activity.” The response came after an increased frequency of sightings of Chinese


WASHINGTON – Trump’s administration has gone ahead with a surveillance drone sale to 4 US allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stated Washington will no longer “tiptoe” around Chinese behavior in Asia. Shanahan did not directly name China when making accusations of “actors” destabilizing the region in a speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday but went on to say


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