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Ninety-three percent of Filipinos think it is essential for the state to regain control over China-occupied West Philippine Sea (WPS) islands, based on a Social Weather Station (SWS) survey. In the study, 1,200 Filipino adults were asked if they think it is essential to give back to the Philippines the control of the islands that China presently occupies in the West Philippine Sea. The Seventy-four percent of participants replied that

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The Human rights solicitor Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno challenged the conditions behind the withdrawal of fishermen from Palawan and Zambales as petitioners for a Kalikasan letter in the West Philippine Sea. The petition aims to oblige the government to safeguard and rehabilitate the Scarborough Shoal, Ayungin Shoal and Mischief Reef claimed by China and are excluded from the Philippines. Diokno and lawyer Andre Palacios, both representing the Philippine Integrated Bar,

Teodoro Locsin Jr.

MANILA, Philippines -The Philippines has endorsed the terms and conditions of a reference proposed by China for an agreement on the joint exploration for oil and then gas in the West Philippine Sea, in accordance with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. “I accepted China’s version of the Terms of Reference (TOR) as superior to our personal. Everything certainly going well,” Locsin posted to Twitter on Sunday. Whenever retired diplomat and

President Rodrigo Duterte

West Philippine Sea is “ours,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday, July 2, amid prevailing maritime tension with China. The President’s seemingly bolder statement came following the June 9 allision of Filipino and Chinese fishing boats at Recto (Reed) Bank, which is located within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In a speech delivered in Pasay City, Duterte asserted the country’s ownership of the West Philippine Sea, as he took

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MANILA — Malacañang stated on Wednesday, clarifying President Rodrigo Duterte’s previous remarks that China would not allow its fishermen to strain their trade in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that was what Duterte meant when he said he could not bar Chinese fishermen in the Philippines’ EEZ out of friendship. “It appears that what the President meant was China would not

Albert del Rosario

MANILA – Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario on Sunday proclaimed the Philippines was disrespected when Hong Kong authorities deported him despite his diplomatic passport. Del Rosario, a staunch critic of Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea, was denied entry to the special administrative territory of China on Friday and sent back to Manila. The country’s former top diplomat said that since his passport carries the seal of

Lorenzana

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

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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 – Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana revealed just last Wednesday that a Philippine ship sank the previous Sunday night following a collision with a Chinese one in the West Philippine Sea, risking the lives of 22 Filipino fishermen onboard. Lorenzana condemned the actions of the Chinese for abandoning the Filipino fishermen onboard F/B GIMVER1 resulting in the collision near Recto Bank. “We denounce the actions of the Chinese fishing vessel

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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