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Former DFA chief on China: We cannot remain silent

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario on Friday, Aug. 17, reiterated that the Philippines should not remain silent with...

Duterte orders DFA to talk to Chinese counterparts regarding recent actions...

The recent remarks of President Rodrigo R. Duterte asking China to temper its behavior in the South China Sea has not affected the country’s...

China developing satellites to monitor territory in South China Sea

China is developing a satellite system that will allow it to closely watch the South China Sea, the China News Service reported, helping it...

Duterte to China and EU: ‘Rethink’ your policies

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Aug. 14, talked tough against the People’s Republic of China, demanding that it should “rethink”...

US reaffirms position in South China Sea code negotiations

By Camille A. Aguinaldo The United States made clear its position that the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea should also include the...

Aquino-Cayetano word war continues

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Monday took the advice of former President Benigno S. C. Aquino III to...

Palace open to China’s invitation for joint exploration on disputed waters

The Palace on Monday said it is open to the suggestion of the People’s Republic of China to conduct military exercises and energy exploration...

ASEAN meet led by Singapore takes up South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA is back in the discussion table among Southeast Asian countries as foreign ministers gathered in Singapore on Thursday for the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meetings.

Cayetano hits back at Aquino’s call for transparency on South China...

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Tuesday, July 31, hit back on former President Benigno S.C. Aquino III on...

Duterte to intensify defense cooperation with Malaysia

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte has committed to intensifying Manila’s defense and security cooperation with the Malaysian government to address terrorist...

Gordon calls for hike in military budget

Senator Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday, July 3, called for an increased budget of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in order to...

Australia buys high-tech drones to monitor South China Sea, Pacific

Sydney -- Australia will invest Aus$7 billion (US$5.2 billion) to develop and buy high-tech US drones for joint military operations and to monitor waters...

China may use control over disputed sea to challenge US presence...

A report from the United States Congressional Research Service revealed China's capability to control the South China Sea in the event that a war...

Former national security adviser Roilo Golez dead at 71

Former national security adviser Jose Roilo S. Golez passed away on Monday morning, June 11. He was 71. The former Parañaque representative and National Security...

Senate to hold hearings on China’s increased activities in disputed sea

The Senate will hold hearings on the increased activities of China in South China Sea, foreign relations committee chair Loren B. Legarda said on...

Resolution urges Duterte to convene NSC, take action on South China...

Detained opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima on Friday announced that she has filed Senate Resolution (SR) No. 744 urging President and Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo...

Carpio: Philippines must formally protest China militarization

In response to the sighting of Chinese long-range bombers in the Paracel Islands, Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Tuesday, May 22, insisted...

Lawmaker condemns China’s installation of defense  system on Mischief Reef

A lawmaker "strongly" condemned China's installation of a missile system in the West Philippine Sea. "The Chinese has also set up missiles in the...

Duterte to ‘revisit’ UN West Philippine Sea ruling ‘at the right...

President Rodrigo R. Duterte vowed that he will revisit “at the right time” a United Nations ruling that upheld the Philippines’ sovereign rights over...

Duterte to visit Benham Rise next week, assert sovereignty

After his trip to Singapore for the 32nd ASEAN Summit, President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to visit the controversial Benham Rise, a seismically...

ASEAN summit in Singapore to include talks on South China Sea

The South China Sea issue will be one of the topics to be discussed by leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...

PHL verifying photos of Chinese aircraft on reef

THE Philippines may lodge a protest with China against the reported presence of two military aircraft on a Chinese-built island in the South China...

Philippines hopes for sea exploration pact with China this year

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is confident that an agreement with China to jointly explore for oil and gas in South China Sea...

Philippine government wants joint exploration deal with China ‘done ASAP’

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte's administration wants the agreement on the joint oil and gas exploration between the Philippines and the...

Palace defends Duterte’s ‘co-ownership’ remark on joint exploration

Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque defended the President on Thursday, March 1, on the latter’s ‘co-ownership’ remark on China and the Philippines' possible...

Duterte: Chinese bases on disputed sea were built as shield from...

By Arjay L. Balinbin BEIJING’S military bases in the disputed South China Sea were built to defend China against any attack by the United States,...

Philippines to register Filipino names for Benham Rise features

By Camille A. Aguinaldo The Philippine government plans to register Filipino names to the undersea features in Benham Rise before the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO),...

No bad faith by China — Palace

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said it was not attributing bad faith on the part of China in the controversy over the latter’s naming undersea features...

Talks on PHL-China joint maritime exploration resume

By Arjay L. Balinbin The Philippines and the People’s Republic of China, during the Second Meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) held in Manila...

PHL to keep ‘close ties’ with China, avoid tension

By Arjay L. Balinbin THE PHILIPPINES is keen on maintaining close ties with the People’s Republic of China despite its incessant militarization in the West...

Roque cries ‘fake news’ on remarks on Benham Rise

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. on Sunday said recent statements attributed to him regarding sovereignty issues over Benham Rise...

Senator tells DFA to make public Benham Rise permit given to...

SENATOR MARIA Lourdes Nancy S. Binay has asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for the details of the permit given to Chinese oceanographers...

Duterte wants China to patrol southern Philippine waters

By Arjay L. Balinbin CHINA MAY be invited to help patrol waters bounded by the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia to get rid of pirates and...

China research in PHL waters for the sake of science, Palace...

ALLOWING CHINA to do research in Philippine waters is in pursuit of science, Malacañang defended yesterday, Jan. 18. “Alam ninyo po it’s a scientific research....

House panel OK’s bill declaring Kalayaan islands ‘alienable’

A BILL seeking to declare as “alienable and disposable” the Kalayaan Group of Islands has passed the committee level at the House of Representatives. The...

Final ASEAN chairman’s 31st summit statement now even softer on China

THE FINAL version of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chairman’s statement at the end of the bloc’s 31st summit -- released to...

China, PHL make strong pitch for reaffirmed ties

By Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz THE PHILIPPINES and China held bilateral talks on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and signed 14 agreements during what President Rodrigo...

Draft ASEAN chairman’s statement raises questions as bloc’s 31st summit winds...

THE 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit -- the second this year while the Philippines chairs the bloc -- was set to...

Trump hails ‘great relationship’ with Duterte, avoids human rights issue

US President Donald Trump said he had a “great relationship” with Rodrigo Duterte while they ignored shouted questions about alleged abuses carried out under...

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Speech of Pres. Duterte during ASEAN 2017 opening ceremony

HERE's the full transcript of Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte's during the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on...

US-Philippines ties warm a year after Obama dust-up

US President Donald Trump is set to sit down for a formal meeting with Rodrigo Duterte today, Nov. 13, as ties warm a year after...

Eyes on Philippines as it winds down stint at region’s helm

By Maria Eloisa I. Calderon Editor-at-Large THE PHILIPPINES’ stint as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year is winding down: the bloc’s...

Duterte advises caution anew on maritime dispute

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte expressed caution anew about taking up the Philippines’ maritime dispute with China over the South China Sea. But at the same...

Duterte to raise maritime issues with China

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday, Nov. 8, said he will raise maritime issues between the Philippines and China at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation...

US warship sails near Paracel Islands

WASHINGTON – A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three US officials told Reuters,...