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Lorenzana apologizes for saying Hague ruling was an ‘empty victory’

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana on Friday issued an apology to former foreign affairs secretary Albert F. del Rosario and Acting Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio for saying that The Hague’s 2016 ruling favoring the Philippines in a maritime dispute with China is “an empty victory.”

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...