Monthly Archives: June 2019

PHL not waiving EEZ rights in South China Sea to Beijing

The Philippines is not waiving its rights to exclusive waters in the South China Sea, President Duterte said on Thursday, walking back on an earlier stance allowing Chinese fishing that some officials said was unconstitutional. “The President will not relinquish our sovereign rights over our country’s exclusive economic zone,” President Duterte’s Spokesman Salvador Panelo said […]

Germany may join US in opposing China by sending warship through Taiwan Strait, breaking decades of military non-confrontation

  Germany is considering a break from decades of military non-confrontation. High ranking officials are contemplating sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait – joining the United States and France in challenging Beijing’s claims to what the West regards as an international waterway. If Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government actually goes ahead, it will be a […]

Duterte: It’s OK to let China fishermen in PH waters

  MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to meet China halfway in the territorial dispute in the South China Sea and allow the Chinese to fish in Philippine waters, his spokesperson said on Tuesday. The President was asked on Monday night whether Manila would bar Chinese fishermen from Philippine waters after a Filipino […]

Duterte can face impeach raps over Chinese fishers in PH waters: analyst

  MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte can face a fresh impeachment complaint if government agencies implement his pronouncement that Chinese fishers can venture into Manila’s waters, a maritime law expert said Wednesday. “Kung mangyari po iyun, i-implement nila iyan dahil sa statement ng Pangulo, pwede po siyang kasuhan ng impeachment,” said Jay Batongbacal, director of […]

China’s intrusion worsens fish catch decline – watchdog

  MANILA, Philippines — An environmental advocacy group has warned that local fisheries production might not recover soon with President Duterte’s stand allowing China to continue fishing within Philippine territorial waters. International organization Oceana said the executive department’s task is to enforce the law and prosecute violators, which is mandatory and not discretionary. “Is he […]

Carpio says allowing China to fish in Philippine EEZ unconstitutional

  Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 25) — Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said it is unconstitutional for the Philippine government to allow Chinese fishermen to fish in the country’s exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea. “The Philippines has exclusive sovereign right to exploit all the fish, oil, gas and other […]

Philippines loses P68.5 billion annually to illegal fishing – USAid

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines loses nearly P68.5 billion annually to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, according to US Agency for International Development (USAID) Environment Office chief John Edgar. The United Nations also said that the Philippines’ fish production is on the decline due to competition from China and Vietnam. Approximately 60 percent of Filipinos […]

‘So stupid’: Duterte lashes out at SC Justice Carpio over sea zone jurisdiction

  MANILA (UPDATE)—President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday berated Antonio Carpio, calling the Supreme Court Associate Justice “so stupid” for saying Chinese fishermen are not allowed to exhaust the Philippines’ resources in its exclusive economic zone. “Sabi ko nga, ‘Alam mo, Justice Carpio, napaka-estupido mo.’ That is why hanggang diyan ka lang talaga. He’s from Davao. […]