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Philippines: China Defends Aggressive Arrogance

  August 19, 2019: The Philippines is trying to be more realistic about resisting the Chinese effort to take possession of the South China Sea. The Chinese effort is massive. For example, during the first three months of 2019 China deployed 900 navy, coast guard and naval militia ships around Pagasa Island to block access […]

Chinese warships, POGOs and the trip to Beijing “I hope it’s not too late.”

President Rodrigo Duterte says that when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing end-August, he would finally raise the 2016 arbitral court ruling, which nullified China’s nine-dash line encroaching on the Philippines exclusive economic zone. If the event indeed transpires, then that puts him on the right track. What’s clear for now is […]

De Lima to Duterte: Stop Chinese plan on 3 PH isles

  MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima on Saturday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to cancel agreements with Chinese investors’ to turn three strategic islands in the Philippines into economic and tourism zones. De Lima, a staunch critic of the President, filed Senate Resolution No. 93, seeking the cancellation of the planned development on Fuga […]

Justice chief: Government ‘tightening up’ visa upon arrival rules

MANILA – Government is tightening up rules for the issuance of visas upon arrival for visiting Chinese nationals, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Saturday, weeks after several officials expressed concern over the influx of travelers here from China. In a statement, Guevarra said the Department of Justice and its attached agency the Bureau of Immigration […]

Extracting WPS resources beyond the arbitral award

Just after our people were getting united in our goals and methods of asserting our rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), and after President Duterte publicly promised he would take up the arbitral award with President Xi Jinping, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua strongly reiterated China’s rejection of the award, firmly saying that China “will […]

China trip ‘right time’ for Duterte to raise arbitral ruling – Panelo

  Malacañang on Saturday further raised expectations that President Rodrigo Duterte would discuss the landmark ruling on the South China Sea when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this month. “His trip to China now, to him, it’s the right time to raise the arbitration ruling,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters. “There […]

‘Irritant’ maritime survey issue ‘important’ to raise in Duterte-Xi meeting: Panelo

  MANILA – It is important for President Rodrigo Duterte to raise with his Chinese counterpart the maritime surveys being conducted by Beijing in Philippine waters without consent from Manila. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this Saturday, in the wake of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statements Friday hitting the secrecy of the passage of 9 […]