China: Marcos gov’t abandons ‘new approach’ to ease WPS tensions

Dona Pazzibungan 04/19/2024

China claimed they had an “internal understanding” and a “new approach” to ease tension at Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea with the Philippines. However, they said the Marcos administration later “abandoned” it after…

Carpio: Duterte surrenders PH’s Ayungin rights in China agreement

Tetch Torres-Tupas 03/30/2024

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Rodrigo Duterte gave up the Philippines’ ownership of Ayungin Shoal under the guise of a “gentlemen’s agreement” with China, former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio has revealed. The “gentlemen’s agreement” governs Manila’s…

PH, US defense chiefs hold talks after China’s recent aggression

Charie Abarca 03/28/2024

MANILA, Philippines — The defense leaders of the Philippines and the United States had a phone call after China’s recent aggression at Ayungin Shoal. The US Department of Defense stated that US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin…

PH gears up new game plan in Ayungin missions

Geraldford Ticke, Nestor Corrales 03/08/2024

The Philippines plans to use faster and more flexible strategies for its next resupply missions to Ayungin Shoal, aiming to avoid China’s interference, a senior military official said on Thursday after recent clashes with China. The head…

Chinese ships again block PCG vessels near Ayungin Shoal

Julie Aurelio, Nestor Corrales 02/18/2024

Chinese ships, including a China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel, have again blocked Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessels near Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal, where the dilapidated BRP Sierra Madre has been grounded since 1999. American maritime expert Ray…

PH, China agree to ease tensions in WPS during bilateral talks

Donna Z. Pazzibugan 01/19/2024

The Philippines and China agreed to prevent tensions from rising in the West Philippine Sea, especially at the Philippine-occupied Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal, during their recent talks on the maritime dispute. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)…

China tells PH to ‘stop making provocations at sea’

Charie Abarca 10/23/2023

MANILA, Philippines — China has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” and “firm opposition” to the Philippines’ condemnation of the recent ramming incident in the West Philippine Sea.  In a statement, the Chinese Embassy said Deputy Chief of Mission Zhou…

Bongbong Marcos tells PCG to probe vessel collision in Ayungin Shoal

Jean Mangaluz 10/23/2023

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday told the Philippine Coast Guard to investigate the collision between Chinese and Philippine vessels in Ayungin Shoal. According to the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), Marcos led a…

Dutertes’ silence on BRP Sierra Madre’s removal speaks volumes — solon

Jean Mangaluz 08/21/2023

MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker on Monday cast suspicion on former President Rodrigo Duterte regarding which Philippine leader had supposedly promised China that the Philippines would remove BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin Shoal. ACT Teachers party-list Representative…

Identify ‘traitor,’ lawmaker urges House

Julie Aurelio 08/21/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Congress should investigate and identify “possible traitors” in the government who reportedly promised to remove the BRP Sierra Madre from the Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal as a Makabayan lawmaker said former President Rodrigo Duterte’s…

AFP reaffirms support for BRP Sierra Madre amid tensions

Adrian Parungao 08/19/2023

MANILA, Philippines—The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vowed that the August 5 water cannon incident will not deter its commitment to ensuring the well-being of personnel aboard the BRP Sierra Madre. During a Saturday news forum,…

Senators condemn China’s water cannon attack in WPS: ‘Bullying must stop’

Faith Agrosino 08/06/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Senators condemned on Sunday the Chinese Coast Guard’s (CCG) harassment against the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and military supply ship bound for Ayungin Shoal. In separate statements, senators aired their frustration on CCG’s use…

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