Marcos: We have no intention to attack anyone with water cannon

Jean Mangaluz 05/06/2024

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday thumbed down proposals of putting water cannons on Philippine vessels patrolling the West Philippine Sea. Asked in an ambush interview in Pasay City about his reaction to such…

China publicizes for the first time what it claims is a 2016 agreement with Philippines

05/04/2024

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — For the first time, China has publicized what it claims is an unwritten 2016 agreement with the Philippines over access to South China Sea islands. The move threatens to further raise tensions in…

PH says China Coast Guard used water cannon on its vessels

Agence France Presse 04/30/2024

The Philippines said the China Coast Guard used water cannon on two of its vessels on Tuesday, causing damage to one of them, during a patrol near a reef off the Southeast Asian country. Manila and Beijing…

US, Japan and South Korea hold drills in disputed sea as Biden hosts leaders of Japan, Philippines

04/13/2024

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (AP) — A U.S. carrier strike group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has held a two-day joint exercise with its allies Japan and South Korea as U.S. President Joe Biden met…

Philippines boosts maritime security as China tension rises

04/01/2024

MANILA (Reuters) -Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has ordered his government to strengthen its coordination on maritime security to confront “a range of serious challenges” to territorial integrity and peace, as a dispute with China escalates. The…

Marcos warns of countermeasures in response to Chinese aggression at sea

03/29/2024

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Thursday that his government would take action against what he called dangerous attacks by the Chinese coast guard and suspected militia ships in the disputed South China Sea, saying…

Philippines minister dares China to put maritime sovereignty claim to arbitration

03/25/2024

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines defence minister on Monday dared China to take its claims of sovereignty in the South China Sea to international arbitration following another standoff at the weekend, but said Manila would not budge…

PH warned by China: Prepare to ‘bear consequences’ in South China Sea

Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Frances Mangosing - @inquirerdotnet 03/25/2024

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines should “be prepared to bear all potential consequences” of its actions in the South China Sea, this was the warning that China gave on Sunday, March 24. This was after the China…

Marcos: PH avoiding conflict amid China’s rising threats

Dona Pazzibungan, Julie Aurelio 03/21/2024

President Marcos said on Wednesday that the Philippines will strive to avoid provoking China while addressing its increasing threat in the South China Sea. However, Manila intends to assert its sovereign rights more assertively in the disputed…

West Philippine Sea: Guard PH shoal, fishers with frequent patrols

02/17/2024

The Philippines will take “decisive action” in securing one of its traditional fishing grounds amid growing Chinese aggression in the West Philippine Sea by establishing a constant presence at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal through rotational patrols of that area by…

Beijing’s latest tactic: 27 vessels deployed amidst PH-China maritime tensions

Jane Baustista, Nestor Corrales 01/21/2024

Beijing deployed 27 vessels in a significant maritime militia rotation in the South China Sea, specifically in areas with ongoing tensions between Philippine and Chinese vessels. This move was observed by an American maritime security expert on…

Philippines to develop islands in South China Sea, says military chief

01/16/2024

MANILA – The Philippines will develop islands in the South China Sea that it considers part of its territory to make them more habitable for troops, Manila’s military chief Romeo Brawner told reporters on Monday, January 15, 2024. The plans come amid heightened…

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