China looks to Bongbong Marcos to revive oil exploration talks

DJ Yap, Tina G. Santos 06/27/2022

MANILA, Philippines — China is ready to revive negotiations on joint oil exploration with “the new Philippine government,” as it maintained that this was still the “right way” for both countries to manage their maritime differences in…

Navy to order 6 more patrol vessels from South Korea

Frances Mangosing 05/23/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will order six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for P30 billion from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to boost its capability to protect national interests, particularly in the West Philippine Sea.…

With latest confrontation in WPS, Isko reiterates ‘fearless’ stance in defending territory

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter 11/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso reiterated on Thursday that he will be “fearless” in fighting for the country’s territory if he is elected president in 2022, amid the latest Chinese intrusion near the…

PH to continue asserting sovereignty after latest ‘illegal’ acts of China Coast Guard in WPS

Daniza Fernandez - Reporter / @DFernandezINQ 11/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will continue to insist on its “sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction over our territory” despite reports that the China Coast Guard recently “blocked and water cannoned” Philippine supply boats in the West…

Invaluable lessons from Hidilyn Diaz’s victory

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 07/31/2021

The most significant event that happened this week, we can all agree, is Hidilyn Diaz’ triumph at the Tokyo Olympics, bringing the Philippines its first gold medal. This shrimp of a lady – all 4 foot, 11…

Palace confident there’s no Chinese exploration in Scarborough despite discovery of device

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 07/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday said it is confident that there are no ongoing exploration efforts in Scarborough shoal, especially by the Chinese, despite claims of some fishermen finding a device reportedly used in exploring oil…

Our vanishing ‘galunggong’

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 07/22/2021

Two months ago, I had a Zoom meeting with fisherfolk from Zambales who complained that their fish catch had been dwindling because huge Chinese trawlers have been scooping the fish in their traditional fishing grounds in the…

Sea Sunday, fishermen  and the West Philippine Sea

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/13/2021

Matamlay. Sluggish. This is how Taytay Apostolic Vicar-designate Bishop Broderick Pabillo described the government’s treatment of Filipino fishermen despite the favorable arbitral tribunal’s ruling on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) territorial dispute. During his  homily last Sea Sunday,…

Big words

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 07/05/2021

“No one will live in a squatter (area) especially in Metro Manila.” “I will eradicate corruption in government offices.” These lofty promises sound awfully familiar. They were spoken not by our incumbent President but by Sen. Manny…

MARLAWPH: Listen to the Filipinos’ clamor to defend our sovereign rights

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/08/2021

Listen and respond to the clamor of the Filipinos to defend their sovereign rights and entitlements in the West Philippines Sea (WPS). In a published statement, the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines (MARLAWPh) called on the…

China does not possess the WPS

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 05/20/2021

President Duterte’s mantra is “China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).” The President made this declaration on several occasions: the November 2018 Asean-India Summit in Singapore, his July 2019 and 2020 State of the…

Duterte says he won’t waste ‘best relations’ of PH with China

Krissy Aguilar 05/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has again voiced out his reluctance to upset China amid the continuing discussions over the latter’s incursions into the West Philippine Sea. “We have the best of relations now. We will…

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