Patricia Lourdes Viray
Patricia Lourdes Viray

Patricia Lourdes Viray has been a reporter for Philstar.com since 2014. She covers foreign affairs and defense, particularly the West Philippine Sea issue.

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Duterte exits Malacañang, skips Marcos inauguration
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - June 30, 2022 - 2:02pm
Rodrigo Duterte received his departure honors at the Malacañang Palace Grounds before his term officially ended on Thursday, June 30.
Rim of the Pacific: Philippines joins 25 countries in world's largest naval exercises
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - June 2, 2022 - 12:26pm
The US Navy said the biennial Rim of the Pacific will be conducted from June 29 to August 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
Philippines summons Chinese envoy, protests harassment of research ship in West Philippine Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - May 31, 2022 - 9:08am
"The Department summoned a senior official of the Chinese Embassy in Manila to protest the harassment by CCG on RV Legend, which had been conducting an authorized marine scientific research activity, with Philippine...
In 3 separate showdowns, Chinese ships challenged research vessels in Philippine EEZ — think tank
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - May 27, 2022 - 10:16am
"Beijing giving the Marcos admin a preview of what it can expect," AMTI Director Gregory Poling said.
'We can't go to war with China': Marcos echoes Duterte on West Philippine Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - May 26, 2022 - 1:08pm
"We talk to China consistently with a firm voice... We cannot go to war... so we have to continue to discuss with them the conflicting claims that we have with China and that China has with other members of the ASEAN,"...
'Uncharted' pulled out from Philippine cinemas over South China Sea map
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 27, 2022 - 10:31am
Citing a scene showing China's illegal nine-dash map claim over the South China Sea, the DFA said the scene is contrary to national interest.
'Impunity remained': US report shows drug-related killings continue in Philippines
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 13, 2022 - 4:37pm
The US state department's 2021 Country Report on Human Rights Practices listed significant human rights issues in the Philippines, including unlawful or arbitrary killings, reports of forced disappearance, torture...
Presidential bets suggest revising how ASEAN decides. But will member states buy this?
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 5, 2022 - 9:51am
Aries Arugay, political science professor at the University of the Philippines, said it was good that some candidates know the limitations of ASEAN decision making, but coming up with a consensus has become the...
Beijing insists sovereignty over Panatag after near collision of Filipino, Chinese ships
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 29, 2022 - 10:14am
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin claimed that Beijing has sovereignty over Panatag Shoal and its adjacent waters "as well as sovereign rights and jurisdiction over relevant waters."
Chinese coast guard ship sails close, constrains maneuvering space of Philippine patrol vessel near Panatag
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 27, 2022 - 11:25am
PCG multi-role response vessel BRP Malabrigo reported that CCG with bow number 3305 conducted a close distance maneuvering while the Philippine ship was on maritime patrol in the West Philippine Sea on March 2.
Embassies call out Russian ambassador's 'lies' in Ukraine opinion piece
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 17, 2022 - 11:35am
"Let's be clear: Russia invaded a sovereign state. It is committing war crimes & shows complete disregard for international law & civilian life," Beaufils said
DFA summons Chinese envoy over navy ship's incursion in Sulu Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 14, 2022 - 5:12pm
The DFA said the Chinese ship's movements "did not follow a track that can be considered as continuous and expeditious, lingering in the Sulu Sea for three days."
Philippines, France discuss possible joint patrols in EEZs
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 9, 2022 - 4:36pm
"We are under the same threat of natural disasters in our overseas territories. The second domain is the protection of our exclusive economic zone," French Rear Admiral Jean-Mathieu Rey said.
DFA orders mandatory evacuation as Alert Level 4 raised in Ukraine
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 7, 2022 - 5:46pm
Alert Level 4 signals the mandatory evacuation of Filipinos living in Ukraine.
Filipinos in Ukraine urged not to panic as Russia launches invasion
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 24, 2022 - 5:52pm
"All our kababayans can just approach our Philippine Consulate in Kyiv... There's a team in Lviv also that is there if they need repatriation, they need to transfer to a safer place," Foreign Affairs Undersecretary...
Locsin: No harm will come to Filipinos in Ukraine
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 16, 2022 - 11:20am
"Rest assured Filipinos in Ukraine will come to no harm; I will be on top of it personally," Locsin sais in a tweet Wednesday.
Presidential bets vow to enforce Philippines' arbitral award
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - January 23, 2022 - 10:15am
In an interview with GMA News' Jessica Soho Saturday night, Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Ping Lacson, Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno shared their thoughts on the issue and how they were going...
Lorenzana hits back at 'trespassing' China: We can do whatever we want in Ayungin
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - November 25, 2021 - 9:24am
"Ergo, we can do whatever we want there and it is they who are actually trespassing," Lorenzana said in a statement.
EU opposes China's 'unilateral actions,' stresses Ayungin within Philippine EEZ
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - November 22, 2021 - 8:35am
"In this context, the European Union recalls the Arbitration Award rendered under UNCLOS on 12 July 2016, which found that Second Thomas Shoal lies within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone and continental...
Philippines' public disclosures make China's 'gray zone' operations less effective — think tank
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - November 18, 2021 - 9:00pm
"And if the militia can be identified and mapped in its entirety, with its motives and methods widely knows, it will lose its effectiveness as a gray zone force," AMTI said in its report titled "Pulling Back the...
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