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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'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...
Philippines orders Netflix to pull out spy drama episodes showing China's illegal 9-dash line
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - November 2, 2021 - 8:22am
On Monday night, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board had decided to pull out episodes of "Pine Gap" in its decision dated September 28.
3 crew members safe after Australian military chopper crashes in Philippine Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - October 14, 2021 - 4:57pm
"The AFP is still coordinating with its Australian counterparts on the matter and has expressed readiness to provide assistance," the military said in a statement.
Months after VFA restoration, Philippines agrees to hold over 300 military activities with US
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - October 14, 2021 - 4:23pm
A few months after President Rodrigo Duterte decided to fully restore the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States, the two countries agreed to hold over 300 activities for the next...
3 new diplomatic protests filed over Chinese activities in West Philippine Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - September 30, 2021 - 2:25pm
In a series of tweets, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. ordered the DFA to file three new protests against Beijing's activities in the West Philippine Sea.
China tried to stop Philippines-US defense treaty review — Lorenzana
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - September 30, 2021 - 9:42am
"When I first brought the idea of revisiting the MDT, the former Chinese ambassador (Zhao Jianhua) came to me and said, 'Please do not touch the MDT. Leave it as it is,'" Lorenzana said.
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