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Patricia Lourdes Viray
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Philippines welcomes US support for 2016 arbitral award, reaffirmation of MDT
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - July 14, 2021 - 3:56pm
During the Special ASEAN-US Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Wednesday (Manila time), Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. stressed that the five-year-old arbitral award is binding international law.
'Waste paper': China still refuses to recognize 5-year-old arbitration award
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - July 12, 2021 - 9:38pm
"The arbitration has major fallacies in fact-finding and application of law and violates UNCLOS and international law. The award of the arbitration is illegal, null and void. It is nothing more than a piece of waste...
Sewage from anchored ships laying waste to coral reefs in Spratlys — report
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - July 12, 2021 - 3:06pm
"Damaging these reefs directly affects the fish stocks of the entire South China Sea and can lead to a hunger crisis in coastal regions and a collapse of commercial fishing in the South China Sea," Simularity s...
Chinese, Vietnamese ships in West Philippine Sea disperse after coast guard challenge
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - July 4, 2021 - 11:31am
The coast guard's BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) spotted five Chinese and two Vietnamese ships at the vicinity waters off Marie Louise Bank in the West Philippine Sea.
US will forever remain dedicated to Philippines — chargé d'affaires
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - July 1, 2021 - 6:16pm
"And to that proposition, I assure you, the United States is and will forever remain dedicated," Law said, referring to the "lasting friendship and partnership" of Filipinos and Americans.
More than 100 additional ships detected in West Philippine Sea — report
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - June 21, 2021 - 8:48pm
In its 14-page report released on June 20, US-based Simularity noted that the number of ships — likely Chinese — in the Philippine EEZ jumped from 129 to 238, an increase of 109 ships.
VFA termination still on hold as Duterte 'studies' defense pact
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - June 14, 2021 - 7:52pm
(Updated) Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Monday night announced that the president has decided to extend the suspension of the abrogation of the VFA for another six months.
Duterte, Xi hail 'everlasting friendship' on 46th anniversary of Philippines-China diplomatic ties
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - June 9, 2021 - 5:38pm
In a letter addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte dated June 9, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that the two countries are "friendly neighbors with time-honored friendship."
Increased patrols show Manila's determination to assert West Philippine Sea rights — think tank
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - May 28, 2021 - 7:31am
Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative tracked Philippine patrols in the West Philippine Sea over the past year and noted a "dramatic" increase in activity.
Chinese ships spotted in Julian Felipe Reef now elsewhere in Philippine EEZ — report
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - May 24, 2021 - 2:33pm
"Assuming some of these ships may be Coast Guard, and a few might not be Chinese, we estimate that there are approximately 250 Chinese fishing ships in these contested areas now," Simularity said in its report released...
Manila protests Beijing's unilateral fishing ban in South China Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - May 18, 2021 - 9:54pm
"China's annual fishing moratorium extends far beyond China's legitimate maritime entitlements under UNCLOS and is without basis under international law," the DFA said in a statement released Tuesday night.
Duterte's West Philippine Sea remarks can be taken as 'surrendering' to China — Del Rosario
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - May 18, 2021 - 6:15pm
"China is not in full possession of the West Philippine Sea. If the Philippines takes that attitude, it can be construed by the president... surrendering Philippine interest," former Foreign Affairs Secretary Del...
287 Chinese militia ships scattered across West Philippine Sea — task force
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - May 12, 2021 - 2:08pm
The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea noted that bigger groupings of Chinese maritime militia vessels were seen at Beijing's artificial islands in the area, as well as near Philippine-occupied isl...
Carpio to 'sleeping' Duterte: China is not in possession of West Philippine Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 30, 2021 - 3:47pm
"Shout out loud so that President Duterte will wake up from his deep sleep under the kulambo and admit to the nation the truth — that China is not in possession of the WPS," Carpio said.
China coast guard ships illegally remain in West Philippine Sea — task force
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 28, 2021 - 10:43am
The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) reported continued illegal presence of three CCG ships in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, one in the municipality of Kalayaan in Palawan and another one...
China insists sovereignty over Panatag Shoal, Pag-asa Island amid Philippine coast guard drills
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 27, 2021 - 12:53pm
"We urge the relevant side to respect China's sovereignty and rights and interests, and stop actions complicating the situation and escalating disputes," Wang said.
Chinese vessels in Julian Felipe Reef came from same port as ship that sank Gem-Ver — think tank
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 22, 2021 - 9:25am
The remaining ships in Julian Felipe Reef have the same name as the Chinese vessel that rammed into fishing boat Gem-Ver in Recto (Reed) Bank and left 22 Filipino fishermen floating at sea for hours before being...
In photos: Chinese maritime militia ships remain in Julian Felipe Reef
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 15, 2021 - 4:05pm
The photos were taken by personnel of the PCG's BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) from April 13 to 14.
Locsin orders filing of another diplomatic protest as 240 Chinese ships swarm West Philippine Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 14, 2021 - 8:34am
According to the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea, an estimated 240 Chinese vessels are scattered in several features in the territorial waters of Kalayaan, Palawan as of April 11.
DFA summons Chinese envoy over lingering ships in West Philippine Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 13, 2021 - 1:35pm
(Updated) In a statement release Tuesday, the DFA said it expressed "displeasure over the illegal presence of Chinese vessels in the coral reef off the coast of Bataraza, Palawan.
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