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Photos show more Chinese construction, new radars on Mischief Reef
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 18, 2021 - 12:25pm
China continues to install structures on Philippine-claimed Mischief or Panganiban Reef in the South China Sea while the rest of the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.
By number, China now has world's largest navy — report
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 18, 2021 - 10:45am
Andrew Erickson, a professor at the China Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College, wrote that China fielded more battle force ships than the US Navy sometime between 2015 and 2020.
Carpio: Wait for China to use coast guard law before going to UN tribunal
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 10, 2021 - 11:14am
"If China fires on a Philippine vessel in the West Philippine Sea that's the time we go to a [UN Convention on the Law of the Sea] tribunal," Carpio told CNN Philippines' "The Source."
Lorenzana, new Pentagon chief talk VFA, South China Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 10, 2021 - 9:49am
(Updated) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III discussed priority bilateral defense issues for both countries, including the Mutual Defense Treaty, Visiting Forces Agreement...
Amid China's warning, Biden calls US warship in South China Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 9, 2021 - 1:23pm
US President Joe Biden spoke to the leadership of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group on February 8 during the Super Bowl.
Locsin vows 'more than just a protest' in case of another China coast guard incident
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 8, 2021 - 10:45am
"If there is an incident, I can assure you it will be more than just a protest," Locsin said.
Locsin blames the West for 'destroying' Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 4, 2021 - 8:19pm
"I pour scorn on the Western world for destroying Aung San Sii Kyi and making her a victim of the military," Locsin told the Senate foreign affairs committee.
After Philippines' protest, China says new coast guard law not a threat of war
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 1, 2021 - 6:48pm
The Chinese Embassy in Manila pointed out that the new rule allowing China's coast guard to fire on foreign vessels conforms to international conventions and practices of the international community.
DFA chief Locsin in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - January 28, 2021 - 4:05pm
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said he was negative at the moment but the officers he met on Wednesday tested positive.
Philippines protests new China coast guard law
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - January 27, 2021 - 5:19pm
(Updated 5:52 p.m.) After saying it's "none of our business," Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said he fired a diplomatic protest "after reflection."
DFA investigates staff for possible abuse of trafficking victims staying at embassy in Syria
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - January 25, 2021 - 8:15pm
This is in response to The Washington Post's article titled "Sold into Syrian servitude, Filipina workers tell of abuse, rape and imprisonment."
Coronavirus mutation partially explains rise in COVID-19 cases in Philippines — study
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - December 11, 2020 - 7:55am
The study pointed out that the presence of the D614G mutation "may partially explain" the rapid rise of cases in the Philippines in addition to the relaxation of movement restrictions.
Trump's promise: US turns over weapons to Philippines
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - November 23, 2020 - 3:48pm
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the latest donation fulfills the promise that US President Donald Trump made during a phone call with President Rodrigo Duterte in April.
After fresh VFA extension, US reaffirms commitment to Philippines' rights in WPS
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - November 23, 2020 - 2:41pm
"We stand with the Philippines in protecting your sovereign rights, your offshore resources and all of those rights that are consistent with international law," O'Brien said.
Duterte extends suspension of VFA termination
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - November 11, 2020 - 3:19pm
Locsin said Duterte instructed him to convey his decision to extend the suspension of the abrogation of the defense pact with the country's longtime ally and former colonizer for another six months.
Whether Biden or Trump wins, US will adapt to Philippines' stand on South China Sea — analyst
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - October 30, 2020 - 7:29am
"It certainly comes down to the Philippines and how hard is the Philippines going to seek to protect its claim, how is it gonna hedge between the US and China," Thompson said at an online forum.
Philippines pulls out envoy in Brazil over alleged staff maltreatment
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - October 26, 2020 - 2:14pm
(Updated) The Department of Foreign Affairs said Ambassador Marichu Mauro was instructed to go home immediately after the release of video clips showing her "berating and mistreating" her household staff.
Duterte praised for 'strong stand' on South China Sea award
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - September 23, 2020 - 10:54am
Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio welcomed the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte before the United Nations General Assembly on the country's...
Filipinos should welcome European powers' challenge to China — Carpio
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - September 18, 2020 - 12:36am
"This serves as a warning to China that it cannot draw straight baselines around distant offshore islands or archipelagos since China is not an archipelagic state," retired Justice Antonio Carpio said in a stat...
China blames 'certain country' for delay in South China Sea code talks
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - September 17, 2020 - 12:49pm
"Apart from the difficulties caused by the pandemic, certain country outside the region is bent on interfering in the disputes of the South China Sea and the COC consultations to serve its own geopolitical agenda,"...
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