‘Let’s wait’: Lorenzana says yet to receive report on alleged Chinese ship sighting

  MANILA – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday the defense department has yet to receive an official report on the Chinese Coast Guard ship reportedly spotted in the vicinity of Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. “We haven’t received the official report so we’re trying to get from Wescom (Western Command), requiring them to send the report to us. I cannot comment on that yet,” Lorenzana said. Wescom earlier said they spotted the Chinese ship at the small group of islets and reefs, where a handful of Philippine…

De Lima to Duterte: Stop Chinese plan on 3 PH isles

Sen. Leila de Lima. (File photo from the Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima on Saturday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to cancel agreements with Chinese investors’ to turn three strategic islands in the Philippines into economic and tourism zones. De Lima, a staunch critic of the President, filed Senate Resolution No. 93, seeking the cancellation of the planned development on Fuga Island in Cagayan province and Grande and Chiquita Islands in Subic Bay, Zambales province. Last April, the Philippines secured $12.16 billion worth of investments as…

Chinese survey ship re-enters disputed South China Sea waters

Chinese research vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 entered waters surrounding the Spratly islands, which are claimed by Vietnam. Xinhua A Chinese survey vessel has re-entered disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to ship tracking analysis, after a tense month-long standoff in the same area that inflamed tensions between Hanoi and Beijing. China has been accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels in the waters, stoking ire from other claimants on the key global shipping route. The resource-rich sea is also a flashpoint issue between Beijing and…

Candor from Chinese ambassador surely hurts

Candor from Chinese ambassador surely hurts MAURO GIA SAMONTE IN a cacophony of stereotypes, two complement each other to nail the issue on the South China Sea once and for all: Truth hurts, and the truth shall set you free. I won’t need the advice of a former British prime minister to state my take on the recent pronouncement by Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the arbitral ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at the Hague on Chinese-Philippine conflict. Although Asian culture is richly endowed…

South China Sea: Philippines issues warning over presence of five Chinese warships | World | News

Tensions between the two countries have risen lately with Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte confirming that he will confront Beijing over its territorial dominance next month. In an added escalation to the tensions between the two states, the Philippine Government has expressed concern over the passage of Chinese warships. The military has spoken of five Chinese warships that were seen passing through a strait in the southern Philippines. Presidential spokesman, Salvador Panelo said: “We express concern with that kind of incident because they China keep on saying that we’re friends. “I…

Manila Voices Alarm Over Chinese Warships in Philippine Waters Amid South China Sea Dispute

Earlier, Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo denied allegations that Manila has abandoned the UN arbitral tribunal’s decision that rejected Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Manila has voiced alarm over a military report that at least five Chinese warships have been spotted passing through a strait in the southern Philippines in separate incidents since July. “We express concern with that kind of incident because they [China]) keep on saying that we’re friends. I don’t think that this is an act of friendship,” said Salvador Panelo, spokesman for Philippine…

Observers See Duterte Making a Play for More Chinese Aid | Voice of America

TAIPEI – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will bring up issues surrounding a touchy maritime sovereignty dispute with his Chinese counterpart this month to win more economic favors, observers predict. Duterte, who made peace with China in 2016 by setting aside the dispute, said Aug. 8 that he would discuss with Chinese President Xi Jinping a 3-year-old World Court arbitral tribunal ruling in Manila’s favor and the prospects for a multicountry maritime code of conduct, the presidential office website says. China and the Philippines dispute sovereignty over parts of the South China Sea, a…

Philippines Pushing Back Against Chinese Militia South China Sea Presence

Chinese maritime militia vessel in 2009. US Navy Photo MANILA – The Philippines have begun to push back against the strong and sustained presence of Beijing’s paramilitary ships in the South China Sea, calling the deployment of Chinese militia ships in huge numbers a threat. Manila filed two diplomatic protests last month against the swarming presence of militia vessels in waters surrounding Pagasa Island (Thitu Island), its biggest occupied island in the South China Sea in the Spratly Island chain.The diplomatic notes also covered the undeclared passage of four Chinese warships within…