Duterte may raise Recto Bank incident at ASEAN Summit – DFA

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) — President Rodrigo Duterte may possibly touch on the Chinese fishermen’s ramming of a Philippine boat at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Thailand, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday. The incident wherein a Chinese vessel rammed a Philippine fishing boat and abandoned 22 local fishermen in the open sea of Recto Bank could be discussed in “general terms” during the talk on regional and international developments, DFA Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West said. Duterte will attend…

Asean meet not best venue for Duterte to raise boat sinking issue – DFA exec

The Philippine fishing boat Gem-Vir 1 sinks after being hit by a Chinese vessel. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — There is an “opening” for President Rodrigo Duterte to raise the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat at the Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea during the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Thailand, a foreign affairs official said Tuesday. But Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West said that while South China Sea issued were on the agenda, it would not be the “best venue” to discuss the fishing…

Cabinet secretaries to meet on PH boat sinking without Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte cannot attend because of other appointments, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles Published 9:20 AM, June 17, 2019 Updated 9:20 AM, June 17, 2019 PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte joins other leaders during the Leaders’ Roundtable Discussion of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center on April 27, 2019. Malacañang photo MANILA, Philippines – Cabinet secretaries plan to meet on Monday afternoon, June 17, about the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in Recto Bank (Reed Bank), in the…

BREAKING: If USA, Britain keep Diego Garcia China Gets South China Sea, Duterte gets zip.

The Philippines is a victimized innocent in one of Trump’s wars. But not just the delightfully innocent Filipinos, all Asians are in grave danger as war looms ominously in the heads of some hawkish old men in the White House. Extreme nastiness today against China is led by Donald Trump, the US Navy and US Coast Guard, far from their home, plying China’s claimed territorial waters of the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait. Beijing got angry and ordered that an innocent American ally be punished. A Philippines vessel…

Duterte won’t interfere with House Speakership race —Palace – UNTV News

Courtesy : HOR Facebook page MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Party-list coalition now only have two candidates for the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the next Congress, PBA party-list Representative Jerico Nograles said on Tuesday. Nograles said they are only choosing between Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, and Leyte Representative-elect Martin Romualdez. He said the 54-member Party-list coalition, who will be voting as one for the House speakership election, have decided to narrow down their choices to Velasco and Romualdez, believing that they are the only ones…

Marianas Variety – Duterte says he questioned Xi over Chinese vessels

MANILA (The Philippine Star) — President Rodrigo Duterte says he questioned the swarming of Chinese ships around the Philippines’ Pag-asa Island in the South China Sea during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Duterte said Chinese ships had surrounded Pag-asa despite his declaration that he would not allow Americans on the island, which is part of Kalayaan town in Palawan and inhabited by about 200 Filipinos. “I was not angry but I said, ‘Did I not tell you Mr. President that I will never allow the Americans to set…

Duterte and Abe come together to stand up to China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte latest visit to Japan, his third in less than three years, highlights the recent deepening of a long-standing strategic partnership. Bilateral relations have never been as good since the end of Second World War, amid a long-term convergence of strategic and economic interests between the two Asian countries. This blossoming relationship is driven not only by old-established mutual economic interests, but also the more recent upsurge of shared concerns over China’s maritime expansionism in the East China and the South China seas. Despite international criticism of…

Duterte questioned Xi over Chinese vessels around Pagasa

Duterte questioned Xi over Chinese vessels around Pagasa Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) – June 10, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte says he questioned the swarming of Chinese ships around the Philippines’ Pag-asa Island in the South China Sea during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Duterte said Chinese ships had surrounded Pag-asa despite his declaration that he would not allow Americans on the island, which is part of Kalayaan town in Palawan and inhabited by about 200 Filipinos. “I was not angry but I…

World War 3 fears as Duterte begs nations to ‘come together’ amid South China Sea tensions | World | News

China has continued to increase its gains in the region and has come into minor conflicts with several states including the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Speaking recently, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio called for a “truth movement” to go against China. In a bold speech to the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, Mr Carpio called on the surrounding nations to come together against China as he called Beijing’s propaganda claims to territory as the “fake news of the century”. Mr Carpio added: “This true history is clear,…

Duterte recalls talks with Xi: No US presence on Pag-asa island, so why the ships?

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte shake hands after the Chinese leader signed the guest book at the Malacañang palace in Manila, Philippines, November 20, 2018. Mark Cristino, pool via Reuters/File MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said early Saturday he assured Chinese President Xi Jinping that American troops would never set foot on Pag-asa Island in the disputed South China Sea as he asked why China’s ships were surrounding the area. Recalling “the last time” he met with the Chinese leader, Duterte said he was aware of repercussions…