A formula for the Philippines, China, and Vietnam in the West Philippine Sea-South China Sea and other participants » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 20, 2019, 10:00 PM By Jose De Vencia Jr. At some point now or sooner than later, the claimants in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea will have to sit down and agree on a seismic and oil exploration program to be fol­lowed by a definitive oil drilling and development schedule for a satisfac­tory commercial petroleum discovery which is anticipated. This should include a detailed and definitive agreement in the event of marginal hydrocarbon discoveries, non-commercial in volume, and must be followed through by a series of exploration…

PH, China should meet halfway » Manila Bulletin News

‘Insisting on The Hague ruling on the territorial dispute right now may end up in bloodbath’ Updated April 18, 2019, 8:31 PM By Argyll Geducos and Ben Rosario President Duterte said the Philippines and China should meet halfway in addressing the issue in the disputed West Philippine Sea. The President issued the statement following reports of Chinese vessels suspected to be Chinese militia circling around Philippine-occupied islands in the disputed waters. In a speech in Batangas City, Duterte reiterated that he cannot insist on China about The Hague ruling right…

Philippine Navy sends war vessel to join in China Navy founding anniversary » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 16, 2019, 7:30 PM By Aaron Recuenco  The Philippine Navy has sent 400 of its personnel on board a recently-acquired amphibious war vessel to participate in the founding anniversary of China’s naval force next week. Capt. Jonathan Zata, head of the Naval Public Affairs Office, said the BRP Tarlac is expected to arrive at Qingdao, China and will join the other naval forces of Asia and other foreign countries for the main celebration of the 70th Founding Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (Chinese PLA-Navy). The delegation, according…

Dialogue, not confrontation – Manila Standard

“These show that both the Philippines and China are serious in finding common ground through dialogue and negotiation rather than through the use of force. Still, we would have wanted to read full details on what was actually agreed upon.” ​ From time to time, tension prevails in the South China Sea as claimant-countries assert their ownership of disputed islands in the vital waterway. The Philippines claims part of the Spratly Islands that’s also claimed by China and other neighboring countries, such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Calling…

China rebuffs PH officials, maintains Spratly Islands is its territory » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 12, 2019, 5:21 PM By Roy Mabasa China has rebuffed statements earlier made by some Philippine officials regarding the situation in Spratly Islands (known as Nansha in Chinese), saying that the area is “within China’s territory” and the rights of its fishermen “should not be challenged.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang (Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “We have taken note of those remarks made by the Philippine officials. The Nansha Islands are within China’s territory, for which we have sufficient historical and…

Spratly Islands ours—China – Manila Standard

China on Thursday repeated its claim over the Spratly Islands after Malacañang slammed the persistent presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea. Lu Kang “The Nansha Islands are China’s territory, which is backed by sufficient historical and jurisprudential evidence,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing. “For thousands of years, Chinese fishermen have been fishing in these waters in the South China Sea. Their rights should not be challenged.” Lu made his statement after Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Philippines would always assert its sovereignty…

Water Wars: Fear and Loathing in Manila

Tensions around the contested island of Thitu (Tagalog: Pag-asa; Chinese: Zhongye) are escalating as China and the Philippines continue to press their claims. In March, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) and other observers counted up to 275 Chinese vessels near Thitu, up from December’s high of 95. On April 1, the Philippines registered an official protest against China’s Thitu presence, citing worries that what appear to be fishing boats are actually part of China’s maritime militia. The following day, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered an address in which he…

No room for prejudice » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 9, 2019, 12:29 AM #MINDANAO By JOHN TRIA John Tria The lamentable stance of many of Manila’s intellectuals against the Chinese due to the South China Sea maritime dispute, and a proposed ban on the entry of foreign workers by a reelectionist senator only fans prejudice, and invites reprisals and counter-prejudice against our own workers and migrants on foreign shores. Imagine the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos working in China in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. All of these territories also have positions that counter our own in…

Sonny Angara bats for Gumaca for investments » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 6, 2019, 5:51 PM By Mario Casayuran Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara said Saturday the government must harness the potential of Gumaca, a coastal town in Quezon province, as an international seaport to attract investments that will create massive employment opportunities not just for the province, but for the entire CALABARZON region. Senator Juan Edgardo ‘’Sonny’’ M. Angara (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) With its strategic location, Angara said the municipality of Gumaca in southern Quezon could position itself as an important gateway to Asia. Gumaca, which is 139 kilometers south…