Palace: PH, Vietnam agree to promote peaceful settlement of disputes in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and Vietnam have reaffirmed their commitment to pursue peace and stability in the hotly-contested South China Sea, Malacañang said Wednesday. According to a statement by the Presidential Communications Operations Office, President Duterte and Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke over the phone on Tuesday evening where they “reiterated their commitment to the peaceful settlement of disputes” in the South China Sea. Like the Philippines, Vietnam claims part of the South China Sea where China asserts sweeping claims of ownership. Last month, the sinking of a…

PH files 2 diplomatic protests vs Chinese aggression in West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has lodged two diplomatic protests against China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea, accusing China of violating international law and Philippine sovereignty. @DFAPHL we worked on this the whole day. And that is all that will be said on it because diplomatic notes are strictly confidential between the two states parties. Period. https://t.co/cTXv4W9T9z — Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) April 22, 2020 “At 5:17 p.m. today, the Chinese Embassy received two diplomatic protests: 1. on the pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship in PH…

PH Navy vessel docks at Pagasa Island port

AUSSIE DONATION Philippine coast guards check out the heavy landing craft donated by Australia to be named C. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ The Philippine Navy’s BRP Ivatan (LC298) made history last week for being the first Navy vessel to dock at the newly constructed port at Pagasa Island on the West Philippine Sea. In a statement issued on late Tuesday, Naval Forces West acting public affairs officer Lt. Maivi Neri said the vessel was able to berth on May 13 near the port of the island, which is part of the Kalayaan…

PH Navy ship docks at Pag-asa Island – The Manila Times

A Philippine Navy ship made history when it docked at the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa (Thitu) Island to drop off soldiers. Commo. Renato David, commander of Naval Forces West, said BRP Ivatan (LC298) docked at a “newly constructed” port on May 13 at Pag-asa Island, one of Manila’s occupied features at the Kalayaan Island Group (Spratly Group of Islands). The ship sailed to the island as part of its mission to bring fresh troops and provisions for the Philippine detachments at the West Philippine Sea. BRP Ivatan also made its rounds at the detachments located at Rizal (Commodore) Reef, Patag…

PH Navy makes historic ship docking on Pag-asa island » Manila Bulletin News

Published May 19, 2020, 4:28 PM By Martin Sasdongdong BRP Ivatan (LC298), a landing craft, has made a historic dock at the nearly-completed port of Pagasa (Thitu) Island in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG or Spratly Islands)—making it the first ever Philippine Navy (PN) vessel that berthed on the Philippine-occupied island located in the West Philippine Sea, the military revealed on May 19, Tuesday. (PH Navy/Naval Forces West) Commodore Renato David, commander of Naval Forces West (NFW), said the docking of BRP Ivatan on Pagasa Island happened last May 13…

PH protests China’s aggressive moves in South China Sea during pandemic

PAG-ASA ISLAND. An aerial view of the Philippines’ largest outpost in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from the Center for Strategic and International Studies/Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr on Wednesday, April 22, said the Philippines lodged two formal protests against China’s recent moves to asserts its claims in the South China Sea. Locsin said two diplomatic protests were filed against China’s recent pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship in Philippine waters, as well as its declaration that portions…

‘China should pay  PH for WPS damages’

Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday demanded that the Chinese government should shoulder the costs of the Philippines’ COVID-19 response, in reparation for the annual losses the country has incurred due to China’s damage of reef ecosystems in the West Philippine Sea. “China should foot the Philippines’ COVID-19 bill. The destruction to our reefs in Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands is equivalent to at least P33.1 billion in losses annually, on top of other economic and health costs,” said Hontiveros. “This money is past due and could go to government’s efforts…

Hontiveros wants to bill China for PH coronavirus response

MANILA, Philippines — A senator on Wednesday wants China to “foot the bill” for the Philippines’ response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, as reparation for the country’s annual losses due to China’s damage of Philippine reef ecosystems estimated at over P200-billion. “The destruction to our reefs in Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands is equivalent to at least PhP 33.1 billion in losses annually, on top of other economic and health costs,” Senator Risa Hontiveros said in a statement. The senator cited a report by the Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy,…

Ex-DFA chief urges PH to protest China’s creation of new districts in South China Sea

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) — Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is urging the government to protest China’s creation of new districts that cover features in the South China Sea, including the Philippine-claimed Spratly Islands, Scarborough Shoal and Fiery Cross Reef. Del Rosario said just as the Philippines protested China’s reported sinking of a Vietnames fishing vessel, it should also protest its declaration of the new districts. He added that these recent incidents involving China in the disputed waters should keep Filipinos vigilant, even as the world…

PH told to protest 2 new Chinese districts in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — In an apparent move to further tighten its grip in the South China Sea, Beijing recently announced it was establishing two districts in Paracels and Spratly Islands. The two administrative units are under the control of Sansha City, Chinese People’s Liberation Army said in its news website on Friday (April 17). The ”Nansha District” would be in charge of Spratly Islands, where the Philippine claims in the West Philippine Sea are located, as well as the surrounding areas. Its government will hold office on Yongshu Jiao, China’s…