PH unlikely to develop nuclear weapons

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana MANILA — Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Philippines is not keen on developing nuclear weapons. And there are a number of reasons on why the country cannot do so, he added. “Develop our own nuclear weapons to enforce the tribunal ruling? Very unlikely for several reasons. First, we are not technically and technologically capable. Second, we are a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (also known as the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons),” Lorenzana said in…

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…

Most Pinoys back ICC suit vs Xi Jinping over West PH Sea – SWS

Filipino youth activists brave the waves as they hoist a Philippine flag on the shores of Zambales facing the West Philippine Sea on June 12, 2017, Independence Day, as a symbol of the country’s claim to the disputed territory. Jun Dumaguing, ABS-CBN News MANILA – Most Filipinos believe that the lawsuit filed by former Philippine government officials against Chinese President Xi Jinping in the International Criminal Court (ICC) tells the world that China should leave the West Philippine Sea. The survey, conducted in March 2019, found that 49 percent of…

Chinese vessels enter 2 more PH islands’ waters

A graphic provided by AMTI shows the position of Chinese vessels near or around Philippine-occupied islands Panata and Kota in the West Philippine Sea on March 29, 2019. AMTI GRAPHICS MANILA, Philippines — After swarming Pag-asa in the Kalayaan Island Group, Chinese vessels believed to be part of China’s maritime militia have been seen close to two other Philippine-occupied islands in the South China Sea. Some of the Chinese ships and boats were spotted as close as 1 kilometer off Kota (Loaita) and Panata (Loaita Cay), about 24 km south…

LOOK: Satellite images show Chinese maritime militia near 2 PH islands

MANILA – New satellite images from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative-Center for Strategic and International Studies reveal Chinese maritime militia drawing near Kota Island and Panata Island in Philippine territory in March and April this year.  The AMTI-CSIS report said satellite images collected on March 12, 16, and 29, and April 7 confirm the presence of Chinese vessels in the area, most of which show every indication of belonging to the maritime militia. “In almost every instance, the vessels are riding at anchor, many in large clusters, and without fishing…

Enrile says Reed Bank not part of core PH territory

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) — Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said Reed Bank, a sea feature supposedly rich on oil and gas and within the country’s exclusive economic zone, is not part of the Philippines’ core territory. “It is not covered by the Treaty of Paris. Our country’s core territory is the geographical area that was ceded by Spain to America under the Treaty of Paris,” Enrile told CNN Philippines in a chance interview Monday. “We have a claim under the UN Convention on the Law of the…

Imee Marcos ‘insensitive’ for saying PH started fight with China

‘Iyon talagang nakakadismaya…. Talagang napaka-insensitive. Nakakatakot na ganito iyong magiging senador,’ says Vice President Leni Robredo Published 7:05 PM, April 14, 2019 Updated 7:05 PM, April 14, 2019 INSENSITIVE. Vice President Leni Robredo hits senatorial candidate Imee Marcos for her ‘insensitive’ comment that Manila started the fight with Beijing. File photo by the Office of the Vice President MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday, April 14, slammed Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, a senatorial candidate, for her “insensitive” comment on the maritime dispute between the Philippines and…

PH claims on Spratlys, WPS solid: DND chief

MANILA — The country’s claims on the Spratly islands and West Philippine Sea are on solid ground. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana made this statement after the Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed that the Spratlys are part of its territory, citing historical and legal basis. “Despite the pronouncement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, we stand on solid grounds on our claims in the Spratlys and the West Philippine Sea. There is the 1981 UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on The Law of the Sea) of which China is a…

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…