PH says war games with US, Japan ‘not related to South China Sea’ dispute

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, hike with Philippine Marines on their way to conduct room clearing drills during Exercise Balikatan at the Navy Education Training Command, April 5, 2019./ DVIDSHUB MANILA, Philippines — The week-long maritime exercises of the Philippines, United States, and Japan are not in any way connected to the country’s territorial dispute in the South China Sea. “First of all, this is not something related to the South China Sea. Let us be clear on…

Russia eyes possible energy partnership with PH

Russia will invest in the country’s energy sector, specifically in the installation of natural gas plants in the Philippines. This according to Russia’s Philippine Ambassador Carlos Sorreta.  “[In] conventional energy, you know Russia is a major player in oil, in gas. So there’s that…that’s what we’re looking at. But we’re looking beyond,” he was quoted in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report. “We’re looking at supply also to bring down… ‘yung (to) increase sa (our energy) supplier[s]. [With very low] supplies, you can’t bring down [fuel] prices,” he added. “And we’re…

Russia eyeing energy cooperation with PH – envoy

MOSCOW, Russia — Russia has shown interest in engaging in energy cooperation with the Philippines, Manila’s top envoy here said. In an interview with reporters on Wednesday, Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said the Philippines is “looking at” Russia to invest “in our energy sector setting up plants for natural gas” and “different steps to liquefy for our natural gas.” “[In] conventional energy, you know Russia is a major player in oil, in gas. So there’s that…that’s what we’re looking at. But we’re looking beyond,” he said. “We’re looking…

Locsin, PH top diplomat, minces no words at UN General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS, United States – (UPDATE) The Philippines’ top diplomat minced no words in his speech at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s high-level open debate on Saturday. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the international body should not interfere in the Philippines’ affairs when it comes to how it is handling the South China Sea dispute and its anti-narcotics campaign. “All democracies are pretentions to some degrees and that the growing electoral trend toward strong governments does not change its democratic character,” he said. “Weak governments, unable to…

China to continue sharing dev’t benefits with PH: envoy

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua (PNA photo by Joyce Ann L. Rocamora) MANILA — As China marked its 70th founding anniversary with a list of milestones it achieved over the last seven decades, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said Beijing would continue sharing the benefits of their progress with partners, including the Philippines. “China is committed to sharing the benefits of development with the Philippines,” he said in his speech during the reception of the People’s Republic of China anniversary in Makati City Thursday night. The envoy shared that China is now…

China vows peace, stability with PH

MANILA – China is committed to maintaining peace and stability with the Philippines, saying the South China Sea is not the sum total of Philippine-China relations. During the reception marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said China wants to work with the Philippines in existing mechanisms such as the bilateral consultation mechanism and joint coast guard committee in dealing with maritime issues.  Ambassador Zhao Jianhua offers toast during 70th China national day reception pic.twitter.com/tSkK4cLyGZ — Willard Cheng (@willardcheng) September…

Palace says China blockade of PH vessels in Ayungin Shoal ‘objectionable’

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang said Monday that it was “objectionable” that a Chinese warship blocked Philippine vessels on a resupply mission to BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. The Department of National Defense (DND) last week submitted a report to Congress during its budget deliberations, revealing that a Chinese Coast Guard ship blocked three Filipino vessels on a resupply mission to BRP Sierra Madre last May 14. “Syempre objectionable ‘yun… Nagdadala lang pala ng pagkain bakit naman ibla-block? (Of course that’s objectionable. They are just…

‘The face of defeat’: S. China Sea scholar urges PH to raise arbitral win before UN

MANILA – “The face of defeat.” That was how South China Sea scholar and BBC journalist Bill Hayton described the Philippines’ refusal to raise its arbitral victory against China before the United Nations. Hayton, author of the book “The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia,” said he believes the Philippines “has plenty of options between pointless war and abject surrender.” “That’s what diplomacy is. In this struggle, Manila has many friends all around the world. They are willing to help…” he said. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin…

Del Rosario insists on raising PH arbitral win before UN

MANILA- The Philippines’ former foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario insisted Friday on raising Manila’s legal victory against Beijing on the South China Sea dispute before the United Nations (UN) even though Malacañang said doing so would be “futile.” Del Rosario explained that the Philippines should still bring up the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling to the UN so that it could be heard by nearly 200 world leaders. “The UN serves as not only the primary promoter of the rule of law but also the court of world public…

China using fishing vessels for surveillance, control of West PH Sea – DND

LONELY OUTPOST. An aerial view shows the BRP Sierra Madre that has been grounded since 1999 to assert the Philippines’ sovereignty over Ayungin Shoal. The China Coast Guard constantly patrols the area, the DND says. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP MANILA, Philippines – Chinese fishing vessels do more than just fish in the West Philippine Sea, but are part of China’s strategy to control the resource-rich waters and deny Filipinos access to their exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the Department of National Defense (DND) said in a report. “Apparently, China has…