Malaysia, Vietnam don’t have claims in PH EEZ

‘In fact, China is the only country that claims Philippine EEZ in the West Philippine Sea,’ says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio Published 6:40 PM, August 20, 2019 Updated 6:40 PM, August 20, 2019 WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio points out that Malaysia and Vietnam do not claim any part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio corrected House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano…

De Lima to Duterte: Stop Chinese plan on 3 PH isles

Sen. Leila de Lima. (File photo from the Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima on Saturday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to cancel agreements with Chinese investors’ to turn three strategic islands in the Philippines into economic and tourism zones. De Lima, a staunch critic of the President, filed Senate Resolution No. 93, seeking the cancellation of the planned development on Fuga Island in Cagayan province and Grande and Chiquita Islands in Subic Bay, Zambales province. Last April, the Philippines secured $12.16 billion worth of investments as…

China showed ‘double standard’ by sending warships to PH without heads-up: analyst

MANILA — Beijing exhibited double standard in sending warships to Philippine waters without informing Manila, which violates its safety regulations, a maritime law expert said Thursday. China requires foreign warships exercising innocent passage to seek its consent before entering its territorial seas, said Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea. “The entry of Chinese warships into Philippine waters without prior notice and consent of the Philippines runs counter to their own policy for their own waters, and thus…

Will PH give up control of seas in 60-40 joint exploration deal with China? Expert asks

MANILA – Will the government “give up control and supervision of the activity” as part of the “60-40” sharing scheme for joint exploration in the South China Sea? This was the question of a maritime law expert on Monday, days after President Rodrigo Duterte had said he was okay with a 60-40 sharing scheme in a proposed joint oil exploration with China. Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines’ Institute for Maritime Studies and Law of the Sea, said the sharing scheme was not the issue but whether…

60-40 resource sharing between PH and China is ‘good for us’ says Panelo

MANILA – Malacañang again said on Sunday that a proposed 60-40 sharing of possible oil resources in the West Philippine Sea between the Philippines and China is good for the country. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said that since China and the Philippines are both claiming the area, it is better for the two countries to share the area’s resources. “Apparently both countries are not budging with their position, then the next best thing is to agree on using that property to benefit both,” Panelo said in an interview with ANC.…

PH stop of US aircraft carrier stirs talk of help vs China

The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is anchored off Manila Bay, Philippine, for a port call Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The USS Ronald Reagan is cruising in international waters in the South China Sea amid tensions in the disputed islands, shoals and reefs between China and other claimant-countries as Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) MANILA, Philippines — One of the United States’ biggest and most advanced warships, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), has arrived in Manila on Wednesday (Aug 7) for a routine port call that…

American warship sails in PH waters as US-China tensions escalate

An F/A-18 Super Hornet prepares for take-off, onboard the USS Ronald Reagan, in the South China Sea September 30, 2017. Bobby Yip, Reuters MANILA – One of the largest American aircraft carriers entered Philippine waters on Tuesday, after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper accused China of destabilizing the Indo-Pacific.  Esper on Sunday accused China of predatory economics, intellectual property theft and “weaponizing the global commons” — charges which threatened to inflame already heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing as they wage an escalating trade war.  The USS Reagan, the only aircraft…

Chinese investors eye 3 PH isles

Fuga Island —PHOTO COURTESYOF NAVAL FORCES NORTHERN LUZON MANILA, Philippines — Chinese investors are targeting three strategic islands in northern Philippines for transformation into economic and tourism zones. The islands — Fuga in Cagayan province, and adjacent Grande and Chiquita in Subic Bay, Zambales province — play significant roles in the country’s national security, according to military officials. Fuga Island, part of the country’s second northernmost island group, provides access to the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea, while Subic Bay is just 260 kilometers from Panatag Shoal that…

Carpio: Panelo’s remark weakens PH in sea row

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. INQUIRER file photo Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has warned of a serious repercussion on the Philippines’ position unless presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo takes back his statement that China is in “legal possession” of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea. “I think this is a very serious matter,” Carpio, who has done an extensive study of the Philippines’ territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea, said in an interview on television on Thursday. Carpio…

PH doesn’t recognize Beijing’s ‘legal possession’ of South China Sea 

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. INQUIRER file photo MANILA, Philippines — China believes it has “legal possession” of the South China Sea but the Philippine government does not recognize it, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the clarification a day after he told reporters that China has “legal and constructive possession” of the disputed waterway. “As far as they are concerned, it’s theirs. It’s theirs. Why can’t we understand that?” Panelo said in a Palace briefing. “The President has been repeating it, according to them, they own it. As…