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Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had called for online casinos operating near Philippine military camps to be relocated due to fears they may be used as spies by Beijing. When Beijing’s ambassador in Manila Zhao Jianhua suggested Philippine workers in China could do the same, Mr Lorenzana rejected the statement. According to South China Morning Post, he explained: “That’s the most preposterous statement I’ve heard in a long while. “There are no POGO-like (Philippines offshore gaming operations) centres in China that can be operated purely by Filipinos near Chinese military camps.” A…

Carpio rebuts Cayetano: ‘Vietnam, Malaysia don’t claim any part of Philippine EEZ’

MANILA — Vietnam and Malaysia do not claim waters where the Philippines have exclusive rights over natural resources, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Tuesday, contradicting a remark by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.  Cayetano on Monday said Vietnam and Malaysia occupy more islands than China in the West Philippine Sea. He also dismissed calls by critics to stand up against Beijing’s incursion over the resource-rich waters.  The Philippines occupies 9 features in the waterway; Malaysia occupies, 5; Vietnam, 21; and China, 8 including Scarborough Shoal locally known…

South China Sea tensions resurface ahead of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s Beijing trip

Chinese warships spotted in waters south of the Philippines have brought maritime tensions to the surface again just weeks before an expected trip to China by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. At least five Chinese naval ships made an unannounced passage through the Sibutu Strait in July and August, according to Manila. The strait is considered an international sea route but because there was no prior notification of the trips and the ships turned off their automatic identification systems to avoid radar detection, they amounted to “deception”, the Philippine armed forces…

Manila Voices Alarm Over Chinese Warships in Philippine Waters Amid South China Sea Dispute

Earlier, Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo denied allegations that Manila has abandoned the UN arbitral tribunal’s decision that rejected Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Manila has voiced alarm over a military report that at least five Chinese warships have been spotted passing through a strait in the southern Philippines in separate incidents since July. “We express concern with that kind of incident because they [China]) keep on saying that we’re friends. I don’t think that this is an act of friendship,” said Salvador Panelo, spokesman for Philippine…

Duterte ‘Sailing Out’ to Beijing in S. China Sea Dispute, Philippine Vice President Says

Earlier, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had warned that any attempt by Manila to drive Chinese vessels out of the disputed zone in the South China Sea could spark a potential war and result in the Philippines’ forces being “decimated”. Speaking to Bloomberg on Tuesday, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo claimed that the country’s citizens were concerned over President Rodrigo Duterte “selling out” to Beijing in the dispute pertaining to South China Sea. “I understand why our new administration is more friendly to China, but I think there should be a…

Marianas Variety – China’s defensive posture could turn offensive, Philippine official says

MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has warned that China’s claim of defensive posture in the South China Sea could easily turn to offensive operations. Lorenzana stressed that it must be known to everybody that any defensive capabilities in the military can readily transform into offensive capabilities. “You have to understand, in the military term, a defensive capability can be turned into offensive capability in an instant,” Lorenzana said in a live interview over ABS-CBN News Channel on Friday. Beijing has repeatedly denied accusations that it is…