China told to ‘lay off’ Philippines’ islands shows SHIFT in Manila-Beijing relationship | World | News

As the midterm elections in the Philippines approach, President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to overturn his “soft” approach with China over the territory, by engaging in talks with US President Donald Trump to increase their joint military efforts. Mr Duterte’s administration also warned China to “lay off” Manila-owned Thitu Island, in the Spratly archipelago. This came after 200 Chinese vessels were spotted there in what the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs condemned as “a clear violation of Philippine sovereignty”. President Duterte has faced criticism for his handling of China and…

Philippines Morning News For April 22, 2019

DOF: P1.01B daily underspending in Q1 due to reenacted budgetThe government was unable to spend more than P1 billion per day on public goods and services as it had ought to during the first quarter due to the budget impasse in Congress, according to the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team.— Philippine Daily Inquirer NG’s Q1 budget gap down 41% to P90.2BTHE national government recorded a budget deficit of P90.245 billion for the first quarter of 2019, as expenditures outpaced revenues, but the gap was much lower than last…

China Should Tread Carefully Regarding The Philippines – Analysis – Eurasia Review

China may be on the verge of making a major mistake that would undermine its great gains in soft power in Southeast Asia.  This comes at a time when China needs friends in the region more than ever as its economy slows, trade tensions with the U.S. rise, and security and financial concerns with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are resulting in reappraisals of its projects. ‘Soft power’ is the capability to use economic or cultural influence to shape the preferences of others.  China has been arduously building its…

South China Sea: Philippines Duterte SUES China for harvesting clams near Thitu island | World | News

The government plans to take legal action against China for harvesting giant clams in Scarborough or Panatag Shoal, the Philippine Star reported. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Twitter: “We just caught them doing that recently, filed a diplomatic note, and will be taking legal action. With our legal department now.” The action follows Chinese ships reportedly swarming Pag-asa island, also known as Thitu. Mr Duterte had previously warned Beijing to “lay off” the island or he will tell his soldiers to “prepare for suicide missions”. He…

Philippines can’t do anything drastic vs Chinese provocations

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines cannot do anything “drastic” against Chinese provocations in the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang stressed yesterday after the official organization of Filipino lawyers and some fishermen asked the Supreme Court to compel the government to do something about Chinese environmental depredation in Philippine waters. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and fishermen from Palawan and Zambales have asked the high court to issue a Writ of Kalikasan directing the government to enforce Philippine environmental laws, including fisheries laws, in the West Philippine Sea. Respondents in…

A formula for the Philippines, China, and Vietnam in the West Philippine Sea-South China Sea and other participants » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 20, 2019, 10:00 PM By Jose De Vencia Jr. At some point now or sooner than later, the claimants in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea will have to sit down and agree on a seismic and oil exploration program to be fol­lowed by a definitive oil drilling and development schedule for a satisfac­tory commercial petroleum discovery which is anticipated. This should include a detailed and definitive agreement in the event of marginal hydrocarbon discoveries, non-commercial in volume, and must be followed through by a series of exploration…

‘China’s clam harvesting violates Philippines sovereignty’

MANILA, Philippines —  Malacañang yesterday described as an “affront” to Philippine territory and sovereignty the harvesting of giant clams in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal by Chinese ships as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced it would take legal action against China over the incident. As this developed, the Supreme Court (SC) was asked to compel the government to protect disputed shoals in the West Philippine Sea where Chinese fishermen have reportedly been harvesting marine resources. A senior Navy official also said Chinese militia vessels continue to maintain their presence within…

Philippines Morning News For April 19, 2019

Scarborough Shoal lost to China says Philippines spokesmanFilipinos finally heard last Sunday (April 14) what many have dreaded hearing for sometime. Scarborough Shoal has been lost to China.— AEC News Today Philippines slips further on World Press Freedom indexThe Philippines has slipped further on the World Press Freedom Index of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières, RSF).— The Philippine Star PH is 5th country with highest number of reported measles cases since 2018 – WHOA World Health Organization (WHO) study revealed that the Philippines ranks 5th among countries…

Philippines protests Chinese ships around disputed island

As many as 275 Chinese ships and boats have been spotted this year around Thitu island, also known as Pag-asa island in the Philippines, said Jason Ramon, chief of public affairs for the Philippine military’s western command, to CNN Philippines. Armed forces spokesperson Edgard Arevalo cautioned that it was difficult to quantify how many ships are around the island at any one time, as Chinese vessels “come and go” from the area. “The information that we got is the more likely intention is to establish their presence in the area,”…