PHL welcomes US open support for 2016 ruling

The Philippine government on Wednesday welcomed the United States’ “open support” for the 2016 landmark ruling that invalidated China’s sweeping claims under its so-called nine-dash line map in the South China Sea. “[W]e welcome the United States’ open support for the 2016 Arbitral Award. It is binding international law and the most authoritative application of […]Read More

PCG says fisherfolk not barred from Bajo de Masinlo

An official of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday clarified that fisherfolk are allowed to continue fishing in and around Bajo de Masinloc — also known as the Scarborough Shoal. In a press conference in Malacañang, PCG spokesperson, Commodore Armando Balilo said the PCG has not received any recent reports of fisherfolk being denied […]Read More

‘Unforeseen situations’ delayed some modernization projects: AFP

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said unforeseeable circumstances were among the reasons for the delay in the implementation of some of its modernization projects. “This was the result of unforeseeable circumstances, issues with licenses, clearances and site possessions, and some due to constraints by the manufacturers or contractors themselves,” AFP public affairs office […]Read More

US destroyer conducts FONOP in South China Sea on July

United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducted a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands in South China Sea on July 12, the United States Navy 7th Fleet. July 12 marked the fifth anniversary of the Arbitral Tribunal Ruling on the South China Sea. “Unlawful and sweeping […]Read More

DND verifying Chinese ships’ waste dumping in WPS

The Department of National Defense (DND) on Tuesday said it now looking into reports of alleged human waste dumping by Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). “We have taken note of the news circulating online about the alleged dumping of waste in the South China Sea. Be that as it may, I have directed the […]Read More

Expressway from Tarlac to Nueva Ecija opens on July 15

“The Central Luzon Link Expressway, connecting Tarlac and Nueva Ecija, will be opened this July 15. Wala pong toll sa CLLEX,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said in an update on Facebook. The said flagship infrastructure project is funded by the Government of the Philippines and an Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the Japan […]Read More

‘Hindi na nga sa inyo, sisirain niyo pa’: Pangilinan on

Following a US-based report on human waste and sewage dumped by hundreds of Chinese ships in the West Philippine Sea, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is calling on the Chinese government to stop such activities and leave the area. “Hindi na nga sa inyo, sisirain niyo pa. Umalis kayo riyan,” he said Tuesday in reaction to […]Read More

AFP enjoins members to register for Philippine ID System

Helping the government promote a peaceful and secured nation, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday enjoined its members to register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys). “The Philippine ID will not only provide us with a valid proof of identification, it will help government forces in the effort to hunt down terrorists, […]Read More

President should echo sentiment of Filipino public, not of China

“Malacañang should denounce China’s statement. It is long overdue. It is disturbing to read that China’s position of relegating our 2016 victory to “waste paper” is similar to how President Duterte described this award,” Senator Risa Hontiveros said in a statement “The words that come out of the President’s mouth should echo the sentiment of the […]Read More

China says arbitral award ‘nothing more than a piece of

“The award of the arbitration is illegal, null and void. It is nothing more than a piece of waste paper,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on July 12. This is after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a press statement on the fifth anniversary of the arbitral tribunal ruling on the South […]Read More