PH remains neutral despite heightened geo-political tension-Duterte

DAVAO CITY –— President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he is in a tight balancing act insisting, however, that his government will remain neutral and his allegiance will be for the Filipino people in the midst of the tense geo-political environment in the Asia-Pacific region. Speaking during the inspection of newly delivered air assets to the …

Philippines files democratic protest against China

DAVAO CITY — The department of Foreign Affairs on Friday filed a democratic protest against China after the Chinese Coast Guard confiscated the fish aggregating devices (payaos) of Filipino fishermen in Bajo de Masinloc last May. The DFA in a statement stressed, “The Philippines also resolutely objected to China’s continuing illicit issuances of radio challenges …

PH does not recognize China’s claim on disputed territory – Palace

DAVAO CITY (July 26) —Malacañang on Thursday, July 25, reiterated its position that the Philippines has claims to the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo said in a press briefing that while the Philippines taken this matter in a diplomatic manner, the government does …

Duterte protects the interest of the country in Recto Issue-Palace

DAVAO CITY (June 20) — President Rodrigo Duterte wants to protect the interest of the country as he sees the Recto Bank issue differently which earned flak after saying that the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat after being hit by a Chinese fishing trawler . Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a press briefing on …

Duterte urges China not to ‘surround’ Pag-asa Island

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday asked China to stop surrounding Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), warning that just one harmed soldier could “precipitate trouble there.” Duterte, in a PDP-Laban campaign rally in Batangas, made this statement after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) bared that a rise …

PH-China inks “comprehensive strategic cooperation” on West Philippine Sea

MANILA (November 20) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping has decided to deal and manage the contentious issues in the West Philippine Sea through a “comprehensive strategic cooperation.” “The President and I both agreed to elevate our relationship into one of comprehensive strategic cooperation. This vision charts a clear course for China-Philippines …

DFA upholds transparency on West Philippine Sea negotiations

DAVAO CITY (August 5)–   There are no secret meetings with China on the issue of the West Philippine Sea, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said. “All meetings are on record and some are even on Facebook,  which goes to show that there are no secret deals,” he pointed out. Cayetano said …

Duterte to formally kick off maritime research in PH Rise

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to grace a series of commemorative activities including a send-off ceremony on Tuesday that will formally start the marine science research (MSR) to be performed by the country’s premier scientists in the Philippine Rise. The MSR is the first nationally-coordinated research to be conducted in the undersea …

​​ President Duterte to assert arbitration ruling on WPS, Palace says

​Singapore — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has given his assurance that the government will stand by the United Nations (UN) Arbitral Tribunal decision awarding the Philippines sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea (WPS). Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. held a press briefing at the Orchard Hotel here in the Lion City on the sidelines …