Category Archives: West Philippine Sea

ROCK SOLID: Unpacking the complicated territorial dispute between Philippines and China

(Welcome address of  Ateneo de Davao Law Dean Manny Quibod at the Davao City launch of multiawarded journalist Marites Vitug’s “Rock Solid: How the Philippines won its maritime case against China” held at the Media Room of the Community Center Building of the Ateneo de Davao University on 3 August 2018). Several years ago, Ateneo […]


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 31 May) – If we have lost our territories in the West Philippine Sea to China, blame it on the national leadership’s failure to appreciate the country’s true worth vis-à-vis the conflicting interests of Beijing and Washington in Asia-Pacific. The administration’s shortsightedness and lack of sense of history has prevented it […]

Duterte to invite more Chinese investments to PH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte will encourage Chinese business leaders to “transform investment plans into concrete projects” in his third visit to China since 2016, and reiterated his commitment to increase investments in infrastructure, innovation and interconnectivity in the Philippines. In his speech at the Davao International Airport before […]

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Duterte: Philippines to be “neutral” in US-China fight for global dominance

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 February) — The Philippines will maintain a “neutral” position in the bid for global dominance by China and US but warned them to recognize Philippines’ jurisdiction over the exclusive economic  zone or he “will order the navy to fire” at intruders. “But just the same, we cannot fight America, just […]

APEC sidelines: PH tackles economic, military ties with China, Russia

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 November) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte discussed with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin ways to broaden the Philippines’ economic and military relations with the two countries. Duterte held separate meetings with the two leaders at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held in Lima, Peru from […]

Chinese firms tapped for PH infra projects have ‘shady track records’ — lawmaker

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 October) — At least three Chinese companies that have bagged big-ticket infrastructure projects in the country during President Duterte’s recent state visit to China have “shady track records” in dealing with the Philippines, a party-list lawmaker said Wednesday. In a statement, Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque mentioned the China Road and Bridge Corp. […]

CPP to Duterte: China an imperialist power too

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 October) — The Communist Party of the Philippines on Friday warned President Rodrigo Duterte to exercise caution in dealing with China which it views as a “burgeoning imperialist power.” In an article published in the October 21, 2016 issue of Ang Bayan, the CPP said China is confronting “a capitalist crisis in […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Pre-departure for Brunei, China

Presidential Communications Office  Presidential News Desk  DEPARTURE SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE ON HIS STATE VISITS TO BRUNEI DARUSSALAM AND CHINA  [Davao International Airport, Davao City |16 October 2016]  Si ating Brigadier Beneral Casiano Monilla, my favorite general—sir, yes, sir. He used to be the Task Force of Davao and before that the, I […]

PH, Vietnam to establish 6-year action plan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Sept) — President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam president Tran Dai Quang will establish a six-year action plan that will take effect next year to strengthen the cooperation on security, defense and trade between these ASEAN countries. In his arrival speech at the F. Bangoy International Airport here early Friday, Duterte said […]

Duterte asks China to treat Filipinos as brothers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 August) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte appealed to China to treat Filipinos as brothers not enemies, as he reiterated the country’s position to resolve the territorial conflict between the two countries through a peaceful means. In his message during the National Heroes’ Day commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Duterte said […]

Japan affirms support to PH in territorial row with China

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 August) – Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said his government has re-affirmed its commitment to support the Philippines in its territorial row with China over the West Philippines Sea but that the conflict must be resolved through peaceful means. In a joint press briefing Thursday afternoon at the Marco Polo Hotel, Kishida […]

CRUCIBLE: Sizing up Du30’s Grit

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands on 12 July 2016 on the Philippines’ case against China is perceived to be a “milestone” for the Philippines. Yet, it brought to a new time high the tension between the Philippines and China, as the latter […]

Philippines wins South China Sea case vs China

China has no legal basis to assert sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea and its “nine-dash line” is invalid, the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal said in a ruling released on Tuesday. In a statement Tuesday, the Tribunal said China has violated Philippine sovereignty over the disputed territories as well as the latter’s historic rights to […]