LOCSIN: PH terminated oil exploration talks with China

The Philippines was the one that initiated the termination of oil exploration talks with China, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. revealed Thursday.In his speech during the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Foundation Day, Locsin said both sides tried to negotiate for… Read More


  The ongoing maritime row between the Philippines and China will not hinder plan to possibly hold a joint exploration for oil and gas resources in the disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS), Malacañang said on Tuesday.“Kaya nga po mayroong usapin na habang hindi pa nareresolba… Read More Also Read: CHINA EXPLORING OIL … Continue reading Sea row won’t hinder possible PH-China joint oil deal→


Chinese scientists drill in contested area amid rising tensions Chinese scientists have carried out deep-sea drilling in the disputed South China Sea to obtain sediment core, according to state media, a move that is expected to fuel tensions in the region. They retrieved the sediment core – measuring 231 metres (758 feet) – using a Chinese-made drilling … Continue reading CHINA EXPLORING OIL IN DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA→

 DUTERTE, XI JINPING to discuss possible spillover of Russia-Ukraine crisis to Asia

Virtual meeting set on April 8

The scheduled meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 8 will only be held virtually, Malacañang said on Friday.This, after Duterte announced Thursday that he is set to hold a dialogue with Xi next week in light of the possible… Read More

PHILIPPINES-CHINA RELATIONS: 46 years of ‘unbreakable ties’

 June 10, 2021

MANILA – The Philippines and China celebrated 46 years of bilateral ties on Wednesday, with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. touting the “unbreakable ties” between the Filipino and Chinese people.In a message during a virtual conference hosted by the Federation of Filipino Chinese… Read More

Make SCS a ‘sea of peace,’ PH appeals to Asean, China

 June 9, 2021

MANILA – The Philippines has appealed to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China to fully support and make the disputed South China Sea a “sea of peace, security, stability, and prosperity”.The statement was made by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. during the… Read More

Duterte appreciates China’s ‘timely’ aid amid Covid-19 pandemic

 June 9, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday expressed gratitude to China’s “timely” acts of helping the Philippines recover from the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.In a message relayed to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Duterte said the… Read More

ROQUE: Let Duterte address WPS issue ‘privately’

China’s Foreign Ministry appeals to the Philippine government to stop “hyping up” the WPS issue and “producing a negative impact on bilateral relations and peace and stability” in the disputed sea.


April 15, 2021

MANILA – Malacañang on Thursday asked the public to let President Rodrigo Duterte settle in a private manner the issue of China’s supposed incursions into the West Philippine Sea (WPS).In a virtual presser, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said diplomatic negotiations fall… Read More

LORENZANA TO CHINA: Stop incursion into Philippine territory

March 21, 2021

MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) on Sunday expressed its concern on reports regarding the presence of 220 Chinese militia boats off the Julian Felipe Reef (Union Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) as he called to stop incursion into Philippine territory.DND Secretary… Read More

AREVALO: AFP will protect and defend the country’s maritime interest

National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea statement on the presence of China’s maritime militias at the West Philippine Sea | PTV News

DUTERTE WELCOMES China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi

COURTESY CALL. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with People’s Republic of China State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañang Palace on Saturday (Jan. 16, 2021). Wang reciprocated Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin’s visit to China in October last year. (Presidential photo by Richard Madelo)

Minister Wang Yi visit tied to Sinovac vaccine purchase

 January 17, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday welcomed Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi who flew to the Philippines for an official visit

.Wang, who arrived in Manila on Friday, paid a courtesy call on Duterte at Malacañan Palace on Saturday afternoon.Wang… Read More

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LORENZANA: WPS ‘radar gun’ incident won’t affect Chinese aid

The “radar gun” incident where a Chinese corvette pointed its gun director control at a Filipino naval ship last February 17 will not affect China’s donation of medical supplies to the Philippines.

In a Laging Handa briefing aired over state-run PTV-4 Tuesday, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the incident has nothing to do with Beijing’s efforts to donate medical supplies to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Lorenzana, however, questioned such move of the Chinese ship.
“It is offensive. Why do they need to aim their target acquisition radars on our airplanes and ships? I told the Navy and the Air Force that for sure, they will not fire missiles at them, but this is just like what they always do whenever our troops traverse the West Philippine Sea within our EEZ [exclusive economic zone]. They are challenging us by saying: ‘You are traversing Chinese territory’. But our ships and airplanes say: ‘We are travelling within our EEZ or within Philippine territory’ so it’s only an exchange of messages,” he said in Filipino.
While maintaining that the Chinese forces will not fire, Lorenzana hinted the “radar gun” is to test the reaction of Filipino crew members.
Based on reports from Joint Task Force West, the BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) left Puerto Princesa Pier, Palawan on February 15 to do territorial defense operations and sovereignty patrol at the Malampaya Natural Gas to Power Project and at the Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea.
While en route to the Rizal Reef Detachment, the ship’s crew detected on radar a grey vessel, prompting the Filipino naval craft to issue a radio challenge.
The other ship responded by saying “the Chinese government has (immutable) sovereignty over the South China Sea, its islands and its adjacent waters”.
BRP Conrado Yap again challenged the vessel and then instructed to proceed directly to its next destination to which the Chinese ship repeated its earlier response and maintained its course and speed.
“Significantly, PS-39 was able to identify the said vessel as PLAN Vessel bearing a bow number 514 (corvette). There, PS-39 was able to visually observed that the gun control director, an equipment that gives information in obtaining a fire control solution of said PLAN vessel was directed towards PS-39.This gun control director can be used to designate and track targets and makes all the main guns ready to fire in under a second,” Western Command (Wescom) head Vice Admiral Rene Medina earlier said.
While BRP Conrado Yap does not have electronic support measures to confirm that the gun control director was directed at it, Medina said visual identification confirmed this hostile intent of the Chinese vessel.
“This hostile act on the part of (the) Chinese government and encroachment within the Philippines’ EEZ is perceived as a clear violation of international law and Philippine sovereignty,” Medina said.
The incident prompted Manila, through the Department of Foreign Affairs to file diplomatic protests against Beijing on April