Category Archives: SOVEREIGNTY

National Security Council (NSC) reports incursions into Philippine Rise

DFA to file protest vs. intruders

 The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will lodge a diplomatic protest against intruders in the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, located approximately 250 kilometers east of the northern coastline of Dinapigue, Isabela, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar issued the statement, after the National Security Council (NSC) reported that there are still incursions into the Philippine Rise.

“Pagdating po naman sa (When it comes to the) Philippine Rise, the Department of Foreign Affairs will take the necessary course of action which is to file a diplomatic protest,” Andanar said in a virtual Palace presser.

During a Senate panel hearing held Tuesday, NSC deputy director general Rufino Lopez said the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard are exhausting all efforts to conduct a “proper” report of the incursions into the Philippine Rise. READ MORE

Palace hails SC ruling junking petition for mandamus vs. PRRD

MANILA – Malacañang has welcomed the Supreme Court (SC) decision to dismiss a petition seeking to compel President Rodrigo Duterte to defend national territory, including the West Philippine Sea against China incursions.The SC voted unanimously to junk the petition for mandamus filed by… Read More

SC dismisses petition compelling PRRD to defend PH territory

 November 24, 2021, 4:21 pm

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the presidential prerogative in choosing the best course of action in handling territorial disputes with other countries, particularly in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).In a nine-page decision penned by Associate Justice Rodil Z. Zalameda on June 29… Read More

Chinese vessels water cannon Pinoy supply boats in West Philippine Sea

The Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), has expressed outrage after three Chinese Coast Guard vessels blocked and water cannoned two Filipino supply boats while en route to Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) this week.The agency said the incident… Read More

ENRILE TO DUTERTE: Ignore critics on West Philippine Sea issue

IGNORE CRITICS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile regarding the disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea prior to his talk to the people at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on Monday night (May 17, 2021). Enrile advised Duterte to discuss critics of the President’s policy on the West Philippine Sea issue. (Presidential photo by Alberto Alcain)

Duterte will no longer “waste his time” explaining his decision to avoid trouble with China over WPS

 May 18, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he has decided to ignore those criticizing his foreign policy on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) upon the advice of former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.In a special meeting with Enrile and some members of his Cabinet, Duterte said he… Read More

CARPIO TELLS PINOYS: Wake up Duterte, tell him West Philippine Sea is ours

“Shout out to President Duterte that China is not in possession of the WPS. Shout out loud so that President Duterte will wake up from his deep sleep under the kulambo and admit to the nation the truth — that China is not in possession of the WPS,” retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Carpio made this call to Filipinos on Friday as he accused President Rodrigo Duterte of failing to enforce a ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration that awarded the West Philippine Sea to the Philippines.

Speaking at an online forum organized by the Philippine Bar Association, Carpio said Filipinos must correct Duterte’s false mantra that “China is in possession of the WPS.”

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DUTERTE TO CHINA: Our patrol ships to remain in West Philipine Sea

PRRD to PH ships: Do not retreat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said he will not order Philippine ships to retreat from the West Philippine Sea, after Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin asked the Philippines to halt its moves that can worsen the tension in the WPS.

President Duterte clarified in his public address Wednesday (April 28) night that he does not want to go to war with China, and that the country is a “good friend.” However, there are “things which are not really subject to compromise.”

“Sabihin ko sa China, we do not want trouble, we do not want war. Pero kung sabihin mo na paalisin mo lang na ano — no,” he said.

“I’m stating it for the record, we do not want war with China. China is a good friend. Mayroon tayong utang na loob na marami, pati ‘yong bakuna natin. So China, let it be known, is a good friend, and we do not want trouble with them, especially a war.

“But there are things which are not really subject to a compromise, kagaya nang ginawa mag-atras-atras. Mahirap po ‘yan,” he added.

The Chief Executive asked for China’s understanding, and said he has the Philippines’ interest to protect.