Category Archives: SOVEREIGNTY

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

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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.  

DUTERTE won’t trade off West Philippine Sea with China friendship

China ‘good friend’ but I won’t compromise WPS

 April 29, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday reassured Filipinos that the Philippines’ sovereign rights over the hotly-contested West Philippine Sea (WPS) would not be compromised, even if China is the country’s “friend.”“China, let it be known, is a good… Read More

CHINA TO PHILIPPINES : Respect Chinese sovereignty over West Philippine Sea

By ROGER M. BALANZA

China has told the Philippines to “stop actions complicating the situation and escalating disputes” in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) as the Philippines stepped up maritime patrols in the area amid continued encroachment by Chinese vessels.

The WPS, declared as part of Philippine territory by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, is at the center of a territorial dispute between China and the Philippines.

The Philippines has filed several diplomatic protests against the continued presence of Chinese fishing and militia vessels in the disputed area that China claims to be its territory.

On Monday, China pressed anew its ownership claim over WPS by telling the Philippines to “respect” Chinese sovereignty over the area.


The Philippines should “stop actions complicating the situation and escalating disputes, ” Wang Wenbin, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, said at a press briefing on Monday , April 27.

“China enjoys sovereignty over Nansha Islands, including Zhongye Island and Zhongsha Islands, including Huangyan Island and their adjacent waters, and exercises jurisdiction in relevant waters,” Wenbin said.“We urge the relevant side to respect China’s sovereignty and rights and interests.”

Palace respects senators’ stance against China’s presence in WPS

 April 27, 2021

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday said it respects the position of several senators against China’s illegal activities in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EZZ) and other parts of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).This, after around 11 senators signed a Senate resolution, condemning… Read More