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‘We do not make friends in anticipation of what China can give’

By Azer Parrocha   President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Presidential file photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday denied that his administration has befriended China because of what the East Asian nation could give. “They [China] offered to help. If the aid is coming, good. If not, okay lang rin sa … Continue reading

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‘Constructive, peaceful’ talks between PH, China vital: Duterte

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   VIRTUAL SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks during the Communist Party of China (CPC) and World Political Parties Summit via video link on Tuesday (July 6, 2021).  Duterte valued the friendship and ties between CPC and the Philippines’ ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) which he chairs. (Screengrab from Facebook) MANILA … Continue reading

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DFA blasts ‘incessant deployment’ of Chinese ships in Pag-asa

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora   MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Chinese vessels continue to encroach into Philippine waters, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Saturday after citing the “incessant deployment” and “illegal activities” of these ships near Pag-asa Island in the Kalayaan Island Group. The DFA said it lodged a fresh diplomatic protest on May … Continue reading

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Upon JPE’s advice, Duterte decides to ignore critics on WPS issue

By Azer Parrocha   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 ignore critics of the President’s … Continue reading

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Duterte open to formal debate with Carpio

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to hold a formal debate with former Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) issue, Malacañang said on Thursday. This, after Carpio accepted Duterte’s challenge for a debate on the Philippines’ long-standing dispute with China in WPS. In … Continue reading

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President Duterte eyes probe into past admin’s withdrawal of PH ships in WPS

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  WHOSE PERMISSION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on Wednesday night (May 5, 2021). Duterte expressed his intent to launch a probe into the Philippines’ … Continue reading

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China donates P22-M to support ‘Ulysses’ relief efforts

China donates P22-M to support ‘Ulysses’ relief efforts By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora   TO THE RESCUE. Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel rescue residents trapped in chest-deep flood in Barangay Barangka, Marikina City on Nov. 12, 2020. The Chinese government on Friday (Nov. 20, 2020) said it will donate PHP22 million to support the relief efforts following the … Continue reading

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Palace thanks Carpio for praising President Duterte arbitral win assertion

Palace thanks Carpio for praising PRRD arbitral win assertion By Azer Parrocha   Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio (File photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Malacañang on Wednesday thanked retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio for praising President Rodrigo Duterte’s assertion of the Hague-based arbitral ruling that invalidates China’s vast claims over the South China Sea before … Continue reading

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President Duterte, Secretary Locsin agree to push projects backed by China firms

PRRD, Locsin agree to push projects backed by China firms By Azer Parrocha President Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (File photo) MANILA – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. has agreed with the decision of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to push ahead with infrastructure projects backed by Chinese firms that have been … Continue reading