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PH arbitral win vs. China a ‘win-win solution for all’: Duterte

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   President Rodrigo Duterte at the 76th UN General Assembly (Screengrab from RTVM) MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday stressed the importance of the Philippines’ historic arbitral victory against China’s sweeping maritime claims in the South China Sea (SCS). During the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Duterte … 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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Duterte eyes meeting with predecessors to discuss West Philippine Sea dispute

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (File presidential photo) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed intent to meet with former presidents to discuss issues concerning the highly-contested West Philippine Sea (WPS), Malacañang said on Thursday. “Iniisip niya (Duterte) imbitahin ang mga dating mga Presidente, ilang mga personalidad para magkaroon ng isang pagpupulong ‘no to discuss the issue … Continue reading

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Duterte stance remains ‘friend to all, enemy to none’

Duterte stance remains ‘friend to all, enemy to none’ By Azer Parrocha President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Presidential photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte’s independent foreign policy of being “friend to all, enemy to none” still stands, Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the remarks in a virtual Palace briefing in response to … Continue reading

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Diplomatic means pursued to counter Chinese claims in SCS: PRRD

Diplomatic means pursued to counter Chinese claims in SCS: PRRD By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora   DIPLOMATIC MEANS. President Rodrigo Duterte tackles disputed South China Sea in his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 27, 2020). Duterte said his government works without fail to protect the Philippines’ rights in the West Philippine Sea … Continue reading

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DFA: Joint communique on South China Sea reflects ASEAN sentiment

DFA: Joint communique on South China Sea reflects ASEAN sentiment  By Leslie Gatpolintan     MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday said the joint communiqué that called for non-militarization and self-restraint in South China Sea (SCS) activities reflects the sentiment of majority members of the Association of Southeast … Continue reading