MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos fumed when President Rodrigo Duterte stressed that the Philippines has "no sovereignty" over its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea. "No country in the world has sovereignty over its exclusive economic zone," Duterte said in a speech on June 26. Duterte had also said on June 21 that the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea "was not an attack on our sovereignty." Is Duterte correct? Or as Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, a lawyer, asked a reporter in a press conference on June 27, " Ano ba ang difference ng sovereign rights at saka sovereignty. Meron ba (What's the difference between sovereign rights and sovereignty. Is there a difference)?" Rappler consulted two of the Philippines' leading experts on the West Philippine Sea – Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Jay Batongbacal, director ... » Learn More about Sovereignty vs sovereign rights: What do we have in West PH Sea?
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MANILA, Philippines – After 22 Filipino fishermen aboard fishing boat Gem-Ver were sunk by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), they face another collision at home: with their own government. While the fishermen insisted that they were rammed by a Chinese vessel, President Rodrigo Duterte on June 17 dismissed their ordeal as a "maritime incident." At the same time, Duterte's men either refused to adopt the fishermen's statements or contradicted them outright. The President himself echoed China's foreign ministry, which said on June 13 that the sinking of Gem-Ver was an "ordinary maritime traffic accident." He refused to condemn China – a far cry from his outrage against the United States, the European Union, Canada, and Kuwait over perceived affronts to Filipinos. Duterte also agreed to China's offer of a joint Manila-Beijing investigation into the issue – which, according to critics, places the Philippines and China ... » Learn More about Duterte vs fishermen: Is the Philippines lawyering for China?
MANILA, Philippines (6th UPDATE) – It is a first in the decades-long dispute between Manila and Beijing over the West Philippine Sea. The sinking of Filipino Fishing Boat Gem-Ver by Chinese ship Yuemaobinyu 42212 is, in the words of a Supreme Court justice , "a quantum escalation of China’s aggressive acts against the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea." This is also the most heated issue in the disputed waters since the 2012 standoff between Philippine and Chinese vessels in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), which prompted Manila to file a case against Beijing. (The Philippines won this case in 2016, nullifying China’s expansive claim over the West Philippine Sea.) REUNION. Fishermen of Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler Rappler plots a timeline of events before, during, and after the sinking of Gem-Ver by a ... » Learn More about TIMELINE: Sinking of Filipino boat in West PH Sea by Chinese ship
FILE – Former president Benigno S. Aquino III/ Photo by Ryan Lim MANILA, Philippines—Former President Benigno Aquino III will be remembered for being the one who took the initiative to assert Philippine sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea. A dispute between China and the country was brought before the Permanent Court of Arbitration during his term as president. For retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Aquino’s decision to make an arbitration case against China was his most lasting act of service to the Filipino nation. “We will do him honor by helping our present President, President Duterte and future presidents chart a durable enforcement mechanism by joining the present and future debates on enforcement,” Jardeleza said. Jardeleza served as Solicitor General under the Aquino administration. He served on the team that defended the country at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Aquino appointed him to the Supreme Court in 2014. Honest and lived ... » Learn More about Aquino’s most lasting act of service to Filipinos: Case vs China
La Nina-like conditions have descended upon the Southeast Asia region since August 2020, with further cooling in September, according to Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS). These conditions include changes in the sea surface temperature, cloudiness, and winds over the tropical Pacific Ocean. MSS updated on Nov. 12 that La Nina is expected to last till March 2021. Expected to last till March 2021 According to MSS, the model predictions from international climate centres show that the La Nina conditions will strengthen from moderate to strong in the next two months. La Nina conditions will weaken from February 2021 onwards but will persist till March. What is La Nina? La Nina is the sister phenomenon of El Nino. El Nino is usually associated with hot and dry weather in Southeast Asia. La Nina and El Nino are opposite phases of a climate phenomenon called the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) . El Nino vs La Nina During an El Nino event, ... » Learn More about Rainy weather in S’pore could persist till March 2021 because La Nina