Philippine approve resumption of energy projects in South China Sea – The Medi Telegraph

Manila – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the moratorium on petroleum exploration in the South China Sea, paving the way for three projects to resume, including a possible joint venture with China. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Thursday that service contractors were notified to resume energy-related activity in the area, which had been suspended from 2014 due to territorial disputes. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich in energy and marine resources. Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims. Last year Duterte…

Philippine plan to deploy militia in South China Sea raises concerns

Oct. 14 (UPI) — The Philippines is to deploy maritime militia in the South China Sea amid tensions with China, but politicians in Manila are concerned about the impact on Philippine fishermen. Sen. Risa Hontiveros of the political opposition said the militia to be sent to the West Philippine Sea should not be armed, The Inquirer reported Wednesday. “Those who should be armed in the country should only be the Armed Forces of the Philippines officers and Philippine National Police,” Hontiveros said. “I will really be worried if we proceed…

SWS president wants South China Sea renamed to ASEAN Sea – Latest Philippine politics news today

Last updated Sep 27, 2020 The president of polling firm Social Weather Stations (SWS) wants the South China Sea renamed as the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Sea due to its location and the Philippines’ 2016 arbitral win. SWS president Mahar Mangahas said naming the South China Sea after the Southeast Asian region is “much more appropriate” considering that it is almost entirely surrounded by member countries. “Ever since July 2016, when the Arbitral Tribunal on the Law of the Sea ruled that its ‘nine-dash line’ is spurious, it…

DND assures Philippine sovereignty even with Chinese companies in gov’t projects – UNTV News

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has slammed China for calling on the Philippines to stop conducting “illegal provocations” in the West Philippine Sea. In a statement, Lorenzana said it is China that should stop its illegal provocations in the disputed area, including its illegal occupation of territories that are within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as it has no right over the resource-rich region. “That area is within our EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) the Chinese have no right to claim they are enforcing…

Senate tackles ban vs foreign entities abetting ‘intrusions’ into Philippine sea territories

The Senate is set to tackle a resolution asking the Duterte administration to ban from receiving government contracts, or conducting business in the country, “foreign entities who are engaged in, or abetted activities, that infringed on the sovereignty of the country” over the West Philippine Sea and other areas within its territorial jurisdiction. Filed by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Resolution 507 cited ongoing efforts to liberalize the Philippine economy, particularly in the sectors of public services, retail trade and foreign investments “need to ensure foreign entities conducting business…

Japan secures first-ever major defense export with Philippine radar order

MELBOURNE, Australia — Japan has concluded its first export sale of major defense equipment, with the Philippines signing a contract for fixed and mobile air surveillance radars to cover potential flashpoints around the country, including the South China Sea. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed the contract agreement Aug. 28 in the capital Manila, which will see Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corp. supply three fixed, long-range air surveillance radars and a mobile air surveillance radar to the Philippines. An announcement made earlier that day by the Philippine Department of National Defense…

Philippine minister accuses China of fabricating its South China sea claims

China’s “nine-dash line” used to claim most of the South China Sea is a fabrication, the Philippine secretary of national defense said, as he accused Beijing of illegally occupying Philippine maritime territory. The remarks late on Sunday come amid a fresh row between Manila and Beijing over the disputed Scarborough Shoal (Huangyan Island, 黃岩島), which has long been a flashpoint between the two countries and is also claimed by Taiwan. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs last week lodged a diplomatic protest over what it said was the “illegal confiscation”…

China Warns Philippines To Stop ‘Illegal Provocative Activities’ In The West Philippine Sea

China usually does not respond to accusations over its bullying activities in Asian waters but a diplomatic protest by the Philippines has prompted the Communist giant to accuse the Philippines of “illegal provocative activities” in the West Philippine Sea. Claiming that its security and sovereignty are being violated by Philippine aircraft, Beijing has called for them to stop the fly-overs in the region, even though the area is within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).  In a response to last week’s diplomatic protest that the Philippines filed over the confiscation of fish aggregating devices from Filipino…

Philippine navy chief says China wants ‘us to take first shot’

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The chief of the Philippines Navy on Monday (Aug. 10) called on his government to protest the presence of Chinese ships near Reed (Recto) Bank and accused the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of trying to provoke the Philippines into firing the “first shot” in a potential conflict over disputed South China Sea islands. On Monday, Vice Admiral Giovanni Bacordo urged the Philippine government to lodge a protest with Beijing over the presence of two Chinese surveying vessels near Reed Bank, which is only…