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Duterte says he’ll set aside Hague ruling

President Duterte said Saturday he would “set aside’’ a ruling by an international arbitration tribunal that invalidated Beijing’s claims to most of the busy South China Sea, because he doesn’t want to impose on China.

Tropical depression “Marce’’ (international name: “Tokage)” dumped heavy rains and stranded thousands in the Visayas and parts of Luzon yesterday.

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Fisherfolks from this province received 100 fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) boats, including the motors, triggers, and bottom set gillnets from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday at this town.

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Former President Fidel Ramos said yesterday that China has welcomed him to visit Beijing for discussions in the wake of last month’s international arbitration panel’s ruling in favor of the Philippines over China’s South China Sea maritime claims.

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Images suggest China militarizing Spratlys

When President Xi Jinping of China visited President Obama at the White House last September, he startled many with reassuring words about his intentions for the Spratly Islands, a contested area where the Chinese government has been piling dredged sand and concrete atop reefs for the past few years and building housing and runways on them.

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The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague ruled that “China violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone by interfering with Philippine fishing and petroleum exploration, by constructing artificial islands, and failing to prevent Chinese fishermen from fishing in the economic zone.”

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