MANUEL “MANNY” P. MOGATO is Editor-at-Large and opinion writer, writing under the column “In the Trenches.” As Reuters Manila correspondent, he and two other colleagues won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2018 for their coverage of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

Invoking the Mutual Defense Treaty

China’s Coast Guard had intercepted and prevented a small Philippine indigenous boat from bringing food and fresh water to troops stationed aboard a naval transport vessel stuck in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

Typhoon: Dark clouds hang over the region

Earlier this month, a spokesman for China’s defense ministry slammed its rival, the United States, for deploying its new “Typhoon” missile launcher system in the northern Philippines.