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On Oct. 16-17, 2011, the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation (CPRF), in collaboration with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore, organized the International Forum on the South China Sea at the Manila Polo Club, Makati City. This Forum (attended by retired and active government officials, academics, members of the diplomatic corps and private [...]

Posted on October 19, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Rommel Banlaoi, Voices

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines– “Political solution is needed to solve the armed conflicts in Mindanao,” said Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman, Al haj Murad Ebrahim, in a press conference held in Camp Darapanan in Maguindanao on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. He argued that the struggle of the Bangsamoro people for self-determination is a political problem that requires [...]

Posted on September 5, 2011   |   CATEGORY:

MANILA, Philippines—While the Philippines and the US were launching their naval exercises on June 28, 2011 in the waters of Sulu and Palawan, which are very close to the disputed Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, an Australian-based think-tank, the Lowy Institute, warned of a growing risk of war in the East China and [...]

Posted on June 29, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Foreign Affairs, Rommel Banlaoi

It’s any empty label devoid of any legal meaning

Posted on June 15, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Foreign Affairs

The issue of war and peace in the South China Sea (SCS) largely depends on China’s current and future behavior. The promotion of a rules-based regime in the SCS must be presented in a way that it will not be misconstrued as “anti-China” so that the problem anarchy in the SCS will provide the prospects for peace, stability and prosperity for all.

Posted on June 7, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Defense & Security, Foreign Affairs, Rommel Banlaoi, Sectors, Voices

China has to make its own people accountable for the Amy Douglas Bank incident in the Spratlys

Posted on June 2, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Rommel Banlaoi, Sectors, Voices

As a terrorist group, Al Qaeda is a resilient global organization whose life does not depend on the life of its leaders.

Posted on May 2, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Defense & Security, Sectors

While we need to pursue diplomatic offensives to assert PH claim in the disputed region, proper timing is necessary to accomplish not only our short-term tactical goals but also its long-term strategic objectives.

Posted on April 28, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Sectors
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