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The search for body parts continues FOUR DAYS AFTER THE BLAST. RESCUERS ARE still unearthing body parts. “Try and get that one up there.” says Haji Agus Bambang Priyanto, a Muslim leader in Kuta heading a rescue team. A young team member climbs a palm tree to retrieve part of an already-blackened human intestine. The [...]

Posted on November 11, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

Military officers campaigned for an anti-communist party-list group, counted votes inside camps, and cheated for candidates, probers told

Posted on August 18, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Sectors

BALI, Indonesia – The Philippines assailed China on July 23, 2011 for its “baseless claim” of ownership over South China sea, parts of which are also being claimed by Manila. China’s 9-dash claim over the whole South China Sea, which includes the oil-rich Spratlys Island, has “no validity under international law,” Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary [...]

Posted on July 24, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

BALI, Indonesia- After almost a decade, Southeast Asia and China have finally taken the next step in coming up with a legally binding agreement that would ensure the peaceful resolution of the South China Sea dispute. The foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China adopted the implementing guidelines of the [...]

Posted on July 22, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Foreign Affairs

Ameril Umra Kato, the renegade Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) commander, says the Aquino government doesn’t have what it takes to pull off a peace deal with the MILF.

Posted on July 21, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

BRP Gregorio del Pilar is a high endurance cutter with close-in weapons system. It will undergo some refurbishing before deployment to the Spratlys.

Posted on July 20, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

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

Philippines’ strength lies in the fact that while we are a small, third world country, we are a noisy bunch, eager to participate in international forums and fight for what we believe is our right. We must be able to at least get other countries to put pressure on China not to use force, if not to get them to side with the Philippines altogether.

Posted on June 14, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Foreign Affairs, Sectors, Voices

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
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