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MANILA, Philippines – After months of battling government forces, Libyan rebels have entered the capital Tripoli, signaling the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. As of dawn Monday (late morning in Manila), Aug. 22, 2011, various news organizations have reported rebels taking over most parts of the Libyan capital, with people celebrating on the streets. The [...]

Posted on August 22, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Foreign Affairs, Organizations

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

Asean welcomes proposal for a ‘zone of peace’ in the area

Posted on July 20, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Foreign Affairs

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

Of course China won’t risk going to war with the US or Russia or even Japan. But with the PH? Sounds more like a picnic than a shootout.

Posted on June 6, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Charlson Ong, Foreign Affairs, 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

Indonesian JI leader Umar Patek and his Filipina wife, 29 year old Rumaesha, were captured by Pakistani officials in Abbotabad, the same town where Osama bin Laden was killed this week.

Posted on May 5, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Foreign Affairs, Maria Ressa, Voices

The US may have rid the world of the most infamous terrorist, but America’s response to 9/11 and the war on terror will be judged not by the number of terrorists captured or killed, but whether we choose to build a more peaceful world beyond our borders.

Posted on May 3, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Christina Nelson, Defense & Security, Foreign Affairs, Sectors, Voices
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