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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

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

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

Posted on July 20, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Foreign Affairs

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

The Philippine protest comes at a stressful time in its relations with China, which recently executed three Filipino drug convicts

Posted on April 14, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Foreign Affairs

(Last of three parts) The Philippines can still back out of the exploration deal with China and Vietnam that threatens to weaken its claim on the Spratly group of islands southwest of Palawan—if the Supreme Court declares the tripartite agreement void. And in the event that the joint marine seismic undertaking (JMSU) agreement is voided, [...]

(Second of three parts) The two chambers of Congress, headed by President Arroyo’s staunchest allies, aided the Executive in pursuing the constitutionally questionable agreement with China, and then with Vietnam, to survey Philippine waters for possible oil deposits. Ironically, only the President and executive officials could be held criminally liable for the act. The legislative [...]

(First of three parts) Since coming to power in 2001, the Arroyo administration has committed a series of acts geared toward compromising Philippine territorial interests in favor of China. This was made possible through the agreement for joint marine seismic undertaking (JMSU) that the Philippines signed with China through their national oil corporations on Sept. [...]

Posted on March 14, 2008   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Energy, Foreign Affairs, In-Depth, Institutions, Sectors, The Presidency
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