Archive for March, 2014

Is the Philippines ready for China’s retaliation?

No ifs and buts about it: the Philippines and China are no longer friends. That’s a decision that the Philippines made when it hauled China to the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal over the latter’s all -South -China -Sea-encompassing 9-dash line map. As former ambassador to the United Nations Lauro Baja said, “When we filed a […]

March 30, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  50 Comments

PH files Memorial in UN case vs China

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files The Philippines submitted its Memorial before the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in The Hague, Netherlands in the suit it filed to nullify China’s 9-dash line map, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said today. China’s reaction: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/xwfw/s2510/t1142356.shtml Del Rosario said the 4,000 […]

March 30, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  One Comment

Discover Antique this summer

Looking for places to visit this summer? Try the not-so-trodden paths. Try the perfumed island of Nogas in Antique. Located in the northern most part of Antique, Nogas Island is 24 hectares of deep and lush forest. If you want to explore it, better get a guide familiar with the island. It’s easy to lose […]

March 29, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Travel  2 Comments

PH ignores China request to delay filing of Memorial vs 9-dash line

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files Despite Chinese requests to delay it, the Philippines is filing on March 30 its memorandum challenging before the United Nations China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea. The memorandum, called a Memorial in international law, will be filed with the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on […]

March 28, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  19 Comments

Gym safety

One goes to the gym to become fit and healthy and it’s distressing if one ends up in a hospital like actor-singer Lance Raymundo. The unfortunate incident with Raymundo last week should be a reminder to gym goers to always be careful. In Cecile Van Straten’s blog, Lance related what happened Wednesday last week: “There […]

March 25, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health, Malaya  2 Comments

Is it ethical for a journalist to also solicit ads?

Hopefully, this latest controversy involving broadcasters in a government corruption case would result in reforms in the media industry. A Philippine Daily Inquirer report said three broadcast journalists received payments from National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor), an agency under the Department of Agriculture that was used as conduit for the release of Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) […]

March 23, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya, Media  17 Comments

Hindi Indie

Listening to MTRCB Chair Eugenio “Toto” Villareal narrate his inspection of moviehouses in Sta. Cruz, Manila, was fun and enlightening. I learned other meanings of “Indie.” I have always equated “Indie” films with art films, the kind of movies that are produced by dedicated, passionate film makers like Brillante Mendoza and Aureus Solito. The kind […]

March 20, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Malaya  4 Comments

BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin shoal:Test for MDT

The rising tension at the Ayungin shoal, just 21 nautical miles from Mischief Reef where China has built fortifications, could be a test on the usefulness of the 1951 PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty In its statement issued last Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “The BRP Sierra Madre, a commissioned Philippine Naval Vessel, was […]

March 18, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  80 Comments

The empowerment of Monique Wilson

) By VERA Files Stage actress Monique Wilson is this year’s Hildegarde Lifetime Achievement awardee. The Hildegarde Awards is administered by St. Scholastica’s College “to celebrate women’s achievements in the mass media and its allied fields.” The award ceremonies are held during the International Women’s Month. St. Scholastica’s program said St. Hildegarde, a German Benidictine […]

March 12, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Vera Files  2 Comments

Pangilinan offers Spratlys to Chinese oil firm in Reed Bank talks

By Theresa Martelino-Reyes, VERA Files (Conclusion) Business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan offered China’s state-owned oil firm access to the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea over which the Philippines has a territorial claim, although he had no legal capacity to do so. Pangilinan, chairman and chief executive officer of Philex Petroleum Corp, […]

March 10, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Economy  One Comment