Archive for April, 2015

Binay warned on joint development with China in Spratlys

While in Jakarta last week representing President Aquino in the 60th anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference, Vice President Jejomar Binay articulated what could be a foreign policy shift for the country if he succeeds in his ambition to become president. “China has all the capital and we have the property so why don’t we try […]

April 30, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  5 Comments

Edith Burgos to Aquino: ‘End this suffering of not knowing the truth’

Yesterday, while many joined the mother of OFW Mary Jane Veloso in prayers , another mother continues the agonizing search for her son. Edith Burgos, mother of missing farmer/activist Jonas Burgos, together with relatives of persons who have disappeared, went to the Aquino house in Times St., Quezon city to deliver a letter to President […]

April 29, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Justice, Malaya  3 Comments

No Asean-China COC until China completes Spratlys military bases

The standard press statement of Malacañang and foreign affairs officials prior to the President’s attendance in the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is for the Philippines to push for the adoption of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. President Aquino did that a week before he took off […]

April 27, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  2 Comments

Maritime Silk Road plan could ease South China Sea disputes

The following article is a reprint from Want China Times This part is interesting (6th paragraph): ” After a new president takes office in June 2016, the Philippines is expected to postpone the arbitration and step up bilateral or multi-lateral contacts with China.” Staff Reporter 2015-04-26 09:23 (GMT+8) The relationship between the construction of the […]

April 27, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

PH, Vietnam to hold naval drills, scientific research in South China Sea

By Tessa Jamandre and Ellen Tordesillas VERA Files The Philippines and Vietnam have agreed to conduct joint naval drills and scientific studies amid concerns over China’s intensified reclamations in the South China Sea. The planned activities are part of the soon-to-be signed “Joint Statement on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership between the Republic of […]

April 24, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  No Comments

A golden opportunity for the Supreme Court to right a wrong

The Supreme Court has been presented the golden opportunity to right a wrong that has spawned corruption and a culture of impunity by elected officials. In the hearing of the case on the suspension by the Ombudsman of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, Jr. before the Supreme Court, lawyers of Binay invoked the “”doctrine […]

April 21, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Malaya, Supreme Court  8 Comments

Justice Jardeleza against condonation doctrine when he was SolGen

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. has invoked the “condonation doctrine” for the dismissal of his cases in connection with the allegedly overpriced (P2.3 billion) Makati City Hall Parking building before the Ombudsman. The condonation doctrine has no legal bases. It is a legal principle established by the Supreme Court in the 1959 case […]

April 19, 2015   Posted in: Governance, Graft and corruption  2 Comments

Del Rosario’s wishful thinking

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario sounded very pleased that the United States is preparing for an armed confrontation with China in the South China Sea without any concern of its constitutional complications for the Philippines. In an interview with ANC, del Rosario once again held on to a pronouncement by an American official, this […]

April 19, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  4 Comments

Mei Magsino

Mei Magsino once told a foreign reporter interviewing her on the challenges journalists who take on the powerful face in the Philippines, “The list of murdered journalists here is too long. I have to survive.I don’t want to become another statistic.” Last Monday, Mei was added to the growing list of journalists killed in the […]

April 15, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Media, Peace and Order  6 Comments

Centerlaw: Documents belie De Lima’s claim of misinformation

Statement of the Prof. Harry L. Roque Jr., chair of the Center for International Law (Centerlaw), an NGO dedicated to the promotion of binding international legal norms in the Philippines and Asia: “We take exception to the veiled threat in the statement made yesterday by Secretary Leila De Lima that the Vera Files special report […]

April 8, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  3 Comments