Archive for June, 2015

Should PH seek provisional measures from U.N. vs China

As China continues its massive reclamation and construction in areas surrounding the seven reefs that it occupies in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea, the Philippines can only watch helplessly. The Philippine government’s protests through media now sounds like a broken record. The United Nations International Tribunal on the Law of the […]

June 30, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  3 Comments

Soldier turned legislator Gary Alejano’s concerns on the BBL

No one was surprised that the Supreme Court junked the petition questioning the legality of the Bangsamoro Basic Law which was still being deliberated by both chambers of Congress when it adjourned sine die last June 11. The BBL missed its timetable of the Senate and House of Representatives passing it by June 11. Supporters […]

June 26, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Bangsamoro, Magdalo, Malaya, Uncategorized  16 Comments

Grace’s advisers wary of Poe-Roxas scenario

It’s not only Sen. Grace Poe who surged as shown in the results of Pulse Asia’s survey of the people’s pulse for the 2016 elections conducted two weeks ago. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said he is happy that his score increased by 150 percent! From four percent last March which put him in seventh place, […]

June 19, 2015   Posted in: 2016 elections, Malaya, surveys  13 Comments

Adding Sweet-ness to PETA’s Rak of Aegis

By Vic Altiche No stranger to the stage, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson of the premier vocal group, The Company, joins the Barangay Venizia of the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA)-Rak of Aegis as Kapitana Mary Jane. Having been immersed in the performing arts industry for 22 years, she fits right in with the talented cast of Rak […]

June 18, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture  No Comments

Will Aquino frustrate Roxas’ presidential dream again?

The call of Liberal Party’s Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice for Sen. Grace Poe to be more transparent on the issue of her residency in the Philippines signals the drawing of the line between Poe and the Liberal Party’s presidential bet, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. Erice was quoted as saying that he believes that the lady […]

June 17, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections, Malaya  10 Comments

BEST: Binay-Jinggoy Estrada in 2016

Vice President Jejomar Binay won’t be where he is now if he were not an astute political operator. His strategies reflect a good grasp of the factors involved in the political game. He must therefore have sensed that things are not going right for him after three of the political personalities he mentioned he is […]

June 14, 2015   Posted in: Elections 2016, Malaya  11 Comments

More tourists and excellent dimsum from Taiwan to Manila

At the reunion of Filipinos who have been to Taiwan upon the invitation of Taiwan government last week, Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila, announced a number of good things that would strengthen relations between the Philippines and the Republic of China. The one that I was […]

June 12, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  3 Comments

A wealth of stories from the Murillo Velarde map

Looking at the almost 300- year-old Philippine map by Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde which businessman Mel Velarde acquired for P12 million in an auction in London last year, one can see that the Jesuit priest is a great storyteller. The 1734 Murillo Velarde map shows more than just locations. It has two panels on both […]

June 10, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  15 Comments

PH to submit 300-year-old map to UN in case vs China

By Ellen T. Tordesillas,VERA Files The Philippine government will be submitting to the Permanent Court for Arbitration in The Hague this week an almost 300-year-old map of the Philippines showing the disputed Scarborough Shoal being part of Philippine territory as far back as three centuries ago. The map debunks the so-called nine-dash-line China has been […]

June 7, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

Movies Filipinos can relate to in French Film Festival

In the movie “La Famille Bélier,” which is one of the featured movies in the ongoing 20th French Film Festival, there’s an election campaign because the father of the main character was running against the incumbent mayor. Filipinos, who loves election campaigns, should be able to identify with the movie especially when the mayor was […]

June 7, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Malaya  One Comment