Archive for July, 2015

Aquino has learned lesson when to keep his mouth shut on China

It can’t be said that President Aquino has not learned anything in the last five years of his presidency. We would like to think that his not mentioning the issue with China over territorial claims in South China Sea in his 6th and last State of the Nation address is an indication that he has […]

July 31, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 1992 elections, Foreign Affairs, Malaya  One Comment

The assurance that Poe gave Aquino

“ The President and I talked for about five hours. I could sense the very difficult position PNoy is in right now. I understand and sympathize with his predicament and situation. I consider him a true and sincere friend and he has my utmost respect. He reiterated his desire for all of us to continue […]

July 22, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2004 elections, 2016 elections, Malaya  13 Comments

‘It’s legal to conduct military activities in EEZs of other countries’ -Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet

The commander of United States Pacific Fleet said it is the stand of the United States that international law allows them to conduct military activities in the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zones of other countries. Admiral Scott Harbison Swift , who was in the country last week as part of his familiarization tour having […]

July 20, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Military  2 Comments

Antidote to inane and offensive TV shows : Don’t watch

A number of parents and single adult friends who happened to watch some episodes of Pinoy Big Brother 737 were appalled by the very sexual behavior of housemates, who are all teenagers –the youngest are 12 years old. Which made me wonder, if the audience have that reaction watching the reality show, how about the […]

July 15, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Entertainment  8 Comments

China’s Xi Jinping may boycott Manila APEC meet

China’s President Xi Jinping may boycott the 2015 Leaders Meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to be held in Manila on Nov. 18 and 19, a diplomatic source said. The source said the reason for Xi’s change of mind about attending this year’s APEC summit was the remarks of President Aquino last month […]

July 13, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  4 Comments

Unable to defend The Hague junket, Lacierda turns catty

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda was being catty when he dismissed as “KSP” lawyer Harry Roque’s criticism of the huge Philippine delegation to the hearing of the U.N. Arbitral Tribunal of the case filed by the Philippines against China in The Hague, Netherlands. Roque raised a valid issue. He said: “With only three oralists scheduled to […]

July 9, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  63 Comments

Taiwan’s take on PH suit vs China

The Republic of China (ROC) or Taiwan has its issue with mainland China (PROC-People’s Republic of China) but in matters of ownership of almost the whole of South China Sea, they have the same line. In the statement released by Taiwan Tuesday, it asserted that Nansha islands also known as Spratly Islands; Shisha (Paracel) islands, […]

July 8, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  6 Comments

What the Philippine U.N. case vs China is not

Contrary to what many think that the Philippines case against China in the Arbitral Court of the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) will clarify who owns what or which of the reefs in the Spratlys, it won’t. That’s because that is not in the scope of the U.N. Arbitral Tribunal […]

July 7, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

PH and China dispute to continue despite U.N. Tribunal case

By Ellen T Tordesillas and Tessa Jamandre, VERA Files Despite the presence of a high-level Philippine team at the hearing of the Philippines’ case against China before the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) this week, the issue of who owns the contested islands in the South […]

July 5, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  4 Comments

Ombudsman gives substance to public officials’ accountability

When the Mamasapano tragedy, which claimed the lives of 67 people including 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, happened and the active role of suspended PNP chief Allan Purisima was exposed, a source told us that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales was angry. Who would not be? The tragedy happened Jan. […]

July 2, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Justice, Philippine National Police  7 Comments