Archive for October, 2015

China on UN Arbitral Court decision in favor of PH: null and void

China is not honoring the decision of the United Nations Arbitral Court that it has jurisdiction on the case filed by the Philippines against them, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement today. China instead urged the Philippines to resolve the dispute through negotiations and consultations. “The award rendered on 29 October 2015 […]

October 30, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  No Comments

UN court decides in favor of PH, takes jurisdiction in case vs China

The Philippines scored victory in its case against China in United Nations Arbitral Court, which ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear some territorial claims the Philippines has filed against China over disputed areas in the South China Sea. Press Secretary Sonny Coloma said, “We welcome the decision of the Arbitral Tribunal on jurisdiction, allowing […]

October 30, 2015   Posted in: Features, South China Sea  No Comments

Why Pres. Aquino held back comments on U.S. warship foray into Subi Reef

In President Aquino’s talk with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines last Tuesday, about a third of the questions were about the challenge of the United States to China’s claim of sovereignty on the surrounding waters of its artificially-created islands in Spratlys in the South China Sea, which the Philippines also claims. At the […]

October 30, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  3 Comments

Blessed are the Elderly

October has been designated as the month for the Elderly. In a world where we celebrate youth and vigor and everything is digital, to be old is considered a burden and to be ignorant about Facebook and Twitter is considered a defect. If you feel irritated by your parents ignorance or slowness in the use […]

October 28, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Human Rights  One Comment

Filipinos want a government that has an ear and a heart for them: EON survey

Candidates for the 2016 May elections, especially those running for president and vice-president, should read the findings of the EON’s 2015 Philippine Trust Survey which tells that Filipinos want from their leaders to listen to and feel for them. The PTI, which EON started in 2011, is not an easy survey to do because unlike […]

October 26, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance, surveys  4 Comments

Marcos biggest gainer after COC filing, Poe widens lead

Updated Oct. 24,2015 Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is the biggest gainer among those who filed their certificates of candidacy last week, placing second in the vice-presidential race that has always been dominated by Chiz Escudero, running mate of presidential candidate Grace Poe, results of the survey conducted by the Magdalo group four days after the […]

October 22, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  3 Comments

U.S., China agree to avoid unintended war

Behind the provocative rhetoric by American and Chinese officials over the plan of the United States to test freedom of navigation in the South China Sea after China has reclaimed some 2,900 acres of land in the disputed waters, there are efforts by both countries to avoid war. Especially hostilities breaking out over unintentional incidents […]

October 21, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Military  No Comments

A good list to choose from for next batch of senators

Filipinos just love elections. A total of 130 have filed certificates of candidacy for president in the May 2016 elections and 19 for vice president. There are 172 who are vying for the 12 slots in the Senate. The five reelectionist senators – Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto, Teofisto Guingona III, Sergio Osmeña III, Vicente Sotto […]

October 19, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections, Politics  4 Comments

U.S. provokes China, PH applauds

The Navy Times, the official publication of the United States Navy, reported last week that “The Navy is preparing to send a surface ship inside the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit China claims for its man-made island chain.” It said that the operation “could take place within days but awaits final approval from the Obama administration.” It […]

October 16, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Military  19 Comments

Thank you, Sen. Joker Arroyo

I owe Joker Arroyo big time. As a legislator, Joker Arroyo had millions of pesos at his disposal under the Priority Development Assistance Fund. Some of his colleagues disposed of their PDAF into their pockets with gusto. Arroyo earned the reputation as “Scrooge” because of his low office expenditure. He maintained a very small staff. […]

October 13, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Senate  3 Comments