Archive for December, 2016

Who is protecting PH national interest in South China Sea?

A tense situation transpired 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay in Zambales last Thursday when China seized the underwater drone installed by the United States Navy. Philippine top officials were unconcerned about it. The Duterte government’s nonchalant attitude towards China’s seizure of the United States’ underwater drone in Philippine territory reflects its hazy understanding […]

December 19, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  10 Comments

Defense chief: No US freedom of navigation patrols from PH shores

By CHARMAINE DEOGRACIAS, VERA Files In a departure from the previous administration’s support of the United States freedom- of-navigation activities in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday. the Philippines for will not allow the use of former American military bases – Clark and Subic -for FON patrols of the United States […]

December 11, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Military  One Comment

Yasay as BSP governor?

• Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr is being considered to be governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. • Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is being eyed to be foreign secretary but she really wants to be speaker of the House of Representatives. • Businessman and Philippine Star columnist Jose Manuel “Babes” Romualdez will be the […]

December 9, 2016   Posted in: Finance, Foreign Affairs  8 Comments

The invitation to the White House that never was

President Duterte must be euphoric after the seven-minute phone conversation with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Friday night, he thought the latter invited him to visit the United States. The Presidential Communication Office released the following notes by the President of his conversation with Trump: “The President-elect Trump wishes the, to extend his warmest regards to […]

December 4, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  14 Comments

A scary scenario: A drug-tainted police officer has a protector in Malacanang?

Update: Duterte admits ordering Marcos re-instatement http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/02/16/duterte-admits-ordering-marcos-reinstatement If Police Supt. Marvin Marcos has long been identified as a protector of drug lords, why is somebody high up in Malacañang protecting him? What does this make of President Duterte’s bloody campaign to eliminate illegal drugs in the country which has claimed the lives of some 3,000 […]

December 2, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Illegal Drugs, Philippine National Police  17 Comments