Archive for March, 2017

Duterte foreign policy direction ‘confusing’: security analysts

At the roundtable forum on Renato de Castro’s paper on “The Role of America’s Alliances in the Philippines’ Balancing Policy on China: From the Aquino to the Duterte Administration” last Friday sponsored by Stratbase ADR Institute, former senator and defense secretary Orlando Mercado related that to counter China’s occupation of Mischief Reef (Panganiban in Filipino […]

March 27, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Security  15 Comments

Pakiusap kay Wanda Teo: Kausapin mo ang Pangulo

Parang naawa din naman ako kay Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. Hindi ka naman pwedeng magalit dahil mabait naman siyang naki-usap sa media. Despalinghado lang ang paki-usap. Noong isang linggo sa Bangkok naki-usap si Teo sa media na i-tone down o bawasan ang pag-report tungkol sa extra-judicial killings o ang mga walang pakundangang pagpatay kahit hindi […]

March 26, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Tourism  11 Comments

When silence means consent

China has denied that they are building an environmental monitoring station in Scarborough Shoal which they call “Huangyan Dao” as reported by Reuters last week based on a news report in the Chinese language newspaper Hainan Daily. The reply of China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying to the question about the Department of Foreign Affairs’ […]

March 24, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Alejano to Duterte: ‘May I borrow your jetski?’

Not surprisingly, President Duterte resorted to incoherent rant when asked about the plan of Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano to file a supplemental impeachment complaint to include developments in Scarborough Shoal and Benham Rise. This happened in a press conference in Myanmar Monday where Duterte was on a state visit. Duterte said, “Well for what? If […]

March 22, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  5 Comments

Carpio tells Duterte what to do re China in Scarborough Shoal

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio reminded Sunday President Duterte of his “constitutional duty” to the Filipino people to defend the country’s national territory and suggested to him four ways he can do it as regards the reported China’s plans to set up an environmental monitoring station in Scarborough Shoal. This is after […]

March 20, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  5 Comments

Impeachment vs Duterte ‘in the larger scheme of things’

There are things that you do knowing that its chance of success is not high but you do it because you know it’s the right thing. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano filed Thursday an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte. It’s the first against the President who was elected with 16 million votes and enjoys high […]

March 17, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights  5 Comments

Justice Carpio’s Benham Rise 101

The notes of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Benham Rise is very useful as the 13-million-hectare undersea region east of Luzon is in the news with the disclosure last week by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that Chinese survey ships have been spotted in the area last year. Filipinos are familiar with […]

March 15, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Environment, Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

Out of DFA, Yasay has difficulty renewing passport

Life is like a wheel. One moment you are up and the next moment you can be down. That is happening to Perfecto Yasay Jr, foreign secretary since the start of the Duterte administration last July 2016 until last Wednesday, March 8. When Yasay was foreign secretary, his office was swamped with requests from relatives, […]

March 13, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Environment, Foreign Affairs  3 Comments

Malacañang shaken by Lascañas exposé

However Malacanang tries to discredit SPO3 Arturo Lascañas explosive exposé about President Duterte’s direct role in the Davao Death Squad, it’s obvious that the President and his men are shaken. Take a look how they have acted silly trying to counter it. The grand bungle was committed by Press Secretary Martin Andanar when he floated […]

March 11, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Philippine National Police  3 Comments

The hazard of watching legislative hearings

Watching legislative hearings is bad for the health. No, it’s not the stress or migraine that you get listening to the inane questions. It’s the feeling of superiority that you develop listening to the likes of Tito Sotto, Joel Villanueva and Manny Pacquiao. Especially Manny Pacquaio. It’s not healthy. I felt that last Monday watching […]

March 9, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance, Philippine National Police  8 Comments