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Carpio insists for China’s acceptance of Arbitral Court ruling for PH Rise research

The latest issue on Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, focused on Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio’s statement that China should not be allowed to conduct marine scientific research in Philippine Rise which the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea has recognized as part of the Philippine extended continental shelf […]

January 19, 2018  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment

No Chinese withdrawal from Scarborough shoal seen despite improved relations between Manila and Beijing

By Arianne Christian Tapao, VERA Files Ambassador to China Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana does not see Chinese leader Xi Jinping ordering the withdrawal of Chinese Coast Guard ships from Scarborough shoal and returning to the pre-April 8, 2012 situation, when the area was under the control of the Philippines, despite Beijing’s improved relations with the […]

December 5, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

ASEAN COC framework affirms Duterte’s policy shift in PH dealing with China

The Philippines’ major shift in foreign policy which is to talk with China bilaterally on the territorial dispute over Scarborough shoal has gotten affirmation from ASEAN with the adoption of the Framework of the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea in last’s weeks ASEAN summit. “We discussed the matters relating to the South […]

November 20, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment

Trudeau ‘owned’ the Manila East Asia Summit

There was a collective squeal of kilig when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau strode into the cavernous main briefing room of the International Media Center of the 31st Asean Summit and related summits where about a thousand journalists, government officials and events staff gathered for the first press conference of a visiting leader attending the […]

November 14, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Will Duterte and Trump (and other leaders) do the fist pump?

That’s the most awaited happening in the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings that will take place Nov. 13 and 14 in Metro Manila. At the press briefing last Friday, Foreign Affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar was asked if President Duterte and United States President Donald Trump would be doing a fist pump together. Bolivar, not […]

November 12, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Here goes the CIA plot again

President Duterte’s paranoia about the CIA wanting him out is on overdrive again fueled by reports that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV was in the United States where he met with an U.S. Republican senator that his foreign secretary, Alan Peter Cayetano had tried to meet but was not able to. At the 7th anniversary of […]

October 23, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  3 Comments

Justice Carpio sounds alarm on latest Chinese seizure of PH territory

While the public was engrossed with the scandal of how 605 kilos of shabu from China worth P6.5 billion slipped through the Bureau of Custom and being entertained with the Bautista vs Bautista family feud with a cameo role by President Duterte, a chunk of Philippine territory was being taken over by China. China occupied […]

August 20, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment

No ASEAN role in Scarborough conflict between PH and China

The agreed framework for a Code on South China Sea was the most important achievement of the recently-concluded meeting of the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which segued to more meetings with its dialogue partners and the Asean Regional Forum. After the much-awaited meeting between ASEAN foreign ministers and China Sunday, […]

August 17, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

A COC that would legitimize China’s artificial islands in the Spratlys

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday that he and the 10 foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have approved the framework for the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. This is just a framework, not the long-desired COC. Nevertheless, it is a major step towards an agreement that hopefully […]

August 7, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment

China’s concept of setting side sovereignty dispute for joint exploration of Spratlys

Asked during his press conference last Wednesday when the talks about the joint exploration in Philippine territory that is also being claimed by China and other countries started, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano recalled the meeting of the late Deng Xiaoping with then President Corazon Aquino. In that meeting, Deng suggested to set aside the […]

August 1, 2017  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments