Archive for the ‘Foreign Affairs’ Category

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  2 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

The trade off: multi-billion dollar projects in exchange for Chinese exploration in PH EEZ

From the fragmented information about the resumption of talks on joint exploration with China in the disputed parts of the Spratlys, what is emerging is a repeat of jumbo loans that the administration of Gloria Arroyo obtained from the Chinese government in 2004 in exchange for agreeing to allow China to explore within the country’s […]

July 29, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment

North Korea in the lives of Filipinos

I’m intrigued by the results of the survey conducted by the American fact tank, Pew Research Center, showing only Filipinos, among seven countries in Asia Pacific, have a generally positive view of North Korea. The survey was conducted between February and May this year, before North Korea’s successful launching of an intercontinental ballistic missile last […]

July 17, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

PH win in Arbitral Court, one year after

One of the good things that President Duterte has done was to rekindle relations with China which reached its lowest ebb during the administration of Benigno Aquino III. Never mind that during the election campaign, he rode on the anti-China sentiments of most Filipinos fueled by the pro-American leanings of Aquino and his Foreign Secretary, […]

July 12, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  5 Comments

Foreign secretary, envoy belie Duterte account of alleged Xi Jinping’s threat of war

Newly-installed Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he has been in all the bilateral meetings between President Duterte and China’s President Xi Jinping and he has not witnessed any threat of war uttered by the Chinese President. Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana, who has worked and lived in China as a journalist before […]

May 23, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

VISA-FREE entry to Taiwan for Filipinos rescheduled to start Sept 2017

The implementation of VISA-FREE entry to the ROC (Taiwan) for Filipinos has been rescheduled to September 2017, and the exact date of the commencement of the implementation of the visa-free treatment will be further announced in September or at other appropriate date this year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China […]

May 23, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments