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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

Justice Carpio tells Duterte to bring to UN Xi’s threat to go to war

Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio said today the Philippines can to bring to the United Nations the matter of China’s President Xi Jinping threatening President Duterte that China would wage war if the Philippines starts drilling oil in disputed areas in the South China Sea. In a statement, Carpio said: “The threat of China […]

May 20, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  No Comments

Veteran diplomat tells Duterte to stop joke about Mongolia and Turkey joining Asean

This story first came out in VERA Files. On the sidelines of the first One Belt, One Road summit in Beijing last week, President Duterte met with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat, prime minister of Mongolia. In his press conference upon arrival in Davao City May 16, Duterte said h is sponsoring […]

May 20, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Duterte forgoes EU aid, sticks to his ‘kill, kill’ policy

President Duterte’s solution to the country’s problems is “kill, kill.” The 28-member state European Union has made it clear that they will not allow their money to be used to kill people. Anticipating a removal of the Philippine’s favored status under EU’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences wherein tariff on Philippine goods for export to the […]

May 19, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  4 Comments

Why it’s finally Cayetano at DFA?

The appointment of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as foreign secretary is an indication that the Duterte administration is feeling the heat of a negative international image and needs somebody who can passionately defend the President’s human rights record as what the senator did last week before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. No […]

May 14, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  3 Comments

Justice Carpio wants to speak to the Chinese people through his eBook

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s hope springs eternal. At the launch of his eBook, “The South China Sea Dispute: Philippine Sovereign Rights and Jurisdiction in the West Philippine Sea,” Carpio said the reason why it will soon have a Mandarin version is because, he wants to reach out to the Chinese people to convince them […]

May 7, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

1734 Murillo Velarde map is back in Manila

Sharing the spotlight at the launching of Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio’s E-Book, “The South China Sea Dispute:Philippine Sovereign Rights and Jurisdiction in the West Philippine Sea” at the Manila Polo Club Thursday was a glass- encased 1734 Murillo-Velarde map. This was the map IT businessman Mel Velarde bought in a Sotheby auction on Nov. […]

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

ICC investigation would affect Duterte’s foreign travels

In dismissing the case filed against him at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands last week, President Duterte cited the principle of territoriality. “The fundamental thing in our Revised Penal Code is territoriality. You can only be prosecuted in the country where you committed the crime, “he said.

May 3, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Justice Carpio’s E-book on South China Sea dispute

The political winds have indeed shifted. On the same day that the China-friendly statement of this year’s chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, President Rodrigo Duterte, was released to media, Philippine and Chinese flags were seen raised on a Chinese warship, Chang Chun (DDG 150) that docked in Davao city pier. This would […]

May 1, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment