Archive for the ‘South China Sea’ Category

One Belt One Road:  Reviving PH-China Silk Road ties

GUANGZHOU,China –To underscore the ties that deeply bind the people of this bustling city and the Filipinos, Deputy Director General Luo Jun of Guangdong Province Foreign Affairs Office cites that the Manila-Guangzhou flight takes only one hour and 45 minutes, same as Manila-Davao, while Guangzhou to Beijing takes three hours. The nearness of Manila to […]

April 26, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  No Comments

Recalling JMSU

The Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking, JMSU for short, is back in the news. It was mentioned by former president Gloria Arroyo and her executive secretary, Eduardo Ermita, to stress that cooperation with China in South China Sea is possible during the launch of the book, “The Ocean Space or the Maritime Area of the Philippines,” […]

April 26, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  One Comment

How much did PH pay for foreign lawyers in case vs China?

(I did this article for VERA Files.) The government paid $7 million in legal fees to the international team that gave the Philippines its landmark victory against China over the disputed features in the South China Sea, a member of the Philippine delegation to The Hague hearings said. The source who asked for anonymity said […]

July 21, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  3 Comments

PH authorities knew of Subi Reef lighthouse construction 5 years ago

China has started the operations of a lighthouse in Subi Reef, The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday. Xinhua said the 55-meter high lighthouse contains technology to monitor passing ships. The Philippines should be very concerned.

April 8, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  No Comments

China makes sure Jackson Atoll won’t be another Ayungin

The Chinese have not occupied Jackson Atoll (Philippine name is Quirino and Wufang Jiao in Chinese) in the Spratlys, as erroneously reported in Philippines media. Not yet. But the Chinese were there last December as related by the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hong Lei in his regular press briefing last March 2. Hong […]

March 7, 2016   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  6 Comments

Water source crucial in determining status of Itu Aba (2)

(Conclusion) The issue of whether Itu Aba (also known by its Chinese name “Taiping” and Philippine name “Ligaw”) is an island or a rock has become a battle of experts. In the hearing at The Hague last Nov 30 on the Philippine suit against China’s nine-dash-line and constructions in submerged maritime features in the Spratlys, […]

February 8, 2016   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  2 Comments

Water source crucial in determining status of Itu Aba (1)

Is the water coming from the grounds of Itu Aba (Chinese name: Taiping; Philippine name: Ligaw) suitable for drinking? The answer to this question is crucial in determining whether Itu Aba is an island or a rock. The determination of Itu Aba’s feature- whether a rock or an island- is important in establishing the extent […]

February 6, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  No Comments

South China Sea looms large even if not in APEC 2015 agenda

South China Sea looms large even if it is not in the agenda of the 23rd meeting of the leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in Manila on Nov. 18 and 19. Foreign Undersecretary Lula del Rosario, chair of the APEC 2015 Senior Officials Meetings, which did all the vital spadework for the Foreign […]

November 9, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  No Comments

UN Arbitral Panel Rules In Favor of the Philippines: Now What?

By Roberto R. Romulo Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario’s dogged determination to pursue the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea dispute through the rule of law has proven his approach correct. The court ruled that the case was “properly constituted” under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, that China’s “non-appearance” (i.e., refusal […]

November 7, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  2 Comments

The U.N. Arbitral Tribunal decision on PH case vs China

No amount of China’s protestation that the Oct 29 decision of the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal is “null and void” and it has “no binding effect” on them, cancels the fact that it’s a major blow to them. Filipinos, on the other hand, should understand that the U.N. Arbitral Court’s decision, although a win for […]

November 1, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  13 Comments