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

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

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

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

Who is protecting PH national interest in South China Sea?

A tense situation transpired 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay in Zambales last Thursday when China seized the underwater drone installed by the United States Navy. Philippine top officials were unconcerned about it. The Duterte government’s nonchalant attitude towards China’s seizure of the United States’ underwater drone in Philippine territory reflects its hazy understanding […]

December 19, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  10 Comments

Defense chief: No US freedom of navigation patrols from PH shores

By CHARMAINE DEOGRACIAS, VERA Files In a departure from the previous administration’s support of the United States freedom- of-navigation activities in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday. the Philippines for will not allow the use of former American military bases – Clark and Subic -for FON patrols of the United States […]

December 11, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Military  One Comment

Duterte to visit China Oct 20 -21

By Charmaine Deogracias Vera Files Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Beijing on Oct. 20 and 21, in what reliable diplomatic sources say is a move to reboot the country’s relations with China amid territorial issues in the South China Sea. Duterte had earlier announced he is visiting China and Russia but did not give […]

September 29, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  10 Comments

Ways to make China comply if U.N. ruling on SCS favors PH

The Philippines is not exactly helpless if the United Nations Arbitral Court decides in our favor in the case we filed against China and China ignores it. The Hague-based U.N. Artbitral Court is expected to decide on the case on July 7. In Jan. 2013, the Philippine asked the U.N. court to 1. declare as […]

June 24, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

China hopeful of better relations with Duterte government

By ELLEN TORDESILLAS, VERA Files CHINA is hopeful that relations with the Philippines will be better under the government of Rodrigo Duterte, who will succeed President Benigno Aquino III on July 1. In a regular press conference in Beijing Wednesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang was asked about statements by Duterte that he is willing […]

May 12, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Foreign Affairs  No 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