Filipino workers paying the price for Malacanang’s bungling

It took a week for President Aquino to realize that the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by a member of the Philippine Coast Guard team in the disputed waters of South China Sea could lead to serious repercussions for the country Last Wednesday, President Aquino sent as his personal representative Amadeo R. Perez, chairman of […]

May 16, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  13 Comments

Lessons Learned from the Taiwan Shooting Incident

By Harry L. Roque, Jr. Chair, Center for International Law The recent shooting by the Philippine Coast guard of a lone Taiwanese fisherman illustrates the kind of governmental response that we Filipinos deserve when we ourselves fall victims to an internationally wrongful act. Under international law, there is state responsibility for an internationally wrongful act […]

May 16, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  7 Comments

Tempest in high seas

Three days before the Philippine Archipelagic Baselines Law ( Republic Act No. 9522 ) was signed last Wednesday, the United States protested “harrasment” by Chinese vessels of their mapping ship in international waters off China which once again underscores the volatility of the South China Sea. Immediately after Malacañang announced the signing of the baseline […]

March 13, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Feb '06, Foreign Affairs, Health, Impeachment '08, Malaya  148 Comments

Why try impeachment again?

Click here for Inquirer story on filing of impeachment complaint. When it was announced last Friday that concerned citizens will try once again , for the fourth time, to file an impeachment complaint against Gloria Arroyo, the immediate reactions I heard were, “ “Why try again? It won’t prosper anyway.” My answer is, Gloria Arroyo […]

October 13, 2008  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Impeachment '08, Malaya, Politics  38 Comments

Leksyon sa nangyari sa Thailand

Noong una nainggit ako mga taga-Thailand na napa-talsik nila ang kanilang bagong prime minister na si Samak Sundaravej na ang kasalanan lamang ay tumanggap siya ng bayad sa kanyang televised cooking show habang siya’y prime minister. Sinabi ng Constitutional Court ng Thailand na lumabag si Samak ng batas na nagbabawal sa mga opisyal ng pamahalaan […]

September 14, 2008  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Politics, Web Links  27 Comments

The Maldanas incident

Under the topic, “Ermita’s Sabah memo”, one of our regulars here, Sulbatz, recalled the story of the Maldanas incident which happened on Sept 26, 1985. I tried to google the Maldanas incident but I only found one line in I found two items in One was a 1994 Inquirer article after the Abu […]

September 13, 2008  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, General  37 Comments

Ermita’s Sabah memo

When Gloria Arroyo’s “special envoys” to Malaysia, minus National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, met with Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, did they also discuss Sabah? I’m curious because last Aug. 20, two weeks after the aborted signing of the Malaysian-brokered Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain between the Philippine government and the […]

September 12, 2008  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  118 Comments

CA justice dismissed; another suspended, 3 more censured

by Evangeline de Vera Malaya The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed Court of Appeals Justice Vicente Roxas and suspended Justice Jose Sabio Jr. for impropriety and irregularities in handling the Meralco board elections case, upon the recommendation of the three-man panel created by the tribunal. In a 58-page per curiam decision, which takes effect immediately, the […]

September 9, 2008  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Justice, Malaya  65 Comments

Hindi naleksyon si Pacquiao

Noong nakaraang senatorial campaign, tinanong ko kay Mike Defensor, kandidato para senador ng Team Unity ng administrasyong Arroyo kung bakit nila ginuguyo si Manny Pacquiao pumasok sa politika samantalang alam naman nilang walang alam sa pagpatakbo ng isang organisasyon. Hindi pa noon nakadesisyon si Pacquiao kung siya ay tatakbo na vice mayor ni Ali Atienza […]

September 9, 2008  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Web Links  78 Comments

Preparing for a nasty exit

In her fake presidency, Gloria Arroyo has every right to appoint anybody- scoundrels and losers -in her cabinet. If she thinks Chavit Singson, will help her stay in power, let her be. After all, if not for Singson, she would not be in Malacañang today. In fact, she should not stop at Singson. When Joc-joc […]

September 8, 2008  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Mindanao  99 Comments