Centerlaw: Documents belie De Lima’s claim of misinformation

Statement of the Prof. Harry L. Roque Jr., chair of the Center for International Law (Centerlaw), an NGO dedicated to the promotion of binding international legal norms in the Philippines and Asia: “We take exception to the veiled threat in the statement made yesterday by Secretary Leila De Lima that the Vera Files special report […]

April 8, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  3 Comments

De Lima will not see what she doesn’t want to see

Now that the Department of Foreign Affairs’ willingness to downgrade the country’s claim to Sabah to strengthen its case against China before the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal has been exposed, it is resorting to the classic diversionary tactic- questioning the journalists’ motives in writing the report. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima now comes to the […]

April 7, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya, Vera Files  9 Comments

DFA is misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

Disclosure: I am one of the trustees and writers of VERA Files, a group of veteran journalist who put out articles that take a deeper look at current issues. Last Monday, VERA Files released a story, “PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China.” The article said, “ The quid pro […]

March 31, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  31 Comments

PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

By Tessa Jamandre,VERA Files The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The quid pro quo was contained in a note verbale the Department of Foreign Affairs handed to a representative of the Malaysian Embassy last week, a week […]

March 30, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: South China Sea, Vera Files  11 Comments

No talk of Sabah in Aquino-Najib meet Feb. 27

By Tessa Jamandre, VERA Files President Aquino and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak are set to meet in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 27, when Aquino visits Malaysia in his first foreign trip for 2014, a highly reliable foreign affairs source said. Missing from the agenda, however, will be the setting up of a consulate in […]

February 17, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  One Comment

Kris Aquino and the Sultan of Johor

It was insensitive of Kris Aquino to feature the Sultan of Johor at the time when the wounds of the February-March Sabah bloodfight have not healed and the root of the problem has not been addressed. Tuesday’s feature of Kris TV was the Sultan of Johor, Ibrahim Ismail, a close friend of the Aquinos. Kris […]

June 18, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  635 Comments

Civil society takes Malaysia to UN for maltreatment of Filipinos in Sabah

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files Concerned citizens are hauling the Malaysian government to the United Nations for human rights abuses against Filipinos in Sabah, even as they criticized the Philippine government for lack of outrage and action. Concerned groups and individuals are filing Monday urgent appeals with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem […]

April 2, 2013  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  9 Comments

Agonizing moments at the DFA over Sabah

When some 30 concerned citizens met before the Holy Week to discuss the appeal to the United Nations for help for Filipinos in Sabah who are being maltreated by Malaysian authorities, they decided they would do it as private citizens and not waste their time getting the support of the Philippine government. Of course, the […]

March 31, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  14 Comments

Aquino upset by DFA statement on Malaysia’s human rights violations

Fleeing residents of Tanjung Labian flee their village in the area where Filipino gunmen are locked in a stand off with Malaysian security forces in Sabah state on March 10-2013. AFP-News Mohd Rasfan. From Yahoo. In the press conference of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima in Malacañang yesterday on the arrest of 35 armed men […]

March 15, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  106 Comments

Malaysia treats the Philippines like dirt and Malacañang takes it timidly

Malaysia treats the Philippines like dirt and Malacañang takes it with hardly a whimper. News reports relate the harrowing experience of Filipinos under the hands of Malaysian security forces who are conducting a sweep of the Sabah to capture the forces of Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, younger brother of Jamalul Kiram III and one of […]

March 10, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  314 Comments