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

No ASEAN role in Scarborough conflict between PH and China

The agreed framework for a Code on South China Sea was the most important achievement of the recently-concluded meeting of the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which segued to more meetings with its dialogue partners and the Asean Regional Forum. After the much-awaited meeting between ASEAN foreign ministers and China Sunday, […]

August 17, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 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

When silence means consent

China has denied that they are building an environmental monitoring station in Scarborough Shoal which they call “Huangyan Dao” as reported by Reuters last week based on a news report in the Chinese language newspaper Hainan Daily. The reply of China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying to the question about the Department of Foreign Affairs’ […]

March 24, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Alejano to Duterte: ‘May I borrow your jetski?’

Not surprisingly, President Duterte resorted to incoherent rant when asked about the plan of Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano to file a supplemental impeachment complaint to include developments in Scarborough Shoal and Benham Rise. This happened in a press conference in Myanmar Monday where Duterte was on a state visit. Duterte said, “Well for what? If […]

March 22, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  5 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

To each his own version of modus vivendi in Scarborough shoal

With the confirmation by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that the three Chinese Coast Guard ships are still in Scarborough shoal, the statement of China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying last Monday underscored that Filipino fishermen are back in Scarborough Shoal on the benevolence of China. Asked to confirm reports that China “okayed Philippine fishermen’s fishing […]

November 3, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  7 Comments

China avoids criticizing PH, hits Arbitral court

Take note that in China’s reaction to the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the case filed by the Philippines against its all-encompassing nine-dash-line map and its claim of maritime rights over Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys, it hit the Tribunal, not the Philippine government. Definitely, not President Rodrigo Duterte. If this sets […]

July 14, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  6 Comments

PH wins: Arbitral court invalidates China’s 9-dash line

The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled today that China’s all-encompassing nine-dash line is not valid. (To read the 501-page Award, please click to this site: “The Tribunal found that China’s claim to historic rights to resources was incompatible with the detailed allocation of rights and maritime zones in the Convention and concluded that, to […]

July 13, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  29 Comments

The pitfalls of joint development of Spratlys with China

It’s best that Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. study carefully the intricacies of joint exploration with China so he can advise President Rodrigo Duterte to go slow about it. Yasay, in his clarification about what he said in an interview with Agence France Presse last week, said, ““As the ruling will not address sovereignty and […]

July 10, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  5 Comments