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

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

Justice Carpio’s E-book on South China Sea dispute

The political winds have indeed shifted. On the same day that the China-friendly statement of this year’s chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, President Rodrigo Duterte, was released to media, Philippine and Chinese flags were seen raised on a Chinese warship, Chang Chun (DDG 150) that docked in Davao city pier. This would […]

May 1, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment

Duterte can’t sell PH land in Spratlys to China

Now, President Duterte wants to go into real estate business in the Spratlys. Before he embarked on a state visit to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, he told reporters that he might sell what the Philippines claim in Spratlys to China. Assuring China that his orders to install markers and flag to the 10 features […]

April 12, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  7 Comments

Occupy Spratlys

Was Duterte’s Occupy Spratlys order a reaction to the decline of the people’s trust in him as shown in the latest survey of Pulse Asia that he had to show that he is no lackey of China and he can stand up to the neighboring economic giant? The day after Pulse Asia released results of […]

April 11, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No 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

Gloria Arroyo as foreign secretary?

So traumatized and demoralized are the foreign service corps – with the damage control operation that they have to perform every time President Duterte curses other governments and international institutions plus the impending appointments of retired generals to ambassadorial posts – that many like the idea of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the next […]

September 23, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

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

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

No Hitler-calling vs China; no jetskiing to the Spratlys

Change has come. The sober position that the Duterte administration is taking in connection with the impending decision of the United Nations Arbitral Court on the case filed by the Philippines against China is a reversal of the “Shame China” strategy that the Aquino administration undertook. It is also a departure from cinematic solution that […]

July 4, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  5 Comments