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

Recalling JMSU

The Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking, JMSU for short, is back in the news. It was mentioned by former president Gloria Arroyo and her executive secretary, Eduardo Ermita, to stress that cooperation with China in South China Sea is possible during the launch of the book, “The Ocean Space or the Maritime Area of the Philippines,” […]

April 26, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  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

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

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: https://pca-cpa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/175/2016/07/PH-CN-20160712-Award.pdf) “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

Duterte’s cinematic solution to South China Sea conflict

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s proposed solution to the South China territorial conflict would make a thrilling action-packed movie scene. In a speech before travel executives at the MOA-SMX last Friday (and in all his rally speches) Duterte said, “I will ask the Navy to bring me to the nearest point in South China Sea […]

April 24, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  21 Comments

PH authorities knew of Subi Reef lighthouse construction 5 years ago

China has started the operations of a lighthouse in Subi Reef, The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday. Xinhua said the 55-meter high lighthouse contains technology to monitor passing ships. The Philippines should be very concerned.

April 8, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  No Comments