Probe finds PH Navy at fault in death of two Vietnamese fishermen

By Arianne Christian Tapao and Ellen T. Tordesillas VERA Files The Philippine Navy is at fault in the death of two fishermen during a sea chase in the waters of Pangasinan on Sept. 22, a source privy to the investigation of the incident said. Investigators, the source said, cited a 1999 ruling of the International […]

October 1, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Military  No Comments

Vietnam delivered when the Philippines needed it most

It means a lot to the Philippines that Vietnam submitted a Position Paper to the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations that is handling the complaint filed by the Philippines against China on the conflict in the South China Sea. Probably so as not to further antagonize China, with whom the Philippines has rekindled relations […]

December 15, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  5 Comments

Vietnam supports PH position: UN tribunal has jurisdiction on South China Sea dispute

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files The Philippine case against China’s nine-dash line before the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal gained support from Vietnam in a statement it submitted to the court in The Hague on Thursday. The Vietnam Foreign Ministry said the tribunal has jurisdiction to settle disputes concerning the interpretation of the U.N. Convention […]

December 13, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea, Vera Files  One Comment

Enthralling night of music and food at Vietnam National Day

Give it to the dynamic Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen Vu Tu to come up with creative ways to enhance Philippine –Vietnam relations. Last year, it was a fashion show featuring Vietnam and Philippine national dresses. Last Tuesday’s celebration of Vietnam’s 67th National Day had a concert featuring Filipino and Vietnamese songs as well as classics and […]

September 1, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Foreign Affairs  5 Comments

Deepening PH and Vietnam relations

The Philippines and Vietnam share a common painful experience with colonial powers but each country dealt with them differently. Philippine history as famously described by the eminent Carmen Guerrro Nakpil was “300 years in convent and 50 years of Hollywood” referring to 300 years of Spanish domination of Filipinos and 50 years under the Americans. […]

October 26, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  126 Comments

PH protests China’s 9-dash line claim over Spratlys

China’s reaction to PH protest: In a regular briefing in Beijing today, spokesman of China’s foreign ministry Hong Lei said: “China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and adjacent waters.” “China owns sovereignty and jurisdiction over the related sea area, seabed and subsoil,” Hong pointed out. By Tessa Jamandre VERA FILES The […]

April 13, 2011  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  60 Comments