ASEAN

A welcome ceremony for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz At the urging of his Filipino-Canadian constituents, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dared to bring up “human rights” when he met with Philippine president Rodrigo “The Punisher” Duterte at the end of the 31st Summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Western nations in Manila. Had Trudeau taken the cue from former U.S. president Barack Obama, he would have skipped Read More …

U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When Donald J. Trump was campaigning for the presidency, he projected a “tough guy” image by lambasting everyone that stood on his way or anyone who disagreed with him. His forays into foreign policy were gutsy and digressed from previous administrations’ diplomatic restraint in handling sensitive geopolitical issues. He shocked America’s NATO allies after he suggested that he might not honor Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Now that the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has ruled strongly in favor of the Philippines’ maritime disputes against China in the South China Sea (SCS), people are wondering, “What’s going to happen next?” Unless China accepts the arbitral tribunal’s ruling – in parts or in its entirety – nothing is going to happen in terms of enforcement. While the Philippines Read More …

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By Aurea Calica The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese have expanded their activities in disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, possibly including reclaiming land on Gavin Reef and Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands, President Aquino said yesterday. Aquino made the revelation when asked about the status of the ongoing reclamation work by the Chinese on Mabini Reef, Read More …

President Obama Delivers Commencement Address At West Point

By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA (Obama finally corrected the grave mistake he and his underlings have been making when they kept upbraiding China by telling her to abide by the UNCLOS.) Asked about the Chinese apparently building a military base on Mabini Reef which belongs to the Philippines under international law, President Noynoy Aquino merely said that China is violating the 2002 ASEAN Declaration on Read More …

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No Limitation By Ted Laguatan Push has now come to shove. Emboldened by the lack of military resistance in occupying Philippine islands and with her fishing and navy boats sailing at will in our waters, China’s military leaders have now initiated a bold land reclamation military base project in Mabini Reef (Fiery Cross Reef). Location: about 150 miles from Palawan and within the Philippines 200 Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reduced to a toothless tiger that could only urge “restraint” and express “serious concern” over developments in the region without even mentioning the name of China, we can now expect Asia’s bully to become even more assertive in its claim to nearly the entire South China Sea. Even as China Read More …

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By Ann Marie Murphy Asia Times In a significant policy shift, Indonesian officials on March 12 announced that China’s nine-dash line map outlining its claims in the South China Sea overlaps with Indonesia’s Riau province, which includes the Natuna Island chain. For over two decades, Indonesia has positioned itself as an independent mediator in the South China Sea disputes between its partners in the Association Read More …

President Aquino and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak look on as peace panel heads Mohagher Iqbal and Miriam Coronel-Ferrer shake hands following the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro at Malacañang yesterday. Also in photo are MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, facilitator Tengku Dato Abdul Ghafar and presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita Quintos-Deles.

By Aurea Calica and Delon Porcalla The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – After 17 years of an often bloody struggle, the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) yesterday signed a comprehensive agreement for lasting peace in Mindanao. “Today, we celebrate the shared victory of the Filipino and Bangsamoro people. This is a fitting solution to the undying aspiration of the Bangsamoro,” MILF chairman Al Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA  Malaya (Resorting to the so-called ASEAN centrality in resolving our territorial dispute with China is a pipe dream. There just isn’t any centrality of interests among the members on the issue. As VERA Files reported, the latest to break ranks is Brunei when she opted out of a recent meeting in Manila of other ASEAN claimants to forge a united stand Read More …