China-Philippine Relations

Pag-asa Island in the Kalayaan Group of Islands.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Since Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency of the Philippines, he had demonstrated a clear bias for China and – by his own words – hatred of the United States. It did not then come as a surprise that he did not pursue the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s (PCA) ruling that China has no “historical rights” based on the “nine-dash line” map. Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz According to Chinese mythology, dragons are legendary creatures that symbolize power and strength. Today, the Chinese Dragon is China’s national symbol just like the eagle is to the U.S. and the bear to Russia. In 1949 Mao Zedong’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) drove the Kuomintang government out of Mainland China in a bloody civil war and established the People’s Republic of Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Just when President Rodrigo Duterte became comfortable sleeping in the security of his mosquito net, knowing that those dengue-dengue killer mosquitoes wouldn’t raid his house, a new menace rears it’s ugly head in the Benham Rise, just like the fabled Loch Ness monster. Yes, its appearance in the Benham Rise has Duterte’s men scramble for ways to deal with this “threat” Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was sworn in last June 30, 2016, the first person he introduced to the audience was former President Fidel V. Ramos, whom he credited for helping him launch his presidential candidacy. It did not then come as a surprise when Digong appointed Ramos as his special envoy to China. Immediately, Ramos went to Hong Kong to Read More …

The Virginia-class submarine USS Hawaii in Subic Bay, Philippines. The new security accord will increase US ship visits and deployment of surveillance aircraft to the Philippines. Photo: Reuters

Source: Today Online Manila to get help in acquiring long-range maritime patrol aircraft to strengthen policing capabilities in South China Sea MANILA — The Philippines and the United States yesterday reached an agreement on a new security accord that will allow American military forces to share local bases for maritime and humanitarian operations, a senior Philippine defence officials said. The two oldest allies in the Read More …

China’s 9-dask line

By Ellen T. Tordesillas VERA Files Despite Chinese requests to delay it, the Philippines is filing on March 30 its memorandum challenging before the United Nations China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea. The memorandum, called a Memorial in international law, will be filed with the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) at The Hague in Read More …

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By Rene Acosta BusinessMirror THE military will continue to maintain its presence at the Ayungin Shoal and assert the country’s sovereignty over the area, the Armed Forces chief of staff, Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, said on Tuesday as he dismissed China’s warning that the rotation of the Marines over the weekend was a provocative action. “What is provocative there? We just wanted to resupply our people Read More …

Robert Vergara

By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA   (I believe it is time for COA to ask GSIS head Robert Vergara what he has done on last year’s uncovered discrepancies in the posting of contributions paid by members from various government agencies.) I assume MILF chair Al-haj Murad Ebrahim is a Filipino citizen. I also assume he will remain one when Bangsamoro is finally established. After all, it Read More …

Filipino Marines are stationed aboard the grounded Philippine naval vessel BRP Sierra Madre

By Jaime Laude The Philippine Star MANILA – Despite harassments from China, the Philippines is determined to keep its small military detachment on Ayungin Shoal stationed on a grounded World War II era landing ship, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said yesterday. Gazmin declined to discuss details of the government’s action plan for keeping the military’s precarious hold on the garrison but said it’s the mandate Read More …

Ayungin-Shoal

By VICTOR REYES MALAYA THE government is unperturbed by China’s warning against a Philippine plan to challenge a naval blockade it has put up at the disputed Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, implied that the military will push through with its plan to send civilian ships to re-supply Marines staying at the Read More …