Foreign Affairs

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte made a big splash in the international scene by declaring that he was pursuing an “independent” foreign policy. Then he declared his “separation” from the U.S.; threatened to terminate military treaties with the U.S. and proposed defense alliance with China and Russia. The world leaders did not bat an eye. But when his campaign against drug lords Read More …

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in white, walks away with officials following the ASEAN summit plenary meeting at National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz It was a very strange week! Was it a full moon… or was it sign of the times? Indeed, a nation’s leader going ballistic is not the usual norm even with the likes of… well, I don’t want to distract you from the issues so let’s move on. The recent brouhaha on the eve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s departure for his Read More …

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By Erick San Juan Despite many Chinese diplomatic assurances to the contrary, Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea is an attempt to re-establish traditional Chinese hegemony in the region. As of January 1, 2014 China’s Hainan province required all foreign fishing vessels to ask permission to enter more than half of the 3.5-million-square-kilometer South China Sea. The new regulations adopted by China’s Hainan Province Read More …

New US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, flanked by US Secretary of State John Kerry, delivers remarks at his swearing-in ceremony hosted by the Secretary at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C., on November 21, 2013. US State Department

By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya I HAD a dream that went like this: US Secretary of State John Kerry: Philip, I want you to assume your post in Manila ASAP. Ambassador Philip Goldberg: I would love to, Sir, but as you know my appointment paper is still with the Senate. Kerry: I know. With the permission of the President, I have already spoken with my Read More …

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By RIGOBERTO TIGLAO The Manila Times Doing research on some other topic, I stumbled on what at first I thought were outdated information. But the info turned out to be accurate—and troubling. The conglomerate Philippine Investment Management Inc. (Phinma) listed as one of its board members Jose Cuisia. Isn’t he our current “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States, with concurrent jurisdiction over the Read More …

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By ELLEN TORDESILLAS MALAYA ‘Aquino needs someone with a deep Taiwan connection. Maybe this time he can use Domingo Lee.’ THERE’S one man that would be perfect to be President Aquino’s personal emissary to Taiwan to help smoothen relations strained by the killing by the members of the Philippine Coast Guard of a Taiwanese fisherman almost a month ago: Domingo Lee. Domingo Lee, to those Read More …

Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza

By Pia Lee-Brago The Philippine Star   MANILA, Philippines – The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has appointed the remaining three members of the five-member United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Arbitral Tribunal that will hear the Statement of Claim filed by the Philippines against China on the West Philippine Sea. Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, head of Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA ‘With Garcia, Rebong and Sorreta as undersecretary for policy, chief coordinator and assistant secretary for American affairs, the “Americanization” of the DFA is now complete.’ AFTER more than three years in office, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines has finally decided to take the bull by the horns and ordered a “focused, dedicated and exhaustive” investigation of Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA ‘To pursue the Sabah claim is to uphold the national interest, but it will definitely “jeopardize our relations with Malaysia”.’ Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said China’s refusal to join the Philippines in the arbitration of the West Philippine Sea dispute is favorable to the Philippines. “It would be favorable for us if they do not participate,” he said. “The natural Read More …

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (R) talks to Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario in Manila, January 10, 2013. (Reuters)

Source: Voice of America The Philippines’ top diplomat has pledged cooperation with Japan on tighter security, warning that China’s efforts to defend its maritime claims are threatening stability in Asia. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario made the comments after meeting in Manila with his counterpart from Tokyo, which is involved in its own tense territorial dispute with China. Handout photograph shows the disputed islets, known Read More …