Mutual Defense Treaty

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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 …

Strategic Triangle: Scarborough Shoal, Spratlys, and Paracel islands.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The biggest — and hottest — topic in geopolitical circles today is World War III, or to be more precise… where will World War III start? But if you ask Pope Francis, he’d probably say what he said several months ago: World War III has already begun, at least in a “piecemeal fashion.” “Piecemeal fashion” is a reference to several crises Read More …

The 12 senators -- called "The Magnificent 12" -- who voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since twelve nationalistic – and left-leaning — members of the Philippine Senate voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991, our national pride had immeasurably gone up the scale never seen before since the new national flag was raised and independence was declared from Spain on the balcony of Gen. Emilio Aquinaldo’s mansion in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898. Read More …

Design of military base to be built on Mabini Reef (Source: Huanqui.com)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, China confirmed that construction work is ongoing at the Mabini Reef (Johnson South Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). However, she declined to say what she’s constructing. She told the Philippines that it’s none of her business because the area is “Chinese territory.” It doesn’t matter that Mabini Reef is within the Philippines’ 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone 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 …

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin shakes hands with U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg after the signing of EDCA on April 28, 2014. (Photo credit: Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Twenty-eight years after the EDSA people power revolution and 23 years after the Philippine Senate kicked the U.S. bases out of the Philippines, the Americans are back at the request of the Philippine government. Why? The toppling of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986 whipped up nationalistic fervor among the new intelligentsia who saw an opportunity to create a society free of Read More …

Subic Bay

U.S. Forces Would Return on ‘Rotational’ Basis By Trefor Moss The Wall Street Journal MANILA—Opposition to American military involvement in the Philippines forced Washington to abandon what once was its largest overseas Navy base, Subic Bay, in 1992, along with the rest of its military network in the country. Now, more than two decades later, Manila is urging Washington to come back, and not just Read More …

They’re back!

Source: Asia Sentinel Signing could be during Obama’s visit In 1991, when the Philippine Congress forced the United States out of the military bases that they had occupied since 1898, they left. But when they did, they went to Leyte and picked up the bronze statues of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the landing party that had accompanied him on MacArthur’s famed October, 1944 return to Read More …

A China Coast Guard vessel attempts to block a Philippine government vessel as the latter tries to enter the China Second Thomas Disputed Shoals, locally known as name Ayungin Shoal, to rorate Philippine troops and resupply provisions on March 29.

By Matthew Pennington Associated Press  WASHINGTON >> The United States cautioned China Thursday that it will meet its defense commitments to allies as tensions mount over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel told a congressional hearing that some Asian countries fear that Russia’s annexation of Crimea could serve as a precedent for Beijing. In China’s most recent assertive Read More …

Subic Bay

SHOOTING STRAIGHT By Bobit S. Avila The Philippine Star  June 15, 2014 marks the 23rd anniversary of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, considered one of the major natural disasters that the world had ever seen. Three months later, the Philippine Senate in a historic vote of 12 to 11 voted to reject the new 10-year US Bases Treaty that the Bush Administration prepared with the Read More …