US-Philippine alliance

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 …

Fiery Cross Reef reclamation

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With all the hoopla following the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States on April 28, 2014 in Manila, one would expect American military forces to be deployed to at least eight strategic locations to protect the Philippines from external forces intruding into her territory. But 16 months have passed and not a Read More …

ASEAN-flags

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 …

Oyster Bay

Source: Reuters MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines, aiming to boost its ability to defend offshore areas, wants to ensure U.S. warships are closer to the disputed South China Sea by offering the United States an underdeveloped naval base on a western island, its military chief has said. China has stepped up its activities to assert its extensive claim over the energy-rich South China Sea. Brunei, Read More …

Pacific Rim

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the aftermath of the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the United States and the Philippines, China unexpectedly took a conciliatory stance. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a press conference that EDCA does not seem to intimidate China. “It is justifiable for people to ask any agreement between the US and the Philippines be Read More …

Clark-Airbase

By Alexis Romero The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – About three to five military camps are being considered as possible sites of American facilities to be built under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), a defense official said yesterday. Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino said negotiators have started talks on the annexes of the pact, including the areas where US troops will construct their facilities Read More …

ITLOS-Philippines-vs-China

By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (Why can’t China just join us in the International Tribunal if she is so sure of the validity of her claim? After all, she is also a signatory to UNCLOS.) The Martilyo Gang struck again last week at the SM Mall of Asia. Unlike last year, though, when the gang hit SM North on EDSA, President Noynoy Aquino and his Read More …

US and Philippine Marines conduct small arms training at Camp Tiniguiban, Puerto Princessa, Palawan. (US Marine Corps photo)

By Jaime Sinapit InterAksyon.com   The online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines — Filipino and American Marines have been conducting field and amphibious training in Palawan, with more exercises scheduled as another United States warship is set to visit Manila next week. The drills and naval visits come amid negotiations between the Philippines and US on the increased rotational presence of American troops in the Read More …

BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal. Photo from New York Times.

Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya The rising tension at the Ayungin shoal, just 21 nautical miles from Mischief Reef where China has built fortifications, could be a test on the usefulness of the 1951 PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty In its statement issued last Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “The BRP Sierra Madre, a commissioned Philippine Naval Vessel, was placed in Read More …

General Emmanuel Bautista, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the United States' ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg at a forum on Feb 24 organised by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines. Gen Bautista and Mr Goldberg are urging Beijing to return to a United Nations arbitration process to settle disputes over the South China Sea. -- ST PHOTO: RAUL DANCEL

By Raul Dancel Philippines Correspondent In Manila Strait Times The Philippines said on Monday it would respond militarily if China uses force to drive away Filipinos fishing in waters around a disputed island in the South China Sea. General Emmanuel Bautista, head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), issued this warning as a response to reports that ships from China’s Coast Guard drove Read More …