What The Hague?! Philippines helped China build structures on disputed islands in the South China Sea

I first read it on some obscure website months ago. Knowing that one has to be careful about what one reads online nowadays, I waited for mainstream media to pick it up before taking it seriously. Unfortunately, it has taken years before they did. Just this week, Philippine mainstream media finally publicised reports about how […]

Duterte has to deal with the South China Sea mess Aquino left unresolved

A decision issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague finally came out early July 2016 and rejected China‚Äôs claim that all of the South China Sea including the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal is part of its territory. While it was the Philippines that filed the case with the international tribunal, […]

To talk to China, Filipinos must first recall how the Chinese were once balut vendors

Next steps, we are told, following the Philippines’ “victory” in the South China Sea dispute owing to the recent “favourable” Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling, is to initiate negotiations with China for peaceful resolution. It is quite baffling that this plan is emerging as the cornerstone of what the Philippine government plans to do […]

Mga katanungan tungkol sa Philippines vs. China arbitration case

1. ANO ANG SOVEREIGNTY? Ang ibig sabihin ng sovereignty ay full and absolute control and authority within a territory. Ang territory ng isang bansa ay nagtatapos sa kanyang territorial waters, 12 nautical miles mula sa kanyang baseline. Pati ang airspace, bed at subsoil ng territorial waters ay kasama rin sa territory ng isang bansa. Sa […]

South China Sea ruling justifies military action vs China: Does the Philippines have the means? #CHexit

Was the “favourable” ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the South China Sea dispute a “victory” for Filipinos? Apologist of the administration of former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III would like Filipinos to believe so. Of course, the objective there is to chalk this up as another “achievement” of the former […]

Philippines ‘wins’ favourable ruling over South China Sea but Filipinos ask “What’s Next?” #CHexit

Filipinos, it seems, have a rather loose definition of “winning”. As I write this, there is jubilation in the Philippines over the “favourable” ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague on the matter of the disputed territories of the South China Sea. However, there is little indication that China will be […]