Philippines can rally ‘overwhelming majority’ vs China before UN — Carpio

MANILA, Sept 28 (Mabuhay) — Manila can rally an “overwhelming majority” of allies against Beijing if it raises before the United Nations an arbitral ruling that invalidated China’s claims over the West Philippine Sea, retired Supreme Court Associate...

Duterte invokes arbitral ruling vs. China in first UN speech

MANILA, Sept 23 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday invoked the country’s arbitral victory in 2016 against China’s massive claims in the South China Sea. In his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Duterte said the Philippines...

Palace thanks UK, France, Germany for supporting PH arbitral win

MANILA, Sept 19 (Mabuhay) — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Friday extended gratitude to the United Kingdom, France, and Germany for supporting Manila’s win in the South China Sea by citing the 2016 Arbitral Award that invalidated Beijing’s expansive...

Carpio joins Del Rosario, Morales in ICC case vs. China

MANILA, Sept 16 (Mabuhay) — Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario on Tuesday said the case filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials before the International Criminal Court will proceed after submitting new evidence that could compel the...

VP Binay: Education not given priority due to favorite programs, junket

BACOLOD (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay criticized government spending Saturday, saying the administration has not given priority to education due to programs of “favorite leaders and friends including the junket in ITLOS in Hague.” In his keynote speech at the 69th...

De Lima: Trial of Chinese poachers to proceed

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The trial of 9 of the 11 arrested Chinese poachers off the Hasa-hasa Shoal (Half Moon Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea will proceed, despite the refusal of the accused to participate in the proceedings. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said even the United...

Aquino: ASEAN concerned over ‘dangerous brinkmanship’ in South China Sea

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III seemed to have found allies in the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) after its leaders expressed concern over the alleged “dangerous brinkmanship” in the South China Sea. “There were many leaders...

The Scarborough Shoal controversy: a personal connection

PART II The group forum centered on the discussion of  UNCLOS III’s convention on December 10, 1982. This marked the “culmination of 16 years of work involving participation by around160 countries, representing all regions of  the world, all legal and political systems and the...

Palace maintains diplomatic approach in South China Sea dispute

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is still seeking a peaceful resolution to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea despite the recent incident of harassment involving Chinese vessels. “We believe in the [principle that] what is ours is ours, and so we will...