Philippine Military to send more ships to WPS amid new China law

MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine military will deploy more naval assets to the West Philippine Sea to look after fishermen amid China’s new law allowing its Coast Guard to shoot at foreign vessels in disputed waters, its new chief of staff said Tuesday. “Ang...

China coast guard law can be challenged if used ‘unlawfully’

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) — The new Chinese law allowing the China Coast Guard to fire on foreign vessels found to be infringing on their sovereignty or jurisdictions can be challenged before the international community if the use of force is found “unlawful”, a...

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...
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