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...

Support not suspend oil and gas activities in Northwest Palawan: solon

MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) – The government should support and not suspend oil and gas exploration in Northwest Palawan, a congressman said on Monday. Suspending offshore exploration activities due to a dispute with China over West Philippine Sea is “totally uncalled for,” said...

New pact forges US ‘rebalance’ to Asia − Goldberg

MANILA (Mabuhay) − The signing Monday of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the Philippines highlights the US government’s “rebalance” policy to Asia. This was stressed by US Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg, during Monday’s EDCA signing...

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...

The Scarborough Shoal controversy: a personal connection

PART I My grandmother was born is Candelaria, Zambales (a town north of Masinloc where the disputed Bajo de Masinloc is located). Though my grandmother and her family (her husband was from Fookien, China) settled in the capital town of Iba, as I recall, we used to go up north and...

China slams PHL bid to ‘legalize’ occupation of islands in West PHL Sea

BEIJING, Apr 26 (Mabuhay) — China accused the Philippines on Friday of trying to legalize its occupation of islands in the disputed South China Sea, repeating that Beijing would never agree to international arbitration. Frustrated with the slow pace of regional diplomacy,...