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...

House passes bill fast-tracking reverting of idle fishponds to forestlands

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The House of Representatives passed on third and final reading a bill that would shorten the process of reverting abandoned fishponds into forestlands. House Bill 5845 of Bulacan Fourth District Representative Linabelle Ruth Villarica stipulates the...

DBM to release nearly P1B to settle unpaid GSIS premiums of DepEd-ARMM

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is releasing nearly P1 billion to settle unpaid insurance premiums of mostly public school teachers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). In an e-mailed statement, the DBM said it signed Wednesday a...

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...