Tiny Sandy Cay reveals the big lie

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 05/13/2021

There is a tiny sandbar called Sandy Cay about two nautical miles from Pag-asa Island, which at about 37 hectares is the largest Philippine-occupied island in the Spratlys. Before 2017, Sandy Cay was a disappearing sandbar. Half…

Leopard on the loose: escaped big cat sparks fear in China

Agence France Presse 05/11/2021

SHANGHAI — A leopard remained at large in eastern China Monday after escaping from a safari park with two fellow big cats, sparking a frenzy among web-users who have shared pictures and video of the spotted felines…

What explains Duterte’s behavior toward China?

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 05/10/2021

It’s hard to imagine how any Filipino can be supportive of President Duterte’s submissive, fawning behavior toward China notwithstanding the latter’s belligerent claim over a huge area of our marine-rich waters. No matter how disillusioned we may…

Duterte on PH court win over China: ‘That’s just paper; I’ll throw that in the wastebasket’

Neil Arwin Mercado 05/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The victory of the Philippines over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is just a “piece of paper,” trash to be thrown away, President Rodrigo Duterte said in his pre-recorded…

One-China policy

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 05/05/2021

Near the end of the last administration, I came to believe, and still believe, that one of its mantras — “Kayo ang Boss ko” — was actually secretly hated by the public, since it is the same…

‘I never promised‘ anything about West Philippine Sea during election campaign – Duterte

Daphne Galvez 05/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “I never, never in my campaign as president, promised the people that I would retake the West Philippine Sea,” President Rodrigo Duterte in a pre-recorded briefing that was aired on Monday. “I did not…

PH need not be rude to ‘benefactor’ China because of maritime dispute – Duterte

Krissy Aguilar 05/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “China remains to be our benefactor. Just because we have a conflict with China doesn’t mean to say that we have to be rude and disrespectful,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in a pre-recorded speech…

Locsin tells ‘friend’ China: ‘Get the f*ck out’ of PH waters

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 05/03/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. did not mince his words in telling China to “get the f*ck out” of Philippine waters as Chinese vessels continue to linger in the West Philippine Sea. “China,…

‘Might is right’ vs ‘Right is might’

Artemio V. Panganiban - @inquirerdotnet 04/25/2021

By swarming the West Philippine Sea (WPS) with more than 200 militia and coast guard ships and by prohibiting our people from fishing in our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), China is imposing the old adage of “Might…

Why Chinese fishermen are in the WPS

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 04/22/2021

China claims that part of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) enclosed by the nine-dash line is a traditional fishing ground of Chinese fishermen. That would make about 80 percent of the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in…

China’s Coronavac 80% effective at preventing COVID-19 deaths: Chile results

Agence France Presse 04/17/2021

SANTIAGO, Chile  – China’s Coronavac vaccine was 67 percent effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 80 percent at preventing death, according to real-life results unveiled Friday from Chile’s inoculation campaign. “These figures should convey peace of mind…

The cost of Chinese poaching in WPS

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 04/10/2021

Watching what is happening in Myanmar—the people being killed by the military who are sworn to defend them—my mind hearkens back to our Edsa Revolt against the Marcos dictatorship. Myanmar, in free and fair elections, repudiated their…

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