Ayungin Shoal: Duterte’s scared statement

Hermenegildo C. Cruz - @inquirerdotnet 12/09/2021

When I was growing up in Tondo, this was a common scene: A tough guy commits a crime and is brought to trial. In Tondo at that time, it was almost impossible to get witnesses to testify…

Hegemon and bully of South China Sea

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 12/09/2021

Last Nov. 22, 2021, while marking the 30th year of the China-Asean dialogue relationship, China’s President Xi Jinping declared that China does not seek hegemony and will not bully its smaller neighbors. Chinese diplomats routinely assure the…

Netflix ordered to remove ‘Pine Gap’ episodes on China’s nine-dash line – DFA

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 11/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has ordered Netflix to cut out certain episodes of a political drama which showed a map of China’s “illegal” nine-dash line in the South China…

The game of chicken and Scarborough

Artemio V. Panganiban - @inquirerdotnet 07/04/2021

The South China Sea (SCS) and the East China Sea (ECS) have become the playgrounds of the game of chicken among the world’s superpowers, a dangerous game that could ignite a nuclear holocaust. Claiming “freedom of navigation,”…

‘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…

A grave threat to world peace

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 02/04/2021

What has prevented a third world war are two provisions in the 1945 United Nations Charter. The first provision outlaws the threat or use of force to settle disputes between or among states, while the second provision…

China: Countries outside region should keep off sea row

Julie Aurelio 01/31/2021

MANILA, Philippines — China on Saturday said countries not directly involved in the maritime dispute it had in the South China Sea should “respect” efforts by Beijing and its neighbors to peacefully settle the conflict by themselves…

China unleashes another deadly virus

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 01/28/2021

China has unleashed another deadly virus into the world—this time a legal virus that can only roil even more the seething dispute in the South China Sea. Last week China approved a new law, to take effect…

China’s hegemony and expansion in SCS

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 10/15/2020

Last Sept. 22, 2020, China’s President Xi Jinping spoke before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) via video broadcast and declared, “We will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence.” Forty-six years earlier on April 10,…

Gov’t must turn into reality Duterte’s assertion of arbitral award

09/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, said the government should “put into reality” President Rodrigo Duterte’s assertion in the United Nations that the Philippines will not compromise its arbitral…

Citing Duterte order, Lorenzana says PH won’t join other navies in South China Sea drills

Frances Mangosing 08/04/2020

MANILA, Philippines—Citing an order by President Rodrigo Duterte, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday (Aug. 3) said that the Philippines would not join the navies of other countries, like the United States, in maritime drills in the…

Scarborough Shoal—a redline

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 07/23/2020

The core issue of the South China Sea dispute is China’s unlawful claim to maritime areas beyond what the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) allows. Under China’s nine-dash line, five Asean coastal…

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