Invaluable lessons from Hidilyn Diaz’s victory

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 07/31/2021

The most significant event that happened this week, we can all agree, is Hidilyn Diaz’ triumph at the Tokyo Olympics, bringing the Philippines its first gold medal. This shrimp of a lady – all 4 foot, 11…

Palace confident there’s no Chinese exploration in Scarborough despite discovery of device

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 07/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday said it is confident that there are no ongoing exploration efforts in Scarborough shoal, especially by the Chinese, despite claims of some fishermen finding a device reportedly used in exploring oil…

Our vanishing ‘galunggong’

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 07/22/2021

Two months ago, I had a Zoom meeting with fisherfolk from Zambales who complained that their fish catch had been dwindling because huge Chinese trawlers have been scooping the fish in their traditional fishing grounds in the…

Sea Sunday, fishermen  and the West Philippine Sea

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/13/2021

Matamlay. Sluggish. This is how Taytay Apostolic Vicar-designate Bishop Broderick Pabillo described the government’s treatment of Filipino fishermen despite the favorable arbitral tribunal’s ruling on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) territorial dispute. During his  homily last Sea Sunday,…

Big words

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 07/05/2021

“No one will live in a squatter (area) especially in Metro Manila.” “I will eradicate corruption in government offices.” These lofty promises sound awfully familiar. They were spoken not by our incumbent President but by Sen. Manny…

MARLAWPH: Listen to the Filipinos’ clamor to defend our sovereign rights

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/08/2021

Listen and respond to the clamor of the Filipinos to defend their sovereign rights and entitlements in the West Philippines Sea (WPS). In a published statement, the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines (MARLAWPh) called on the…

China does not possess the WPS

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 05/20/2021

President Duterte’s mantra is “China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).” The President made this declaration on several occasions: the November 2018 Asean-India Summit in Singapore, his July 2019 and 2020 State of the…

Duterte says he won’t waste ‘best relations’ of PH with China

Krissy Aguilar 05/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has again voiced out his reluctance to upset China amid the continuing discussions over the latter’s incursions into the West Philippine Sea. “We have the best of relations now. We will…

Roque may speak on int’l law, but Locsin says it isn’t foreign policy

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 05/14/2021

  MANILA, Philippines — While Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. was fine with Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque speaking on matters of international law, Manila’s top diplomat reminded that remarks made by the Palace official do not reflect…

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…

Carpio rejects debate with Roque on ‘pointless’ issues

Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ 05/07/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has rejected the proposed topics of the debate with presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in connection with issues on the West Philippine Sea, saying it is “pointless” to…

Carpio accepts Duterte’s West PH Sea debate challenge

Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ 05/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines – Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge for a debate on the West Philippine Sea issue particularly the 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in…

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