China stole Philippines’ giant clams while Filipinos sat in court (video)

A seminar in Manila last Friday (Nov 22) heard how reclamation work carried out by China in the South China Sea while the Philippines sat through a lengthy and costly arbitration hearing has caused extensive damage that extends to global ecosystems. Live-tweeted by ABS-CBN correspondent Chiara Zambrano, attendees at the University of the Philippines (UP) […]

Scarborough Shoal lost to China says Philippines spokesman

Scarborough Shoal lost to China says Philippines spokesman

Filipinos finally heard last Sunday (April 14) what many have dreaded hearing for sometime. Scarborough Shoal has been lost to China. The candid and perhaps unintentional admission, largely overlooked by the Philippine media, first came during a fiery exchange between former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario and Philippine Presidential spokesperson Salvador F Panelo, and […]

Fishing militia to spearhead Vietnam’s response to China in South China Sea (video)

• Editorial

China has long been infamous for incorporating maritime militias into its fishing industry to assert its sovereignty claims. With the world’s largest fishing fleet, comprising 370,000 non-powered and 762,000 motor-powered vessels, China has the capacity and resources to push more of its fishermen to the front line of maritime disputes. Recent years have witnessed an […]

Goodbye Panatag Shoal, hello Huangyan Dao? (HD video) *updated

A ground-swell of discontent is gaining momentum in the Philippines to President Rodrego Duterte’s apparent preparedness to surrender control of Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc) to China (who call it Huangyan Dao), with calls for Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessels to be sent to protect fishermen. Even supporters of the President, such as […]

War: Philippines says it will fight if ‘red line’ crossed… With what? (video)

War: Philippines says it will fight if ‘red line’ crossed… With what? (video)

Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday defended the administrations apparent soft stance against China saying the country would go to war if its new-found benefactor crosses a red line. Reporters in Manila heard the same thing on Wednesday from National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. The talk of war comes against the announcement by […]

Foul-mouthed Duterte: goodbye POTUS, hello Huangyan Island

Foul-mouthed Duterte: goodbye POTUS, hello Huangyan Island

An anti-American tirade by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is putting at risk the special relationship the Philippines has with one of its oldest and closest allies at a time when the Philippines needs all of the powerful friends it can get. United States (US) President Barack Obama cancelled a scheduled bilateral meeting on the sidelines of […]

2017 Philippine budget focuses on education, social services, & infrastructure

2017 Philippine budget focuses on education, social services, & infrastructure

Philippine Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno presented the 2017 Philippine budget to the leadership of the House of Representatives on Monday and, true to the campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte, it focuses additional funding in key the areas of education, agriculture, social services, and infrastructure. “I can characterise it as saying we’re putting our money […]

South China Sea ruling puts Asean and China at a crossroad (video)

South China Sea ruling puts Asean and China at a crossroad (video)

Almost 30 years to the day that a young, Harvard-trained American lawyer won a famous judgment at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the United States, Paul S Reichler pulled off another momentous victory at The Hague. This time the judgment was against China for having breached its international treaty obligations in the South […]

Achieving harmony in the wake of the South China Sea ruling (video)

Achieving harmony in the wake of the South China Sea ruling (video)

Southeast Asia has descended into a maritime insecurity spiral since the April–June 2012 stand-off at Scarborough Shoal between Chinese maritime security forces and the Philippine Navy which led Manila to initiate legal arbitration proceedings in The Hague. The ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s (PCA) in favour of the Philippines will be difficult to […]

What to Expect From President Duterte (video)

What to Expect From President Duterte (video)

Since the election of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the next Philippine president in a landslide victory on May 9, 2016, the regional and international media have highlighted his outrageous remarks on various sensitive topics. For instance, he backed the extra-judicial killings of drug dealers, alleged that journalists were killed because they were corrupt, […]

War ships & aircraft to return to Subic Bay

War ships & aircraft to return to Subic Bay

The former US naval facility at Subic Bay at Olongapo City, Zambales Province, Philippines is to get a new lease of military life more than 23-years after former president Corazon Aquino evicted the US Navy. Located on the western side of the main Philippine island of Luzon opposite the South China Sea, the former US […]