Monthly Archives: March 2019

SC justice cautions govt on China loan for Chico Dam

A Supreme Court (SC) justice has expressed alarm over the Chico River irrigation loan agreement between the Philippines and China that is supposedly advantageous to Beijing. Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, in his speech at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila over the weekend, warned that China could seize oil and gas-rich Philippine assets in the […]

A non-traditional route: What were they thinking?

That was a common question when it became known that a complaint had been filed before the International Criminal Court or ICC against Chinese President Xi Jinping over his country’s island-building in the South China Sea. Xi is president for life. His government refused to participate in the proceedings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration […]

Flood China with lawsuits, analyst urges Philippines

MANILA — The Philippine government should lodge complaints in all available platforms against China to focus international attention on its incursions in contested waters, a political risk analyst said Sunday. Filipino fishermen and former officials last week filed a complaint before the International Criminal Court, accusing Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity in […]

Panel OKs West Philippine Sea Victory Day bill

In a move that may not sit well with Beijing, a House of Representatives panel has endorsed a bill that would make July 12 every year West Philippine Sea Victory Day to commemorate the Philippines’ successful challenge to China’s claim over nearly the entire South China Sea. The House committee on revision of laws chaired […]

How to give China pause

Most of my friends are understandably very upset with China for its occupation of the entirety of the South China Sea (or West Philippine Sea, if you’d like to be fruitlessly politically correct). It’s not just because the Philippines won its case in international court in the Hague, but quite simply, even a 7-year-old would […]

China’s next phase in the South China Sea

China’s astonishing expansion into the South China Sea’s nearly 3.5 million square km and its subsequent militarization of the region over the past several years has cultivated a complex security environment. The initial phase of that growing complexity was predicated on geopolitical interest and expansion, notably during U.S. President Barack Obama’s second term in office. […]

Carpio raises alarm over Chico River deal: China ‘can take’ gas-rich Reed Bank

If the Philippines can’t pay off its loans to China, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says ‘for sure, we will lose in all arbitrations’ MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned that the “expensive” Chico River Pump Irrigation project would allow China to take gas-rich Reed Bank (Recto Bank) […]

US: No request from Philippines to review defense treaty

MANILA, Philippines — Despite calls to review the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States, there have been no requests from either side to do so. Patrick Murphy, US Department of State Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia, said the two countries have been regularly discussing the treaty. Lorenzana […]