Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cuisia to BRP Ramon Alcaraz crew: We are for peace but be prepared to defend PH territory

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – As the newest Philippine warship makes its way to the Philippines from Charleston, South Carolina, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. told the officers and crew of the BRP Ramon Alcaraz that the Philippines will exert all efforts to ease the tension in the West Philippine Sea, but is […]

Aquino vows to fight for territorial sovereignty

IN APPARENT reference to territorial disputes at the South China Sea, President Benigno S.C. Aquino III on Tuesday vowed to fight for the Philippines’ sovereign rights during the 115th anniversary of the country’s independence. – Read moret:

Reassuring words from an ally

Finally, some reassuring words from our American ally—the US will help enhance the Philippine military capability with emphasis on maritime security. The statement from Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of the US Pacific Command, to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin came at a time of rising tensions triggered by Chinese military buildup on Panatag and lately Ayungin […]

States Parties to Convention on Law of the Sea Will Hold Twenty-third Meeting at Headquarters, 10-14 June

The twenty-third Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea will be held at Headquarters from 10 to 14 June. Often referred to as “the constitution for the oceans”, the landmark Convention was adopted on 10 December 1982 and entered into force on 16 November 1994.  Its 320 articles and […]

South China Sea row risks wider clashes

From January through May, the South China Sea dispute continued to trend in a negative direction. Consistent with the pattern of developments over the past several years, the dispute continued to be characterized by an action-reaction dynamic in which attempts by one or other of the claimants – most notably, China, the Philippines and Vietnam […]

Taiwan hopes for peaceful cooperation, development in East Asia: academic

The government wants to find mutually beneficial solutions that promote peace and development in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and to maintain close relations with Japan and the Philippines, a Taiwanese academic said. At a panel discussion at the Washington-based Hudson Institute on Friday, Song Yann-huei (宋燕輝) said that while the US […]

Congressman leads ‘fish protest’ vs China in Makati

MANILA, Philippines – Activists led by a congressman on Tuesday afternoon stormed the Chinese Consulate in Makati City and staged a “fish protest.” Wearing colorful fish masks with a giant Philippine flag as a backdrop, the protesters led by Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello called on the Chinese government to end all intrusions and poaching activities […]

‘School of fish’ protests Chinese intrusions in the West PHL Sea

A “school of fish” protested in front of the Chinese Consular Office in Makati today to oppose China’s continued intrusion and poaching activities in the West Philippine Sea. With a giant Philippine flag as a backdrop, members of Akbayan partylist donned in colorful fish masks called on the Chinese government to end all intrusions and […]

‘PHL won’t seek confrontation but ready to defend territory’

THE Philippines does not want confrontation with China but will defend its territory if the situation calls for it. This was the message of Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia Jr. to the officers and crew of the country’s newest warship, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) on the eve of its departure for […]