Monthly Archives: April 2021

Govt ‘like a headless chicken’ on West Philippines Sea issue, says Carpio

MANILA, April 25 (Philippines Daily Inquirer/ANN): Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio scored presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. for denying the verbal fishing agreement that President Rodrigo Duterte admitted to have forged with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “The government is running like a headless chicken when it comes to the West Philippine Sea […]

Zambales fishers abandon ‘dangerous’ Scarborough Shoal

SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES—More than 1,500 fishermen in Masinloc have totally deserted the contested Scarborough Shoal, which for decades served as their traditional fishing ground. Fisherman Bobby Roldan revealed they have not been near the shoal since January, as the fear of getting driven away by the Chinese vessels occupying the area has forced them to […]

Philippines Holds Maritime Drills in South China Sea

The Philippines said it conducted maritime exercises in the South China Sea, a move that could escalate tensions in the disputed waters. The coast guard said it deployed eight ships along with the fisheries bureau, as they trained on navigation, small boat operations, maintenance and logistical operations in Scarborough Shoal and Pag-asa Island. The maritime […]

Manila hits Beijing’s ‘blatant disregard’ of South China Sea vow

The Philippines files two more diplomatic protests after maritime authorities spotted a total of 165 Chinese vessels within Manila’s EEZ. Manila has filed two more diplomatic protests against China over what it calls “blatant disregard” of Beijing’s commitment “to promote peace and stability in the region” following the continued presence of Chinese vessels within the […]

Philippines president issues threat to China as Beijing makes moves in South China Sea

China just won another battle in its conquest of the South China Sea – without even firing a shot. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has surrendered control of his nation’s fishing grounds. “Subjugating the enemy’s army without fighting is the true pinnacle of excellence,” the ancient strategist Sun Tzu declared in his famous book, Art of […]

Why Chinese fishermen are in the WPS

China claims that part of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) enclosed by the nine-dash line is a traditional fishing ground of Chinese fishermen. That would make about 80 percent of the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the WPS a traditional fishing ground of Chinese fishermen. This Chinese claim, however, has been rejected in the […]

Preparing for the worst

THE worrisome situation that continues to intensify across the Indo-Pacific theater — India-China border, Taiwan Strait, East China Sea, South China Sea — is subverting diplomatic efforts to restore peace and order, and escalating the prospects of an armed conflict due to clashing core interests of the great powers between China and the United States. […]