Monthly Archives: May 2021

[OPINION] The stakes in 2022

‘A Bong Go presidency is…the greatest threat to Philippine sovereignty and independence when it comes to dealing with China’ We have less than one year to go until the May 9, 2022 elections. Although the filing of certificates of candidacy has not yet taken place – much less the election campaign period – there are […]

Biden’s Asia czar says era of engagement with Xi’s China is over

The U.S. is entering a period of intense competition with China as the government running the world’s second-biggest economy becomes ever more tightly controlled by President Xi Jinping, the White House’s top official for Asia said Wednesday. “The period that was broadly described as engagement has come to an end,” Kurt Campbell, the U.S. coordinator […]

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: PH didn’t ‘handpick’ entire panel in South China Sea arbitration case

People’s Television (PTV) News, a state-run media network, posted a misdated quote card of former ambassador Rosario Manalo, in which the latter inaccurately claimed that the Philippines “handpicked” the arbitration panel in the South China Sea maritime dispute with China. The quote card was then amplified by a Facebook page managed by two pro-Duterte lawyers, […]

Filipino fishermen face double burden of COVID and Chinese expansion

  China’s expansion into contested waters in the South China Sea has been a longtime problem for fishing communities in the Philippines. Now, a pandemic-fueled economic downturn has made things even worse. Flaring tensions in disputed areas of the South China Sea, and coronavirus-related lockdown measures complicating distribution of fish catches, are threatening the survival […]

Video falsely purports to share Duterte’s latest ‘comments’ on ‘new’ South China Sea dispute

A video has been viewed more than two million times on Facebook and YouTube that claims it shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte commenting on a new dispute in the South China Sea. The posts claim the “breaking news” video shows Duterte commending a Filipino ship captain for standing up to the “Chinese Coast Guard”. The […]

Panelo confuses West Philippine Sea with whole South China Sea

MANILA – Malacañang’s top legal counsel is apparently confused with the difference between the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea. In an interview with ANC’s After the Fact on Tuesday, chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said that the West Philippine Sea, which is the country’s exclusive economic zone in the disputed South […]

Regime of Islands

By: Antonio T. Carpio – @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:06 AM May 27, 2021 The Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) was formally incorporated into Philippine territory under Presidential Decree No. 1596 dated June 11, 1978. PD 1596 states, “The area within (a description of the coordinates of the KIG polygonal lines) xxx shall belong and be […]

Palace: No urgency to discuss Chinese incursions in WPS with ex-Presidents

President Rodrigo Duterte will not discuss the government’s policy on the West Philippine Sea with former presidents because it is not an urgent matter, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the response when asked for updates on the President’s supposed plan to talk with former Presidents on West Philippine Sea amid a bevy […]