Author Archives: Kulas Bagay

What Philippines’ Marcos Jnr can learn from Singapore and Indonesia about balancing ties with China, US

With respect to our place in the community of nations, the Philippines shall continue to be a friend to all. And an enemy to none,” declared President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr, in his first state-of-the-nation address. “We will be a good neighbour – always looking for ways to collaborate and cooperate with the end goal of […]

No time to lose: drill gas now

The Philippines must drill for gas right away at Recto Bank. The country’s sole gas field Malampaya will run out in three years. It will take five years to get a new rig operational. With no huge alternative energy source, Filipinos would plunge into blackouts. Factories, hospitals, government offices, schools and malls will shut down. […]

‘Philippines should proceed with West Philippine Sea exploration without China’

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines should proceed to explore and develop the oil and gas in the West Philippine Sea, similar to the action of its neighbors who were able to assert their sovereign rights over their waters and completed drilling even without the benefit of an Arbitral Award and defense treaty, former foreign affairs […]

[ANALYSIS] The Arbitral Award: Not just a piece of paper

For Filipino officials to parrot that the Arbitral Award is just a piece of paper is to accept that the Arbitral Award is null and void, a position that is contrary to Philippine national interest Read More -> https://www.rappler.com/voices/thought-leaders/hague-arbitral-award-west-philippine-sea-china-not-just-piece-of-paper/

Eyes wide open on China deals

Because China had failed to act on funding requests pending since 2019, former finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III canceled the Philippine government’s application with China’s Eximbank for loans to bankroll P276 billion in major railway projects, thus tarnishing Duterte’s vaunted legacy of a breakthrough infrastructure program. Read More -> https://opinion.inquirer.net/155268/eyes-wide-open-on-china-deals

Carpio: Marcos stand on WPS a ‘welcome sea change’

MANILA Philippines — Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio lauded the recent pronouncement by President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that he would assert the 2016 decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration favoring Manila against Beijing’s sweeping claims to virtually the entire South China Sea. Source: https://globalnation.inquirer.net/204221/carpio-marcos-wps-stand-a-welcome-sea-change

Honor and excellence in the age of disinformation

Doing what is right and telling the truth is all about honor. Doing your best is all about excellence. That is what honor and excellence means. Read More: https://www.rappler.com/voices/thought-leaders/opinion-honor-excellence-age-disinformation-antonio-carpio-address-piu-gamma-international-society/  

Ambulance chasing threat to seafaring

GLOBAL shipping stakeholders identify ambulance chasing and the Philippines’ mishandling of crew claims as the biggest threats to Philippine seafaring — an industry that remits $6 billion annually into the Philippines. The market share of Filipino crew has shown a steady decline of 50 percent in a short span of 20 years. In 2000, Filipinos […]

Chinese navy launches South China Sea drills as Biden visits Asia

The Chinese navy is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea as US President Joe Biden begins South Korea and Japan trips largely focused on countering the perceived threat from Beijing. Read more: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3178556/chinese-navy-launches-south-china-sea-drills-biden-visits-asia