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By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
“ADIZ” HAS only lately gained prominence in Philippine vocabulary. It stands for “air defense identification zone.” It means an area of airspace over land or water in which the identification, location and control of civil aircraft are required by the state claiming control over the airspace. Interestingly, the authority to establish an Adiz is not [...]
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Textbook history often organizes the story of our nation into periods marked by our colonial experiences: the Spanish period 1565-1898, the American period 1898-1946, and the Japanese period 1941-1945.
China angered its neighbors when it unilaterally declared an Air Defense Identification Zone (Adiz) on Nov. 23. The United States disappointed its regional allies when, after ordering a pair of unarmed B-52 strategic bombers to fly into China’s Adiz three days after the surprise declaration, it called on American airlines last Friday to comply with China’s instructions when flying through the zone. Between Beijing’s increasingly rash decisions and Washington’s inconsistent policies, regional capitals find themselves at a loss.
By Kevin H.R. Villanueva
The inexorable rise of China to the status of a superpower holds out a unique opportunity for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to follow its quest in building a “rules-based community.” Why is this so? I shall make my argument in three moves.
By Ramon Farolan
Last week, the New York Times Magazine came out with an article written by Jeff Himmelman with photographs and video by Ashley Gilbertson. The two were part of a group led by Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon Jr. of the Kalayaan Island Group that covers most of the Spratlys. The mayor has a constituency of 288 voters, most of whom live on Pag-asa, the largest island in the group.
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
When I was invited to join the Teach for All conference held on Oct. 18-24 in Shanghai and then Tenchong in Yunnan province by Teach for the Philippines founders and top officials Margarita Delgado, Lizzie Zobel, and Clarissa Delgado, I thought my only involvement would be to interview two former Beijing political exiles…
By Conrado de Quiros
Late last week, the Shandong Provincial Higher People’s Court upheld a lower court decision giving Bo Xilai life imprisonment for corruption and various other crimes. Bo was a high-ranking politician, a member of the Chinese Politburo, who looked headed to the very top.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
“Things are the way they should be.” The present moment is not separate from its context. We are where we are because this is the continuing result of our life’s journey. This is not we wanted, I am sure, but this is what we managed to achieve, of that I am just as sure.
The high-profile summits held this week in Bali and then in Bandar Seri Begawan were described in many media reports in stark, dualistic terms—an absent United States, a rising China. In fact, the leaders’ meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in Indonesia and of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its regional partners in Brunei showed that a multipolar world was truly emerging. But the world’s two biggest economies and military powers dominated the discussion.
By Neal H. Cruz
The government raised the excise tax on cigarettes to increase tax collection and, allegedly, to force smokers to quit or at least smoke less. With the price of cigarettes sky-high because of the higher taxes, the government reasoned out, smokers would either smoke less or quit smoking completely, thus saving themselves from the ravages of lung cancer, emphysema and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), all of which can be fatal.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sincerely appreciates the Inquirer for publishing stories on the agency’s significant accomplishments and advocacies.
Whatever happened to the much-heralded Chinese policy of a “peaceful rise”? While the other great powers lauded the awakening giant for the emphasis it placed on “peaceful,” China’s smaller neighbors noted with increasing concern its single-minded focus on “rise.” In Asia, the reality is clear and stark: The operative term in the famous Chinese policy [...]