By Julie L. Po
China’s intrusion into Philippine seas is a blatant travesty of our territorial integrity. This act should be opposed in the most vigilant ways. As we look to the sea, we should also look at our shores—the Chinese have landed!
By Walden Bello
The recent brazen moves of Chinese maritime surveillance vessels operating over 1,100 kilometers from China’s coast to prevent Philippine civilian vessels from resupplying the tiny marine garrison aboard the BRP Sierra Madre beached on Ayungin Shoal, 200 km from Palawan, are steps in the execution of the so-called “cabbage strategy” articulated last year by Chinese General Major General Zhang Zhaozhong. The aim is to surround Bajo de Masinloc, Ayungin Shoal and other Philippine territories in Spratly Islands with a massive Chinese naval presence to starve Filipino detachments and prevent reinforcements from reaching them.
We realize that the Chinese foreign ministry has very little say in the shaping of Chinese foreign policy, often deferring to the increasingly assertive stake-claiming of the People’s Liberation Army.
By Neal H. Cruz
The comprehensive peace agreement signed by the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is not so comprehensive after all. It raised more questions to which there are no clear answers yet.
By Belinda A. Aquino
When you pick up a travel book on Japan, one of the first sentences you’ll read is: “If you go to only one place in Japan, Kyoto should be it.”
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
It may be a little early to comment on the constitutionality or unconstitutionality of the proposed modification of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) now since not even a preliminary draft is publicly available. But it is good to go back to the constitutional provision involved—Section 25 of the Transitory Provisions—and look at the history behind it.
Canada? It doesn’t seem to compute. One of the most ecological-minded countries on earth, not to mention among the friendliest, with warm and stable relations with much of the international community unlike its pushy, more problematic neighbor to the south—why would a country like Canada be caught in an attempted smuggling into the Philippines of trash mislabeled as recyclable plastics?
I am constrained to respond to inaccurate and imprecise matters in the Inquirer’s Dec. 23, 2013 editorial titled “Looming showdown.”
This refers to the article “PH protests vs China anew” (Second Front Page, 1/15/14), after “Beijing insisted it will regulate fishing in the disputed South China Sea despite protests by neighboring countries.”
By Isabel T. Escoda
Early this month, a battered young Indonesian woman fled her employer’s home in Kowloon, headed straight to the airport and returned to Jakarta.
Online child pornography in the Philippines is a perverse twist on globalization: Consumption patterns in the developed world (say, in the United Kingdom or Australia) drive demand for live online “shows,” recorded video or still photographs featuring the sexual abuse of children; to supply the demand, a virtual cottage industry of cybersex “studios” now do business in Angeles, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Metro Manila, among other fleshpots.
Much has been said about Filipino resiliency. Overseas Filipino workers demonstrate this trait daily, working long hours abroad to be able to remit earnings home to estranged families.