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By Michael L. Tan
Ongoing in Subic is Tabaoan, a Philippine writers’ festival. Tabaoan means a marketplace, and the festival brings together writers from all over the country, including two National Artists, to exchange ideas.
The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) welcomes the much-anticipated conclusion of the 43rd round of exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The signing of the Annex on Normalization and the resolution of the issue of Bangsamoro waters bring the attainment of a just peace and inclusive development for our Bangsamoro citizens closer [...]
China has thought of many ways to gain control of the West Philippine Sea. Now comes Chinese media reporting that it will deploy regular sea patrols, not only in the disputed waters claimed by the Philippines but also in those waters claimed by Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. These waters embrace islands and islets [...]
By Conrado de Quiros
I loved that picture of the Asean foreign ministers clasping one another’s hands in solidarity that came out last weekend. The occasion was their meeting in Brunei last week. The people in the picture included Malaysia’s Anifah Aman, the Philippines’ Albert del Rosario, Singapore’s Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, Thailand’s Surapong Tovichakchaikul and Vietnam’s Pham Binh Minh.
By Ramon Farolan
In his memoirs “From Third World to First—The Singapore Story: 1965-2000,” Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew recounts that when the island state was forced out of the Federation of Malaysia, his first concern was to build an armed forces from scratch. There existed the danger presented by Malaysian armed units stationed within Singapore.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Opening in this city is one of the biggest periodic gatherings of men, women and youth devoted to the issues of health, especially maternal health; and allied issues like family planning and reproductive health, child health, justice and human rights, government development priorities, and funding to eradicate diseases as well as to promote overall health, education and welfare.
By Noralyn Mustafa
At no time since its foundation in the 15th century has the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo been so much in the news.
By N.M. Reyes
I am amused by the flag-waving and saber-rattling of some of our countrymen obsessed with that resource-rich land south of Sulu known as Sabah. While I do not pass judgment on the veracity of historical documents that may tip the scale of evidence of ownership and even sovereignty in our favor, I question the wisdom of a claim that has no chance of winning in the most supreme court of all: the sentiments and views of the inhabitants of Sabah.
Noralyn Mustafa’s April 1 column, “The lies that bind us,” is verily a pointed segue to her preceding column, “What a bloody tangled web” (Inquirer, 3/18/13) which mentioned the “Sabah standoff.”
We can only hope that the gains achieved in the Mindanao peace process will not be wasted by the revival of the Sultanate of Sulu’s claim to Sabah.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
Why did the United Kingdom so easily cede its sovereignty over Sabah to Malaysia in 1963 despite knowing that its rights over the territory arose merely from the lease granted by the Sultan of Sulu to the British North Borneo Company? Why did it ignore the Philippine claim and voluntarily relinquish its sovereignty over Sabah to the new emerging state of Malaysia?
By Amando Doronila
The Pulse Asia survey results suggest that President Aquino continues to enjoy high approval ratings (68 percent )and trust ratings (70 percent) despite a storm of criticism for his handling of the conflict between the Philippines and Malaysia over the landing of the Sultan of Sulu’s armed followers in Sabah on Feb. 9. It must [...]