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No ‘wang-wang’

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IT’S AN interesting thing to do, to travel on a state visit with the President, the priority of passage through airports to hotels being just one of the benefits. Bonding with fellow businessmen is another. And although you’re sitting in economy (government takes over business class, don’t ask me why), Philippine Airlines looks after you [...]

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

AO 29 heightens tensions between PH and China

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President Aquino’s Administrative Order No. 29, which renames the South China Sea waters off the Philippines’ west coast the West Philippine Sea, heightened tensions between Manila and Beijing after the cancellation of the planned talks between Mr. Aquino and Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) leaders’ summit in Vladivostok, Russia, on Sept. 8-9.

Posted: September 18th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Russia’s imperial dream and Apec’s debacle

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Vladivostok, the enchanting venue of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum and leaders’ summit last weekend, is the main Russian port city fronting the Pacific Ocean. In 1959, after a visit to the United States, the Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev dreamed of making Vladivostok Russia’s San Francisco.

Posted: September 11th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What’s wrong with a profitable joint venture?

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The brouhaha over Scarborough Shoal, much to my chagrin and at the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I can only view as puerile, comical, or pure braggadocio. The mere fact that the general area has been called “South China Sea,” and the tiny atoll “Scarborough,” since time immemorial should have served us notice long ago that some intruders were “trampling our sacred shores.”

Posted: August 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

High-pitched China

If there was any doubt that last week’s ministerial conferences in Phnom Penh was a failure for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, surrogates of the Chinese government immediately erased any ambiguity by trumpeting the meetings as a success.

Posted: July 19th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

To China, with (tough) love

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In the ongoing dispute with the new superpower over competing territorial claims, the Philippines finds itself between the devil and the South China Sea. No simple solution to the controversy appears on the horizon, and the country has recourse to only a few options.

Posted: July 17th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pawn in power play

Predictably, China has again engaged in saber-rattling and warned the Philippines against the latter’s decision to open a public kindergarten on Pag-asa in the Kalayaan island chain off the province of Palawan. Hong Lei, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, said that Beijing “opposes any illegal activity that may infringe on China’s sovereignty,” according to the [...]

Posted: June 28th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

How important is our sovereignty, our honor, to us?

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When I read that a Chinese vessel rammed a Filipino fishing boat off the shores of Bolinao, Pangasinan, I felt so enraged. Then, I wondered why the incident was not near the Scarborough Shoal, and decided to wait for more information. It did surface a few days later that a HK cargo ship was a [...]

Posted: June 28th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Fish stories

On its face, the ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a vessel of purported Chinese ownership and the fishermen’s struggle to survive make for gripping reading, rather like an adventure on the high seas where the heroes keep themselves alive on little more than grit and rainwater. But occurring as it does during a [...]

Posted: June 26th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

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