By Amando Doronila
The nation marked on Thursday the 116th anniversary of Philippine independence with the raising of the flag in all nine Philippine outposts in the Spratly Islands.
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 Conrado de Quiros
The good news is that the United States has spoken out against China’s belligerence.
We would like our Asian neighbors to have friendly relations with our country. But in recent years, some have become a threat to us—like the Chinese who have been insisting that our islands in the Spratlys are theirs. It is obvious that no amount of diplomacy can convince them to change their mind on the islands.
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
What can legally be said about the incursions of Chinese fishing and other vessels into Philippine waters? The first thing, of course, is to look into the laws that govern the seas.