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‘The Chinese have landed!’

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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!

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Alliance of US, Japan and PH hardens

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In quick succession in one week, the United States sent a series of clear messages to China that it is firmly committed to protect the Philippines and Japan in their territorial disputes with Beijing.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

US tells China: Don’t use Crimea land grab model

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In its strongest message since the standoff between Manila and Beijing over the disputed Second Thomas Shoal (Ayungin Shoal) in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) on March 29, the United States warned on Thursday that China should not doubt the US commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage China from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia, in the way Russia has done in the annexation of Crimea.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Who has ‘solid basis’?

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.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Centrist bloc backs PH in row with China

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A bloc of more than 60 democracies around the world has backed the Philippines’ effort to settle its maritime dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) peacefully by submitting it to the United Nations for arbitration.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Senate clash seen over US bases access

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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, warned on Friday that a new security agreement with the United States, which would expand US forces’ access to Philippine bases, would run into a head-on clash with constitutional restrictions on American military presence in the country following the closure of US bases in 1992.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Some pet peeves

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I’m going to clear my desk a little (you should see the mounds of paper on it; I think there’s a desk underneath) with some notes I’ve made as events happen.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A giant ‘asleep’ in incivility

Why do China’s leaders refuse to recognize the authority of the United Nations when this is the place to settle disputes between/among nations, and the main purpose for which it was formed is to maintain world peace and promote progress?

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

China warned: Don’t push PH to the wall

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The strong diplomatic protest against China’s water-cannon attack on Filipino fishers on Jan. 27 in Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea was followed by an announcement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines that the disputed islet, which Manila claims as Bajo de Masinloc, would now be under the jurisdiction of the Western Command.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Might is right

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When P-Noy first compared China’s leaders to Hitler, his statement was met with mixed reactions. The masa of course applauded it, but not so the more critical sector of the public. Certainly not so non-Pinoys who, though sympathetic to the Philippines in its confrontation with China, found the comment overboard. I myself said it missed history by a mile, but if that was what it took to rouse the world to China’s growing expansionism, so be it. Living under the shadow of a tyranny right at our doorstep was just as bad as living behind the barbed wire of an occupation.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Asean must unite to stop bullying

Many of us Filipinos believed that China was bluffing when it sent ships and sea patrols to the contested islands in the Spratlys. Now, it seems China is determined to do everything to take control of the islands and surrounding waters which the Philippines has laid claim to.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

China’s show of weakness

What’s next? China used water cannons to drive away Filipino fishermen off Panatag Shoal (“Sino ships fire water cannon at PH fishers,” Front Page, 2/25/14). Will it fire real guns the next time around?

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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