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Drilon urges Duterte to review appeasement policy towards China

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon called on President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration to review the "policy of appeasement and accommodation on China,” saying it does not translate to better economic relations with the Asian giant. Drilon pointed out that Vietnam, which has been aggressive in ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 14th, 2018

Drilon urges Duterte to review appeasement policy towards China

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon called on President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration to review the "policy of appeasement and accommodation on China,” saying it does not translate to better economic relations with the Asian giant. Drilon pointed out that Vietnam, which has been aggressive in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Spell out China strategy in Sona, Carpio tells Duterte

President Duterte should spell out in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday his strategy on the territorial dispute with China after a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll found that 9 of 10 Filipinos wanted the Philippines to recover its islands in the West Philippine Sea that Beijing had seized, acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Sunday. "I think this is a message to the Duterte administration that they have to listen to the people and that they cannot set aside the arbitral ruling," Carpio said. "This is really overwhelming. The Filipino people don't buy the appeasement policy that if we enforce the arbitral ruling, it means war [with China]," he said. "...Keep on reading: Spell out China strategy in Sona, Carpio tells Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

President’s stand on sea row needs review – Carpio

The recent Social Weather Stations poll showing that four of five Filipinos rebuffed the government's approach to the territorial dispute with China proved that President Rodrigo Duterte's policy was contrary to the public's position, acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Sunday. Carpio, who champions the country's sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea --- waters within the Philippines' 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea --- said the latest poll also signaled the need for the Duterte administration to rethink its stand on the dispute. "The Filipino people understand the situation that . . . we have to protect our sovereign rights and we ...Keep on reading: President’s stand on sea row needs review – Carpio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Hontiveros to DFA: Bare '50-100 Diplomatic Protests' vs. China

July 11, 2018. On the eve of the second-year anniversary of the country’s historic victory before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague on the West Philippine Sea, Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros filed a resolution calling on the Senate to conduct a “foreign policy audit” to review the Duterte… Source link link: Hontiveros to DFA: Bare "50-100 Diplomatic Protests" vs. China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Cayetano: What about Del Rosario s transparency on South China Sea?

Insisting that the Duterte administration has always been transparent on its foreign policy, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano claimed that former President Benigno Aquino III was misinformed on the West Philippine Sea issue......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

Erap reiterates support to Duterte’s policy with China

Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has reiterated his support to the Duterte administration’s independent foreign policy stance and even pitched for closer ties with neighboring China. Erap reiterates support to Duterte’s policy with China Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has reiterated his support to the Duterte administration’s… link: Erap reiterates support to Duterte’s policy with China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Cayetano to critics: Sea row not about being confrontational

Justifying the Duterte administration's policy on China, the Philippines' top diplomat criticized the previous administration for "not producing" results......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Davao City has become 2nd seat of power in PH under Duterte

DAVAO CITY --- Barely two years into the presidency, President Rodrigo Duterte has not only brought Davao to the attention of the world, he has also transformed his home city into the country's second seat of power. It was here where the President had sought refuge in one of the most stressful days of his presidency and it was also here where he entertained his favorite guests and dignitaries; among them, Russia's top security official Nikolai Patrushev, and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. If the President's foreign policy has been pivoting to China, his pivot to Davao has not only changed the city's landscape but also the way people perceive this once laid back city of the so...Keep on reading: Davao City has become 2nd seat of power in PH under Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Online petition urges Duterte, SC to reopen ‘Chiong sisters’ case

A netizen recently launched an online petition calling for the review and reopening of the case of the Chiong sisters, allegedly kidnapped, raped and one of them murdered in the year 1997......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

PH a province of China? Not now, not ever, envoy says

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua slammed the banners branding the Philippines as a "province of China," as he called these a "vicious attack" on the "independent foreign policy" pursued by President Rodrigo Duterte.   "It has never been any part ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Davide questions non-mention of West Philippine Sea in draft Charter

"Why not clearly mention the West Philippine Sea? [Is it] because of the administrative fear of or love for China?" This was the question posed by former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution, during the Senate hearing on the proposed Charter change (Cha-cha). Davide pointed out that the West Philippine Sea was not mentioned in the draft federal Constitution produced by President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Commission (Con-con) tasked to review the present charter. "It deliberately did not mention the name West Philippine Sea but it specifically mentioned the Philippine Rise. Yet, it specifically mentions by name the Philippine Rise," h...Keep on reading: Davide questions non-mention of West Philippine Sea in draft Charter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until July 2019

By Paterno Esmaquel II/rappler.com – Taiwan announced on Thursday, July 12, that it has extended the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019, and will afterwards review if it will extend this policy again. “On behalf of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Taipei Economic and Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until July 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Taiwan announced on Thursday, July 12, that it has extended the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019, and will afterwards review if it will extend this policy again. "On behalf of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Taipei Economic ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Senate inquiry sought on diplomatic protests vs China

SENATOR Risa N. Hontiveros-Baraquel on Wednesday filed a resolution seeking a foreign policy audit to review the diplomatic protests of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) against China regarding its controversial activities in the South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Senate inaction on China: No inquiry amid militarization

MANILA, Philippines – Two years into President Rodrigo Duterte's term and in the face of China's militarization of the South China Sea, the Senate has yet to conduct an inquiry into his foreign policy geared toward the Asian giant. In July 2016, the Philippines won a landmark international case  against China over the South ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Duterte s China policy brought favorable results, says expert

President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy on China has produced “favorable” results for the Philippines and should not be judged based solely on the “underdog pronouncements” of the Philippine leader, a foreign policy expert said. Source link link: Duterte's China policy brought 'favorable' results, says expert.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Duterte& apos;s China policy brought & apos;favorable& apos; results, says expert - Philippine Star

Duterte's China policy brought 'favorable' results, says expert - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Palace: Duterte won& apos;t change South China Sea policy - Philippine Star

Palace: Duterte won't change South China Sea policy - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Palace: Duterte won’t change South China Sea policy

There’s no way President Duterte will change his policy on the West Philippine Sea or apologize for it, his spokesman said yesterday, at the same time blaming the previous Aquino administration for triggering the militarization of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018