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GPS on Philippine foreign policy

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Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 14th, 2018

Duterte confers Order of Sikatuna to ex-DFA Secretary Cayetano

        President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu to former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.   In a statement by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Cayetano was recognized "for his outstanding and dedicated service as Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs."   The President commended Cayetano for actively pursuing the country's independent foreign policy, which gave the country "significant gains in protecting our national territory and enjoying our sovereign rights."   Duterte also credited Cayetano for protecting and promoting the rights of Overseas...Keep on reading: Duterte confers Order of Sikatuna to ex-DFA Secretary Cayetano.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Teddyboy Locsin confirmed as Philippine foreign secretary

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) –  Lawmakers on Wednesday, November 28, confirmed the appointment of Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr as secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), after the Cabinet official defended the Duterte administration's foreign policy before the Commission on Appointments (CA). The CA confirmed Locsin's appointment shortly after it ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

Locsin tweaks policy: Friends to friends, enemies to enemies

MANILA, Philippines – From "friends to all, enemies to none" under his predecessor, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr sought to "refine" the foreign policy of the Duterte administration to address "changing realities." "You know it already. It is a refinement of the earlier one which ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

FULL TEXT: DFA chief Locsin on Duterte foreign policy

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr delivered a speech on Wednesday morning, November 7, where he explained at length the Duterte administration's foreign policy. Locsin made his remarks at the first vin d'honneur he hosted for members of the diplomatic corps. The Department of Foreign Affairs ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Locsin: Independent foreign policy not simply switching masters

MANILA, Philippines – Pursuing an independent foreign policy does not simply mean switching masters but getting off one's knees to stand up for the country, said Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr on Wednesday, October 31. "It is not independent foreign policy if you simply switch ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

Philippines Navy ship sets off for Russia

A Philippine Navy (PN) contingent, accompanied by a select group of journalists, began yesterday its 10-day voyage to Vladivostok in Russia on board this ship in what officials described as a demonstration of the Duterte administration’s foreign policy of being “friend to all, enemy to none.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Best bang for the buck

President Rodrigo Duterte will embark today on a historic trip to Israel and Jordan, the first such visit of an incumbent Philippine President to the two countries. In terms of the country’s defense and security, it is the Israel trip that bears considerable significance, particularly with President Duterte’s foreign policy shifting away from the traditional […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 2nd, 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

POEA urged to ban Kuwaiti blogger from getting PH maid

A migrant workers' rights advocate group wants the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to bar Kuwait social media influencer and celebrity makeup artist Sondos Alqattan from hiring a domestic worker from the Philippines. Susan Ople, head of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, said the blogger personified the ugly face of modern-day slavery and should be included in the POEA's blacklist of abusive and undesirable foreign employers. "She is not worthy to be even in the same room as our valiant and hardworking OFWs," Ople said in a statement. ---Tina G. Santos...Keep on reading: POEA urged to ban Kuwaiti blogger from getting PH maid.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 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

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

Cayetano, Pompeo reaffirm PH-US ties in Washington

  Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for the first time in Washington to reaffirm the long-standing alliance between the Philippines and United States. "Secretary Cayetano and Secretary Pompeo had an open and cordial interaction at the State Department today and we are optimistic this would reinforce the ties that bind the relations between our two countries and peoples," Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez said in a news release on Friday. The meeting also allowed Cayetano to share the Philippine government's "independent foreign policy" and its positions on the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea. ...Keep on reading: Cayetano, Pompeo reaffirm PH-US ties in Washington.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Gordon to politicians: Stop grandstanding; speak with one voice on China issue

Senator Richard Gordon on Sunday scored politicians for grandstanding on the issues in the West Philippine Sea exacerbated recently by China's increased militarization of the area and the reported harassment of Filipino fishermen in the disputed waters. Gordon urged President Rodrigo Duterte to convene members of Congress in a private meeting in Malacaang to shed light on the country's foreign policy on China. "Dapat sa Malacaang iyon at dapat mag usap-usap lahat na walang mag-grandstand. Walang magpapa gwapo. Pag-usapan muna para magkaintindihan na (It should be Malacaang's role and there should be an agreement to stop politicians from grandstanding)," he said over DZBB radio. ...Keep on reading: Gordon to politicians: Stop grandstanding; speak with one voice on China issue.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Cayetano calls Carpio, Alejano liars, won’t go to Sandy Cay

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano are "liars" using the country's territorial row with China to undermine the Duterte administration, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Friday.   Cayetano hit out at the two most vocal critics of President Duterte's policy on the South China Sea for insisting that China had control over Sandy Cay, a sandbar located about 4.6 kilometers from Philippine-occupied Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the Spratly archipelago.   "They are absolutely liars," he told CNN Philippines, referring to Carpio and Alejano. "They are liars. They are trying to take down the government. They are lying left and right...Keep on reading: Cayetano calls Carpio, Alejano liars, won’t go to Sandy Cay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Senate panels to probe Duterte’s China policy

Two Senate committees will jointly hold a public hearing to determine how effective the country’s foreign policy is in the face of alarming developments in the West Philippine Sea, particularly China’s military buildup and its harassment of Filipino fishermen......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

GPS on Philippine foreign policy

GPS is a satellite-based navigation system that works in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, with no subscription fees or setup charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 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

Lorenzana: RP can buy choppers elsewhere

The government is ready to look for other sources of utility helicopters if Canada chooses not to proceed with the P11.7 billion sale of 16 brand new Bell 412s to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. Canadian papers have reported that the Canadian government has ordered a review of the deal amid concerns that the helicopters would be used in fighting rebels.Lorenzana, in a statement, stressed that the 16 brand new Bell412 combat utility helicopters would be used by the AFP to save lives.“Should the Canadian government choose to discontinue their sale of the aircraft to us, then we will procure them from another source,” said Lorenzana.The $233 million agreement was only signed last Wednesday.Immediately after, the Canadian government, through Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne reportedly ordered a review of the deal after learning that the helicopters would be used for internal security operations of the AFP.“When we saw that declaration ... we immediately launched a review with the relevant authorities. And we will obviously review the facts and take the right decision,” Champagne was quoted in the reports.But Lorenzana maintained that the helicopters would be used by the AFP “primarily for the transportation of personnel and supplies, ferrying wounded and injured soldiers, and the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations.” “They are not attack or close support aircraft. While they may be used in support of Internal Security Operations or ISO, their role is limited to those that I mentioned,” he said.“As its designation ‘combat utility helicopter or CUH’ connotes, the Bell CUH 412 is a utility helicopter and, contrary to what some parties mistakenly believe, its mission is to save lives,” Lorenzana added.The Bell 412EPI helicopters were supposed to be delivered early next year.Canada cites HR strings on dealChampagne also mentioned human rights as key element in Canada’s foreign and trade policy.It will be recalled that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during last November’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in Manila, raised questions on President Duterte’s war against illegal drugs which is being blamed for thousands of alleged extra judicial killings in the country.The Department of National Defense (DND), however, stressed that while it is the prerogative of the Canadian government to review the deal, human rights issue should not equate to the ISO of the AFP in general.“I think it is unfair to equate internal security operations in general with human rights violations first of all the alleged human rights violations are unverified there are still being investigated and have to be documented,” DND’s Public Affairs Service chief Arsenio Andolong said.“I think it’s premature to cast judgment on the armed forces in this regard so I think it would be to the best interests of both our countries to step back and reconsider what the Canadian government is thinking,” Andolong added.“If they don’t want to sell, well, we may consider the prospect of procuring them from other sources,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said. Politicization raised“They must not politicize the acquisition,” said Major-General Restituto Padilla, the deputy chief of staff for plans and programmes of the Philippine armed forces.According to the Philippine defense department, the deal was signed with trade promotion outfit Canadian Commercial Corp last December, shortly after Trudeau clashed with Duterte during a Manila visit over alleged Philippine police murders of thousands of drug suspects.The Philippines employs attack helicopters and planes to support ground troops battling militants in the Muslim south, as well as against communist guerrillas in other parts of the mainly Catholic Asian nation.As well as in the drug war, the Philippine military has for years been saddled with allegations of human rights abuses in its counter-insurgency campaigns.“They are purely for utility purposes — ergo, transport purposes especially during HADR operations,” Padilla said, using a military term for disaster response.“We have separate and dedicated attack helicopters,” he added.Apart from armed insurgencies, the Philippines is also regularly battered by typhoons.“These will be used to transport personnel, supplies, humanitarian missions, ferrying of wounded and injured soldiers, and other forms of humanitarian assistance and disaster response,” Roque added.Bell Helicopter said the Philippine military would use the aircraft “for a variety of missions such as disaster relief, search and rescue, passenger transport and utility transport”. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Palace: PH not abandoning traditional alliance with US

THE Philippines is not abandoning its traditional alliance with the United States (US), Malacañang said on Monday, despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s “independent” foreign policy that distanced itself from the Western superpower. Palace spokesman Harry Roque reiterated this after Philippine government officials, led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, met with the chief of the US Pacific [...] The post Palace: PH not abandoning traditional alliance with US appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Senators condemn China’s invasion of disputed territories

SENATORS on Sunday condemned what they viewed as China’s continuous violation of international rules governing the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) as they raised the need for the Senate leadership to make a firm stand against it. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said as foreign policy partner of the President, the Senate must come [...] The post Senators condemn China’s invasion of disputed territories appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018