Recent Submissions

  • Will the US help us in a fight with China? 

    Tiglao, Rigoberto D. (The Manila Times, September 2, 2020, on page A1-A5)
    Is Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. right to claim that the United States will come to our aid in case China attacks our vessels in disputed areas in the South China Sea? The short answer: maybe, if Chinese forces ...
  • 38 Filipino sailors missing off Japan 

    Torib, Yashika F. (The Manila Times, September 4, 2020, on page A8)
    Thirty-eight Filipinos were among 43 seafarers who went missing when a cargo vessel sank off Japan during a typhoon on Tuesday night. One Filipino was rescued by Japan’s Coast Guard. Two Australians and two New Zealanders ...
  • China's global fishing dominance 

    Urbina, Ian (The Manila Times, September 4, 2020, on page A6)
    More than a hundred miles from shore, near the coast of West Africa, I accompanied marine police officers from Gambia as they arrested 15 foreign ships for labor violations and illegal fishing over the course of a week in ...
  • Exploiting arbitration ruling, Malaysia claims most of our Kalayaan Island Groups 

    Tiglao, Rigoberto D. (The Manila Times, August 12, 2020, on page A1-A5)
    What did former President Benigno Aquino 3rd, his Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario and his solicitor general Florin Hilbay do when they brought the arbitration suit against China before the Permanent Court of ...
  • Unsettling justifications for 'Boracay' on Manila Bay project 

    Valderama, Tita C. (The Manila Times, September 7, 2020, on page A4)
    The Environment department’s project to beautify Manila Bay smacks of insensitivity to the people’s difficulties in coping with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and contradicts President Rodrigo Duterte’s vow to ...
  • (Fake) sand and fury in Manila Bay 

    Contreras, Antonio (The Manila Times, September 8, 2020, on page A4)
    Halitosis cannot be cured by chewing white Mentos, in the same manner that the waters of Manila Bay cannot be cleaned by simply layering a small stretch of its beachfront with white sand or, to be more accurate, with crushed ...
  • SMC's P1-B CSR program dredging Tullahan continues amid pandemic 

    (The Manila Times, August 31, 2020, on page B12)
    San Miguel Corp. (SMC)’s P1-billion initiative to dredge the Tullahan-Tinajeros river system has yielded 2,150 truckloads of silt and garbage as of August 25. The initiative, part of a wide-ranging plan to address flooding ...
  • Chinese vessels seen near Recto Bank confirmed 

    Reyes, Dempsey (The Manila Times, August 12, 2020, on page A8)
    The Philippine Navy has confirmed the presence of two Chinese vessels near Recto (Reed) Bank. An intelligence report dated August 9 disclosed that the two ships were seen near Recto Bank a week ago, according to VAdm. ...
  • Fisheries Bureau, USAID to battle illegal fishing 

    Domingo, Leander C. (The Manila Times, September 5, 2020, on page A7)
    In a move to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the country, the United States and Philippine governments brought together 135 participants from various sectors to measure and understand IUU fishing ...
  • Wang Yi: Safeguard stability and jointly overcome the challenges in SCS 

    (The Manila Times, September 8, 2020, on page A5)
    On Sept. 2, 2020, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute for South China Sea Studies jointly held the 1.5 track virtual international symposium themed “The South China Sea: From the Perspective of ...
  • 'White beach' for people's mental health - Palace 

    Tolentino, Reina C.; Dela Cruz, Divina Nova Joy (The Manila Times, September 7, 2020, on page A1-A2)
    Setting up a “white beach” in Manila Bay would bring peace of mind to the people, according to Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. Roque defended the plan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to repair ...
  • Usaid urges creation of 'blue jobs' 

    The Times (The Manila Times, August 22, 2020, on page B5)
    A forum organized by the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) urged municipal and village leaders to create more “blue jobs” for locals to patrol inland waters, conduct coastal cleanups and other ...
  • French Dev't Agency aid MMDA in waste management 

    (The Manila Times, August 24, 2020, on page B12)
    The French Development Agency (AFD) and Syctom, the Metropolitan Agency for the Treatment of Household Waste in the Paris Region, signed a grant agreement for a pilot project aimed at strengthening household waste management ...
  • Tourist haven yields 770-lb crocodile 

    Associated Press (AP) (The Manila Times, September 4, 2020, on page B9)
    Wildlife rangers had trapped a 4.4-meter saltwater crocodile at a tourist destination in Australia’s Northern Territory, the biggest caught in the area in years, a wildlife ranger said. The 350-kilogram (770 pounds or lbs) ...
  • Establishments polluting Manila Bay shutdown 

    Gomez, Eireene Jairee (The Manila Times, March 12, 2020, on page A8)
    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) had shut down five commercial establishments found to be discharging untreated waste water into Manila Bay. ...
  • Bangladesh boat capsizes, 15 killed 

    Agence France-Presse (AFP) (The Manila Times, February 13, 2020, on page B9)
    At least 15 women and children drowned and more than 50 others were missing after a boat overloaded with Rohingya refugees sank off southern Bangladesh as it tried to reach Malaysia Tuesday, officials said. Some 138 people ...
  • BFAR seeks to boost fishery areas 

    Domingo, Leander C. (The Manila Times, February 26, 2020, on page A7)
    The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 2 rolled out a measure to establish fisheries management areas (FMAs) to provide science-based solutions, enhance stakeholder participation and increase ...
  • Mississippi braces for flooding amid cresting river 

    Associated Press (AP) (The Manila Times, February 17, 2020, on page B7)
    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) amid predictions that a river running in the area around the state capital of Jackson could burst its banks and spark widespread ...
  • Fishing prohibited in marine sanctuaries 

    Acosta, Persida (The Manila Times, February 3, 2020, on page A3)
    The law that addresses your situation is Section 101 of Republic Act 10654, otherwise known as the “Philippine Fisheries Code”: “Section 101. Fishing in Marine Protected Areas, Fishery Reserves, Refuge and Sanctuaries. — ...
  • Vietnamese fisheman killed in SCS clash 

    Agence France-Presse (AFP) (The Manila Times, August 18, 2020, on page B7)
    The Malaysian coast guard shot dead a Vietnamese fisherman whose boat tried to ram a patrol vessel in the South China Sea, an official said on Monday. The incident took place inside Malaysian waters, where local fisherman ...

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