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  • Understanding the arbitral award 

    Panganiban, Artemio V. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 4, 2019, on page A9)
    The arbitral award or judgment, dated July 12, 2016, was issued unanimously by the five members of the Arbitral Tribunal Constituted Under Annex VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (that is how ...
  • 'Outraging' 

    Garcia, Ed (Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 20, 2019, on page A9)
    Outraging” is a word seldom used, but it somehow perfectly sums up the current mood of many citizens, as our government flounders from one explanation to another in trying to accommodate contradictory positions regarding ...
  • The Chinese invasion 

    Collas-Monsod, Solita (Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 10, 2019, on page A12)
    At the beginning of July, or last month, Sen. Leila de Lima immediately raised a red flag (no pun intended) when she read that a Chinese-Filipino had bought the former Island Cove Resort off Kawit, Cavite, and was transforming ...
  • Defense chief on Chinese ships: Why the secrecy? 

    Ramos, Christia Marie; Aurelio, Julie M.; Gascon, Melvin (Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 10, 2019, on page A1-A2)
    Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has stepped up criticism on Chinese ships sailing unannounced into Philippine waters, in what may be taken as a signal of souring relations between the Philippines and China despite ...
  • Man's ruin pushes 7,000 species to the brink 

    Agence France-Presse (AFP) (Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 20, 2019, on page A7)
    Mankind’s destruction of nature is driving species to the brink of extinction at an “unprecedented” rate, the leading wildlife conservation body warned on Thursday as it added more than 7,000 animals, fish and plants to ...
  • Duterte's 'agreement' with China 

    David, Randy (Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 28, 2019, on page A8)
    Basking in the glory of his record-breaking high approval ratings in the latest opinion surveys, President Duterte began his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) by highlighting the minuscule 3 percent that disapprove ...
  • IBP, 7 fishermen withdraw writ of kalikasan plea 

    Aning, Jerome (Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 20, 2019, on page A4)
    The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and seven fishermen on Friday filed a motion withdrawing their writ of kalikasan petition in the Supreme Court for the protection of the marine environment in the West Philippine ...
  • Beware of fish caught in Pasig River: Authorities warn public vs eating catch from waterway after tests show high levels of toxic chemicals, coliform 

    Enano, Jhesset O. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 15, 2019, on page A1-A13)
    Just this once, it would be better to let the “big fish” get away, especially if it came from Pasig River. Netizens have been caught up in a fish frenzy after photographs of gigantic dory, tilapia and catfish caught in one ...
  • Whale sharks return to Sarangani Bay; Execs urge study to protect 'gentle giant' 

    Sarmiento, Bong; Fernandez, Edwin (Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 12, 2019, on page A8)
    At least 14 whale sharks (Rhincodon typus), or “butanding,” have been seen feeding in Sarangani Bay since last month, prompting local and environment officials to appeal to coastal communities to protect these sea creatures. ...
  • Who manipulated fishermen? Palace points to Diokno, IBP 

    Aurelio, Julie M.; Salaverria, Leila B. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 12, 2019, on page A12)
    Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday said human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) manipulated a group of fishermen into petitioning for an environmental ...
  • Barrier Reef caretaker breaks with gov't, urges action 

    Agence France-Presse (AFP) (Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 20, 2019, on page A14)
    The agency that manages the Great Barrier Reef broke ranks with Australia’s conservative government to call for the “strongest and fastest possible action” against climate change to save the world heritage marine wonder. ...
  • Uniting goals and methods in WPS 

    Panganiban, Artemio V. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 11, 2019, on page A11)
    Our maritime problems arose when China claimed ownership of and sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea (SCS), and seized several isles and rocks therein, like the Paracels in 1974, Fiery Cross Reef in 1987, ...
  • Where tourists get the thrill of fishing for plastic 

    Agence France-Presse (AFP) (Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 27, 2019, on page A10)
    Equipped with fishing rods and thick gloves, a group of people peers into the water from one of the many boats that line Amsterdam’s famous canals. But it’s not fish they’re hunting on their cruise along one of the Dutch ...
  • Palace: Permission to China means we own West PH Sea 

    Salaverria, Leila B.; Enano, Jhesset O. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 12, 2019, on page A3)
    Giving China “permission” for its presence in the West Philippine Sea shows the Philippines to be the “owner” of that area, Malacañang said on Sunday. “That very act alone shows you are the owner, since you are giving ...
  • Sovereign states can share their sovereign rights 

    Roque, Harry Jr. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 27, 2019, on page A1-A6)
    Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales released a statement saying that no public officer, even the President, can share what international law provides is the exclusive ...
  • 'WPS is ours... no ifs and buts' 

    Panganiban, Artemio V. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 28, 2019, on page A9)
    During his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 22, President Duterte made it very clear that “… the West Philippine Sea is ours. There [are] no ifs and buts. It is ours… we have been acting [applause] along that ...
  • Carpio: Duterte-Xi fishing deal unconstitutional and lopsided 

    Aning, Jerome; Aurelio, Julie M.; Chiu, Patricia Denise M. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 6, 2019, on page A5)
    The agreement between President Duterte and China’s President Xi Jinping allowing Chinese fishermen into the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is not only unconstitutional but also lopsided and could lead to a rapid ...
  • 8 die in rough seas; thousands flee floods 

    Cinco, Maricar; Arguelles, Mar S.; Orejas, Tonette; Gascon, Melvin; Chiu, Patricia Denise M.; Semilla, Nestle; Burgos, Nestor P. Jr.; Franco, Joel; Gabieta, Joey; Gomez, Carla (Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 4, 2019, on page A5)
    Eleven people died on Saturday after three passenger boats capsized in rough waters in the Visayas, while thousands fled their homes as monsoon rains triggered floods and caused rivers to swell in several provinces in ...
  • More casual than regulars in BFAR-COA 

    Chiu, Patricia Denise M. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 15, 2019, on page A2)
    Casuals outnumber regular employees, three to one, at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the Commission on Audit (COA) has found. In its annual audit report, the COA said there were 5,236 casuals in the ...
  • PCG report pins down China crew; raps pushed 

    Mangosing, Frances G.; Salaverria, Leila B.; Aning, Jerome (Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 7, 2019, on page A1-A2)
    The government should file cases against the Chinese vessel that caused the sinking of the Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver 1 and then abandoned its 22 crew members in the open sea, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said after details ...

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