Recent Submissions

  • Du30 saying China 'owns' WPS isles? 

    Pascual, Federico D. Jr. (The Philippine Star, July 25, 2019, on page 12)
    When President Duterte told the world Monday from the Batasang Pambansa that China is “in possession” of several strategic areas in the West Philippine Sea, did he concede control by Beijing and weaken the Philippine ...
  • First algae farm to be built in Muntinlupa 

    Ong, Ghio (The Philippine Star, July 25, 2019, on page B4)
    A farm focusing on research on the commercial, scientific and environmental use of green algae will soon be built in Muntinlupa City, with the help of a grant won by teacher-researchers. Officials of the Muntinlupa National ...
  • Joint exploration on the rough seas 

    Gonzales, Iris (The Philippine Star, June 20, 2019, on page B4)
    The fishing boat is every bit Filipino — the outrigger is made of bamboo, the rope used on the gunwale is made of Manila hemp or abaca, and the materials used for the hull are most certainly locally made too. The pale blue ...
  • Duterte spokesman of China in WPS tiff 

    Pascual, Federico D. Jr. (The Philippine Star, May 9, 2021, on page 6)
    China may not need a fulltime ambassador in Manila to speak for it and look after the interests of its nationals on issues involving the West Philippine Sea. It already has no less than the President of the Philippines to ...
  • SMC doubles budget for Pasig River rehab 

    Talavera, Catherine (The Philippine Star, June 12, 2021, on page B4)
    Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is doubling its budget for the clean up and rehabilitation of the Pasig River to P2 billion. In a statement, SMC said it officially launched the five-year project in partnership ...
  • Will China try to change image? 

    Cruz, Elfren S. (The Philippine Star, June 6, 2021, on page 9)
    Since 2016, China’s diplomatic strategy was to become more aggressive, more confrontational and even more antagonistic in answering criticisms of China’s domestic and foreign policies. It was a sudden shift when it was ...
  • VFA up for renegotiation; Rody gags officials on WPS 

    Romero, Alexis; Romero, Paolo; Lee-Brago, Pia (The Philippine Star, May 19, 2021, on page 2)
    The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US is up for renegotiation, President Duterte said, as he maintained that his administration has veered away from a proWest foreign policy to avoid “trouble.” At a meeting of ...
  • Realpolitik 

    Magno, Alex (The Philippine Star, May 20, 2021, on page 4)
    Over time, they cultivate the mindset of a recluse. That is a counterproductive mindset – especially in this part of the world destined to be the center of gravity of the global economy. Because of competing claims over ...
  • Loose talk on WPS tightens China's grip 

    Pascual, Federico D. Jr. (The Philippine Star, May 20, 2021, on page 4)
    Like other citizens, we wonder why President Duterte declared in one of his soliloquies on TV that the 2016 award given by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague to the Philippines on a maritime dispute with China ...
  • Cabinet gagged on China; ex-generals assert sea rights 

    Bondoc, Jarius (The Philippine Star, May 19, 2021, on page 9)
    President Duterte banned his Cabinet on Monday from talking about sea disputes amid months of China’s escalating incursions. “This is my order now to the Cabinet, and to all and sundry talking for the government, to refrain ...
  • Pinoy fishermen told to ignore China fishing ban 

    Mendez, Christina; Macairan, Evelyn; Felipe, Cecille Suerte (The Philippine Star, May 21, 2021, on page 1-4)
    Filipino fishermen plying their trade in the West Philippine Sea should ignore China’s fishing ban, which the Asian giant aims to enforce in almost the entire South China Sea with its flotilla of coast guard vessels, armed ...
  • Biden: US must defend sea lanes in SCS, Arctic 

    Macairan, Evelyn (The Philippine Star, May 21, 2021, on page 1-4)
    US President Joe Biden on Wednesday used his first commencement address as commander-in-chief to tell Coast Guard Academy graduates they will play a vital role as the United States reasserts itself on the world stage. ...
  • Japan PM backs Rody on WPS 

    Mendez, Christina (The Philippine Star, May 20, 2021, on page 2)
    Amid the concerns over the West Philippine Sea, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has expressed support for President Duterte’s stance, aired before the United Nations General Assembly last year, that the 2016 arbitral ...
  • 'WPS becoming a national election issue' 

    Punongbayan, Michael (The Philippine Star, May 20, 2021, on page 2)
    Believing that China will try to influence next year’s national polls, former defense secretary Orlando Mercado and University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea director Jay Batongbacal ...
  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Shellfish Bulletin No. 21, Series of 2021, 14 July 2021 

    Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) (The Philippine Star, July 16, 2021, on page B8)
    Based on the latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Local Government Units (LGUs), shellfishes collected at coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; ...
  • Phl warns China vs human waste dumping in WPS 

    Romero, Alexis; Ramirez, Robertzon (The Philippine Star, July 16, 2021, on page 7)
    China can expect “harsh words” if the report about its supposed dumping of human waste in the West Philippine Sea is true, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque maintained that the government has ...
  • The once mighty Pasig River 

    Romulo, Roberto R. (The Philippine Star, June 25, 2021, on page B4)
    If you think one list has nothing to do with the other, think back to high school science class—and you may recall the Earth’s water cycle and how everything is connected. Rivers empty into oceans, transporting water, ...
  • Back out from debate projected Duterte as loser, Carpio as hero 

    Bondoc, Jarius (The Philippine Star, May 12, 2021, on page 7)
    Carpio’s research helped win in July 2016 international arbitration for the Philippines. The Hague court outlawed Beijing’s sea claims. China and Duterte belittled the ruling. Beijing in August 2017 blockaded a ninth ...
  • Carpio to debate anyone on WPS 'possession' 

    Ramirez, Robertzon; Ong, Ghio; Flores, Helen; Villanueva, Rhodina; Mateo, Janvic (The Philippine Star, May 8, 2021, on page 2)
    With a verbal square-off with President Duterte now out of the question following the latter’s change of heart, retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio said he is still willing to push through with the debate – even ...
  • Palace : Rody has made stand on SCS ruling 

    Mendez, Christina; Lee-Brago, Pia; Felipe, Cecille Suerte; Villanueva, Rhodina (The Philippine Star, July 15, 2021, on page 2)
    President Duterte has made clear his stand that the 2016 Philippine victory in the arbitral ruling against China cannot be undermined by any other government, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque ...

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