Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 Public sentiment on foreign security cooperation

Author:

Dindo Manhit

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 February 6, 2017

Description:

The Philippines is putting to action new partners in national security. Last Wednesday, President Duterte said he had sought China’s assistance in patrolling regional waters. A day later, he reaffirmed his intention to buy weapons from Russia, specifically precision-guided munitions or “smart bombs.” There is no doubt that his administration has been clear in its efforts to grow its network of support for the armed forces’ internal security objectives. The only doubts may be in public opinion.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations

Title:

 Philippine officials to visit Beijing to discuss investment deals, ASEAN summit

Author:

Karen Lema

Source:

Reuters

Date:

January 22, 2017 

Description:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is sending a cabinet-level delegation to Beijing this week to meet with China's Vice Premier Wang Yang and other top Chinese officials to discuss investment deals and his country's chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year. The Jan. 23-24 trip by Philippine officials includes Duterte's finance, budget, economic, public works and transport secretaries, according to a statement from the Department of Finance on Sunday.

Tags: PH-China Economic Relations, Philippines-China Relations, Wang Yang

Title:

 Palace: PH ready to work with Trump

Author:

Ed Margareth Barahan

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 21, 2017

Description:

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Saturday said that the Philippines welcomes the foreign policy of United States President Donald Trump, as it “promises a more placid and mutually beneficial relationship especially with long-standing allies like us.” 

Tags: News, Philippines-US Relations, Donald Trump

Title:

 Defense chief plans to visit Filipino soldiers in West PH Sea

Author:

ABS CBN News

Source:

ABS CBN News

Date:

 January 9, 2017

Description:

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is planning to visit soldiers manning military outposts in Philippine-occupied areas in the West Philippine Sea amid improved relations with China. "One of the plans of our SND (secretary of national defense) is to visit our troops there, in his convenient available time," Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Eduardo Año told reporters in an interview in Camp Aguinaldo on Sunday.

Tags: South China Sea, West Philippine Sea, Delfin Lorenzana

Title:

 Defense chief eyes to visit PH outposts in South China Sea Read more: https://globalnation.inquirer.net/151329/defense-chief-eyes-visit-ph-outposts-south-china-sea#ixzz4VJvN0c3h Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Author:

Frances Mangosing

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 9, 2017

Description:

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is planning to visit the troops manning the Philippine military outposts in the South China Sea this year amid warming relations between Philippines and China.

Tags: News, Spratlys, Territorial Disputes, Delfin Lorenzana

Title:

 China in our future

Author:

Cielo Habito

Source:

Inquirer.Net

Date:

 January 6, 2017

Description:

In a recent visit to our public market in Los Baños, Laguna, I decided to explore the shops surrounding the market itself. I found myself in a store surprisingly much larger inside than its unassuming facade would suggest, selling various kinds of cheap China-made goods including foodstuffs, clothes, personal articles and household fixtures. There seem to be numerous such stores in various parts of the country now, selling almost exclusively those cheap, everyday China-made goods. Some of them are rather large establishments that appear to be part of a chain of large variety stores. I’ve seen a few of these in different cities around the country, and have shopped in at least a couple of them. There are actually good buys to find in these places, especially items for which quality is not critical.

Tags: Commentary, AIIB, Philippines-China Relations, Chinese Economy, China's Rise

Title:

 Philippines no longer seen as ‘Trojan horse of the US’ – envoy to China

Author:

RT.com

Source:

RT.com

Date:

 January 3, 2017

Description:

Despite warming relations between the Philippines and China, Manila will not sever ties with its long time ally the United States, Philippines new envoy to China has said. The Philippines are undertaking “a strategic shift in foreign policy,” according to the country’s new ambassador to China Jose "Chito" Sta. Romana. The assurance comes despite the harsh, sometimes crude statements from Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, which led many to believe that the Philippines leader had turned away from the US and was looking toward China.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy, Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana

Title:

 Duterte vows to act if China 'siphons minerals' from South China Sea

Author:

Claire Jiao

Source:

CNN Philippines

Date:

December 30, 2016 

Description:

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The government is prepared to assert its rightful claim if China moves to mine resources in parts of the South China Sea where the country has economic rights, President Rodrigo Duterte has said. In a one-on-one interview with CNN Philippines on Thursday, the President said he is ready to raise the arbitral ruling recognizing the country's economic rights over the potentially mineral-rich contested waters. "[I will bring up the ruling] during my time. I cannot let it pass na balewala na lang," Duterte said.

Tags: Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Philippines will address South China Sea issue as chair of ASEAN

Author:

Cliff Venzon

Source:

Nikkei

Date:

December 28, 2016 

Description:

MANILA -- The Philippines will keep the contentious South China Sea territorial issue on the agenda at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year, but will also use its chairing of the 10-nation bloc to promote a major regional trade deal initiated by Beijing. "The South China Sea issue is always a concern that can be raised by any ASEAN member in light of the joint communique that we have already made," Perfecto Yasay, the Philippine foreign secretary, told the Nikkei Asian Review on Wednesday. "These issues can be brought up and we will be addressing them."

Tags: Arbitration, China-ASEAN Relations, Philippines-China Relations, Perfecto Yasay