Political Security

Title:

  Philippines apologizes to South Korea over Korean's killing

Author:

AP

Source:

The China Post

Date:

 January 26, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government apologized to South Korea on Tuesday for the reported killing of a South Korean man at the country's main police camp, a crime that has tainted law enforcers carrying out the president's controversial anti-drug crackdown.

Tags: News, Korea

Title:

 War With China? Effects Of A U.S. Blockade In The South China Sea

Author:

Anders Corr

Source:

Forbes

Date:

 January 25, 2017

Description:

“Chinese and Western experts” say a blockade by the U.S. in the South China Sea of China's artificial islands would be an "act of war" according to breathless Wall Street Journal reporters. The New York Times says unnamed “American Navy experts” are calling a blockade “tantamount to war”. Association of a U.S. blockade with war is an incomplete truth at best, and a scare tactic that plays into China's hands.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, US-China Relations, Big Powers

Title:

 Tense Philippine-U.S. Relations Will Surge And Then Fall Under Trump

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

 January 24, 2017

Description:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has flipped his country’s old foreign relations formula on its back since taking office in June by pushing the United States away in favor of China. U.S. President Donald Trump shows early signs of pulling the Philippines back into its fold of friendly Pacific Rim countries, which it never totally left anyway.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations, Donald Trump

Title:

 Palace welcomes EU aid to PH for drug rehab

Author:

Nestor Corrales

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 17, 2017

Description:

Malacañang welcomed Tuesday the plan of the European Union (EU) to fund the government’s drug war despite lashing from President Rodrigo Duterte for criticizing his no-nonsense crackdown on the narcotics trade.

Tags: News, European Union

Title:

 EU eyes stronger ties with Asean with PH as chair

Author:

Yuji Vincent Gonzales

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 16, 2017

Description:

Despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for “noninterference” in Southeast Asia’s internal affairs, the European Union (EU) on Monday said it was eyeing to further strengthen its relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), especially with the Philippines as chairman of this year’s regional summit.

Tags: News, ASEAN, European Union

Title:

 UN hails Duterte’s RH order

Author:

Julie M. Aurelio

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 14, 2017

Description:

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Friday hailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s intervention to provide free contraceptives to poor women as a “new momentum” in the provision of family planning services in the Philippines.

Tags: News, Duterte, UN

Title:

 Trump nominee grilled on EJKS in PH

Author:

Nimfa U. Rueda

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 13, 2017

Description:

LOS ANGELES—US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson endured tough questioning about human rights—including extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the Philippines—during his confirmation hearing in Washington on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

Tags: News, Philippines-US Relations, Rex Tillerson

Title:

 The Constitution and the West Philippine Sea

Author:

Florin T. Hilbay

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 October 26, 2016

Description:

Prior to Philippines v. China, we had claims under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) about our maritime entitlements in the West Philippine Sea. So did China. The arbitration resulted in an overwhelming validation of the Philippines’ arguments, and an emphatic rejection of China’s. The four corners of every page of Philippines v. China determines with finality our specific rights in the West Philippine Sea.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, West Philippine Sea, Territorial Disputes, Fishing Disputes, West

Title:

 PH and US: who needs whom more?

Author:

Conrad Calalang

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 December 21, 2016

Description:

As one of America’s closest allies, the Philippines has long provided U.S. forces with a strategic staging ground for its operations within the Pacific region, but for as long as this partnership has existed, Filipinos have repeatedly called into question its end of the bargain.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations

Title:

 Filipinos glad to see US do West Phil Sea maneuvers but not our government

Author:

The Manila Times Editorial

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

 December 11, 2016

Description:

We agree with the Gulf News comment and report last week (on Dec. 8) that the Philippine government “is highly unlikely to allow the US military to use Philippine territory as a springboard for so-called freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) through disputed parts of the South China Sea” quoting Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-China Relations, Scarborough Shoal, Duterte Foreign Policy, Delfin Lorenzana, Duterte's Beijing Visit 2016