Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 Expert: PH should explore more VFA-type pacts

Author:

Roy Mabasa

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

December 10, 2017

Description:

The Philippines should explore more Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)-type pacts with other countries in Asia Pacific to counter China’s continuing expansion in the disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS), a security and international studies expert said over the weekend.

Tags: News, Japan-Philippines Relations, Visiting Forces Agreement, Philippines-Australia Relations

Title:

 Time to consider the ICJ as China-PH next forum

Author:

FRANCISCO TATAD

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

December 4, 2017

Description:

The Vietnamese government must have been pleasantly surprised when after apologizing for the incident last Sepember, in which two Vietnamese fishermen were killed while poaching inside Philippine waters, President Rodrigo Duterte last Wednesday personally sent off the five other illegal fishermen who had been arrested and detained after the incident. Indeed, the killing was regrettable, as every other killing is, but DU30 has never publicly apologized for any killing before, so Hanoi has every reason to be grateful.

Tags: Commentary, Arbitration Award, Duterte Foreign Policy, South China Sea Territorial Dispute

Title:

 31st ASEAN Summit displayed the ‘psychological kidnapping’ of the Philippines by the Dragon

Author:

SD Pradhan

Source:

Times of India

Date:

November 28, 2017

Description:

The Chairman’s statement at the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines indicated that there were sufficient positive developments practically in all field. The performance of the all ASEAN sectorial bodies was found to be commendable. The ASEAN’s efforts in promoting complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were assessed as satisfactory.

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN Summit 2017, ASEAN Summit 2017 Chairman's Statement

Title:

 OPINION: ASEAN COC framework affirms Duterte’s policy shift in PH dealing with China

Author:

Ellen T. Tordesillas

Source:

ABS-CBN News

Date:

November 20, 2017

Description:

The Philippines' major shift in foreign policy, which is to talk with China bilaterally on the territorial dispute over Scarborough Shoal, has gotten affirmation from ASEAN with the adoption of the Framework of the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea in last’s week's ASEAN Summit.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Arbitration Award, Duterte Foreign Policy, Code of Conduct, South China Sea Territorial Dispute

Title:

 What Filipinos got from the ASEAN Summit

Author:

Regine Cabato, Chad de Guzman, and Eimor Santos, CNN Philippines

Source:

CNN Philippines

Date:

November 16, 2017

Description:

The main event of the country's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) drew to a close on Tuesday, with Manila achieving gains on some key economic and political concerns.

Tags: News, ASEAN Summit 2017

Title:

 TRACKING THE PHILIPPINES’ FORCE BUILD-UP IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

Author:

Alex Vuving

Source:

ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE

Date:

November 1, 2017

Description:

Philippine strategic culture has combined a reliance on the United States for external defense and a focus on internal threats, especially the Muslim and Communist insurgents on the southern island of Mindanao. This has resulted in a chronic neglect of the navy, air force, and coast guard.

Tags: News, Military Modernization, Philippine Military, Analysis

Title:

 Duterte hopeful China will stop expansion in disputed sea

Author:

Ian Nicolas Cigaral

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

November 1, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he is hopeful that China will keep its promise to stop the occupation of new features in the disputed South China Sea as he reiterated anew his strategy to settle the maritime row: Don’t insult the superpowers.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Island Building, Duterte, Territorial Disputes, Chinese Reclamation, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Defense chiefs back freedom of navigation in South China Sea

Author:

Jaime Laude

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

October 25, 2017

Description:

The South China Sea issue was highlighted at yesterday’s ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus), with participating states declaring support for freedom of navigation and non-militarization as well as observance of a rules-based approach in resolving the conflict.

Tags: News, Freedom of navigation, Delfin Lorenzana, FONOPs, ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting 2017

Title:

 Duterte’s Art of the Deal

Author:

Richard Javad Heydarian

Source:

The National Interest

Date:

October 22, 2017

Description:

“I will be chartering [sic] a [new] course [for the Philippines] on its own and will not be dependent on the United States,” Duterte declared right after securing electoral victory. Without a doubt, it was an audacious statement from the then newly-elected Filipino president, who was set to take over one of America’s oldest and most loyal allies in history. At first, not many, including those within the diplomatic community, took his words too seriously, with some dismissing the “nationalistic” statements as soaring rhetoric bereft of policy substance.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Russia-Philippines Defense Ties to Get a New Boost

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 17, 2017

Description:

Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that Moscow would be donating some defense material to the Philippines later this month. The transfer, if it occurs as scheduled, will mark part of what is expected to be a bigger October boost for Russia-Philippines military ties.

Tags: News, Military Relations, Philippines-Russia Relations, Military Donations to PH