Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 Duterte adviser bares plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Author:

Carmela Fonbuena

Source:

Rappler

Date:

 April 1, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines – National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr said there are plans to fix the Philippines' runway in disputed Pag-Asa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Tags: News, Pagasa Island

Title:

 Philippines declined past Chinese requests over Benham Rise

Author:

Camille Diola

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 March 29, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has turned down requests from China to conduct marine scientific research in the Benham Rise area prior to the sighting of Chinese vessels last year by defense authorities.

Tags: News, Benham Rise

Title:

 Philippines’ Duterte seeks alliance with China but defence officials warn of strategic threat

Author:

Richard Heydarian

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

 March 26, 2017

Description:

Since his ascent to power, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has overseen a remarkable shift in his country’s foreign policy, particularly towards China. The tough-talking Filipino leader, who is as notorious abroad as he is popular at home, has described China as a friendly and generous nation, a partner for national development and a potential military ally for the Philippines.

Tags: Commentary, Benham Rise, Duterte Foreign Policy, Militarization of Islands

Title:

 No protest in Hague, only note to China over Panatag

Author:

Patricia Lourdes Viray

Source:

Philstar

Date:

 March 22, 2017

Description:

A day after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announced that the Philippines is set to file a formal protest in The Hague against China's reported plan to build on Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is only sending a note verbale to Beijing. In Bangkok on Wednesday, acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo neither confirmed nor denied the reported "strong" protest against China. The DFA's spokesperson, however, said Aguirre was unlikely to be referring to a protest filed before a United Nations-backed tribunal.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Panatag Shoal, Sec. Enrique Manalo, Vitaliano Aguirre, Alan Peter Cayetano

Title:

 Philippines prepares protest vs China over Panatag

Author:

Edu Punay

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 March 22, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is preparing to formally protest China’s plan to install a radar station at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in violation of a ruling by a United Nations-backed international tribunal declaring the shoal a common fishing ground outside any country’s jurisdiction.

Tags: News, Chinese Reclamation, Militarization of Islands