PH, S. Sudan forge ties


MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and South Sudan, the newest country in the world, have formally established diplomatic relations, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

The DFA said a joint communique was signed last Wednesday at the United Nations office in Nairobi, Kenya, by the Philippine and South Sudanese ambassadors to Kenya, Domingo Lucenario Jr. and Majok Guandong Thiep.

The Philippines officially recognized South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state soon after the South Sudanese approved an independence plebiscite on July 9, 2011.

Located in eastern Africa, South Sudan has a population of 9 million, mostly indigenous ethnic groups—many of them Christians—engaged in agriculture.

In a statement, Lucenario said the formal establishment “will mutually benefit our respective countries and peoples because we would now be able to intensify relations in various common areas of cooperation.”

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  • divictes

    South Sudan, a warm welcome to the family of nations.

    • kanoy

      Democracy is more than just an election. After all, it is possible to have elections and not to have democracy. Elections are simply a means to produce rule by the people. In order for them to be legitimate, they must be free, fair and just.
      By its very nature, a theocratic and military regime is essentially undemocratic and cannot carry out free and fair elections -simply because it does not believe in democracy. Evidence for this is the fact that the current NCP (previously known as National Islamic Front or NIF) came to power through a military coup that toppled a democratically elected government. Even today some of its members avoid talking about democracy and believe that democracy is a form of infidelity.
      The NCP used its mechanical majority in the unelected parliament to pass a Penal Code which gives regional governors the right to curtail freedom of expression and organization. In addition it used the same majority to pass the National Security Act, which allows security and intelligence personnel to violate the constitutional rights of citizens by detaining them for several months without a judicial warrant. It also gives the security and intelligence personnel legal immunity that prevents accountability. Thus, democratic elections have become a complete delusion.

      The so-called Constitutional Court in Sudan approved the government’s long- standing policy of pre-print censorship. The policy gives the security and intelligence personnel unlimited powers to interfere in the editing of newspapers. This blatant violation of freedom of the press was shameful even for the NCP and led the government to hastily announce that as long as journalists remained within certain ’red lines’ they would not be censored. However the legal precedent remains part of Sudanese case law and may be enforced at any time.

      To present an illusion of democracy in these elections the NCP (which has dominated the media for over 20 years) has allotted a maximum slot of 20 minutes on TV and radio for other presidential candidates to present their manifestos. Under such circumstances it becomes ludicrous to speak about free and fair elections in Sudan.

      Since its military coup of 1989 the NCP group maintained its dictatorship in Sudan through the control of executive, legislative and judicial organs together with the absence of impartiality in the public services. All state institutions have become branches of the NCP, including the army, the police and the security services. In an effort to control all aspects of life in the country

  • bogli_anakdami

    ay sus ginoo… soon, sudan will surpass flipland economically… tapos, sudanese pipol will hire and employ flip gung gongs as ofwslaves…
    yehey plif frayd… yehey ulit….

    • ADRIAN

      shattap u chink! go back to chinkland assh***E!!!!

  • Eagle from Davao

    This is a very good move. i salute it.

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