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‘Integrity issue’ vs SolGen: Legal strategy or disloyalty to country?

A handout picture received from Taiwan's National Security Council on Sept. 1, 2012, shows Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan holding a national flag at Itu Aba or Taiping, the biggest islet of the disputed Spratlys on Aug.31, 2012. Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza may have committed a “grave mistake” in his handling of the Philippine case against China in the United Nations arbitral tribunal when he directed the government’s international lawyers to exclude the Taiwan-occupied island of Itu Aba from the 4,000-page memorial before it was submitted to the tribunal in The Hague in March.  AFP PHOTO/Taiwan's National Security Council

Legal strategy or disloyalty to country? Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza’s handling of the Philippines’ case against China before the United Nations arbitral tribunal was scrutinized by some members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) when they vetted the nominees to the seat of a Supreme Court associate justice to be vacated by retiring Justice Roberto Abad.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

SC junks anew ‘comfort women’s’ plea for Japan’s apology

Comfort women. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court has upheld its 2010 ruling junking the petition of Filipino comfort women to compel the Philippine government to take up their cause of seeking a formal apology from the Japanese government for the abuse they endured during World War 2.

Posted: August 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

AFP awaits SC decision on Edca fate

Military chief General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr. receives his fourth star in a donning of ranks ceremony held at the Department of National Defense on Friday. In the photo with General Catapang is his wife, Vilma Catapang, and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. AFP PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it is awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court on the legality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) between the Philippines and the United States even as civil society groups have filed another impeachment complaint against President Aquino over the military agreement.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Navy bases for defense of West Philippine Sea suffer lack of funds

THE VIEW FROM CHINA. US Marines storm a beach along the West Philippine Sea on Friday but only to simulate an amphibious landing during joint US-Philippines military exercises dubbed Balikatan 2014 at San Antonio, Zambales. This year’s war games focus on maritime security. The exercise came even as tensions simmer between the Philippines and China over rival claims to territory in the West Philippine Sea, part of the South China Sea within Manila’s 370-km exclusive economic zone.  MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/ INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Navy’s plans for developing Naval Forces West (Navforwest) and Oyster Bay in Palawan, the bases which are the country’s first line of defense in the West Philippine Sea, have suffered a hitch.

Posted: June 1st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

SC urged to rule on exploration agreement with China, Vietnam


In the face of China’s recent aggressive actions against the country, a group of party-list lawmakers has asked the Supreme Court to immediately resolve a six-year-old petition seeking to declare as unconstitutional a 2008 agreement that allowed China and Vietnam to jointly explore with the Philippines oil resources in the country’s undisputed and claimed territories in the West Philippine Sea.

Posted: May 31st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »