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We treasure our Sierra Madre

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In the1948 John Houston movie, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” three destitute Americans working as gold prospectors mining the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico are confronted by bandits posing as mounted police (“Federales”).  When they are asked to produce their badges, the chief bandit’s response is classic:   “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”   [...]

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH case vs China a model for int’l sea disputes

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This undated handout photo taken by the Philippine Navy and released April 11, 2012, by the Department of Foreign Affairs shows Chinese surveillance ships off Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, accused China’s Coast Guard of firing water cannon at Filipino fishermen last month to drive them away from Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.  AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines’ case against China in the United Nations arbitral tribunal would be the country’s contribution to international maritime jurisprudence, setting an example of legal remedies that smaller nations could seek instead of submitting to lopsided negotiations with bigger countries, according to the Philippine ambassador to the United States.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines | Read More »

What’s this thick memo vs China?

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DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Solicitor General Francis Jardelaza speaks in front of the media Sunday after the submission of the Memorial to the Arbitral Tribunal Sunday. BONG LOZADA/INQUIRER.net

It’s time for the humble minnow to go up against the mighty shark.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

UNCLOS explained: Why China’s claims in South China Sea are invalid

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Philippine Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza

With a little over a month before the Philippines submits its written arguments to the international Permanent Court of Arbitration, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza publicly spoke for the first time about the basis of the Philippines’ case against China’s claim to nearly the entire South China/West Philippine Sea.

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines optimistic to win case against China

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The Philippines is optimistic and confident that it will win in its arbitration case against China, saying Beijing’s moves to pursue its territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) are ‘invalid.”

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China deploys aircraft carrier to West Philippine Sea

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This May 2012 file photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning cruising for a test on the sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

China’s deployment of its aircraft carrier to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) raises tensions and threatens the stability of the region, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

Posted: November 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Manila vows ‘to steadfastly defend’ disputed sea

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Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Albert del Rosario  AP FILE PHOTO

The country will defend the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) which is “legitimately ours,” Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Albert del Rosario said Wednesday.

Posted: July 31st, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

No Limitation

China: A superpower with no moral principles?

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A nation can be compared to a train where the citizens are passengers. The leaders are the engineers who direct the train and the speed with which it travels. If the engineers recklessly run the train along tracks beside a cliff at a rate of unsafe speed, it could very well derail and fall hundreds of feet down killing or seriously hurting its helpless passengers.

Posted: June 11th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Gazmin: We’ll defend the shoal to the last soldier

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Aerial photo of the Philippine occupied Kalayaan island in the contested Spratlys group of islands. INQUIRER/Ernie U. Sarmiento

Vowing to defend the country “up to the last soldier standing,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday said China had clearly intruded into Philippine territory when it sent a frigate to escort its fishing vessels in Ayungin Shoal.

Posted: May 24th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH to stick with arbitration under UNCLOS to pursue Spratly claims

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Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warns that any move by Manila to enter into joint-development ventures with Beijing over the Philippines’ 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone will be a culpable violation of the Constitution.

The Philippines reiterated, on Thursday, its commitment to the peaceful settlement of its claims in the West Philippine Sea or the South China Sea area through arbitration proceedings under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS.

Posted: April 12th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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