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SONA shouldn’t have been only about Aquino’s accomplishments

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For years now, Philippine presidents have been using the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) event primarily to make themselves look good. This is not to say that a president’s claimed accomplishments in his SONA speeches are untrue. In fact, in the case of President Benigno Simeon Aquino, I believe they are true. But with all [...]

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DFA priority: Peace in disputed sea

Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines, at the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday its priority in the remaining two years of the Aquino administration would be “to ensure the peace in the West Philippine Sea” amid rising territorial conflicts with regional giant China.

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

Rules-based approach to sea row

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

Amid the worsening row in the South China Sea, the Philippines has called on the European Union and members of the Association of South East Asian Nation (Asean) to support its efforts to promote a rules-based approach in the settlement of maritime disputes in the region.

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

Dealing with the Chinese pushback

PEACE, MAN  A Philippine Marine soldier flashes the peace sign to a Chinese Coast Guard ship after it tried to block a resupply vessel from restocking the BRP Sierra Madre on Ayungin Shoal on March 29.  INQUIRER PHOTO

The Inquirer is running a series of articles on issues facing President Aquino in his fifth State of the Nation Address on July 28. For more on the Sona, go to http://inq.ph/sona2014.   MANILA, Philippines–After deciding to stand up to China in defending the national interest, President Aquino and his administration now face a daunting [...]

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DFA reiterates PH sovereignty rights over Recto Bank


Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Charles Jose reiterated the Philippines’ sovereignty rights over the Recto Bank (or Reed Bank), a huge oil rich table mount just off Palawan, as it countered a statement from Beijing last week staking claim on it.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »