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

    MANILA, Philippines–Legal strategy or disloyalty to country?

    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.

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  • Legal strategy obviously.

    No one can prove to a court that a legally non-existent country is occupying a certain island...
  • ^ Nasasakop na nga eh. Hanggang protesta lang ang pinas na ini-ignore lang naman ng china...

    Nakakainis hanggang dyan lang nagagawa ng AFP. Wala kasing equipment. Nganga as usual....

    Hano Bah Yhan

    What I meant was the Philippines itself my apologies for the wrong interpretation on my end. About the Islets eh noong April 2012 pa na kuha ng china yung isa. Giyerahin na ba natin?
  • Legal strategy obviously.

    No one can prove to a court that a legally non-existent country is occupying a certain island...

    I agree, I just don't get the thinking of some people trying to make a fuss over something that is obvious.
  • Navy has a standing order, China can’t build structure in Recto Bank

    “They’re not only patrolling in the area, they are also installing their own markers. While they’re continuously putting up their own maritime markers at Recto Bank, we are also continuously blasting them,” a security official told Philippine Star.

    According to report, the Philippine Navy in mid-July launched an operation to remove markers in Recto Bank placed by China.

    In a recent statement by Department of Foreign Affairs regarding Recto Bank, DFA said “in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Philippines has the exclusive sovereign rights over the Reed bank. No other state is lawfully entitled to assert sovereignty or sovereign rights over the said area.”

    A Naval officer said they have a standing order not to allow building of any foreign structures in the Philippine controlled maritime territory. “It would be a different story if anybody or groups will force their way into Recto Bank. We will not allow it.”

    Seismic surveys indicate that the Recto Bank is rich in oil and gas deposits. A Philippine authorized firm will start drilling in Recto Bank early 2016.

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    Not sure if this site is reliable tough
  • dapat pati sa scarborough ganyan din gawin nila.
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    INS Sahyadri reaches Philippines to enhance naval ties
    The Indian Navy's INS Sahyadri arrived in Manila, Philippines Wednesday and made a courtesy port call to reinforce naval ties, a defence ministry statement said.

    Navy officials said the indigenously built stealth frigate went to Manila after participating in RIMPAC 14 -- the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise -- and covering a distance of about 5,000 nautical miles (9,000 km).

    The ship had sailed from Hawaii in the US Aug 2.

    The frigate's arsenal includes long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface-to-air missiles augmented by powerful guns of different calibres that provide a formidable shield against all types of threats.

    Two multi-role helicopters on the ship act as force multipliers in all maritime scenarios due to their versatility and long range.

    Commissioned July 21, 2012, INS Sahyadri is at present being commanded by Captain Jyotin Raina, and manned by 25 officers and 255 sailors of different specialisations.

    During her stay at Manila, the ship will undertake operational turn around while the crew will participate in various events like professional inter-action, sports events and social fixtures.

    Manila is a regular port of call for Indian naval ships, said navy officials.
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  • China is Making more enemies instead of Allies...arrogance is Hitler Like

    China troops 'enter disputed India territory'

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  • semi off topic, but you might want to read an analysis of how china censors social media on the internet because there's a loophole you can exploit to get your message about the philippines and the spratleys across

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  • BRP Ramon Alcaraz engaged with a Japanese warship while on journey to Australia

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  • Kala ko dahil lalagyan na ng antiship missile
  • China warplane in 'dangerous' intercept with US jet: Pentagon
    Washington (AFP) - A Chinese fighter jet flew perilously close to a US military aircraft this week in a "very dangerous" incident in international air space east of Hainan Island, the Pentagon said Friday.

    The episode raised tensions and underlined the growing rivalry between the United States and China, with Beijing building up its military and asserting its territorial claims across the Pacific.

    "On August 19, an armed Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft that was on a routine mission," spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference.

    The close call occurred about 135 miles (220 kilometers) east of China's Hainan, he said.

    "We have registered our strong concerns to the Chinese about the unsafe and unprofessional intercept, which posed a risk to the safety and the well-being of the air crew and was inconsistent with customary international law," Kirby added.

    The move also threatened to jeopardize longstanding US efforts to bolster relations with China's military, he said, at a time when officials have touted progress in forging a dialogue with Beijing's top brass.

    The armed Chinese warplane came close to the surveillance aircraft three times, flying underneath the American plane, at the P-8's nose and then in parallel with the wingtips, less than 30 feet (nine meters) apart, according to Kirby.

    In approaching the P-8, the Chinese jet at one point performed a barrel roll, apparently to display its weapons.

    "The Chinese jet also passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly toward the P-8 Poseidon, we believe to make a point of showing its weapons load," Kirby said.

    The intercept was "very, very close, very dangerous."

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  • ^Kaka panood siguro ng Top Gun
  • China calls US warplane accusations 'groundless'

    Beijing dismissed Saturday the Pentagon's accusations that a Chinese fighter jet flew too close to a US military aircraft off Hainan Island, blaming "massive and frequent" surveillance for dangerous mid-air confrontations in state media.

    US Rear Admiral John Kirby had said Friday the armed Chinese warplane came close to the American surveillance aircraft three times, flying underneath the American plane, at the P-8's nose and then in parallel with the wingtips, less than 30 feet (nine metres) apart.

    In approaching the P-8 Poseidon, the Chinese jet at one point performed a barrel roll, apparently to display its weapons, in what Kirby called a "very dangerous" intercept.

    China's defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun called the claims "totally groundless" in a statement cited by the Xinhua state news agency, lashing out at the American military for conducting surveillance operations close to Chinese waters.

    Yang said the fighter jet pilot was a safe distance away and making regular checks on the surveillance aircraft during Tuesday's confrontation in international waters about 135 miles (220 kilometres) east of Hainan island.

    It was the United States, and its "massive and frequent close-in surveillance of China" that endangered air and marine security, Xinhua quoted Yang as saying.

    The episode this week has raised tensions and underlined the growing rivalry between the United States and China, with Beijing building up its military and asserting its territorial claims across the Pacific.

    The move also threatened to jeopardise longstanding US efforts to bolster relations with China's military, at a time when officials have touted progress in forging a dialogue with Beijing's top brass.

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  • As expected mag sisinungaling yan mga yan, That's how communist are, they Lie to control their People
  • IMHO US might have done the same thing or even shot the plane down if a Chinese spy plane loiters near Hawaii or US mainland....

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  • ^ Ang tanong, yung lugar kung saan nangyari yan, sa Tsina ba talaga? O inaangkin lang nila? Kung nasa katwiran sila, gaya ng sabi mo, katulad ng US malamang pinasabog na yan. Pero dahil disputed ang lugar, hanggang ganyan lang sila. Nangaangkin kuno.
  • ^^ Ang spot mismo kung saan nangyari ay nasa kalagitnaan ng Hainan Island at West Philippine Sea. Nasa Designated international space route for aircraft near Hainan Island. Kapareho ng mga barko na meron specific international water route na pwede daanan ng military at commercial vessel.
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    I hope this scene never happens in philippine airspace even if its kinda cool

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  • Should Washington Consider Accepting a Chinese Monroe Doctrine?

    The engagement component is primarily economic in nature. China is America's third largest trading partner, and Chinese financial institutions now hold some $1.3 trillion in U.S. government debt.

    The containment component is primarily strategic in nature, especially as the United States has moved to strengthen its military ties with such traditional allies as Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Australia, as well as develop such ties with new strategic partners (e.g., Vietnam and India). Those moves are motivated, at least in part, by a desire by the various parties to contain Beijing's growing regional power and influence.

    Beginning with the Nixon administration's initial outreach to the Chinese government in the early 1970s, and continuing through successive administrations until the early years of the 21st century, the engagement aspect in U.S. policy was dominant. But during the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the emphasis shifted.

    Containment, albeit implicit rather than explicit, has now become the principal feature -- and that trend is accelerating. Washington prods its East Asian allies to devote greater efforts to defense, and U.S. officials seek to transform the bilateral alliances with those nations to cover broader, regional security contingencies. Especially during the Obama years, U.S. policy has tilted in favor of countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines, which are embroiled in territorial disputes with China involving the South China Sea, and has backed Japan in its contentious confrontation with Beijing over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

    Such informal manifestations of containment deceive no one -- least of all, Chinese officials. Washington's current strategy is fomenting growing tensions with China, and those could ultimately lead to a military collision in East Asia between the two powers. Perhaps most troubling, Washington has seemingly adopted a de facto containment policy almost by default, concluding that there are no feasible alternatives, despite rising Chinese anger. Before we continue down that path, we should at least assess more seriously whether other, less confrontational and more sustainable, options exist.


    One admittedly controversial option would be to accept the likelihood that China, by virtue of its greater population and mounting economic and military capabilities, is destined to become the dominant power in East Asia. Even the hint of recognizing Chinese regional pre-eminence, though, always produces shrill allegations of "appeasement." And that term has an especially odious connotation because of the disastrous appeasement policy that the Western powers pursued toward Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s.

    But so-called appeasement has a much longer and more productive history than the calamitous 1930s model would suggest. Indeed, the United States was the principal beneficiary of a milder version that Britain adopted in the 1890s.

    In response to a nasty boundary dispute between Venezuela and a neighboring British colony, London faced a stark choice. It could confront an increasingly powerful United States, which was mightily annoyed at what it perceived as a challenge to Washington's cherished Monroe Doctrine barring European interference in the Western Hemisphere. The alternative was to concede that the United States was now the dominant power in that region and to accept Washington's policy preferences. British officials chose the latter course, a move that ended decades of tensions between the two countries over various issues and created the foundation for what would ultimately become an extremely close alliance.

    U.S. officials need to at least consider whether a similar concession might create the basis for a new, far less contentious, relationship with China while still protecting important American interests in the Western Pacific.

    In other words, is it time to recognize a Chinese equivalent of the Monroe Doctrine in East Asia -- accepting that China is now the pre-eminent regional power? There are essential caveats to such a dramatic policy shift. At a minimum, Beijing would need to embrace not only the original logic of the Monroe Doctrine, but also the so-called Roosevelt Corollary. The latter, adopted during Theodore Roosevelt's administration, promised Britain and the other European powers that the United States would maintain order in the Western Hemisphere and discipline irresponsible governments in the region.

    That requirement would have direct applicability to a preeminent role by Beijing in East Asia. Specifically, China would need to accept responsibility for preventing rogue powers like North Korea from disrupting regional peace and tranquility. Even if that meant direct Chinese action to remove an offending regime in Pyongyang, Beijing would need to be willing to undertake such action. Reducing the danger of North Korean aggression against its East Asian neighbors (and perhaps someday even against the United States) would provide a significant benefit to America.

    Beijing's willingness to undertake that responsibility would be a crucial prerequisite for any U.S. decision to accept China's regional preeminence. Unwillingness on Beijing's part to embrace the role of stabilizer would greatly reduce the appeal of a more accommodating U.S. policy.

    Even with a responsible Chinese policy, there would be significant obstacles and objections to U.S. recognition of a Chinese equivalent of the Monroe Doctrine. Two problems especially stand out.

    The United States was, by far, the leading power in the Western Hemisphere by the late 19th century, and it would become even more dominant in the subsequent decades. Countries such as Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina were no more than anemic competitors. Britain could proceed with confidence that, if it conceded hemispheric preeminence to the United States, Washington could maintain stability without serious challenge.


    Today's geostrategic environment in East Asia is much more complex. Although China is the leading regional power, it faces a credible competitor in Japan, which is also a U.S. treaty ally. Not only would Washington have to extricate itself from the alliance with Japan, there is no certainty that Tokyo would accept second place in the regional status hierarchy. The prospects for stability in East Asia, therefore, would be murkier.

    An even more serious obstacle to applying the Monroe Doctrine model to East Asia is the great difference in political systems between the United States and China. It was reasonably easy for London to concede regional primacy to Washington, since both countries were liberal, capitalist democracies. Moreover, both of them shared major cultural features. Such unifying factors are absent in the Sino-American relationship. China is still a one-party, nominally communist, state, and it would not be easy for U.S. policymakers to place trust regarding geostrategic behavior in such a country.

    Still, Washington should not summarily dismiss the Monroe Doctrine model as a basis for U.S. policy toward China in the coming decades. Given Beijing's rapidly rising economic and military clout, it will become difficult, perhaps prohibitively so, for Washington to maintain U.S. hegemony in a region thousands of miles distant from the American homeland.

    Officially or tacitly accepting Chinese primacy in East Asia may prove to be the least bad option available. And if China should gradually democratize, that option may become quite reasonable and attractive. In any case, U.S. policymakers need to consider alternatives to the fraying congagement model before a crisis erupts in relations with Beijing.

    the writer's a fool to even think you can apply that to China. Recognizing her as an imminent regional power will only embolden her in pursuing other nations territory,e.g., the Spratlys, Senkaku, Taiwan, India. There's no assurance that she will be a responsible power when this early on, she's acting like a bully in the region. Also, do they think the neighborhood will accept that specially Japan?! Ka iritang isipin man lang na "hawak" ng China ang East Asia instead of the United States. For sure they will enforce their communistic ideology across, lalong ma-embolden din mga maka kaliwa satin.
  • ^ natatawa nga ako sa mga leftist eh, isang component ng impeachment campaign nila against the President is yung Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Ginagamit nila yung Flaw ng Batas para mag mukha sila Patriotic Kuno. Pero Intrusion ng China wala sila Say...mga !@# lang talaga

    -- edited by hatake_kakashi on Aug 28 2014, 08:49 AM
  • hahaha,

    untouchables talaga ang AKBAYAN. lol
  • hahaha,

    untouchables talaga ang AKBAYAN. lol

    The principle is Participatory Democracy. As long as they are willing to cooperate and support government programs, why not? Besides, Akbayan is a kind of a
    Reformist (moderate) and Parliamentary (above ground) type of Left leaning organization. Napakalayo naman nila kumpara sa extreme Lefts na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa binibitiwan ang armed struggle as their principal form of struggle.

    -- edited by gerod on Aug 28 2014, 01:30 PM
  • think of them as a decoy. if they didnt exist all leftist young people would go into the hills. this way meron silang choice. less ang number of npa recruits kasi iba mapupunta sa akbayan

    they are annoying yes but thats the price you pay

    -- edited by BigHouseOnGeidiPrime on Aug 28 2014, 03:35 PM
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    new cartoon aims to foster unity between chinese ethnic groups and the Han chinese majority, as well as foster anti western sentiment (looks like european ang kontrabida). Is this propaganda?

    disney princess style

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    -- edited by BigHouseOnGeidiPrime on Aug 29 2014, 09:40 AM
  • Kaunti na lang pala matapos na ang bagong Air Base ng PLA sa door step ng pinas....

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    MANILA, Philippines - Aside from a newly established islet at the reclaimed Mabini (Johnson South) Reef, China’s reclamation projects are also in full swing on three more reefs within the Philippines’ Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in the disputed Spratlys archipelago.

    In a territorial aerial monitoring conducted recently, security officials saw that China’s reclamation activities were ongoing at the Burgos (Gaven) Reef, Kennan (Chigua) Reef and Calderon (Cuarteron) Reef.

    “While our political leaders are busy squabbling, out there in the West Philippine Sea we are slowly losing our very territorial domain to China’s creeping invasion,” said a security official, who blamed the leadership’s long-time neglect in addressing the country’s territorial issues.

    Burgos Reef

    In May, it was initially monitored that a small structure was built at Burgos Reef. After just one month, the entire area was reclaimed with several vessels and barges being used by China in establishing an artificial islet out of the outcrop.

    Last month, it was monitored that a kite-like islet has already come out of the reef with concrete breaker reinforcement.

    Kennan Reef

    At Kennan Reef – an area between Sin Cowe Islet and Sin Cow East Reef, two areas being occupied by Vietnamese forces in the disputed region – Chinese reclamation activities were monitored on what used to be an obscure outcrop.

    Last April, the Chinese were monitored to be dredging waterways in the area to deepen the approaches toward Kennan Reef, using the excavated materials composed of corals, sand and rocks.

    Three months later, China was able to establish a golf cub-like artificial islet with several structures including a helipad. Heavy equipment like bulldozers, backhoe, cranes and supply ships were also monitored and believed to be constructing a cemented airfield nearby.

    Aerial monitoring conducted last June 29 found an increase in Chinese activities in the area, most noticeable of which was an increased number of construction equipment and materials and shipping containers being used as workers’ shelter.

    Calderon Reef

    In May, the military’s air territorial patrol monitored the presence of a number of Chinese vessels in the vicinity of Calderon Reef. Located further south near Malaysian waters, Calderon Reef is still part of the KIG and within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

    But aerial photographs taken on July 29 show ongoing development in the reef, which has already increased in land area with a semi-enclosed marina.

    Mabini Reef

    At Mabini Reef, which has been fully reclaimed by China, Chinese activities are now shifting to the construction of structures, including a blue building with newly planted palm trees on its front lawn.

    Heavy equipment and files of construction materials like steel scaffolding are in the area. There is also a huge vessel with cranes and booms building a pier.

    President Aquino yesterday confirmed that China’s reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea continue and reiterated his call on Beijing to defuse tension in the disputed waters.

    The President also said the Philippines would continue to push for arbitration before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and for the code of conduct to govern claimant-countries’ behavior in disputed areas.

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China are drafting the code of conduct.

    Busy kasi sa mga PDAP, Ice Bucket Challenge, etc.

    -- edited by eapi_tech on Aug 29 2014, 11:23 AM
  • iba na talaga ang panahon ngayon... kahit UN wala magawa dyan... gyera muna bago kikilos...

    baka di magtagal... yung israel-gaza at ukraine-russia mangyari narin sa pinas. tsk. tsk. tsk...
  • Sana matupad ang lahat ng ito sa term ni PNoy

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  • ^kung supportive lang ang both parties ng government at wala yang mga akbayan na yan madali yang makukuha. Buti pa ang Japan tinaasan nila ang budget sa defense at balak bumili ng drones at 6 F-35.

    Tayo wala paring balita sa frigate at mukhang chop chop pa ang gagawin. Parang walang kwenta yung pagkuha nila ng consultant mas lalong lumala.
  • Irish UN troops help one of 2 groups of filipino UN troops surrounded by syrian rebels

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    syrian rebels attack filipino UN troops, filipino troops fight back
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