Manila frowns at China law on firing at sea

BW FILE PHOTO THE PHILIPPINES on Monday said the use of force is prohibited under international law, as China passed a law allowing its coast guard to fire at foreign vessels in the South China Sea. “The use of force is generally prohibited,” presidential spokesman Harry L. Roque told an online news briefing. States may use force in self-defense or when authorized by the United Nations (UN) Security Council, he added. Any laws passed by nations must be according to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which…

‘2034,’ Part I: Peril in the South China Sea

The third update was most puzzling of all. The controls of the F-35, the one whose flight had brought Chowdhury into the Situation Room early that snowy Monday morning, had locked up. The pilot was working through every contingency, but at this moment, he was no longer in control of his aircraft. “If the pilot isn’t flying it, and we’re not doing it remotely from the carrier, then who the hell is?” Chowdhury snapped at Hendrickson. A junior White House staffer interrupted them. “Dr. Chowdhury,” she said, “the Chinese defense…

Bill filed reviving ROTC for college students

MANILA, Philippines – A bill has been filed at the House of Representatives seeking the revival of the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) to instill patriotism among college students in the face of disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea. Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian is making a push for the return of the ROTC program as a prerequisite for graduation among tertiary level students through House Bill 2338. In an explanatory note, the congressman said the ROTC would be a means of “inculcating in the youth patriotism…