Allies needed to help secure West Philippine Sea claims –Hontiveros

The Philippines should reach out to other countries to protect its legal claims in the West Philippine Sea instead of cowering before China, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros said. Hontiveros was responding to the comments made by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana downplaying China’s passage of a coast guard law that allows its patrols to use force against foreign vessels in the South China Sea which China claims in its entirety. Moreover, Hontiveros took offense over Lorenzana’s position that the Philippines cannot afford to antagonize China. “Dapat makipagtulungan na tayo sa mga…

New PH map with ‘West Philippine Sea’ name to be out soon – Namria

TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines — The new official government map showing the South China Sea being renamed as the West Philippine Sea could be out in two weeks’ time, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (Namria) said on Tuesday. John Fabic, Namria Information Management Department director, said the map would also show the extent of the country’s maritime borders based on its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone (ECZ) under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Law of the Sea. “We’ve seen the first draft. There’s a new appellation for that…

What every Juan should know about the West Philippine Sea

What should we do when another country claims our land? Should we keep mum about it? Allow them to use it? Or should we stand up and fight for our right? Jennifer Lopez during the US presidential inauguration sang, “This land is my land, this land is your land… This land was made for you and me.” The song written by Woodie Guthrie has always been sang to inspire and stir up fervor for love of country. Our countrymen must never lose hope and continue to fight for what is…

DVIDS – News – Waldorf, Md., Native serves aboard USS John S. McCain while conducting operations in the Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE SEA – A Waldorf, Md., native and 2015 Wakefield High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). Petty Officer Second Class Dondre Summers is a Fire Controlman, or FC, serving aboard John S. McCain, homeported out of Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Fire controlmen operate and maintain combat and weapons direction systems, surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems and gun fire control systems aboard U.S. Navy ships. “I enjoy the technical aspect of my rate,” said…

Biden likely to continue Trump’s tough South China Sea policy, says Philippine envoy

The United States under a Biden administration is likely to continue President Donald Trump’s tough policy on the South China Sea disputes and support the Philippines’ arbitral tribunal victory against China’s massive unlawful claim over the resource-rich waters, Manila’s top diplomat to Washington said Thursday. Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez said Biden’s close advisers suggested a continuity of the US policy, which recognizes the Netherlands-based Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in 2016 that invalidated China’s claim and declared that any Chinese assertion over the waters has no basis under the…

From the archives: Relive the greatest moment in Philippine basketball history

The sports page of the November 5, 1954 issue of the Manila Bulletin Perhaps the greatest accomplishment ever made in the history of Philippine basketball happened 66 years ago when the great Caloy Loyzaga led the Filipinos to a 66-60 win over France in the championship round of the FIBA World Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The win had an important significance as it put the Philippines closer to a third place finish in the tournament with one match remaining on its assignment in the eight-team championship round. Loyzaga…

Philippine approve resumption of energy projects in South China Sea – The Medi Telegraph

Manila – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the moratorium on petroleum exploration in the South China Sea, paving the way for three projects to resume, including a possible joint venture with China. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Thursday that service contractors were notified to resume energy-related activity in the area, which had been suspended from 2014 due to territorial disputes. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich in energy and marine resources. Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims. Last year Duterte…

Philippine plan to deploy militia in South China Sea raises concerns

Oct. 14 (UPI) — The Philippines is to deploy maritime militia in the South China Sea amid tensions with China, but politicians in Manila are concerned about the impact on Philippine fishermen. Sen. Risa Hontiveros of the political opposition said the militia to be sent to the West Philippine Sea should not be armed, The Inquirer reported Wednesday. “Those who should be armed in the country should only be the Armed Forces of the Philippines officers and Philippine National Police,” Hontiveros said. “I will really be worried if we proceed…

SWS president wants South China Sea renamed to ASEAN Sea – Latest Philippine politics news today

Last updated Sep 27, 2020 The president of polling firm Social Weather Stations (SWS) wants the South China Sea renamed as the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Sea due to its location and the Philippines’ 2016 arbitral win. SWS president Mahar Mangahas said naming the South China Sea after the Southeast Asian region is “much more appropriate” considering that it is almost entirely surrounded by member countries. “Ever since July 2016, when the Arbitral Tribunal on the Law of the Sea ruled that its ‘nine-dash line’ is spurious, it…

DND assures Philippine sovereignty even with Chinese companies in gov’t projects – UNTV News

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has slammed China for calling on the Philippines to stop conducting “illegal provocations” in the West Philippine Sea. In a statement, Lorenzana said it is China that should stop its illegal provocations in the disputed area, including its illegal occupation of territories that are within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as it has no right over the resource-rich region. “That area is within our EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) the Chinese have no right to claim they are enforcing…