Anyone can stand up to China’s bullying

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At the best of times, hostilities between nations are the exclusive domain of the ambassadors. At worst, they are the province of the generals tasked to apply martial solutions to the problem. Tensions between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China are no different in that they leave the man-on-the-street with no scope for involvement […]

Timeline: Kalayaan Sheltered Port project (Updated for May 2014)

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Note: This article has been updated on to include information about House Bill 4167

The fishermen and municipal workers and families that live on Pag-asa Island comprise the most isolated civilian community in the Republic of the Philippines. The island, the largest of eight (8) Philippine occupied coral outcroppings in the Municipality of Kalayaan, is approximately […]

PH brings China to UNCLOS arbitration

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Responding to continued Chinese refusal to end their occupation of Bajo de Masinloc / Panatag Shoal, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has announced that it would bring China before an Arbitration Tribunal in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The following is an excerpt of the DFA press […]

Chinese SSMs at our doorstep?

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The Sydney Morning Herald reported that at approximately 7PM, on July 11, 2012, a Chinese Jianghu V class frigate (#560) ran aground at Half Moon Shoal within the Philippine EEZ. Xinhua news confirmed the accident at what they referred to as Banyue Shoal but did not identify the vessel. This ship is no stranger to […]

Stand Up for Scarborough Shoal (Bajo Masinloc)

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See USPPG.org for details

The following report by the Philippine Information Agency chronicles the state of the Stand Off as of May 2, 2012. For background on the current crisis, see the following discussion on Timawa.net: BRP Gregorio del Pilar engages Chinese ships near Scarborough Shoal.

Chinese sea vessels remain in Panatag shoal says NOLCOM […]

Why the Philippines cannot afford to appear to be goading China

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The US cannot declare war in response to its Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines without Congressional approval. Such approval will understandably take time. The Philippines’ hope, therefore, lies with the man in the Oval Office — the President of the United States (POTUS) — who has the power to commit US forces to combat […]

PN confirms Dallas as next WHEC

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The Philippine Navy officially acknowledged on its Website that it had sent a Joint Visual Inspection (JVI) team to the US, from October 31 to November 5, to inspect the USCGC Dallas (WHEC-716) in Charleston, North Carolina. This confirms the PN press release shared on the Timawa.net forum on November 7, 2011 at 10:53 […]

Primer: Mischief Reef

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Timawa.net/forum discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=27691.0

The Spratly / Kalayaan Island Group issue made its way to Philippine consciousness in 1995 when China built structures on a hitherto unoccupied submerged atoll appropriately called “Mischief Reef”.  The following New York Times story was one of the articles that heralded the event to the world:

New York Times archive

The reef […]

Daunting PH coastline

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There is no clearer illustration of the staggering capability shortcomings of the Armed Forces of the Philippines than a juxtaposition of the Philippine Navy’s theme for 2010: “Naval dominance for 7,107 islands” with its actual capabilities. On paper, a little over 70 boats of various sizes give the Philippine Fleet its maritime patrol capability. However only […]

Protecting oil exploration efforts

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Timawa.net\forum discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=26492.0

The current series of Malampaya funded acquisitions for both the Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force are reportedly driven by the following Presidential Proclamation:

Presidential Proclamation #72

http://www.doe.gov.ph/ER/pdf/PN72.pdf

ESTABLISHING SAFETY AND EXCLUSION ZONES FOR OFFSHORE NATURAL GAS WELLS, FLOWLINES, PLATFORM, PIPELINES, LOADING BUOY AND OTHER RELATED FACILITIES FOR THE MALAMPAYA DEEP WATER […]