Yasay speaks for me and I trust him – President Duterte

Hmmm. I wonder why President Duterte felt the need to go on the air himself to squelch rumors that Yasay was out. - President Rodrigo Duterte's Statement on Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Malacañan Palace, Good afternoon.

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Are you going to Scarborough Shoal?

Or how South China Sea ruling affects Filipino and Chinese fishermen - Exclusive By Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr. - I hope the following will only be the first of several pieces summarizing different aspects of the Award in the Philippines v. China arbitration and explaining their implications. As I was writing this, I could not help but recall the first ever lectures I had in my life on international law and the law of the sea that I attended (in French!) at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies) in 1980-81.

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How to read the 501-page tribunal ruling on the South China Sea

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My brother-in-law can't help being the professor that he is. This morning, he excitedly told me that he had finished a short piece on how to read the 501-page ruling. Has he read it, I asked him, because I wanted him to write about it. He said he would need to print out everything first in order to examine it page by page. That's how thorough he is. Meanwhile, he'd like to share this guide with his former International Studies students and with anyone who is interested to wade through this formidable ruling, which China has dismissed as "garbage" and mere scraps of paper. I was lucky enough to get Professor Jose Maria Sison's reaction to the ruling. But not those of former President Benigno Aquino III and former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario :( I will post Sison's reaction separately, as well as what Chinese experts are saying about this momentous issue. - raissa

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If Philippines wins South China Sea case, will President Duterte know what to do with it?

HK lawyer tries to derail South China Sea arbitration court ruling with last minute filing - By Raïssa Robles - In recent days, articles on the South China Sea dispute have been appearing in various newspapers abroad, including the South China Morning Post (HK) Today, my hubby’s opinion piece came out in SCMP. Alan explored the possible impact of a Duterte presidency on a ruling by the tribunal.

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Why Manila stopped giving Taiwanese fishing vessels a “safety corridor”

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles In 1991, the Philippine government established two sea lanes intended only as a shortcut for Taiwanese fishermen to take to the Pacific Ocean fishing grounds. Seven years later, Manila unilaterally removed these sea lanes. The reason, according to Rex Robles, a retired Navy Commodore, was that the Taiwanese fishermen used the pass-through-only sea lanes “to poach […]

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PH envoys handed Taiwan government drafts of Manila’s apology & position on shooting incident

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Even before the Taiwan government had received the official letter containing the Philippine apology for the death of the Taiwanese fisherman, Taipei already knew its contents, highly knowledgeable sources said. In fact, the Taiwan government already knew the contents of three previous drafts of the letter. This was because top officials of the Manila Economic and […]

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Taiwan, Manila may yet ink deal on deportations, despite rising PH-China tension over Spratlys – analysis

  [My editor at South China Morning Post (HK) allowed me to post this article I wrote together with SCMP’s Taipei correspondnt Lawrence Chung. I am posting this is in the hope that it will contribute to discussions on this hotly debated issue.] Taipei, Manila in talks on deportations Raïssa Robles in Manila and Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan has […]

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