Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN
summit held in Manila last April. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
n a recent article in Asia Times, William Pesek a Tokyo-based journalist and former columnist for Barron’s and
Bloomberg noted that President Rodrigo Duterte might be “shooting the
100 million-person (Philippine) nation in the proverbial foot?” with his
bloody war on drugs, instead of continuing to improve the economy he
inherited from former President Benigno Aquino—“an economy on the
ascendancy – from weak link to investment-grade growth star in just six
Duterte still has 5 years left on his
6-year term and can still get the country’s economy back on track
despite Standard & Poor’s recent warning of a possible downgrade. But he
has to get his priorities straight, move fast, and act decisively.
Also, Duterte needs to do a one-eighty on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) issue. The
Philippines achieved a highly significant victory with the United
Nations Arbitral Tribunal’s unanimous decision in its favor. Again,
instead of capitalizing on that “win” Duterte muddied the waters by
opening bilateral negotiations with China and alienating the United
States. It was only when he realized that Chinese President Xi Jinping
was prepared to give up nothing in exchange for the Philippines giving
up everything, that Duterte began to distance himself from China.
Again, Duterte can still has time to turn this issue
around. But, as we noted in previous articles, he must take the lead and
convince other countries to get on the Philippines' side. It was the
all that won the landmark case and it should be the country that
should lead the charge. Right now it is primarily the U.S., Japan, and
occasionally Australia that are defying China with their freedom of
navigation sail-bys and over-flights.
If Duterte demands that China, as a
signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),
follow the rule of law and abide by the UN tribunal’s ruling, other
world leaders will begin to back him. As a coalition of countries begins to
form, more will follow and China will realize that it cannot bully
its way into acquiring what the UN says belongs to the Philippines. Duterte will have to get his priorities straight, move fast, and act
decisively on this matter as well.
Will he be able to manage that or will he
simply continue to play his tough-guy role, while the Chinese see him as
a weakling. Only time will tell. Published 6/25/2017
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carries any shock value anymore, his surprising announcement on May 19
caused seismic tremors. At a Manila press conference on that day, Pres.
Duterte disclosed that while attending the “One Belt, One Road” summit
in Beijing on May 15, Chinese Premier China Xi Jinping warned him that
there would be war if the Philippines tried to enforce a United Nations
arbitration ruling and drill for oil in the West Philippine Sea ...
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and it may just happen without Congress doing its constitutional role to
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on a state visit to Russia, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial
law in Mindanao in response to a string of attacks by a band of
terrorists known as the Maute group. During a press conference on his
arrival back in Manila, Duterte mentioned the killing and decapitation
of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief of Malabang, as well as
arson and fighting in the streets of Marawi ...
Dominguez stated recently that the mining industry requires good
governance and transparency to ensure that it contributes to
development. We agree. That is why closing and suspending those mines
that violated the Mining Act (RA 7942) and other environmental laws were
necessary. Our alliance sincerely believes that the results of the
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administration of President Rodrigo Duterte received a stunning rebuke
from the United Nations’ Human Rights Council in its just released draft
report on the Philippines. Duterte’s war on drugs and the alleged
extra-judicial killing of thousands of Filipinos appears to be widely
condemned by the international community ...
am a proud San Franciscan with the honor of being the first Filipino
elected to public office in my city serving four terms in the San
Francisco Community College Board from 1992 through 2008. City College
of San Francisco has a Filipino student population of 3,800 in our main
Ocean campus of 38,000 students. In my last term, we had a total
population of 110,000 students in our 10 San Francisco campuses, the
largest community college in California ...
Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat is set to file a resolution urging
the Lower House to immediately conduct an investigation into the alleged
secret police cell in a Manila station where drug suspects are allegedly
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people celebrated earth Day all across the planet, Filipinos need to
take pause and start championing our planet’s welfare in earnest. The
Philippines once had an abundance of natural resources: lush forests,
crystal-clear rivers and streams, and all manner of flora and fauna ...
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undergoing, a prelude of how President Rodrigo Duterte intends to deal
with those who oppose him: first, malign them in the public’s eye, then
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it his personal mission to steer the country away from the United States
and towards China. And while generations of Filipinos have seen their
country as one of America’s staunchest allies in the region, many have
followed the president and now look to China as the Philippines’ new
“best friend” ...
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and the National Democratic Front (NDF) signed an interim agreement that
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Communist rebel group and the Philippine Army ...
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former United States citizens who relinquished their nationality and
whose relinquishment is memorialized in the official “Federal Register”
of distinguished former US citizens ...
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countries and national boundaries were already in existence. When there
were no immigration laws people moved freely from one place to another.
Famines, wars, natural disasters, plagues, poverty, personal problems,
economic reasons, political oppression, etc. are the usual reasons for
affectionate Filipino term for a deportable alien in the U.S. is “TNT”,
short for “Tago ng Tago” or always hiding. It also stands for “Takot na
Takot” or very afraid. These two translations of the acronyms accurately
describe their ever fearful state since President Trump’s Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents began rounding up TNTs from
countries all over the world in the last two weeks ...
idea of a Women’s March in Washington, DC first arose on November 9 when
a Hawaiian grandmother posted on her Facebook page that she wanted to
protest the election of Donald Trump on the day after his inaugural. Her
simple suggestion quickly spread like a prairie fire on social media and
concrete plans for a January 21 Women’s March on Washington were laid
out with the goal of sending a message to Trump and to the world that
“women’s rights are human rights” ...
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DepEd statement on attack of armed rebels in North Cotabato schools
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Duterte’s first year ‘felt like three years’ in office
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