Duterte spokesman of China in WPS tiff?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 9, 2021 - 12:00am
China may not need a full-time ambassador in Manila to speak for it and look after the interests of its nationals on issues involving the West Philippine Sea.
Locsin cursing China impolite, but justified
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 6, 2021 - 12:00am
Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. was not running out of paper for diplomatic protests, but must have been losing patience, when he hurled Monday a curse-laced message at China over its occupation and claim of sovereignty...
But nobody’s asking Duterte to wage war
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 4, 2021 - 12:00am
Nobody is pushing President Duterte to wage war with China to stop its aggressive encroachments and unfriendly activities in the West Philippine Sea.
Let’s pay off China’s COVID vax donations
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 2, 2021 - 12:00am
Has President Duterte’s accepting COVID-19 vaccine donations from China affected his handling of such sensitive issues as Filipino fishermen’s survival, Chinese occupation of the West Philippine Sea and...
When we joined 26 COVID ‘millionaires’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 29, 2021 - 12:00am
The Philippines gained entry Monday into the Millionaires’ Club of, so far, 26 nations that have logged more than one million coronavirus infections among the 220 countries and territories ravaged by the COVID-19...
Anti-Asian crime bill gets bipartisan push
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 27, 2021 - 12:00am
Bipartisan support in the US Congress is pushing legisla­tion to improve community relations, law enforcement and allied programs for better protection of Asian Americans, including some four million FilAms,...
Bongbong has until May 7 to file an MR
April 25, 2021 - 12:00am
Contrary to a misimpression, the decision of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal dismissing for lack of merit the protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo...
Virtual surrender of WPS to China?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 22, 2021 - 12:00am
Watching President Duterte’s “Talk to the People” show Monday night, we were jolted toward the end of his report when he virtually surrendered to China the West Philippine Sea, or parts of it, without...
When Filipinos help one another in crisis
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 20, 2021 - 12:00am
Written large on the wall is the message of the Community Pantry that was set up first on Maginhawa Street in Quezon City then in multiple other places visited by hunger in this time of the pandemic.
Duterte’s pro-China bias politically costly
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 18, 2021 - 12:00am
The political support of key sectors for President Duterte is being eroded by the pro-China bias tainting the avowed independence of his foreign policy and the effectiveness of his campaign to tame the COVID-19...
Philippines drifting to Sino-Russo orbit
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 15, 2021 - 12:00am
Three months into his presidency, erstwhile Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte announced his country’s “separation” from America and started talking of the Beijing-Manila-Moscow axis playing in his...
Duterte swamped by issues on China
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 13, 2021 - 12:00am
Duterte swamped by issues on China The plate of President Duterte is overflowing with Chinese chop suey whose smell indicates that it may start to spoil if left untouched any longer.
Duterte’s absence raises speculations
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 11, 2021 - 12:00am
Absence did not make the heart grow fonder in the case of President Duterte, whose whereabouts remained a mystery for almost a week while Chinese interlopers continued to harass Filipinos in their own maritime areas...
Duterte needs wider counsel on WPS tiff
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 8, 2021 - 12:00am
President Duterte should come out of his Davao redoubt and seek wider consultation on the escalating dispute over military outposts built by China in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, a situation that...
Let COVID rage till close to 2022 polls?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 6, 2021 - 12:00am
There is this theory going around, and gaining currency among many onlookers bracing for the unseen virus hitting them, that President Duterte is in no hurry to tame the raging COVID-19 pandemic before the 2022 election...
Wash people’s feet, not kiss the ground
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 1, 2021 - 12:00am
Maundy Thursday today commemorates the Last Supper, where Christ laid out the template for the Eucharist as he gave the order (maundy comes from the Latin word for “command”) to the disciples to “Love...
Virtually anointing the sick under ECQ+
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 30, 2021 - 12:00am
How do we comfort those who are terminally ill or weakened by advanced age but are stuck at home or confined in a hospice and in addition to medical attention want to receive the sacrament of the anointing of the...
China eyes another ‘cabbage capture’?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 28, 2021 - 12:00am
Expansionist moves of China in the region’s common sea, most of which it claims on the basis of dubious historical rights, are wrapped in stealth and duplicity when Beijing needs to explain them.
Church, Palace clash on Holy Week rules
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 25, 2021 - 12:00am
A clash over COVID-19 restrictions for Holy Week is shaping up between Malacañang and the bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila over a tightened government ban on mass gatherings in the national capital and...
Du30 order awaited on Sino militia ships
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 23, 2021 - 12:00am
How will President Duterte, a good friend of China President Xi Jinping, handle the dilemma between accepting Xi’s donation of COVID-19 vaccines and asking for the withdrawal of the offensive swarm of Chinese...
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