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Enrile’s stance on WPS complements PRRD’s foreign policy

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   President Rodrigo Duterte (left) and former senator Juan Ponce Enrile (right) (Presidential photos) MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s stance on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) dispute complements President Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign policy to be “friends to all, and enemies to none,” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said on … Continue reading

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Duterte eyes meeting with predecessors to discuss West Philippine Sea dispute

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (File presidential photo) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed intent to meet with former presidents to discuss issues concerning the highly-contested West Philippine Sea (WPS), Malacañang said on Thursday. “Iniisip niya (Duterte) imbitahin ang mga dating mga Presidente, ilang mga personalidad para magkaroon ng isang pagpupulong ‘no to discuss the issue … Continue reading

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Upon JPE’s advice, Duterte decides to ignore critics on WPS issue

By Azer Parrocha   IGNORE CRITICS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile regarding the disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea prior to his talk to the people at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on Monday night (May 17, 2021). Enrile advised Duterte to ignore critics of the President’s … Continue reading

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President Duterte’s canceled debate with Carpio not cowardice

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Backing out of debate with retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio is not tantamount to President Rodrigo Duterte being a coward, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said on Saturday. This, after the hashtag #DuterteDuwag (Duterte is a coward) trended on Twitter on Friday after … Continue reading

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Duterte open to formal debate with Carpio

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to hold a formal debate with former Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) issue, Malacañang said on Thursday. This, after Carpio accepted Duterte’s challenge for a debate on the Philippines’ long-standing dispute with China in WPS. In … Continue reading

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President Duterte eyes probe into past admin’s withdrawal of PH ships in WPS

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  WHOSE PERMISSION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on Wednesday night (May 5, 2021). Duterte expressed his intent to launch a probe into the Philippines’ … Continue reading

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PH Navy to ink submarine rescue deal with strategic partners

By Priam Nepomuceno   Philippine Navy chief, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo (Photo courtesy of Naval Public Affairs Office) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The Philippine Navy (PN) on Monday said agreements with the country’s strategic partners regarding rescue and assistance will be crafted once construction of the country’s first-ever submarines is underway.  “It is planned that as soon … Continue reading

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Aquino, Cayetano clash over transparency in WPS

Aquino, Cayetano clash over transparency in WPS By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — Former president Benigno Aquino III and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday clashed over the issue of transparency in the two administrations’ dealings with China regarding the West Philippine Sea. Cayetano snapped back at Aquino and … Continue reading

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Carpio: Joint exploration deal on WPS must comply with Constitution

Carpio: Joint exploration deal on WPS must comply with Constitution By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said the proposed deal between the Philippines and China on the joint exploration of natural resources in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) must comply with the provisions of the Constitution. “As … Continue reading