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China and The Philippines' Dual South China Sea Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 6:57 AM

China is not happy about Tuesday's ruling at The Hague, which stated that its de facto expropriation of islands throughout the South China Sea is illegal. The Annex VII Tribunal situated at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague ruled that China's 9-dash line is "incompatible" with the...

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Duterte and 'The System'

(9) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 8:58 AM

The people of the Philippines have spoken and Rodrigo Duterte is the presumptive president-elect. Based on the size of his victory, the electorate has clearly had enough of crime-ridden streets, rampant corruption, nepotism, political circuses, and business as usual. They have elected a man who has promised to clean it...

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Why the Philippines Should Vote for Poe

(91) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 9:24 AM

Six years ago the Philippines faced a critical choice in its presidential election, and its voters ended up making the right choice. The election of President Aquino in 2010 was the smartest thing the Filipino people could have done - for their country and for themselves. The country was falling...

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China Should Be Concerned About the Hague Tribunal

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 7:34 AM

On October 29th, in a unanimous decision, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague issued its first, preliminary ruling concerning whether the Tribunal has 'jurisdiction' over the issues raised by the Philippines against China's so called 'nine-dash line' in the South China Sea. The Tribunal held that in about...

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Aquino's Legacy in the Philippines

(81) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:27 AM

Many may not realize it, but Bloomberg predicts that the Philippines will be the second fastest growing economy in the world in 2015 -- a stunning achievement for a country that has for many years been considered an under performer. Since 2010, GDP growth under President Benigno S. Aquino III...

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China's Territorial Claim at Risk in the South China Sea

(18) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 9:04 AM

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague has announced that in July it will be holding the first hearing on the 2013 arbitration case the Philippines filed against China questioning the legal validity of China's '9-dash line' claim over the South China Sea. Since China has refused to...

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A Premature Peace Deal in the Philippines

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Following a number of recent setbacks in the elusive search for a lasting peace in Mindanao, the Philippine Congress is trying to rush the passage of the Bangsamoro 'Basic Law' -- a major component of the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro -- in the hope of enacting the law...

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China's Challenge in the South China Sea

(39) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:11 AM

As a rising global power, and being the largest and most important economy and military power in Asia, China has had the luxury of being able to do more or less whatever it wants in challenging its neighbors over disputed land and sea claims -- knowing that in all likelihood,...

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The Missing Marcos Billions and the Demise of the Commission on Good Government

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 9:07 AM

The recent seizure of works of art believed to have been acquired through ill-gotten wealth by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos are a reminder of the enduring political legacy of the Marcos family. Leading the seizure were representatives of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, whose mandate to recover the Marcos...

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Will Peace in Mindanao be Held Hostage by Politics in Congress?

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 11:12 AM

President Aquino has taken some bold moves during his presidency in an effort to achieve peace regarding the decades-long dispute over autonomy in Mindanao. This week the Aquino Administration delivered a 122-page "final draft" of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to the Philippine Congress. The question now is whether Congress...

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Aquino Challenges Filipinos to Reject the Status Quo

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Following relentless attacks and a string of impeachment charges against Philippine President Aquino for having allegedly instituted his own "presidential pork barrel," we argued in a recent article that even with majority support from Congress, political dynamics may drastically change once Aquino delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address...

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Circus Politics Is Alive and Well in the Philippines

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Anyone familiar with Philippine politics will recognize the circus-like atmosphere that prevails on an ongoing basis, and how that often manifests itself in the judicial arena. We previously questioned whether the plunder charges leveled against former Philippine President Arroyo would ultimately stand, or be torn apart by a combination of...

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Can the Peace Dividend Last in the Philippines?

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 1:25 PM

In February we questioned whether the newest power and wealth sharing agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) over resource-rich Mindanao would ultimately be meaningful and lasting. The primary issue was the absence of inclusivity with other rebel political actors in Midanao. The MILF have...

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Can 'Peace' Last in the Philippines?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:56 PM

When the Moro National Liberation Front declared independence in August last year, many thought that President Aquino's latest peace deal with the Moro insurgents in Mindanao would need to be scuttled. Just a month after the declaration of independence of a "Bangsamoro Republik," MNLF leader Nur Misuari tried to hoist...

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Mindanao's Rebellion: Aquino Is Running Out of Time

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 7:13 AM

Since serious negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) culminated in the signing of the Framework Agreement between it and the government of the Philippines in 2012, the government had hoped that its decades-long battle with rebel movement in the southern Philippines was drawing to a close. It had...

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Does The Philippines Deserve Its Investment Grade?

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:42 PM

Over the past decade the Philippines' sovereign credit rating oscillated between "negative" and "stable", reflecting concern about the ability of the government to collect sufficient tax revenue, manage its budget, and sustain a high rate of GDP growth. Three years ago, President Aquino embarked on a long overdue path to...

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Does The Philippines Deserve Its Investment Grade?

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Over the past decade the Philippines' sovereign credit rating oscillated between "negative" and "stable," reflecting concern about the ability of the government to collect sufficient tax revenue, manage its budget, and sustain a high rate of GDP growth. Three years ago, President Aquino embarked on a long overdue path to...

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China, the Philippines and the Rule of Law

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 9:57 AM

As a rising global power, and being the largest and most important economy and military power in Asia, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has had the luxury of being able to do more or less whatever it wants in challenging its neighbors over disputed land and oil and gas...

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With Russia, America Should Embrace the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 8:30 AM

The U.S. Congress has had the option of waiving the restrictions placed on trade relations with Russia as a result of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment since 1989. Each year since that time, U.S. lawmakers have chosen to waive the trade restrictions. But earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted...

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Monkey Business as Usual in the Philippines

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 3:30 PM

In July we pondered whether and to what degree former Philippine President Arroyo's release on bail would be indicative of the eventual verdict in the electoral sabotage and plunder charges against her. We also wondered to what extent public perception of the prosecution's evidence in both cases will...

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