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Working in lockstep

THE trilateral summit in Washington, DC among the United States, the Philippines and Japan raises the bulletin board as the three are determined to conduct more naval training and exercises in what is seen as a potential flashpoint in the South China Sea. This, as the Philippines, which has had …

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Trilateral cooperation

THE significant trilateral summit in Washington White House among President Joe Biden as host and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is seen as a firm gear for the security of the Indo-Pacific region. Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil, in a statement soon after President Marcos returned …

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Should mandatory ROTC be revived?

THOSE pushing for the revival of the Reserve Officers Training Corps or ROTC anchor their position on Section 4 of Article II of the 1987 Constitution. The section provides: “The prime duty of the Government is to serve and protect the people. The Government may call upon the people to …

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On the alert with El Niño

All that may illustrate the impact of the El Niño weather phenomenon is the sustained heat index across the country in April – ranging from 35 degrees Celsius in Manila’s outskirts to 42 degrees C in Ilocos Norte. El Niño has been underway since July last year, with the Philippine …

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Renewed push for legislated wage hike

Do not underestimate the persistent push by the labor sector for government to grant an across-the-board hike in the daily minimum wage. That may well be our unsolicited advice to the government as we believe labor groups from various political persuasions are unlikely to give up their petition for a …

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Amnesty for rebels

We hailed the proclamation issued by the Marcos administration last November granting amnesty to former members of four rebel groups, including the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF). We said then this was an important step forward in restoring peace after decades of armed conflict. But …

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The Washington trilateral summit

THIS Friday (Philippine time), US President Joe Biden will host Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in a White House summit intended to reinforce trilateral maritime cooperation in the South China Sea. This is a first-of-their kind meetings by the United States and its two …

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Boosting defense ties

ASIAN nations will have their eyes and ears glued to Washington this week with the scheduled trilateral summit aimed at boosting defense ties, following the four-way military drills in the South China Sea with Australia. Military and diplomatic observers say this is a key upgrade of US defense ties with …

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Beijing’s propaganda on WPS

Amid what appears to be a deliberate campaign by Beijing to distort the truth about what’s really happening in our Exclusive Economic Zone in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro has correctly warned Filipinos not to believe any ‘‘Chinese propaganda’’ on the issue. The Defense Secretary urged the …

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Dissonant voices

Echoes from so many voices, including the silent ones who speak a lot. Like on March 27, former president Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque said the former had struck a “status quo agreement” with China allowing the Philippines to deliver “only water and food” to Filipino troops stationed at BRP …

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