[From the web] Hong Kong suspends controversial extradition bill after mass protests -CNN Philippines

(CNN) — Hong Kong will suspend a controversial China extradition bill, its leader said Saturday, in an apparent bid to quell further unrest and mass demonstrations throughout the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Speaking after consultations with lawmakers, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said passage of the bill would be suspended and a second reading due to take…

[In the news] China repeating mistakes of past international creditors: civil society group -ABS-CBN news

A civil society group on Sunday said China was repeating the mistakes of international creditors from the 1970s by imposing “conditionalities” on its loans. Lidy Nacpil, coordinator Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development, said that like in the 1970s, China has been imposing conditionalities on its loans such as choosing Chinese companies and workers…

[People] The Pacific Pivot and Its Regional Consequences. By Walden Bello

The Pacific Pivot and Its Regional Consequences By Walden Bello (Conference on “North Korea and Beyond,”  Center of Korean Studies, Binghamton University, April 25, 2014.) President Obama is currently in East Asia on a much-publicized tour to tout his so-called “Pacifc Pivot” or “Rebalancing.”  He is slated to visit Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and Malaysia,…

[Press Release] Philippines Visit Should Highlight Rights -HRW

Australia: Philippines Visit Should Highlight Rights Foreign Minister Should Raise Concerns About Paralyzed Criminal Justice System (Sydney, December 6, 2013) – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop should ensure that human rights are a part of her discussions with Filipino leaders, Human Rights Watch said today. She will visit the Philippines from December 7 to 8,…

[Blog] The Philippines must continue standing up against China with the help of International Law and the ASEAN by Jose Mario De Vega

The Philippines must continue standing up against China with the help of International Law and the ASEAN I refer to Amado Doronila’s analysis “Deal with China? Winner takes all”, PDI, August 5, 2013 As he reported: “The Philippines’ second warship acquired from the United States, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, arrived on Sunday at the former…

[Blog] The most outrageous use of “Doublespeak”: The People’s Daily as the warmonger mouthpiece of China’s so-called ‘Communist Party’ by Jose Mario De Vega

The most outrageous use of “Doublespeak”: The People’s Daily as the warmonger mouthpiece of China’s so-called ‘Communist Party’ I refer to the Reuter’s “China media warn’s Philippines of “counterstrike” in South China Sea”, June 29th. As reported by Sui-Lee Wee and edited by Michael Perry: “China’s state media warned on Saturday that a “counterstrike” against…

[People] The fishing wars by Fr. Shay Cullen

The fishing wars by Fr. Shay Cullen Last week, a Taiwanese fisherman died when a Philippine Coast Guard patrol boat open-fired after one of the four Taiwanese fishing vessels reportedly tried to ram the coast guard vessel. The incident occurred 43 nautical miles east of Balintang Island, in the West Philippine Sea well inside the…

[Blog] THE SABAH ISSUE: The Betrayal to the Republic of the Philippines of Mr. Aquino by Jose Mario De Vega

THE SABAH ISSUE: The Betrayal to the Republic of the Philippines of Mr. Aquino I concur with the statement of the Anonymous Philippines (February 28th) that President Aquino‘s February 26, 2013 statement on Sabah issue is problematic. In fact, I will even argue that the pronouncement of Mr. Aquino is unpatriotic and treasonous. Whatever little…