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China Refuses to Back down in the South China Sea

China Refuses to Back down in the South China Sea

China will not back down in the South China Sea. As tensions between China and countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam continue to escalate, China’s top military officer brought a simple message of defiance to a Defense Department press conference in Washington. General Fang Fenghui, chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, said […]

China Claims Deserted Island in the South China Sea

China Claims Deserted Island in the South China Sea

Photos released by the Philippine government show the Chinese reclaiming a small island reef in the South China Sea. The military surveillance photos support the Filipino contention that the Chinese have clearly violated a regional agreement to prevent tensions from escalating in the area. Charles Jose, a Foreign Affairs Department spokesman for the Philippines, said […]

Obama Visited Philippines Talked About Defense Pact

Obama Visited Philippines Talked About Defense Pact

It was recently announced that President Obama visited the Philippines as part of an Asian tour and while there he talked about a defense pact with the country. Reports confirm that the U.S. and the Philippines have indeed come to an agreement for a new 10-year defense pact that is to allow increased presence of […]

Good Friday Observance Has Filipinos Being Crucified

Good Friday Observance Has Filipinos Being Crucified

Roman Catholics in the Philippines celebrated Holy Week in an intriguing way once again this year. Filipinos in the northern provinces of the country observed Good Friday by being crucified. As part of an annual re-enactment, Roman Catholics primarily in the Pampanga province of the Philippines allowed actors fully clad in the garb of ancient Roman […]

Philippine Diplomacy Blunts Chinese Expansion

Philippine Diplomacy Blunts Chinese Expansion

  This June 40 sailors from the Philippine navy will land on the island of Southwest Cay. Philippine diplomacy is meant to blunt Chinese expansion into the South China Sea. Located in the Spratly Islands, South Vietnam lured the Filipino garrison away in 1975 by inviting them to a party and landing troops on the […]

Philippines Goes Against Church and Upholds Family Planning Law

Philippines Goes Against Church and Upholds Family Planning Law

For more than 15 years, the Catholic Church in the Philippines led a successful crusade against any form of family planning laws. All that changed on Tuesday when the country’s highest court denied appeals against the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act. Known as the RH Law, it requires that sex education be taught in schools and […]

Philippines Risks Politics for Rights to South China Sea

Philippines Risks Politics for Rights to South China Sea

The Philippines took a risky political move Monday by filing an arbitration request against China to the United Nations, over disputed rights to the South China Sea. The 4,000 page memorial details evidence of what the Philippines claims is an illegal occupation of the South China Sea by China, in at least eight sea shoals […]

Philippines China Rivalry: Geopolitics of the South China Sea

Philippines China Rivalry: Geopolitics of the South China Sea

On Sunday, the Republic of the Philippines filed with the UN for arbitration on its ongoing territorial dispute with the People’s Republic of China. At issue is the control of the tiny Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The Filipino filing comes right after an incident that occurred Saturday, wherein a pair of Chinese […]

Philippines and Muslim Rebels Seal Historic Peace Accord

Philippines and Muslim Rebels Seal Historic Peace Accord

The Philippines and the Muslim rebels sealed the historic final peace agreement Saturday, ending the decades-long rebellion in the southern part of the country. Officials of the Philippines and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, have signed the last annex of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According […]

Philippine Government and Rebels Agreed on Peace Accord

Philippine Government and Rebels Agreed on Peace Accord

On Saturday, the Philippine government and Muslim rebels agreed on a peace accord to end the insurgency. The two groups finalized the details, and many people hope this peace accord will end more than 40 years of violence. The agreement will create a self-governing Muslim region south of the predominantly Christian country, giving the responsibility […]

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