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MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 31 May) – If we have lost our territories in the West Philippine Sea to China, blame it on the national leadership’s failure to appreciate the country’s true worth vis-à-vis the conflicting interests of Beijing and Washington in Asia-Pacific. The administration’s shortsightedness and lack of sense of history has prevented it […]

Duterte: Philippines to be “neutral” in US-China fight for global dominance

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 February) — The Philippines will maintain a “neutral” position in the bid for global dominance by China and US but warned them to recognize Philippines’ jurisdiction over the exclusive economic  zone or he “will order the navy to fire” at intruders. “But just the same, we cannot fight America, just […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Media. 27 April 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk MEDIA INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE FOLLOWING THE HIS JOINT STATEMENT WITH BRUNEI’S SULTAN HIS MAJESTY HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH [Malacañan, Palace | 27 April […]

CPP to Duterte: China an imperialist power too

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 October) — The Communist Party of the Philippines on Friday warned President Rodrigo Duterte to exercise caution in dealing with China which it views as a “burgeoning imperialist power.” In an article published in the October 21, 2016 issue of Ang Bayan, the CPP said China is confronting “a capitalist crisis in […]

Japan affirms support to PH in territorial row with China

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 August) – Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said his government has re-affirmed its commitment to support the Philippines in its territorial row with China over the West Philippines Sea but that the conflict must be resolved through peaceful means. In a joint press briefing Thursday afternoon at the Marco Polo Hotel, Kishida […]

CRUCIBLE: Sizing up Du30’s Grit

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands on 12 July 2016 on the Philippines’ case against China is perceived to be a “milestone” for the Philippines. Yet, it brought to a new time high the tension between the Philippines and China, as the latter […]

Philippines wins South China Sea case vs China

China has no legal basis to assert sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea and its “nine-dash line” is invalid, the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal said in a ruling released on Tuesday. In a statement Tuesday, the Tribunal said China has violated Philippine sovereignty over the disputed territories as well as the latter’s historic rights to […]