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Chinese premier asked for Aquino apology

By Rigoberto Tiglao – Using diplomatic language, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao unexpectedly asked President Aquino to apologize for the massacre of August 23 last year of eight Hong Kong tourists in a hostage situation bungled by his government, diplomatic sources say. Mr. Aquino was caught flatfooted, as his foreign Read more »

'Oil deal with China will destroy Spratlys'

By Kristine L. Alave – For environmentalists, the deal between the Philippines and China to search for oil in the vast waters surrounding the Spratlys stinks like a dead fish. Marine environmentalists on Monday expressed wariness over the joint cooperation between the two countries to explore for oil and Read more »

'PH should be as easy to sell as Chickenjoy'

By RG Cruz – “The Philippines should be as easy to sell as Chickenjoy.” Advertising and Marketing Executive Ramon Jimenez said this as he faced the media for the first time as President Aquino’s new secretary of tourism. Jimenez faced Malacañan media with his predecessor Alberto Lim, Communications Secretary Ricky Read more »

US envoy ‘dismal failure’ for hit on Cory

By Jerry E. Esplanada – Former US Ambassador Kristie Kenney was “well-traveled in the Philippines and was extremely sociable. Unlike her distinguished predecessors, however, she was a dismal failure in helping the Filipinos defend our democracy.” So said Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Tuesday in a text message to Read more »

U.S. Ship for Philippines a Good Start, But Much More to Be Done

By Robert Warshaw – Today, upon inspecting the Philippine navy’s newest flagship, the 115-meter Gregario del Pilar, Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared that the ship “symbolises our newly acquired ability to guard, protect, and if necessary, fight for the interests of our country.” Vice Admiral Alexander Pama of the Read more »

Santiago is RP nominee for judge of int'l crime court

By Nancy C. Carvajal The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has nominated Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago as the country’s candidate for judge of the Hague-based International Criminal Court which will hold in New York the election of judges in December. Acting Foreign Secretary Antonio V. Rodriguez announced Santiago’s nomination at Read more »