RCEP and Promotion of Practical Cooperation Between China and Philippines

Rommel C. Banlaoi 27 November 2020 On 15 November 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with five of its strategic partners, namely China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to promote free trade among participating nations.  RCEP isContinue reading “RCEP and Promotion of Practical Cooperation Between China and Philippines”

Oil and Gas Development in the West Philippine Sea: Imperative for Philippine Economic Development and Peaceful Management of Conflicts in the South China Sea

Rommel C. Banlaoi, PhD 21 October 2020 After six years since 2014, the President Rodrigo R. Duterte finally lifted the moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), a unilateral action that Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi described as an exercise of sovereign rights of the Philippine government in accordance with existingContinue reading “Oil and Gas Development in the West Philippine Sea: Imperative for Philippine Economic Development and Peaceful Management of Conflicts in the South China Sea”

Violence in Southern Philippines Highlights Resilience of Militant Networks

by Georgi Engelbrecht 18 September 2020 On 24 August, two explosions in Jolo, a city in Sulu province in the southern Philippines, killed 15 and injured 74—a chilling case of déjà vu in a region that has suffered repeated attacks in recent years. The incident set alarm bells ringing in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)Continue reading “Violence in Southern Philippines Highlights Resilience of Militant Networks”

Countering Terrorism 19 Years After 9/11: The Imperative for US-China Cooperation

by Rommel C. Banlaoi 12 September 2020 9/11 was a milestone in the history of American global leadership since the end of the Second World War as it exposed the vulnerability of the US as a global power and of the international community as a family of sovereign nations. The aftermath of 9/11 strongly demonstratedContinue reading “Countering Terrorism 19 Years After 9/11: The Imperative for US-China Cooperation”

Ethnopolitics and Party System in the Bangsamoro: Issues and Challenges

by Rizal G. Buendia 1 September 2020 Introduction The ratification of Republic Act (RA) No. 11054, otherwise known as the “Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao” (OLBARMM) or simply the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in the 21 January and 6 February 2019 plebiscites signifies the cessation of armed conflict between the MoroContinue reading “Ethnopolitics and Party System in the Bangsamoro: Issues and Challenges”

Deescalating China-US Tensions in the South China Sea

Rommel C. Banlaoi, PhD 31 August 2020 Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the whole world, China and the United State are currently involved in a worsening security tension in the South China Sea.  China-US relation has reached its lowest moment since the normalization of their bilateral ties in 1979. The US has presently hardened itsContinue reading “Deescalating China-US Tensions in the South China Sea”

Militarising The South China Sea Amid A Pandemic*

Anna Rosario Malindog-Uy** 19 August 2020 On 3 August, President Duterte issued a directive disallowing the Philippines from joining naval/maritime exercises and drills of other countries like the United States (US) in the South China Sea (SCS) to reduce tensions in the disputed waters. The US along with its allies like Australia and Japan hasContinue reading “Militarising The South China Sea Amid A Pandemic*”

Cold War Brewing Over South China Sea Tensions*

Anna Rosario Malindog-Uy 12 August 2020 In his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 27 July, President Rodrigo Duterte stated that, “Within ASEAN and beyond, the Philippines will continue to work with partners to address global perils and ramp up cooperation to secure for our peoples, greater peace, progress, and prosperity. The FilipinoContinue reading “Cold War Brewing Over South China Sea Tensions*”

Threats of Violent Extremism and Terrorism in the Philippines Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Rommel C. Banlaoi 10 August 2020 Introduction Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorist threats worldwide continue unabated.  In fact, international terrorist groups are taking advantage of the pandemic to propagandize, recruit and mount violent attacks.  The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), for example, is currently experiencing a rapid resuscitation as the pandemic isContinue reading “Threats of Violent Extremism and Terrorism in the Philippines Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Opposition to Anti-Terror Law Unjustified, All About Politics

The Manila Times 30 July 2020 Petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 have been piling up at the Supreme Court. Earlier, many of the petitioners and other like-minded people have been engaged in vigorous discussions in various fora, on social media and even in a few protests to air their fears and concerns. TheseContinue reading “Opposition to Anti-Terror Law Unjustified, All About Politics”