Terrorism: An Emerging Definition and Framework

by Atty. Soliman M. Santos, Jr.* 15 June 2020 Introduction Contrary to general impression, there is an emerging internationally acceptable definition of terrorism.  This much can be gleaned from the Report of the UN High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change on 2 December 2004, subsequently endorsed by the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in,Continue reading “Terrorism: An Emerging Definition and Framework”

COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned

by Aurora Roxas-Lim* 14 June 2020 There are many lessons to learn from the turmoil brought about by the COVID19 pandemic. The virulence and rapidity of the spread of this pandemic affect all social classes from all countries of the world. Wuhan City in Hubei Province of China, the origin of the virus, took drasticContinue reading “COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned”

45 Years of Philippines-China Relations: Deepening Friendship Towards Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation

by Rommel C. Banlaoi, PhD 10 June 2020 Original version of this piece was commissioned by China Report ASEAN. Introduction China and the Philippines have reached 45 years of relationship.  Like many other relationships, the Philippines and China have their own stories of ups and downs.  Yet, they remain friends as permanent neighbors as theyContinue reading “45 Years of Philippines-China Relations: Deepening Friendship Towards Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation”

45 Years of Bilateral Relations: Jointly Embracing a Better Future of China-Philippines Friendship and Partnership

China and the Philippines have drawn closer together under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Image: Facebook/Chinese Embassy in Manila by  Huang Xilian* 9 June 2020 Midsummer is a good season to indulge in the beauty and fragrance of the pristine white Sampaguita flowers. It is also high time to tell the story of a blooming friendshipContinue reading “45 Years of Bilateral Relations: Jointly Embracing a Better Future of China-Philippines Friendship and Partnership”

RP-China Relations at 45 Under the Covid-19 Pandemic

by Rommel C. Banlaoi, PhD 9 June 2020 Today is the 45th anniversary of the official establishment of Philippines-China relations. It also marks the Philippines-China friendship Day. The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly demonstrated that friendship is solidified amidst crises and difficulties. When the Philippine government declared quarantine measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, China,Continue reading “RP-China Relations at 45 Under the Covid-19 Pandemic”

On the New Anti-Terrorism Bill/Law: Some Initial Notes

by Soliman M. Santos, Jr.* Naga City, 8 June 2020 These are only some initial notes relevant to, not a comprehensive assessment of,  the new Anti-Terrorism Bill (ATB, Senate Bill No. 1083/ House Bill No. 6875)  poised to be passed as “The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” (ATA) which would repeal R.A. No. 9372, the HumanContinue reading “On the New Anti-Terrorism Bill/Law: Some Initial Notes”

The Philippines’ New Anti-Terrorism Law: Fighting Terrorism with Justice

by Rommel C. Banlaoi, PhD 4 June 2020 While still struggling in waging a war against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine government intensifies its already protracted war against terrorism by decisively pushing for the adoption of a new anti-terrorism law.  On 3 June 2020, the Philippine House of Representatives approved the House Bill 6875 orContinue reading “The Philippines’ New Anti-Terrorism Law: Fighting Terrorism with Justice”

Hazards of COVID-19 to Human Security

by Kathrina Angela P. Gonzales* 4 June 2020 The word ‘security’ has evolved overtime and has been shaped by national and historical context. Security as defined by Malik (2015) “refers to the protection of values we hold dear”, implying that people may have different perspectives on the meaning of ‘security’, depending on what they deemContinue reading “Hazards of COVID-19 to Human Security”

COVID-19 as a Threat to International Peace and Security

by Maria Stephanie C. Garcia* 3 June 2020 The concepts of peace and security are inextricably linked. The broadening scope of security as well as the conceptualization of human security made peace and security to be an inseparable dimension, where one is not possible without the other. The new concept of security encompasses the freedomContinue reading “COVID-19 as a Threat to International Peace and Security”

Role of Traditional Medicine and Acupuncture in the Prevention and Control of COVID 19 in China and the Philippines: NGO Perspectives

2 June 2020 Cooperation among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide plays an important role in the prevention and control of COVID-19. Thus, NGOs from the Philippines and China took the much needed initiative of upholding this very important role as the world continues to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. The Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS) inContinue reading “Role of Traditional Medicine and Acupuncture in the Prevention and Control of COVID 19 in China and the Philippines: NGO Perspectives”