Archive for August, 2016

In what could arguably be the “mother of all scandals,” President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte dropped a bombshell in front of Sen. Leila de Lima’s face. Calling it a “drugs matrix” — known as the “Muntinglupa Connection” — Duterte released a document showing links between De Lima and several others allegedly involved in illegal drug activities at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during the previous Aquino administration. The NBP is colloquially called “Munti,” short for Muntinglupa City where the NBP is located. De Lima at that time was the country’s Justice Secretary. Wouldn’t that be like Don Vito Corleone – “Godfather” of La Cosa Nostra fame — being appointed Attorney General of the United States? (more…)

Tensions are likely to escalate in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in the wake of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling that invalidated China’s claims and bolstered those of the Philippines. (more…)

The verdict has been cast. The Arbitration Tribunal in The Hague has ruled in favour of the Philippines. Beijing has pre-empted the tribunal long before the decision has been made. China has declared she would ignore the International Court of Justice and that she would not abide by its decision. (more…)

It is estimated that three billion pesos (USD64 million) is lost every day because of traffic. Left unchecked, Metro Manila may become uninhabitable well within a decade. So who’s to blame? Here’s a short list: (more…)

China has issued a blunt warning to Australia — “Stay out of the South China Sea or risk damage to bilateral relations.” (more…)