By Raissa Robles - Manila and Washington are CLOSE to signing an agreement that will see more American troops, more planes and warships but no nukes coming into the Philippines in what both sides euphemistically call “expanded military presence.” Today, after the eighth round of talks – a far cry from the acrimonious talks that were held in the 1990s to renew the presence of US military bases – both sides agreed to “key points.”
By Raissa Robles - Globe Telecom issued the statement below in response to my piece about a passenger on a plane hovering around Ayungin Shoal receiving a text message on his mobile saying "Welcome to China".
A passenger on board the plane that was circling over the supply ship delivering provisions to Ayungin Shoal got the text message below on his Nokia phone while in that area.
By Raïssa Robles The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is also a way for the United States to test its latest piece of equipment – the P-8 Poseidon – “a militarized version” of the civilian Boeing 737 that can play multiple roles -- one of them electronic intelligence and surveillance.
“The United States for the first time has explicitly rejected the U-shaped, nine-dash line that China uses to assert sovereignty over nearly the whole South China Sea, experts say, strengthening the position of rival claimants and setting the stage for what could be an international legal showdown with Beijing,” according to journalist Parameswaran Ponnudurai.
By Raissa Robles TOKYO – Today I learned a lot while attending a journalists’ conference on regional security in Tokyo sponsored by The Japan Institute of International Affairs. Since the conference was governed by a somewhate revised version of Chatham House rules – which in journo speak simply means – you can quote but no name attribution unless you were […]
Exclusive By Raïssa Robles With the continuous incursions of Chinese ships into Philippine waters, a friend recently told me she is seriously thinking of migrating to another country. China might invade the Philippines, she said. When, she doesn’t know, but she said she’d rather go while still young and able to. While I see an actual invasion as far-fetched (attacking […]
Exclusive By Raïssa Robles In 1991, the Philippine government established two sea lanes intended only as a shortcut for Taiwanese fishermen to take to the Pacific Ocean fishing grounds. Seven years later, Manila unilaterally removed these sea lanes. The reason, according to Rex Robles, a retired Navy Commodore, was that the Taiwanese fishermen used the pass-through-only sea lanes “to poach […]
Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Even before the Taiwan government had received the official letter containing the Philippine apology for the death of the Taiwanese fisherman, Taipei already knew its contents, highly knowledgeable sources said. In fact, the Taiwan government already knew the contents of three previous drafts of the letter. This was because top officials of the Manila Economic and […]