US President Obama promised to defend Senkaku but not Spratlys

Just my opinion - By Raïssa Robles - I eagerly awaited what US President Barack Obama would say about the Philippine dispute with China over the Spratlys. I was glad to hear ABS-CBN reporter RG Cruz asked Obama the question: "Will the US defend the Philippines in case the territorial dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea or the South China Sea become an armed conflict?"

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Key features of new PH-US pact – “Maritime security and maritime domain awareness”

Analysis by Raïssa Robles - The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has just released the briefer below, following the signing of the new pact between the Philippines and the United States. The pact itself has yet to be released to the media or the public. It's an interesting way to sway public opinion - release a briefer first without releasing the pact itself. In the hope that the public would not bother to read the pact itself.

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US agrees not to bring in nukes into the Philippines

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.”

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Why the Philippines will bring the South China Sea conflict to the UN

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has just released the following to explain to Filipinos its actions on the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) conflict. To the Philippines, “China is a good friend. Arbitration is a peaceful and amicable process to settle a dispute between and among friends. “ Q & A on the UNCLOS Arbitral Proceedings against China to […]

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Yesterday, my schedule was INSANE

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By Raïssa Robles Sorry, I haven’t been able to blog. I’ve been busy chasing so many deadlines, so many forums, briefings and interviews. A case of information and coverage overload. Yesterday, especially, my schedule was INSANE. I had to get up before dawn to get to Resorts World across NAIA Terminal 3. No, not to gamble in , but to […]

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PNoy signed letter of apology on the Luneta bus hostage rescue fiasco

  By Raïssa Robles But the problem is, the letter was never delivered because Beijing never gave the go-signal for Vice President Jejomar Binay to hand-carry the letter there. When Binay flew to Beijing in February, he did not carry the letter with him, China’s envoy to Manila Liu Jianchao confirmed in reply to my question during his press briefing […]

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