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.
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 […]
By Raïssa Robles This interview with Customs Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim and the accompanying sidebar on smuggling were recently published in Asian Dragon magazine. I am posting these with the magazine’s permission. If the former jailed rebel general Danilo Lim continues to look grim these days, he has good reason to be. Lim, 56, has been handed the chance […]
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 […]
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 […]
Relatives angered by cloth stuffed in victim’s skull and ambulances without first aid kits By Raissa Robles Relatives who lost their loved ones during last year’s Luneta bus hostage tragedy have taken the unprecedented step of writing directly to Chinese President Hu Jintao to tack the issue onto the agenda of Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s state visit to China next week. […]