The SONA in the President’s mind I would have wanted the State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be filled with more optimism and positive encouragement. This was not the SONA we got from President Duterte last Monday. Instead, what we got was an uninspiring discourse that dwelled on his preoccupations and legislative agenda. The SONA’s saving grace was that it was laced with candor. In many ways, it gave us an inside look at the workings of the president’s mind. Among the interesting insights gathered were that apparently, the President prefers to appoint military men to key positions, not to ingratiate himself to the armed forces but simply because they are easier to give orders to. We learned that he is not a blind Marcos fanatic after all what with his expression of disgust over the plunder of Coco Levy Funds and how the former despot abetted the crime. Considering the number of times he spoke glowingly about Bong Go, we now know that … [Read more...] about The SONA in the President’s mind
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Will the Philippines quit UN rights body? MANILA, Philippines — Following the adoption of a resolution for a review of the Philippine government's drug war, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. hinted at a possible withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Philippines' top diplomat said the country needs to "follow" the United States, which withdrew from the council in June 2018. "Iceland took the place of the US after it withdrew from the Human Rights Council. I think we need to follow America more," Locsin tweeted Saturday. Iceland, which was elected to serve as member of the UNHRC from July 2018 to December 2019, filed the resolution calling for a comprehensive review of the Philippines' campaign against illegal drugs. Locsin also earlier said any investigation resulting from the resolution of Iceland will not be allowed in the Philippines. "I have long wanted international cooperation in the drug war, eg. USDEA, Russia. … [Read more...] about Will the Philippines quit UN rights body?
Chang eyed as next US envoy to Philippines Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) - July 10, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The second female United States ambassador is expected to be named as Washington’s next top diplomat in the Philippines. Mina Chang, US State Department deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, has extensive experience in conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Nigeria. She is reportedly the choice to succeed US Ambassador Sung Kim. Chang will be the second female US ambassador to the Philippines after former counselor of the State Department Kristie Kenney, who served as ambassador to Manila from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining the bureau, Chang served as chief executive officer of an international non-government organization (INGO). “Applying insights gleaned from a broad range of civilian and military data sets, data … [Read more...] about Chang eyed as next US envoy to Philippines
MANILA - The US Department of State said Saturday it has arrested 11 American fugitives in the Philippines from Aug. 2018 to April 2019. Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said the fugitives were wanted for crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit murder, securities fraud, child abuse, and sexual assault. The agency's Diplomatic Security Service at the US Embassy in Manila caught the fugitives in coordination with US Marshals Service and Philippine law enforcement officials. The fugitives have been brought back to the US to face justice. "We thank the government of the Philippines for their longstanding support, and look forward to our future cooperation as friends, partners, and allies," Ortagus said. … [Read more...] about News 11 American fugitives nabbed in the Philippines
The Philippines has recalled its ambassador to Canada, Manila's foreign minister said Thursday, in an escalation of a festering diplomatic row over tonnes of trash shipped to the Southeast Asian nation. Ties have been deteriorating since a Canadian company sent around 100 shipping containers that included rotting rubbish wrongly labelled as recyclables to Philippine ports in 2013 and 2014. Manila set a May 15 deadline for Canada to take the rotting trash back, after President Rodrigo Duterte berated Ottawa over the issue last month. Canada has since said it is working to arrange for the containers' return, but has not said when exactly that might happen. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said letters recalling the ambassador and consuls to Canada have been sent and the diplomats would be in Manila "in a day or so". "Canada missed the May 15 deadline. And we shall maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until its garbage is ship-bound there," Locsin … [Read more...] about Philippines says envoy recalled over Canada trash row