By Jerome Aning
New Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza was not being disloyal nor did he betray the country with his position on the West Philippine Sea dispute, according to majority of the Supreme Court justices who had earlier ordered his reinclusion in the Judicial and Bar Council’s short list of nominees for the vacancy in the tribunal last month.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has played down recent tensions with neighbour China, saying the countries were “inextricably linked” and his door was always open for dialogue.
Days after the U.S. and China traded new accusations of cyberspying, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday he will press the same issues in a face-to-face meeting with a top military officer from Beijing this weekend.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned an international security conference Saturday that the U.S. “will not look the other way” when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards.
By Christian V. Esguerra
President Benigno Aquino III is set to fly to Palawan on Tuesday to witness a military show of force amid the country’s raging territorial dispute with Beijing, which is claiming around 80 percent of the South China Sea.