AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR.

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“FROM the bushes to the desert” was how a colleague jokingly described my diplomatic assignment from Papua New Guinea to Qatar. Looking back, both assignments were most welcome, challenging and fulfilling at the same time but my mind is on Qatar right now since a four-month-old geopolitical feud set the…

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MILITARY arms procurement is evident in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member countries. Was it prompted by the increased tension in the South China Sea aggravated by threats of missile attack following a war of words between the US and North Korea? Of late, North Korea fired a…

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“This is not the right versus the left because there is no liberal air or conservative air. We all breathe the same air. There is no liberal water or conservative water. We all drink the same water.” – Arnold Schwarzenneger Movie star, ex-California governor turned climate campaigner THE year 2015…

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IN many of the countries constituting Asean, tourism has come to mean ecotourism particularly because of the region’s richness in biodiversity. Those countries have learned to make use of their natural resources as a means of business, an income-generating livelihood for many people. Ecotourism has therefore come to mean not…

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THE 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami originating in an earthquake in the sea off Sumatra in Indonesia devastated 12 countries, including Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. As an immediate response, the periodic Asian Wetlands Symposium held in 2005 (in India) recommended, among others, to “prioritize the natural coastal defenses through greenbelt/coastal…

ASEAN WATER PARTNERSHIP

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THE Mekong River is the twelfth longest river in the world at 4,173 kilometers. The headwaters originate in the Tibetan region of China and the river then flows through Yunan province in China into five Asean countries: Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The Mekong forms the boundary between Laos…

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ARMED conflict or wars endanger and damage the environment in ways or forms such as the long-lasting chemical pollution on land, maritime and atmospheric pollution, despoliation of land by mines and other dangerous objects, and threats to water supplies and other necessities of life. The existing law From the standpoint…

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THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is distinctly maritime. Even the less maritime-based Myanmar and Cambodia and landlocked Laos depend on the sea for national revenue. Aside from economic community, ASEAN aims at developing a regional security community too. In fact, some degree of cooperation and coordination have been…

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