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SO, Marites Vitug has declared President Rodrigo Duterte incompetent in the field of foreign policy. In her article in Rappler (“The year of living with autocracy and incompetence,” June 20, 2017), Vitug wrote that Duterte dismissed “outright peaceful avenues” to urge China to comply with the decision on the arbitral…

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IT is not President Rodrigo Duterte nor his social media supporters that pose a great threat to Philippine media but the condition that allowed them to exist: democratization. Let me explain. Democratization is the process of opening up, of breaking the walls that separates those who have access to power…

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THE adage “speak softly, and carry a big stick” is popularly associated with Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy strategy. It means diplomacy must be backed by credible threats of force. However, credible threats of force are no longer enough to remain effective. In the current information-based world, it’s not sufficient to…

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ONE of the most moving episodes in 1898 was the letter of protest penned and submitted by Felipe Agoncillo to the Spanish and American Peace Commission negotiating the 1898 Treaty of Paris, which decided the fate of Cuba, Guam, Porto Rico (sic), and the different islands of the Philippines. Agoncillo…

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“ANG hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan” is a well-known Tagalog proverb about overcoming historical estrangement. It teaches the value of humility and gratitude — two virtues enkindled by looking back to where we came from and appreciating our roots. If not for those moments, events,…

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IN May 2016, CNN Philippines reported that Filipino fishermen were arrested by the Malaysian navy near the waters around Commodore Reef, one of the disputed features in the Spratly islands (“PH military: Malaysian navy detains three fishermen in South China Sea,” May 25, 2016). The fishermen were from Zambales. Why…

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“IF there is wrongdoing affecting the public interest, regardless of any relationship, we release to the public,” Maria Ressa, Rappler’s CEO, said on her blog “Brave New World” as she reflected on the ethics of releasing confidential documents (“Wikileaks: More and more of less and less,” December 20, 2010). This…

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“CHINA, like US in old case, will comply with ruling — SC Justice” was the headline of an article Rappler published on July 7, 2015. This triumphalist article was mainly based on Justice Antonio Carpio’s analysis of the 1986 Nicaragua v. United States case at the International Court of Justice…