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How diplomacy works on the global stage

By The Manila Times June 30, 2019 “Excellent” was how US President Donald Trump described his talks on Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a meeting of the G20 in Osaka, during which Washington agreed to cast aside new tariffs. After the evidently successful meeting with …

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Prioritize sustainability over free rides

By The Manila Times June 29, 2019 THE announcement this week by the Department of Transportation (DoTr) that students will now be able to ride three of the four commuter rail lines free of charge was certainly a generous decision. The burden of subsidies on the part of the government, …

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What the law says on EEZ rights, jurisdiction of states

By THE MANILA TIMES June 28, 2019 We deem it useful as a public service to quote here directly the pertinent provisions on the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) rights and State jurisdiction under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). Reading carefully the following provisions should …

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Setting aside federalism a rational choice

By THE MANILA TIMES June 27, 2019 PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has reportedly set aside for the duration of his term his goal of creating a federal system for the Philippines, submitting to the reality that the idea remains deeply unpopular among the people and apparently among his Congressional allies as …

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Undiplomatic Teddy

By THE MANILA TIMES June 26, 2019 IN many ways, Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. has been a breath of fresh air at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and much of it is due to his personality. Locsin has long been noted for being sometimes bitingly straightforward, and most …

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Asean dreaming again of sea code of conduct

By THE MANILA TIMES June 25, 2019 It is commendable that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) tries to keep up the hope that one day China will honor and join their initiative to maintain a standard of acceptable and lawful behavior in the South China Sea. All 20 …

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Drop the humbug, focus on national and strategic interest

By THE MANILA TIMES June 24, 2019 THE nation will find a resolution of the Recto (Reed) Bank incident faster if it drops much of the posturing and humbug that some of our countrymen are spewing nonstop, and focus its attention instead on national and strategic interest. The high-minded badgering …

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Xi’s visit to NKorea revives hope for new US talks

By The Manila Times June 23, 2019 China’s Xi Jinping made a historic move this week with his two-day visit to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Both are facing challenges of their own with US President Donald Trump, but they share a common interest in …

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Rural electrification must be accelerated

By THE MANILA TIMES June 22, 2019 THE head of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) was a guest at the annual assembly of the Benguet Electric Cooperative earlier this week, and in his speech to the stakeholders of one of the country’s more successful distribution utilities, provided some startling statistics: …

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POC needs new leader, not cheap talk of Games success

By THE MANILA TIMES June 21, 2019 With only five months to go before the 2019 SEA Games formally unfolds in Manila and various cities in the country from November 30 to December 11, national preparations for the games have been hit by an almost irreparable blow. Ricky Vargas, president …

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