Philippines


Territorial Disputes Over South China Sea Intensifies

During a flag-raising ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs on May 28th, Philippines’ Foreign Minister Peter Cayetano relayed to the public President Duterte’s assertion that “if anyone gets the natural resources in the Western Philippines Sea, South China Sea (SCS), [Duterte] will go to war.” The threat comes as […]


Free Press Clampdown In The Philippines  

Since taking office on June 30, 2016, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has changed the face of the country’s politics, embracing his ‘strongman’ appearance, particularly through his War on Drugs that has claimed the lives of more than 12,000 people at the hands of Philippines National Police and “unidentified gunmen.” This, […]


China Vs. Australia: Military Confrontation In The South China Sea

The Australian Navy was confronted by Chinese military ships in the South China Sea earlier this month, as China continues to strengthen its position in the region. Australian warships were heading to Vietnam for a ‘good-will’ visit, and an unintentional meeting with the Chinese military occurred on the way. It […]


“I Will Arrest You”: Rodrigo Duterte’s Latest International Provocation

Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, has threatened prosecutors representing the International Criminal Court (ICC) who may seek to investigate his controversial campaign against drug users for evidence of potential crimes against humanity, reports Al-Jazeera. Duterte’s incendiary comments are the latest in a long line of brash and aggressive statements that […]


ASEAN Sydney Summit: A Chance For Unprecedented Regional Cooperation

On March 17 and 18, Australia hosted its first ever summit for ASEAN, marking a potential turning point between the country’s relationship with its Southeast Asian neighbors. The Special Summit, hosted in Sydney, represents a major change in the region’s geopolitical dynamics for multiple reasons. The summit appears to have […]


Top UN And Philippines’ Officials In A Heated War Of Words Over Claims That Duterte Should Undergo ‘Psychiatric Evaluation’ 1

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed his concerns over the Philippine government’s treatment of UN human rights investigators, and has suggested that President Duterte should “submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.” This comes after the Philippine government included special rapporteur on indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, […]


The Philippines On China’s Controversial Military Buildup In The South China Sea

The resource-rich South China Sea serves as a source of fishing and mining for Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and China. These countries are entitled to extract resources up to 200 nautical miles from their coast in their Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). With the exception of China, most countries […]


Will Canada Continue To Fuel Duterte’s ‘War On Drugs?’

On February 6, the Canadian Commercial Corporation announced the $233 million sale of sixteen combat helicopters to the Philippine air force. In the initial announcement, the public was reassured that the Bell helicopters would be used solely for “disaster relief, search and rescue, passenger transport and utility transport.” However, the […]


Duterte Extends Martial Law In Mindanao To ‘Eradicate’ ISIL

On Wednesday, The Filipino Congress approved President Duterte‘s appeal to extend martial law in the country’s southern region, Mindanao, until the end of 2018 in order to “totally eradicate” ISIL supporters and communist fighters. Duterte appealed for the extension on Monday in a letter to legislators, saying that in order to contain an ongoing […]


Duterte’s ‘War On Drugs’ Kills Philippines Most Vulnerable

Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, has again reinstated the national police force in his ‘war on drugs’ after withdrawing the force on October 12. This is the second time the police have been reinstated to the anti-drug operation, ‘double barrel,’ after they were removed in January and re-involved in March. Since […]