Duterte Is Turning Philippines Into A More Corrupt And Less Democratic State

QUEZON, Dec. 17, 2019 — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the celebration of the … [+] 84th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, the Philippines, Dec. 17, 2019.(Photo by Rouelle Umali/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ROUELLE UMALI via Getty Images) Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images The Philippines is getting a more corrupt and less democratic state under President Rodrigo Duterte. That’s according to recent rankings published by international agencies. The Philippines is the 113 least corrupt nation out of 180 countries, according to the…

South China Sea crisis: Duterte warns Philippines of ‘annihilation’ amid Beijing-US row | World | News

President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, made the chilling statement in an interview with Russian media, criticising Vietnam for its “aggressive” defence of its claimed waters. He said: “The other side [Vietnam] really wants to do a more aggressive stance, and I cannot afford to do it. “I cannot afford a stand where I will be drumming my drums because we cannot afford it. It would annihilate the Philippines. And so that is very dangerous. “Local government of the Philippines is near them. And so it would be reckless move…

South China Sea news: Philippines fears erupt amid Beijing’s dominance and conflict worry | World | News

The Singaporean think-tank, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Asean Studies Center, surveyed the opinions of officials, academics and other professionals in SEA, in an attempt to understand the perceptions of Southeast Asians on regional affairs. The survey, titled “The State of Southeast Asia”, interviewed 1,308 respondents in 10 countries. Although 80 percent identified China as the most influential economic power in the region, up seven points from last year, a majority of respondents harboured deep distrust of Beijing’s economic and political clout. The greatest unease was felt by Filipinos, with 87.8 percent…

South China Sea crisis: How Philippines could drag US into explosive war with China | World | News

The US has become an extremely important ally for the Philippines as the country aims to thwart China’s encroachment into the Manila economic exclusion zone. In 2016, the US reached an agreement with the Philippines to build five military installations located throughout the country. The base which infuriated Beijing more than any other was the Antonio Bautista Air Base on western Palawan island, which faces the hotly disputed Spratly islands directly. China has claimed ownership of the South China Sea and Spratly Island cluster that lies within it, infuriating the Philippines…

Security woes will continue to haunt the Philippines in 2020

Three years, or halfway, into Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s term, both internal and external security concerns remain prominent in the consciousness of the country’s officials and security experts. Anxiety is particularly acute in the immediate maritime areas: the disputed land features and waters of the South China Sea to the west, and the Sulu and Celebes (Sulawesi) Seas to the south and southwest of the country. In the South China Sea, the main concern has been China’s expansive claim, and developments over the past year point to more trouble ahead…

South China Sea: Beijing joins forces with Philippines despite illegal fishing claims | World | News

The exercises come after Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte made several visits to China seeking financial backing to allow him to further an infrastructure policy he has described as “build, build, build”. The Philippines has similar infrastructure investment needs to Indonesia which last week scrambled warships and fighter jets after China sent armed coastguard vessels into its exclusive economic zone. Jakarta’s response appeared to have repulsed the incursion but several Chinese boats have since returned to the waters near the Natuna islands. China’s sweeping territorial claims in South China Sea overlap…

China And The Philippines Finally Agree To Cooperate In The South China Sea

The Chinese and Philippine foreign ministers sealed an agreement for the two countries to pursue joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, Xinhua reports. The talks between the two countries on the South China Sea’s oil and gas potential and how to exploit it have been going on for years. An agreement has been difficult to reach, however, mostly because of China’s territorial claims to the basin, which cover nearly the entirety of it. Even so, earlier this year, the presidents of China and the Philippines reached…

South China Sea: Putin moves to support the Philippines and Vietnam against Beijing’s plan | World | News

The development will frustrate China’s attempts to secure ownership of the lucrative zone within its nine dash line, the proportion of the sea bed that Beijing has allocated for itself. In October Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte invited Moscow-based energy company Rosneft to conduct oil and gas exploration in waters the Philippines claims in the South China Sea. The offer was reciprocated by the Russian ambassador to the Philippines, Igor Khovaev, who invited Philippine companies to also “explore oil and gas in Russia together with Russian companies”. A team from Rosneft…