Explaining the ‘Paradigm Shift’

Explaining the ‘Paradigm Shift’

In an interview with the “Sa Totoo Lang” program on Cignal TV’s OnePh channel, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said the Philippines aims to sign a VFA-like military-to-military agreement with Japan by the first quarter of 2024.Once the Reciprocal Access Agreement...
Transforming an insular army

Transforming an insular army

For decades, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has been fighting internal security threats from small Maoist-led guerrillas and Muslim secessionist rebels, and much later, with a handful of al Qaeda and Islamic State-inspired Islamist militants. In short, the...
Arrogance and conflict

Arrogance and conflict

In the 1930s, Japan thought it was the greatest nation in Asia, having defeated a huge and powerful country in the Russo-Japanese conflict.Japan had also annexed the Korean peninsula and the resource-rich Manchuria in northern China.Tokyo had great ambitions of...
Japan’s HADR strategy

Japan’s HADR strategy

Japan has found a creative way to deploy its military forces to the country as tensions rise over China’s aggressive behavior in the Indo-Pacific region — through a closer cooperation on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). Helping the Philippines deal...