Pedra Branca

Pedra Branca

Twenty years ago, there was a study made by the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), recommending the development of a maritime facility in Scarborough Shoal, a rocky outcrop within the country’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone in the South China...
Pedra Branca

The price of sovereignty

How much would the Philippines pay to prevent China from exerting influence over and gaining a foothold on one of the country’s strategic locations — Subic Bay? It’s P1.35 billion a year for the next 25 years. It’s for the Philippine Navy’s lease of a 100-hectare...
Pedra Branca

Sacrificing sovereignty

Philippine presidents, not only Rodrigo Duterte and his defense and military officials, are violating the 1987 Constitution just for the sake of a security alliance.The charter prohibits any foreign military on Philippine soil unless allowed by a treaty ratified by...