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  • July 21, 2016How much did PH pay for foreign lawyers in case vs China?

    How much did PH pay for foreign lawyers in case vs China?

    BY ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS The government paid $7 million in legal fees to the international team that gave the Philippines its landmark victory against China over the disputed features in the South China Sea, a member of the Philippine delegation to The Hague hearings said. The source who asked for anonymity said the $7 million […]

  • July 12, 2016PH wins: Arbitral court invalidates China’s 9-dash line

    PH wins: Arbitral court invalidates China’s 9-dash line

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled today that China’s all-encompassing nine-dash line is not valid. (To read the 501-page Award, please go to this site : https://pca-cpa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/175/2016/07/PH-CN-20160712-Award.pdf) “The Tribunal found that China’s claim to historic rights to resources was incompatible with the..

  • July 4, 2016File No. 60: Debunking the Marcos war myth

    File No. 60: Debunking the Marcos war myth

    By JOEL F. ARIATE JR. and MIGUEL PAOLO P. REYES Last of three parts FOR Ferdinand Marcos, failing to gain official recognition for Maharlika and subsequent war claims did not seem to matter. By 1947, he was already an economic advisor to President Manuel Roxas. By 1949, he was representative of the second district of […]

  • July 3, 2016File No. 60: A family affair

    File No. 60: A family affair

    By JOEL F. ARIATE and MIGUEL PAOLO P. REYES Second of three parts WHAT is striking about File No. 60 is the number of key Ang Mga Maharlika officers who were relatives of Marcos. The most frequently mentioned among these relative-comrades is Simeon Marcos Valdez, Ferdinand’s first cousin. Valdez was allegedly the commanding officer of […]

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    Like Andanar, I cried listening to the President’s speech

    Like Andanar, I cried listening to the President’s speech

    July 27, 2016

    By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS PRESS Secretary Martin Andanar, who said he cried when he read the draft of President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address, was not being melodramatic. I, too, cried listening..

     
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