Articles worth reading

96 families move into St. Gregory Homes in Malabon 

account_balanceMalabon access_time5 days ago

Around 96 families have happily settled in their new homes in St. Gregory Homes in Barangay Panghulo, Malabon. A total of 148 qualified beneficiaries are expected to transfer to the said housing project. The local government of Malabon has been acti...

US-banned cosmetics found in PH stores

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

Eleven skin lightening products banned in the USA for containing mercury are sold to Filipino consumers posing a serious health risk for their mostly women users, as well as other household residents, especially children. The EcoWaste Coalition, an ...

Senator wants higher electricity subsidy for the poor

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

To further cushion the adverse impact of high commodity prices, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is proposing that the government provide an additional subsidy of P1 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for low-income consumers, or a total of P418 million, to be source...

Metro News

Senator Robinhood

Padilla asks DFA to clarify information on West Philippine Sea

account_balanceMetro News account_circleJake Cruz chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Senator Robinhood "Robin" C. Padilla asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to refine its publicity efforts on the government's stance on the West Philippine Sea, as the Philippine-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

Padilla, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, said it is important that Filipinos are aware of the steps being taken to implement the country's arbitral victory on the WPS in 2016.

He said the general public should be enlightened on the roles of the DFA as well as the details of the issues involving the MDT, the VFA and the arbitral ruling.


"On the ground, at the grassroots, our people won't understand the role of the DFA, the MDT and the arbitral ruling. On the WPS, the bottom line for them is to be able to freely fish there, no matter how we explain," Padilla said at the Senate hearing on the DFA's budget for 2023.

"The goal is for Filipinos to freely fish at Pagasa Island," he said.

Padilla said Filipinos need to understand that the US needs to undergo a process before helping the Philippines if it is attacked.

Many Filipinos have such an impression even for other issues such as the tension between China and Taiwan where they believe the US will immediately come to our aid if the conflict there reaches Philippine shores.

"We need to ensure the right information reaches our people not just on the arbitral ruling but also on the MDT and VFA. Many of our people think that like in the movies, the US will immediately come to our aid," he said.

date_rangeDate Published
5 months ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Comelec reschedules filing of COCs for barangay polls 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) rescheduled the period of filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) for the 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) over a month from its original schedule, according to a report by Philippi...

Teleperformance honored as one of the Philippines Best Workplaces%u2122. Teleperformance Philippines Chief Executive Officer and Chief of Staff Jeffrey Johnson, together with Teleperformance Philippines senior leadership team, received the recognition from Great Place to Work%uFFFD Philippines Managing Partner Antoniette Talosig and Asian Institute of Management President and Dean Dr Jikyeong Kang

Teleperformance bags Philippines Best Workplaces recognition 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode23 hours ago

For the second year running, Teleperformance has just been awarded as one of Philippines Best Workplaces™ in 2023. This was announced during the Great Place to Work® Philippines first in-person recognition gala at Hilton Manila. ...

Coast Guard declares heigh alert during Holy Week travel period 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode23 hours ago

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is going on heightened alert to boost safety in the country’s ports and seaways during the Holy Week, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. In a statement Friday, PCG Commandant, CG Admiral Arte...

Senate-House Lenten break meeting proposed to tackle Charter changes

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode23 hours ago

Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte on Thursday maintained that unless the restrictive economic provisions in the Constitution are amended, the country will never see the vibrant foreign investment being enjoye...

Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature