I Am Officially a Published Author!

Never in my wildest imagination have I thought that I'd get published in a book, much less in a territorial defense and security-related academic work! If it isn't the legal profession, I've always seen myself as an actress or singer. But never did I imagine, even once, that I'll be a writer. I am just …

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Renewed Tensions Between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea

This article, which I co-authored with my boyfriend, Jumel Estranero, was published first in Geopolitical Monitor, which is among the leading geopolitics websites of today. To access their website, click here. Three days before the 121st Independence Day of the Philippines—June 12th, 2019—a Chinese-flagged vessel rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the Philippines’ exclusive economic …

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CPP-NPA and the Duterte Administration: Realpolitik in Insurgency and Terrorism

(This article, which I co-authored with my boyfriend, Jumel G. Estranero, was published first in Global Security Report, one of today's leading geopolitics online resource. To access their website, click here. For the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the National People’s Army, strategic positioning is key to spreading influence from the …

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A Hit and Run in the West Philippine Sea?

This article, which I co-authored with my boyfriend, Jumel Estranero, was published first in Geopolitical Monitor, which is among the leading geopolitics websites of today. To access their website, click here. This may also be seen on Eurasia Review. Geopolitical risk is evident nowadays in the various tense exchanges which have become sources of gain …

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Muted, Underrated Dynamics in Territorial Disputes

The Philippines’ geographic and strategic location, as well as its stance in international law vis-à-vis the US and China, makes it a key player in its own right in the Asia-Pacific region. Are we really in a helpless stance in relation to China? There is more to the Philippines’ involvement in the West Philippine Sea …

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A Letter to an Unknown Soldier

At the time when the Maute-ISIS Group wreaked havoc on Mindanao, one of the three main islands of my country, the Philippines, this was the least that I can do to show my support for our valiant Filipino soldiers. Dear Honorable Soldier, I may not know you personally, but I would like to give you …

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Exercise Rights Over Territory

Corollary to the exercise of these rights is our state’s duty and responsibility to safeguard all maritime natural resources found in said areas for the benefit of the present generation and those that are yet to come. As a consequence, our government may adopt and enforce any measure to ensure the protection and preservation of …

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