[Blueboard] Bajo de Masinloc and Philippine National Security Interests, Aug. 23, 130-3 pm

M Baytion alunsina2010 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 15:46:17 PHT 2012

You are warmly invited to a lecture by Dr. Jay L. Batongbacal on "Bajo de Masinloc and Philippine National Security Interests," on Thursday, Aug. 23, 130-3 pm, Ateneo Press bookshop, Bellarmine Hall, Admu campus.

Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal), or Panatag Shoal as it is now known in the media, has captured the imagination of the Filipino public due to the widely publicized “stand-off” between Philippine and mainland Chinese vessels that has greatly strained the relations between the two countries. Dr. Batongbacal's talk briefly
considers the nature of Bajo de Masinloc as part and parcel of the
territory of the Philippines, the claims of the People's Republic of
China with respect to its status, and the national interests that are
involved in that unobtrusive coral atoll located 124 nautical miles
west of Zambales. It will situate the recent incident in the
context of the multiple competing claims in the South China Sea,
well-known as one of the most complex and intractable territorial and jurisdictional disputes in the world, as well as present options available to the Philippines.

Dr. Batongbacal received his BA in Political Science and his Law degree from UP, and acquired his Master's in Marine Management specializing in the Law of the Sea, and PhD, focusing on ocean energy development and social justice, from the Dalhousie University. He has worked on a wide range of maritime issues from dispute settlement, boundary negotiations, resource conservation, community-based fisheries management, seafaring, and shipping. He has taught at the Dalhousie School of Law and at the International Oceans Institute. He has since rejoined the faculty of the UP College of Law.

Dr. Batongbacal was legal advisor for the technical team that successfully pursued the Philippine claim to a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the Benham Rise Region before the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

Free admission to the lecture, the second in the Ateneo Press's series of Occasional Talks at the Bookshop. Forthcoming topics are on the "archives crisis" by film studies scholar Bliss Lim in September, and on the sociology of religion by Jayeel Cornelio in October/ November.

Queries may be sent to unipress at admu.edu.ph. Thank you, we hope to see you.

Ateneo de Manila University Press
Ground Floor, Bellarmine Hall
Ateneo de Manila University campus
Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights
Tel. 63-2-4265984

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Events in August: Lecture series in honor of the centenary of
Macario G. Pineda (1912-1950): Aug. 2, 7, 9, 14, 22, 29. 430-6 pm, Escaler Hall, Science Education Complex (SEC), Ateneo de Manila, Loyola Heights campus. Details@ www.ateneopress.org. MARGOSATUBIG by Ramon Muzones, trans. into English by Dr. Cecilia Locsin-Nava, booklaunch, Aug. 17, 430 pm, ALIWW, Ateneo campus. BAJO DE MASINLOC and Philippine National Security, talk by Dr. Jay Batongbacal, Aug. 23, 1.30-3pm, Ateneo Press bookshop, Bellarmine Hall. KRITIKA KULTURA Conference and bookfair, Aug. 31. Ateneo campus. Ongoing till Aug. 31: An Exhibition on the life, times, and works of MACARIO PINEDA, Pardo de Tavera Room, Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila Loyola Heights campus. Hours 8am-5pm, M-F, 8am-12 noon, Sat. Ongoing till Sept. 5, An exhibit of JOY DAYRIT Memorabilia, ALIWW, Ateneo campus. RSVP and queries about events thru unipress at admu.edu.ph. 

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