Jumel Gabilan Estrañero & Maria Kristina Decena Siuagan

Jumel Gabilan Estrañero is a defense and security analyst and a university lecturer in the Philippines. He has completed the Executive Course in National Security at the National Defense College of the Philippines and has participated in NADI Track II discussions in Singapore (an ASEAN-led security forum on terrorism). His articles have appeared in Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Manila Times, Malaya Business Insights, Asia Maritime Review, The Nation (Thailand), Southeast Asian Times, and Global Politics. His specialties include the geopolitics of the South China Sea, counter-terrorism/insurgency, cybersecurity, peacebuilding, strategic policy, and intelligence. Maria Kristina Decena Siuagan is a licensed nurse and former lecturer in the Philippines. She has worked as writer and defense & security analyst for the Armed Forces of the Philippines and has worked for Department of National Defense. Her articles also appeared in Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Malaya Business Insights, and Southeast Asian Times along with her independent platform: https://openconcavity.wordpress.com/. Currently, she is a senior law student and specializing in Criminal Law, Civil Law, Terrorism & Insurgency, Policy Analysis, Universal Health, and Geopolitics.

A Hit and Run in the West Philippine Sea?

130629-N-YU572-272 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 29, 2013) - The Philippine Coast Guard vessel Edsa (SARV 002), left, and the Philippine Navy frigate Gregorio Del Pilar (PF 15) steam in formation during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2013. More than 600 Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Philippines 2013. U.S. Navy units participating in CARAT Philippines include the Fitzgerald with embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 staff, a U.S. Marine Corps landing force, and the diving and salvage vessels USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) with embarked Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh) (RELEASED), cc Naval Surface Warriors, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Sparks are flying on social media following China’s sinking of a Philippines fishing boat in contested waters.

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