Tuesday, 22 July 2014 Brussels Belgium
Belgian Scouts helping to rebuild Tacloban
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:03    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail




Brussels, 3 July 2014 ---   Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union (EU) received twenty-two (22) Belgian scouts, aged 16 to 23 years  old, for an afternoon of "kainan, kodakan, kuwentuhan at kasayahan" as a preview of their travel to the Philippines last 30 June 2014.

The Belgian scouts will be going to the Philippines in July to assist in the finishing works of the reconstruction of St. Therese Education Foundation of Tacloban, Inc. (STEFTI) school in Tacloban.  The group will be in Tacloban from 8 to 20 July and in Palawan from 20 to 27 July 2014.

The young Belgians are members of a Catholic youth organization called the Unité Notre Dame du Rosaire 16e, a unit of the GCB (Guides Catholiques de Belgique/Catholic Guides of Belgium).  GCB is the equivalent of the Scouts in the Philippines.

Ambassador Bataclan expressed her appreciation for the group's effort and reiterated her gratitude to the Belgian people for their sympathy and speedy assistance towards the victims of typhoon Haiyan.   She noted that the group's mission is another proof of the close solidarity and friendship between the peoples of the Philippines and of Belgium.

Members of the group are as follows: Laetitia Domb (23), Jerry Fruy (23), Thomas Porlier (23), Stephane Pierrard (23), Marie Antoine (22) and Camille Claus (23),  Loic Francotte (17), Victoria Lefevre (18), Paul Asselberghs (18), Alexande Jewell (17), Adrien Ruscher (18), Remi Colombe (18), Delfine Hatufenne (18), Pierre Bellemans (18), Aaron Bangala (18), Alexandre Satelens (18), Julien Swaelens (18), Luxas Box (18), Wiliam Kies (18), Louis Nicodem (18), Ladislas Lefebure (18), Bastien Van Pottelsberg (18).

The group's coordinating partner in the Philippines is Mrs. Joy Palami who is a teacher at the said school.

STEFTI, which was hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan is a school established in 2001 and supported by Baron Jacques van Ypersele de Strihou and his wife, Brigitte.   Baron van Ypersele was the Chef du Cabinet of the former Belgian monarch, King Albert II. END


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Commemoration of the 153rd Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal
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Hands over a Jose Rizal Painting for display at the Embassy area


The Order of the Knights of Rizal - Area Council Belgium, under the leadership of its Area Commander, Albert P. Arevalo, commemorated the 153rd birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal on 19 June 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

A floral offering at the Rizal Marker at Rue de la Champagne 42 signaled the beginning of the commemorative activity.

At the Philippine Embassy at Avenue Moliere, the Knights of Rizal program began at the Embassy garden with a floral offering by the different chapters and counterpart organizations.

The formal ceremony at the Bulwagan ng mga Pangulo commenced with the singing of the National Anthem and the Knights of Rizal Hymn.

Remarks were delivered by Sir Albert Arevalo, Sir Lino Paras as Special Adviser to the Supreme Commander, Sir Rudy Nollas and also from  the Commanders of the Aalst, Rizal, Charleroi and Diamond Chapters (Sir Generoso Rebong, Sir Jose Peres, Sir Guy Libau, Sir Paul Verloo, respectively) as well as from the heads of counterpart organizations of Kababaihang Rizalista (Lady Celanie Francisco) and Las Damas de Rizal (Lady Mary Ann Ballesteros).   The speeches centered on extolling the fine virtues which made Dr. Jose Rizal our national hero.

Consul General Robespierre Bolivar delivered  the message from the Embassy on behalf of Ambassador Victoria Bataclan.  He expressed appreciation for the good works and cooperative efforts of the Knights of Rizal in Belgium.

During the event, Sir Arevalo handed over to the Embassy a painting about the national hero which will be displayed at the Philippine Embassy.  The painting is the work of Mr. Sherwin Paul Gonzales, one of the finalists in the "Life of Dr. Jose Rizal in Europe" painting competition. END


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EU Lifts ban on Cebu Pacific
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:46    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


The Philippine Embassy and Mission to the European Union in Brussels is pleased to announce that the European Union (EU) has lifted the air ban on Cebu Pacific Air.  The Decision, announced by the European Union Delegation in Manila on 10 April 2014, follows a series of intensive consultations in Brussels between the EU's Air Safety Committee, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the management of Cebu Pacific.

As a result of this Decision, Cebu Pacific may now be able to begin flights to any destination within the EU.

Cebu Pacific joints Philippine Airlines, which was removed from the EU list of banned airlines in July 2013.

The lifting of the ban on the Philippines' two biggest airlines will contribute significantly to the country's efforts to boost tourist arrivals from Europe.  As of 2013, the Philippines welcomed over 470,000 visitors from Europe. END




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PH Independence Day Celebrations in Belgium
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Celebration at the Basilique de Sacre Coeur in Koekelerg, Brussels organized by the Kapisanan para sa Kalayaan

Celebration at Brugge Beurshalle sponsored by the World Mission for Peace and Development

Celebration at the Zuidpark in Ghent

Celebration in Brugge organized by the Council of Filipino Associations in Flanders


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Submission of PH's Memorial to the Arbitral Tribunal
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:30    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


30 March 2014

Thank you everyone for your presence here on a Sunday.

Today, the Philippines submitted its Memorial to the Arbitral Tribunal that is hearing the case it brought against the People's Republic of China under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in January 2013.

The Philippines' Memorial was submitted in conformity with the Rules of Procedure adopted by the five-member Arbitral Tribunal last August, which established 30 March 2014 as the due date for its submission.

The Memorial presents the Philippines' case on the jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal and the merits of its claims. It consists of ten volumes. Volume I, which is 270 pages in length, contains the Philippines' analysis of the applicable law and the relevant evidence, and demonstrates that the Arbitral Tribunal has jurisdiction over all of the claims made by the Philippines' in its Statement of Claim, and that every claim is meritorious. It sets out the specific relief sought by the Philippines in regard to each of its claims, and shows why it is entitled to such relief.

Volumes II through X contain the documentary evidence and maps that support the Philippines' claims, all of which are cited in Volume I. Volumes II through X consist of more than 3,700 pages, including more than 40 maps, for a total submission of nearly 4,000 pages.

The Memorial is the result of an enormous, collaborative effort by the extremely capable and dedicated legal team that has been serving the Philippines in this important case, headed by Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza and a team of lawyers from various agencies, including the OSG, DFA, DOJ, and the Office of the President.

I also wish to thank other government agencies for their invaluable contribution in the generation of documents including:

  • The Department of Justice (DOJ);
  • The Department of National Defense (DND), particularly the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine Navy, and Philippine Air Force (PAF) ;
  • The Department of Transportation and Communications, particularly the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG);
  • The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, specifically the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA);
  • The Department of Energy (DOE);
  • The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR);
  • The Foreign Service Institute (FSI);
  • And other agencies such as National Museum, National Historical Commission, National Archives, DILG's Philippine National Police, Municipality of Kalayaan, and the UP Marine Science Institute.

We are also most grateful to our international legal advisers led by Paul Reichler and his team of international lawyers, including Mr. Lawrence H. Martin, Professor Bernard H. Oxman, Professor Philippe Sands, and Professor Alan Boyle for their invaluable guidance and assistance.

Ordinarily, the next step in an arbitration of this nature would be the filing of a Counter-Memorial by the other Party. However, it is currently unknown whether China will appear in the case, or whether it will continue its present policy of abstaining from the proceedings. Under the Rules of Procedure, the Arbitral Tribunal will decide on next steps and advise the Parties.

The Philippines will follow the guidance of the Arbitral Tribunal in regard to the publication of the Memorial. In the meantime, out of respect for the Tribunal and the arbitral process, it is obliged to preserve confidentiality.

With firm conviction, the ultimate purpose of the Memorial is our national interest.

It is about defending what is legitimately ours.

It is about securing our children's future.

It is about guaranteeing freedom of navigation for all nations.

It is about helping to preserve regional peace, security and stability.

And finally, it is about seeking not just any kind of resolution but a just and durable solution grounded on International Law.

Thank you very much indeed for your kind attention.

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