Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III is a research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, fellow at the University of the Philippines Korea Research Centre, lecturer at the Chinese Studies Programme at Ateneo de Manila University, and contributing editor (Reviews) for the Asian Politics & Policy Journal.

Latest from Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Opinion | The Philippines needs Duterte’s anti-terror bill, but addressing roots of extremism means going beyond its text

The country’s fight against armed insurgents has for decades cost lives, hamstrung development and diverted military resources, but the bill’s overreliance on draconian measures could backfire.

18 Jun 2020 - 3:52PM

The country’s fight against armed insurgents has for decades cost lives, hamstrung development and diverted military resources, but the bill’s overreliance on draconian measures could backfire.

The Philippines needs Duterte’s anti-terror bill, but addressing roots of extremism means going beyond its text
Opinion | Philippines bolsters posture in South China Sea after navy ship docks at new Spratly Islands port

A Philippine naval ship recently docked at a new port in the Spratly Islands, showing Manila’s resolve to defend its interests even as its ties with Beijing improve.

27 May 2020 - 11:15AM

A Philippine naval ship recently docked at a new port in the Spratly Islands, showing Manila’s resolve to defend its interests even as its ties with Beijing improve.

Philippines bolsters posture in South China Sea after navy ship docks at new Spratly Islands port
Opinion | Are Beijing’s bold moves in the South China Sea mere opportunism amid Covid-19 or the new normal?

China’s renewed assertiveness may be driven by both domestic and external factors as Beijing seeks to bolster support at home for its tough security stance, while showing rival claimants and the US that maritime and sovereignty issues will not be sidelined amid the pandemic.

7 May 2020 - 9:38AM

China’s renewed assertiveness may be driven by both domestic and external factors as Beijing seeks to bolster support at home for its tough security stance, while showing rival claimants and the US that maritime and sovereignty issues will not be sidelined amid the pandemic.

Are Beijing’s bold moves in the South China Sea mere opportunism amid Covid-19 or the new normal?
Opinion | How the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a ‘less Chinese’ belt and road initiative

As China rises from the pandemic, it will seek to resume infrastructure projects, especially in Southeast Asia, albeit on a more subdued scale.

6 May 2020 - 8:39AM

As China rises from the pandemic, it will seek to resume infrastructure projects, especially in Southeast Asia, albeit on a more subdued scale.

How the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a ‘less Chinese’ belt and road initiative
Opinion | Coronavirus gives Vietnam, Cambodia a chance to boost ties with Washington and Beijing

Amid the pandemic, Phnom Penh and Hanoi have deepened allegiances that have a bearing on great power rivalry in Asia.

16 Apr 2020 - 12:57PM

Amid the pandemic, Phnom Penh and Hanoi have deepened allegiances that have a bearing on great power rivalry in Asia.

Coronavirus gives Vietnam, Cambodia a chance to boost ties with Washington and Beijing
Opinion | Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam: which defence model will Philippines follow as US ties wither?

Withdrawing from its military alliance with Washington could now see Manila move closer to Beijing – but there are other options it might follow.

20 Feb 2020 - 3:03PM

Withdrawing from its military alliance with Washington could now see Manila move closer to Beijing – but there are other options it might follow.

Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam: which defence model will Philippines follow as US ties wither?
On Reflection | The US once feared allies would drag it into a war with China. How ironic

Duterte’s threat to end the Philippines’ military agreement with Washington highlights the challenges of managing America’s alliances in the age of great power rivalry.

28 Jan 2020 - 9:18PM

Duterte’s threat to end the Philippines’ military agreement with Washington highlights the challenges of managing America’s alliances in the age of great power rivalry.

The US once feared allies would drag it into a war with China. How ironic
Opinion | Beijing and Manila need more than coastguard diplomacy to fix South China Sea problems

The first visit by a Chinese coastguard ship to Manila is a milestone moment. But if Beijing is serious about boosting cooperation, it must exercise greater restraint in the contested waters.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:14PM

The first visit by a Chinese coastguard ship to Manila is a milestone moment. But if Beijing is serious about boosting cooperation, it must exercise greater restraint in the contested waters.

Beijing and Manila need more than coastguard diplomacy to fix South China Sea problems
Opinion | Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand: the new frontiers in US-China battle for influence

While Southeast Asia is a vital foothold for Washington, it must realise its regional partners are now sovereign actors with full agency and varied interests.

29 Nov 2019 - 7:37PM

While Southeast Asia is a vital foothold for Washington, it must realise its regional partners are now sovereign actors with full agency and varied interests.

Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand: the new frontiers in US-China battle for influence
Opinion | Why the Philippine-US Kamandag war games are a balancing act for Duterte

After his recent visits to China and Russia, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte must balance commitments to the United States – country’s traditional ally – without upsetting new partners.

16 Oct 2019 - 4:34PM

After his recent visits to China and Russia, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte must balance commitments to the United States – country’s traditional ally – without upsetting new partners.

Why the Philippine-US Kamandag war games are a balancing act for Duterte
Eye on Asia | Manila must play its cards right with Chinese offshore gambling, given Beijing’s warnings

The spike in Chinese offshore gambling operators has brought jobs and revenue but also problems. Manila must work with Beijing to crack down on human trafficking, fraud and illegal operators. Operators should also be encouraged to diversify investments in the Philippines.

9 Sep 2019 - 12:02PM

The spike in Chinese offshore gambling operators has brought jobs and revenue but also problems. Manila must work with Beijing to crack down on human trafficking, fraud and illegal operators. Operators should also be encouraged to diversify investments in the Philippines.

Manila must play its cards right with Chinese offshore gambling, given Beijing’s warnings
Asian Angle | Could Duterte’s cooperation with Beijing help Manila realise its South China Sea arbitral victory?

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Beijing later this month and resource cooperation might help the Philippines in its bid to get China to comply with the 2016 arbitral ruling, writes Lucio Blanco Pitlo III.

15 Aug 2019 - 8:15AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Beijing later this month and resource cooperation might help the Philippines in its bid to get China to comply with the 2016 arbitral ruling, writes Lucio Blanco Pitlo III.

Could Duterte’s cooperation with Beijing help Manila realise its South China Sea arbitral victory?
Opinion | How China can soothe anger in the Philippines over the sinking of a fishing boat in the South China Sea

An apology from the captain of the Chinese vessel, punishment for those found to be negligent and compensation for the Filipino fishermen would ease tensions. Meanwhile, the incident is a reminder of the need to conclude a regional maritime code of conduct.

25 Jun 2019 - 7:12PM

An apology from the captain of the Chinese vessel, punishment for those found to be negligent and compensation for the Filipino fishermen would ease tensions. Meanwhile, the incident is a reminder of the need to conclude a regional maritime code of conduct.

How China can soothe anger in the Philippines over the sinking of a fishing boat in the South China Sea
Opinion | As US-China great power rivalry intensifies, smaller states in Southeast Asia seek a way to thrive, not just survive

From trade to the South China Sea and technology, the US and China increasingly find themselves at odds, with regional countries caught in the middle. Many smaller players are now realising the importance of staying friendly with both but beholden to neither.

10 Jun 2019 - 7:22AM

From trade to the South China Sea and technology, the US and China increasingly find themselves at odds, with regional countries caught in the middle. Many smaller players are now realising the importance of staying friendly with both but beholden to neither.

As US-China great power rivalry intensifies, smaller states in Southeast Asia seek a way to thrive, not just survive
Opinion | In the South China Sea, Chinese fishing vessels around Thitu Island might net more than they bargained for

The over 200 Chinese vessels surrounding a Philippine-occupied island may prompt a backlash against genuine fishing boats and push the Philippines, which has been edging closer to China, back into a tighter alliance with the US.

25 Apr 2019 - 3:05AM

The over 200 Chinese vessels surrounding a Philippine-occupied island may prompt a backlash against genuine fishing boats and push the Philippines, which has been edging closer to China, back into a tighter alliance with the US.

In the South China Sea, Chinese fishing vessels around Thitu Island might net more than they bargained for
Opinion | The strengths and pitfalls of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, six years in

The belt and road is changing shape, making inroads into Europe, the Pacific and Latin America. Beijing is increasingly willing to fund projects that symbolise the country’s resurgence, but it should be wary of using economic might to sway policy.

25 Mar 2019 - 2:00AM

The belt and road is changing shape, making inroads into Europe, the Pacific and Latin America. Beijing is increasingly willing to fund projects that symbolise the country’s resurgence, but it should be wary of using economic might to sway policy.

The strengths and pitfalls of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, six years in
Opinion | The other side of Duterte’s war on drugs: rehabilitation, rescue and rooting out corruption

While the death toll in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-narcotics campaign has been the focus of international attention, the government’s massive rehabilitation effort and anti-corruption measures tend to be ignored.

22 Feb 2019 - 6:25PM

While the death toll in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-narcotics campaign has been the focus of international attention, the government’s massive rehabilitation effort and anti-corruption measures tend to be ignored.

The other side of Duterte’s war on drugs: rehabilitation, rescue and rooting out corruption
Opinion | China’s growing investment in the Philippines and Hanjin’s collapse stir national security worries

Manila faces the dilemma of easing security concerns about foreign equity in crucial sectors without appearing to single out booming Chinese investment.

31 Jan 2019 - 12:56PM

Manila faces the dilemma of easing security concerns about foreign equity in crucial sectors without appearing to single out booming Chinese investment.

China’s growing investment in the Philippines and Hanjin’s collapse stir national security worries
Opinion | Progress between China and the Philippines can’t guarantee peace in the South China Sea

Continued dialogue and forums for discussing South China Sea issues are certainly welcome, but Beijing and Manila still have competing interests, and US-China rivalry looks set to play out in these waters

4 Dec 2018 - 7:40PM

Continued dialogue and forums for discussing South China Sea issues are certainly welcome, but Beijing and Manila still have competing interests, and US-China rivalry looks set to play out in these waters

Progress between China and the Philippines can’t guarantee peace in the South China Sea
For the Philippines, caught between the US and China, trade war is an opportunity to move up the value chain

The trade war may see mixed results for Manila, with some sectors actually gaining, but it should still be a sign that the Philippines needs to diversify and make higher-quality goods.

16 Oct 2018 - 3:06PM

The trade war may see mixed results for Manila, with some sectors actually gaining, but it should still be a sign that the Philippines needs to diversify and make higher-quality goods.

For the Philippines, caught between the US and China, trade war is an opportunity to move up the value chain
How the Philippines can play peacemaker in Asean while banking on goodwill with China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is well placed to navigate his country’s new role as Asean-China coordinator, having bolstered ties with South China Sea littoral countries, including China, since he took office.

5 Sep 2018 - 7:55PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is well placed to navigate his country’s new role as Asean-China coordinator, having bolstered ties with South China Sea littoral countries, including China, since he took office.

How the Philippines can play peacemaker in Asean while banking on goodwill with China
Opinion | How resource cooperation in disputed waters can be a win-win for China and the Philippines

Sharing energy exploration rights in disputed areas can benefit both Manila and Beijing: the latter can hold onto its traditional claims and show it can be a good neighbour, while the former can maintain its energy security – provided domestic anger is kept in check.

14 Aug 2018 - 6:38AM

Sharing energy exploration rights in disputed areas can benefit both Manila and Beijing: the latter can hold onto its traditional claims and show it can be a good neighbour, while the former can maintain its energy security – provided domestic anger is kept in check.

How resource cooperation in disputed waters can be a win-win for China and the Philippines