Robert Joseph P. Medillo

Robert Joseph P. Medillo

Associate Professor, National Defense College of the Philippines

Robert Joseph P. Medillo is an associate professor at the National Defense College of the Philippines. He holds a MA in Political Science from De La Salle University, Manila and a MPA from the University of the Philippines Diliman. His research areas are Philippine defence, security and foreign policy; politics and administration of national security in developing countries; and critical security studies.


A Philippines coast guard personnel looks at the Chinese Coast Guard vessel as they come close during a mission to deliver provisions at Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on 10 November 2023. (Jam Sta Rosa/AFP)

It's not about fear: What drives the Philippines’ response in the South China Sea

Philippine academic Robert Joseph P. Medillo says that rather than looking at the Philippines’ reactions to China’s actions in the South China Sea from the prism of fear, one can understand it as standing up to a major power, through building a collective of like-minded states that can rally together to press for transparency and accountability from China.