The first commentator is Mr. Ricardo Roy A. Lopez. He is an MA Candidate in Asian Studies, Specializing in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman –Asian Center. His research interests include Southeast Asian Studies, international relations, peace and conflict studies. In terms of publication, he has contributed two articles in the Ateneo De Manila University – Department of Sociology and Anthropolgy’s Verstehen project. He has also presented his research paper entitled “Peace and Autonomy: Indonesia and the Philippines” at the 20th Anniversary Conference of the Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP) last Nov. 4-5, 2015 at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
His analytical commentaries are:
30 May 2016 – 2016 Elections and the Philippines’ Sabah Claim
25 July 2016 – OFWs and Philippine Foreign Policy