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‘Philippines a willing victim, abettor of China’

From being a victor in a legal dispute with China over the latter’s massive maritime claims, the Philippines has become a “willing victim” of the Asian giant’s provocations in the West Philippine Sea and an “abettor” of its expansionism in the region, former foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2018

‘Philippines a willing victim, abettor of China’

From being a victor in a legal dispute with China over the latter’s massive maritime claims, the Philippines has become a “willing victim” of the Asian giant’s provocations in the West Philippine Sea and an “abettor” of its expansionism in the region, former foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Del Rosario: PH a willing victim 2 years after Hague ruling

MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario lamented that the Philippines has become "a willing victim" and "an abettor" of China, two years after Manila  won its landmark case against Beijing  over the South China Sea. Del Rosario posed 3 questions, and presented answers, in a forum on Thursday, July 12, to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Kung Fu kicks Alab Pilipinas out of China with a losing skid

The road woes have finally come for Alab Pilipinas in the month of March. Falling victim to a third quarter blitz from Chinese team Chong Son, the Filipinos come home from Nanhai on Sunday with a 79-92 loss. The Philippines now has back-to-back losses in the span of a week, dropping its record to 11-6 and its standing from second to fourth in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. Both of those losses have come away from home, with this one coming undone by a cold-shooting third quarter where they only scored 14 points. And so, just down by four at halfitme, Alab found itself trailing by 20 early in the final frame. They would not threaten the rest of the way. Renaldo Balkman led them in the losing effort with 29 points on top of eight rebounds and three assists. Justin Brownlee tried to do his best, but only had 18 points in poor 9-of-22 shooting. Ray Parks Jr. also wasn't up to par with only 19 points at 35 percent from the field. In all, the Filipinos weren't connecting the way they used to and only made good on 33 of their 73 field goal attempts. With that, what was once a sterling 7-1 road record is now 7-3 for the Filipinos......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Taiwan wants in on Philippines-China sea talks

Taiwan wants to be included in multilateral talks on the South China Sea, saying it has turned out to be a ';victim'; of the ruling by a UN-backed arbitral tribunal dis.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2016

Taiwan wants in on Philippines-China sea talks

MANILA, Philippines - Taiwan wants to be included in multilateral talks on the South China Sea, saying it has turned out to be a victim of the ruling by a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2016

Philippines’ legal fees in China case still unpaid

By Paterno Esmaquel II/rappler.com – The Philippines’ legal fees in its historic case against China remain unpaid two years after the Southeast Asian country won in The Hague, the country’s current and former foreign secretaries confirmed. In a Rappler Talk interview with Marites Dañguilan Vitug on Monday, July 16, former Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated News13 hr. 28 min. ago

Duterte not worried over China loans

  (Editor's Note: President Duterte will deliver his third State of the Nation Address [Sona] on July 23. The Inquirer looks back at promises he made in Sona 2016 and Sona 2017, and how he and his administration performed on those promises. We will also look at major issues that marked his two years in office in our #Sona2018 series.)   Who's afraid of borrowing money from China? Not the Philippines under President Duterte, though economic managers have stressed that there will be careful discussions on foreign loan agreements and financing for massive infrastructure.   As President Duterte continues to build closer ties with China's top leaders, his adm...Keep on reading: Duterte not worried over China loans.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News15 hr. 53 min. ago

Priests, nuns donate P300,000 to kids of murdered mom

MANILA, Philippines – Less than 14 hours after Jennifer Taburada, 27, was slain by masked gunmen , priests and nuns pitched in to donate around P300,000 ($5,600) to the victim's orphaned children.  The P300,000 was collected in a Mass on Thursday, July 19, for the second day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Xiaomi Mi 8 now in the PH for P25,990

MANILA, Philippines – It's a busy day for phone makers. Samsung launched the J8, Huawei announced the Nova 3i, and Xiaomi just announced local availability for their new flagship, the Mi 8.  The Mi 8 was unveiled back in June in China, featuring a Snapdragon 845 processor like its most ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Police in Angono slammed for anti-rape advice

MANILA, Philippines – Police in a Philippine town have told women to shun skimpy clothing to avoid rape, sparking outrage in a country that prides itself as an early Asian adopter of liberal Western cultural values. Women's groups demanded that police take down Tuesday's "victim-blaming" anti-rape advice. But it remained ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

‘PH, Province of China’ Banners ‘Bad’ for PH-China Ties: Envoy

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on Tuesday described the ‘Welcome to the Philippines, province of China’ banners as a threat to the improving China-Philippines relations. “It is bad for bilateral relationship and it is also bad for the Filipino people,” Zhao said in a media interview during the groundbreaking ceremony for two China-aid […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Bong Go billboards, China on PH loans, Mandela | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Bong Go billboard has been taken down . Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua denies China is putting the Philippines into a 'debt trap' by giving it grants and loans. Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday warns of 'strange and uncertain times,' in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Bilateral talks with China will never work – Del Rosario

MANILA, Philippines – Bilateral or one-on-one talks with China "will never work" in settling disputes, said former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario, as he pushed for engaging Beijing through multilateral settings or those that involve third parties. "Bilateral exchanges with China in terms of settling disputes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Philippines legal fees in China case still unpaid

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines' legal fees in its historic case against China remain unpaid two years after the Southeast Asian country won in The Hague, the country's current and former foreign secretaries confirmed. In a Rappler Talk interview with Marites Dañguilan Vitug on Monday, July 16, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Chinese ambassador: Banners ‘vicious attack’

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on Tuesday described as a "vicious attack" on now warm relations between the Philippines and China the emergence of banners declaring the Philippines a Chinese province, which were apparently a take on a joke made by President Rodrigo Duterte. "The Philippines has never been a part of China," Zhao said at the sidelines of groundbreaking rites for two bridges being funded by the Chinese government. "Not now, or ever." Last week, a number of banners bearing the words "Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China" were seen hanging from several footbridges along major thoroughfares in the capital. The stunt came on the eve of the second anniversary ...Keep on reading: Chinese ambassador: Banners ‘vicious attack’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

PH warned against heavy dependence on China for funding

The Philippines must avoid too much reliance on China in funding big-ticket infrastructure projects under its "Build, Build, Build" program, a leading economist said. Veteran economist Bernardo Villegas of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) welcomed indications that President Duterte ---after rebalancing trade and investment relations away from the West---was now doing "a lot of rebalancing away from China." At the beginning, Villegas said many people were concerned that Duterte was heading to the extreme by pivoting from the United States to China. He, however, also recognized the President's moves to bring into the equation other Asian neighbors. "We're now begi...Keep on reading: PH warned against heavy dependence on China for funding.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

PH a province of China? Not now, not ever, envoy says

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua slammed the banners branding the Philippines as a "province of China," as he called these a "vicious attack" on the "independent foreign policy" pursued by President Rodrigo Duterte.   "It has never been any part ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

China denies debt trap in grants for Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua denied that China is putting the Philippines into a "debt trap" by giving it grants and loans, as he said President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team "is smart enough."  "Actually, there has never been a debt trap. It's all ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Chinese envoy: Philippines not our province, not now, not ever

The Philippines has never been and would never be a province of China, the Chinese ambassador to the Philippines said, as President Rodrigo Duterte stressed that Beijing did not ask Manila to cede even "one square" of its territory in exchange for its help......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018