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Carpio urges agreement with China, Vietnam

Carpio urges agreement with China, Vietnam.....»»

Category: newsSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesJun 14th, 2018

Philippines, China, Vietnam can sign common agreement on fishing — Carpio

The Philippines has several options on how to deal with the situation in Scarborough Shoal, including signing a common agreement with China and Vietnam, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Carpio warns against PH accepting China’s ‘goodwill’ line

  The Philippines may lose its legal right to Panatag Shoal if it accepts China's line that it allows Filipinos to fish there "out of goodwill," acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Thursday.   Speaking in an interview on CNN Philippines, Carpio said China's goodwill was "immaterial," as the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in 2016 that Panatag Shoal --- known internationally as Scarborough Shoal --- was a common fishing ground for the Philippines, China and Vietnam.   Commenting on a controversy involving Filipino fishermen and Chinese coast guards, Geng Shuang, spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, earlier told re...Keep on reading: Carpio warns against PH accepting China’s ‘goodwill’ line.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Drilon urges Duterte to review appeasement policy towards China

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon called on President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration to review the "policy of appeasement and accommodation on China,” saying it does not translate to better economic relations with the Asian giant. Drilon pointed out that Vietnam, which has been aggressive in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Top Philippine judge urges China face court over reef destruction

MANILA — A Philippine Supreme Court judge has called on the government to bring China to court for violating the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea with the destruction of coral reefs in a disputed part of the South China Sea. Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch critic of President […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Davao City council approves sisterhood agreement with China’s Jinjiang City

THE DAVAO City council approved on April 24 an ordinance granting authority to enter into a sisterhood agreement with the Jinjiang City in China’s Fujian Province. A letter of intent for the partnership was signed last Feb. 5 by Ms. Carpio and Jinjiang City Deputy Mayor Li Zili. “Davao is an important city for the […] The post Davao City council approves sisterhood agreement with China’s Jinjiang City appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

China urges North, South Korea to ‘seize opportunity’

BEIJING:China has cautiously welcomed an agreement by North and South Korea to hold a historic summit, urging both sides to “seize the current opportunity” to promote the denuclearisation of the peninsula. The foreign ministry issued a statement late Tuesday praising the “positive outcomes” of a meeting between South Korean envoys and North Korean leader Kim [...] The post China urges North, South Korea to ‘seize opportunity’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in Southeast Asia

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in Southeast Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 27th, 2016

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in Southeast Asia

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in Southeast Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 27th, 2016

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in southeast Asia

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in southeast Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 27th, 2016

Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China

WASHINGTON --- By making a rare second trip this year to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is signaling how intensively the Trump administration is trying to counter China's military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region that share American wariness about Chinese intentions. The visit beginning Tuesday also shows how far U.S.-Vietnamese relations have advanced since the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War. Mattis, a retired general who entered the Marine Corps during Vietnam but did not serve there, visited Hanoi in January. By coincidence, that stop came just days before the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in 1968. Tet was a turning point wh...Keep on reading: Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Carpio: Out of ICC, PH helpless vs China

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned that the Philippines would be giving up a "very strong" legal deterrent against a possible China invasion of the West Philippine Sea if it withdrew from the International Criminal Court (ICC). At the last round of oral arguments on Tuesday, Carpio listed the implications of President Rodrigo Duterte's order in March to pull out from the international treaty creating the ICC on the maritime dispute with China. Carpio told Solicitor General Jose Calida in open court that the Philippines could sue China's leaders, led by President Xi Jinping, at the ICC for alleged crimes against humanity should China invade Philippine-occup...Keep on reading: Carpio: Out of ICC, PH helpless vs China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Justice Carpio: Leaving the ICC will weaken Philippine stance vs China

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is pushing the envelope when it comes to challenging the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte. Carpio said on Tuesday, October 9, that Duterte’s unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) will weaken the Philippines’ position against ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Reporters Without Borders urges Hong Kong to renew journalist s visa

MANILA, Philippines – International media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday, October 9, urged Hong Kong to cancel its "extraordinary" decision denying British journalist Victor Mallet a working visa. Mallet, Financial Times' Asia news editor, hosted in August a talk by Andy Chan, an activist advocating the city's independence from China. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Under construction: How Chinese-funded infrastructure projects are progressing

Despite President Rodrigo Duterte securing several loan agreements on different infrastructure initiatives with China two years ago, the agreement has not yet resulted in a completed project. Duterte in October 2016 visited Chinese President Xi Jinping and signed more than ten agreements on infrastructure projects in an effort to boost the countries’ bilateral relationships with each […] The post Under construction: How Chinese-funded infrastructure projects are progressing appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

LOOK: Jr. NBA PH 2018 All-Stars get special send-off

Jr. NBA PH press release Oct. 8, 2018, Gatorade Hoops Center – Sixteen Jr. NBA All-Stars of the Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska got a special send-off this year from Alaska Milk the day before they left for their NBA Experience Trip to Shanghai, China. The eight boys and eight girls who topped the Jr. NBA National Training Camp last May underwent a basketball clinic conducted by NBA Legend Cherokee Parks and WNBA player Alana Beard, with US Ambassador Sung Kim in attendance. The All-Stars will play against counterpart Jr NBA All Stars from Vietnam, India, Thailand, Singapore and Jakarta during the trip, do city tours and watch an official preseason NBA game live between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks. They will be accompanied by Coaches of the Year Tata Belangel and Hazell Yambot. Above, L -R are: 1st row): Prince Ray Alao, Christian Joi Mesias, Nathan Jan Jundana, Kim Aaron Tamayo, Ethan Rod Alian, Seven Gagate, John Lester Amagan, Manuel Luis Antonio Pablo 2nd row): E-Cow, Marielle Vigno, Madelyn Flores, Christine Nichole Venterez, NBA Global Partnerships Director Mae Dichupa, Gin Kayla Huelar, Aishe Mae Solis, Amber Esquivel, Kyla Mataga, Pauline Angelique Valle, Jr. WNBA Coach of the Year Hazel Yambot 3rd row): Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Mark Belangel, Alaska Power Camp Head Coach Jeffery Cariaso, Alaska Milk Corporation Sports Development Head Richard Bachmann, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, former NBA player Cherokee Parks, 4-time WNBA All-Star and Los Angeles Sparks Guard/Forward Alana Beard Fans can follow Jr. NBA at the official website www.jrnba.asia and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JrNBAAsia to learn more about the program as well as how to join and become a Jr. NBA All-Star in 2018. To learn more about Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and www.playph.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Holcim to Help Tackle Philippine Plastic Pollution Challenge

Building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. plans to be a stronger partner in addressing the country’s plastic waste challenges by using more such materials as alternative fuel in cement production. A recent report released by the United Nations Environment Programme showed that the Philippines along with China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam accounts for more than […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops

The Vatican on Saturday signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled the deal a sellout to the Communist government. Source link link: Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Australia eyes PNG military base to curb China’s Pacific influence

SYDNEY: Australia is planning to build new naval base in Papua New Guinea, reports said Wednesday, an apparent move to curb China’s influence in the Pacific. Canberra was aiming to finalize an agreement on the joint facility — to be built on the Pacific nation’s Manus island — ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit [...] The post Australia eyes PNG military base to curb China’s Pacific influence appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Davao and Kauai, Hawaii now sister cities

  HONOLULU -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio signed a sister city agreement between the Davao City and Kauai, Hawaii with Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on September 10, 2018, according to the Philippine consulate here. Mayor Duterte-Carpio headed a delegation who went on a two-day work visit in Kauai, starting September 9, to further deepen Davao City and Kauai's partnership in tourism and culture, agriculture, commerce, and trade. A tree planting ceremony was held at the Kauai Philippine Cultural Center, a gathering place for the Filipino community, which is set to open later this year. The delegation also met local businessmen and visited one of Kauai's bigge...Keep on reading: Davao and Kauai, Hawaii now sister cities.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018