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China expands in West Philippine Sea, Philippines relies on good faith

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine continues to rely on Beijing's "good faith" after a Chinese government report said that it "reasonably" expanded its isl.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 25th, 2017

Palace Still Trusts China Won’t Embark on New Reclamation

Malacanang on Tuesday said the Philippines was still relying on China’s good faith that the Chinese government would not embark on new reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this reaction when asked to comment on the reported airbase with military facilities and hospital that China built in the Kagitingan […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Philippines relies on China’s good faith amid expansion in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will still rely on China’s good faith even as the Asian power has expanded and fortified the islands it is occupying in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

PH gears again to fix runway in West PH Sea island after delays

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines said it is again gearing to start repairs on its dilapidated runway on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a project that was already funded by the previous Aquino administration but which has continued to face delays. Defense Secretary ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

‘It was a good year’ We have seen the litany of achievements of Duterte administration. It dwarfed the entire six years of the Aquino regime. It could have done better except that it has to first fix a lot of damages wrought by an inept regime that has likewise institutionalized corruption and abetted crime the most horrific of it all – the drug syndicates.  Space or brevity must have limited some significant achievements of the  Department of Finance and am referring to the upgrades of credit ratings of the Philippines from investment grade to investment grade and stable. While early on Standard & Poor’s claimed that President Duterte’s war on drugs and alleged extra-judicial killings are factors that account for the static rating by December 2017 it grudgingly acceded that something good is happening in the Philippines under Duterte’s watch.  Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez and his team deserves the credit. Fitch and Moody’s in their “investment grade and stable” rating in December enunciated that the issues surrounding drugs and EJK have nothing to do with the rosy economy of the country and its image as capital investment destination. The country’s economic performance for one is top in Asia and there is no turning back with the expected massive spending on infrastructures and government services starting 2018 and beyond.  The Duterte government achievements scoreboard makes the moribund opposition drooling. Still on Finance, expect the billionaires who are also the country’s tax dodgers to cough up. TRAIN or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion gives a huge relief to 99 percent of those small taxpayers saving the ar least P50,000.00 in tax cut!  But demands and exacts the reasonable taxes from the rich especially the filthy rich. Last year sampling of Lucio Tan (P6-billion), Mighty Cigarettes (P40-billion) and the Prieto and Rufinos’ one-mile asset that they are accountable to the government in still unquantifiable amount as yet? There is a subliminal message to be absorbed why candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte refused to accept donations from the rich and famous: just pay your taxes correctly and you’re okay.  The Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs are churning more collections under a continuing reforms.  President Duterte himself did dramatic and radical transformations in the area of Foreign Affairs and security. He was chided and lectured on by self proclaimed experts in diplomacy and security alliances especially with the generous expletives he is famous for. But as he admitted to the point of being apologetic, he told media men in this year’s Christmas party, “but that is me”.  Duterte’s foray into foreign affairs and diplomacy might be severely lacking in refinements but he put across his message clearly and direct and one cannot quarrel with what he achieved in such a brief moment. He virtually altered the outlook of the western countries on small sovereign nations. He overhauled alliances by an unwritten rule of mutual respect and cognizance of sovereignty. While Aquino made enemies with China which is the world’s second largest economy resulting in unquantifiable losses of opportunities Duterte reversed that with the resumption of trade, financial assistance with cheap money interest, massive infrastructure projects that will come into fruition by 2018. World leaders to include Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, PM Shinzo Abe of Japan and, to the dismay of the so-called Yellowtards, US Pres. Donald Trump who became his virtual phone pal.  The Department of Agriculture under Sec. Manny Pinol, did exemplary well. Productivity is better than expected and could have performed better if not for the natural calamities that the country has to contend with. Maybe the Bureau of Fisheries under it may try something out of the box. Propose to China to convert that disputed island into a one big marine laboratory. China provides the infrastructures while the Philippines the technical aquatic expertise. Make a 10-mile no-fishing marine haven around the island and guarded by the joint coastguard forces of China, Philippines and Vietnam. The Philippine Coconut Authority under Cabinet Sec. Jun Evasco is about to embark on a massive replanting program.  The Aquino government allocated billions of pesos to fight ‘cocolisap’ infestation but applied the wrong solution. Well, what do we expect from a certain Kiko Pangilinan? The replanting program was a big failure on account of  massive graft in high and low places. Replanting as well as new areas had been programmed by PCA.  Finally we have to give accolade to our Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for combating internal threats, terrorism and syndicated crime. The AFP and PNP are more prepared and better equipped now than any other time in history. Furthermore we see a disciplined forces in the AFP and while there are a few remaining scalawags in the PNP the cleansing process is done without let-up. We from Mindanao are comfortable and secured with their presence even under the aegis of martial law. If you do not believe me look at the various surveys on the popularity and trust of Filipinos on President Duterte and his government.  This will end my perspectives for year 2017 and we look forward to 2018 the Build, Build, Build era. The beginning of the new Philippines. Mindanao and Davao City, from where I live and write, may have suffered from natural calamities but we had seen, suffered and endured worse scenarios and even man made tragedies than […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Philippines relies on China’s good faith amid expansion in SCS

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will still rely on China’s good faith even as the Asian power has expanded and fortified the islands it is occupying in Source link link: Philippines relies on China’s good faith amid expansion in SCS.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Palace banking on China ‘goodwill’

Malacaang on Monday said it was still relying on the "goodwill" of China after a newspaper in the mainland reported that China had "accelerated and enhanced its military presence" in the South China Sea. It also said that there was a plan to commission a "fleet of offshore nuclear platforms" for its islands before 2020. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said it was prudent to find out where the actual construction occurred since the Philippines was not claiming the whole South China Sea. "We don't know where these works are. We continue to rely on China's good faith," Roque said in a statement. "Location is material since we do not have claims on all the islands and water...Keep on reading: Palace banking on China ‘goodwill’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 25th, 2017

ASEAN 2017: A wasted opportunity for the West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines – When the Philippines won a case against China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), experts hoped the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would rally around the ruling to tame an aggressive Beijing. The perfect time for this would have been the Philippines' ASEAN chairmanship this ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2017

PH agrees to hold bilateral talks with China to resolve sea conflict

  We're on our own.   In a policy shift, the Philippines has decided to go it alone in dealing with China to find a final solution to their territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.   The West Philippine Sea is the waters within the Philippines' 370-kilometer (EEZ) in the heavily disputed South China Sea.   Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday confirmed a report by Chinese state media that President Duterte promised Chinese President Xi Jinping when they met in Vietnam on Saturday that the Philippines would now "properly handle maritime issues with China based on bilateral consensus via bilateral channels."   Chin...Keep on reading: PH agrees to hold bilateral talks with China to resolve sea conflict.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

New Coast Guard vessels from Japan to fight piracy, patrol West PH Sea

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will soon deploy more vessels acquired from Japan to fight piracy in Mindanao waters, and to patrol the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr made the announcement on Thursday, November 16, during the visit of Kentaro Sonoura, Special ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Sen. Leila M. de Lima s Statement on Duterte s directive to stop construction in West Philippine Sea

November 14, 2017. 11/14/17 China keeps building, while our President behaves like a good lapdog to his Chinese masters and orders his own military to stop building sheds for troops defending the country’s sovereignty. The AFP should take note that their… Source link link: Sen. Leila M. de Lima's Statement on Duterte's directive to stop construction in West Philippine Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2017

Pangilinan still optimistic over oil hunt in West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino tycoon  Manuel Pangilinan , whose firm holds an exploration permit covering the Reed Bank, remains optimistic that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang can agree to share untapped oil and gas prospects in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). This was after China ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

Statement of Senators Bam Aquino, Frank Drilon, Kiko Pangilinan, Sonny Trillanes on latest conflict over West Philippine Sea

November 9, 2017. The government exists to protect and serve its people and their interest. Over a year ago, the international tribunal decided that China’s nine-dash lines have no effect on the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, which is about 381,000 square kilometers of maritime space. That’s bigger than the… Source link link: Statement of Senators Bam Aquino, Frank Drilon, Kiko Pangilinan, Sonny Trillanes on latest conflict over West Philippine Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, senators urge gov t to enforce West PH Sea ruling

MANILA, Philippines – Senators on Thursday, November 9, called on the Duterte administration to enforce the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling in favor of the Philippines, involving the historic case filed against China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Senators Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, and Antonio ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Duterte to ask China to clarify plans in West PH Sea

MANILA, Philippines – During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, President Rodrigo Duterte wants to ask China to explain what it "really wants" to do in the West Philippine Sea. "It's about time that ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries – not really to confront – but to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

China eyeing deployment of military planes, missiles in South China Sea, says expert

MANILA, Philippines — China is eyeing to deploy military aircraft and missiles on its artificially-constructed islands in the West Philippine Sea and continu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Code of Conduct won t remove China s de facto control of South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — The gains of China are unlikely to be reversed even if a code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea is agreed upon by the parties to th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

PH fears incident with China after standoff in Pag-asa

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday, November 8, expressed concern over possible "incidents" with China in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as he revealed a two-month-old "standoff" with Beijing in Pag-asa (Thitu) Island. Lorenzana made the statement while addressing the ASEAN Leadership Forum in Makati on Wednesday, which ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Duterte to hold Chinese leader to his word on Panatag Shoal

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he was keeping faith in the word of honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who promised that China would not encroach into Philippine territory in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. "I just hope that he would honor it because it will change the entire geography of the world," said Mr. Duterte at the sixth anniversary of the Philippine Marines. He said "war starts" if there was any aggression in disputed territories in the South China Sea. "I don't know what would be the next geographical division of Asia," said Mr. Duterte. He also recalled that he had told Xi that the Philippines would not give up its claim on Pag-asa Island and n...Keep on reading: Duterte to hold Chinese leader to his word on Panatag Shoal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Duterte to be frank with Xi on West Philippine Sea dispute

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte plans to bring up the country's rights to territory in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) when he holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam this week. "I'm going to APEC tomorrow. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

Palace: Duterte relies on China& apos;s good faith in not claiming disputed islands - Manila Bulletin

Palace: Duterte relies on China's good faith in not claiming disputed islands - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017