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Chinese envoy’s presence in Kawit distressing to Hontiveros

  Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros finds "so insensitive" the sight of China's ambassador standing next to President Rodrigo Duterte as the latter waved the Philippine flag during Tuesday's Independence Day rites at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite.   Speaking at a media forum, Hontiveros expressed discomfort over Ambassador Zhao Jianhua's high-profile appearance in the activity.   "I don't know why the Chinese ambassador had to stand beside the President while he raised the flag, and why he spoke to our defense secretary --- it was so insensitive of them in these times," she said in Filipino.   Zhao spoke with the President about the comp...Keep on reading: Chinese envoy’s presence in Kawit distressing to Hontiveros.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 14th, 2018

‘That’s not insensitive,’ Palace says amid Risa’s criticism of Chinese envoy

https://youtu.be/fdVBeMOtYFA There was nothing wrong with the conduct of Chinese Ambassador who was seen talking to President Rodrigo Duterte during the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Kawit, Cavite on Tuesday, Malacaang said on Wednesday.   "That's not insensitive. Si Presidente ang lumapit(The President approached him). Nakita ko 'yun(I saw that)," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.   Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday described the conduct of Zhao during the event in Kawit, Cavite as inappropriate and "so insensitive."   "Hindi ko alam kung bakit nakatayo pa ang Chinese ambassador sa tabi ng ating Presidente habang itinataas ang w...Keep on reading: ‘That’s not insensitive,’ Palace says amid Risa’s criticism of Chinese envoy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

China invading PH? Nonsense, says envoy

KAWIT, Cavite --- Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua dismissed on Tuesday as "nonsense" talk spreading about China invading the Philippines that spread when a Chinese military plane landed in Davao City. "I'm really puzzled and even surprised that some of the people here [are] taking the landing of Chinese military jets as a kind of military threat to the Philippines," Zhao told reporters. He also said some people said the landing of the Chinese plane in Davao City indicated that this might be the "beginning of our invasion." "Please allow me to be blunt, it's nonsense. We have never thought of going to war with our good neighbor, our good friend that is the Philippines," he said. ...Keep on reading: China invading PH? Nonsense, says envoy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Hontiveros: ‘Drive out tambay in South China Sea, not those in the streets’

Sen. Risa Hontiveros yesterday challenged President Duterte to drive out Chinese occupants in Panatag or Scarborough Shoal before apprehending the tambays in the streets......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Cayetano on landing of China plane: Nothing fishy about it

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said a Chinese military plane was given diplomatic clearance to land at an airport in Davao City after the military authorized it, contradicting an earlier statement by military officials that it was the other way around.   "It's nothing irregular. There's nothing fishy about it. It is something that countries do," Cayetano said in an interview with CNN Philippines.   In fact, he said the Philippines had extended the same accommodation to 243 US and 33 South Korean military aircraft.   Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he learned of the presence of the Chinese military plane belatedly.---MARLON RAMOS ...Keep on reading: Cayetano on landing of China plane: Nothing fishy about it.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Duterte tells China to probe complaints of PH fishermen

President Rodrigo Duterte skipped diplomatic channels and went directly to Ambassador Zhao Jianhua to relay to China his concerns over the confiscation of Filipino fishermen's catch by Chinese coast guards at Panatag Shoal, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Wednesday.   Speaking in a radio interview about the discussion between Mr. Duterte and Zhao during Independence Day rites in Kawit, Cavite province, on Tuesday, Roque said that given the chance, the President would have gone directly to Chinese President Xi Jinping to remind him that they had an agreement on free access by Filipinos to Panatag Shoal.   The President told Zhao that China should invest...Keep on reading: Duterte tells China to probe complaints of PH fishermen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Robredo says Duterte admin too soft vs Chinese presence in West PH Sea

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo described as "too soft" the approach of President Rodrigo Duterte's government in dealing with China's militarization of the West Philippine Sea. The Vice President was asked on Wednesday, June 13, to assess the actions of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Beijing probing sea abuses – envoy

CHINA is investigating its coast guards who last month took the catch of Filipino fishermen at the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, the Chinese ambassador to the Philippines said on Tuesday. Zhao Jianhua called the catch takers “bad apples” and if it was proven that they forcibly took the Filipinos’ catch, he would “throw [them]into the South [...] The post Beijing probing sea abuses – envoy appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Chinese envoy: Bad apples in China Coast Guard to be disciplined

MANILA, Philippines – After speaking with President Rodrigo Duterte during Independence Day rites, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua vowed that China Coast Guard personnel proven to have taken catch from Filipino fishermen will be "disciplined." "They will be disciplined in accordance with our own regulation," said Zhao during ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

China invasion of PH? Nonsense, says Chinese envoy

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua brushed aside claims that the recent landing of a Chinese government plane in Davao City is a threat to Philippine sovereignty. "Even they indicated that this might be the beginning of our invasion. Please allow me to be ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 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

PH to raise Chinese bombers during next talks with China

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government will bring up with Chinese officials concerns on the presence of Chinese bombers in Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, said Malacañang on Monday, May 21. "We will bring this issue up again in the bilateral mechanism we have agreed upon with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

US: More troops needed vs China

With China now effectively able to control the South China Sea, the incoming chief of the US Pacific Command has called for an increase in military presence in the Indo-Pacific region to deter Chinese aggression......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Hontiveros: Government s response to Chinese missiles insult to Filipino soldiers

The listless response of the Philippine government to China’s installation of missiles on three of its artificially-built outposts in the South China Sea is an “insult” to the bravery and sacrifices of the Filipino soldiers, opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros said on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys wake-up call for PH

"" MANILA, Philippines – Senator Leila de Lima said on Saturday, May 5, that the  reported presence of Chinese cruise missiles  in the South China Sea should serve as a "wake-up call" to the Philippines. "This is a wake-up call not only to our armed forces but to our civilian hierarchy as well. Wake up now because ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay Were Added to the Cannes Film Festival Jury

Cannes Film Festivaljust announced their full competition jury and we're celebrating the female-majority! For the first time since 2014, they are adding more women to the mix like actress Kristen Stewart and A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay. This comes after the previous announcement that Cate Blanchett will be the jury president! The three women will also be joined by Burundian singer Khadja Nin and actress La Seydoux. The rest of the jury will be French director Robert Gudiguian, Wong Kar-Wai, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villenueve, Andrey Zvyagintsev, and Chinese actor Chang Chen. "For the last four years, I've become much more concerned about the presence of wom...Keep on reading: Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay Were Added to the Cannes Film Festival Jury.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Philippines as Chinese village? Opposition urges gov t to fight for country s sovereignty

The Philippines should assert and fight for its sovereignty in the South China Sea amid reports on the presence of Chinese military aircraft on one of its artificially-built islands in the disputed waters, members of the opposition said, as concerns over Beijing’s militarization of the waterway continue to mount......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

PHL verifying photos of Chinese aircraft on reef

THE Philippines may lodge a protest with China against the reported presence of two military aircraft on a Chinese-built island in the South China Sea, the top Philippine diplomat said, amid concern that China is militarizing the waterway. The Philippine Daily Inquirer published pictures on Wednesday that it said showed two military transport aircraft on […] The post PHL verifying photos of Chinese aircraft on reef appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Philippines verifying photos of China military aircraft on reef

The Philippines may lodge a protest with China against the reported presence of two military aircraft on a Chinese-built island in the South China Sea, the top Philippine diplomat said, amid concern that China is militarising the waterway......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

China military planes land on PH reef

Two Chinese military transport planes have been photographed on Panganiban Reef, marking the first reported presence of this type of aircraft in Philippine territory in the South China Sea and raising the prospect that China will base warplanes there. Panganiban Reef --- internationally known as Mischief Reef --- is located within the Philippines' 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea. The waters within this zone are known locally as West Philippine Sea. Surveillance images taken on Jan. 6 showed two Xian Y-7 military transport planes 20 to 50 meters apart on the ramp near Runway 21 on Panganiban, one of seven reefs in the Spratlys that China has tr...Keep on reading: China military planes land on PH reef.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Sara’s Hong Kong presence justified

“SHE was invited.” President Rodrigo Duterte clarified that his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, accompanied him during his trip to China and Hong Kong because she was also invited by the Chinese government to visit the country. “She was invited. She went there per invitation. I don’t know about….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018