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IN PHOTOS: Fisherfolk slam China on eve of Independence Day

MANILA, Philippines – Fisherfolk-members of activist group Akbayan trooped to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on Monday, June 11, to slam China's reported thievery and harassment of Filipinos in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). Carrying fishing nets and fish-shaped protest signs, the protesters called on Filipinos to ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 11th, 2018

Pro- and anti-China lines harden in the Philippines

A protester holds a placard during a rally coinciding the Philippines' 120th Independence Day at the Chinese consulate in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. Photo: AFP Forum/NurPhot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Hundreds protest in Hong Kong vs attempt to ban pro-independence party

HONG KONG, China – Hundreds of people protested Saturday, July 21 in Hong Kong after police sought to ban a pro-independence political party, as Beijing ups pressure on challengers to its territorial sovereignty over the city. Authorities said the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), a well-known but small group with a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

US dollar down on as Trump makes fresh threats vs China

The dollar dropped against the euro as comments by US President Donald Trump risked ratcheting up trade war tensions, while stocks diverged. Artjom Hatsaturjants, research analyst at Accendo Markets, said "market sentiment soured on President Trump criticising the Fed for hiking rates and threatening to go 'whole hog' on imposing tariffs on all $500 billion of Chinese imports to the US, further inflaming global trade tensions and putting at risk central bank independence". In an interview with CNBC television broadcast Friday, Trump threatened to slap all Chinese imported goods with tariffs, risking an escalation in global trade war tactics. "I'm ready to go 500," the Republican...Keep on reading: US dollar down on as Trump makes fresh threats vs China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Filipinos slam inaction over row with China

MANILA: Eight out of 10 Filipinos, or 81 per cent, have expressed concern over the alleged government 'inaction' in asserting the country's sovereign rights by allowing China to purs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Filipinos slam ‘inaction’ over row with China

MANILA: Eight out of 10 Filipinos, or 81 per cent, have expressed concern over the alleged government ‘inaction’ in asserting the country’s sovereign rights by allowing China to purs Source link link: Filipinos slam ‘inaction’ over row with China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Serbs angrier at World Cup ref than at nationalist gestures

By Mike Corder, Associated Press KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Serbs appeared angrier Saturday at the referee who officiated their country's 2-1 World Cup defeat than at two Swiss players who provocatively flashed Albanian nationalist gestures after scoring. Years of simmering Balkan tensions surfaced at the World Cup on Friday night as Switzerland beat Serbia in Kaliningrad. The two Swiss goals came from ethnic Albanians Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, both of whom celebrated with a hand signal of the double-headed eagle on the Albanian flag. "The Swiss Provocation," wrote Serb nationalist daily newspaper Vecernje Novosti alongside photographs of the gestures and a picture of Shaqiri's boots, which have the Kosovo flag on one heel and the Swiss flag on the other. FIFA's disciplinary committee opened proceedings against the two for the politically charged goal celebrations. FIFA also said Saturday it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Serbian Football Association for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans. FIFA also is reviewing statements that Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic made after the match. The families of both goal scorers hail from Kosovo , the former Serb province whose 2008 declaration of independence is not recognized by Serbia and remains a source of friction between the Balkan neighbors. Thousands of Kosovo Albanians trekked across Europe in the 1990s, fleeing rising ethnic tensions that culminated in a bloody 1998-99 war of independence between ethnic Albanians and Serb forces that left about 10,000 people dead. Many settled in Switzerland, but still have strong feelings for their homeland — Xhaka's brother plays for the Albanian national team. Serbian football officials complained to FIFA, soccer's governing body, about the gestures, but appeared far angrier about the failure of German referee Felix Brych to use a video review when two Swiss defenders manhandled Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to the ground in the second half. Brych ignored Serbian players' penalty appeals. FIFA had no comment Saturday about the video decision. Serbian football association Vice President Savo Milosevic reacted angrily after the match. "I understand maybe the referee didn't see it, but that's why we put VAR (video assisted review) on," Milosevic said. "What are (those) guys doing up there?" Serbian newspapers gave more space to the VAR spat than to the nationalist gestures. In the Kosovo capital, Pristina, fans set off flares when the Swiss players scored . Fans in the Albanian capital, Tirana, cheered as they watched the match on outdoor screens. Kosovo's president Hashim Thaci wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations to goalscorers Xhaka, Shaqiri and entire #Switzerland on a well deserved win! Proud of you." He finished his tweet: "Kosova ju don!" — an Albanian phrase meaning "Kosovo loves you!" Thaci is due to meet his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in Brussels on Sunday for European Union-brokered talks on their countries' strained relationship. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama posted on his Facebook page photos of Shaqiri and Xhaka with their hands crossed in the two-headed eagle symbol and wrote: "Photo of the day." Meanwhile in Kaliningrad the day after the match, fans of both sides were not impressed by the gestures. "Politics shouldn't be mixed in with sports," said Stefan Gabrilovic, a Serbia supporter who lives in Australia. "I mean, it's not right, it's not right at all." Switzerland fan Mannie Affolter agreed. "I think it's not necessary but I cannot stop them," Affolter said. "For me it's too political, they should concentrate on sports. I don't like it either." Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic, who was born in Bosnia, another Balkan nation that fought a war of independence as Yugoslavia collapsed in the 1990s, didn't approve, either. "You should never mix politics and football. You should always show respect," he said after the match. "It's a wonderful atmosphere and a positive experience and that's what football should be about." ____ Associated Press writers Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade and Llazar Semini in Tirana, Albania, contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

No More Fish in the Sea: Masinloc Fisherfolk Speak Up

OBSCURE DIPLOMACY aside, there are other aspects of China's presence in Philippine waters worth reporting.The plight of the fishermen, harassed or taunted, even prevented, by Chinese vessels.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Leni Robredo’s salute in the rain on Independence Day gets cheers and jeers

Photos and videos of Vice President Leni Robredo saluting the Philippine flag under the rain during the Independence Day rites at Rizal Park spread online and got both cheers and jeers. Those who praised it described her as someone to emulate, particularly describing her “snappy salute” to the national flag. Others lauded the photo taken […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Filipino fishermen want full access to lagoon at Panatag Shoal

IBA, Zambales --- Filipino fishermen on Thursday have urged the Philippine government to make an agreement with its Chinese counterpart to give them full access to the lagoon at Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). "Ang panawagan po namin sa Presidente magkaron ng agreement na payagan na po totally namin na ma-access namin yung kabuuan ng shoal kasi limited po ang aming galaw (We call upon the President to have a deal [with China] that would allow us to fully access the shoal because our moves in the area are limited)," said Rolly Bernal, president of Scarborough Fisherfolk Association. The military initiated a consultative dialogue with t...Keep on reading: Filipino fishermen want full access to lagoon at Panatag Shoal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

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:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 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

WATCH: Paulo Avelino, ‘Goyo’ cast bring pride to Independence Day parade

Paulo Avelino and the rest of the cast of "Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral" surprised visitors at Luneta during the celebration of the Philippines' 120th Independence Day yesterday, June 12. Avelino, who graced the event as the young general Gregorio Del Pilar, joined the Independence Day parade despite the gloomy weather. Also present was his co-star Mon Confiado, who portrays General Emilio Aguinaldo. Both showed up at the Kalayaan Parade at the Quirino Grandstand, as seen in a footage taken by state media RTVM. Additional photos from the movie's Facebook page showed other cast members participating in the celebration. In one photo, Epy Quizon who plays the role of the "brain...Keep on reading: WATCH: Paulo Avelino, ‘Goyo’ cast bring pride to Independence Day parade.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

House leader, opposition clash over independence

SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez credited President “Rody” Rodrigo Duterte for making the Philippines a truly independent nation under his term, while opposition lawmakers lamented the failure of the government to oppose the creeping “invasion” of China in the West Philippine Sea . Alvarez cited the major shift in the foreign….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

PH Democracy, Scarborough, Independence Day | Evening wRap

  Today on Rappler: A majority of Filipinos remain satisfied with how democracy is working in the country and prefer it to any other kind of government. China said it has allowed Filipino fishermen to fish in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) "out of goodwill." Vice President ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Poblacion, Makati s Independence Day 2018 party

MANILA, Philippines – It may have been a rain-soaked Monday night, but Poblacion's nightlife district was bursting with life as people trooped to the area for Repoblacion ng Pilipinas, an Independence Day party. Don Pedro street, the spine of Poblacion's nightlife, was bedecked in all things Filipino: Philippine ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated 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

IN PHOTOS: Militant groups protest at Chinese consulate

MANILA, Philippines – Despite inclement weather,  members of several militant groups stormed the Chinese consulate in Makati City Tuesday morning, June 12. (READ:  [OPINION] Joint development in West PH Sea: An idea whose time has come ) “Today is #Hindipendence day. Freedom remains an illusion under the helm of a cheap dictator-wannabe who shamelessly kowtows to foreign superpowers like China and US, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Groups seek return of comfort woman statue

MANILA, Philippines – Armed with flowers and placards, women from all walks of life on Tuesday, June 12, gathered along Roxas Boulevard for a different Independence Day celebration. Womens' groups Gabriela and Lila Filipina led a group of mostly women in a small flower offering ceremony at the former ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Woods to play with No. 1 and 2 in the world at US Open

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press Tiger Woods will play the opening two rounds of the U.S. Open with Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, which feels like a grouping of Nos. 1-2-3 in the world ranking. Except that Woods is No. 80. The USGA released its tee times Thursday for the U.S. Open next week at Shinnecock Hills, and it offered two stacked groups for the morning and afternoon. Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy tee off together in the morning of the first round. Woods, Johnson and Thomas are together in the afternoon. This is the 10-year anniversary of the USGA first putting together the Nos. 1-2-3 players in the world at Torrey Pines — Woods, Mickelson and Adam Scott. Woods is playing the U.S. Open for the first time since he missed the cut at Chambers Bay in 2015. He has been out of golf for most of the past two years recovering from back surgeries, and his world ranking fell as low as No. 1,199 until returning to competition last December. In nine PGA Tour events, he has a pair of top 10s and had missed the cut only one time. It will be the first time Woods and Johnson have played together in a major, and their first time in the same group since the opening two rounds of Torrey Pines in 2017 when both missed the cut. That doesn't include the round they played with President Donald Trump the day after Thanksgiving last year. Woods and Thomas have played together only once in competition, at Riviera in the Genesis Open, the only cut Woods has missed this year. But they play occasionally at home in south Florida. Mickelson gets his third crack at Shinnecock Hills, where he was in position to win in 1995 and in 2004. In his first appearance, Mickelson played the par-5 16th in 6 over for the week and finished four shots behind Corey Pavin. The previous time, he briefly had a one-shot lead with two holes to play when he made double bogey on the 71st hole and lost by two shots to Retief Goosen. The U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson lacks for the career Grand Slam. McIlroy and Spieth also have three legs of the career Slam, with McIlroy missing the Masters and Spieth lacking the PGA Championship. This will be the fifth time Spieth and McIlroy, the two biggest attractions among the younger generation, play together in a major. Mickelson previously has played with McIlroy four times in the majors, including the 2011 U.S. Open that McIlroy won by eight shots for his first major, and the 2013 British Open that Mickelson won at Muirfield. The USGA went with an All-Spain group for Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm and Rafa Cabrera Bello; and All-Asian group with Li Haotong of China, Si Woo Kim of South Korea and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand; and an All-England group featuring Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett and Ian Poulter. Six spots have been set aside for those who get into the top 60 in the world this week, though only two players, Emiliano Grillo and Byeong Hun An, are assured of that and only one other player can make the top 60 by winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The top of the order for alternates come from Japan (Rikuya Hoshino), Tennessee (Scott Piercy) and Ohio (Ted Potter Jr.), but that's only to fill vacant spots. If a qualifier were to withdraw, his spot would be taken by the alternate from his sectional site......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Venus Williams: 2 1st-round Grand Slam exits in row for 1st time

Venus Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing to China's Qiang Wang during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Stadium, Sunday, May 27,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018