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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

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

Jet Li breaks silence on shocking photo

Martial arts superstar Jet Li Lianjie has taken to Facebook to allay fears of fans that he was in ill health after shocking recent photos revealed the extent of his hyperthyroidism and spinal problems, according to a report in The South China Morning Post......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

PH, Japan hold joint maritime patrol near West Philippine Sea

The Philippines and Japan conducted a joint maritime patrol near the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) early this week.   Sources from the Philippine Navy said the training exercise, which was conducted last Tuesday in Palawan, focused on search and rescue missions.   Air assets involved in the joint exercise include two Kawasaki P-1 patrol aircraft from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and one Beechcraft C-90 of the Philippine Navy.   The JMSDF also released photos of the "goodwill exercise" conducted "in the waters and air around Palawan" on its Facebook page.   Japan previously donated five units of C-90 (formerly TC-90)...Keep on reading: PH, Japan hold joint maritime patrol near West Philippine Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

HK’s independence movement in limbo?

HONG KONG -- It was only two years ago that thousands gathered near government headquarters in the heart of Hong Kong for an energetic rally in support of independence from China. Today such scenes are unthinkable in the semi-autonomous city as Beijing ramps up pressure on any challenge to its….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

China warns of more action after military drills near Taiwan

BEIJING – A series of Chinese military drills near Taiwan were designed to send a clear message to the self-ruled island and China will take further steps if Taiwan independence forces persist in doing as they please, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.   Source link link: China warns of more action after military drills near Taiwan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

PH may file protest vs China only if…

The Philippines is considering the possibility of filing a diplomatic protest against China over its latest activity in Panganiban Reef, but will check first if its new ally is in breach of an international obligation, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.   Photos obtained by the Inquirer showed that China had landed military transport planes on Panganiban Reef (international name: Mischief Reef), which is within the Philippines' 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone.   Experts warned that this could be a precedent to Beijing sending more aircraft, including fighter jets, to its man-made islands in the strategic waters.   Occupied islands ...Keep on reading: PH may file protest vs China only if….....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 20th, 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