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Naval operations of foreign powers refute China s claim, enforce arbitral award

Freedom of navigation and overflight operations of naval powers in the South China Sea serve as an advantage for the Philippines, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2019

‘Accepting China’s rejection of arbitral award a betrayal of public trust’

It would be a betrayal of public trust should the Duterte administration accept China’s rejection of the landmark ruling that invalidated its sweeping claim over the South China Sea, parts of which is the West Philippine Sea, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 31st, 2019

Joint naval patrols can assert arbitral win in West Philippine Sea – Carpio

MANILA, Philippines – There is a way for the Philippines to enforce the arbitral award of its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea, and that is to join foreign navies in patrolling the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Del Rosario: Take SCS ruling to UN General Assembly

Since China has not stopped its bullying in the West Philippine Sea, former foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario said the Philippines needs to drum up international support to compel Beijing to comply with an arbitral court ruling on the South China Sea as well as “bring to fore” its threat of force to assert its maritime claim......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

Morales: West Philippine Sea belongs to Filipinos, not to Duterte and China

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Friday urged Filipinos to find “creative” ways to enforce the arbitral award favoring Manila’s maritime claims over the South China Sea, and slammed the Duterte administration for its apparent refusal to use the landmark ruling......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Front Page: Beijing may be heeding S. China Sea ruling -- US

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte may have gotten Beijing to do exactly what it said it wouldn't: adhere -- even if only in part -- to the July "award" in an arbitral case that struck down the basis for China's claim to much of the South China Sea and affirmed.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 1st, 2016

'Game of diplomats' begins in West PH Sea

The biggest question facing the Philippines after its historic victory at The Hague is how to enforce the ruling of the arbitral tribunal, which had invalidated China's expansive claim over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Enforcement is a probl.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2016

Success didn t come overnight for Yulo, Petecio and Obiena

What makes every victory sweet are the compelling stories behind the most glorious of triumphs. Beyond the statistics, the points, the records, it’s always the journey that make sports conquests inspiring.  For Olympians and champions pole vaulter EJ Obiena and gymnast Carlos Yulo and world championship gold medalist female boxer Nesthy Petecio, success didn’t come overnight. They shared the same experiences where they bled, shed tears, felt pain, experienced regret and lost. It was never easy.   “’Yung sports kasi it can be brutal for us,” said Obiena, who was the first Filipino to book a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last month. “That kind of makes winning sweet. It’s a series of ups and downs.” “I think everybody here… now we’re champions but we lost a lot of times before we actually won,” he added.   TOUGH ROAD The 23-year-old vaulter remembered how devastated he was when he sustained a knee injury in 2017. Obiena just jumped to a new national record prior to that injury. From there, he needed to work his way back up again. Just like Obiena, Petecio also faced a tough road. The lowest point for the Davaoena was when she lost via a controversial 2-3 split decision to Chinese Yin Jun Hua in the 2018 Asian Games featherweight match that could’ve catapulted her to the gold medal bout.        “’Yung experience ko sa Asian Games sobrang na-down po ako nun kumbaga sabi ko sa sarili ko noon baka hindi para sa akin ang boxing,” Petecio said. “Kasi pinaghirapan ko po yung apat na gold po ako sunud-sunod po doon para i-prepare ang sarili ko sa Asian Games tapos ganoon po ang nangyari. Down na down po ako nun.” It was so painful that the 27-year old pug thought of hanging her gloves for good. “Alam po ni Coach Boy [Velasco] yun, sinasabi ko po kay coach na magtatrabaho na lang po ako kasi naka-graduate naman din po ako ng associate course sa University of Baguio. Sabi ko sa sarili ko kaya ko pala maghanap ng ibang work.” Meanwhile, Yulo was just 16 then when he left his family in Manila to train for three years under the tutelage of Japanese coach Munehiro Kugiyama. One could just imagine what goes through the mind of a teenager in a foreign land away from his parents and friends.     “Sa Japan, nu’ng unang taon ko po dun, actually nu’ng three months ko po dun OK naman po siya di masama,” Yulo recalled. “Pero nalulungkot na po ako noong mga sumunod na araw, nami-miss ko na po ang family ko.” His Japan training did wonders for Yulo as he became a consistent medalist in the 2018 world cup series last year winning medals in Melbourne and Baku in vault and in Doha and Cottbus in floor exercise.   But homesickness and the difficult routine training, Yulo admitted, almost broke him. “Yung mga trainings ko po dun hindi siya masaya, sobra pong hirap. Araw-araw po naiyak ako kasi di ko po siya kaya, susuko na ako,” he said. “Last two years po sinabi ko rin sa coach na magku-quit na ako kasi sobrang wala po eh parang tae di po maganda sobra ang training.” “Pauli-ulit lang po ang araw. Parang hinihintay ko lang po matapos ang araw,” added Yulo. Then Yulo suffered a big blow in 2018 Asiad when he crashed to 7th place in the floor exercise. “Sa Asian Games din po wala ako sa kondisyon nun,” Yulo said. “Pumunta lang ako ng gym para mag-training pero hindi po talaga galing sa puso.” “Hindi po ako makapag-focus nun tuwing competition. Marami rin po kasi akong pagkakamali bago yung preparation ko sa Asian Games din po,” he added. “Hindi po ako nanalo ng medals dun, naka-finals po pero di ako nanalo ng medals. May chance po pero hindi po para sa akin siguro yun.”   REDEMPTION For the three sports heroes, it was when they hit rock-bottom when they realized that they were actually on solid ground where they could stand up and rise above the adversities they faced. It is in the darkest of nights where the stars shine the brightest. After a seventh place finish in the Asian Games, Obiena cleared 5.71 meters in the Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar last April. He then set a new national record of 5.76 meters to rule the Universiade in Naples, Italy last July. Obiena went on a roll as he cleared 5.81 meters in a tournament in Italy last month to secure a berth in the Tokyo Games. “We're very lucky to have the Philippines as the country we represent,” he said. “Sometimes I compete and I'm the only Filipino there in the stadium then I see a tiny flag waving and it's just nice and that kind of makes me happy and makes me feel lucky that I get to show the world that there is a Filipino vaulting here and we actually exist.”    Yulo, on the other hand, needed a short talk with her mother, Angelica, and a trip to the church to clear his mind. “Umuwi po ako at kinausap ko po ang mama saka papa ko. Sinabi ko po sa kanila na nahihirapan na ako, gusto ko na mag-quit. Sinabi ni mama sa akin na, ‘Ikaw, pero sayang kasi ang mga pinaghirapan mo. Nasimulan mo na ba’t di mo pa tapusin?'” “Kinabukasan nagsimba kami tapos nag-sink in po sa utak ko na grabe ang dami ko na ring pinagdaananan sobrang nakaka-stress pala,” he recalled. Clinging on the vow to surpass his bronze medal in the world championship last year, Yulo made sure that he’ll be ready in the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Stuttgart, Germany. “Ngayon tinarget ko talaga na di na maulit ang nangyari dati na umi-stop ako na walang magawa parang naiiyak na lang. Gusto ko lumaban at ipagmalaki sa lahat na kaya ko,” he said. Late Saturday night in the Philippines, Yulo made his historic stride on the other side of the world. Yulo bagged gold in the floor exercise final with a score of 15.300, besting Israeli Artem Dolgopyat (15.200), who dropped his shoulder when the Filipino's score flashed on the screen, and Ruoteng Xiao (14.933) of China. All-around, Yulo wound up 10th in the competition. “Hindi ko ini-expect na maka-medal ako kasi nung nakita ko ang score ng kalaban 15.2 po siya, hindi ko pa po nari-reach ang score [na yun],” said Yulo. After his routine, Yulo sat beside the Israeli gymnast and waited for his score. “Na ano ko na lang sa sarili ko na parang training lang ‘to. Gusto ko ipakita sa buong mundo na maganda ang gymnastics ko, na kahit matalo ako nu’ng araw na yun iniisip ko na lang na ginawa ko ang best ko,” he said. He then made history. Less than 24 hours after Yulo’s feat, on the Eastern Front, a Filipina carried the nation’s pride on top of the boxing ring in Russia. “’Yung mga kalaban ko po hindi po basta-basta po kasi nakikita ko rin po sa kanila na willing na willing din po nila na panalunin ang laban po,” Petecio recalled. “Kung gaano kadami ang suntok ko, dinadamihan din nila. Dinadaan ko na lang po lakas kasi alam kong mas malakas ako sa kanila.” She was a favorite during the prelims up to the semifinals, with the crowd in Ulan-Ude cheering her on. But the complexion changed when she entered the ring before the gold medal match. She was up against the hometown bet.    Despite fighting in hostile territory, Petecio bested Liudmila Vorontsove to annex the gold medal via split decision.    The victory was doubly sweet for Petecio. It was her long-awaited payback.            “Bago po yung final bout ko po, sabi ko po sa sarili ko na ‘Akin na ‘to’. Di ko na ibibigay ito,” she said. “Kasi noong 2014 last world championship nag-silver lang ako tapos Russian ang nakatalo sa akin. So sabi ko hindi ko na ipapaulit po na tatalunin ako ulit ng Russian. Akin na ‘to. Kini-claim ko na po sa sarili ko.” Having the gold medal finally on her neck, Petecio was just happy that she made the right decision just when she thought that her career was already bleak with the stinging Asian Games loss. ”Iniisip ko that time kung ano ang purpose ko kung bakit nag-boxing ako. Binalikan ko po ang insipirasyon ko, yung pamilya ko,” said Petecio, who once lived in a house made of tarpaulin and was financed by then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to fly to Manila to pursue amateur boxing.     ”Nagdasal po ako kay God nung time na yun na, ano ba talaga ang dahilan kung bakit di niya ibinigay sa akin ang inaasam kong gold sa Asian Games,” she added. ”Nagpursige po ako ulit, bumangon po ako paunti-unti sa tulong ng mga coaches ko din and ito po nakuha ko na ang ginto sa world.” Looking back, the trio now had a clear understanding why they had to go through trials that tested not only their character but also their faith in themselves. “Part of our life is challenges, everyday struggles and its just a series of good memories that makes us who we are now,” said Obiena. The new breed of Filipino heroes are now enjoying the fruits of their hard work and sacrifice. The accolades came pouring in left and right. However, the trio agree that they are just at the beginning of their journey. They still have to make a home stand in the 30th Southeast Asian Games next month. For Petecio, a Tokyo Games ticket also awaits early next year in her attempt in the Asian qualifier in China. Obiena and Yulo also gun for podium finishes in Tokyo.   The road ahead is still long. It will never be a smooth and easy ride. But they will be ready. For flag and country.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2019

Adam Silver on China: Not sure where we ll go from here

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to be fired for his tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and the league emphatically dismissed the request. Silver also said that the league is already feeling “substantial” financial losses because of the Chinese reaction to Morey’s deleted tweet. “Obviously, we made clear that we were being asked to fire him by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” Silver said Thursday (Friday, PHL time) during an appearance at the Time 100 Health Summit in New York. “We said, ‘There’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.’” On Friday morning, China refuted Silver's claim that it demanded Morey be fired, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang saying the “Chinese government never posed this requirement.” Silver said Thursday (Friday, PHL time) he isn’t sure what will happen to the NBA’s relationship with China, which has been growing steadily over the last three decades. “I felt we had made enormous progress in terms of building cultural exchanges with the Chinese people,” Silver said. “Again, I have regret that much of that was lost. And I’m not even sure where we’ll go from here.” The league and LeBron James, one of its biggest stars, have been heavily criticized by some U.S. lawmakers for the perception that they caved to the Chinese regime. Morey has not been rebuked publicly by the league, and Silver has said that the league will support his freedom of expression. “We wanted to make an absolute clear statement that the values of the NBA, these American values -- we are an American business -- travel with us wherever we go, and one of those values is free expression,” Silver said. “We wanted to make sure everyone understood we were supporting free expression.” The Rockets were of massive interest in China, largely because of Yao Ming -- the Chinese star who spent his entire NBA career in Houston. Yao is now the president of the Chinese Basketball Association, which has suspended its ties to the Rockets because of the tweet. Morey has not commented publicly since a pair of tweets on Oct. 6 attempting to clarify his position. “I understand there is a point of view from some that we shouldn’t be in business at all in China, and I’d say from an intellectual standpoint, that’s fair -- not getting into whether the tweet or the response to it,” Silver said. “But if people believe that we shouldn’t be engaged in commerce in China or frankly in other places in the world ... I, at some point, look to the American government. “We’re in the middle of negotiating a trade agreement,” Silver continued. “Many multinational corporations do trade extensively with China. And if that’s ultimately how our government feels we should be dealing with China, again, we are a U.S. company.” Chinese state broadcaster CCTV did not air the two NBA preseason games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets last week. Tencent, which has a $1.5 billion deal to stream NBA games in China over the next five years, has also stopped showing Rockets games but has not totally dropped all NBA content. “The losses have already been substantial,” Silver said. “Our games are not back on the air in China, as we speak, and we’ll see what happens next.” Silver was at the summit to discuss the league’s deeper commitment to ensuring players and employees are taking care of their mental health, something that has been a growing topic in the NBA in recent years -- particularly with the acknowledgment of top players like San Antonio’s DeMar DeRozan and Cleveland’s Kevin Love that they struggle with certain issues. Silver also addressed how social media can make matters more difficult for those who engage. “Social media, it seems pretty clear, is raising the anxiety level and stress level among our young people,” Silver said. “There’s a lot of hate speech out there. There’s stress to be included, there’s emotional issues about being left out of groups. And then compound that with NBA players when there’s in some cases millions and millions of seemingly anonymous people taking shots at them. And while the advice often is ‘just don’t read it,’ it’s awfully hard.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2019

Partial U.S.-China trade deal only baby step as thorny issues remain

BEIJING, China – A partial United States-China deal may only offer a temporary tariff reprieve because it lacks specifics and leaves the thorny issues for later, analysts said, allowing both economic powers to claim success. The initial agreement on Friday, October 11 – which included increasing US farm ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2019

Vietnam Reasserts South China Sea Claims Amid Chinese Ship Onslaught

Amid renewed tensions with China in the South China Sea, Vietnam's Foreign Ministry asserted the country's claim to the disputed Vanguard Bank Thursday, saying there should be no dispute at all ove.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 4th, 2019

Vietnam Reasserts South China Sea Claims Amid Chinese Ship Onslaught

Amid renewed tensions with China in the South China Sea, Vietnam's Foreign Ministry asserted the country's claim to the disputed Vanguard Bank Thursday, saying there should be no dispute at all ove.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 4th, 2019

Why the Philippines backed out from speaking at ICJ on Chagos Archipelago dispute

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has acknowledged that he helped Mauritius in its claim over the Chagos Archipelago using the South China Sea arbitration ruling......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 25th, 2019

Ex-DFA chief: Phl should present SCS ruling before UN

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly next week will be an excellent opportunity for the country to seek the help of the international community in compelling China to comply with the 2016 ruling of an arbitral court on the South China Sea issue, former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

Del Rosario warns Duterte over ignoring arbitral ruling in joint exploration with China

MANILA, Philippines – Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario cautioned President Rodrigo Duterte against "ignoring" the 2016 Hague ruling in order to push through with joint oil and gas development with China, emphasizing there is a way to conduct the venture without compromising the hard-won victory. "To come up with an economic ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2019

Locsin says arbitral ruling unnecessary in joint exploration with China

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr said on Wednesday, September 11, the 2016 Hague ruling on the West Philippine Sea would be "unnecessary" in joint oil and gas explorations as the activity would be carried out without prejudice to legal position of both the Philippines and China. The ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2019

China won’t pick a fight with Philippines — think tank

In the event China decides to enforce its massive territorial and maritime claim in the hotly-disputed Spratly’s archipelago, in all likelihood it will not pick a fight with the Philippines, aware that this military action will drag the United States into the conflict, the regional media hub Asia Times reported......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

Palace: Duterte’s visit to China ‘successful, productive’

Malacañang described as “successful” and “highly productive” President Duterte’s five-day official visit to China despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s refusal to recognize the 2016 arbitral ruling that voided Beijing’s expansive claim in the West Philippine Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2019

Duterte raises Hague ruling but China remains steadfast

BEIJING, China – Chinese President Xi Jinping did not budge when President Duterte raised the 2016 arbitral ruling on the West Philippine Sea during their bilateral meeting here Thursday. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said that Duterte was steadfast in raising concerns central to the Philippines’ claim in the West Philippine Sea, including the ruling held […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 30th, 2019

Experts temper expectations on Duterte-Xi meet

Duterte will begin his fifth visit here on Wednesday and officials claim he is bent on talking about the 2016 arbitral ruling whether China likes it or not......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

China wants Philippines to ban online gambling

MANILA, Philippines – China on Wednesday, August 21, asked the Philippines to ban all forms of online gambling as it lauded the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation's (Pagcor) recent move to suspend accepting applications for Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO). In a statement sent to reporters on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019