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Palace: Philippines not giving up territory

As the country marked the second anniversary yesterday of its legal victory over China in an international court over maritime claims, Malacañang vowed to continue asserting the country’s sovereignty and dared critics to challenge its handling of the issue before the courts......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2018

Naming territory a symbolic act of sovereignty

THE Palace is to be commended for protesting China’s naming of five features in the Philippine Rise, also known as Benham Rise. That vast undersea area in the Pacific is part of the Philippines’ continental shelf, therefore giving the country sovereign rights, including the economic exploitation of natural resources. Manila is well within its rights [...] The post Naming territory a symbolic act of sovereignty appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 17th, 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

I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The MBA vs. the PBA

What is it about sports leagues and why can't two actually exist at the same time in the same territory? The National Basketball Association has no real competition in the United States. The National Football League? Powerhouse. And while the World Wrestling Entertainment is not exactly as sports league, it's main competition is on the other side of the world. You can argue that the New Japan Pro Wrestling is not even competing with WWE. In the Philippines, there's the PBA. We can't really count the Asean Basketball League as a rival to the PBA can we? The PBA stands alone. 20 years ago though, that wasn't the case. With the Metropolitan Basketball Association, the  old and mighty PBA finally had a worthy rival. That's what it seemed like and that's what many people thought. But is it that actually true?   THE GREAT MISUNDERSTANDING While it's understandable, due to a lot of reasons, that people thought that the MBA was going after the PBA, that was never the case. The people behind the MBA never thought about competing in the PBA. In fact, they wanted to help them. Oh yes. "We did not want to rival the PBA," Ramon Tuason, CEO of MetroBall, Inc., the mother company of the MBA, told ABS-CBN Sports. "As a matter of fact, before we even started, I went to June Bernardino, who was [PBA] Commissioner, and I asked him and I said I have a system and it will reduce your salaries by over 50 percent in the first three years," he added. Wait, what?   THE LITTLE BROTHER With the MBA taking on a regional format, Tuason thought that his league could serve as the PBA's developmental territory. The MBA will scoop up players from the farthest of areas, let them hone their skills in the MBA, and when they're ready, allow them to move on to the PBA. "So in other words we would be like the draft, they would have to come to us, play for two years and can only then move to the PBA. So we would be getting regional players, develop them into our type of play, which is more rough, faster, stronger, and they would be then ripe for the picking of PBA teams through a draft," Tuason said. "It's going to be like in the States, they had the ABA before, which merged with the NBA, but it was the lower league, developing players for the NBA," he added. The idea seemed so simple and good-natured. However, the PBA didn't bite it. And so the supposed little brother decided to come after the big bro. For real this time. "They were very confused with what we wanted to do, they thought we were going after them. So when they declined us, we decided let's go full blast and turn professional," Tuason said. "Because our first thing was amateur muna, we would be developing the players and then moving them up as professionals. That's how the PBA would be able to save money," he added. "[The MBA] was not created to compete directly with the PBA."   IN THE SERVICE OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE While ABS-CBN failed to strike a deal with the PBA, the MBA was never intended to be the vehicle that The Company would use for revenge. People can think otherwise but PBA vs. MBA was never the case. "We did not," Peter Musngi said when asked if ABS-CBN saw the MBA as a possible competitor for the PBA. "The superstar players were with the PBA so what we wanted to have then was a second-tier league that can be a developmental league but at the same time, be able to avail of the services of the new college graduates, the stars of college basketball, and at the same time discover the talents in the far-flung areas who otherwise would not even be visible to the PBA." "It’s grassroots, but at the same time it’s also giving more opportunities for the college kids, the new graduates, to further their career in basketball. We were very excited with the idea and since ABS-CBN was practically present in all the regions in the country, it was a natural decision to say yeah, in the service of the Filipino, here’s something to cheer about, here’s something to entertain you," he added.   LONG-TERM POWER The MBA was never intended to be a rival to the PBA. However, in time, the MBA could have definitely challenged the PBA. Ramon Fernandez, the four-time PBA MVP who became the first MBA Commissioner, certainly thinks that way. He saw that the MBA could one day give the PBA a worthy fight. "Definitely," Fernandez said with hesitation when asked in he saw the MBA as a potential rival to the PBA. "That's why I said we should look at this league in the long term. Look at this league 10-15 years from now, wag this year lang. There should have been a longer vision, dahan-dahan. Because nakaka-motivate sa kabataan na maglaro ng basketball para makasama sa liga na to. Meron nang choice, hindi lang puro PBA. There was another league growing," he added. Unfortunately Fernandez only lasted for about two seasons as a Commissioner and the MBA didn't last 10-15 years. Not even close. What is it about sports leagues and why can't two actually exist at the same time in the same territory? After directly competing with one another, the American Football Leaue and the National Football League merged, retaining the NFL name. At one point, WCW was beating the WWE in the Monday Night Wars. The WWE ended up purchasing WCW. The American Basketball Association, which was a lot like the MBA in many ways, ended up merging with the NBA, allowing the NBA to rise as the most powerful basketball league in the world. In the Philippines, no such merger happened. The PBA is still good on its own after 43 seasons and the MBA died a slow death. A slow death that could have been prevented... (to be continued)   *I Love You, This Game is a series celebrating the Metropolitan Basketball Association's 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more! READ PART 1: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The logo that started a basketball revolution READ PART 2: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The Passion of the Nation READ PART 3: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Trouble from Lakerland READ PART 4: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Death threats and 5-peso coins, the MBA was crazy   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Palace says Philippines not giving up too much, too soon to China

THE Philippines has not yielded “too much” to maintain harmonious relations with China, Malacañang said on Monday, February 19. Speaking to Palace reporters, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the Duterte government has not stopped asserting the Philippines’ territorial rights in the South China Sea, while keeping its “friendly and mutually-beneficial” ties with China. “The… link: Palace says Philippines 'not giving up too much, too soon' to China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Duterte admin ‘not given up too much, too early, too soon’ to China – Roque

Malacaang refutedon Mondaythe assertions of a maritime expert that the Philippines was giving "too much, too early, too soon" in dealing with China.   "The Duterte administration has certainly not given up too much, too early, too soon in its relation with China nor China has gained more than us," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.   Roque was referring to the statement of lawyer Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, who said he was wary about Manila "trading away too much, too early and too soon"in seeking better ties with Beijing.   READ:PH giving C...Keep on reading: Duterte admin ‘not given up too much, too early, too soon’ to China – Roque.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Palace denies PH is ‘too soft’ on sea row with China

The Philippines on Wednesday downplayed criticisms that the government is being "too soft" in dealing with China's militarization in the South China Sea as it joined the call of Southeast Asian nations for non-militarization and self-restraintin the disputed territory.   Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Tuesdayraised concerns on the continued militarization and reclamation of China in the disputed sea despite an earlier agreement to proceed with talks in crafting a sea code.   The statement came after aerial photos showed that China was nearly done transforming disputed reefs in the South China Sea into island fortresses...Keep on reading: Palace denies PH is ‘too soft’ on sea row with China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

Palace: Philippines territory to remain intact under new Charter

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte admnistration would not give up any part of Philippine territory under a new Charter, Malacañang said, after former Senate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Palace underscores need for martial law extension in South

MALACANANG yesterday said the imposition of martial law in Mindanao was responsible for the “seemingly peaceful” environment in southern Philippines, and for giving the impression that war in the region has already ended. “We have to engage our people and make them aware that it is precisely because of martial….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

‘Blood red,’ ‘Imeldific’: Isabelle Duterte draws flak for Malacañang photo shoot

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential granddaughter Isabelle Duterte is giving people the wrong kind of flashbacks on social media shortly after photos of her pre-debut photoshoot in the Palace appeared online. (READ:  LOOK: Isabelle Duterte's pre-debut photo shoot in Malacañang ).....»»

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Palace hopes Trillanes giving correct information to US officials

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is hoping that Sen......»»

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Palace: Contingency plans in place for Pinoys on Guam

MANILA, Philippines — The Malacañang on Thursday assured the Filipinos in US Pacific territory of Guam that there are contingency plans in place for the anti.....»»

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'Philippines not giving up territory to China' - Philippine Star

'Philippines not giving up territory to China' - Philippine Star.....»»

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‘Philippines not giving up territory to China’

MANILA, Philippines -  The Philippines will not lose even a “single inch” of territory to China if ever it proceeds with its joint exploration deal with the.....»»

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Palace: Philippines not giving up Panatag Shoal - Philippine Star

Palace: Philippines not giving up Panatag Shoal - Philippine Star.....»»

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Palace: Philippines not giving up Panatag Shoal

Palace: Philippines not giving up Panatag Shoal.....»»

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Andanar: Duterte incapable of giving kill order

MANILA, Philippines - Palace spokespersons on Thursday deflected allegations made at a Senate hearing by a man claiming to be a former member of the so-calle.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2016

Bong Go billboards, China on PH loans, Mandela | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Bong Go billboard has been taken down . Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua denies China is putting the Philippines into a 'debt trap' by giving it grants and loans. Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday warns of 'strange and uncertain times,' in ........»»

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China denies debt trap in grants for Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua denied that China is putting the Philippines into a "debt trap" by giving it grants and loans, as he said President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team "is smart enough."  "Actually, there has never been a debt trap. It's all ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Duterte meeting with Malaysian PM seeks to boost PH security

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte seeks to bolster the country’s defense and security after meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday, Malacañang said. In a statement, the Palace said Duterte and Mahathir “renewed and reaffirmed the long-standing brotherhood and friendship between the Philippines and Malaysia.” “President Duterte likewise renewed the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018