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Top Philippine judge urges China face court over reef destruction

MANILA — A Philippine Supreme Court judge has called on the government to bring China to court for violating the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea with the destruction of coral reefs in a disputed part of the South China Sea. Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch critic of President […].....»»

Category: newsSource: interaksyon interaksyonJun 14th, 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

Roque: We’re not behind our rivals in reef dev’t

Malacaang on Tuesday disputed the Inquirer report that the Philippines had been left behind by its rivals in the development of territorial claims in the hotly contested South China Sea. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque disagreed with the report published on Tuesday, which was about the development of islands, reefs or atolls in the Spratly archipelago disputed by the Philippines, China, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan. The Philippine government deferred development of the country's claims in the Spratlys in 2014 to give way to arbitration in a case it had brought to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague challenging China's claim to almost all of the South C...Keep on reading: Roque: We’re not behind our rivals in reef dev’t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

No arbitral court to hear Philippine plea?

The Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague that handed down the 2016 ruling generally favorable to the Philippines in its maritime dispute with China is not really that “permanent.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News22 hr. 25 min. ago

Senate panels to probe Duterte’s China policy

Two Senate committees will jointly hold a public hearing to determine how effective the country’s foreign policy is in the face of alarming developments in the West Philippine Sea, particularly China’s military buildup and its harassment of Filipino fishermen......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Team manager Dan Palami hopes new coach re-energizes Azkals

With new head coach Terry Butcher set to join the Azkals as they begin preparations for the upcoming 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, there are already expectations from the Philippine National Men’s Football Team moving forward. And from team manager Dan Palami’s side, he expects the former England skipper to re-energize the Pinoy squad as they get ready for what’s set to be a crucial pair of tournaments in the coming months. “I expect him to bring new energy, his leadership when he was a player and as a coach in his clubs will be infectious and will give the players the high that’s needed, rejuvenate them and get them to prove themselves in the competitions that are about to come.” Palami told ABS-CBN Sports. (READ ALSO: Azkals captain Phil Younghusband excited to learn from new coach) The arrival of Butcher signals the end of the Thomas Dooley era for the Azkals.  Dooley, who handled the Philippine National Team from 2014 to 2018, steered the Azkals to their biggest win yet, one over Tajikistan to secure their spot in the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in Philippine football history, in his final match with the team.  And while there was nothing but gratitude for what Dooley did with the team during his four year stint, Palami explains that changes needed to be made, even coming off the heels of the team's biggest victory in history.  "Believe you me, when everything seems to be looking up, then you have to prepare for that, because you usually see a lot of downs, but the good thing is, we’re up and down, up and down, but the general trend is going up." "We wanna make sure that that continues and even bring it up some more, and that’s why sometimes we have to make changes, it’s a catalyst that will make us perform better, I hope, because historically, that’s how it’s been. Everytime we make changes, people criticize it, people get anxious, but at the end of the day, we have shown that our perfomance has gotten better." Palami added.  Later this year, the Azkals will be participating in the Suzuki Cup, and it could be a shot at redemption after having crashed out of the semifinals in the tournament’s previous staging back in 2016. Barely two months after the Suzuki Cup, the Azkals embark on their most important journey yet, as they kick off their AFC Asian Cup campaign, the highest level they’ve ever been on. Being grouped with South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in Group C, it’s definitely an uphill battle for the Azkals, given that the country is on the lower tier of the pool in terms of rankings. Palami says that defying the odds is nothing new to Butcher, who back in 2009 to 2013, took a relegated Inverness club back to the Scottish Premier League. “Let’s face it, the Philippines is not the most palatable country to coach, but I think with Coach Terry, he has been in similarly-situated conditions, although in club levels. When he was in Inverness, he achieved a great deal with such a small club with such a small budget.” “It’s kind of inspiring, it parallels the journey of the Azkals, na parang maybe he could do the same, and he’s shown that kind of spirit throughout these years, since that time. I’m looking forward to him sharing that experience and bringing that experience dito sa atin.” Palami added. With a new coach, a new coaching staff, and new beginnings, this could be the start of something grand for the Azkals. For Palami and the rest of the squad, it’s nothing but excitement for the coming months. “I think everybody’s excited. We look forward to the tandem of Terry and [Senior Football Adviser] Scott [Cooper] doing a lot for Philippine football and the Azkals.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

No protest, but Philippines to discuss Scarborough corals with China

Amid calls to file a new arbitration case against China for the destruction of coral reefs in Scarborough Shoal, the Philippine government insisted that doing so would "reverse" the country's "diplomatic gains.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Philippines urged to seek damages for China& apos;s destruction of Scarborough coral reefs - Philippine Star

Philippines urged to seek damages for China's destruction of Scarborough coral reefs - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

3x3WC: Gilas vents frustrations on Russia and scores dominant win

BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Gilas Pilipinas at least ends the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup on a high note. The Philippines vented its frustrations on Russia, scoring a convincing 19-12 win Monday at the Philippine Arena here. After a narrow one-point loss to Canada earlier in the day that caused their elimination, Gilas went off against the third-seede Russians. With Troy Rosario clicking from deep, the Philippines jumped to a commanding 16-4 lead. That was pretty much it as Russia never really got close until the final buzzer. Stanley Pringle was also sensational for Gilas and he actually led the team in scoring with nine points. Rosario added eight, all from two-point territory, while RR Pogoy finished with two points. Victor Pavlenko got six points for Russia. The Philippines ended the World Cup with a 2-2 record, third in Pool C. The teams that advanced to the quarterfinals from that group are Canada and Mongolia, the two teams that beat Gilas Pilipinas. "I think it's a little bitter you know? For me it's bitter. I'm happy we won two games but we should ahve won against Canada and we should've won against Mongolia," Christian Standhardinger said. "I hope we stay together, and we can make some history with this group," he added. With pool play over, the official quarterfinals bracket in the men's division will have defending champion Serbia vs. Mongolia, Latvia vs. Poland, Slovenia vs. Ukraine, and Canada vs. the Netherlands. In women's play, defending champion Russia draws Czech Republic while no. 1 China is set for a showdown against no. 3 Hungary. Spain will take on France and the United States will face Italy. The Scores:   PHILIPPINES 19 — Pringle 9, Rosario 8, Pogoy 2, Standhardinger 0.  RUSSIA 12 — Pavlenko 6, Korshakov 4, Dybovskii 1, Alexandrov 1.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

First PH-born judge in Calgary says she s proud of her heritage

After taking her oath of office, the first Philippine-born judge Justice L. Bernadette Ho of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta in Calgary, Canada, recognized her Filipino roots. 'I�.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

SC warns lawyers: Disrupt oath-taking ceremony decorum, face contempt

The Supreme Court (SC) warned against disruptive behavior when new lawyers take their oath on Friday, June 1, at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). "Any act that undermines the safe and orderly conduct of the Oath-Taking Ceremonies or disturbs the due decorum therefor shall be punished with direct contempt of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Duterte admin not abandoning arbitration ruling on South China Sea – Esperon

https://www.facebook.com/inquirerdotnet/posts/10156947468809453     National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. stressed on Wednesdaythat the Duterte administration was not abandoning the landmark ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on South China Sea disputes that favored the Philippines.   "This administration does not and will not abandon the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration," Esperon said in a statement.   His remark came amid a barrage of calls from lawmakers to assert the Philippines' sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea amid China's militarization in the disputed waters.   He said the country would tak...Keep on reading: Duterte admin not abandoning arbitration ruling on South China Sea – Esperon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Carpio: PH, other claimants should ward off China’s ‘creeping invasion’ in West PHL Sea

The Philippines should join forces with fellow claimant-states and other countries in warding off China's "creeping invasion" in the West Philippine Sea, Supreme Court acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Monday. For the nth time, Carpio also called on the Duterte administration to bring a formal diplomatic protest opposing Beijing's continued militarization in the disputed South China Sea, the latest of which was the deployment of nuclear strike-capable bomber planes in the Paracels. International military analysts said the successful landing of H-6K military aircraft, which has a combat radius of 3,520 kilometers, on Woody Island put the entire Philippine archipelago withi...Keep on reading: Carpio: PH, other claimants should ward off China’s ‘creeping invasion’ in West PHL Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Cauley-Stein looking forward to experiencing Pinoy brand of hoops

As part of the Jr. NBA PH program, Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein is in the country to help select the very best players to make up the 2018 All-Star team. Over the course of the year, 75 players from the National Training Camp have been identified as finalists and the top boys and girls players in the 10-14 age bracket will meet this weekend to decide who will make the final lineup. That's where Cauley-Stein comes in. He, along with WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes, will help identify the top eight boys and top eight girls that will complete the Philippine All-Star team. That team will travel to Shanghai later this year for the 2018 NBA China Games. "I'm eager to work with these dedicated young players who earned this right," Cauley-Stein said. "I'm excited to share my basketball knowledge and help the kids become the best version of themselves on and off the court. The final camp is not until this weekend though so for the meantime, the Sacramento King has some time to immerse himself in the Philippines and its basketball culture. Speaking of Philippine basketball culture, Cauley-Stein has heard some good things about it and is looking forward to experience it personally. "I heard it's one of the best in the whole world," Cauley-Stein told ABS-CBN Sports on Tuesday. "I'm excited to see that. Coming from Kentucky and playing for the Kings, that's some of the biggest fans in college and the NBA. To see it in a different country, it's exciting to see," he added. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

China warships, planes sighted at PH-claimed reefs since 2017

  Chinese warships and aircraft have been frequenting Philippine territory in the Spratly archipelago since 2017, indicating a steady pace of development toward "operational status" of Beijing's military bases in the hotly contested South China Sea. Missile-equipped vessels were seen last year near Philippine reefs in the Spratlys, which China had turned into artificial islands. Surveillance images obtained by Inquirer.net showed a Luoyang Jiangwei II-class frigate (Hull No. 527) at Zamora Reef, known internationally as Subi Reef, last Nov. 15. This vessel is said to be armed with short-range surface-to-air missiles and antiship cruise missiles. Last June 16, a Type ...Keep on reading: China warships, planes sighted at PH-claimed reefs since 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

DoJ files appeal on dismissed charges in P6.4-billion shabu case

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) has appealed to Judge Arthur B. Melicor of the Valenzuela City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 284 to reinstate the charges against the nine allegedly involved in the shipment last year of P6.4 billion worth of illegal drug shabu (methampethamine) from China. The case against Bureau of Customs (BoC) fixer […] The post DoJ files appeal on dismissed charges in P6.4-billion shabu case appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

China military again lands plane on PH reef

  Malacaang need no more wait to acquire technology to verify and protest China's violation of the Philippines' sovereignty in the Spratly archipelago.   Satellite imagery has shown the first confirmed landing by China of a military aircraft on Zamora Reef in the Spratlys, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (Amti) at the think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington said on Thursday.   Amti published the pictures, taken on April 28, on its website showing a Shaanxi Y-8 military plane on Zamora Reef (internationally known as Subi Reef), one of seven Philippine-claimed features in the Spratlys that China has seized a...Keep on reading: China military again lands plane on PH reef.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

US-Philippine war games open under pro-China Duterte

The annual maneuvers are the second to be held under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has set aside long-simmering friction over competing claims to the waters in order to court Chinese tr.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

‘Alarmed’ by China missiles, Robredo urges gov’t to file diplomatic protest

Vice President Leni Robredoon Sundayprodded the Duterte administration to protest China's installation of missile systems on three reefs claimed by the Philippines. "We urge the administration to take immediate and appropriate actions, including the filing of a diplomatic protest, to protect what is rightfully owned by the Filipino people, in line with the ruling of the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal," Robredo said in a statement. US network CNBC said China had deployed anti-ship missiles and surface-to-air missile system on Kagitingan, Zamora and Panganiban -- three of seven Philippine-claimed reefs that China had seized and transformed into artificial islands. According ...Keep on reading: ‘Alarmed’ by China missiles, Robredo urges gov’t to file diplomatic protest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Robredo urges diplomatic protest over Chinese missiles

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday called on the administration to protest against China's installation of missiles on reclaimed reefs in the West Philippine Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Azkals up vs Chinese, Koreans in AFC Cup

With a powerhouse team that once dealt them a sound beating in China and a two-time champion side in Korea Republic as group mates, the Philippine Azkals face tremendous odds when they debut in next year’s AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018