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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

Filipino doc suspected of aiding ISIS to be extradited to U.S.

A Philippine court has granted a U.S. government request for the extradition of a Filipino doctor suspected by U.S. authorities of being an Islamic State group sympathizer and plotting bombings and shootings at New York City concert venues, subway stations and Times Square. Presiding Judge Rosalyn Mislos-Loja granted the U.S. request in a July 23 ruling which The Associated Press obtained Friday and ordered Russell Langi Salic to be extradited to the U.S. to face the charges. Salic, who is detained in Manila, has denied the charges, opposed his extradition and can appeal. In the 33-page decision, Mislos-Loja ordered the seizure and surrender to U.S. authorities of all items, do...Keep on reading: Filipino doc suspected of aiding ISIS to be extradited to U.S......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 31st, 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

Makati RTC Orders Arrest of Peter Lim on Drug Raps

The Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Tuesday ordered the arrest of businessman and alleged drug lord Peter Lim and others who were indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on drug charges filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP). Acting Presiding Judge Gina Bibat-Palamos of the Makati RTC Branch 65 has issued an […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

PH team needs speed, impeccable shooting for Asiad – Guiao

National team coach Yeng Guiao said that the Philippine squad, composed mostly of Rain or Shine players, should rely on speed and outside shooting in their campaign in the Asian Games in Indonesia that begins August 16. The PH is bracketed in Group D with Kazakhstan and China. The Filipinos will face Kazakhstan on August [...] The post PH team needs speed, impeccable shooting for Asiad – Guiao appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

PH team needs speed, impeccable shooting for Asiad – Guiao

National team coach Yeng Guiao said that the Philippine squad, composed mostly of Rain or Shine players, should rely on speed and outside shooting in their campaign in the Asian Games in Indonesia that begins August 16. The PH is bracketed in Group D with Kazakhstan and China. The Filipinos will face Kazakhstan on August… link: PH team needs speed, impeccable shooting for Asiad – Guiao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Jail time for ex-vice governor’s son

LEODEGRECO “Greco” Sanchez, son of the late vice governor Gregorio Sanchez Jr., could face up to 16 years in jail for possession of illegal drugs and paraphernalia in 2013. Judge Mory Nueva, of the Regional Trial Court Branch 13, found Sanchez guilty of violating Sections 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) and 12 (possession of drug… link: Jail time for ex-vice governor’s son.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

“Can Aby your boyfriend?”: How Robert Bolick won Aby Maraño’s heart

Aby Maraño is everything you want in an athlete. She’s strong, driven and passionate about her sport. So, when basketball player Robert Bolick saw her play volleyball for the first time…he saw himself. The only difference was she was a three-time champion, two-time MVP and team captain, while he was merely a rookie and a bench warmer. Robert was also three years younger than her. Aby was way out of his league, it seemed. But, this young man was no loser. He was determined to shoot his shot and find some way to win her heart. His first move was to ask for a little favor from his former teammate, LA Revilla, who was the starting point guard of the DLSU Men’s Basketball team at the time. Robert needed LA to find out whether Aby had a boyfriend. Like he usually does on the hardcourt, LA delivered an assist to Robert in form of good news - Aby was single. Now, that Robert knew that his target was open, all he had to do was take a shot. And he took it at the most unexpected of moments. They were inside the school bus on the way back to DLSU after a Green Archers game in the UAAP. Aby, who was undergoing her on-the-job training with ABS-CBN Sports, the official broadcast partner of the league, hitched a ride with the team. There was a lot of joking among his teammates, but all Robert could think of was the soothing smell of Aby’s hair as he was seated right behind her. It was at that moment when Robert decided to crack a joke of his own. “Oy, Pre! Makinig kayong lahat!” announced Robert before motioning towards Aby. “Aby ka ba? Can Aby your boyfriend?” The entire bus erupted. It was as if they were back inside the MOA Arena where fans where screaming their lungs out. Robert looked at Aby’s face and sensed a positive reaction to his sudden revelation. “Ay. Parang kinilig ah,” he thought. As soon as they got off the bus, Robert and Aby shared their first dinner. When it was time to go home, Robert reminded Aby to take care and that they should continue communicating. “Text, text na lang tayo! Text mo ako ha.” he told her. “Paano kita ite-text? Wala naman akong number mo,” she replied. Little did Aby know that Robert didn’t ask for her number directly to avoid getting “busted.” His game plan worked as they started talking and spending time with each other more often. Upon Aby’s advice, Robert even asked her coach, the multi-titled Ramil de Jesus for permission to court her. Although Robert admitted that he was intimidated at first, he knew that he had no choice but to ask for Coach Ramil’s blessing to ensure a smooth passage to Aby’s heart. “Para sa akin naman, wala namang dapat katakutan pag alam mo na gusto mo talaga. Gusto ko naman si Aby eh.” Today, August 8, 2018, Robert and Aby are celebrating their 5th year anniversary together. A lot has happened in their lives since then. Robert has transformed himself into an accomplished athlete like Aby, winning three championships (1 UAAP title with La Salle, 2 NCAA titles with San Beda), a PBA D-League championship and MVP award among many accolades. They both have also become national team athletes as Robert was included in the “23 for 23” Gilas Pilipinas roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup while Aby was named Captain of the Philippine Women’s Volleyball Team. “Hindi niya ako minahal dahil magaling ako mag-basketball. Minahal nga niya ako na bangko pa lang ako,” said Robert as he reminisced about everything he has been through with Aby throughout the past five years. While watching their careers blossom, following their love story is equally entertaining. The two are very open with regards to how they feel about each other. Aby even proudly declared during an interview on “Down the Line” that she would agree to marry Robert is ever he proposed to her.   We throw it back to an episode of #DownTheLinePH when @MrPureBusiness and @denniselazaro asked about Robert popping the big question to Tyang Aby! pic.twitter.com/NFGitS4TKE — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 8, 2018 Despite Robert and Aby being just 22 and 25 years old respectively, marriage has been a topic of conversation between the couple. “Sinasabi na nga niya sa akin na gusto niya na ‘Maraño-Bolick’ pag naglalaro siya,” revealed Robert. “Sabi ko naman sa kanya, ‘Take time lang. Total, five years na tayo magkasama. Di naman natin kailangan madaliin yan. Focus ka lang muna sa kung saan ka ngayon. Eventually, pag nag propose na ako, gusto ko yung ready ka na magka-anak.’” One of Robert’s biggest dreams in life is to be able to play with his future kids as a young father, preferably in his 20s. “Dream ko talaga na while naglalaro ako, makakalaro ko yung anak ko,” said Robert. “Kung magka-lalaki man lang ako, whatever na sport ang gusto niya, makakalaro ko man lang siya. Makaka-takbo-takbo man lang ako.” “Sabi ko kay Aby, ‘Tell me pag ready ka na.’” Only God knows what the future holds for these college sweethearts. But, right now, the King Lion and Tyang Aby are living their best lives. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Austria urges wards to sustain winning momentum in Game 4

After another rout of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in Game 3, San Miguel Beer (SMB) coach Leo Austria charges his Beermen to maintain their winning momentum as they face the Gin Kings at 7 p.m. tonight in Game 4 of the best-of-seven finals of Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. [...] The post Austria urges wards to sustain winning momentum in Game 4 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Beijing permanently stations rescue ship in Spratlys

China is stationing a search and rescue ship on its man-made island on Philippine-claimed Zamora Reef in the Spratly archipelago, in a "gray zone tactic" to assert its ownership of the disputed feature in the South China Sea.   In a report earlier this week, state-run China Daily said the Nanhai Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport dispatched the ship Nan Hai Jiu 115 from Hainan, China's southernmost island, to Zamora Reef on Friday.   The ship was expected to reach Zamora---internationally known as Subi Reef---on Monday, the report said.   No information   Malacaang had no comment on the China Daily report on Thursday.   Presi...Keep on reading: Beijing permanently stations rescue ship in Spratlys.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

China stations rescue ship on Philippine-claimed reef

Beijing has sent one of its most advanced search-and-rescue ships on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, according to a report......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Thailand urges UK to return Yingluck to face prosecution

BANGKOK --- The government has asked the United Kingdom to extradite fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for prosecution in Thailand. The Thai Embassy in London sent a letter dated July 5 to the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with attached copies of the Supreme Court verdict in the case against Yingluck, along with her arrest warrant. The letter cited a 1911 treaty between the United Kingdom and Siam -- as Thailand was formerly known -- on the extradition of fugitive criminals. A copy of the Thai Embassy's letter was published on the BBC Thai news website yesterday.The Thai mission said it acted on instructions from the Thai government. However, Foreign ...Keep on reading: Thailand urges UK to return Yingluck to face prosecution.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Solid as a Rock: Vitug explains the historic maritime ruling

ON JULY 12, 2016, a 479-page verdict stated that a tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled in favor of the Philippines in its maritime dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea. The PCA concluded that China’s claim of historic rights falling within its so-called nine-dash line had no legal basis. Two years after the victory, the Philippines has yet to completely assert its sovereignty over the territory......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

Left leaders question judge s flip-flop in murder case

MANILA, Philippines – The Public Interest Law Center (PILC) on Monday morning, July 30, asked a local court to reconsider its order to arrest 4 leftist leaders who are  now being hunted by the Philippine National Police (PNP). The PILC questioned before the Palayan City, Nueva Ecija ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

MILF urges Philippine Muslims to back autonomy law

In 2008, close to a million people were displaced in central Mindanao region when violence erupted after the Supreme Court canceled a deal on ancestral domain with the MILF An estimated five millio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

4 ex-lawmakers from Left face arrest for 2006 murder case

MANILA, Philippines – Leaders of leftist groups on Friday, July 29, denounced the issuance of an arrest warrant against leftist leaders – all former party-list representatives – based on murder charges filed in 2006. In the arrest order dated dated July 11, 2018, Presiding Judge Evelyn Turla of the Regional Trial Court in Palayan, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Judge rules in favor of cigarette firms vs Bataan ordinance

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO---Cigarette manufacturers have won the first round of their legal action against an ordinance banning smoking and the sale, distribution and promotion of cigarettes within the 80-hectare University Town and its kilometer radius in Balanga City.   Philippine Tobacco Institute (PTI) gained the upper hand after Judge Philger Noel Inovejas, of the Regional Trial Court Branch 93 in Balanga, declared Section 1 of the ordinance, also called University Town Ordinance, "unconstitutional and invalid."   In a 25-page decision, Inovejas said the ordinance "illegally amends, modifies and expands the prohibitions concerning the use, sale, distribution and...Keep on reading: Judge rules in favor of cigarette firms vs Bataan ordinance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

People behind viral banners may face city ordinance violations

  If identified, the people behind the unauthorized display of banners stating that the Philippines is a province of China may face charges for violating city ordinances, a Philippine National Police (PNP) official said Friday.   "There are city ordinances [in place]... you cannot just post your sentiments anywhere. Sometimes, especially if it will catch the attention of commuters," PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. said in a press briefing at Camp Crame.   "May mga batas, local ordinances na ipinapatupad ng ating local government units (LGUs) para to maintain order in our communities," he added.   (There are laws, local ordinances...Keep on reading: People behind viral banners may face city ordinance violations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Judges press Marquez appointment to SC

THE Philippine Judges Association (PJA) through its head Marikina Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Felix Reyes urged President Duterte to name Court Administrator Midas Marquez as Supreme Court magistrate to replace Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. who will retire in August. In a letter addressed to the President, Reyes stressed….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Carpio to DFA: Ask US, Asean to make Scarborough Shoal an official ‘red line’

Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio on Thursday said the Philippine government should ask the United States and Asean countries to make Scarborough Shoal an 'official red line' in the South China Sea dispute. In international affairs, a red line is a condition set by a certain party. When that condition is violated, the offending party may suffer "severe consequences" that can range from economic sanctions to military actions. Carpio said theUS, a longtime ally of the Philippines, should recognize Scarborough Shoal as part of the Philippine territory for it would be covered by the Philippine-US Mutual Defense Treaty. "The DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs] should ...Keep on reading: Carpio to DFA: Ask US, Asean to make Scarborough Shoal an official ‘red line’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018