AFP backs island development in West Philippine Sea

The military has vowed to give its full support to ongoing plans and efforts to develop and protect Pagasa Island and the entire Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 22nd, 2021

The Country’s Most Remote Cell Site

Despite challenges due to the island’s location in the West Philippine Sea, PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc (Smart) has recently fired up its 4G/LTE service in Pag-asa Island in the municipality of Kalayaan, the country’s most remote cell site, located some 500 kilometers from the capital city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.    Residents of Pag-asa Island can now use mobile data to communicate with family members and loved ones via chat apps and video calls, share photos, send emails or watch videos online.    In an email sent from Pag-asa Island, Smart engineer Edbert Aquitania shared a screenshot of the message he received upon firing up the LTE site: “Welcome back to the Philippines!” it said.   This development marks another step towards improved communications for the people of Pag-asa, who were first connected via mobile communication in 2005, when Smart turned on its 2G service on the island.    “The activation of LTE in Pag-asa island is proof of our continued commitment to give our customers access to our services, wherever in the Philippines they may be, regardless of the challenges,” said Mario G. Tamayo, senior vice president and head of Network Planning and Engineering at PLDT-Smart.    Smart LTE Nation  This LTE activation is part of Smart’s continuing rollout of its LTE services nationwide. To date, Smart’s high-speed broadband service is available in 93% of the country’s cities and municipalities and serves 95% of the population.    This rollout is part of PLDT and Smart’s sustained investments in their network, which have totaled some Php260 billion from 2015 to 2019. Amid the regained momentum of its network rollout efforts following the easing of lockdown restrictions, PLDT has leveled up its target capital expenditures for 2020 back up to about Php70 billion.   In the first half of 2020, Smart further increased the number of its LTE base stations by 10% compared to end-2019. In April, it also increased the capacity of its LTE network by reallocating its assigned 1800 Mhz frequency from 2G to 4G/LTE. As a result, 3,785 Smart base stations are now providing additional capacity for its LTE network.  Smart’s mobile network is supported by PLDT’s fiber infrastructure, which provides high-capacity links to LTE base stations and is now nearly 360,000 kilometers nationwide. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 9th, 2020

Against legal scholarship by labeling

Without naming names, University of the Philippines College of Law Associate Professor Jay Batongbacal recently posted insinuations on Facebook that an alternative analysis on the best way to move the discussion on Philippine interests in the West Philippine Sea boosts “Chinese misinformation.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News1 hr. 8 min. ago

‘Longest SONA in post-EDSA was empty’

President Rodrigo Duterte may have delivered the longest State of the Nation Address yet, but it was empty - particularly on how he would deal with what appears to be continuing maritime aggression by China in the West Philippine Sea. The post ‘Longest SONA in post-EDSA was empty’ appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated News19 hr. 8 min. ago

SWS poll finds ’clear agreement government must do more to defend West Phl Sea

There is "clear agreement" among Filipinos that their government is not doing enough to assert the country's rights in the West Philippine Sea, a recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations found.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 28th, 2021

Coast Guard to receive 2 new vessels in 2022

The Philippine Coast Guard will receive, by the first half of next year, two 94-meter multi-role response vessels that can withstand harsh weather conditions and conduct sea patrols in the West Philippine Sea and the Philippine Rise......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

Carpio to Duterte: Ban Chinese fishers from West Philippine Sea

Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio dared yesterday President Duterte to ban China from fishing within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea during his last year in office......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2021

Gov& rsquo;t to enforce 60-40 oil sharing deal with China

The Department of Energy is preparing to implement the 60-40 ownership rule in the planned joint exploration with China over the West Philippine Sea, an official said Thursday......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2021

Joint oil exploration possible if compliant with Constitution – DOE

The joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea will push through only if compliant with the 60-40 ownership rule under the Constitution, the Department of Energy said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

COVID-19 roadmap, clear stand on West Philippine Sea expected of Duterte at final SONA

A "roadmap" for the country's pandemic response and a clearer stance on the West Philippine Sea are what senators expect to hear from President Rodrigo Duterte at his final State of the Nation Address next week. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2021

EDITORIAL - Naval intrusion

In recent months there were swarms of Chinese militia vessels spotted in the West Philippine Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2021

‘Chinese ships go away perhaps to avoid confrontation’

It is now easier to drive away Chinese vessels from the West Philippine Sea because China is avoiding confrontations in the area......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2021

ADB keeps Philippine growth outlook

Manila-based Asian Development Bank is keeping its economic growth outlook for the Philippines at 4.5 percent this year amid a sea of downgrades in Southeast Asia due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 20th, 2021

Coast Guard challenges, follows Chinese warship out of West Philippine Sea

BRP Cabra reported sighting a ship flying the Chinese flag and with Chinese markings at the bank, which is 147 nautical miles from El Nido, Palawan, on July 13......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2021

‘West Philippine Sea a primary concern in 2022 elections’

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urged Filipinos to consider the West Philippine Sea as a primary concern in the 2022 elections, saying President Duterte is “tyrannically forcing Filipinos to be silent against China’s encroachment of Philippine territory and maritime entitlements.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 18th, 2021

Commentary: The arbitral ruling five years later

New satellite images show that swarms of Chinese ships have been dumping sewage and waste in the West Philippine Sea, damaging coral reefs and threatening the food supply of millions in the region......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2021

Duterte ‘inutile’ on WPS? Carpio proposes 5 actions

President Rody Duterte said in July 2020 he was “inutile” against China’s territory and resource grabbing in the West Philippine Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 16th, 2021

US firm, lawmakers insist on probe into dumping of waste

A US company whose satellite images show Chinese ships dumping waste in the West Philippine Sea on Thursday urged the government to validate its findings, even as lawmakers called for a congressional investigation into the reports......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 15th, 2021

Pagasa, Kalayaan isles get power

Today, state-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) will switch on its 300kW power plant in Pag-asa Island, Kalayaan Island Group at the West Philippine Sea as the country celebrates its 123rd Independence Day......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021

Japan Prime Minister backs Duterte on West Philippine Sea

Amid the concerns over the West Philippine Sea, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has expressed support for President Duterte’s stance, aired before the United Nations General Assembly last year, that the 2016 arbitral ruling that invalidated China’s claims in disputed waters should be respected in the international arena......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

Rody backs off from debate

President Rodrigo Duterte backed down from his own challenge to debate retired Supreme Court associate justice Antonio Carpio on the West Philippine Sea after the former magistrate called his bluff and said he was ready to face the Chief Executive anytime of the day......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2021