China: Grid control claims ‘groundless’

THE Chinese government has dismissed claims it can control the Philippines’ power transmission grid as baseless amid Filipinos’ growing distrust of Beijing. This comes as the Department of Energy (DoE) expressed support for a planned Senate inquiry on the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines’ (NGCP) daily operations, prompted by national security concerns raised by […].....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netNov 29th, 2019

China: Threat of control over Philippine power grid completely groundless

The Chinese government has dismissed reports that it is capable of controlling the Philippines' power grid......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

China in charge of nuts and bolts of Philippine power grid, Hontiveros claims

Sen. Risa Hontiveros accused the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) of lying about the State Grid Corp. of China's advisory role in the country's power infrastructure......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 9th, 2019

Duterte sees no problem in reported Chinese control of power grid

China's State Grid Corporation owns 40% of the NGCP, a privately owned consortium......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 29th, 2019

China: We have no control over Phlilippines power network

China has denied allegations that its state-run grid operator State Grid Corp. of China has control over the Philippine power grid as authorities continue to call for a probe amid national security concerns......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

NGCP: China incapable of controlling power grid

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) assured the public on Wednesday that China is incapable of taking over the country’s power grid after it was reported that the East Asian country can take control of the transmission network through one of its state-owned companies. In a statement, the power grid operator — a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

NGCP allays fears over China control of power grid

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines has allayed fears that China’s grid operator might have the capability to remotely shut down the Philippines’ power infrastructure following leaked reports to lawmakers......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

China can shut off the Philippines power grid at any time, leaked report warns

The Philippines' power grid is under the full control of the Chinese government and could be shut off in time of conflict, according to an internal report prepared for lawmakers seen by CNN......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 26th, 2019

Duterte insists he will raise Hague ruling: Don t control my mouth

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sounded determined to raise the historic 2016 Hague ruling with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his upcoming visit to China later this month. He claims he is rejecting pleas from certain persons asking him not to raise the arbitral ruling during the trip. "Ang sabi ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

Amid poll on China-held islands, Palace admits problem in West Philippine Sea

Malacañang is resigned to the fact that Beijing has control over islands that Manila also claims in the West Philippine Sea but will pursue diplomatic negotiations on the issue, it said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

China refutes criticism of peacekeeping troops in South Sudan

China has refuted the criticism of a U.S. NGO, which accused the Chinese UN peacekeeping troops of abandoning their posts during a conflict. China has called the claims "groundless and malicious hype.".....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 12th, 2016

China bucks criticism in GOP platform

TOKYO: China’s Foreign Ministry urged the US Republican Party on Thursday to halt “groundless accusations” against Beijing in its party platform, which takes aim at China for its military build-up and “preposterous” claims in the South China Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2016

Ex-DFA chief hits back at Palace man

Former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to seek the support of other countries to pressure China into complying with the 2016 ruling of a UN tribunal that invalidated Beijing’s excessive claims in the South China Sea in favor of the Philippines......»»

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Ex-Ombudsman bats for support to arbitral ruling

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Thursday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to seek more international support for the 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing’s excessive claims in the South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

Thank UK, France, Germany, DFA told

Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday called  on Department of Foreign Affairs to send an official ‘thank you’ to the United Kingdom, France, Germany  for rejecting claims  in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) and for supporting the arbitral award won by the Philippines in 2016......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 21st, 2020

Palace welcomes France, Germany, UK support for Philippine sea claims

Malacañang welcomed yesterday the support of France, Germany and the United Kingdom in asserting the Philippines’ historic rights and rejecting China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Whistleblower claims China produced virus

The Chinese government intentionally manufactured and released the COVID-19 virus that led to mass shutdowns and deaths across the world, a top virologist and whistleblower told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 17th, 2020

The Price of Beijing s Vaccine Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

As China publicly claims it is closing in on a coronavirus vaccine, Beijing has begun promising early access to countries of strategic interest. The effort is broadly seen as a way for Beijing to t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 13th, 2020

Meralco rates lower by P0.0623/kwh in Sept. billing

Consumers of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will benefit from a slight reduction of P0.0623 per kilowatt hour (kwh) in this September billing — summing up five straight months of tariff downtrends for this year. (MANILA BULLETIN) For end-users in the consumption threshold of 200 kilowatt hours (kwh), the average cost savings they will gain in this billing period will be P12, according to the utility firm. The overall rate billed this month is at P8.4288 per kwh versus the previous month’s P8.4911 per kwh. The generation charge, which accounts for the chunk of the cost components being passed on, had been pared by P0.0381 per kwh this month to P4.0860 per kwh from the previous billing cycle’s P4.1241 per kwh. Additionally, the transmission charge was on marginal decline of P0.0112 per kwh and that was mainly attributed to the lower ancillary services (AS) charges of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines; while taxes and other charges incurred a net decrease of P0.0130 per kwh. Meralco emphasized one key factor that triggered rate reduction this September is its continuing move to invoke force majeure (FM) claims with its power suppliers. “This September, the force majeure claim totaled about P463 million, equivalent to customer savings of P0.1710 per kwh in the generation charge,” the utility firm noted. The company explained that if the FM claims had not been there, “the generation charge and the total rate would have increased by P0.13 and P0.14 per kwh, respectively.” Since March this year when Meralco has been persistently invoking FM claims under its power supply deals, the company was already able to generate P2.4 billion worth of savings that it has been passing on as rate reduction to customers via their electric bills. On supply procurement, Meralco indicated that it secured the lion’s share of 54.8-percent from its power supply agreements (PSAs) and that resulted in a decrease of P0.3032 per kwh on its charges. The fraction of supply sourced from its contracted independent power producers (IPPs) had been at 33.6-percent; and this went up by P0.0601 per kwh; while volume procured from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) stood at 11.6-percent and charges had been down by P0.0147 per kwh.The lower settlement prices in the spot market, it was noted, had been due to decrease in Luzon demand — given the re-enforcement of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in some areas last month, primarily in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 9th, 2020

China ramps up military exercises in South China Sea

In what appears to be a show of force in the South China Sea that Beijing claims to own on the basis of the so-called nine-dash line, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted what was described as "high-intensity exercises" along the vital sealane......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 4th, 2020

US warship sails near disputed islands in tense South China Sea

An American warship sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the US Navy has said, challenging Beijing's claims on the resource-rich waterway and prompting a warning from the Chinese military......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020