Plebiscite on splitting Palawan into 3 provinces set for 2020

Palawan will not be a single province anymore, but only if the law dividing it into three is approved in a plebiscite. Republic Act No. 11259 divides the country’s westernmost province into Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental and Palawan del Sur. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the law on April 5, but Malacañang made it public only on Saturday. The plebiscite is set for the second Monday of May 2020. The new provinces would be created if approved “by majority of the votes cast by the voters of the affected areas.”…

China ‘Really Upset’ Over Repeated Use Of ‘Debt-Trap’ Propaganda By The West

The Chinese government is reportedly upset by the Western propaganda of Beijing’s debt-trap policy. A spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Lu Kang condemned the reported statement of the World Bank’s President that the Chinese loans are a cause of concern for any country. Pakistan Immersed in a Whopping $10 billion Chinese Debt Trap Due To CPEC and Gwadar Port: US China’s mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries under the Belt and Road, particularly in the context of Africa has nothing to do with the debt burden. The spokesperson said at a regular…

1,000 Filipinos protest against China ‘invasion’, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA • Protesters descended on the Chinese embassy in Manila yesterday to oppose the Asian superpower’s growing sway in the Philippines and as tensions rise over Beijing’s presence in the disputed South China Sea. Filipino flag-waving marchers chanted “China out” and brandished a banner saying “Defend our sovereign rights”, referring to Beijing’s expansive claims to the resource-rich waterway. “The government headed by President (Rodrigo) Duterte is not responding. What China is doing is almost an invasion,” marcher Alex Legaspi, a 53-year-old teacher, said. While Mr Duterte has largely set aside…

You think we’ll just give in to China?

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) — The governor of Palawan on Saturday shot down criticisms the province’s impending split may favor China amid the long-standing dispute in the West Philippine Sea. “Anong akala mo – hindi kami gustong mamatay para sa sariling bayan natin? Bibigay lang namin sa China? Napakababaw naman noon,” Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez told CNN Philippines in an interview. [Translation: “What are you thinking – that we are not willing to die for our country? That we’ll just give in to China? That is just too…

US Amphibious Ship Tests New ‘Carrier’ Mode in Drills With Philippines – Report

The American military vessel was earlier spotted passing through the disputed waters of the South China Sea despite numerous demands from China, who has a significant military presence in the region, calling for the US to stop such “provocations”. The US Marine Corps have been testing a concept of a so-called “Lightning Carrier” during joint drills with the Philippines military, Business Insider reported. The idea of this concept is to load an America-class amphibious assault ship, such as the USS Wasp currently participating in these drills, with 10 or even more F-35 Lightning II jets — twice the amount…

Will Locsin’s tough talk vs China work?

FOREIGN Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. is the solitary voice in the Cabinet publicly denouncing the neighborhood bully when it crosses the red line in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. Are his blasts against China’s intrusions with prior clearance of President Duterte? As Duterte balances his rhetoric between his Chinese benefactors and Filipinos wary of any hint of pro-China bias, Locsin’s tough talk can help draw attention away from the President’s lame reaction to the red dragon’s gobbling up bits and pieces of Philippine maritime areas. In the homestretch of the…

China takes strong exception to allegation of debt burden

BEIJING: China has taken a strong exception to the repeated allegations by some quarters about China’s role of putting debt burden on any country of the world. A spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Lu Kang denounced the reported statement of the World Bank’s President that the Chinese loans are caused of concern for any country. China’s mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries under the Belt and Road, particularly in context of Africa has nothing to do with debt burden. The spokesperson said at a regular news briefing, initiative, including that with African countries…

China rebuffs PH officials, maintains Spratly Islands is its territory » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 12, 2019, 5:21 PM By Roy Mabasa China has rebuffed statements earlier made by some Philippine officials regarding the situation in Spratly Islands (known as Nansha in Chinese), saying that the area is “within China’s territory” and the rights of its fishermen “should not be challenged.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang (Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “We have taken note of those remarks made by the Philippine officials. The Nansha Islands are within China’s territory, for which we have sufficient historical and…