Why the brouhaha over Duterte honchos visiting ‘lousy’ US?

Imprisoned Sen. Leila De Lima being escorted for a court appearance. INQUIRER FILE Malacanang continued to seethe and stew over reports – specifics still to be verified – that the United States will ban entry of some Philippine officials involved in the arrest and imprisonment of Sen. Leila de Lima, one of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s most vociferous critics. In a slap swap, the president banned entry of two US senators – Richard Durbin of Illinois and Patrick Leahy of Vermont – and threatened to impose visa requirements for all visiting…

Duterte grapples with Chinese Golden Goose’s illegal eggs

Chinese workers illegally working at an unlicensed online gambling firm are arrested by authorities at an office building in Quezon City in this Dec. 19 photo. — BUREAU OF IMMIGRATIONS/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS By Norman P. Aquino Special Reports Editorand Arjay L. Balinbin Reporter WANG HONG, 29, was hooked on gambling. It came to a point that he had to borrow money from loan sharks — a couple of Chinese nationals like himself — so he could continue betting while at the Solaire Resort and Casino, the tallest hotel in the…

Manila Vice: Xi and Duterte grapple with online casino crime

MANILA — With its marble walls, gilded lobby and sign with Chinese characters that can mean “paradise on earth,” the Skytop International Club never tried to be subtle. Opened last year on the fringes of the Makati business district, Manila’s Wall Street, the club became known as a place where men would spend big money on booze and women. The decadence ended on Sept. 30, when officers from the National Bureau of Investigation, or NBI, barged in and rescued 95 women — 91 of them Chinese — believed to be…

President Duterte to push through with South Korea trip — Asian Journal News

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Han Dong-Man who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on November 18, 2019. Albert Alcain I Presidential Photo President Rodrigo Duterte said he is pushing through with his trip to South Korea despite his aversion to traveling, saying that there are many things “at stake.” “I hate traveling. I don’t want to travel. It gives me [a] headache and everything, but this is important. You know, so many things…

Duterte sees ‘no problem’ in reported Chinese control of power grid

Duterte sees ‘no problem’ in reported Chinese control of power grid Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – November 29, 2019 – 10:07am MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte does not see the stake of China’s State Grid Corporation in the Philippine power grid as a threat to national security. A few senators and retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio have raised concerns over China’s co-ownership of the National Grid Corporation that operates the country’s power grid. China’s State Grid Corporation owns 40% of the NGCP, a privately owned consortium. “There are security…

Filipinos Will Appreciate China Some Day, President’s Office Says Touting Duterte Foreign Policy

Beijing, with its Chinese Communist Party government and being the largest and most powerful player in the South China Sea region, are generally viewed with mistrust by the people of the Philippines if a recent survey is accurate. But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thinks that this sentiment could reverse itself in the future. On Thursday Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that the government is not surprised by the drop in China’s trust rating. He said, “[Translated] The Office of the President will neither court nor force any citizen…

Duterte, Moon to meet in Busan

President Rodrigo Duterte will hold a bilateral meeting with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in during his “very hectic” schedule next week at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations–Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit. The Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday that Duterte and other Asean leaders were expected to discuss with Moon their partnership and cooperation on areas of mutual concern. The President will head to Busan, South Korea from Nov. 25 to 26 to attend the summit, which would mark his second visit to the country since he assumed office…

Duterte to have the interest of the Filipino nation at heart in ASEAN-Korea summit » Manila Bulletin News

Published November 20, 2019, 12:36 PM By Genalyn Kabiling  The interest of the Filipino nation will be championed and protected by President Duterte when he and other leaders discuss security concerns in a regional summit in South Korea next week. President Rodrigo Duterte (Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) As the regional issues such as the South China Sea dispute and the Korean Peninsula conflict will likely be tackled in the upcoming dialogue, the President assured the public that he would not commit to anything that would endanger the…