Enforcement of arbitral award is PH core interest – The Manila Times

Second of four partsTHE ruling of the Hague arbitration tribunal vindicated the Philippines’ protests and swept away the apparent picture of China being in a position to control the South China Sea because of its military and economic power. The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States is a component of the Philippines’ collective defense to have a pragmatic approach to the enforcement of the arbitration ruling. Nine-dash lineThe main threat to the Philippines’ security is the nine-dash line, which seeks to convert the South China Sea into a…

Manila goes on lockdown | The Thaiger

The spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus prompted tourism industry leaders in Phuket this week to support moves to cancel or postpone mass events across the island. All official Songkran Thai New Year festivities in the southern resort island’s Patong district have already been cancelled, along with the annual Phuket Bike Week, usually the biggest motorcycle event in Asia. Even the popular Lard Yai Phuket Walking Street ‘night market’ in Phuket Town (in Thalang Road on Sunday nights) was not spared. In a move sure to rattle working parents, school “summer…

Philippine president orders coronavirus lockdown of Manila

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans on Thursday (Mar 12) for a sweeping lockdown of the capital’s 12 million people, including a halt to domestic travel, in a bid to contain the deadly new coronavirus. Though the nation has detected a fraction of the cases seen in hotspots such as China and Italy, officials hope to arrest the spread before it takes firm root in Manila’s densely packed neighbourhoods. Advertisement Advertisement READ: Italy shuts stores across country to fight coronavirus During a nationally televised address, Duterte also announced a month…

12m Filipinos affected in Manila Covid-19 lockdown | Daily Express Online

12m Filipinos affected in Manila Covid-19 lockdown Published on: Saturday, March 14, 2020 By: AFP Text Size: Photo Source: AFP MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans for a sweeping lockdown of the capital’s 12 million people, including a halt to domestic travel, in a bid to contain the deadly new coronavirus.Though the nation has detected a fraction of the cases seen in hotspots such as China and Italy, officials hope to arrest the spread before it takes firm root in Manila’s…

12m Filipinos are affected as Manila in lockdown | Daily Express Online

12m Filipinos are affected as Manila in lockdown Published on: Saturday, March 14, 2020 By: AFP Text Size: Photo Source: AFP MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans for a sweeping lockdown of the capital’s 12 million people, including a halt to domestic travel, in a bid to contain the deadly new coronavirus.Though the nation has detected a fraction of the cases seen in hotspots such as China and Italy, officials hope to arrest the spread before it takes firm root in…

Defense Chief denies Chinese presence hampers development on Pagasa Island » Manila Bulletin News

Published March 10, 2020, 4:59 PM By Martin Sadongdong Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana rejected on Tuesday the observations of a United States-based think tank that said the presence of Chinese boats allegedly disguised as militias was among the factors why development works on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea face continuous delay. A Filipino soldier patrols at the shore of Pagasa island (Thitu Island)(REUTERS/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool/File Photo/File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) Lorenzana maintained that the natural features of the island and the bad weather made it hard for the…

Media owners mold their journalists’ minds – The Manila Times

THE Philippine Star last March 5 ran a front-page story titled, “SWS: 62% of Pinoys believe AFP can’t defend WPS.” The Social Weather Stations (SWS) angrily wrote the newspaper’s editors, pointing out that this was the opposite of what its report said, that its survey found that “62 percent of adult Filipinos have much confidence in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in defending the territories of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).” The Star didn’t even apologize for its mistake, and simply ran a shorter piece…

US Navy stands by earlier policy to sail anywhere int’l law allows » Manila Bulletin News

Published March 8, 2020, 2:58 PM By Roy Mabasa A high-ranking United States Navy official has reiterated Washington’s policy to continue to “sail, steam, or fly anywhere international law allows” amid the latest accusation that a Chinese navy destroyer directed lasers to a U.S. military aircraft while conducting a regular patrolling in the Philippine Sea last month. US Admiral John C. Aquilino (REUTERS/Panu Wongcha-um/MANILA BULLETIN/ FILE) “As a previous secretary of defense has stated and the policy is – the U.S. will sail, steam, or fly anywhere international law allows,…

Del Rosario warns of dire consequences following VFA abrogation » Manila Bulletin News

Published March 1, 2020, 3:56 PM By Roy Mabasa  Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario has warned that the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) would serve to actualize the country’s spin towards its northern neighbor China against the “strong and vehement objections of our people.” Former Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File / MANILA BULLETIN) In his remarks at a just-concluded forum discussing the future of the Philippines – United States alliance sans the VFA, Del Rosario also expressed his concern that President…