China told to ‘lay off’ Philippines’ islands shows SHIFT in Manila-Beijing relationship | World | News

As the midterm elections in the Philippines approach, President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to overturn his “soft” approach with China over the territory, by engaging in talks with US President Donald Trump to increase their joint military efforts. Mr Duterte’s administration also warned China to “lay off” Manila-owned Thitu Island, in the Spratly archipelago. This came after 200 Chinese vessels were spotted there in what the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs condemned as “a clear violation of Philippine sovereignty”. President Duterte has faced criticism for his handling of China and…

Philippines Morning News For April 22, 2019

DOF: P1.01B daily underspending in Q1 due to reenacted budgetThe government was unable to spend more than P1 billion per day on public goods and services as it had ought to during the first quarter due to the budget impasse in Congress, according to the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team.— Philippine Daily Inquirer NG’s Q1 budget gap down 41% to P90.2BTHE national government recorded a budget deficit of P90.245 billion for the first quarter of 2019, as expenditures outpaced revenues, but the gap was much lower than last…

South China Sea: World War 3 FEARS as Vietnam secretly builds ten islands in disputed sea | World | News

The country has placed its construction in the Spratly Islands near its mainland coast to prevent criticism, the New Delhi Times reported. They have slowly added buildings on 10 major islets since 2017, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. The US Centre for Strategic and International Studies also tracked new communications equipment, a sports field and the extension of a runway from 750 metres to 1,300 metres. Vietnam’s construction is widely seen as defensive, the New Delhi Times reported. The country, which belongs to the Association of Southeast Asian…

To help counter China’s rise, US turns to its Coast Guard, United States News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON • As a US Coast Guard cutter sailed through the East China Sea last month, Chinese vessels shadowed it on the high seas, US service officials said. It was a reminder to the Americans of where they were: in a strategic area about 300km from China’s shores. The situation underscored the evolving American response to the rise of China and the role of the US Coast Guard, which typically operates missions closer to home. The Coast Guard is increasingly orienting itself towards China, senior officials said, by deploying new…

South China Sea: Philippines Duterte SUES China for harvesting clams near Thitu island | World | News

The government plans to take legal action against China for harvesting giant clams in Scarborough or Panatag Shoal, the Philippine Star reported. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Twitter: “We just caught them doing that recently, filed a diplomatic note, and will be taking legal action. With our legal department now.” The action follows Chinese ships reportedly swarming Pag-asa island, also known as Thitu. Mr Duterte had previously warned Beijing to “lay off” the island or he will tell his soldiers to “prepare for suicide missions”. He…

A formula for the Philippines, China, and Vietnam in the West Philippine Sea-South China Sea and other participants » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 20, 2019, 10:00 PM By Jose De Vencia Jr. At some point now or sooner than later, the claimants in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea will have to sit down and agree on a seismic and oil exploration program to be fol­lowed by a definitive oil drilling and development schedule for a satisfac­tory commercial petroleum discovery which is anticipated. This should include a detailed and definitive agreement in the event of marginal hydrocarbon discoveries, non-commercial in volume, and must be followed through by a series of exploration…

Asean morning news for April 15

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   PH urges ASEAN to share moves vs money launderingMember-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should share efforts in deterring money-laundering schemes that have been proven to be a primary funding source of international terrorist activities, a Philippine official said.— ABS-CBN News (video) ASEAN and China struggle to buckle the belt and roadChina’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) continues to draw criticism and disapproval.— Milbank Monitor Southeast Asia’s energy majors pivot sharply to green powerSoutheast Asian energy companies,…

Philippines Morning News For April 19, 2019

Scarborough Shoal lost to China says Philippines spokesmanFilipinos finally heard last Sunday (April 14) what many have dreaded hearing for sometime. Scarborough Shoal has been lost to China.— AEC News Today Philippines slips further on World Press Freedom indexThe Philippines has slipped further on the World Press Freedom Index of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières, RSF).— The Philippine Star PH is 5th country with highest number of reported measles cases since 2018 – WHOA World Health Organization (WHO) study revealed that the Philippines ranks 5th among countries…

PH, China should meet halfway » Manila Bulletin News

‘Insisting on The Hague ruling on the territorial dispute right now may end up in bloodbath’ Updated April 18, 2019, 8:31 PM By Argyll Geducos and Ben Rosario President Duterte said the Philippines and China should meet halfway in addressing the issue in the disputed West Philippine Sea. The President issued the statement following reports of Chinese vessels suspected to be Chinese militia circling around Philippine-occupied islands in the disputed waters. In a speech in Batangas City, Duterte reiterated that he cannot insist on China about The Hague ruling right…