Coronavirus: Philippines President threatens to shoot citizens who disobey lockdown | World | News

The president has warned there will be zero tolerance policy for anyone who breaks the lockdown rules as the number of COVID-19 cases around the world reaches a million. Around 2,633 people in the Philippines have been confirmed of having the infection and 107 people have died. The country has 105 million people and medical officers are concerned that there will be a serious crisis if it continues to spread. Mr Duterte said: “So once again I’m telling you the seriousness of the problem and that you must listen. “My…

South China Sea: China’s missiles tests in region contested by Philippines revealed | World | News

The tests occurred in 2019, as NBC reported at the time, quoting a US official who said: “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea.” The source even warned that future tests would be undertaken, stating that: “The window for testing remains open until July 3, and the official expects the Chinese military to test again before it closes.” No US Navy vessels were in the area when the missile or missiles splashed down, but the official described the…

Is the Philippines moving to active middle power diplomacy?

Author: Aileen S P Baviera, University of the Philippines The Philippines was first a colony and then a formal treaty ally of the United States for so long that many Filipinos tend to take the existence of reciprocal defence obligations for granted. For the most part, the Philippines has always supported US security objectives when asked — whether during the Pacific War, the Korean War, the Cold War, the conflicts in Indochina or the ‘Global War on Terror’. This support was not always unconditional or particularly strong. Domestic opinion and regional…

South China Sea: Beijing’s ‘dangerous game’ that risks brutal war amid Philippines row | World | News

Beijing and the US have seen their relations break down in recent years – and aside from trade war feuds – the South China Sea has been a huge wedge between the two superpowers. The region is host to lucrative shipping lanes and trading ports, provoking President Xi Jinping to enforce a controversial Nine-Dash Line demarcation of what China deems to be its territory. The demarcation enforces a claim over all of the island clusters in the region and 90 percent of the South China Sea as a whole, but…

Beijing surveys Philippines reefs while donating virus tests

Beijing surveys Philippines reefs while donating virus tests One simply can’t trust China’s communist rulers. As Beijing gave Manila Covid-19 test kits it bolstered control of two of seven Philippine reefs it illegally is occupying. Civilian ruses were used, no different from deploying fisheries militia to Philippine maritime jurisdictions. China’s Academy of Science “established two research stations” on Subi and Fiery Cross Reefs, the official Xinhua News Agency announced last weekend. “Scientists [will] live and conduct field research on ecology, geology, and environment.” The “research” constitutes further incursion in…

Philippines buys Mitsubishi Electric radar in first defense deal

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Electric will export about 10 billion yen ($89.9 million) worth of radar systems to the Philippines, marking the first export of Japanese-made defense equipment under an updated government policy. The Philippines will purchase upgraded versions of the FPS-3 and TPS-P14  radar systems, both used by the Japan Self-Defense Forces. The FPS-3 is installed along coastlines to detect missiles and other projectiles while the TPS-P14 is mounted on vehicles. Tokyo hopes to aide Manila in boosting surveillance capabilities in the South China Sea as China continues to flex its military muscle in the region.  In…

Mitsubishi wins contract to sell air radar system to Philippines : The Asahi Shimbun

In the first sale of full defense equipment under Japan’s “three principles of arms transfer,” approved in 2014, Mitsubishi Electric Co. will sell four air defense radar systems to the Philippines, sources said. Mitsubishi Electric won a bid to export the improved version of the three J/FPS-3 and one J/TPS-P14 air defense systems, which are used by the Self-Defense Forces. The former has been placed in the mountains along coastal areas in Japan to detect incoming fighter jets or missiles. The system has been used as a missile defense system…

Philippines Morning News For March 26, 2020

‘Worst is yet to come unless DOH, FDA act with urgency’ says LacsonSenator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday, March 25, said that the Department of Health and the Food and Drugs Administration must act with urgency to flatten the coronavirus curve in the country.— Rappler PhilHealth enhances package rates for COVID-19 patientsWith the surge of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) confirmed cases and the number of Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) admitted in the hospitals nationwide, the Philippine Health Insurance Coporation (PhilHealth) has enhanced its package rates related to corona virus infections particularly…

Philippines Morning News For March 25, 2020

Poor should get food, cash aid first – Bong GoSEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go called on concerned government agencies to provide food and cash assistance to the most vulnerable groups first as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.— Manila Times Duterte wants speedy delivery of medical supplies in war vs. COVID-19President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night called for the speedy delivery of medical supplies amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).— GMA Network Duterte’s special powers bill punishes fake news by jail time, up to…

Philippines Morning News For March 24, 2020

Congress gives Duterte authority over budget, operation of medical facilities in fight vs. COVID-19Congress has given President Rodrigo Duterte the arsenal to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), passing on late Monday a bill that allows him to realign the 2020 budget and direct operations of hospitals and medical facilities to address the health crisis.— GMA Network Over 100k workers displaced amid enhanced community quarantine -DOLEOver 100,000 workers have been displaced amid the enhanced community quarantine implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).— GMA Network Eight…