PSALM slates auction for Pampanga property

In a series of real estate divestments, state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) is scheduling sometime this month on the auction block a prime property in Mexico, Pampanga. The company said it is eyeing to fetch P803.151 million from that asset sale, which spans around 50,447 square meters or 5.447 hectares. The bid submission date is on October 20 this year at 2:00pm; and the opening of bids will follow immediately on that same day. For interested parties, PSALM announced that pre-bid conference will be held on…

Experts raise alarm over destruction of coral reefs in South China Sea

Experts are raising the alarm over the destruction of coral reefs in the South China Sea that are critical for the marine environment and for preventing a collapse in fish stocks which sustain the livelihoods of tens of millions of people. Marine scientists who have studied the region for years report growing difficulty in accessing the coral reefs to conduct vital research. They are calling for governments in the region to establish a regulatory authority that would halt degradation of offshore reefs and crack down on overfishing. “We’re always on…

SERVING IN SOUTH CHINA SEA | JacksonHeraldTODAY

SOUTH CHINA SEA — Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Jerimiah McAdams, from Pendergrass, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), inspects watertight doors during a general quarters drill. John Paul Jones is conducting routine operations while deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Source link

Duterte on alleged rights abuses linked to drug war: I did not kill anyone, or order the killing of a person

Under fire for alleged rights abuses linked to his drug war, President Duterte insisted that he has neither killed anyone nor ordered the murder of a person.  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) The President however admitted that he could not stop the killing of criminals since there is a raging war against illegal drugs and other crimes in the country. “At maraming sinasabi ‘Rule of law, hindi ka naman sumusunod, marami kang pinapatay.” Wala ho akong pinatay na tao (Many say, ‘Rule of law but you don’t…

China Ramps Up a War of Words, Warning the U.S. of Its Red Lines

The soldiers run through the forest, through the surf, through smoke and flames, ready to die for the motherland. The video, one of a series that has recently appeared online in China, climaxes with the launch of nine ballistic missiles and a fiery barrage of explosions. “If war breaks out,” a chorus sings, “this is my answer.” Chinese propaganda is rarely subtle or particularly persuasive, but the torrent of bombast online and in state media in recent weeks is striking and potentially ominous. The targets are China’s main adversaries: the…

Palace touts Filipinos to visit Boracay

Filipinos deserve to take a vacation in coronavirus-free Boracay after enduring a long pandemic lockdown, according to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.(CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Roque has encouraged the public, especially residents of Metro Manila, to visit the world-famous beach destination provided they pass certain health requirements. In line with the gradual reopening of the economy, the government has allowed Boracay to accept tourists from areas in general community quarantine (GCQ) or lower classification effective October 1 after months of closure. Visitors however…

What Kind of Superpower Will China Be?

The Chinese also understood the link between culture and power. Other peoples naturally looked to China, the most advanced society in East Asia, when building their own kingdoms, and they liberally borrowed legal codes and governing institutions, artistic and literary styles, and, most famously, Chinese written characters. This common cultural bond sustained Chinese influence in the region even when the country itself was politically weakened. Read: Is this Taiwan’s moment? Xi knows this full well, and he intends to build up China’s soft power by pushing Chinese values, both old…

Children in informal settlements have higher health risk, says group

The children living in informal settlements have higher risks of getting infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and other life-threatening diseases such as diarrhea and typhoid fever because of their lack of access to safe water and sanitation. This was the message of child’s rights group Save the Children in observance of World Habitat Day on October 5. Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines, said that it is every child’s right to have physical, mental, spiritual, moral, and social development. However, poverty often gets in the way…

Cambodia Confirms US-Funded Defence Facility Razed

Cambodia has razed a United States (US)-funded defence facility on its southern coast, the deputy prime minister confirmed Sunday, the latest move in the ongoing controversial expansion of a strategically crucial naval base being developed with Chinese aid. The Wall Street Journal reported last year on a secret draft deal allowing China to dock warships at the Ream naval base near the kingdom’s coastal city of Sihanoukville.  But Cambodia – awash in recent years with Chinese investments – has strenuously denied the report, although strongman premier Hun Sen has said…

Why US Arms Control Envoy Made a Beeline for Vietnam on Brief Asia Trip | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Washington’s point person on arms control visited Vietnam, a Communist war rival five decades ago, for meetings about perceived threats from China because Vietnamese officials hold positions in key international bodies and align ever more closely with the West, experts say.    U.S. presidential arms control envoy Marshall Billingslea met Vietnamese officials Thursday to discuss Chinese offshore expansion, including fears of a growing nuclear arsenal, he told reporters. The envoy had visited traditional U.S. allies Japan and South Korea on the same trip.    “We know that the United States…