SMC expands livelihood training program in Quezon

San Miguel Corporation (SMC), in cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), has expanded its livelihood skills and job training program in Sariaya, Quezon province. The program aims to address unemployment and lack of opportunities due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected the country since March. The SMC-TESDA Sariaya project is the second such program that SMC has launched in a week, following the opening of a similar program last September 30 in Bulacan province, where the company is building the P734 billion Manila International Airport.…

Indian Military Modernization and Dream of Arms Control Between Pakistan And India

In a statement released by the US Department of State on September 27 highlighted that China has not kept its promise of non-militarisation of islands under its control in the South China Sea as well as its military outposts located in the region. Instead China has deployed a number of surfaces to air cruise missiles, installed radar domes, and stationed anti-ship missiles in those islands. It has developed signal intelligence capabilities, built new hangers for fighter jets, and extended existing runways which can support its maritime surveillance aircraft operations. The…

What do China-US tensions mean for Indonesia’s diplomacy?

As the United States and China compete for influence in Southeast Asia, could Indonesia’s efforts help keep ASEAN neutral? By Umair Jamal During his first address at the United Nations General Assembly in late September, Indonesian President Joko Widodo warned the world of looming dangers from Washington and Beijing’s geopolitical rivalry in Southeast Asia.  “War will benefit no one. There is no point of celebrating victory among ruins. There is no point of becoming the largest economic power in the midst of a sinking world,” he said. “If division and…

Judy Ann Santos’ birthday greeting for 10-year-old son Lucho

Judy Ann Santos’ birthday greeting for 10-year-old son Lucho Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos celebrated their one and only son’s birthday last October 7 with a PlayStation-themed cake in black and green hues.   In an Instagram post by mom Judy Ann, she shared how she couldn’t believe that Lucho is already 10 years old. “Oh my lovely, sweet, loving boy… 10 already!!??? Why!!?? Ganun ganun lang?? My love, no matter how old you are or how big you get, you will always be mommy and daddy’s buching. Wherever you…

Trilateral Arms Control Initiative between US, Russia and China

In a statement released by the US Department of State on September 27 highlighted that China has not kept its promise of non-militarisation of islands under its control in the South China Sea as well as its military outposts located in the region. Instead China has deployed a number of surfaces to air cruise missiles, installed radar domes, and stationed anti-ship missiles in those islands. It has developed signal intelligence capabilities, built new hangers for fighter jets, and extended existing runways which can support its maritime surveillance aircraft operations. The…

Japan to launch 3 electronic warfare units in East China Sea

TOKYO — Japan will establish three electronic defense units on islands facing the East China Sea by March 2022, bolstering the country’s ability to monitor and respond to Chinese military activity in the waters. From communications and radar systems to infrared-guided missiles, armed forces rely heavily on electromagnetic waves. Japan’s electronic defenses are designed to jam those signals by emitting waves of the same frequencies used by their opponents. Japan has one such unit on the northern island of Hokkaido established against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The…

Group slams infomercial about teachers in the new normal

News / National / Group slams infomercial about teachers in the new normal Group slams infomercial about teachers in the new normal A group of private schools on Thursday expressed concern about an infomercial showing how teachers adjust to the “new normal” – noting that this might promote negative values among students. While it recognizes the importance of adapting to the new ways of delivering education amid  the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federation of Associations of Private Schools Administrators (FAPSA) criticized an infomercial released by “Gabay Guro” for the celebration of…

Changing dynamics in the SCS and increasing Chinese aggression

In a statement released by the US Department of State on September 27 highlighted that China has not kept its promise of non-militarisation of islands under its control in the South China Sea as well as its military outposts located in the region. Instead China has deployed a number of surfaces to air cruise missiles, installed radar domes, and stationed anti-ship missiles in those islands. It has developed signal intelligence capabilities, built new hangers for fighter jets, and extended existing runways which can support its maritime surveillance aircraft operations. The…

Beijing floats plan for man-made Hong Kong island

One hundred days have passed since Beijing imposed a catch-all national security law on Hong Kong on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the return of the former British territory. Since then, the protests that convulsed the financial hub for the better part of 2019 have petered out, to the extent that local police have reputedly downsized their riot squad. Now Beijing is pivoting to Hong Kong’s perennial housing woes, applying expertise and experience gained from building an archipelago of artificial, militarized islands across the South China Sea.  A mammoth…

Duterte tells Lower House: If you do not solve the problem, I will solve it for you

President Duterte broke his silence about the speakership row at the House of Representatives, telling Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco to solve the problem or he will do it for them. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) Duterte made the statement after Cayetano made the motion to terminate the period of debates and amendments for House Bill No. 7727 or the proposed 2021 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). In an unscheduled public address on Thursday, Duterte advised the Lower House  not to drag him…