Pat Buchanan: Is war with China becoming inevitable?

TribLIVE’s Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox. 12 minutes ago “The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border,” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ominously warned Friday. He spelled out what he meant to commentator Larry O’Connor: “The Chinese have now begun to amass huge forces against India in the north. … They absolutely need the United States to be their ally and partner in this fight.” Pompeo had just returned from a Tokyo gathering of…

PH is 4th with highest number of disasters in the last 20 years

The Philippines has the 4th most number of disaster events linked to natural hazards globally in the last 20 years, a new report released by the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) has shown. The report titled “Human Cost of Disasters: An Overview of the Last 20 years 2000-2019” found that 7,348 disaster events were recorded worldwide by CRED’s Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) leading to approximately US$2.97 trillion in economic losses, up from 4,212 disasters worldwide with economic…

‘Immediately stop’: China’s warning to US

Beijing is doubling-down on its assertion of total control over the South China Sea, swarming warships and aircraft around a US destroyer as it sailed through international waters at the weekend. “We urge the US side to immediately stop such kind of provocative actions, strictly manage and control its maritime and air military operations so as not to cause any eventuality,” warns a Chinese military spokesman. The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain crossed through the South China Sea, passing near the disputed Paracel Islands on Friday. It’s the third such…

Japan protests to China for entering Japanese waters off disputed East China Sea islands

TOKYO: Tokyo has lodged protests to Beijing over the entry of Chinese coast guard ships into Japan‘s territorial waters off disputed East China Sea islands and their refusal to move out for a third day Tuesday, Japanese officials said. The two Chinese ships entered the Japanese-claimed waters Sunday morning, appearing to approach a Japanese fishing boat carrying three crew members. They have remained there, while ignoring repeated warnings and exit demands by the Japanese side, Japanese coast guard officials said. Chinese coast guard vessels routinely violate territorial waters around the…

P6.5-B SAP savings realigned to another assistance fund

President Duterte’s economic managers have decided to realign P6.5 billion of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s P10-billion so-called “savings” from  Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to boost the government’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program. Negros Oriental 1st District Rep. Jocelyn Sy Limkaichong Negros Oriental 1st District Rep. Jocelyn Sy Limkaichong, vice chairperson of the House Committee on Appropriations, disclosed this during the House of Representatives’  four-hour long deliberations on the DSWD’s proposed P171.22 billion budget for 2021. “’Yung sinasabi na P10 billion savings, a portion of…

Disaster center unveils app for sudden rainfall

By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter The National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) yesterday unveiled a mobile app that shows the next hour’s expected rainfall near a user’s location to help authorities and the public to better prepare for potential disasters caused by sudden rain. The app, called Rainfall Aid (落雨小幫手), shows the amount of rainfall recorded in the 20 minutes prior to an inquiry and the amount expected over the next 60 minutes for a 10km radius of the user’s location, NCDR Director Hongey Chen (陳宏宇)…

Water Wars: A Quiet Quad

The Quad: Symbolism Over Substance On Oct. 6, the foreign ministers of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (“the Quad”)—the informal strategic consultation group between the United States, Australia, India and Japan—met in Tokyo for their second-ever ministerial meeting. Observers noted that there was some “symbolism of just showing up,” as representatives of “four of the most powerful democratic countries in the Indo-Pacific region.” But analysts cautioned that the meeting produced “few concrete takeaways.” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took an explicitly aggressive stance toward China during the meetings, imploring the…

2 party-list representatives take their oath before Velasco

News / National / 2 party-list representatives take their oath before Velasco 2 party-list representatives take their oath before Velasco Two party-list lawmakers took their oath as representatives of the Duterte Youth Party-list and the Senior Citizens Party-list.  It was newly-installed House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco who administered the oath to Ducielle Cardema, and Rodolfo Ordanes as new members of the Lower Chamber. Cardema replaced her husband, Ronald after the latter’s nomination as  Duterte Youth’s 1st nominee was cancelled by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) 1st Division for being overaged…

Unusual US air activity over S.China Sea

ANKARA A Beijing-based think tank detected “unusual” air activity in September by US warplanes over the South China Sea, local media reported Tuesday. According to a report quoted by the South China Morning Post daily, around 60 US warplanes conducted “close-up reconnaissance flights” near China last month. “The US may be preparing for future long-distance missions in the South China Sea,” said the report by the government-backed South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI). The report noted an uptick in mid-air refueling activities last month, which it said could…

Senators weigh in on House’s leadership change

Senate leaders weighed in on the change in the leadership of the House of Representatives. Members of the House of Representatives ratified their election of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as the new House Speaker, ousting Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano. Senate President Vicente Sotto III believes that with this move, the lower chamber could finally focus on approving the P4.5-trillion proposed 2021 budget. “All the HOR has to do is approve the budget on third reading then print and submit to us, regardless of who the Speaker is,” said…