Chinese Survey Ship Spotted Off Coast of Central Vietnam

China has sent a survey ship with a Coast Guard escort into Vietnamese waters of the South China Sea, ship tracking data show. Vietnam has yet to react publicly to the deployment, but it comes at a diplomatically sensitive time. The new prime minister of Japan is set to visit Vietnam next week, and the Nikkei newspaper reported Wednesday that Japan is planning to sell defense equipment to Vietnam – a move that is likely to be opposed by China, which views Japan as a strategic rival. The Shiyan-1 survey…

‘Ofel’ makes 4th landfall in Marinduque signal 1 up in 15 areas in Luzon

More areas in Luzon were placed under storm warning signal 1 after Tropical Depression “Ofel” made its fourth landfall in Marinduque on Wednesday night, the state weather bureau said.  In its 11 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of Ofel made landfall over Torijos town in Marinduque at 7:45 p.m. Prior to this, the tropical depression had already made landfalls in Can-avid, Eastern Samar; Matnog, Sorsogon; and Burias Island, Masbate also on Wednesday. According to PAGASA, Ofel was last spotted off 55…

Dangers of Military Confrontation Between the United States and China Around Taiwan and in the South China Sea

Over the past two years, the United States has dramatically increased the number of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and destroyers sent into the South China Sea as a freedom of navigation show of force missions to remind the Chinese government that the U.S. considers the Western Pacific and the South China Sea as a part of the oceans of America and its allies.  Additionally, in 2020, the Trump administration ratcheted up tensions with China over Taiwan by sending to Taiwan the highest-ranking U.S. officials in over forty years. The Chinese…

Gov’t will ask SC to allow court inspection of samples of seized shabu to hasten its destruction

The government will ask the Supreme Court to allow the court inspection of random samples of seized shabu to make way for the immediate destruction of the rest of the contraband, President Duterte announced Wednesday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ARMAN BAYLON/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) The President directed Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Solicitor General Jose Calida to make the representation to the high court on the matter in a bid to hasten the destruction of the confiscated illegal drugs. The seized shabu must be destroyed “within 24 hours” after the inspection…

Can Territorial Conflicts Threat Global Peace?

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…

China holds new naval drill as Xi steps up military rhetoric | China

Chinese president calls for speedier upgrade of military equipment as he urges soldiers to ‘focus on war preparedness’. China conducted new naval exercises on Wednesday, a report quoting maritime officials said, amid escalating tensions in the South China Sea and as President Xi Jinping urged the military to “focus on war preparedness and combat capabilities”. The state-owned Global Times quoted the country’s maritime safety agency as saying that drills were taking place in the Bohai Sea in China’s northeast from 6am to 5pm (22:00 GMT Tuesday – 09:00 GMT Wednesday).…

Duterte hits DPWH for ‘rampant corruption

As Congress works on passing the proposed P4.5-trillion 2021 national budget, President Duterte told lawmakers that corruption is embedded in projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ROBINSON NIÑAL/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) President Duterte made the statement as members of Congress started with their special session which the President called specifically for them to pass the proposed 2021 national budget. In his Wednesday night public address, President Duterte confidently claimed that there is corruption in DPWH but was unable to name…

Philippines to deploy maritime militia in South China Sea

The Philippine Navy is hiring maritime militia forces to patrol and protect fishermen in the South China Sea from intruding Chinese forces. Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo told reporters on Tuesday that it is preparing to send over 200 militiamen to the disputed South China Sea. One company is to watch the islands occupied by the Philippines in the Spratly archipelago – also known as Nansha islands in Chinese – and another company to secure Scarborough Shoal – Huangyan island in Chinese. At a senate budget hearing on…

Philippine plan to deploy militia in South China Sea raises concerns

Oct. 14 (UPI) — The Philippines is to deploy maritime militia in the South China Sea amid tensions with China, but politicians in Manila are concerned about the impact on Philippine fishermen. Sen. Risa Hontiveros of the political opposition said the militia to be sent to the West Philippine Sea should not be armed, The Inquirer reported Wednesday. “Those who should be armed in the country should only be the Armed Forces of the Philippines officers and Philippine National Police,” Hontiveros said. “I will really be worried if we proceed…