Carrier Reagan Back in the South China Sea, U.S. Destroyer Makes Taiwan Strait Transit

From left, USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10), USS Comstock (LSD-45), USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS New Orleans (LPD-18), USS Chicago (SSN-721), USS America (LHA-6), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194), USS Antietam (CG-54), USS Germantown (LSD-42) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2) steam in formation while E/A-18G Growlers and FA-18E Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, a P-8 Poseidon from Commander Task Force 72, and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and a B-1B Bomber fly over the formation in support of Valiant Shield 2020 on Sept. 25, 2020. US Navy…

It’s all over in the House

The resolution of the House of Representatives problem was quick. It needed only a picture with the Inday, which went viral on social media platforms over the weekend. On Monday, there was still  verbal calisthenics on the validity of the assumption between the camps of the two gentlemen carrying the same first name but different spelling – one is single, other is double L. The lead actors – Alan Peter Cayetano and Lord Allan Velasco – backed by their respective armies of supporters tried to slug each other out up…

Will Trump’s October surprise be a hot war with China?

On Oct. 7, Donald Trump, fresh out of a multi-day hospital stay with COVID-19 and after multiple reports had described the White House as a coronavirus hotspot, said he will “make China pay.” “This is China’s fault. Just remember that,” he said. Just a day earlier, China told the United States to end its “Cold War mentality.” Since COVID-19 emerged in China in November 2019, senior officials in both countries have increasingly upped the ante with their words of war, alongside military moves and countermoves. The epicenter of those tensions…

Philippines’ Duterte approves resumption of energy projects in South China Sea

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the moratorium on petroleum exploration in the South China Sea, paving the way for three projects to resume, including a possible joint venture with China. FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival, from a visit in Israel and Jordan at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines, September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Thursday that service contractors were notified to resume energy-related activity in the area, which had been suspended from…

7 tips to rain-proof your ride this season

How to prep your vehicle for the wet season Written by Eric Tipan LPA or (low pressure area), southwest monsoon, tropical depression, and my favorite, ITCZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone), are terms you’ll be hearing a lot at this time of the year. While the seasonal change is familiar to all drivers, it’s one that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Of all the other seasons and conditions, research shows that ordinary precipitation is the most likely to get you in an accident. Take the necessary precautions before you get into an…

Religious conflicts around the globe and a solution

“When adherents of one faith take to the extreme and force their religious views on those of other faiths, religious conflicts emerge” It is evident that prejudices arising from adherence to religious forms and imitation of ancestral beliefs  have hindered the progress of humanity thousands of years. How many wars and battles have been fought, how much division , discord and hatred have been caused by this form of prejudice. Religious conflict is caused by intolerance against another’s religious beliefs or practices. Much war and death has emerged from these…

Reagan Carrier Strike Group heads back into South China Sea amid increasing tension with China

The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and its strike group returned to the South China Sea Thursday for the third time in its 2020 deployment. The Japan-based carrier is joined by Carrier Air Wing 5, the guided-missile cruiser Antietam and the guided-missile destroyers John S. McCain and Halsey. There, the strike group is conducting flight operations, maritime strike exercises and training between surface and air units. The @USNavy will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows. https://t.co/g1i6GbQBEC — USNavyCNO (@USNavyCNO) October 15, 2020 The South China Sea continues to be…

Lexus taps SEA Games gold medalist, Agatha Wong, as brand ambassador

Lexus Philippines finds a shared pursuit of perfection in three-time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Gold Medalist, Agatha Wong. The Lexus NX and Wong are both on a path to forge ahead toward even greater triumphs. Wushu athlete, Agatha Wong, has, time and again, delivered stunning performances worthy of gold medals at the SEA Games–once in 2017, and twice in 2019. It is no surprise then that as Lexus’ newest brand ambassador for the NX, Agatha is inspired by the craftsmanship and passion behind the creation of this luxury SUV. She…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned off flight to Taiwan-controlled island | The Mighty 790 KFGO

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers on Thursday warned off a Taiwanese civilian flight flying to Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea, forcing it to turn back, the island’s government said. The incident, which comes at a time of rising regional tensions, occurred as a UNI Air charter flight from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands was approaching Hong Kong’s flight information region, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Hong Kong air traffic controllers told the captain there were “dangerous activities” happening below 26,000 feet and the…

Philippines’ Duterte lifts oil exploration moratorium in South China Sea

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival, from a visit in Israel and Jordan at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines, September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr. MANILA (Reuters) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the Department of Energy’s recommendation to lift the suspension of petroleum activities and the resumption of oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, his energy minister said. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a statement on Thursday that a “resume to work” notice has been issued to…