DepEd urged to double check modules following inappropriate content

The Department of Education (DepEd) has been asked anew to double check learning materials distributed under distance learning after students and parents discovered a very “alarming” and “inappropriate content” in one of the Self-Learning Modules distributed by DepEd Region 4-A or Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon).  (MANILA BULLETIN) Alarmed by the malicious content of a passage in their Filipino module, a 17-year-old Grade 11 student in a public school in San Mateo, Rizal sent photos of the module to the Manila Bulletin.  The photos showed a module titled…

ANALYSIS – October Surprise In South China Sea Unlikely, Yet Both China, US Should Show Restraint

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 20th October, 2020) The situation in the South China Sea remains tense amid recent escalations between Washington and Beijing, however, an open conflict that could result in a so-called October surprise and affect the results of the November presidential election is unlikely given the COVID-19 crisis in the US, experts told Sputnik, adding that every side of the conflict should show calm in any case. The already tense situation between the two superpowers boiled over in early October when Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS John…

South China Sea: The U.S. Navy Is Back (with an Aircraft Carrier)

The sailors and aviators serving in the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG-5) returned to familiar waters last week when it entered the waters of the South China Sea for the third time during its 2020 deployment. The carrier strike group includes the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is operating with the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).…

‘Pepito’ places 21 areas, including Metro Manila, under Signal No. 1

At least 21 areas, including Metro Manila, were placed under tropical cyclone wind Signal No. 1 on Monday evening, as tropical depression “Pepito” continues to threaten Northern and Central Luzon. In its severe weather bulletin issued at 11 p.m., Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has raised Signal No. 1 over Metro Manila, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Metro Manila, Rizal, northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta, Real) including Polillo…

Japan, Australia warn on South China Sea

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has met her Japanese counterpart Kishi Nabuo in Tokyo where both warned against attempts to “change the status quo by coercion” in the South China Sea. In a joint statement on Monday night the ministers said their nations would continue to coordinate closely on the security situation in the region. They affirmed the importance of upholding freedom of navigation and overflight. Without naming China they reaffirmed their “serious concern” about the militarisation of disputed islands and reefs, “dangerous or coercive use” of coast guard vessels and…

Minus Romeo and Fajardo, SMB needs to double the effort in PH Cup

SMB veteran Arwind Santos encourages his teammates to step up in the absence of the June Mar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo. (PBA Images) Down to the last man on the roster, San Miguel Beer forward Arwind Santos believes each player has to contribute in whatever way for the undermanned Beermen in the PBA starter inside the “bubble” in Clark, Pampanga. With no June Mar Fajardo – the reigning six-time PBA Most Valuable Player who is recovering from a leg injury – and Terrence Romeo out for the rest of the…

Japan warns against illegal maneuvers in South China Sea

Oct. 19 (UPI) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga criticized disputed actions in the South China Sea during his first overseas trip after meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Suga, who did not mention China by name, denounced actions in the sea that “go against the rule of law” during a speech at Vietnam Japan University, Kyodo News reported Monday. “It is important that all nations involved work toward a peaceful resolution of conflicts in the South China Sea without resorting to force or coercion,” Suga said. Suga,…

Zamboanga rules Chooks 3×3 preseason tournament

CALAMBA, LAGUNA – Zamboanga City-Family’s Brand Sardines is going into the first leg of the 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup powered by TM with a full head of steam after ruling the preseason Monday. Zamboanga City topped Bacolod-Master Sardines in a back-and-forth Finals, 21-17, inside the INSPIRE Sports Academy here. As expected, Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 members Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol showed the way with seven and five points, respectively. Bacolod was within one, 15-16, with less than five minutes to go before Munzon fired back-to-back longballs for a…

As US election nears, some Chinese firms turn away from the world | China News

Down a side street near Shenzhen’s university cluster, a drone swoops down between low-slung, graffiti-covered buildings, coming to rest in a large utility box where a robotic arm swaps out its batteries for new ones. Moments later the drone rises and whizzes off again to carry on its work. Wang Yang, founder and CEO of DY Innovations, which designs automated systems for industrial drones such as this one used to inspect power lines and solar panels, is doing brisk business. Wang, who studied in the United States for four years…

International civil society, human rights groups defend Macli-ing Dulag’s monument from demolition

On Indigenous People’s Month, more than 250 human rights and civil society organizations from all over the world pledged to defend the impending demolition of Macli-ing Dulag’s monument erected by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) along the national road in honor of his heroism for resisting the infamous Chico Dam project. Macli-ing Dulag More than 600 individuals and organizations from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia recently signed an online global pact amid intensifying attacks against the Igorot people indigenous to the Northern Philippines. “We sign this global pact both…