Nickel industry seen maintaining output

Despite the pandemic, the Philippines, the world’s top nickel producer and one of the most highly mineralized countries globally, may still end up with the same output of 40 million to 45 million wet metric tons (WMT) of nickel ore this year.  Moreover, nickel mining firms may even book higher earnings on the back of much improved world prices. This was according to Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) Board Member Isidro Alcantara, Jr., who attributed the optimistic outlook on the strong demand coming from the world’s second largest economy, China.…

South China Sea in ‘freefall’ as US and Beijing aggression makes conflict risk ‘high’ | World | News

Beijing’s intense militarisation of the region has led to increased concerns over conflict between the US and China. Described by many as “island fortresses”, China has engulfed the South China Sea with man-made island bases and has been accused of forming them specifically for military purposes. The key issue for other Asian neighbours is the placement of these bases in archipelagos that are under sovereignty claims by multiple countries. The Spratly Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei – and have become the cornerstone of…

US, Japan, Australia team up for naval exercises in South China Sea

The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain linked up with the Royal Australian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force in the South China Sea to conduct naval exercises on Monday. The exercises, which signify the fifth time this year that the U.S. has conducted exercises in the 7th Fleet’s area of operations with Australia and Japan, aim to enhance the ability of forces to work together and maintain maritime security and readiness, the U.S. Navy said. Specifically, JMSDF’s destroyer JS Kirisame and the Australian Royal Navy’s frigate HMAS Arunta…

DMCI Homes completes first luxury project

DMCI Homes, the residential arm of DMCI Holdings, has completed the first two buildings of Oak Harbor Residences, the first project of its premium brand DMCI Homes Exclusive. Located along Jackson Avenue in Asiaworld, Parañaque City, the first luxury waterfront property at the resplendent Bay City will begin accepting move-ins to the completed 16-storey Lauderdale and 15-storey Westport buildings starting this October through a sectional turnover process. The turnover of the two buildings’ 262 units will start from the upper ground floor (UGF) to the sixth floor and to be…

Beijing doubles down after US sails through waters

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…

China has the world′s largest navy — what now for the US? | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW

When the US destroyer John S. McCain sailed near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea two weeks ago, it was quickly met and tracked by ships and planes from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The spokesperson for the PLA’s Southern Theater Command, Colonel Zhang Nandong, said the McCain’s presence was “a military provocation” that “seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security interests, and gravely jeopardized peace and stability in the South China Sea.” China claims the small archipelago as the Xisha Islands, as well as sovereignty over most of the South…

Pope Francis Calls for Civil Union Laws for Same-Sex Couples

Pope Francis called for civil unions for gay couples, saying homosexuals should have the right to be part of a family. Pope Francis “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” Pope Francis is quoted as saying in a new documentary. “What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.” A departure from the position of his predecessors, the comments are likely to spark controversy among Catholics. The…

Philippine approve resumption of energy projects in South China Sea – The Medi Telegraph

Manila – 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. 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 2014 due to territorial disputes. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich in energy and marine resources. Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims. Last year Duterte…

Villar forms task force to probe alleged anomalies, corruption in DPWH

News / National / Villar forms task force to probe alleged anomalies, corruption in DPWH Villar forms task force to probe alleged anomalies, corruption in DPWH A task force has been created by the Department of Public Works and Highways to look into anomalies and alleged corruption activities perpetrated by officials in the agency. Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar (MARK VILLAR FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Through Department Order 101-2020, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar created the Task Force Against Graft and Corruption (TAG) in a bid…