Duterte offers cash incentive to tipsters of ‘ghost projects’

Stepping up his anti-corruption campaign, President Duterte has offered cash incentive of much as P100,000 to any person who can provide information about any “ghost project” in government. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) Addressing the nation Tuesday night, the President said he is willing to shell out P50,000 to P100,000 for information that will flag an anomalous government contract and unmask the syndicate behind it.  Duterte, who has expressed dismay with rampant corruption in government, assured that informants may remain anonymous if they want, and vowed to ensure their protection.…

Esper’s firing signals possible ‘waves of dismissals and resignations’ over next 70 days

Mark Esper Photo: Xinhua US President Donald Trump’s dismissal of Defense Secretary Mark Esper is not merely an abrupt personnel change before his presidential term expires, but signals turbulence before January 20, 2021, when the new president takes over. Chinese analysts said this could be the start of a “wave of dismissals and resignations.” In a tweet on Monday, Trump announced Esper’s dismissal, saying that he will be replaced by Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center. With Trump still refusing to concede the election, the move has…

Storm Ulysses likely to become a typhoon, threatens large swathe of Luzon

Tropical cyclone wind signal number 3 may be raised over several provinces in Bicol region, and eventually over Metro Manila and portions of Calabarzon and Central Luzon once severe tropical storm “Ulysses” (international name “Vamco”) is upgraded to typhoon status within the next few hours, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). As of 11 p.m. on Tuesday, signal numbers 2 and 1 are hoisted over several areas in Luzon, including some in the Visayas. Signal number 2 is raised over Metro Manila, central and southern…

South China Sea: Taiwan fears Biden would bring LOSS of US support against Beijing | World | News

The former Vice President beat President Donald Trump in the US election by 290 electoral college votes to 214, according to the Associated Press. Now Taiwan has expressed concerns that a Biden presidency will see them lose out on the Trump administrations close partnership with the country. Mr Trump’s hardline stance against China led to arms deals with Taiwan, and sanctions levied against Beijing for human rights violations and other infractions. Due to Mr Biden’s less-severe tone on China in the lead up to the election, Taiwan officials fear a Biden administration…

Gov’t can borrow $300 M to purchase coronavirus vaccines for distribution to Filipinos — Duterte

The government can borrow $300 million to purchase the coronavirus vaccines for distribution to Filipinos, President Duterte said Tuesday amid the reported breakthrough in vaccine development abroad.  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) In baring the government’s vaccine acquisition plans, the President said the new coronavirus disease is no longer scary as some pharmaceutical firms in the United States and China have made progress in developing the life-saving vaccines.  According to Duterte, there is “hope for mankind” as the coronavirus vaccines are within reach. “Nandito na ang bakuna so it is…

Why US Wants to Send Coast Guard to the Seas Near China | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – A U.S. plan to steer Coast Guard vessels toward waters frequented by Chinese vessels will bulk up Washington’s resolve to contain Beijing’s maritime expansion without inviting a hot conflict, analysts believe.    The U.S. Coast Guard is “strategically homeporting significantly enhanced Fast Response Cutters” in the Western Pacific to protect the interests of the United States and “partners in the region,” National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said in a statement October 23. The timing is still being worked out, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command spokesman said Monday.    Coast Guard…

Gabe Norwood reaches 3k mark in rebounds

Gabe Norwood reaches 3k mark in rebounds Gabe Nowood of Rain or Shine snatches the ball from Poy Erram of TNT. (PBA Images) SMART CLARK GIGA CITY–It was not only James Yap who added another feather to his cap as Gabe Norwood also made a breakthrough in his decorated PBA career. The Filipino-American player hauled down his 3,000th career rebound in Rain or Shine’s 80-74 stunner over TNT for the last quarterfinal spot in the PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday night.  The 12-year league veteran unlocked the achievement after he pulled the…

No hasty decisions by Asean over South China Sea, says Hishamuddin

PETALING JAYA: Asean will not be emotional during the 37th Asean Summit on matters involving the security and sovereignty of Asean countries and risk starting a war, says Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein. He said on Tuesday (Nov 10) that the South China Sea issue would be discussed at the summit to be hosted by Vietnam, adding that it was unlikely to see a solution at the summit. He also said the new leadership of the United States of America, under Joe Biden of the Democratic Party, would not…

TRAVEL BOOKING ALERT: It’s 11.11 tomorrow! Check out the best travel deals of up to 85% off

Mark your calendars, and pack your bags! People who buy off e-commerce sites don’t get to hog all the promos for this 24-hour flash sale—travelers, too! Sure, these deals go all year round, but no discount gets close to the wonders of 11.11. As travel restrictions ease up, it’s also the perfect time to score seat sales and slashed hotel rates. Here is a roundup of the best travel deals you can score in a hot minute tomorrow.  The travel platform is giving everyone an 85%-off on travel products valid…

Why the US Wants to Send its Coast Guard to the Seas Near China | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – A U.S. plan to steer Coast Guard vessels toward waters frequented by Chinese vessels will bulk up Washington’s resolve to contain Beijing’s maritime expansion without inviting a hot conflict, analysts believe.    The U.S. Coast Guard is “strategically homeporting significantly enhanced Fast Response Cutters” in the Western Pacific to protect the interests of the United States and “partners in the region,” National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said in a statement October 23. The timing is still being worked out, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command spokesman said Monday.    Coast Guard…