The groundwork – Manila Bulletin

Francis Lim, Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) president,  was profuse in his appreciation of the preparedness jointly implemented by the government and the private sectors in preparing for the coming weather disturbance/s to mitigate any possible loss of lives. The disaster preparedness, specifically information dissemination undertaken by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in close collaboration with the weather bureau Pag-ASA, the key leaders of the local government units and the media, forewarning of the onslaught of super typhoon Rolly, has been “very effective.” Friends and…

Down under and out – China is curbing imports of more and more Australian goods | Asia

Nov 14th 2020 THE ROW is already six months old and is steadily intensifying. In May China imposed an 80% tariff on imports of Australian barley and restrictions on imports of Australian beef. More recently shipments of Australian lobsters have been subject to delays. Aussie wine has been formally threatened with higher tariffs. The Chinese authorities are reportedly discouraging firms from buying Australian coal, cotton and timber. There are fears that more Australian goods will soon feel the squeeze. On November 9th Australia’s trade minister, Simon Birmingham, said that rumours…

All storm warnings lifted by PAGASA

All storm warnings associated with typhoon “Ulysses” (international name: “Vamco”) were lifted on Thursday evening, as the cyclone moved farther away from the country. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last observed Ulysses at 300 kilometers (km) west of Iba, Zambales around 10 p.m. It has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 150 kph. All tropical cyclone wind signals may have been lifted but the typhoon and the surge of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” will continue…

US Navy destroyer Lassen nears Spratly islands, China territory challenged

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters The USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, is nearing a 12-nautical-mile limit around artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea, and will be in the area for several hours, a U.S. defense official said on Monday. The Navy patrol marks…

Is China Preparing to Set Up an ADIZ in the South China Sea With Taiwan in Mind? – The Diplomat

Advertisement The day after the U.S. presidential elections, on November 4 the U.S. government announced its decision to sell MQ-9B (Sea Guardian) drones to Taiwan. As Taiwan’s ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) is frequently intruded by the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) nautical and airborne vehicles, the drones, when acquired, will provide the country with a counterweight and help correct the military imbalance between the two sides. Responding to the Foreign and National Defense Committee of Legislative Yuan, Minister of National Defense Yen Teh-fa noted that a total of 276 PLA…

Take down photos, videos of Manila RTC shooting, lawyer’s fraternity appeals

The fraternity of a lawyer, who reportedly shot a Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge before allegedly killing himself, has joined calls to take down graphic photos and videos of the incident. Fraternal Order of Leviathan of the San Sebastian College Recoletos-College of Law In a statement released on Thursday, the Fraternal Order of Leviathan of the San Sebastian College Recoletos-College of Law urged the public to do so “out of respect for the families and friends of” Manila RTC Branch 45 Judge Ma. Theresa Abadilla and lawyer Amado Rebato.…

Heralding Deal with China, Philippines Restarts Offshore Oil-Gas Exploration in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  The Philippine government’s lifting of a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration reopens the door to joint energy development with China, the erstwhile biggest player in a regional maritime sovereignty dispute, analysts believe. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a Department of Energy proposal to resume exploration in the South China Sea, the department said October 15 in a statement online. Exploration was called off six years ago as a Sino-Philippine maritime dispute peaked. Resumption of oil and gas exploration will “infuse the economy with fresh…

All eyes on Trump for parting South China Sea salvo

MANILA – The 11th hour appointment of a group of hardline Donald Trump loyalists to top Pentagon positions has raised the prospect of an escalation of tensions in the South China Sea in the weeks ahead. Trump’s perfunctory dismissal this week of Defense Secretary Mark Esper has raised concerns in some quarters of a Trump initiated parting blow aimed at China and its expansion in the contested sea in his twilight days in office. The Pentagon move comes as Trump and his Republican Party allies refuse to concede that Democratic…

Marikina mayor seeks cooked, ready-to-eat food for evacuees

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro  urged people to donate cooked and ready-to-eat meals to evacuees in the city. (MARIKINA PIO/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)  But the mayor said that volunteering in the city’s disaster response is also much appreciated. Rising flood waters caused by heavy rains from typhoon “Ulysses” forced thousands of families in Marikina to leave their homes and took shelter  at evacuation centers prepared by the local government. “We need food. Particularly cooked meals, ready-to-eat meals, because our evacuees do not have the capacity yet to cook their…

ASEAN summit gets under way amid ‘major power rivalries’ | China

The disputed South China Sea, the COVID-19 pandemic and a significant trade deal are likely to dominate discussions. Southeast Asian leaders kicked off a multilateral summit on Thursday that is expected to address tensions in the South China Sea and tackle plans for a post-pandemic economic recovery in a region where rivalry between the United States and China has been rising. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has so far not been “drawn into the maelstroms” of those rivalries and challenges to the international multilateral system, Vietnamese Prime Minister…