Netherlands Unveils Asia Strategy, Urges EU to Speak Out on South China Sea

The Netherlands is calling on the European Union to speak out more strongly on violations of international law in the South China Sea. That’s one of the key points in the new policy document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where it outlines its strategy for the Indo-Pacific region – what it describes as a “unique Dutch vision.” The Netherlands is following the example of fellow EU nations like France and Germany who are putting fresh focus on Asia in recognition of China’s growing clout and the increasing trade…

Duterte threatens to cut funding of UP if students refuse to go to class

President Duterte has threatened to cut off the funding of the University of the Philippines (UP) if the students refuse to go to class and instead participate in anti-government protests. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ROBINSON NIÑAL/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) The President issued the warning after resenting that the state university has supposedly become a recruitment ground for communist rebels. “”Yung mga eskwelahan, UP? Fine. Maghinto kayo ng aral (The schools, UP? Fine. If you stop going to school), I will stop the funding,” Duterte said in a televised address Tuesday night.…

The Cloma legacy – The Manila Times

How does one carry on the legacy of a historical figure, to keep his torch burning, and have people remember his chronicles? Where do they begin and to what lengths would they uphold a name as legendary as Tomas Cloma? For Sabino Czar Cloma-Manglicmot II, picking up the baton started at childhood when his passion for the sea was fueled by the lofty dreams and deeds of his grandfather — the sailor who discovered and conquered Spratly Islands (now known as Kalayaan Group of Islands) in 1947 and the Father…

Patrick J. Buchanan: Beijing sends Biden a warning

  Because of Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden thundered during the campaign, the U.S. “is more isolated in the world than we’ve ever been … America First has made America alone.”   Biden promised to repair relations with America’s allies. And he appears to have gone some distance to do so in the congratulatory phone call he received from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan.   According to Suga, during the brief call, Biden said Article V of the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty of 1960 covers the Senkaku Islands…

Kings, Tropang Giga eye flying start as PBA semifinals begin

Jayson Castro of TNT goes for a layup against Jason Perkins of Phoenix. (PBA Images) Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and TNT are out to show why they are preseason picks to win the crown as they look to gain a headstart against their foes on Wednesday in the opener of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. TNT and Phoenix Super LPG kick things off at 3:45 p.m. before Ginebra and Meralco open another chapter in their rivalry in the other best-of-five semifinal…

Water Wars: Shadowboxing in Taiwan and the Senkakus

An uptick in Chinese military activity around Taiwan and China Coast Guard presence at the Senkakus have kept the region on edge. Beijing seems keen to use military action short of war to test both maritime boundaries and the patience of officials in Taipei, Tokyo and Washington. Such a “shadowboxing” strategy is consistent with long-standing Chinese efforts that began at least in 2012 to “win without fighting” in the South and East China Seas. But the strategy is hardly novel, as it is a core premise in Sun Tzu’s Art…

DSWD Region 4-A distributes P7.59 M worth of family food packs in Calabarzon

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 4-A (DSWD FO 4-A) has so far provided a total of ₱7.59 million worth of family food packs to those affected by typhoon Ulysses in Calabarzon. MANILA BULLETIN FILE In coordination with the local government units (LGUs), DSWD FO 4-A has provided a total of 18,200 family food packs composed of 9,350 packs in Rizal, 2,350 in Laguna, and 6,500 in Quezon. Additional 1,300 family food packs were delivered to San Mateo, Rizal last Monday. On Tuesday, additional food packs were…

Masses offered on 40th day of baby River’s death

News / National / Masses offered on 40th day of baby River’s death Masses offered on 40th day of baby River’s death Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, offered a mass at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Sto. Niño de Tondo in Manila, for the soul of baby River, the 3-month-old daughter of detained activist Reina Mae Nasino who died on Oct. 9. (FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) According to the group Kapatid, masses for baby River were also held at the Parish of the Risen…

Bold move, ‘insanity’ or stock market play? – The Manila Times

THE Energy department’s go-signal for the resumption of exploration for oil and gas in the disputed part of the South China Sea off Palawan is either a bold move, an “insane” one or a cheap stock market play. You decide; here are the facts. First, it could be a bold, urgent move since the Malampaya Gas Field, also near Palawan, which has been providing one-fifth of our energy needs since 2002, will be drying up starting 2024. We need to replace that. The most promising area where commercial-scale gas deposits…