Duterte to block Cabinet members from appearing in Senate probe – Manila Bulletin

A visibly furious President Duterte revealed that he has ordered Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to prepare a memorandum directing those under the Executive Branch of government to “not obey” the summons coming from the Senate, saying it is overstepping its jurisdiction. President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Red Cross chairman Senator Richard Gordon (FILE PHOTOS/MANILA BULLETIN) Duterte made the statement as the Senate continues to investigate the alleged anomalous transactions of the government when it bought coronavirus (COVID-19) supplies from pharmaceutical company Pharmally. In his pre-recorded public address late Thursday, September…

DFA to lodge diplomatic protest vs. China’s ‘alarming’ activities in West PH Sea – Manila Bulletin

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to protest China’s latest alarming activities in the West Philippine Sea. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (DFA) Locsin’s order came a day after Muntinlupa Representative Rozzano Rufino ‘Ruffy’ Biazon disclosed the continued presence of at least 150 Chinese vessels that are moving from “one spot to another” in the West Philippine Sea. “@DFAPHL File now our protest on Chinese radio challenges unlawfully issued against Philippine maritime patrols,” Locsin said in his first tweet, without…

China, US in talks on military relations amid strained ties

BEIJING (AP) — Defense officials from China and the U.S. have held two days of talks in a small sign of progress amid a continuing sharp downturn in relations. The video conference held Tuesday and Wednesday was led by Maj. Gen. Huang Xueping, deputy direct of the People’s Liberation Army’s Office for International Military Cooperation, and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China Michael Chase. The Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson says they exchanged in-depth views on relations and issues of common concern. However, he blamed continuous provocation and containment…

Post pandemic industries to watch – Manila Bulletin

                                                     So much national energy has been expended on the pandemic and raging national politics that we also need to look at industries that would fare well post COVID-19.                          The BPO industry beat the recession by increasing revenues in 2020 by 1.4 percent from 2019 at $26.7 billion. Contrary to general fears, even…

The USS Ronald Reagan Is Back in the South China Sea, and China Isn’t Happy

In April 1985, then-President Ronald Reagan traveled to China for a diplomatic meeting with Chinese president Li Xiannian. The trip marked the third time a U.S. president had traveled to China since President Richard Nixon’s historic trip in 1972. Reagan’s trip was meant to highlight his administration’s desire to improve diplomacy between the two nations. Now thirty seven and a half years later, the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG-5) has made its second deployment to the South China Sea this year as part of an effort to maintain a highly visible U.S. presence in the politically charged…

The U.S.-Australian Alliance Needs a Strategy to Deter China’s Gray-Zone Coercion

Australia’s recent decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines through the new Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) defense technology partnership has put its efforts to deter China’s rising military power on the global stage. But as Australia’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update makes clear, China’s increasingly aggressive gray-zone coercion — the use of asymmetric tactics to achieve strategic goals without the overt use of military force — is eroding the Indo-Pacific order today. Unfortunately, Australia’s submarines won’t enter service until the late 2030s at the earliest. To effectively defend its security interests and shape…

The next election is no waste of time – Manila Bulletin

An appeal to the young, particularly next year’s 18-year-olds, who can influence the outcome of the upcoming elections (The author is a college junior taking up BS Information Technology Entrepreneurship at Ateneo Manila University. He is the vice president and secretary-general of Kythe-Ateneo, and the founder of The VoterFeed Philippines). I get it. Elections can be a waste of time. I would get so caught up in an election cycle, rooting for my own candidates, sometimes giving impassioned speeches for them in campaign sorties, only to find out they either…

Beijing more than just a ‘worse violator’ in S China Sea

(MENAFN– Asia Times) In an article recently published by Asia Times, Mark Valencia claims that China is not the only wrongdoer in the South China Sea but Vietnam is as well. This view misinterprets the policy of China in the South China Sea. China has not only violated the maritime rights of other states but also systemically rejects the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. China maintains maritime claims that are clearly inconsistent with UNCLOS. It denies the awards of the South China Sea Arbitration, which are…

Spy Fish? China Tests Manta Ray Submersible Drone in South China Sea — Radio Free Asia

Chinese researchers from a military-linked university have completed the first open sea test in the Paracel Islands of a bionic robot that looks and swims like a manta ray, Chinese media reported. Countries disputing China’s claims in the South China Sea, no doubt, will be watching closely the development of this sophisticated drone. The state-run China Daily quoted developers from the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU) in Xi’an as saying that this is the world’s first bionic unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to accomplish a more than 1,000-meter dive in the open…

Celebrate 20 years of samahang pina-easy with TM – Manila Bulletin

As a brand made by Pinoys for Pinoys, TM has continued to celebrate two decades of uplifting and connecting Filipinos across the country. Since June, TM has showered its loyal subscribers with weekly prizes, offers,and exciting activities. Now, it culminates its 20th anniversary celebration with TM Doble Dekada Piyestang Pina-Easy, an interactive online event where you get to decide what goes on and what will happen next. This event hopes to bring everyone in the Philippines together because wherever you are, you are still part of TM‘s Samahang Pina-easy noon,…