Aboitiz legal counsel appointed ERC chairperson – Manila Bulletin

The Office of the President has released on Wednesday, Aug. 3, the appointment papers of the new Energy Regulatory Commission chairperson lawyer Monalisa Carneo Dimalanta, who served as chief legal counsel and compliance Officer of Aboitiz Power Corporation prior to her appointment. Dimalanta, an alumna of the University of the Philippines-College of Law, will be replacing Agnes T. Devanadera, who retired as chairperson of the power industry’s regulatory body last July 10. The incoming ERC chief previously served as chairperson of the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB), the entity that…

China builds first unmanned offshore oil rig in South China Sea

00:53 China has constructed its first unmanned offshore oil platform at Enping Oilfield in the South China Sea, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation announced on July 13. The platform, named EP10-2, does not have any offices or living quarters. Hence, it’s much cheaper to build and maintain, enabling oil companies to drill fields that are not cost-effective enough for traditional rigs. Its deck size is reduced to half, and its total weight is only one-third of the traditional platforms. It can also work under extreme conditions like typhoons since…

Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major on Aug. 5

Roman Catholics will observe Friday, Aug. 5, the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore) in Rome, Italy, one of the four major Roman basilicas, and the most important church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pope visits Basilica of St. Mary Major (Vatican News) Triduum masses are traditionally held in Rome in observance of the feast, followed by a two-day celebration that culminates with a Pontifical Mass. Marian devotees traditionally drop white rose petals from the dome after the…

DVIDS – News – Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Native serves aboard USS Chancellorsville while conducting operations in the South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA – A Rio Rancho, New Mexico., native and 2020 Cleveland High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). Seaman Fernando LopezAvalos is a Master-at-Arms, or MA, serving aboard Chancellorsville, forward-deployed to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Master-at-Arms are usually appointed to carry out or supervise police duties on a ship or naval base. However, LopezAvalos wasn’t always a MA aboard Chancellorsville. He started off as an undesignated seaman and worked with the Chancellorsville Electrician Mate’s…

Fish dealer shot dead in Tacloban – Manila Bulletin

Fish dealer shot dead in Tacloban TACLOBAN CITY – A 46-year-old fish dealer was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding men in Barangay 71 here Tuesday, August 2. Police identified the victim as Roel Bacunawa of Barangay 6, Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Investigation disclosed that Bacunawa, his wife, and driver were onboard their service vehicle from Guiuan to deliver fish to Tanauan, Leyte. They decided to make a stopover on the roadside in Naga-Naga, Barangay 71. Two men onboard a motorcycle suddenly appeared and shot the victim for no apparent reason. Bacunawa…

ASEAN FMs call for peaceful settlement to South China Sea issue

The ASEAN Plenary Meeting saw the agreement of all parties that urged all parties to resolve the dispute in the South China Sea peacefully based on existing legal principles. In a press conference yesterday evening, Kung Phoak, Spokesperson of the 55th ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings, said, “Regarding the South China Sea issue, the meeting asked all parties to resolve the issue peacefully and with constructive participation based on universally accepted norms, principles and laws.” “The 1982 UNCLOS promotes the effective implementation of the DOC and expedites negotiations on…

Waiting area for patients’ companions installed at Ospital ng Muntinlupa

Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon announced that a temporary waiting area for patients’ companions was installed at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa (OsMun). This is part of Biazon’s plan to further improve the services and facilities at the city-run hospital located in Alabang. The temporary waiting area that was installed at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa (Photo from Mayor Ruffy Biazon’s Facebook page) Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon talks to companions of patients outside the Ospital Muntinlupa on July 15 (Photo from Mayor Ruffy Biazon’s Facebook page) Current Covid-19 protocols at OsMun do not…

ASEAN’s discontent grows amid China’s “imperialistic attitude” in South China Sea

ANI | Updated: Jul 18, 2022 20:39 IST Beijing [China], July 18 (ANI): With the growing assertiveness of China in the South China Sea region, the discontent of South East Asian countries has amplified.Owing to Beijing’s imperialistic attitude in the region, the resentment in these ASEAN countries has been on the rise since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.Writing for Insideover, Federico Giuliani contends that there are reasons for South East Asian countries to be wary of China as Beijing stepped up its hegemony in the region and mounted pressure…

SAP celebrates 2021 Best Run Companies in Southeast Asia

SAP announced the 2021 winners of the Best Run Awards for South East Asia (SEA). As SAP marks 50 years, the Best Run Awards continues to celebrate leading organizations in SEA that have emphasized new ways of thinking, adapted to the new norms and deployed technologies that set the benchmark for their industry to drive successful business transformation in today’s digital economy. This year’s Best Run Awards acknowledged the changing landscape that businesses in the region have operated in as well as the challenges to their recovery. Two new awards were introduced…

South China Sea declaration best path to keep waters calm

Thanks to the joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea was formally signed in Phnom Penh in November 2002. The declaration was a diplomatic initiative of special significance and a major event in the history of China-ASEAN relations as well as a successful endeavor in the history of contemporary international relations, demonstrating collective wisdom and creativity. The declaration was a product of China and ASEAN’s ability to manage differences through institutions and rules-making, without outside intervention and interference.…