DND processes formal scrapping of chopper deal with Russia – Manila Bulletin

The Department of National Defense (DND) announced Wednesday, August 10, that it was formalizing the termination of a contract with a Russian company for the procurement of 16 units of Mil Mi-17 heavy-lift helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF). Department of National Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong (File photo) DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the department was coordinating with Sovtechnoexport LLC to sort out issues that might arise from the scrapping of the deal. “We have reconstituted the DND Contract Termination and Review Committee (CTRC) that will undertake the appropriate…

Chris Uhlmann fires off reasons Australia doesn’t trust China as Xiao Qian speaks at press club

The Chinese ambassador to Australia has shut down suggestions the communist superpower wants ‘world domination’ as he faced heated questions from journalists about the nation’s relationship with Australia. And in a chilling warning, he said Beijing will seize Taiwan by ‘all necessary means’. ‘As to what that means? You can use your imagination,’ he said.  “When necessary, when compelled, we are ready to use all necessary means. As to what [that means]? You can use your imagination”  Xiao Qian, China‘s new ambassador to Australia, used an address at the National Press Club…

‘Loving your country is not enough’ – Manila Bulletin

There is ongoing debate relating to the reimposition of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) as a mandatory collegiate program. Some are against it. Like actor Jaime Fabregas. He was quoted as saying: “Teach the children to love their country and you won’t need to send them to ROTC! They will defend her with everything they have!” Did he really issue such statement? RR Enriquez, self-declared Queen Of Sawsaweras, doesn’t care. She was ready with a rejoinder. Taking to Facebook, the former actress told Jaime, “Excuse me Sir! I agree…

ASEAN raises concern over China’s land reclamations in South China Sea

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has raised concern over China’s land reclamations activities in the South China Sea. “We discussed the situation in the South China Sea, during which concerns were expressed by some Ministers on the land reclamations, activities, serious incidents in the area, including damage to the marine environment, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions, and may undermine peace, security, and stability in the region,” ASEAN joint statement said. The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) was held on August 3 2022 in Phnom…

Tropical storm Mulan churns towards COVID-stricken Hainan Island

BEIJING, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Strong winds from Tropical Storm Mulan are expected to whip across the South China Sea towards Hainan Island on Wednesday, raising the possibility of disruption to mass testing on the holiday island that is grappling with a big COVID-19 outbreak. At 10 a.m. (0200 GMT), Mulan was estimated to be about 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Hong Kong and was forecast to move northwest at about 18 kph (11 mph) towards southern Guangdong province and Hainan Island, the Hong Kong Observatory said. The Central…

41 bills lapse into law during Marcos’ 1st month; most are local bills – Manila Bulletin

Malacañang disclosed last week that 41 bills have lapsed into law since President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. took office on June 30, denying criticisms that he went into a veto spree of bills that await his signature. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (Screenshot from Marcos’ vlog via Youtube) Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles explained that Marcos was “tuning” the pending bills to the “existing system.” “Tinutono lang naman ng Pangulo doon sa mga sistema iyong mga batas natin, lalung-lalo na iyong mga batas that involved some kind of tax break or tax…

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Palengke queen turned seedling farmer helps communities make money from coffee farming – Manila Bulletin

Before Jocelyn Mamar became a farmer, she was a highly successful palengke (wet market) entrepreneur.  Jocelyn Mamar is the owner of John and Marga Nursery Farm, which has farms in Davao del Sur, Cavite, and Bacolod. While the farms grow coconut, mango, coffee, bananas, durian, mangosteen, “and anything else we can plant,” Mamar quips in Tagalog, John and Marga’s main crop is coffee, specifically coffee seedlings.  Jocelyn Mamar in one of her coffee farms. (Chit Juan) Palengke queen The farm was established in 2007, when Mamar was given the opportunity…

Important for Both China And US to Try to Defuse Tensions

Accompanied by an official Congressional delegation, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, made a fiery trip to the Indo-Pacific region, stretching across Northeast (Japan, South Korea) and Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore). The showstopper of her power-packed visit though was Taiwan. Initial flip-flops regarding the visit were driven by apprehensions regarding China’s possible reaction, but undeterred by such repeated warnings, Pelosi went ahead with the trip on August 2-3. A longtime critic of human rights violations in China and a supporter of Taiwan, Pelosi is seen as…