U.S. carrier strike group returns to South China Sea amid Taiwan tensions

Crew members work on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HONG KONG, July 28 (Reuters) – A U.S. aircraft carrier and its strike group have returned to the South China Sea after a port call in Singapore, deploying in the disputed region as tensions with China rise over a possible visit to Taiwan by congressional leader Nancy Pelosi. Officials with the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet confirmed the deployment of the…

2 wanted persons caught in Bataan, Pampanga – Manila Bulletin

News / Luzon / 2 wanted persons caught in Bataan, Pampanga 2 wanted persons caught in Bataan, Pampanga CAMP OLIVAS, CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA – Police arrested two wanted persons in Bataan and Pampanga on Thursday, Sept. 1. The Pilar, Bataan police nabbed Jaime Pantalla, the fourth most wanted person in the municipality, for sexual assault in relation to Section (b) of Republic Act No. 7610 and Acts of Lasciviousness under Article 335 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Section 5 (b) of RA 7610. The court…

U.S. warns of major incident amid China provocations in South China Sea

Increasingly provocative behavior by China in the disputed South China Sea means it is “only a matter of time” before a major incident or accident occurs in the region, a U.S. Defense Department official warned Tuesday. “In recent months, we’ve witnessed a sharp increase in unsafe and unprofessional behavior by PLA ships and aircraft, implicating not only U.S. forces but allied forces operating in the region,” Ely Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, told a think tank event in Washington, using the acronym for the People’s Liberation…

UP suspends college entrance exam for AY 2023-2024 – Manila Bulletin

News / National / UP suspends college entrance exam for AY 2023-2024 UP suspends college entrance exam for AY 2023-2024 For the third consecutive year, the University of the Philippines (UP) will be suspending the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) for incoming freshmen students. (Image courtesy of the University of the Philippines) According to UP Office of Admissions Director Francisco de Los Reyes, the decision to suspend the UPCAT for Academic Year (SY) 2023-2024 is due to “continuing health risks and operational hurdles posed by in-person exams” amid the Covid-19…

South China Sea: Germany to expand military presence in contested region

Germany is set to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region. The move to expand comes amidst increasing concern over China’s territorial ambitions in the contested region. Speaking with Reuters, German defense minister Eberhard Zorn said the country plans to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region, where tensions are rife over the contested South China Sea and the island nation of Taiwan. Zorn said Germany would send more warships and participate in drills with allies as it keeps tabs on China’s ambitions. In 2021, Berlin deployed the…

How Vilma Santos, Edu Manzano learned they’re going to be grandparents – Manila Bulletin

Luis Manzano received warm reception upon informing his parents, Vilma Santos and Edu Manzano, that his wife, Jessy Mendiola, is expecting. On the actress’ recent vlog, the couple shared how they told his parents the good news. According to the Star For All Seasons, she found out about it on Mother’s day. Shown in an outro for a vlog, Luis asked his mom if she’s going to greet Jessy a happy Mother’s Day as well. Confused, Vilma asked: “Soon?… What do you mean? Mother ka na ba? Serious nga? You’re…

Biden to host first-ever US-Pacific Island Country Summit amid China’s military buildup

Amid the growing influence of China in the Indo-Pacific region, the United States announced hosting the first-ever US-Pacific Island Country Summit in the last week of this month. According to the announcement made by the Biden administration on Friday, the Summit will be held in Washington from September 28-29. Further, the White House said that US President Joe Biden will host the Summit. “The Summit will demonstrate the United States’ deep and enduring partnership with Pacific Island countries and the Pacific region that is underpinned by shared history, values, and people-to-people…

Kelsey Merritt wows 2022 Venice Film Festival red carpet – Manila Bulletin

Kelsey Merritt wows 2022 Venice Film Festival red carpet Kelsey Merritt (Viva Films) Kelsey Merritt, the first Filipino model to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, stunned in a pink gown during the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival recently. Kelsey’s gown was created by Rami Al Ali, a Syrian fashion designer. It was the first time for the Pampanguena model to join the red carpet of the prestigious film festival. In 2019, Kelsey was featured in the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. On June 13, the…

Pelosi took longer route to Taiwan to bypass South China Sea

US media say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a circuitous route to Taiwan, bypassing the South China Sea to avoid a possible military conflict with China. The media reports cited data from a commercial flight- tracking site. The reports said Pelosi’s plane departed Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday and flew in a direction that kept away from the South China Sea, then turned north to fly along the eastern side of the Philippines before landing at Taipei. They also said the route added roughly three hours to the usual path…

Army dismantles 2 NPA fronts in Misamis Oriental – Manila Bulletin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Philippine Army 58th Infantry Battalion (IB) said on Saturday, Sept. 3, that two guerilla fronts of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Misamis Oriental have been dismantled. TWO New People’s Army rebels from Platoon Falcon, Sub-Regional Committee 1, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee surrender to the 58th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army on Thursday, Sept. 1. (Photo courtesy of 58IB) “I have mentioned months ago that three of the NPA units are on the verge of total collapse and I am happy to inform you…