PH laggard in ASEAN motor vehicle production end July  – Manila Bulletin

The Philippines is the lone ASEAN car producing country whose output declined in the first seven months of the year despite higher sales for the same period, data from the ASEAN Automotive Federation (AAF) showed. Based on the AAF data, motor vehicle production in the country declined by 3.8 percent to 48,166 units in the January-July period this year from 50,046 units in the same period last year. This makes the Philippines fifth in terms of production volume among ASEAN countries. In contrast, the country’s sales in the same period…

China’s Shandong Aircraft Carrier Holds Drills In South China Sea Amid Subtle Warnings From Australia

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) shifted its attention to the South China Sea after days of live fire drills around the Taiwan Strait. According to reports, China conducted combat drills in the South China Sea with the Shandong aircraft carrier battle group. The Chinese navy announced on August 24 that the aircraft carrier Shandong and its battle group have been training in the South China Sea. According to a WeChat post by the People’s Liberation Army’s South Sea Fleet, the purpose of the training was to assess soldiers’ combat…

GMA Network spreads love and inspiration via ‘Abot Kamay Na Pangarap’ – Manila Bulletin

Carmina Villarroel (left) and JIllian Ward The afternoons of Kapuso viewers will be filled with love, values, and inspiration as the newest series “Abot Kamay Na Pangarap” premieres this Sept. 5 on GMA-7. The heartwarming program is headlined by one of the country’s finest actresses Ms. Carmina Villarroel as Lyneth and accomplished actor Mr. Richard Yap as Dr. Robert. All set to showcase her range and versatility is highly-talented Sparkle star Jillian Ward as Analyn. Carmina teases the audience about their very interesting show, “Isa na naman ito sa mga una ng GMA dahil may medical aspect siya, so it’s something…

Three countries threaten world security | News, Sports, Jobs

DONALD MOSKOWITZ Londonderry, N.H. Three countries that threaten the interests of the United States and the security of countries in the world are China, North Korea and Russia. China is flexing its military muscle in the Western Pacific. It has occupied and fortified isles in the South China Sea, claimed sovereignty over the South China Sea, and it continuously threatens Taiwan. It is significantly expanding its Navy to project its military power and control maritime trade routes in the Pacific. More concerning is the increased Chinese development of…

‘Poblacion Girl’ pleads guilty for violating Covid-19 quarantine protocols – Manila Bulletin

Gwyneth Anne Chua, known as the “Poblacion Girl,” pleaded guilty for violating Covid-19 quarantine protocols when she skipped the government-mandated quarantine procedures upon returning to the country from the US last December, the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office said Monday, Sept. 5. Chua, accompanied by her parents and counsel appeared before Judge Maureen Rubio Marquez of Makati City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 128 where she pleaded guilty for violating Republic Act 11332 or the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.” A P20,000 fine has…

Del Rosario: Be wary in South China Sea energy talks with China

ANY  talks with China on sharing energy resources in the West Philippine Sea and blatantly disregarding Philippine sovereign rights over it is considered “treason.” This is the reaction of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario to the statement made by Chinese Minister Liu Jianchao last week. Liu, minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China and former Chinese ambassador to Manila, recently visited the country and expressed hopes for the revival of talks with the Philippines on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea. “It…

Kyrgios sends defending champion Medvedev crashing out of US Open – Manila Bulletin

Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios sent defending champion and world number one Daniil Medvedev crashing out of the US Open in an explosive last-16 clash on Sunday. Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts against Daniil Medvedev during their Men’s Singles Fourth Round match on Day Seven of the 2022 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2022 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (AFP) Wimbledon runner-up Kyrgios triumphed 7-6 (13/11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach his first quarter-final in New…

Why India is firing at China from foreign shoulders

Foreign interlocutors posted in or visiting India’s capital have perhaps become a little bolder in calling out bad behaviour by India’s principal strategic challenger, China. These statements are not just a reiteration of facts that have become harder to ignore in recent years but also a testament to the effectiveness of Indian diplomacy. The newly-arrived German envoy in Delhi took a clear position when he said Chinese claims to Arunachal Pradesh were “outrageous” and that “the infringement at the border… should not be accepted.” A few days earlier, former Australian…

iWantTFC expands offerings with Jungo TV partnership – Manila Bulletin

iWantTFC continues to expand its content offerings to cater to more audiences as it partners with Jungo TV, an international streaming media company that operates multiple TV channels featuring movies, sports, music, and more.  iWantTFC subscribers will be able to watch Jungo TV’s variety of action-packed and thrilling movies and shows on the streaming platform, which is the first Filipino owned-and-operated over-the-top (OTT) platform to carry Jungo TV’s channels. This newest offering comes after iWantTFC’s successful partnerships with Red Bull and FashionTV, whose live channels are also currently available on…

Military modernisation programs to drive China defence spending

Territorial claims in the South China Sea and the increasing strength and assertiveness of the US have spurred China to enhance its military capabilities. In line with this, the country has approved ambitious military modernisation programs to build its capabilities. Against this backdrop, the defence budget of the country is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2 percent from $241.2 billion in 2023 to $318.6 billion in 2027, forecasts GlobalData, a data and analytics company. GlobalData’s latest report, “China Defense Market Size and Trends, Budget…