Lawyer fears of more recantations of witnesses vs ex-Sen. De Lima – Manila Bulletin

Sen. Leila M. De Lima More convicted inmates might recant their testimonies against detained former Senator Leila M. De Lima “due to threats and pressure” if they would be hauled back to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City from the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City where they are now detained. Lawyer Ferdinand “Ferdie” Topacio, national chairman of the Citizens Crime Watch, aired his apprehensions during the Pandesal Forum in Quezon City after learning that these inmate-witnesses now in Camp Aguinaldo would…

Japan’s Aegis Ashore destroyer plan is full of holes

In a surprising policy reversal, Japan is mulling an unprecedented upgrade of its missile defense systems against hypersonic missile threats from China and North Korea. Whether it will be money militarily well-spent, however, is in question.  Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) says it plans to spend US$7.1 billion on a sea-based version of the Aegis Ashore system, a seeming reversal of its 2020 decision to scrap the land-based version of the missile defense system.  Asahi Shimbun reports that Japanese defense ministry officials are considering a specialized destroyer for the Aegis Ashore system…

Putin attends military exercises with Chinese forces — Kremlin – Manila Bulletin

News / World / Putin attends military exercises with Chinese forces — Kremlin Putin attends military exercises with Chinese forces — Kremlin In this handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Chinese troops march during the Vostok 2022 military exercise at a firing range in Russia’s Far East, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service) MOSCOW, Russia – President Vladimir Putin attended large-scale military exercises on Tuesday involving China and several other Russia-friendly countries, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told local news agencies. Putin was…

US vows to defend Philippines if attacked in South China Sea

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has assured the Philippines that the United States will come to its defence if attacked in the South China Sea. During meetings in Manila, Mr Blinken met with Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr in a bid to bolster the “strong” alliance between the two countries, as China conducts military drills around Taiwan. “The alliance is strong and I believe can grow even stronger,” Mr Blinken told Mr Marcos at the presidential palace on Saturday. As part of the talks, Mr Blinken sought to allay…

Pasay LGU issues power outage advisory for Sept. 10 – Manila Bulletin

News / Metro / Pasay LGU issues power outage advisory for Sept. 10 Pasay LGU issues power outage advisory for Sept. 10 The Pasay City government came out with an advisory on the scheduled power outage to be implemented by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) for six hours on Saturday, Sept. 10. Some areas in the city will experience power service interruption from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said the power interruption is due to the relocation of facilities affecting the EDSA – NAIAX Connector…

Jakarta gets ‘grey-zoned’ by Beijing

Author: Evan A Laksmana, NUS China is subjecting Indonesia to maritime grey zone tactics — competitive acts between states short of all-out warfare — in the North Natuna Sea. China pursues these objectives in the knowledge that Indonesia will fail to properly respond. The latest North Natuna Sea crisis between December 2019 and January 2020 saw the incursion of Chinese fishing vessels, backed by coastguard and maritime militia, into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Indonesian maritime law enforcement officials claim these incursions have not stopped since then — they have…

Shelling forces Ukraine nuclear plant off grid as Zelensky warns of ‘disaster’ – Manila Bulletin

KYIV, Ukraine – The last working reactor at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was disconnected from the grid after shelling caused a fire, with the UN’s atomic watchdog due to brief the Security Council about the crisis on Tuesday. Fighting near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia atomic energy plant has raised fears of a nuclear disaster. (Ed JONES/AFP/File) Soon after it invaded in February, Moscow largely took control of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of southern Ukraine and is now aiming to absorb them into Russia through referendums — as it did with Crimea…

Will Provide Military Base To US During China-Taiwan Conflict

In what could come as an unsettling announcement for China, the Philippines’ ambassador to the US has made comments which could pave the way for potential American-Filipino cooperation against Beijing. The Philippine ambassador to the United States, Jose Manuel Romualdez, has stated that the South East Asian country would allow US forces to use its military installations in a conflict with Taiwan. However, the only caveat is that such permission will be granted if it is crucial for the security of the Philippines. “Nobody wants to have any kind of…

Elderly woman hacks husband to death in Ormoc City – Manila Bulletin

News / Visayas / Elderly woman hacks husband to death in Ormoc City Elderly woman hacks husband to death in Ormoc City TACLOBAN CITY – A 72-year-old woman was arrested by the police for allegedly hacking her husband to death in Brgy. Biliboy, Ormoc City. The suspect was identified as Epefania Ycoy, who allegedly hacked to death her husband, Dominciano Ycoy, 76. Based on police reports, the couple had a heated argument due to jealousy. This resulted in the wife grabbing a long-bladed weapon, locally known as sundang, and killing…

The Next American Warzone: South China Sea

The Russia/Ukraine conflict bears a resemblance to the current standoff between China and Taiwan which many believe could be the next major conflict bringing the United States into a war with China. This is a logical conclusion due to recent rhetoric from US lawmakers and their trips to Taiwan, as well as unprecedented Chinese incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). However, when you compare the two situations, I would argue that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shows that if China invaded Taiwan, the United States would not get involved…