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…

Surviving Ghost Month 2022 – Manila Bulletin

THE RIGHT MOVE Chinese Filipinos (Chinoys) are one of the largest overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia with Chinese immigration to the Philippines occurring mostly during the Spanish colonization of the islands between the 16th and 19th centuries. The most recent data on the Chinoy population was in 2013, from the Senate of the Philippines, which approximates 1.35 million pure Chinese, while Filipinos with Chinese descent comprised 22.8 million of the population. The actual current figures, however, are not known since the Philippine census does not usually take into account…

Do Taiwan War Games Spell Future Confrontation Over Taiwan?

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., defied White House signals that she not stop in Taiwan on her valedictory tour of Asian capitals, she ignited the worst diplomatic U.S.-China row in decades. And how did last week’s collision turn out for the United States? Writes The New York Times: Speaker Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan began with her “plane departing from Kuala Lumpur and heading southeast toward the Indonesian part of Borneo, then turning north to fly along the eastern part of the Philippines. A more direct — and shorter — route would…

ROTC as leadership training – Manila Bulletin

THE VIEWS FROM RIZAL Dr. Jun Ynares Public opinion has been divided over the President’s announcement in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he wants a mandatory military training for senior high school students. He included the proposed initiative among the priority items in his legislative agenda. The President’s announcement echoed the earlier call made by Education Secretary and Vice PresidentSarah Duterte for the return of the Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC) at the Grades 11 and 12 level. Critics of the return of mandatory military for…

Beijing has ‘fully militarized’ isles

SOUTH CHINA SEA: US Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral John Aquilino said if deterrence fails in the disputed area, ‘my second mission is to be prepared to fight and win’ China has fully militarized at least three of several islands it built up in the disputed South China Sea, arming them with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems, laser and jamming equipment, and fighter jets in an increasingly aggressive move that threatens all nations operating nearby, a top US military commander said on Sunday. US Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral John Aquilino said that the…

Tropical Storm Mulan forms, forecast to bring heavy rain

Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) A tropical depression in the South China Sea developed into Tropical Storm Mulan Tuesday which, although not expected to affect Taiwan directly, is likely to bring torrential rainfall to central and southern parts of the county on Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the storm was located about 930 kilometers southwest of Eluanbi, Taiwan’s southernmost tip, moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour, packing sustained winds of 65 kph and gusts of up…

Rise in Covid-19 cases until December possible—DOH – Manila Bulletin

DOH The Department of Health (DOH) said there is a possibility that Covid-19 cases in the Philippines may continue to rise until December. “Maari po talaga na magtuloy-tuloy ang pagtaas ng kaso ng Covid-19 dito sa ating bansa even way through this October, November, and December,” said DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Metro Manila may see more than 10,000 Covid-19 cases by October, said Vergeire, citing the recent projection of Australian Tuberculosis Modeling Network (Autumn). “Meron tayong Autumn projections.Yung Autumn projections po natin, we can have…

Australia risks being dragged into South China Sea war as region ‘under threat’ from Xi | World | News

Australia has called for a calming of tensions in the South China Sea as fears continue to mount that China may spark a war over Taiwan. Along with the US and Japan, Australian foreign minister Penny Wong called on Beijing to “immediately cease” military exercises around Taiwan. Taiwan’s foreign minister has said the Chinese drills off his nation’s shores show Beijing is “preparing for the invasion of Taiwan”. Beijing, which views the democratic island nation as a Chinese province, sent warships and aircraft across the median line of the Taiwan…

75-year-old man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of niece – Manila Bulletin

News / Visayas / 75-year-old man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of niece 75-year-old man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of niece TARLAC CITY — A 75-year-old man was arrested for alleged sexual abuse of his niece considered as a person with disability (PWD) in Brgy. Calingcuan, Tarlac City on Sunday, August 7. Based on the report from the Office of Police Lieutenant Colonel Jerrold Jake C. Manguerra, Chief of Police of Tarlac City Police, the suspect identified as Isagani Gonzalez Lozano was arrested after the 21-year-old deaf and mute…