SSS allows online submission of death benefit claims for legal spouses, existing members – Manila Bulletin

The Social Security System (SSS) announced on Monday, Aug. 8, that the dependent legal spouses who are also existing SSS members may now submit their Social Security (SS) and Employees’ Compensation (EC) death benefit claims via My.SSS Portal. (SSS Main Office / File Photo) “The inclusion of death benefit application on our list of online services is part of the digital transformation efforts of SSS to ensure that our services are readily accessible 24/7,” SSS President and CEO Michael G. Regino said. “Applicants are required to enroll their disbursement accounts…

South China Sea Dispute: Pompeo welcomes rejection of China’s maritime claims in South China Sea at UN

 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday welcomed the rejection of China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea at the United Nations by the United Kingdom, Germany and France.He said that China must abide by all international norms. “We welcome the UK, Germany, and France’s rejection of China’s unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea at the United Nations. China must abide by international norms. We join our allies in rejecting the idea that “might makes right,” Pompeo tweeted. This statement comes after in a joint note…

Beijing’s South China Sea claims ‘gravely undermine’ rule of law | South China Sea News

China’s activities in the South China Sea, including its “historic claims” on almost all parts of the vital trade route “gravely undermine the rule of law” in the oceans and universally-recognised provisions in international law, the US has concluded in a new report. The US State Department said in a report published on Wednesday that the overall effect of Beijing’s claims was that it “unlawfully claims sovereignty or some form of exclusive jurisdiction over most of the South China Sea”. “For this reason, the United States and numerous other States…

U.S. State Department Releases Review of China’s S. China Sea Claims

PLA Navy file image Published Jan 14, 2022 10:10 PM by The Maritime Executive The U.S. State Department’s ocean boundaries department has issued a comprehensive outline of the U.S. government’s views of China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.  The South China Sea is a large, semi-enclosed sea surrounded by Brunei, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. China claims sovereignty over the vast majority of the body of water under its sweeping “nine-dash-line” and “Four Sha” policies, including areas located hundreds of nautical miles…

China defends sweeping maritime claims after US criticism

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday defended its “historical rights” to virtually the entire South China Sea, following a new U.S. government report saying Beijing’s claims are almost entirely invalid. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin called the State Department report “Limits in the Seas,” issued this month, an attempt to “distort international law, confuse the public, sow discord and disrupt the regional situation.” “China has historical rights in the South China Sea. China’s sovereignty and related rights and interests in the South China Sea have been established in a long…

Panel: New U.S. South China Sea Report Designed to Push Back Against Beijing’s Expansive Claims

March 27, 2020 image of a Chinese Installation on Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea. Maxar Image The State Department’s “Limits in the Seas” is the legal underpinning for Washington to debunk China’s extensive maritime claims in the South China Sea, department officials said. Speaking Monday at an online briefing, Constance Arvis, State Department’s deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Scientific Affairs, said, the report issued this month “can provide information our allies and partners can use” against an increasingly aggressive China and demonstrate…

China’s Vast Maritime Claims Are Becoming Reality – The Diplomat

Advertisement On June 13th, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin held an extraordinary press conference in which he made a series of audacious statements about the sprawling reach of Beijing’s territorial sovereignty and administrative authority. Placed in the context of China’s other recent actions and statements, the incredible size and shape of its regional ambitions are brought into sharp relief. In simple terms, Beijing is determined to thoroughly dominate its region. Wang began by addressing Canada’s protests over China’s harassment of its reconnaissance aircraft, which were enforcing United Nations sanctions of North…

Malaysian FM sees shift in China’s justification of sweeping South China Sea claims — Radio Free Asia

China appears to be shifting from the so-called “nine-dash line” toward a new legal theory to support its expansive claims in the South China Sea, although analysts say its alternative is also problematic under international law. In comments to reporters last week, Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Beijing now “speaks less of the ‘nine-dash line’ and more often of the ‘Four Sha’.” He said the shift toward has been witnessed by member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and “is even more serious” than the old…

US Navy challenges Chinese claims in South China sea for second time in a week

The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold sailed near the Spratly Islands — known as the Nansha Islands in China — in the southeastern South China Sea in a so-called “freedom of navigation operation” (FONOP), the 7th Fleet statement said. The US Navy operation in the island chain where China has built military foritifications on man-made islands challenged “restrictions on innocent passage imposed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Vietnam, and Taiwan,” the statement said. “In violation of international law, the PRC, Vietnam, and Taiwan purport to require either permission or…

India’s LCA Tejas ‘Loses Out’ 1st Big International Order To Saab Gripens, F-16 Fighters – Busting The Claims

The Philippines is modernizing its military amid heightened South China Sea tensions and territorial disputes with China. As part of this modernization drive, the country seeks multi-role fighters for its air force. Russia’s ‘Largest-Ever Submarine’ Pressed Into Service; Could Be Loaded With Spy Subs, Nuclear Torpedoes On June 13, Lt. Gen. Connor Anthony Canlas Sr., Commander of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), announced that the outgoing President Rodrigo R Duterte had approved the Multirole Fighter (MRF) project, albeit without funding for the acquisition. Now, in a new development under the…