PH, Japan seek halt in provocations in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi during a video teleconference, October 23, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout  MANILA — The Philippines and Japan on Friday emphasized the need for countries to stop any activity that might provoke tensions in the disputed South China Sea, saying the conduct agreement negotiated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should be upheld.  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, in a video teleconference, also pointed out the importance of freedom of navigation in…

PH, Japan affirm support for freedom of navigation in South China Sea

New Japanese defense minister Nobuo Kishi and Sec. Delfin Lorenzana meet for the first time through a video teleconference on Oct. 23, 2020. DND-PAS MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and Japan affirmed commitment to upholding freedom of navigation in the South China Sea at the first meeting of new Japanese defense minister Nobuo Kishi and his Philippine counterpart, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday (Oct. 23). “We call on concerned parties to desist from any action and activity that contravenes the Asean-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea…

PH, Australia uphold freedom of navigation rights in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Australian Senator Linda Reynolds during the bilateral meeting that was held at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, October 22, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout MANILA — The Philippines and Australia upheld Thursday the importance of freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea during the first visit of Australia’s defense minister in the country.  Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Australian Defense Minister Sen. Linda Reynolds emphasized the need to maintain freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed area in compliance…

Minus Romeo and Fajardo, SMB needs to double the effort in PH Cup

SMB veteran Arwind Santos encourages his teammates to step up in the absence of the June Mar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo. (PBA Images) Down to the last man on the roster, San Miguel Beer forward Arwind Santos believes each player has to contribute in whatever way for the undermanned Beermen in the PBA starter inside the “bubble” in Clark, Pampanga. With no June Mar Fajardo – the reigning six-time PBA Most Valuable Player who is recovering from a leg injury – and Terrence Romeo out for the rest of the…

LPA east of PH enters PAR, may turn into tropical depression in 48 hours

The low pressure area (LPA) east of the country has already entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on, Oct. 18, Sunday afternoon and may develop into a tropical depression within 48 hours. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Chris Perez said the LPA was at 1,035 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Based on the latest Global Spectral Model wind forecast, Perez said the LPA will move generally northwest towards the Luzon area within the next two to three days. “We…

New LPA threatens PH; rains to prevail in Luzon, Mindanao

A new low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao could enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and may bring rains over the country in the coming days. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said the LPA was estimated 1,660 kilometers east of Mindanao or still outside the PAR early Saturday. It has no direct effect yet over the country this weekend. For now, the southwest monsoon or “habagat” and the northeasterly surface wind flow remain the dominant weather systems that will affect the…

PH chessers falter against Australia, playoff chance still alive

PH chessers falter against Australia, playoff chance still alive GM John Paul Gomez The Philippines yielded to nemesis Australia, 3-1, but remained in quarterfinal contention after eight rounds in the men’s side of the Asian Nations Online Chess Cup on Friday. Grandmaster Mark Paragua averted a shutout by carving out a win over GM Anton Smirnov on Board 1, while GM John Paul Gomez and International Masters Haridas Pascua and Paulo Bersamina all fell by the wayside. Gomez was the first to succumb at the expense of GM Max Illingworth…

PH is 4th with highest number of disasters in the last 20 years

The Philippines has the 4th most number of disaster events linked to natural hazards globally in the last 20 years, a new report released by the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) has shown. The report titled “Human Cost of Disasters: An Overview of the Last 20 years 2000-2019” found that 7,348 disaster events were recorded worldwide by CRED’s Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) leading to approximately US$2.97 trillion in economic losses, up from 4,212 disasters worldwide with economic…

Royal Canin launches new rewards program mobile app, champions access to pet healthcare information in PH

If you’re like most caring and loyal pet owners during this lockdown, you’ve probably found yourself struggling with loads of questions like, ​“How often should my pet eat?” “How often should my dog take a bath?” “Is my cat sick, sleepy, or just ignoring me?” only to be left even more confused with answers from various sources. As strict quarantine protocols continue to be enforced, many frantic pet parents gravitate towards online forums and social media in search of answers to their questions. Many keyboard experts offer all sorts of unqualified…

PH can ‘fortify’ PCA ruling by forging pact with other coastal nations – Carpio

Map showing the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), including the Spratlys Islands and Scarborough Shoal. (Image from AFP) MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines could consider forming an agreement with Vietnam, Malaysia, and several Western countries to “fortify” the July 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands, retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Monday. According to him, such an agreement should ensure freedom of navigation and overflight in the area in accordance with international laws and the…