New PH map with ‘West Philippine Sea’ name to be out soon – Namria

TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines — The new official government map showing the South China Sea being renamed as the West Philippine Sea could be out in two weeks’ time, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (Namria) said on Tuesday. John Fabic, Namria Information Management Department director, said the map would also show the extent of the country’s maritime borders based on its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone (ECZ) under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Law of the Sea. “We’ve seen the first draft. There’s a new appellation for that…

PH military modernization not for war with China, says defense exec

FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — The military’s modernization program is not preparation for an armed confrontation with China, but for achieving a “minimum defense capability” that Filipinos will be proud of, according to a defense official. Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said on Wednesday that the upgrade of military bases would be part of the P75-billion modernization plan for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, aside from acquiring new equipment for the military. The Philippine Navy’s bases in Cebu and Palawan would be among those to be rehabilitated with new equipment…

Duterte warns China: Buildup to prompt US bases’ return in PH

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte admits he is not especially fond of America but he renews his call for world powers, especially the United States, to get involved in resolving the Philippine row with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Duterte on Monday night told reporters he would rather talk with the Chinese than with the Americans, but warned that if China continued to “stretch its territory farther,” the Philippines would get the help of the Americans to fight them off Philippine territory. Duterte was…

Bayan: US, China, Japan out to strip PH of resources

MANILA, Philippines — A few days before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit, protesters stormed the Chinese Embassy in Makati and the Japanese Embassy in Pasay City on Thursday and asked the APEC member states to “keep their dirty hands off the Philippines.”Carrying banners with the texts “Atin ang Pinas, China Layas” and “China out of PH Waters,” about 100 members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), League of Filipino Students (LFS), Gabriela and Kilusang Mayo Uno started their series of protest actions at the Chinese embassy along Gil Puyat…

PH fishermen put up fight vs China

SUBIC, Zambales—Filipino fishermen last week fought off a Chinese Coast Guard vessel that was driving them away from the Scarborough Shoal, according to a crew member of a fishing vessel that had just arrived from the shoal. The crew of FB Leslie May struck the approaching rubber boat deployed by the Chinese on April 15 after the Chinese patrol threatened to cut off the vessel’s anchor, said Joely Saligan, 36, a fisherman from Barangay Calapandayan here. The Filipinos were fishing near the shoal around 9 a.m. on April 15 when…

Duterte, NSC to discuss PH win over China on sea row

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with unit troops in formation during his visit in Brgy Palayan Fort Magsaysay , Nueva Ecija. INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC PRESIDENT Duterte will discuss with the National Security Council (NSC) today the country’s  next steps on vital issues, including the peace process, war on illegal drugs and the country’s arbitration court victory over China with regard to the West Philippine Sea. The meeting this afternoon will be the first time the NSC is  convened in the Duterte administration, according to the Presidential Communications Office. The 35-member council…

NCFP names additional entries to Team PH

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) has fielded in Al-basher Buto, Christian Gian Arca, April Joy Claros and Oshrie Jhames Reyes to the national team it is sending to the World Cadets and Youth Rapid Chess Championships on Nov. 27 to Dec. 23. The four placed second in their respective age brackets and missed the cut but got the call after the NCFP received six wild card berths from the International Chess Federation or FIDE. The first two were given to seasoned internationalists Daniel Quizon and Kylen Joy…

Aussie gov’t launches million-dollar initiative to support PH businesses owned and led by women

The Australian government, in partnership with the global financial group Macquarie Group Foundation, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, launched a P43-million (AUD 1.25 million) investment initiative to allow women-owned and women-led businesses in the Philippines to bounce back from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Dubbed as Investing in Women Responsive Interventions Supporting Entrepreneurs (RISE) Fund, the initiative is the first of its kind in the world. This makes the Philippines as its pilot area to inject catalytic capital for women-led small and medium…

Business groups dismayed over PH disaster responses

 Dismayed over the Philippines disaster responses in the recent typhoons,  Business groups have urged Filipinos to move in an efficient fashion in partnership with local government units to mitigate the impact of climate change. “We express serious concern about the state of our country’s disaster preparedness that could have minimized the untimely deaths of our countrymen, and avoided massive damage and destruction of property,” said the 19 business groups in a joint statement. But even as the business groups express their dismay, they also urged Filipinos countrymen to move forward…

Miss Universe PH vows to become Iloilo’s ambassadress of goodwill

News / Provincial / Miss Universe PH vows to become Iloilo’s ambassadress of goodwill Miss Universe PH vows to become Iloilo’s ambassadress of goodwill ILOILO CITY— Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Occeña Mateo has vowed to become an ambassadress of goodwill for the city and province of Iloilo. Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo assures to ambassadress of the city and province of Iloilo. (Arnold Almancen/CMO)  “I pledge in bringing Iloilo to the global community,” said Mateo here on Saturday.  The Ilongga, who came home over the weekend to celebrate…