The Cloma legacy – The Manila Times

How does one carry on the legacy of a historical figure, to keep his torch burning, and have people remember his chronicles? Where do they begin and to what lengths would they uphold a name as legendary as Tomas Cloma? For Sabino Czar Cloma-Manglicmot II, picking up the baton started at childhood when his passion for the sea was fueled by the lofty dreams and deeds of his grandfather — the sailor who discovered and conquered Spratly Islands (now known as Kalayaan Group of Islands) in 1947 and the Father…

Bold move, ‘insanity’ or stock market play? – The Manila Times

THE Energy department’s go-signal for the resumption of exploration for oil and gas in the disputed part of the South China Sea off Palawan is either a bold move, an “insane” one or a cheap stock market play. You decide; here are the facts. First, it could be a bold, urgent move since the Malampaya Gas Field, also near Palawan, which has been providing one-fifth of our energy needs since 2002, will be drying up starting 2024. We need to replace that. The most promising area where commercial-scale gas deposits…

Times Has Come for India to Join Multilateral Condemnation of Uyghur Genocide

In 1949, as the People’s Liberation Army entered East Turkistan, Uyghur leaders and intellectuals prepared for a life in exile. These individuals, among them storied figures such as Isa Yusuf Alptekin and Muhammad Amin Bughra, knew their lives were in danger and advocacy for the Uyghur people would have to continue overseas. The arduous journey across the Himalayas led to Kashmir and ultimately safety. Upon arrival, Kashmiri politician Mohammed Abdullah Sheikh convinced Delhi to let the refugees stay. From India, Uyghurs requested international support for their self-determination and met with…

PH air presence up in disputed sea – The Manila Times

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said Philippine air surveillance in the West Philippine (South China) Sea had a 30-percent increase in 2019. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana In his speech during the virtual celebration of the Defense department’s 81st anniversary, Lorenzana attributed the increase to the military’s acquisition of new equipment. Without going into details, he said the military’s air domain coverage increased from 27 percent to 57 percent. “This was due to our air defense surveillance radars, surveillance aircraft and long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles,” Lorenzana said. The surveillance…

Tougher dredging penalties pushed – Taipei Times

By Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA The Cabinet yesterday approved draft amendments to two laws aimed at deterring illegal marine dredging in Taiwanese waters by Chinese ships by increasing the penalties to a maximum of seven years in jail, a fine of up to NT$80 million (US$2.77 million) and confiscation of the vessels. Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told yesterday’s Cabinet meeting that illegal dredging by Chinese ships has damaged marine ecology in the region, citing the discovery on Sunday that 400 to 500 such vessels were dredging…

Exercises betray PLA’s deficiency – Taipei Times

On the day before Double Ten National Day, the Gulei Port Economic Development Zone Administrative Committee in Zhangzhou, China, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) jointly issued an announcement banning navigation in an unprecedented way: Live-fire exercises would be conducted in Chinese internal waters east of the Gurei Peninsula from Oct. 13 to 17. This was the closest live-fire exercise to Taiwan since the Chinese Ministry of National Defense announced on Aug. 13 that it would demonstrate “multi-unit and multi-directional systemized actual combat drills” in the Taiwan Strait —…

P1-M budget for new aviation infra reflects harsh times – solon

The measly P1-million budget for new aviation infrastructure under the proposed 2021 budget is reflective of the harsh times, Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said Sunday. House Deputy Speaker Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “The DOTr’s (Department of Transportation) Aviation Infrastructure Program is getting only P1 million in new capital outlay in the 2021 national budget…harsh reality is, we are now in a situation wherein all our 49 airports nationwide may be operating well below capacity for a very long time,”…