2 top AFP officials swap posts to address ‘big maritime concerns’

MANILA — Two three-star military generals have swapped positions, barely two months before the May 9 national and local elections. The Armed Forces of the Philippines vice chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Romeo Tanalgo, exchanged posts with his classmate, the Northern Luzon Command chief, Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda. Both officials are members of the Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983 and assumed their new posts on Thursday. The AFP public affairs chief, Col. Noel Detoyato, said the orders for the reassignment of the two officials were signed by President…

Asian Insider, Nov 5: China bars travellers from coronavirus-hit nations; Indonesia asks US to invest in South China Sea, Asia News & Top Stories

Hi all,  In today’s bulletin: Tense wait continues for US election results; China blocks travellers from coronavirus-hit countries; Pakistan’s army in the spotlight; Indonesia asks US & Japan to invest in South China Sea; Living alone in China, and more. Reading this on the web or know someone who might enjoy receiving Asian Insider? Our sign-up page is here. Tense wait for US election results though Biden has the edge Several hours after the voting closed, it is still not clear who would be the next President of the United States…

GCash Reigns as the Top Finance App in PH – App Annie Data

Since the start of the year, both Android and iOS users have chosen GCash as their finance app of choice, according to data from App Annie, the leading mobile data and analytics company, which found GCash as the top downloaded finance app with the most number of active users.  For nine consecutive months since January, GCash has been consistent in staying at the top spot for the two categories, reflecting the Filipino’s choice for their digital banking and finance needs and helping more people participate in the financial landscape.  This…

Negros Occ., Cavite, Benguet top list of areas with highest COVID-19 new cases

News / National / Negros Occ., Cavite, Benguet top list of areas with highest COVID-19 new cases Negros Occ., Cavite, Benguet top list of areas with highest COVID-19 new cases The Philippines coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases hit past 373,000 after 1,524 new infections were confirmed on Tuesday, October 27, the Department of Health (DOH) said.  (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) The total number of cases in the country is now at 373,144. Of these, 37,489 are active cases,  wherein 82.8 percent are mild, 11 percent are asymptomatic,…

Submerged optimism in the South China Sea: Inquirer columnist, Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – On the morning it was announced that the President had lifted the moratorium on oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea, the shares of PXP Energy went up nearly 50 per cent. Forum Energy, a PXP subsidiary, has a pending project in Recto Bank. The suspension of oil exploration was imposed in 2014 and formalised in March 2015, because, as Forum Energy stated at the time, “the Philippine Department of Energy has granted a force majeure on Service Contract 72 (SC 72) because…

Top US diplomat calls China elephant in the room at India-US Forum

A top US envoy speaking in New Delhi has called China “an elephant in the room” and said Washington is keen to advance India’s interests across the Indo-Pacific region. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said the US was exploring ways to empower India without altering what he called New Delhi’s “strong and proud tradition of strategic autonomy”. Mr Biegun spoke yesterday in New Delhi at the opening session of the India-US Forum as his three-day visit to India kicked off. US diplomat Stephen Beigun said the US was exploring…

From chumps to champs: Lakers’ long road back to the top

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after winning the 2020 NBA Championship over the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP Four years after hitting rock bottom, the Los Angeles Lakers are back on top of the basketball world. With a 106-93 victory over the Miami Heat in game six of the NBA Finals on Sunday, the Lakers took a 4-2 series victory and clinched a record-equalling 17th NBA championship. The triumph marked the final stop on what has been a…

Cambodia confirms US-funded defence facility has been razed, SE Asia News & Top Stories

PHNOM PENH • Cambodia has razed a United States-funded defence facility on its southern coast, the deputy prime minister confirmed yesterday, the latest move in the ongoing controversial expansion of a strategically crucial naval base being developed with Chinese aid. The Wall Street Journal reported last year on a secret draft deal allowing China to dock warships at the Ream naval base near the kingdom’s coastal city of Sihanoukville. But Cambodia – awash in recent years with Chinese investments – has strenuously denied the report, although Premier Hun Sen has…

Top 4 Electric Vehicle Myths Debunked

The Philippines is gearing up for a major shift in the automotive industry to electric vehicles (EVs) as Nissan prepares to bring the much-awaited Nissan LEAF to the Philippines. But before the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility arrives in the country, Nissan shares the top four electric vehicle myths and debunks them all.  Myth #1: EVs are slow  A recent experiment raced the Nissan LEAF against the fastest elements of nature – fire and wind, with the famous EV winning with its celebrated acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in…

China s top diplomat fails to restore strained ties with Europe-ANI

New York [US], September 5 (ANI): China’s bid to mend its strained ties with European countries did not get much traction during a recent five-day Europe visit by Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi.The article, which appeared in Bloomberg, explains how China’s coercive diplomacy is backfiring in European countries.In Rome, where Wang began his official tour, he had to handle China’s relationship with Canada and Italy. This is because Italian officials helped to arrange a previously unscheduled meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.It is to be noted that…