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Strong response

SYDNEY -- Australia and New Zealand stiffened their rhetoric against North Korea Sunday after the isolated state threatened Canberra with a nuclear strike, urging it to think twice before “blindly and zealously toeing the US line”.

The move comes as US Vice President Mike Pence wraps up an Asia tour, which has included visits to South Korea, Japan and Australia partly to reassure allies amid fears that Pyongyang may be readying for a sixth nuclear test.

“If Australia persists in following the US’ moves to isolate and stifle North Korea... this will be a suicidal act,” a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said after Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called the hermit state a “serious threat”.

The spokesman, speaking to the North’s official KCNA news agency, warned Bishop to “think twice about the consequences”.

Australia’s close ally New Zealand has since accused North Korea of having “evil intent”.
   
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee told Television New Zealand Sunday people knew little about Kim Jong-Un’s regime but “you would assume that underneath him there is a very big machinery of people who have equally evil intent”.
   
“It’s North Korea that is sending the missiles into the Sea of Japan and making the various outrageous threats including the threats overnight to Australia,” he added.
   
Australia’s Bishop added Sunday that the North Korean government “should invest in the welfare of its long-suffering citizens, rather than weapons of mass destruction”.
   
The reclusive state has long been seeking to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five atomic tests, two of them last year.
   
Pence vowed Wednesday that the US would counter any attack with an “overwhelming and effective” response after a senior North Korean official pledged weekly missile tests and “all-out war” if the US took any action against it.
   
In Sydney, Pence maintained calls for Pyongyang’s sole ally China to do more to rein in its neighbor.
   
Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also urged China to use its leverage over the hermit state, describing the North Korean regime as “reckless and dangerous”.
   
He added that Australia and the US were “absolutely united” in their determination to achieve a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
   
Supercarrier Carl Vinson is due to start joint exercises with Japan’s navy on Sunday, Tokyo’s defense ministry said, with the drills expected to last several days and involve two Japanese warships.

  • Published in World

Symbolic assertion

What’s the big deal?

The guy is the country’s top military official.

His job is to preserve the territorial integrity of the country and protect it from all forms of threat—foreign and domestic.

So he flew and landed on one of the islands claimed and occupied by Filipinos.

The island has a duly established local government with officials elected by local residents who speak Filipino, practice Filipino customs and traditions, and swear allegiance to the Philippine constitution and flag.
   
All these make the island unmistakably a Philippine territory no matter what others say.
   
And so the AFP Chief can proudly strut around the island with his full uniform in a symbolic assertion of the country’s sovereign rights.
   
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to a disputed South China Sea island on Friday, brushing off a challenge by the Chinese military while asserting Manila's territorial claim to the strategic region.
   
"This is just a normal visit within our territory, which we believe and we know is (our) territory," Lorenzana told reporters who accompanied him on the brief trip.
   
China claims most of the South China Sea, including Thitu island which Lorenzana visited and the Philippines calls Pag-asa island.
   
In recent years Beijing has been building up disputed reefs into artificial islands, including on Subi Reef about 26 kilometres from Thitu, which can house military facilities.
   
Lorenzana said construction would start "within the next few weeks" for a quay on Thitu where construction materials will be landed for repairs on an existing airstrip on the largest of nine Philippine-garrisoned outcrops in the Spratly archipelago.
   
Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim the Spratlys, either wholly or in part.
   
As the military transport plane bearing Lorenzana and local officials of Palawan island, the largest land mass close to the Spratlys, prepared to land, the Defense chief said the pilots received a warning from Chinese forces on Subi.
   
He said the pilots were warned the aircraft was illegally entering Chinese territory, a routine for all Philippine aircraft landing on the Thitu airstrip since China reclaimed Subi. He said his pilots disregarded the warning.
   
"That's their protocol. That's procedural. We also reply that we are flying over Philippine territory," he said.
   
Lorenzana visited Thitu more than a week after President Rodrigo Duterte pulled back from an announcement to visit the island on June 12 and raise the Philippine flag there.
   
Duterte said later he had called off the trip "because we value our friendship" with Beijing.
   
Reversing the course set by predecessor Benigno Aquino, Duterte has sought to improve his nation's relations with Beijing by adopting a non-confrontational approach over their competing claims in the strategically vital waters believed to sit atop huge oil and gas reserves.
   
Lorenzana however said Duterte was not backing down from his orders for the military to reinforce its installations in the Spratlys, and has alloted 1.6 billion pesos for these.
   
He said both China and Vietnam have long been fortifying their own garrisons on nearby outcrops.
   
"We all know that China is the most powerful country in our neighborhood, they are economically powerful, also militarily," Lorenzana said.
   
"We are trying to manage the issue and talk to them... settle this dispute in the South China Sea."

Bea at Derrick, pagkatapos ng ‘kasal,’ tuluy-tuloy ang pagsasama

SA kasalan din nauwi ang tambalang Bea Binene at Derrick Monasterio. Iyan ay sa role nilang mag-sweetheart sa katatapos lang na top rating comedy-adventure, Tsuperhero sa GMA7.

Ang tanong: ganito rin kaya ang mangyari sa kanila sa totoong buhay? Panahon lang ang makapagsasabi dahil parehong nasa height pa ng kanilang career ang dalawa. At kahit sabihin nilang very close silang dalawa, 'di naman sila umaamin na may relasyon sila sa tunay na buhay.

Samantala, ang pagiging superhero ni Derrick ay hindi  nagtatapos sa  finale episode ng kanyang seryeng Tsuperhero. Lalo pa siyang magiging super hero via Mulawin  vs. Ravena. At magpartner muli sina Bea at Derrick sa pinakabagong telefantasyang ito ng GMA 7, na balitang makakapalit ng Encantadia. Kaya tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang pagsasama nina Bea at Derrick sa Mulawin vs. Ravena.

Orlando Sol: First album ‘Emosyon’, ilu-launch na

KAUNA-UNAHANG  Masculados member si Orlando Sol na binigyan ng big break ng management company niyang Production 56. Malapit na ang official launching ng first album niya, ang Emosyon, na ire-release ng Star Records.
   
Sabi nga’y blooming ang career ni Orlando. Malaki ang tiwala ng kanyang manager-mentor na si Direk Maryo J.Delos Reyes sa singer-actor.
   
Una palang narinig ng award-winning director ang magandang boses ni Orlando sa isang musical stage play sa school,  nasabi agad nitong may future ang teenager noon.
   
Hugot singer ang tawag ngayon kay Orlando dahil ang mga awitin niyang napili ay pawang madamdamin na tamang-tama sa  title ng first album niya na Emosyon.
   
Ang unang music video ng Emosyon album, na hango sa single na Kailan Darating Ang Ayoko Na ay napapanood na sa MYX simula noong April 21. Sa music video, tampok ang trianggulo nina Orlando, Blumark Roces at Catherine Rem, dating PBB housemate.
   
Sa FB page ni Orlando, lubus-lubos na pagpapasalamat niya sa mga tumulong sa kanya. Kabilang dito ang KDAANTeam, StarMusic, Production 56 at sa iba pa.
   
Ang album ay may anim na single na pawang original compositions.

Ashley Ortega: Malapit nang maging EDSA beauty?
   
PUMIRMA na si Ashley Ortega  para maging latest endorser ng Bench. Nakatakdang mag-pictorial next week si Ashley para sa kompanya ni Ben Chan. Kaya naman, inaasahang makikita na ang maganda niyang mukha sa isang malaking billboard sa EDSA.

Kasunod  ng Bench  pictorial  ni Ashley ay ang pagsu-shoot ng  bagong TVC para sa Jollibee.  Gagawing buong TV commercial na ang Crush segment ng Jollibee na nai-air last Valentine's Day. Kapartner muli ni Ashley si  Enrico Cuenca.  
   
Nag-hit ang naturang commercial sa Youtube at Facebook. Umabot ito ng more than 17 million views worldwide kaya gumawa ng record sa local video commercial in terms of viewership.
   
Samantala, balitang sa April 25 na ang story conference ng The Good Teacher ni Marian Rivera, kung saan kasama sina Ashley at Enrico bilang love team. Makakasama rin dito sina Jillian Ward at Joyce Ching.
   
Nakatakda ring mag-guest sina Ashley at Enrico sa bagong programa ni Gloria Romero tuwing Saturday sa GMA 7, ang 'Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko.'
   
Magsisimula na rin sa May ang shooting ng unang movie nina Ashley at Enrico under OctoArts Films na ang director ay si Jose Javier Reyes.

Rhian Ramos, enjoy sa pang-aaway kay Jennylyn Mercado
   
SI Rhian Ramos ang gaganap na number one rival ni Jennylyn Mercado sa My Love From The Star, at kitang-kita sa Kapuso actress na nag-e-enjoy siya sa pakikipag-away sa Ultimate Star. Ayon kay Rhian, katuwaan na nila ni Jen ang pag-aaway sa set, at nagpapatalbugan sila kung sino ang mas mataray sa eksena. Dahil sa madalas nilang pagbibiruan ay nabuo ang #TeamBessie na caption ni Rhian nang mag-post siya ng in-character picture nila ni Jen sa Instagram. Maging ang mga netizens ay excited na sa banggaan ng dalawa.

Millennials, tumutok nang husto sa Wowowin
   
USUNG-uso sa kabataan ngayon ang pag-hugot ng feelings, kaya patok sa kanila at panalo sa ratings ang latest pakulo ng Wowowin kung saan naglaro ang mga sumisikat na Spoken Word Poets sa Willie of Fortune segment nito. Tinalbugan ng contestant nitong si Crystel Bars ang tatlong hosts na sina Donita Nose, Tekla at Amal na hindi nakasagot sa mga patikim niyang tula. Sinubukan ng tatlong hosts na birahin ang contestant, pero hindi nila ito napantayan kaya aliw na aliw ang audience. Maging ang host na si Willie Revillame ay napabilib sa talento ng kabataang Pinoy.

Scarlet Heart, nakapagpapabilis ng tibok ng puso
   
TALAGANG mas pinupusuan ng mga manonood ang Scarlet Heart dahil sa kwento nitong maraming nakaabang na plot twist. Sa pinakahuling kaganapan dito, nagkakamabutihan na sina Hae Soo (IU) at ika-8 prinsipe Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul). Hindi na mapaghiwalay ang dalawa at nakahanap pa ng lihim na tagpuan! Mutual naman ang feelings nila, pero umaaligid na rin ang ika-4 na prinsipe Wang So kay Hae Soo. Hinihintay na ng sambayanang Pilipino kung saan hahantong ang love triangle na ito dahil talaga namang nakakakilig ang pagiging misteryoso at pilyo ni Prinsipe Wang So.  Kaya kapit lang sa Scarlet Heart dahil mas pabibilisin pa nito ang tibok ng puso ninyo tuwing Lunes hanggang Huwebes sa GMA.

Kim Domingo, kabogera sa bangayan scenes
   
HINDI nagpapatalbog ang Kapuso actress na si Kim Domingo sa mga eksena niya sa D’ Originals. Pinatitikim niya ng bangis ang mga pinaghihinalaan niyang kabit ng asawa, na ginagampanan ni Archie Alemania. Malditang may ipinaglalaban ang peg ni Kim, kaya effective siya sa mga manonood. First lead role ito ng bagong pantasya ng bayan, kaya inaabangan talaga ang performance niya. Ayon sa isa niyang fan, di hamak naman daw na mas maganda ito sa mga kabit na nang-aagaw ng mga asawa nila.

  • Published in Showbiz

DOST, COMP ink MOA on tech-driven responsible mining

THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last April 4 to develop technology-driven solutions for “responsible mining”.

The DOST inked the deal through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research Development (PCIEERD) at the Manila Golf and Country Club in Bonifacio Global City, Makati.

PCIEERD is one of the attached agencies of the DOST, while COMP is a private organization of 80 mining and quarrying firms. PCIEERD officials Carlos Primo David and Raul Sabularse signed the MOA with COMP executives Benjamin Philip G. Romualdez and Nelia C. Halcon.

“Hopefully, this will be another long-term successful partnership between COMP and the government,” said Romualdez as he expressed willingness to share mining technologies with the government.

The mining industry has been at loggerheads recently with Gina Lopez, secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, who has revoked a number of mining licenses in the country.

Romualdez revealed his group has been mulling the partnership with DOST, particularly PCIEERD, to follow the example of other countries where minerals have been developed for their economic benefit.
   
As the Philippines is known to be rich in mineral resources, Romualdez said the country should also have the same private-public sector partnership. “We are here to strengthen the government’s capacity by partnering with PCIEERD particularly, under the DOST, to push this,” he said.
   
PCIEERD, said Romualdez, is “the most capable science agency in the government. “It is not about policy, it is not about regulation, it is basically science and technology,” he said.
   
Romualdez said the MOA formalized their working relationship with PCIEERD, which has the expertise on science-based researches and solutions concerning issues and aspects of mining that need technical and scientific expertise.
   
David cited the mining industry as one where the DOST also aims to help through research and development (R&D). He emphasized that they are not in the business of doing actual mining. “In fact, whether or not there is still mining, there are issues that science and technology can play an important role.”
   
David named as example the rehabilitation of legacy mines (abandoned old mines), which he said pose danger to the environment and the people’s safety even if there is mining activity or not. “We have to do something about (the legacy mines),” said David.
   
Another example are the thousands of small-scale mining, which the government does not oppose, “but from our studies they actually also result in many environmental degradation.”
   
The DOST, he said, cannot tell small-scale miners to stop. “So, what DOST does is to provide them with the appropriate technology so they continue mining but reduce the environmental impact,” said David.
   
He said PCIEERD has put up a pilot plant for green mining for small-scale miners in Itogon, Benguet, and at least three other areas in Bicol and in Compostela Valley and Davao.
   
“We are outside of the politics of mining, but definitely, we should continue on working through science and technology in improving rehabilitation,” he said.

  • Published in Nation
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