“Freedom of navigation in the South China Sea by itself is merely the freedom to walk in a zoo past cages of animals. Freedom of navigation to mean anything includes willingness to use US power to uphold the sovereign rights of the littoral states of Southeast Asia or it is nothing,” he said.
“The claim that the Chinese vessel “accidentally” hit and sank our ship because it was “suddenly besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino fishing boats” is ridiculous. Equally incredible is the excuse that the Chinese vessel failed to rescue our fishermen because it was “afraid of being besieged’ by our boats,’” Hontiveros said.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard underwent a grilling in Mexico’s Congress, where some lawmakers insisted otherwise and demanded more details on what exactly he agreed to in the last-minute deal brokered a week ago to dodge Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods.
AGENTS of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday seized nearly P7 million worth of suspected Ecstasy and cocaine inside a room of the posh Shangri-la at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City which was found to have been rented too by a moneyed drug trafficker arrested by the police for illegal drug possession last May 22, PDEA chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino said.
Recently, a research team led by Emmanuel Baja of the National Institute for Health-University of the Philippines revealed in its study that traffic enforcers on EDSA face health risks which include high blood pressure and respiratory problems due to exposure to black carbon and heavy metals.
A 19-YEAR-OLD suspected drug trafficker in Metro Manila was locked up by agents of the National Capital Region Police Office after he sold 50 grams of shabu worth P340,000 to an undercover officer in Baclaran, Parañaque City on Thursday evening, NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said yesterday.
“Developments in Hong Kong from the Umbrella Movement to the recent protests, have cemented the view of people in Taiwan that the PRC can’t be trusted to preserve their autonomy,” Bonnie Glaser, a Taiwan expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told AFP, referring to the 2014 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that failed to win any concessions from Beijing.
Lam, who is appointed by a committee stacked with Beijing loyalists, had previously refused to consider abandoning the bill, despite months of criticism from business and legal bodies — and a record breaking rally on Sunday where organizers said more than one million protesters hit the streets.
“LGUs should always observe maximum or extreme preparedness rather than employ a calibrated response not just for typhoons but also for earthquakes and other types of disasters. This approach will save more lives and further reduce the number of casualties,” he said.
Philippines is fully behind the candidature of Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations in Geneva, for Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to fulfill the country’s commitment to multilateralism and migration.