BY ED LIBRANDA

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David and Goliath

The decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague did not shock the Chinese government when the news came out last July 12, 2016. The tribunal made it clear that the contested area is not for anyone but everyone. 
 

The Philippine govern-ment played by the rules, and the Chinese government never wanted to be a part of the process, insisting that they would agree only on a bilateral talk between the Philippines and China.


There has been a fear among the Chinese officials that soon the United States would impose their own will to occupy mainland, which we know this is pure nonsense. An excuse for China to start claiming some if not all, of the disputed islands and shoals in South China Sea, now we know to be West Philippine Sea.
 

The Chinese started reclaiming most of the disputed areas and started building garrison, airports, and other structures specifically to deter any movement by any armed force meant to destabilize the Chinese government.


The method by which China has done is to bully all other small neighboring southeast Asian nations, but as we know Japan has vehemently protested Chinese expansionism by bullying a small nation like the Philippines, a clear example of the biblical David and Goliath. Japan even assured the Philippine government that it will arm the Philippine Coast Guard even with bigger ships to protect the Philippine coastline territory.

 

In my estimation, even if we send a special envoy to China to discuss diplomatic ways to end the conflict, China will never back out from their position and would still maintain its 9-dash line theory.Then I doubt if we will ever succeed in this 

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Death penalty for drug convicts has ‘better chances’ of passing in Senate now —Sotto

Published July 27, 2020 9:19pm By DONA MAGSINO, GMA News

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday said the revival of death penalty for drug-related offenses now has a better chance of being passed in the 18th Congress.

In a message to reporters, Sotto said the bills seeking to

Senate President Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III(File Photo)

revive capital punishment have simply not been prio-ritized in previous years.

He pointed out the proposed measure died with the adjournment of Congress, not junked altogether by lawmakers.

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Poe urges telcos to name 'corrupt' gov't regulators delaying services

Senate Committee on Public Services chairperson Sen. Grace Poe (File Photo)

By Glee Jalea, CNN Philippines, Published Jul 30, 2020 4:42:34 PM

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) — Telecommunications companies should also name government regulators contributing to delays and inefficiency in their services, Senator Grace Poe said on Thursday.

During the Laging Handa virtual briefing, Poe stressed the administration should not just single out telcos for failing to improve their services.

 

"Hindi natin sinasabing walang kasalanan ang telco.

Kung problema talaga ang pagbibigay ng permit, dapat naglantad sila at sinabing ito ang mga tao sa likod nito na nagpapahirap [sa kanila]," said Poe, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Services.

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Duterte won’t let go of Sabah, DFA Sec. Teodoro Locsin says

By Glee Jalea, CNN Philippines, Published Jul 30, 2020 4:42:34 PM

 

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines,

July 30) — Telecommunications companies should also name government regulators contributing to delays and inefficiency in

Map of British North Borneo by Edward Stanford in 1888, kept by the United States Library of Congress.

their services, Senator Grace Poe said on Thursday.

During the Laging Handa virtual briefing, Poe stressed the administration should not just single out telcos for failing to improve their services.

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PERSPECTIVE

ABS-CBN, Meralco and Lopez family

By Cecilio T. Arillo, February 27, 2020 

Republished from The Manila Times

Editor’s note: This series of articles exclusively written for The Manila Times was lifted with permission from Greed & Betrayal, a bestselling book published in 2000 by Amazon and written by multi-awarded journalist Cecilio T. Arillo.

Conclusion
The crowning glory of the Lopezes’ ostentatiousness was made during the 40th wedding anniversary of Eugenio Sr. and Doña Pacita in 1968, said the documents. Eugenio’s gift to his wife was a fabulous neckpiece of dangling emerald-cut diamonds, each stone evenly matched in size and weight with matching earrings and ring, all valued at more than P2 million. Guests numbered in the hundreds with the cream of the country’s society in attendance.

 

Some of Europe’s royalty who traveled at the expense of the Lopezes were billeted at first class hotels, driven around in limousines and toured [across] the country in chartered planes. Two bands, both from the United States, were hired for at least $100,000 and played throughout the night.

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Ang pinakabago ang huling palugit na inihayag ng Bureau of Census ay sa September 30, 2020. at hindi na sa Oktubre 31, 2020.

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PILIPINO NEWS

5th SONA ni President Duterte may dalang pag-asa sa mga Pinoy – Sen. Bong Go

(Pilipino Star Ngayon ) - July 26, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Ibinahagi ni Senador Bong Go ang kanyang kumpiyansa na ang ikalimang State of the Nation Address (SONA) ni Pa­ngulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Lunes ay magdadala ng mas magandang kinabukasan para sa mga Filipino sa kabila ng hamon na hinaharap ng bansa dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic.

Inaasahan ni Go na magbibigay si Pangu­long Duterte ng konkretong plano at panukalang le­gislative measures para palakasin ang pagsisikap ng pamahalaan na malampasan ang nagpapatuloy na krisis at dalhin ang bansa tungo sa socio-economic recovery.
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OFW NEWS

We dedicate this section of The Philippine Sentinel Global Edition to our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), our unsung heroes who are the greatest contributors to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). We welcome all your stories all over the earth. Thank you - Ed Libranda, Publisher and Executive Editor).

IACAT launches 1st digital case management system for OFWs

 

MANILA, Philippines — As part of the global celebration of the World Day Against Trafficking, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) has launched its first digital case management system that would track and ensure coordinated government action on cases involving the trafficking of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

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CHAMBER NOTES

PH EMBASSY SHOWS APPRECIATION TO GW HOSPITAL FRONTLINERS WITH GIFTS OF VIRGIN COCONUT OIL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Philippine Embassy, through the Office of the Agriculture Attaché, dropped off Trader Joe’s Organic virgin coconut oil (VCO) sourced from the Philippines, to frontliners of the George Washington University (GW) Hospital yesterday.

Pint jars of VCO were also provided as tokens of appre-ciation to some frontliners in Virginia last month on the occasion of National Coconut Day (celebrated every June 26 in the United States)....

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Increase in US Immigration Fees Announced

By Aline Barros, July 31, 2020 03:07 PM

The Trump administration on Friday announced it would dramatically increase U.S. immigration fees in multiple categories, including a first-ever fee for asylum applicants and an 80% increase for naturalization services.

 

The new fee structure, unveiled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is expected to take effect October 2. The cost of......
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BUSINESS

New Dollar Backed by Gold Coming This October?

A security guard walks near the World Bank Group building on an empty street in Washington, on April 13, 2020. DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images

 

BY GSI EXCHANGE July 31, 2020 Updated: July 31, 2020

Capitalism has a natural way of resetting itself. Markets reward winners while punishing losers. Losing businesses restructure, finding a better angle to compete, or else go bankrupt. The business owner, hopefully wise enough not to fall into complete ruin, starts over and re-enters the market, wiser and more

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TOURISM

Boracay now open to all Western Visayas tourists: DOT

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  July 23, 2020, 9:35 pmShare

   

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that all Western Visayas travelers below 21 and above 60 years old are now allowed to enter Boracay after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Thursday lifted the age-

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When Will Joe Biden and Donald Trump's First Debate Take Place?

Biden is now the presumptive Democratic nominee in an election that will be complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

   

BY EMMA DIBDIN,  JUL 28, 2020

The 2020 election will be unlike any other in history. With social distancing protocols now in effect across most of the country, likely to remain in place for weeks or even months, there's uncertainty surrounding every key element of the election process, from the conventions to voting processes to, of course, the debates.

 

There's a lot that's still unclear, but here's what we do know so far about Donald Trump and Joe Biden's first presidential debate.

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Duterte orders Energy dept., agencies to recommend steps on possible use of Bataan power plant

By CNN Philippines Staff, Published Jul 29, 2020 3:24:07 PM

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) — The Duterte administration is looking into the possible revival of the mothballed Bataan nuclear power plant, according to a new executive order.

The policy is under Executive Order 116 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte that ordered the Department of Energy and other government agencies to suggest “necessary steps” on the possible use of the country's first and only nuclear power facility.

 

The EO created the DOE-led Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee, which will “review the legal framework, study the viability of nuclear energy, and recommend 

steps in the utilization of nuclear energy as well as existing facilities such as but not limited to the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.”

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Gordon deplores Duterte’s attacks vs. Drilon, ‘surrender’ to China remarks in SONA

SENATOR DICK GORDON

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Published July 28, 2020, 6:06 PM, by Mario Casayuran, Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines —Senator Richard J. Gordon today described as ‘’unpresidential’’ the attacks against Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon by President Duterte in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday at the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City.

Duterte had chastised Drilon for allegedly framing the supposed one-sided water supply agreements with the Ayalas and his defense of the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN network that Duterte charged wronged him in the last 2016 presidential elections.

 

‘’I think its unpresidential, malaki galit nya pero di dapat inilabas sa public…marami siya sinasabi na di dapat sabihin; that’s his business pero di kami nakikialam pero di nya nya dapat isingle out ang isang tao…kahit anong sabihin mo kahit franchise yun, committed ang 

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Kapunan fined, ordered jailed

File photo of Atty. Lorna Kapunan
 

By Chito Lozada, Published 6 days ago on July 27, 2020 12:05 AM

MANILA, Philippines — A Manila court convicted lawyer Lorna Kapunan of unjust vexation and sentenced her to 30 days in jail and to pay complainant UST Law Dean Nilo Divina of P2.5 million as damages over statements she made in 2017 regarding the death of Atio Castillo during fraternity initiation rites.

When sought for comment, Divina said he feels vindicated by the court decision. “I have no hatred nor rancor for Atty. Lorna Kapunan. I have moved on but justice should be served,” he noted.

In a decision dated 24 July 2020, Judge Cicero D. Jurado Jr. of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 11 also sentenced Kapunan to imprisonment aside from the monetary award.

 

Wild charges

According to court records, Kapunan remarked  “(The) dean should come forward and not be an obstructionist
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