BY ED LIBRANDA

STRAIGHT TALK

Why so keen about reclaiming WPS from China?

This is an issue between President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his political enemies reverberating in the Philippine political scenery ever since former Supreme Court senior justice Antonio Carpio retired from the high court many months ago.

 
Carpio is teaming up with former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosarion in assailing the stance of President Duterte on the brewing issue of the West Philippine Sea. More so when more than 250 "maritime militia" of China were seen at the Julian Felipe Reef, which is within our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).


A very contentious issue between the Chinese government since The Hague International Court of Justice decided in 2016 that the nine-dash one territorial claim by the Chinese government is without basis and that the Philippines has every right in its claim of 250 miles coverage of the EEZ as contained in the United  Nations on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a treaty which was adopted and signed by both the Philippine and China in 1982.

Why China insists on the arbitral ruling which was decided by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague  "illegal"? China continues to reject the July 2016 arbitral ruling of the United Nations-backed tribunal that invalidated its expansive claims over the South China Sea, part of which is the West Philippine Sea.
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 MAY 10 - 17, 2021

Quarantine to be lifted once things clear up’

The modified enhanced community quarantine status of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will remain in place for another two weeks, but with more businesses reopening, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Wednesday. (FILE PHOTO)

Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star ) - May 5, 2021 - 12:00am

 

MANILA, Philippines  —

 President Duterte has vowed to immediately lift quarantine restrictions “once things start to clear” even as he assured the public that efforts are being done to address hunger caused by prolonged lockdowns.

Speaking during a pre-recorded public address on Monday night, Duterte admitted having difficulty explaining his decision to extend the quarantine in areas with high number of COVID infections.

“Let’s talk about the sentiments of Filipinos. One is hunger. We are trying to do everything we can within the limited resources of the government,” Duterte said.

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SEE-THROUGH

By YASHIKA TORIB

News Editor

Manila Bureau Correspondent

A child’s perspective on the pandemic

It’s a wonder how a child can simplify complicated things. 

In one of the leadership lectures I gave for the grade 7 class that I teach in a rather well-known middle school in Metro Manila, I posed this simple question: Who do you think are the real front-liners in this pandemic – the medical professionals, the law enforcers, the government officials, or the household members?

The question was to gauge their awareness, understanding, and analysis of the current goings-on in the country. Most of the answers I received from all five classes on two different campuses were the same, medical professionals. Some said it was the law enforcers. A few maintained that it was the government leaders. They’ve all had good arguments for these answers, and I am still in awe whenever I recall how strong and informed their opinions are. 

One answer stood out, though. The student claimed that if you look at it from a classicist point of view, the real front-liners are the household members. The child opined that the real prevention of the disease starts at home, that it all boils down to the level of discipline and restraint of each family member. That for unfortunate instances when the family failed to hold the line of disease prevention within their house, it is the only time when medical professionals can open the safety net of treatment and recovery. 

As tens of thousands of households seemingly failed to hold this line, the medical professionals have received the brunt of the casualties.

This idea silenced the flow of comments from other students. Our online class was suddenly quiet. But looking at their young faces, you could almost see the cogwheels of realization and thoughts turning and whirring. They are only 13. 
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Immigration thrust a new facet to troubled Bush reputation

IFormer US president George W Bush may be seeking to improve his troubled legacy by promoting immigration policies that are at odds with more strict Republican Party orthodoxy, some experts say

BY CAMILO MONTOYA-GALVEZ, First published on February 17, 2021 / 4:35 PM

 

Out of office for a dozen years and still castigated for his "war on terror," former US president George W Bush has resurfaced as a passionate immigration advocate just as his Republican Party careens in the opposite direction.

The 74-year-old Texan, whose disastrous invasi
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BUSINESS

SEC warns investors against Infinity PAYB


By: Doris Dumlao-Abadilla - Reporter / @philbizwatcherPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:14 AM May 01, 202

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the public against dealing with Infinity PAYB/PAYB Bills Payment and Remittance Center, an unregistered entity that has been illegally soliciting investments and promising extraordinary returns.

This entity, owned and operated by one Angel Tambor Doinog Jr., has been engaging in investment-taking activities without authority, the SEC enforcement and investor protection department said in a notice issued on April 29.


Infinity PAYB allegedly entices investors with a “guaranteed” return of 60 percent in 15 days. It also claims to be in partnership with the following companies by giving discounts: Cignal, Globe, Philippine Airlines, Smart, Converge, EasyTrip, SweepRFID, Sky, PLDT, SunCellular, Meralco, and Cebu Pacific.
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TOURISM

PH to host WTTC Global Summit

in October

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  April 29, 2021, 3:59 pm PNA

   

MANILA – The Philippines was selected to host the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in October this year, which is seen to boost the country's MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences & exhibitions) sector.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat welcomed the announcement made by WTTC president and chief executive offcer Gloria Gueverra herself, saying this hosting would not only help restart the tourism industry but also boost the Department of Tourism (DOT)'s continuing strategies to position the Philippines as a MICE hub in Asia.
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Philippines vows to continue maritime exercises in South China Sea

A Chinese fishing vessel is anchored next to Filipino fishing boats at the disputed Scarborough Shoal April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Cast

(Reuters) — The Philippines will continue maritime exercises inside its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, the country's defence minister said on Sunday, despite a call by China to stop actions that it said could escalate disputes.

The Philippine coastguard and fisheries bureau started maritime exercises last month, having boosted its presence in the area to counter the "threatening" presence of Chinese boats.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, through which about $3 trillion worth of ship borne trade passes each year, despite a 2016 ruling by an arbitration tribunal in The Hague that Beijing's claim was inconsistent with international law.

"The conduct of maritime patrol in the WPS (West Philippine Sea) and Kalayaan Island Group by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will 
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IATF: Minors, seniors can register for natl ID

By Keith Calayag, TMT , May 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) said on Friday that individuals 15 to17 years of age and above 65 living in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) will be allowed to go out to register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

“The IATF has allowed those 15 to 17 years old to go out but only to register for the Philippine ID System,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said.

Under MECQ rules, only individuals aged 18 to 65 are allowed to go out to procure essential goods and services.
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Duterte backs out of debate upon advice of cabinet

Photo shows President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and retired Supre,me Court senior justice Antonio Carpio (File Photo)

(The Freeman ) - May 8, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Saying they are no match for him, President Duterte is backing out from his challenge to debate the issue on West Philippine Sea with former senior associate justice Antonio Carpio and ex-foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario upon advice of his cabinet.

Instead, Malacañang said, Duterte has designated presidential spokesman Hermigio Roque, Jr. to pursue the public debates with the two key personalities, who were behind the filing and the Philippines’ subsequent victory on the arbitral ruling filed against Beijing before the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Seas.

Anything Duterte might say in a public debate might also bind the Philippines in issues about the disputed islands at the West Philippine Sea, Roque said, which was why the President abided with the majority opinion of his cabinet.
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Eleazar appointment as

PNP chief welcomed

Malacañang said President Duterte has high expectations of the incoming PNP chief, whose capabilities to lead the country’s 220,000-strong police force are a cause for optimism.( The STAR/Boy Santos, file)

Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star ) - May 7, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines —The country’s leaders welcomed with high hopes and expectations yesterday the appointment of Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar as the 26th Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, even if his tenure ends in just six months.

Malacañang said President Duterte has high expectations of the incoming PNP chief, whose capabilities to lead the country’s 220,000-strong police force are a cause for optimism.

“We greet police Lt. General Guillermo Eleazar on his appointment as the next chief of our national police. The President and the people have high expectations of you,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said at a press briefing.

 

We believe that you can face the trials that will come your way,” he added.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III called President Duterte’s appointment of Eleazar as the “best choice ever.”
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Voters’ registration extension beyond September 30 unlikely

COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS (Comelec) building in Intramuros, Manila. (Photo File)

By Ferdinand Patinio  May 9, 2021, 7:51 pm PNA

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is unlikely to extend the nationwide registration period beyond the September 30, 2021 deadline as there are other things to prepare aside from the voters’ list.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said on Sunday that there are more preparations to be done for the May 2022 national polls and they cannot just focus on the registration.

“Unfortunately, its’s not likely to have it extended because the day after the close of registration, the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy will commence, which means we have to start preparing for election day documents, what we call project of precincts, and the only way we can start doing that is if we close the voters’ registration,” he said during the virtual launch of the Vote Pilipinas campaign.
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PERSPECTIVE

Who is Patricia Non, the woman who sparked kindness through the Maginhawa community pantry?

Published May 6, 2021, 10:15 AM, by Joseph Pedrajas MB

 

—From a bamboo cart on Maginhawa Street, Patricia Non has inspired many Filipinos to open community pantries and share what they can to feed the poor.

— The woman behind this remarkable initiative is only 26 years old, a graduate of UP College of Fine Arts, and an entrepreneur running a small furniture making shop whose operations stopped due to the pandemic.

— Before the community pantry, many knew Patricia as a volunteer or organizer of activities to help the poor.

Fifteen months after the first lockdown in the whole island of Luzon, it took a 26-year-old woman to start the spread of kindness through an act of concern and generosity.

By now the name Ana Patricia Non has become a household name. She had set up a bamboo cart packed with vegetables and food products on Maginhawa Street in Quezon City on April 14, 2021 – and opened a community pantry where the poor who needed food could get some for free.
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