There’s trouble brewing in one of the most exclusive villages in Manila. Residents of Ayala Alabang Village are protesting the construction of a proposed Community and Formation Center by St. James the Great Parish Foundation, which is set to be constructed inside Ayala Alabang Village. The village, one of the country’s most exclusive gated communities is known for wide stretches of land, lush, shady trees, and an encompassing sense of quiet—elements which sold the property to its residents, and which any new development puts under threat. The property on which the church stands was donated by Ayala Land Inc. in 1992. The foundation proposes to build the two hundred ten million peso (Php 210,000,000) center complete with a parking garage in front of the St. James Church. Residents who live across the foundation’s property object to further expansions of the church, given not just the congestion, but the noise, and heavy parking problems such developments would … [Read more...] about Southern discomfort: Trouble brews in Ayala Alabang as Church Foundation builds allegedly illegal events center
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On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) finally came out with its ruling on the case between the Philippines and China over the South China Sea dispute. This historic ruling rejected the historical claims and arguments of China defending the legal status of its structures in the Spratlys and supports the establishment of a Code of Conduct (COC) that is legally binding and consistent with the 1982 United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The finalization a COC that is meaningful and legally binding in international law can no longer be delayed establishing maritime security and safety in Southeast Asia. Moreover, the PCA ruling represented a sweeping legal victory for the Philippines and fundamentally could have altered the international legal and potentially the geopolitics of the South China Sea. No wonder most Filipinos were jubilant that their small country won an overwhelming legal victory against an emergent power bent of expanding into their … [Read more...] about What now for the Philippines after July 12 ruling, ‘Quad’ revival?
MANILA - The city government of Makati has suspended the construction of 21 buildings after they were found to be non-compliant with the National Building Code of the Philippines. The halted construction projects were identified to be in the following barangays: Cembo (6); East Rembo (3); West Rembo (2); Palanan (1); Kasilawan (1); Poblacion (1); Pinagkaisahan (1); San Isidro (1); San Lorenzo (1); Guadalupe Nuevo (1); Pitogo (1); Bangkal (1); and San Antonio (1). City hall did not specify whether the buildings were residential or commercial structures. Owners of the construction projects were found to be lacking building permits and violating the Protection of Pedestrians during Construction or Demolition rule of the code. Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay said the halt order serves as a reminder that construction of structures should be done in compliance with laws. … [Read more...] about News Makati suspends 21 construction projects for building code violations
In one of his international homilies last year, Xi Jinping said that in our world today, “the law of the jungle where the strong prey on the weak and the zero-sum game are rejected.” But China’s recent landing of an H-6K bomber on a disputed island in the South China Sea is another signal that the Asian giant is not practicing what its leader preached. Reading the Chinese president’s addresses to international audiences, one may get the impression that China is the world’s most benign, altruistic, peaceful and international-law-abiding nation. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Take his keynote speech at the United Nations Office in Geneva in January 2017, for example. In that address, Xi solemnly stated: “China’s proposition is: Build a community of shared future for mankind and achieve shared and win-win development.” He recalled the Peace of Westphalia’s principles of equality and … [Read more...] about Is Beijing using ‘law of the jungle’ in South China Sea?
We need to enforce the National Building Code One common question people tend to ask during the month of March is, why do fires occur in March at the time when the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) always declares March as Fire Prevention Month? Just last Monday some 300 houses were destroyed by a conflagration in Barangay Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City which has rendered some 2,000 people homeless. Within minutes after this fire was reported, another fire alarm was raised in Sitio Human-Humay in Barangay Gun-ob also in Lapu-Lapu City where at least three houses were destroyed. In Manila, a fire broke out at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel, which caused the death of at least five employees of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor). The Pavilion Hotel was originally the Hilton Hotel, where during the old days our good friend Johnny Litton, then of Mever Films would invite me and my Dad for lunch. I just hope that this hotel can still be renovated. … [Read more...] about We need to enforce the National Building Code