MANILA, Philippines – In 1994, a resplendent Miss Philippines made it to the semifinals of the Miss Universe pageant in Manila. In the Q&A, the host asked that candidate, Charlene Gonzales, exactly how many islands there are in the Philippines. Gonzales replied with another question: “High tide or low tide?” That quip drew amused laughter from the audience and became part of the Pinoy pop culture lexicon of the 1990s. Fact is, it's rather tricky to count just how many islands comprise the Philippines – especially if we consider how international maritime law defines an “island.” And that was before China became aggressive about claiming some of our islands as theirs, which would have made a beauty pageant audit of our archipelago politically explosive. But wouldn’t you know it? Whether a scrap of land in the middle of the sea sinks or sticks out of the water during high tide became the crucial question when our government was seeking international ... » Learn More about High tide or low tide? The question that won us the West Philippine Sea case
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MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos fumed when President Rodrigo Duterte stressed that the Philippines has "no sovereignty" over its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea. "No country in the world has sovereignty over its exclusive economic zone," Duterte said in a speech on June 26. Duterte had also said on June 21 that the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea "was not an attack on our sovereignty." Is Duterte correct? Or as Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, a lawyer, asked a reporter in a press conference on June 27, " Ano ba ang difference ng sovereign rights at saka sovereignty. Meron ba (What's the difference between sovereign rights and sovereignty. Is there a difference)?" Rappler consulted two of the Philippines' leading experts on the West Philippine Sea – Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Jay Batongbacal, director ... » Learn More about Sovereignty vs sovereign rights: What do we have in West PH Sea?
MANILA, Philippines (6th UPDATE) – It is a first in the decades-long dispute between Manila and Beijing over the West Philippine Sea. The sinking of Filipino Fishing Boat Gem-Ver by Chinese ship Yuemaobinyu 42212 is, in the words of a Supreme Court justice , "a quantum escalation of China’s aggressive acts against the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea." This is also the most heated issue in the disputed waters since the 2012 standoff between Philippine and Chinese vessels in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), which prompted Manila to file a case against Beijing. (The Philippines won this case in 2016, nullifying China’s expansive claim over the West Philippine Sea.) REUNION. Fishermen of Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler Rappler plots a timeline of events before, during, and after the sinking of Gem-Ver by a ... » Learn More about TIMELINE: Sinking of Filipino boat in West PH Sea by Chinese ship
La Nina-like conditions have descended upon the Southeast Asia region since August 2020, with further cooling in September, according to Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS). These conditions include changes in the sea surface temperature, cloudiness, and winds over the tropical Pacific Ocean. MSS updated on Nov. 12 that La Nina is expected to last till March 2021. Expected to last till March 2021 According to MSS, the model predictions from international climate centres show that the La Nina conditions will strengthen from moderate to strong in the next two months. La Nina conditions will weaken from February 2021 onwards but will persist till March. What is La Nina? La Nina is the sister phenomenon of El Nino. El Nino is usually associated with hot and dry weather in Southeast Asia. La Nina and El Nino are opposite phases of a climate phenomenon called the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) . El Nino vs La Nina During an El Nino event, ... » Learn More about Rainy weather in S’pore could persist till March 2021 because La Nina
MANILA, Philippines – After 22 Filipino fishermen aboard fishing boat Gem-Ver were sunk by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), they face another collision at home: with their own government. While the fishermen insisted that they were rammed by a Chinese vessel, President Rodrigo Duterte on June 17 dismissed their ordeal as a "maritime incident." At the same time, Duterte's men either refused to adopt the fishermen's statements or contradicted them outright. The President himself echoed China's foreign ministry, which said on June 13 that the sinking of Gem-Ver was an "ordinary maritime traffic accident." He refused to condemn China – a far cry from his outrage against the United States, the European Union, Canada, and Kuwait over perceived affronts to Filipinos. Duterte also agreed to China's offer of a joint Manila-Beijing investigation into the issue – which, according to critics, places the Philippines and China ... » Learn More about Duterte vs fishermen: Is the Philippines lawyering for China?
The beauty and ecological importance of Clementi forest has been emphasised the past few weeks. This 85-hectare plot of forested land has been overlooked in the past even though it is located in the middle of residential areas in the west. A gorgeous shot of the forest captured in the misty morning managed to seize Singaporeans' attention recently and many are worried about the fate of Clementi forest as urbanisation continues unabated in Singapore. URA: No immediate plans for residential development at Clementi forest In response to queries, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) told Mothership that the Clementi forest has been zoned as "Residential (Subjected to Detailed Planning)" since the Master Plan 1998. It remains slated for residential development in the longer term as of Master Plan 2019, even though URA said that "there are no immediate plans for residential development at the site". URA added that there is a need to balance both the needs for ... » Learn More about No immediate plans for residential development at Clementi forest: URA
TOKYO -Oil prices gained for a second day on Thursday after a bigger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude and gasoline stocks confirmed outlook for robust fuel demand and on doubts about the future of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that could end U.S. sanctions on Iranian crude exports. Brent crude futures rose 30 cents, or 0.4per cent, to US$75.49 a barrel by 0643 GMT, after increasing 0.5per cent on Wednesday. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures climbed 31 cents, or 0.4per cent, to US$73.39 a barrel, after rising 0.3per cent on Wednesday. Both benchmarks hit their highest since October 2018 on Wednesday, but they pared gains later in the session as energy traders locked in profit after the U.S. inventory report, Edward Moya, senior market analyst at brokerage OANDA, said in a report. Prices resumed climbing in Asian trade on Thursday. U.S. crude inventories fell by 7.6 million barrels in the week to June 18 to 459.1 million barrels, their lowest since March 2020, ... » Learn More about Oil gains as draw in US crude stocks reinforces outlook for robust demand
FILE – Former president Benigno S. Aquino III/ Photo by Ryan Lim MANILA, Philippines—Former President Benigno Aquino III will be remembered for being the one who took the initiative to assert Philippine sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea. A dispute between China and the country was brought before the Permanent Court of Arbitration during his term as president. For retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Aquino’s decision to make an arbitration case against China was his most lasting act of service to the Filipino nation. “We will do him honor by helping our present President, President Duterte and future presidents chart a durable enforcement mechanism by joining the present and future debates on enforcement,” Jardeleza said. Jardeleza served as Solicitor General under the Aquino administration. He served on the team that defended the country at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Aquino appointed him to the Supreme Court in 2014. Honest and lived ... » Learn More about Aquino’s most lasting act of service to Filipinos: Case vs China
Home is where the heart is, but sometimes the heart wants more. After spending so much time working from home during this awful year, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to live in a beautiful property with expansive rooms and lush surroundings. Who wouldn’t want to play with a pet dog or cat in a living room in front of a roaring fire, or stand on a balcony surrounded by flowering plants and greenery? But buying a home is a serious endeavour. An investment to be made after weighing the pros and cons, considering one’s finances, and pinpointing the exact location where you will hopefully spend the next few decades of your life. With that in mind, perhaps the key to selecting a good property investment is to consider your personality, and pick one that suits you best. After all, this is your choice to make. The waterfront Singapore was built on the back of a river, and even today we are never far away from a waterfront. But there’s a difference between ... » Learn More about Home is where the heart is & your dream home should match your personality
One Foodpanda delivery rider recently received a rather perplexing order — at Hougang, even though he was at Bukit Panjang. Order pick up 20km away Speaking to Mothership , Dylan Chen explained that he rides a bicycle and is typically stationed in the west side of Singapore. He was however, "unfortunate" enough to be selected by Foodpanda to do a "cycling marathon". Chen received an order of fish soup that he had to deliver to a customer at Bukit Panjang Ring Rd. However the food was to be picked up at Hougang Ave 4, roughly 20km away from his location. The app stated that he would earn S$5 from the assignment. Chen then tried to contact Foodpanda's customer service. After apologising for the inconvenience caused, the customer service staff stated that Chen would have to carry out the order as he had already accepted it. This is despite the fact that Chen revealed he was riding a bicycle. The staff continued to insist that it was part of ... » Learn More about Foodpanda deliveryman in Bukit Panjang receives order to pick up at Hougang for S$5