I think President Duterte was right in his choice of words recently – crafting a “calibrated response” as pointed out by his spokesman Salvador Panelo. This is the diplomatic strategy that should be used when it comes to approaching all international relations. Unfortunately, this approach is not because he wants to suddenly be diplomatic. We all know that this is because he doesn’t want to upset his benefactor – the Chinese. After all, anyone who knows our president knows that he has no problem speaking exactly what is on his mind in real time. In fact, the lack of filter has often landed him in hot water. So why does he all of a sudden not want to make a statement? What happened to the president who will passionately defend the Filipinos against the US and Canada, the other countries by slamming their policies (or what not) and asking, nay demanding better for the Philippines? Why now, all of sudden, he has decided to stay quiet? We all know the answer … [Read more...] about Calibrated response?
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MANILA, Philippines — Summer vacation is over and it’s once again time for school! For some kids, academic excellence comes naturally, while for others, it is a struggle. But for parents, providing the best for their kids is the most important for the school season. Here are some must-haves you can consider in your back-to-school checklist. Style options for kids Titled "Fashion Play," the event enabled kids to enjoy the day as the brand presented its new collection of childhood fashion staples. Believing that all kids are beautiful, SM Kids recently celebrated the fun and exciting details of childhood in SM Mall of Asia. Titled "Fashion Play," the event enabled kids to enjoy the day as the brand presented its new collection of childhood fashion staples, made exciting through vibrant colors and whimsical prints. The event also featured a grand fashion show featuring the brand's four key lines, each with their own fresh offerings every kid will look forward to … [Read more...] about LIST: Cool stuff for school
MANILA, Philippines — The government should now consider a “multilateral approach” to dealing with China’s “bullying” at sea, underlined on Sunday by the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel, which hurriedly sailed away without helping the fishermen. Former foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario made the proposal the other night as he called on the Duterte administration to hold China’s leadership accountable for the sinking of F/B Gimver 1. “What is obvious is that Goliath, the neighborhood bully, will continue to rear its ugly head to intimidate our poor fishermen. We need to find a way to hold China’s leadership accountable,” Del Rosario said in a statement. “For instance, how much longer must our people wait for our government to seek a resolution from the UN General Assembly to promote our arbitral tribunal outcome which is now an integral part of international law?” he added, referring to … [Read more...] about ‘Multilateral approach needed vs China tactics’
Visitors to Museo de Intramuros’ ongoing two-man exhibition will find themselves in a surreal space. Right by the entrance, Diokno Pasilan’s imposing boat skeleton seems to have run aground in the museum’s sun-bathed courtyard. The main exhibition hall is populated with Ged Merino’s horseless kalesas and dismantled parts of the traditional carriage, all swathed in bursts of colorful yarn and fabric strips. The show might as well be a narcotic-fueled re-staging of an epic war’s aftermath. Except that it’s not. Through their works – Ged’s Kuwentong Kutsero and Diokno’s Boat Recollections – the artists take viewers on a journey through tender remembrances of vanishing traditions. You may also like: This impressive collection of Philippine religious imagery finally sees the light of day How Fernando Zobel saved a dying Spanish city by opening a museum Elmer Borlongan swept floors and erased blackboards to earn the privilege of … [Read more...] about The boat skeleton and horseless kalesas of Museo de Intramuros
TAIPEI - A generation ago, from mid-1995 into early 1996, China lobbed missiles in the waters around Taiwan as the self-governing island prepared to hold its first fully democratic presidential election. Washington forcefully intervened to support its ally, sending two aircraft carrier battle groups to patrol nearby. The carriers, then as now the spearhead of American power, intimidated Beijing. The vote went ahead. The missiles stopped. How China is replacing America as Asia's military titan Today, with tension again running high, Washington still backs Taiwan. Chinese President Xi Jinping on January 2 renewed Beijing's longstanding threat to use force if necessary to restore mainland control over the island. But the United States is now sending much more muted signals of support. On Sunday, American ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait. This was the seventh passage of U.S. warships through the narrow, strategically sensitive waterway since July. Each time, though, just two U.S. … [Read more...] about News China’s vast fleet is tipping the balance in the Pacific