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?
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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?
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
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a fresh warning against lending and financing companies that fail to register and disclose their online lending platforms (OLPs). As it continues to weed out abusive OLP operators, the SEC said in an advisory dated June 22 that it would revoke the licenses of all noncompliant entities. In 2019, the SEC required all lending and financing companies to report their OLPs and register their business names. They were also directed to display on their advertisements and OLPs their respective corporate names, SEC registration numbers and certificate of authority numbers. Lending and financing companies were also required to disclose to their borrowers the interest rates and all other charges before the consummation of loan transactions, as mandated by the Truth in Lending Act or Republic Act No. 3765. Under this law, lending and financing companies must include in their advertisements and OLPs an advisory for prospective borrowers ... » Learn More about SEC steps up campaign vs illegal online lenders
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Facebook announced on Friday, January 11, it was banning digital marketing group Twinmark Media Enterprises from the platform for violating its policies. Twinmark is the company behind Trending News Portal, the top website shared by former Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, according to data gathered by Rappler. (READ: What is Mocha Uson's top source of news? ) According to Facebook's Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, Twinmark organization has repeatedly violated Facebook’s misrepresentation and spam policies – through, among others, coordinated inauthentic behavior, the use of fake accounts, leading people to ad farms, and selling access to Facebook Pages to artificially increase distribution and generate profit. “We do not want our services to be used for this type of behavior, nor do we want the group to be able to reestablish a presence on ... » Learn More about PH company banned by Facebook spread lies, used fake accounts
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
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
PETALING JAYA: The construction industry needs its supply chain for critical and essential construction works, but this has been disrupted since the lockdown was imposed, says the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM). Its president Tan Sri Sufri Mohd Zin said that because of this, the government should allow those in the construction industry's supply chain to resume work. "Since the start of the full movement control order, the supply chain has been disrupted. "Quarries were not allowed to operate, supply of building materials such as aggregates had decreased, and the few ready-mixed concrete batching plants allowed to operate cannot meet the supply of concrete to contractors. "The allowed critical construction works that are still in operation throughout this lockdown are facing low stocks, he said, adding that if it persisted, essential construction work would not be able to continue. Sufri added that projects such as LRT3 and MRT will be severely affected if supply ... » Learn More about Construction industry supply chain affected by lockdown, says Builders Association
A 20-year-old Singaporean named Amirull bin Ali was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in March 2021 for planning to carry out a violent attack on Jewish members of the Maghain Aboth Synagogue at Waterloo Street. Amirull, a former full-time National Serviceman (NSF) in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), had also planned to travel to Gaza in Palestine to join the military wing of Hamas and fight against Israel. Road to radicalisation Amirull's interest in the Palestine-Israel conflict began sometime in 2014, after watching a video which showed Palestinians being bombed by Israeli fighter jets. According to a press release from the Internal Security Department (ISD): "His subsequent online research into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict convinced him that Israel was oppressing Palestinians and also deepened his hatred for Israel." In 2015, he read a book that glorified the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (AQB), Hamas's military wing, and supported them. ... » Learn More about S’porean former NSF detained under ISA planned to attack Jews at synagogue with a knife, travel overseas to fight Israel
A study by researchers from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has found that Singaporeans with more empathy are likely to be more environmentally-friendly as well. The findings, revealed on Mar. 9, come in response to the growing importance of reducing energy to tackle climate change. According to the study by PhD student Swati Sharma and Associate Professor from the Nanyang Business School Georgios Christopoulos, the residential sector is forecast to become the biggest energy-consuming sector by late 2030. To reduce energy consumption in households, it is key to examine and better understand Singaporean's attitudes and behaviours about the topic. Will spend on energy-saving options even if they cost more The study was conducted via an online questionnaire, surveying 520 resident Singaporeans from Feb. 2019 to Mar. 2019. The sample included a large number of homeowners (87 per cent), close to the national average (91 per cent). Typically, the main ... » Learn More about S’poreans with more empathy prioritise the environment over money & comfort of family: NTU study