Southeast Asia, whose potentially-rich atolls and seas are among the most sought-after areas of the world, could also become one of the most likely flashpoints that could ignite a bloody naval war if the leaders of the richest and most powerful nations of the world fail to immediately resolve the potentially-explosive situation in the South China Sea.
This developed as Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario warned last Thursday that territorial rows in Asia are "causing considerable tension that could lead to conflict" as several countries face off with China over island claims.
Speaking at a Tokyo business conference, Del Rosario said China’s "nine-dash line claim encompassing almost the entire South China Sea is "excessive."
"In addition to the South China Sea, we have in Northeast Asia, home to Asia’s biggest economic powerhouses, several disputes that have adversely affected relations between and among Japan, China and the Republic of Korea.
"The competing territorial and maritime disputes are causing considerable tension that could lead to conflict," he warned.
This time, it’s the Taiwanese who had to be on the defensive, their erring media has to apologize to Filipinos being victimized by erroneous reports by their own journalists making up false claims in their print media outlet. The Taiwanese president himself had to make assurances that no such negative stories happened and that they would not tolerate such false claims.
These apologies only goes to show that the Taiwanese themselves are taking advantage of the adverse effects that the diplomatic impasse has been taking place not only in the disputed seawaters between China and the Philippines and lately, between the Philippines and Taiwan, but also in the streets and corridors of the two Chinese territories, victimizing Filipinos right in their jurisdictions where they used to be allies being workers in their factories and industries.
Fire investigators esti-mated at least P2 million worth of properties were damaged by fire that broke out at about 6:45AM, yesterday along Lizares Avenue, Brgy. 40 in Bacolod City, near the chapel of UNO-R.
Fire Investigator 1 (FO1) Jerson Ganaba reported to NDB that three estab-lishments namely; DAAL-CO, Kabalagnan Office and Marby’s Internet Cafi damaged by fire which allegedly originated at the ceiling of the said internet cafi.
Thick black smoke attracts (L) early morning joggers and motorists along Lizares Avenue near a chapel at UNO-R yesterday when a P2M fire caused damage to properties of three establishments.* (RGT/ NDB photo)
In an apparent show of military might and superior force, Taiwan conducted a military exercise Thursday in the waters near the northern Philippines, in response to the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman after having rejected repeated apologies from Manila.
President Ma Ying-jeon of Taiwan has reiterated his view that the Philippines should take formal responsibility for the death of the 65-year-old victim, shot dead by the Philippine Coast Guards who claimed that his vessel intruded into Philippine waters.
Amid outrage in the island, Taipei has recalled its envoy and slapped sanctions on Manila, including a ban on the hiring of new Filipino workers, a travel alert urging the Taiwanese not to visit the Philippines and the suspension of high-level exchanges.
Three reelectionists and three scions of political bigwigs have been proclaimed winners in the senatorial race only three days after the May 13 midterm elections.
The partial list of senators-elect was dominated by the administration’s Team PNoy, leaving only one spot for the opposition’s United Nationalist Alliance.
Fifty-two million registered voters are expected to vote for candidates that will fill 18,053 elective positions in the May 13 national and local elections.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said this number is higher than the 50,653,828 voters that registered in 2010.
In the run-up to Monday’s midterm polls, both national and local candidates were scrambling to woo voters that are expected to troop to the 77,829 clustered precincts on Election Day.
Candidates doubled their efforts in the final leg of their campaign, especially in areas with a big number of voters. Data from the poll body revealed that Region IV-A composed of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (Calabarzon) and Region IV-B composed of Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (Mimaropa) has the most number of registered voters at 8,757,587.
In fact, Cavite is the second vote-rich province with 1,789,438, next to Cebu’s more than 2 million voters.
Next to Cavite is Pangasinan with 1,651,814; Negros Occidental, 1,574,784; Laguna, 1,525,522; Bulacan, 1,497,873; Davao del Sur, 1,491,806; Batangas, 1,444,249; Rizal, 1,382,825; and Nueva Ecija, 1,363,633. All in all, these 10 provinces account for 16 million voters.
This time, no take 2, at least on the first day of final testing and sealing of PCOS machines to be used in the elections.
The Comelec has been conducting the final testing-sealing (FTS) of PCOS machines in preparation for the May 13 midterm polls.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes supervised the first few days of FTS of the voting machines in various polling precincts of Pasay City.
"So far, so good," Brillantes said in regard to PCOS testing andsealing that were conducted at the Gotamco Elem. School.
It’s just a week before balloting day, four days for candidates to campaign, and with a number of disturbing incidents that appear to be worrisome and deserving serious consideration and analysis for voters to ponder upon, as they prepare for a trek to their polling places to cast their votes next Monday.
Apart from knowing and mastering all the basic steps how to vote with the use of the Precinct Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and finding the location of where you are supposed to cast your ballots, there are things we ought to ponder upon, namely, being vigilant on your way to the voting precincts, feeling safe, secure and bear in mind the many possibilities of unforeseen or unpredictable circumstances on the wake of what had happened the past few days.
Take for instance, those violent and near-violent incidents that we all have to be wary about, namely, the threats to an honest, orderly and peaceful elections (HOPE).
A decision to charge the Boston Marathon bombing suspect in a civilian rather than a military court means he will face the same legal process as other federal criminal defendants in the US courts.
Dzokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death.
The White House said earlier that Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen who is a naturalized US citizen, would not be treated as an enemy combatant for his alleged role in last week’s bombing attacks, which killed three people and wounded more than 200. These are the likely next steps in his case, legal experts said.
Local News: Ex-Bacolod Councilor’s Appeal to Transfer Voter’s Registration to Salvador Benedicto Granted by RTC
The Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Negros Occ. has reversed an earlier ruling of the MTCC in Bacolod City with a new judgment granting the appeal of plaintiff-appellant Joe Max S. Ortiz a former Bacolod City Councilor, to transfer his voter’s registration to Don Salvador Benedicto town, a mountain resort 42 kms east of capital city, Bacolod.
Judge Epifanio S. Libutan, Jr., acting presiding judge of the 8th Judicial Region, RTC in his decision on the SK Bacolod alderman’s appeal, ordered the election registration board of DSB to include the name of petition-appellant in the permanent list of voters in Brgy. Kumaliskis, DSB, Negros Occ.
He also directed the election officer of Bacolod City to transmit the voter’s registration records of Ortiz to the election officer of DSB.