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PNP looking for people behind posting of PH, Province of China banners

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking for the people behind the unauthorized display of banners in different parts of Metro Manila saying that the Philippines was a province of China. �.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesJul 12th, 2018

‘PH, Province of China’ Banners ‘Bad’ for PH-China Ties: Envoy

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on Tuesday described the ‘Welcome to the Philippines, province of China’ banners as a threat to the improving China-Philippines relations. “It is bad for bilateral relationship and it is also bad for the Filipino people,” Zhao said in a media interview during the groundbreaking ceremony for two China-aid […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

PNP tracking down those behind China province banners

Police have deployed intelligence operatives to look for the people behind the display of tarpaulin banners over footbridges in Metro Manila welcoming visitors to the “Philippines, Province of China.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

People behind viral banners may face city ordinance violations

  If identified, the people behind the unauthorized display of banners stating that the Philippines is a province of China may face charges for violating city ordinances, a Philippine National Police (PNP) official said Friday.   "There are city ordinances [in place]... you cannot just post your sentiments anywhere. Sometimes, especially if it will catch the attention of commuters," PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. said in a press briefing at Camp Crame.   "May mga batas, local ordinances na ipinapatupad ng ating local government units (LGUs) para to maintain order in our communities," he added.   (There are laws, local ordinances...Keep on reading: People behind viral banners may face city ordinance violations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Practical measures needed to curb illegal labor migration to China

LAI CHAU, Vietnam -- Many young people in the northern mountainous provinces of Lai Chau, Phu Tho and Lao Cai have rushed illegally across the border to China, leaving their parents and children behind in the hopes of finding a well-paid job to improve their lives.   Most are living in poverty, and are lured across the border by brokers' promises of jobs. Because of their illegal status, many are forced to work overtime and receive little to no payment in slave-like conditions. Some are even tortured by employers, police have said.   Figures from Lao Cai Province's Police Department showed that more than 4,940 people have illegally crossed the border to China fo...Keep on reading: Practical measures needed to curb illegal labor migration to China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Chinese ambassador: Banners ‘vicious attack’

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on Tuesday described as a "vicious attack" on now warm relations between the Philippines and China the emergence of banners declaring the Philippines a Chinese province, which were apparently a take on a joke made by President Rodrigo Duterte. "The Philippines has never been a part of China," Zhao said at the sidelines of groundbreaking rites for two bridges being funded by the Chinese government. "Not now, or ever." Last week, a number of banners bearing the words "Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China" were seen hanging from several footbridges along major thoroughfares in the capital. The stunt came on the eve of the second anniversary ...Keep on reading: Chinese ambassador: Banners ‘vicious attack’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

PH a province of China? Not now, not ever, envoy says

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua slammed the banners branding the Philippines as a "province of China," as he called these a "vicious attack" on the "independent foreign policy" pursued by President Rodrigo Duterte.   "It has never been any part ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

China industrial park explosion kills 19 – BBC News

An explosion at an industrial park in China’s Sichuan province has left 19 people dead and 12 others injured, according […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

China industrial park explosion kills 19 – BBC News

An explosion at an industrial park in China’s Sichuan province has left 19 people dead and 12 others injured, according […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Bong Go blames opposition, critics for PH as ‘province of China’ tag

  KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO --- President Duterte's special assistant blamedFridaythe President's critics for the banners welcoming visitors to the Philippines as a "province of China." The banners hanged on several footbridges in Metro Manilaon Thursday. Bong Go, who attended the opening of South Cotabato's T'nalak Festival and the 52nd foundation anniversary celebration here, told reporters President Duterte was aware of the banners as he already saw on television reports. The banners that read "Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China" made their appearance in time for the second anniversary of The Hague's ruling that invalidated China's claim to nearly ...Keep on reading: Bong Go blames opposition, critics for PH as ‘province of China’ tag.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Signs spark Philippine fury

Banners calling the Philippines a 'province of China' mysteriously appeared on bridges in Manila yesterday, sparking fury on social media on what was the second anniversary of Manila'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Metro Manila wakes up to ‘Province of China’ banners

Filipinos in Metro Manila were shocked Thursday morning to see tarpaulin banners proclaiming the Philippines as a ‘Province of China’ displayed on several footbridges. The appearance of the banners coincided with the second anniversary of the UN Arbitral Tribunal ruling that awarded sovereign rights in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) to the Philippines. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Banners welcome visitors to Philippines, province of China

Tarpaulins bearing the words “Welcome to the Philippines, province of China” were seen hanging in several footbridges in Metro Manila Thursday, two years after the country won its arbitration case against China......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

QC gov’t orders take down of China banners, review of CCTV footage

The Quezon City governmenton Thursdayordered the removal of banners that bear the message "Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China" splashed across the city.   In an advisory, the city government tasked its Public Order and Safety Department, the Parks Department, and concerned barangay officials to take down all tarpaulins stating that the Philippines is a province of China.   City administrator Aldrin Cua took to Facebook to relay a similar order. He also requested barangay officials to review their CCTV footage and identify the culprits.   "Defend our sovereignty.Review your CCTVs to identify the culprits!" he said.   Similar banners w...Keep on reading: QC gov’t orders take down of China banners, review of CCTV footage.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Palace on ‘Province of China’ tarps: You need a better gimmick than that

Enemies of the government are behind the banners that refer to the Philippines as a province of China, Malacañang claimed Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

First carrier designed in China begins sea trial

China's first domestically designed aircraft carrier set out its maiden sea trialon Sundaymorning, indicating it might not be long before it is delivered to the Chinese Navy.   The colossal vessel, which displaces 50,000 metric tons, left the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry's shipyard in Liaoning province about7 amamid thick fog with the assistance of several tugboats before navigating into the sea under its own power.   The People's Liberation Army Navy said in a statement the trial aims to demonstrate the reliability and capability of the ship's propulsion systems, adding its construction has been proceeding well.   Hu Wenming, chairman of China Shipbu...Keep on reading: First carrier designed in China begins sea trial.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Chinese man accidentally pays $23,000 for steamed bun

  People make mistakes, but it isn't everyday that someone mistakenly pays $23,000 for one order of steamed bun. This is exactly what happened to one Chinese man, after He Liuzhu, the owner of a takeaway food outlet in Zhengzhou, Henan province in China, discovered the customer electronically paid for his bun with the staggering amount of 150,000 yuan (roughly $23,000 or over P800,000). As per the Zhengzhou Evening News via The South China Morning Post last May 9, He Liuzhu is now trying to trace the customer to give him a refund. The steamed buns usually cost only 1.50 yuan (roughly 24 cents or P12). He Liuzhu believes the customer probably mistakenly entered his PIN number ...Keep on reading: Chinese man accidentally pays $23,000 for steamed bun.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

18 dead in China karaoke lounge fire, arson suspect detained

A fire tore through a karaoke lounge in southern China on Tuesday, killing 18 people and injuring five others, as authorities arrested an arson suspect who had reportedly blocked the entrance with a motorcycle.   The fire started after midnight in a three-storey building in Qingyuan City, Guangdong province, and was put out shortly before 1:00 a.m. (China time), according to the police.   A preliminary investigation found that it was caused by arson, the Qingyuan public security department said on its Weibo social media account.   The suspect got into an argument, then used a motorcycle to block the building's door and started the fire, state broadcaster ...Keep on reading: 18 dead in China karaoke lounge fire, arson suspect detained.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

JUSTICE! Eight years after ‘Maguindanao massacre,’ justice still elusive for families of victims

COTABATO CITY – Families of 58 people brutally killed in Maguindanao province continue to cry for justice eight years after 200 gunmen, believed to be followers of the Ampatuan clan, massacred the victims, 32 of them media workers.  The massacre occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009 while supporters and family members of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu were heading to the office of the Commission on Elections to file his candidacy for governor of Maguindanao and challenging Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was the patriarch of a clan that long held power in the province.  Mangudadatu invited journalists to cover the event and also to protect his group against alleged threats by the Ampatuans. Mangudadatu himself did not go with the convoy for fear that he would be ambushed and instead sent his wife and sisters and supporters to represent him.  True enough, a large group of armed men, many of them militias and policemen, taking orders from the alleged mastermind, Andal, flagged down the convoy on the highway of Shariff Aguak town, the clan’s stronghold, and held all in the group at gunpoint and brought the victims to a remote location in Ampatuan town and raked them all with automatic weapons. Andal’s son and namesake, Andal, Jr., then mayor of Datu Unsay town, and another son, Zaldy Ampatuan, then the regional governor, and several other clan members along with dozens more are now in jail after being implicated in the massacre. The accused have all denied the charges against them. And many witnesses to the gruesome crime had been killed while others were allegedly bribed to prevent them from testifying. The slow progress of the cases is also putting a stress – both psychologically and spiritually – to the families of those who perished in the massacre.  Murders Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said justice remains as elusive as it was 8 years ago and that journalists continue to be murdered with impunity with 178 murdered since 1986 – the last five killed in the year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.  It said of the 198 massacre suspects, only 115 have been arrested and 112 have been arraigned and that four had died in the course of the proceedings, including primary suspect Andal Sr.  Out of the 112, NUJP said 70 were allowed by the court to post bail, including Andal Sr.’s youngest son, Sajid Islam, who was freed in 2015 after posting P11.6-million bail. This number also included 17 police officers who were allowed by the court to post bail because of weak evidence.  As of July 11, 2017, it said 102 of the accused remain in detention, including main suspects Andal Jr.; Zaldy and also Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay, then the police chief of the 15th Regional Mobile Group that was conducting the checkpoint when the convoy was stopped by gunmen.  “We have been informed that with only three more principal accused in the massacre trial still to present their witnesses, it would be reasonable to hope for a resolution by next year. We do hope so and pray it will be a triumph for justice. However, the numbers do not offer too much reason for optimism.”  “But as we have pointed out before, notwithstanding its shocking magnitude, the Ampatuan massacre was not an aberration but an inevitable result of the rotten system of governance that afflicts our country. It is a governance of expediency by which all presidents, bar none, court the loyalty of the warlords, crime lords and corrupt clans who infest Philippine politics and rule their bailiwicks like fiefdoms, because this is the only way they can rule effectively,” NUJP said.  Impunity Lawyer Jose Begil Jr, of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, said the massacre could potentially go down in history as one of the most long-drawn high profile cases, despite the Justice Department’s declaration that the case is now on its tail end.  He recalled that the late Senator Joker Arroyo had predicted that the trial could take 200 years with nearly 200 defendants and 300 witnesses. “Additionally, prosecution witnesses have either been killed under questionable circumstances, are missing, or were intimidated,” Begil said. “Eight years have passed, justice is nowhere in sight,” Begil said, adding, the culture of impunity, still pervades the Duterte government.  “The Arroyo government was responsible for this impunity against journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. The Aquino government failed to deliver on its promise to attain justice for the victims. And now, the Duterte government has simply expanded this culture of impunity, this time not only against journalists but to drug offenders, and more viciously against human rights activists,” Begil said.  Letter to Pope In 2014, family members of journalists who perished in the massacre had written a letter addressed to Pope Francis and read by Grace Morales during the 5th commemoration of the killings in Ampatuan town.  Grace is the widow of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, circulation manager and publisher of News Focus, who was among those killed.  The letter reads: “Kami ay mga asawa, anak, magulang at kapatid ng mga pinaslang sa bayan ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong ika -23 ng Nobyembre 2009. Ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay kasama sa masaker kung saan 58 ang nasawi kabilang ang 32 mamahayag.  Taun-taon ay bumabalik kami rito sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

ISIS militants, hostages escape Marawi mosque

MARAWI CITY – Dozens of local ISIS militants and their hostages managed to escape undetected from a mosque they used to attack security forces in the besieged city of Marawi.  The daring escape was only discovered after troops managed to advance and eventually recaptured the mosque from militants on Thursday hours before President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Marawi. The military trumpeted the “liberation” of the mosque, but it did not say how ISIS fighters and their captives managed to escape from thousands of troops who surrounded Marawi, and spy planes and drones monitoring the siege since May 23.  The fate of the hostages, including a Catholic priest and church workers, remains unknown.  Duterte, wearing a Kevlar helmet and a bullet-proof vest, inspected troops in the battlefront and spoke to them. “The President also congratulated the troops for defending Marawi from terror elements and for successfully retaking the Islamic Center yesterday, a structure that was maintained as the Daesh-inspired terrorist group's command and control for the longest time before it was retaken,” said Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command.  It was his 3rd visit to Marawi since the fighting began when militants occupied the city in an effort to put up an Islamic province in the restive region. Security officials also briefed Duterte on the progress of the military operations against the militants.  In his talk with the soldiers, Duterte assured his full support to the military and police forces fighting ISIS. “I would like to reiterate this, I will never abandon you as long as you are doing the right thing. This would include fighting against the terrorists groups, the drug lords or the common criminals as long as you are doing your sworn duty to enforce the law and protect the republic. Let me emphasize however that you must do your job in accordance with the law,” he said.  Duterte was accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano and Army Chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda.  Oust Duterte  His visit to the battlefield came days after disgruntled soldiers and policemen who are members of a shadowy group called Patriotic and Democratic Movement or PADEM called for the ouster of Duterte. They accused Duterte of treating the military and police as his private armies and for betraying and violating public trust and cited 10 reasons to call for his ouster. The group also urged Filipinos to join PADEM in condemning and fighting Duterte and his administration and to stage mass actions and demand the President’s ouster. In a manifesto, Antonio Bonifacio, who claimed to be PADEM’s spokesman, called on members of the military and police to also join the people in demanding Duterte’s resignation and also his administration. It said the group is working for the withdrawal military and police support for Duterte.  “We urge all Filipinos as individuals and as groups in whatever social sector, field, institution or organization to exercise their right of assembly and expression to undertake mass actions demanding the ouster of Duterte and his administration. We call on our fellow officers and members of the AFP and the PNP to join the people in demanding the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.” “We pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilization of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration. Upon the change of administration, we pledge to follow the principle of civilian supremacy and support a new civilian administration, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the rule of law,” the manifesto, released by Bonifacio – believed to be a nom de guerre – said. PADEM also condemned and holds accountable for gross crimes in betrayal of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people. It cited the following reasons as alleged crimes of Duterte:   Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers; Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects; Condoning and protecting top-level illegal drug lords; Emboldening/inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction; Aggravating corruption in government and criminality through the collusion of Duterte trustees and crime syndicates; Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philippine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Bungling the operations in Marawi City and indiscriminately destroying lives and property through aerial bombings, artillery and mortar; Favoring certain Chinese businessmen and Duterte relatives and cronies in the award of projected infrastructure projects using loans from China; Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2017

Asia under water: How 137 million people’s lives are being put at risk – CNN News

Khorsheeda Khatun had been left with nothing &'8212; then that too was washed away. The 28-year-old fled her home country of Myanmar in January with her two daughters, escaping the latest outbreak of violence, and was living in the Kutupalang Makeshift Settlement in Bangladesh when cyclone Mora arrived five months later and displaced up to 500,000 people. &'8220;My house was shattered. It broke the wooden planks supporting my hut and blew away the polythene rooftop. The wind and water destroyed whatever little possessions we had,&'8221; she told UNICEF workers in June. Several weeks later, across the Himalayas in South China, over 12 million people were forced to flee their homes as flood waters rose for yet another year. In China's southeastern Jiangxi province alone, flooding this year has so far caused $430 million in damages and economic losses. In neighboring Hunan province, 53,000 homes have been destroyed &'8212; and the flooding has yet to fully recede. Increasingly severe weather, triggered by climate change, is putting hundreds of millions of people at risk across the rapidly developing countries of southern Asia. &'8220;In the next 30 years, it is projected that heavy rainfall events will be increasing &' in Asia, by about 20% for sure,&'8221; climate scientist Dewi Kirono at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) told CNN. Southern Asia is already the wettest area on the continent and one of the wettest regions in the world,receiving an average of at least 1000mm of rainfall a year. As the rains fall harder, more than 137 million people in India, Bangladesh and China will be put at risk of coastal or inland flooding, more people than in the rest of the Asia-Pacific combined, a study in 2012 found. Aggravating flooding through poor drainage and short-sighted planning is the sprawling, rapid urban growth across South Asia, built to accommodate the millions of rural residents moving to cities. &'8220;You still have to have proper draining. It was a green field and now it's an urban area. Quite often, if you don't do that, (because) you've concreted everything the flood run-off is so much higher and the deaths are much worse,&'8221; Oxford University visiting fellow and WWF advisor Paul Sayers told CNN. The majority of flood-related deaths and injuries worldwide since 1950 have been in three countries: China, India and Bangladesh. According to statistics from Belgium's Universite Catholique de Louvain's Emergency Events Database, since 1950, more than 2.2 million people in these countries have been killed by flooding. That includes the estimated two million people who died during the disastrous 1959 floods in China. The world's leading authority of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), wrote in its latest report the Asia region was already suffering &'8220;huge economic losses&'8221; from weather and climate disasters, with one quarter of the entire world's economic losses from disasters in Asia alone. As flood swept through central China in July 2017, leaving devastation in its wake and almost 90 people dead or missing, locals took to Weibo to express their horror. &'8220;The road is blocked, the electricity is downed, water is polluted, no phone signal is detected, elderly (people) and children are waiting for food,&'8221; said one user living in Shilong Village in Hunan province. Photos accompanying the post showed cracked walls, piles of trash and mud everywhere. &'8220;The major district has turned to a dead city,&'8221; another user said. Almost every year in the past decade, more than 1,000 people have died in China, India and Bangladesh from flooding, according to the Database, and millions of dollars in damage has been done. The problem centers around three of the great Himalayan rivers of South and East Asia: The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Yangtze. About 500 million people, or 50% of the population in India and Bangladesh, and about 300 million people, or about 25% of the population of China, live within the flood basins of these three rivers. Taken together, the three waterways support an estimated 14% of the world's total population. In China alone, the enormous Yangtze flood plain, full of fertile soil and easy river access, is responsible forabout 40% of China's GDP. &'8220;Many Asian cities, and especially some megacities, have been built in the deltas of major rivers where ports could link the cities to the global economy,&'8221; a report by the Asian Development Bank in 2012 said. When the heavy rains higher up in the flood plains flow into these rivers, water levels rise dramatically &'8212; and floodwaters pour into the surrounding cities and towns. For example, this year, torrential rains caused a Yangtze tributary in Hunan to rise a record 3.2 meters above the warning level, bursting its banks and swamping crops and houses. Still, these factors have been here for years. Why is the danger growing now? Flooding in urban environments is more costly in terms of lives and loss of property because without a natural way to disperse the floodwaters they can cause damage &'8220;beyond the scope of the actual (flood),&'8221; experts say. &'8220;A lot of the urbanization &' has happened in a largely unplanned matter. For instance they don't have risks adequately taken into account, they don't invest enough in sustainable drainage,&'8221; Abhas Jha, the World Bank sector manager for Transport, Urban and Disaster Risk Management for East Asia and the Pacific, said. Of course the huge rush of rural residents to China and India's cities hasn't helped, as cities expand deeper into floodplains and build hurriedly to accommodate their citizens. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2017