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Political will, not emergency powers

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas For many years now, the Philippines has been confronted with the nagging problem of power shortages, and every time it becomes so critical as to threaten the economy and the people’s daily lives, politicians always call for the granting of emergency powers to the President to avert the crisis. The problem with such emergency powers is that, by Read More …

Philippines displays ancient maps to debunk China’s sea claims

Philippines' Supreme Court associate justice Antonio Carpio (L) gestures to an ancient map on display while Philippines' Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario (2nd L), Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin look on at a Catholic university in Manila September 11, 2014. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

By Manuel Mogato Reuters (Reuters) – The Philippines on Thursday put on display dozens of ancient maps which officials said showed that China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea did not include a disputed shoal at the centre of an acrimonious standoff. The Philippines is in dispute with China over parts of the South China Sea, including the Scarborough Shoal, an area believed to Read More …

Justice Carpio: China’s 9-dashed line- grand theft of Global Commons

Hainan claims to administer all the waters enclosed by the dashes from 1 to the heavy red line intersecting the dashes between 8 and 9. The enclosed waters comprise two million square kilometers. China claims a total of three million square kilometers of maritime space, and all the resources found there, out of the 3.5 million square kilometers of maritime space in the South China Sea.

Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya China’s 9-dashed line map, which was recently expanded to 10 dashes, goes against the “concept of global commons” which was the foundation of the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said in a speech delivered on the 75th Anniversary of the College of Law of the University of Read More …

Binay ‘kickback’ takes on new spin; Ex-VP friend comes up with ‘13%’ duffle bags

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 Source: Malaya Business Insight WHAT credibility can one get from this? Vice President Jejomar Binay allegedly received 13 percent in kickbacks from the projects undertaken by Makati City while he was the city mayor, former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado claimed yesterday. Testifying at the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2, Mercado said he personally delivered the Read More …

Change cannot be manipulated

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano I thought it was simple enough. I thought the usual agents of change, or those who think they are, understand the nature of change well enough. Obviously not. There was a time when the status quo was so feudal, so far right, and had been that way for a long, long time. When the time for change came, the direction Read More …

Magdalo Rep scores neglect of PH-occupied territories in Spratlys

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Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya In the power point presentation Rep. Ashley Acedillo of the Magdalo Party showed last Wednesday, he compared the massive fortification and expansion of the Chinese of their occupied reefs in the disputed Spratlys area in the South China with the miserable state of the islands and reefs occupied by the Philippines. Acedillo, in a privilege speech titled Read More …

911:The Other Side of the Truth

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By Erick San Juan While scanning the tv channels after a days work, I had the chance to watch the National Geographic Channel featuring Inside 911 (September 11,2014 8pm). It is just like a way of conditioning our mind to make believe a scenario well directed and just like a movie, made in Hollywood. Most of the information were long time published by the main Read More …

Vladimir Putin: The Return of the CommuNazi

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 Source: Townhall.com In August 1939 — 75 years ago this week — Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin signed the Hitler-Stalin Pact. In the wake of the Russo-German alliance, newspaper wits coined the term “ComunNazi.” Communist-Nazi. Yes, “red” and “brown” entwined as the dictatorships they are. The two dictators’ legions of liars hailed the deal as a peace treaty. Peace? Eastern Europeans in the dictators’ gun Read More …