Politics & Government

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana takes part in an interview at the defence offices in Manila on Feb. 7, 2017. (AFP Photo)

SOURCE: DAILY SABAH WITH WIRES Filippino President Rodrigo Duterte has given the green light to the U.S. military to build barracks and fuel depots in designated local camps where American forces are allowed to temporarily station under a 2014 defense pact, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday. The move is considered surprising as Duterte threatened last month to abrogate the agreement if the U.S. stores Read More …

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on U.S. withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership while flanked by Vice President Mike Pence (L) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (R) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 23, 2017.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick | WASHINGTON REUTERS The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has warned would require Washington to “wage war.” The comments at a briefing from White House spokesman Sean Spicer signaled a sharp Read More …

Trump, Putin cited in doomsday warning

By Sarah Karacs, for CNN (CNN)We are creeping closer to the apocalypse, according to a panel of scientists and scholars. The Chicago-based Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved the “Doomsday Clock,” a symbolic countdown to the end of the world, to two and a half minutes to midnight. It marks the first time since 1953 — after hydrogen bomb tests in the US and then Read More …

Alvarez-and-Bato

By Dharel Placido ABS-CBN News MANILA – No less than House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is calling for the resignation of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, following the killing of a Korean allegedly at the hands of rogue cops. “Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa should immediately resign as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to save President Rodrigo Duterte from Read More …

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Source: RT.COM Should Donald Trump break the “one-China” policy after taking office, the Chinese people will call on the government to “take revenge,” Beijing’s unofficial mouthpiece warned shortly after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen made a stopover in Houston. “Trump is yet to be inaugurated, and there is no need for Beijing to sacrifice bilateral ties for the sake of Taiwan. But in case he tears Read More …

edgar-matobato

By Jennifer Cruz CNN A 57-year-old man who claims he previously worked as a hitman under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently spoke out in an interview, revealing some grueling details of his job. Edgar Matobato says he was a member of the “Davao Death Squad” when Duterte was mayor of the city long before his presidency began and he was hired by Duterte to provide Read More …

The United States should be blamed for failing to thwart China’s expansion in the South China Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday. PPD/Ace Morandante

By Alexis Romero The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – The United States should be blamed for failing to thwart China’s expansion in the South China Sea, President Duterte said yesterday. The US failure to stop China’s island-building showed there was no serious concern about its militarization or reclamation work. The firebrand leader reiterated he wanted to avoid confrontation with China and saw no need for Read More …

Philip Goldberg

By DR. DANTE A. ANG The Manila Times LISBON, PORTUGAL: The Philippines may be in for another rough ride in 2017. Not only did former United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg leave the Philippines with a legacy of fractured relations between the two countries, he allegedly left behind a “blueprint to undermine Duterte,” a strategic recommendation ostensibly to the State Department for the ultimate removal of Read More …

Anastasia Lin in Toronto last year. The Chinese authorities later blocked her from attending the Miss World pageant in China. (Ian Willms for The New York Times)

By ANDREW JACOBS The New York Times After the Chinese authorities blocked the Canadian beauty queen Anastasia Lin from attending the 65th annual Miss World pageant in China last year, the event’s British organizers offered her a consolation prize, of sorts: They promised to allow her a chance to compete in the 2016 finals, which are currently underway in suburban Washington. What they did not Read More …

Nuclear-arsenals-map

By Javier Zarracina Los Angeles Times Nuclear weapons   North America’s nuclear weapons are delivered via a “triad” of land, sea and air systems.  http://www.latimes.com/la-na-g-nuclear-arsenals-20141110-htmlstory.html