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20th November 2016
Duterte praises idol Putin; rants about US 'bullying'
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 8:36 pm

(By Sun Star Manila | 20 Nov 2016)

President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the Apec forum in Lima, Peru (AP)
President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the
Apec forum in Lima, Peru (AP) 

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte did not hide his admiration to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima, Peru.

For the first time, Duterte met face to face with Putin at the Swissotel Hotel Sunday.

"I have been looking for this moment to meet you, Mr. President, not only because you represent a great country but of your leadership too," he said.

Earlier, Duterte said he wanted to make friends with Putin.

Duterte told the Russian leader that despite the distance, the Philippines has "been longing" to be part of Europe, especially in commerce and trade.

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Malaysia alerts Philippines of new kidnapping
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 4:10 pm

(By Roel Pareño (philstar.com) | )

ZAMBOANGA CITY --- Malaysian authorities alerted its military counterpart in the southern part of the Philippines about the latest kidnapping of two sailors seized Friday off Semporna, Sabah.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said they received information from Malaysian authorities late Friday night about the abduction about 7:30 p.m. at the vicinity of Merabong Waters near Kunak district.
 
Tan said five heavily armed gunmen aboard a speed boat intercepted a Malaysian-registry fishing trawler and seized its skipper identified as Saparuddin Kone and his crew Sawal Maryam.
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Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines unite against Abu Sayyaf
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 11:41 am

(By / 11:41 AM November 20, 2016)

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The three countries will hold joint military training for their army personnel starting January 2017 to fight terror group Abu Sayyaf and secure the Sulu Sea from rampant piracy.

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have agreed to initiate joint army training to advance efforts to secure the Sulu Sea from rampant piracy.

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu explained that each of the countries would first begin its own army personnel training in January 2017 before conducting the joint training later in the year.

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22nd March 2016
Thousands of OFWs leave Saudi
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on March 22, 2016, 11:05 am

(By Nelson S. Badilla, 22 March 2016, 11:05 pm)

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday virtually admitted that thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will be displaced.

But DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz however gave assurances that the affected OFWs from three big firms will receive their wages, including back pay, and their benefits.
The financially troubled firms are the Mohammad Al Mojil Group of Company (MMG), Saudi Oger Ltd. and the Saudi Binladen Group (SBLG).

Baldoz said Filipino labor officials headed by Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad 3rd and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Director Albert Valenciano have sought assistance from Saudi Arabian labor officials and also requested the three beleaguered firms’ officials to pay the wages and benefits of the affected OFWs.

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12th September 2014
Australia raises terror alert level to 'high' on Mideast fears
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on September 12, 2014, 12:49 pm

(By AFP | Sep 12, 2014, 12:49 pm)

SYDNEY, September 12, 2014 (AFP) - Australia on Friday raised the terror threat level to "high" for the first time in a decade, on concerns about Australians returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.

The heightened alert after years on "medium" officially means a "terrorist attack is likely".

"There are people with the intent and the capability to mount attacks here in Australia," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told a press conference.

The lifting of the threat level was "not based on knowledge of a specific attack plan but rather a body of evidence that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack in Australia", Abbott added in a joint statement with Attorney-General George Brandis.

"Security and intelligence agencies are concerned about the increasing number of Australians working with, connected to, or inspired by terrorist groups such as ISIL (Islamic State), Jabhat al-Nusrah, and al-Qaeda," he said.

"The threat they pose has been increasing for more than a year."

The government believes up to 60 Australians are fighting alongside jihadists for Islamic State, while another 100 were actively working to support the movement at home.

The decision came two days after Australian police raided an Islamic centre in Brisbane and charged two men for alleged involvement in recruiting and sending jihadist fighters to Syria.

Abbott said Australians "should continue to go about their lives" despite the increased alert, although security would be heightened.

"What people will probably notice is more security at airports, more security at ports, more security at military bases, more security at government buildings and more security at public events," he said.

Australia's government recently announced a Aus$630 million counter-terrorism package that would boost support for security agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, spy agencies and customs.


30th August 2014
Volcanic Alert: Volcanoes waking up in Iceland, Papua New Guinea, Philippines
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on August 30, 2014, 2:03 pm


7th August 2014
First Filipino-American to command an aircraft carrier takes helm of USS Lincoln from brother-in-law
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on August 7, 2014, 6:55 pm

(By Ali Rockett, Daily Press | 6:55 P.M.. 7 Aug 2014)

NEWPORT NEWS --- Capt. Ronald Ravelo relieved his brother-in-law, Capt. Karl Thomas, as commander of the USS Abraham Lincoln Thursday --- a change of command considered unprecedented for the U.S. Navy.

Ravelo also became the first Filipino-American to take command of a carrier. Thomas, the outgoing commander of the Lincoln, will lead the USS Carl Vinson, which is preparing for deployment from San Diego later this month.

"I really couldn't think of a better officer to follow," Ravelo said after the ceremony.

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2nd December 2013
OPERATION DAMAYAN AND A FORWARD-LOOKING PH-US ALLIANCE
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on December 2, 2013, 10:01 am

(By Justin Goldman and Ava Patricia C. Avila Posted on 12/02/2013 10:00 AM  | Updated 12/02/2013 10:01 AM)

 
FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. U.S. Marine Capt. Joseph White (L) and Philippine army Pfc. Vic D. Victorlano (R)
carry USAID relief supplies from an MV-22 Osprey in Basey, Samar, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2013. Photo by the
US Department of Defense/US Marine Corps Capt. Caleb Eames

The immediate aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has resulted in a flurry of activity to provide relief of the suffering of longtime US ally, the Philippines.  This occurs at a complicated time in a region filled with tension emanating from territorial disputes, many of which are centered on contested claims with China, including Beijing’s recent announcement of their Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea.  However, China remains an important economic partner for countries with whom it has disputes, including the Philippines.  This tension has led several regional countries to call for an increased US military presence, but the sustainability of that US presence has been questioned.  The extensive deployment of US forces for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in support of a vulnerable ally that lies within the aptly named “ring for fire” sends an important signal that the US remains able to respond to contingencies.

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7th November 2013
Strongest typhoon of the year slams Philippines
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 7, 2013, 8:15 pm

(By Jim Gomez, Associated Press, 7 Nov 2013)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines Friday, cutting communications and blocking roads in the center of the country amid worries of serious damage and casualties.

Telephone lines appeared down as it was difficult to get through to the landfall site 650 kilometers (405 miles) southeast of Manila where Typhoon Haiyan slammed into a rural area of the country.

Weather officials said that Haiyan had sustained winds at 235 kilometers (147 miles) per hour, with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall at Eastern Samar province's Guiuan township.

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14th October 2013
Philippines Takes China's Sea Claims to Court
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on October 14, 2013, 12:40 pm

(By Andrew Browne, The Wall Street Journal, 12:40 pm ET, 14 Oct 2013)

Beijing has said it will ignore proceedings at the United Nations' tribunal, preferring to settle matters bilaterally. The WSJ's Andrew Browne and Enda Curran discuss possible outcomes for the Philippines and China in the South China Sea dispute.

Paul Reichler, a Washington-based lawyer, has spent much of his career representing small countries against big ones: Nicaragua versus the U.S.; Georgia versus Russia; Mauritius versus the U.K., Bangladesh versus India.

His first big victory made headlines in the 1980s when the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that U.S. support for Contra rebels trying to overthrow the left-wing Sandinista government of Nicaragua violated international law.

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Headlines >>
Malaysia alerts Philippines of new kidnapping, November 20, 2016, 4:10 pm

Thousands of OFWs leave Saudi, March 22, 2016, 11:05 am

 
 
 
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