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Duterte: China vessels near disputed waters not violating PH sovereignty


DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte said Chinese vessels sailing near disputed waters off the Philippines did not violate the country’s sovereignty, saying ships from other nations would be welcome to dock in Philippine ports. Mr. Duterte made the statement in reaction to reports the Chinese have been setting up radar and other surveillance installations […]

Posted: March 19th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

China stays mum on its defense budget


BEIJING — China in recent years has responded to calls for greater military transparency by releasing its defense budget. Not this year, it seems. The defense and finance ministries did not immediately respond to questions about why the government failed to provide a figure for its annual military spending at the opening of its rubber-stamp […]

Posted: March 5th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Duterte urged: Assert PH rights in South China Sea


Senior officials of a Washington-based think tank group stressed the importance of asserting the arbitral tribunal’s ruling on the South China Sea, expressing skepticism over a code of conduct being pursued by member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). In a press conference on Thursday’s closing reception of the Center for Strategic and […]

Posted: March 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized | Read More »

Google developer expert to IT sector: Make talent pool better


THE Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry in the Philippines, one which relies heavily on the quality of its workforce, needs to pay attention to making its talent pool better or risk getting left behind in the global economy. Albert Padin, the only recognized Google developer expert in the country, said keeping updated with technology […]

Posted: February 22nd, 2017 in Enterprise | Read More »

Friendship month


I log in to my Facebook account, and I see a video. It is friend’s day, website administrators say, so they have produced a music video of a dancing, man-like figure made of photos of my closest Facebook friends. At the end of the video, I read this note: “Your friends make you, you.” * […]

Posted: February 10th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Pagasa: Bising unlikely to make landfall


TROPICAL Depression “Bising” has a little chance of making landfall in the Philippines, according to Romeo Aguirre, weather specialist of Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Mactan. Aguirre said that Cebu will be cloudy today but less chance of rain. “Bising has also recurved because of the high pressure area coming from China,” […]

Posted: February 4th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

1M Sino tourists, more trade partnerships seen


The new Consul General of the People’s Republic of China is expecting at least 1 million Chinese tourists to visit the Philippines and more trade partnerships between the two countries this year. With the enhanced relationships between both countries, Consul General Shi Yong said that this year would mark the start of more trading partnerships, […]

Posted: January 22nd, 2017 in Enterprise | Read More »

More direct Cebu–China flights in 2017


Tourism and business opportunities await Cebu as more direct flights are launched from China to the southern Philippine province in 2017. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in a statement quoting Xiamen Air Travel general manager Deng Dongtao, said the airline announced additional direct flights from China to Cebu this year. “That’s great news to […]

Posted: January 18th, 2017 in Enterprise | Read More »

China will ‘take the gloves off’ over Taiwan — media


BEIJING — China is running out of patience with Donald Trump’s stance on Taiwan, state media said on Monday, and will “take the gloves off” if he keeps challenging the One China policy. The US president-elect told the Wall Street Journal over the weekend the longstanding policy was up for negotiation, in his latest comment […]

Posted: January 16th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Sinulog 2017: Taboan troupe performs South China Sea-themed dance


There was one dance troupe this year that dared to touch on a sensitive subject during their Sinulog 2017 performance at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC). The Taboan Buwad Festival’s contingent performed to a theme of Chinese-Philippine friendship. They opened with the Chinese coast guard and Philippine fishing boats traversing what is presumably the […]

Posted: January 15th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »