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PHL-China joint oil exploration in West PhilippineSea, more beneficial than Malampaya joint venture – DFA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

MANILA. Philippines — It was in 1986 when the plan for a joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea was first raised between Chairman Deng Xiaoping and former President Corazon Aquino.

The project did not push through because the Constitution that time was newly revised.

Also, the plan was halted by decades of government transitions.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said that since the issue is now surfacing, he assures that the project will adhere with the provisions of the law.
“The Philippines will take a very conservative approach. Meaning we will interpret the provisions of the Constitution to be restrictive and to be beneficial to the Filipino people,” he said.

Cayetano did not mention any detail regarding his negotiation with China and there are no formal talks yet between the two countries about the issue.

What he mentioned from his talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was the possibility of creating a framework for a possible agreement.

“So we’re exploring if we can explore, right? It’s like a casual relationship, not an intimate one. It’s like we’re on a getting-to-know-stage or if there’s hope to push through with the project,” he said.

Cayetano believes it will take a long time to possibly realize a joint exploration in West Philippine Sea, taking into consideration a possible destabilization among South East Asian countries that also claim portions of the territory. — Macky Libradilla | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Trump brags of his five-nation Asia tour as a “tremendous success”

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017


In a televised speech, US President Donald Trump bragged his five-nation Asia tour as a tremendous success claiming America is back as a global leader.

“The days of the United States being taken advantage of are over. Other countries treat America with the respect that our country so richly deserves,” said Trump.

Trump returned on Tuesday night, from a tour that took him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The president claimed to have won agreement from countries in the region to exert “maximum pressure” on North Korea in its development of nuclear weapons in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

He also mentioned of other accomplishments that resulted from his meeting with ASEAN and other partner countries such as paving the way for a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, and insisted on “free and reciprocal” trade relations with the Pacific Rim.

“At ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, we made it clear that no one owns the ocean. Freedom of navigation and overflight are critical to the security and prosperity of all nations,” said the US president.

On his trip to the Philippines, Trump vowed to deepen the US ties with the Philippines and preserve the long-standing alliance the following rift from his predecessor, citing the US help during the war in Marawi City.

“During our visit, President Duterte of the Philippines thanked the American people and our armed forces for supporting the recent liberation of Marawi from ISIS,” said Trump. — Reuters

 

 

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World leaders praised the Philippines on how it hosted the ASEAN Summit

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — “We also would like to thank the Philippines also for its chairmanship achievements under each of the three ASEAN pillars including the finalization of a framework on a Code of Conduct of parties in the South China Sea,” said Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong.

Several significant agreements were also signed in the summit, including the ASEAN declaration on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers, which will benefit more than 200,000 Filipinos working in other ASEAN countries.

Also agreed upon was the crafting of the code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea which is expected to assuage the tension in the disputed waters.

In the program, Get It straight with Daniel Razon, PCOO Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan stressed that the country has benefited a lot from the ASEAN Summit.

“ ‘Nakakain ba ang ASEAN?’ Iyan ang tanong sa atin. Hindi nakakain ang ASEAN pero yung produkto ng ASEAN pwedeng makain natin(Can you eat ASEAN? That what they ask us. We cannot eat ASEAN but we can eat the products created by ASEAN),” said Ablan.

“Halimbawa sa larangan ng ekonomiya, pag bumibili tayo ng bagay-bagay sa palengke o sa supermarket, di niyo ba na notice na medyo bumaba na ang presyo ng mga produkto na galing sa ibang ASEAN member states? Malaki ang binaba. Hindi po smuggled yun. Dala po yun ng ASEAN kasi nagkaroon po ng agreement ang sampu, yung free trade natin wala pong papatawan ng tax,” said Ablan.

(Translation: For example, in the field of economics, when you buy goods in the market or supermarket, have you not noticed the decrease in prices of goods that are from ASEAN member states? There is a significant decrease. These are not smuggled goods. It was made possible by the ASEAN through the free trade agreement between the 10 member-states; no taxes will be imposed.)

The cut down on airfare going to and from ASEAN member states is also a result of the summit.

Ablan stressed that, although guaranteed, other benefits from the ASEAN Summit will not be immediately felt.

“Hindi niyo nararamdaman overnight (It will not be realized overnight). It takes time pero (but) the way everything is cheaper now, it is the result of a collaboration such as ASEAN,” said the assistant secretary.

The government spending for the ASEAN Summit has totaled to more than 15 billion pesos.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), however, clarified that the said fund had not been used only for this week’s gathering of leaders but also since the beginning of the country’s preparations wherein several ASEAN meetings had also taken place. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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Trudeau presses rule of law, raises human rights issues with Duterte

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

MANILA, Philippine – Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said he raised the issue of human rights and extrajudicial killings during a conversation with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who was “receptive” to his comments.

“All throughout, it was a cordial and positive exchange,” he said.

Trudeau said Canada had a reputation for being frank in discussing issues like the rule of law and human rights with partners everywhere.

“I emphasized the people-to-people ties between Canada and the Philippines and the great connection there but I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law, specifically the extrajudicial killings being an issue Canada is concerned with,” he added.

Meanwhile, the trash issue was also one of the topics of concern. Trudeau emphasized that he does not disregard the issue. In fact, his government is finding an appropriate solution to the problem. However, there are certain matters that need to be settled first.

“Canadian legal regulations prevented us from being able to receive the waste back in Canada even though it originally came from Canada we had legal barriers and restrictions,” he said.

Meanwhile, DENR-Environment Management Bureau chief, Geri Geronimo Sanchez confirmed that cases were already filed against the consignee of the waste shipment from Canada.

He added that the shipments contain non-hazardous but recyclable materials, therefore, they do not violate the country’s environmental laws.

“We have filed and the criminal case is ongoing so I cannot really share much of what will happen but there is already a court order to return it to the Canada,” Sanchez said.

Only 26 of the 55 containers of waste shipment remain in the country. – Angela Lagunzad | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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