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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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Palace on alleged Chinese weather stations in WPS: Diplomatic process will be taken

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of China occupied Subi Reef at Spratly Islands in disputed South China Sea April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Francis Malasig/Pool

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is unfazed by reports that allegedly the Chinese government has already installed weather facilities in some of the artificial islands in the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said such report needs to be verified first.

“We have to get the confirmation of that because that is merely a news report,” Panelo said.

Knowledge on the alleged weather stations were recently heard from Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang who said: “China has begun operating a maritime observation center, a meteorological observatory and a national environmental and air quality monitoring station on reefs of the Nansha Islands.”

“These projects are designed to observe the maritime, hydrological, meteorological conditions and air qualities and provide such services as maritime warning and forecast, tsunami alert, weather forecast, air quality forecast and disaster prevention and relief,” the Chinese official added.

In case the report is true, the Duterte administration will definitely act on the matter.

“Certainly, the DFA will do its work and make the necessary diplomatic process,” Panelo assured.

Meanwhile, Malacañang has no specific details yet on the three joint exploration agreement that is supposed to be signed between the Philippines and China during the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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China makes key breakthroughs in space station development

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

 

Animation on China’s Tiangong space station | REUTERS

China has made key technological breakthroughs in developing its Tiangong Space Station, as announced at the 5th Manned Space Conference, which opened on Tuesday in Xi’an, the capital city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

The Tianhe core capsule of the space station will exhibit in full size at the upcoming 12th Zhuhai Airshow which runs from Nov 6-11.

The China-developed space station consists of a core capsule and two experiment modules. It can hold three astronauts and a maximum of six during change of the crew members.

China has long been making preparations for constructing and launching the space station. For example, it will launch the Long March-5B carrier rocket into space in 2019 to help carry the core module and experiment modules to the space station.

“Currently, we are making steady progress in the space station research and construction. Key technological breakthroughs have been made in producing the three modules including the core capsule and the Long March-5B carrier rocket. Selection of the third batch of reserve astronauts is also underway as scheduled,” said Hao Chun, director of China Manned Space Engineering Office.

The space station will enable experiments in multiple areas, including space science, biological technologies, and microgravity fundamental physics and materials sciences in space.

“We will complete on-orbit construction of the space station around 2022 as planned. It will be a national orbital space lab in the long run after being completed,” Hao said. — Reuters

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UNICEF opposes proposal to lower age of criminal liability in PH

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is not convinced by the proposal to lower the age of criminal liability to 12 years old in the Philippines, as suggested by Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

According to Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF’s Representative to the Philippines, a 12-year-old is so young to be held liable for a criminal act citing that “the human brain is not yet fully developed until the age of 16.”

“Sixteen (16) or below 16 and you commit a crime you’re not always aware as a child of the consequences that can happen and subjecting children to the kind of violence as killing them for example is really not fair to that child they’re never been given a second chance,” she explained.

 

UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Ms. Lotta Sylwander | Photo via UNICEF.org

 

She added that punishing children at a tender age will not help in their reformation as they will just be branded as criminal for the rest of their lives.

“Keep the children out of the criminal justice system so that they can be reformed and brought back in the community as children,” she explained further.

Sylwander cited a study on reformative justice system which is proven to help prevent children from returning to their criminal practices.

The study, Sylwander said, states that reformative justice system convinces them to return to their family and to continue their education.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also opposes the said proposal despite the increasing number of crimes involving minors.

“We at the DSWD stands with not lowering the age of criminality because technically the definition for children is below 18 years old,” said ASec. Glenda Relova.

Relova said they will most likely support the proposal if there are scientific observation and researches that will prove its benefits.

Currently, the law sets the age of criminal liability to 15 years old based in the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Cathy Maglalang)

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