PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Dapat igalang ng lahat ng bansa ang 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration decision na bumabasaura sa expansive claims ng China sa South China Sea at ang pagprotekta sa Philippines exclusive economic zone (EEZ), ayon kay United States Vice President Kamala Harris nitong Martes.
Inihayag ito ni Harris sa BRP Teresa Magbanua na napaliligiran ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel, ang frontline responders laban sa pag-atake sa West Philippine Sea.
“The United States is proud of our longstanding ties with the people of the Philippines. I am here in Palawan to underscore the importance of our partnership in order to create economic opportunities, protect coastal ecosystems, maintain peace and stability, and uphold international rules and norms here in the South China Sea and around the world. To the Philippine Coast Guard, you are on the frontlines of standing up for the international rules-based order,” ani Harris, ang highest ranking US government official na bumisita sa Palawan.
“As you patrol these waters, you uphold the rules and norms that are vital to the prosperity of the Filipino people, and people around the world. As the United States has long made clear: We support the 2016 ruling of the UN Arbitral Tribunal, which delivered a unanimous and final decision firmly rejecting China’s expansive South China Sea maritime claims. The tribunal’s decision is legally-binding, and must be respected,” giit niya.
“We must stand up for principles such as respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, unimpeded lawful commerce, the peaceful resolution of disputes, and the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, and throughout the Indo-Pacific.”
“The United States– and the broader international community –have a profound stake in the future of this region. America’s prosperity relies on the billions of dollars that flow through these waters every day. And we are proud to work with you in your mission. As an ally, the United States stands with the Philippines in the face of intimidation and coercion in the South China Sea,” patuloy ng opisyal.
Bagama’t ibinasura na ng Hague-based Arbitration court ang expansive nine-dash theory ng China na naghahabol sa South China Sea islands, tumatanggi pa rin ang Beijing na kilalanin ang tagumpay ng Pilipinas sa nasabing usapin.
“The vitality of [fishing] communities is at risk. They have seen the consequences when foreign vessels enter Philippine waters and illegally deplete the fishing stock, when they harass and intimidate local fishers, when they pollute the ocean, and destroy the marine ecosystem. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated, fishing are far too common across the world’s oceans. It presents a direct threat to coastal ecosystems and economies,” ani Harris.
Inihayag naman ni Harris na ipinagmamalaki ng US government ang matibay na partnership sa Pilipinas, kabilang ang joint training sa BRP Teresa Magbanua ng PCG at American service members, at mas paiigtingin pa ng Washington ang pagsisikap upang bigyan ang mga bansa sa rehiyon ng mas malawak na larawan ng kanilang katubigan.
Binanggit din niya ang Indo-Pacific Partnership For Maritime Domain Awareness na inilunsad ni US President Joe Biden nitong Mayo na gumagamit ng space-based platforms upang ipakita ang common operating picture ng Indo-Pacific waterways, at upang isulong ang transparency at tulungan ang US allies sa pagprotekta sa vulnerable fisheries, na tutugon sa humanitarian disasters, maging sa pagtukoy at pagtugis sa illicit activities.
“I am pleased to report that the Philippines is already receiving this stream of near-real-time data, alongside other partners here in Southeast Asia. And we plan to increase this work in the coming months, to include launching new satellites into orbit in December to expand this program,” sai niya.
“This is how I see it: to protect the economic vitality of these communities, to protect the ecosystems they rely on, and to protect lives and livelihoods, we must uphold international rules and norms,” dagdag ni Harris.
Sinabi ng China nitong Martes na ang interaksyon ng United States sa mga bansa sa rehiyon ay hindi dapat makasira sa interes ng iba pang bansa.
“We are not against the US’ interaction with regional countries. But it should be good for regional peace and stability and not damaging to other countries’ interests,” ani Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning, ayon sa tweet ng Chinese Embassy. RNT/SA
MANILA, Philippines- Iginiit ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) na paiigtingin nito ang polisiya laban sa drunk driving upang maiwasan ang aksidente ngayong holiday season.
Ayon sa ulat nitong Martes, sinabi ng LTO Law Enforcement Service (LTO-LES) na mahigpit nilang ipatutupad ang RA 10856 o ang Anti-Drug Driving Act.
Batay sa datos mula sa LTO-LES, tinugunan ng LTO ang 546 road accidents mula Enero hanggang Oktubre ngayong taon—halos walong beses kumpara sa 73 road accidents na naitala mula Enero hanggang Dsiyembre 2021.
Sa bilang na ito, 489 drivers ang nagpositibo sa alcoholic intoxication, kumpara sa 68 noong 2021.
“You can link that to speeding. Kasi usually kapag nakainom… less control sa motors sa katawan niya. So ang tendency talaga is to be involved in road crash incident. ‘Yung reflex niya nababawasan,” pahayag ni LTO Law Enforcement and Adjudication Service Deputy Director Roberto Valera.
Pwedeng sitahin ng LTO enforcers at authorized personnel ng Philippine National Police at Metropolitan Manila Development Authority ang drunk drivers.
Ang mga naaresto ay isasailalim sa field sobriety tests gaya ng horizontal gaze nystagmus test, paglakad ng siyam na hakbang forward at backwards sa tuwid na linya, at pagsasagawa ng one-leg stand sa loob ng 30 segundo.
Kapag hindi nakapasa ang driver sa isa sa tatlong tests, gagamit na ng alcohol breath analyzer.
Ang limit para sa analyzer test ay 0.05% na rekisitos sa batas para sa safe driving.
Subalit para sa professional drivers’ holders at motorcycle riders, inirerekomenda ang 0%.
“’Yung 0.05% may effect na ‘yan sa brain mo. Kaya nga bagsak ka dyan eh kasi even if sanay ka nang uminom, kapag naka-0.05% ka na, mayroon na ‘yan bawas sa iyong motor skills, sa iyong judgment kapag nag-drive ka,” sabi ni Valera.
Ang hindi pagpasa sa alcohol breath analyzer test ay itinuturing na paglabag sa batas at may kaukulang multa at pagkakakulong, base sa LTO. RNT/SA
MANILA, Philippines- Inihayag ng Qatari official na “between 400 and 500” migrant workers dang nasawi sa construction projects na konektado sa 2022 World Cup.
Mas mataas ang pagtatayang ito kumpara sa naunang naiulat na bilang ng mga nasawi kaugnay ng $200 billion ginastos sa stadiums, subway lines at iba pang imprastraktura.
Nagmula ang bilang kay Hassan Al-Thawadi, secretary general ng Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, sa panayam ni British journalist Piers Morgan.
“The estimate is around 400, between 400 and 500,” ani Al-Thawadi kay Morgan. “I don’t have the exact number. That’s something that’s been discussed.”
Naglabas ang Qatari Supreme Committee spokesman ng pahayag nitong Martes na “there were 3 work-related deaths and 37 non-work related deaths connected to the 8 stadiums, 17 non-competition venues and other related sites under the SC’s scope.”
“Separate quotes regarding figures refer to national statistics covering the period of 2014-2020 for all work-related fatalities (414) nationwide in Qatar, covering all sectors and nationalities.”
Binuksan ang World Cup, na sa unang pagkakataon ay ginanap sa Middle East, noong Nobyembre 20 at gugulong hanggang Dsiyembre 18.
“One death is a death too many—plain and simple,” sabi ni Al-Thawadi told Morgan. RNT/SA
MANILA, Philippines- Sa paggunita ng bansa sa ika-159 anibersaryo ng kapanganakan ni Andres Bonifacio, nanawagan si Pangulong Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. nitong Miyerkules sa mga Pilipino na tularan ang bayani sa pagiging “dutiful and law-abiding” na mamamayan.
Hinikayat ni Marcos ang mga Pilipino na maging mapagbantay sa pagproteksa sa bansa mula sa “social ills”.
“The shackles that once held our forebears may no longer constrain us, but we must remain vigilant in protecting our country from social ills and other elements that threaten our liberties,” giit ni Marcos.
“I call on my fellow Filipinos to honor Bonifacio’s life of extraordinary selflessness by becoming dutiful and law-abiding citizens who will contribute towards a brighter and freer future for all Filipinos,” patuloy niya.
Pinarangalan ni Marcos si Bonifacio, at sinabing ang mga ideya ng huli ang dahilan na “our heroic ancestors were able to muster the will and the courage to fight their oppressors thereby paving the way to our motherland’s eventual emancipation.”
“Indeed, it was his deeds that provided the impetus for our collective liberation, which we are challenged to preserve and protect amidst these trying times,” dagdag ng Pangulo.
“His spirit lives on in the stories we tell and use to build on his legacy, breathing new life into his words with our sense of duty and patriotism.”
Pinangunahan ni Marcos ang wreath-laying ceremonies sa Andres Bonifacio National Monument sa Caloocan City nitong Miyerkules ng umaga.
Dumalo rin dito sina National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairman Rene R. Escalate at Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Bartolome Vicente Bacarro.
Nagsagawa rin ng flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies sa mga sumusunod na lugar:
Andres Bonifacio National Monument, Caloocan City;
Andres Bonifacio Monument, Tutuban, Manila Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine, San Juan City;
Andres Bonifacio Monument, Balintawak Cloverleaf, Quezon City;
Andres Bonifacio Monument, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; at
NHCP Museo ng Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio, Maragondon, Cavite. RNT/SA
MANILA, Philippines- Binigyang-diin ng top national security at foreign relations experts ang kahalagahan ng dayalogo at diplomasya sa pagresolba sa mga alitan at pagpigil sa giyera sa West Philippines Sea (WPS).
“I think [President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.] has paved the way for that future trajectory of where we’re going. So, he’s saying, ‘Let’s just continue dialoguing, constructive dialogue, and the like, and diplomacy,’” ani National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos.
Aniya pa, “You don’t choose. Play smart. Define what your goals are as a nation. Play your game well. This is now a new Philippines. A newfound confidence about who we are.”
Para naman kay dating Ambassador at dating Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rosario Manalo, diplomatic solutions ang daan upang mapigilan ang paglala ng kasalukuyang state of affairs.
“The value of diplomacy when it comes to the blue economy is to prevent war. War brings about the end of our existence,” giit ni Manalo.
“There are three modes of settling disputes. The first one is called the diplomatic process… the second is through legal action… and the third is through arbitration,” dagdag ng dating ambassador.
Gayundun, ikinalungkot ni Philippine National Police (PNP) General at ngayo’y Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong na ang kanyang lungsod ay “impacted indirectly by the ongoing issue of the West Philippine Sea.”
“The only way we will be able to resolve the issue is through dialogue, constant dialogues, low-key dialogues. Besides, our only objective there is to allow our fishermen to go to that area and proceed with their livelihood. And second, probably a joint exploration on the oil. There was a study made by the US Geological Survey stating therein that there are about a billion barrels of oil and trillion natural gas in the West Philippine Sea,” giit ni Magalong.
Ayon naman kay dating Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, kinakailangan ng “a lot of skilled diplomacy to solve that, but one thing is undeniable – the livelihood of our fisherfolk is primary because this is survival for them.”
Inihayag ni Teodoro na ang “multilateralism basically is really important in the sense that it prevents a stronger country, in theory, from bullying a smaller one. Now, having a bilateral approach would mean the more powerful one will prevail.”
“So, the balance will be we continue to develop our capabilities in creating a credible deterrent against expansionism, but we continue to pursue those activities which can redound mutually to the benefit of our interests of both people, particularly economically,” aniya. RNT/SA