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What’s your most memorable involvement in a childhood theatrical production? 

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News / Homicide raps filed vs Noy, Garin over vaccine
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Homicide raps filed  vs Noy, Garin over vaccine

Anti-corruption groups yesterday filed criminal charges against former president Benigno Aquino III and 19 others in connection with the Dengvaxia controversy.
Source: Homicide raps filed  vs Noy, Garin over vaccine
News Feeds / Quảng Trị to set up biodiversity corridors
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Quảng Trị to set up biodiversity corridors

Quảng Trị to set up biodiversity corridors

The central province of Quảng Trị has planned to set up corridors to protect its biodiversity from urbanisation and illegal exploitation.

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News Feeds / Aviation sector opens new opportunities for investment
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Aviation sector opens new opportunities for investment

Aviation sector opens new opportunities for investment

Việt Nam needs more airlines, besides the four current ones, to meet the increasing demand in the aviation market.

Source: Aviation sector opens new opportunities for investment
Allying with the US has not helped the PI in any way.  It will be even worse allying with China.
The style in the article is not really mid-century but it is an eclectic mix of styles very popular these days (2018) and it started back in 2009 with a resurgence of art deco elements from the 1920s.  Most trendy interiors now look like this.  Mid-century, despite being very popular with millennials, is fading at the top end of interior design in USA and Europe since it looks very contrite and ikea.  Mid century is still very popular in Asia because it has always been associated with the United States when America pretty much ruled S. Korea and Japan.  As with most things related to "global culture" Asia is always 10-30 years behind. 
lol this is what all the Chinopinos want.  They go from upper class economic status to upper class political status.  Too bad Cambodia already beats the Philippines to this.
eggrolls, siumai and all types of dumplings.  I think I will start making these at home and put the in the freezer.  I am sick of buying stuff imported from Asia where you can´t trust all the stuff they put inside. 

Also, a lot of popular Vietnamese soups that require numerous herbs and ingredients, I think they can all be made into small frozen portions. 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, the so-called “Filipino Donald Trump” who is accused of ordering hundreds of extrajudicial killings in Manila’s war on drugs, is a viable threat to democracy in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. intelligence officials say.

Aside from Mr. Duterte’s counternarcotics campaign, which has infuriated international human rights advocates who say Manila’s totalitarian crackdown has brutalized Philippine citizens, Malacanang also instituted martial law in the country for the first time since the mid-1970s.

Such actions have drawn concern from the U.S. intelligence community, who labelled Mr. Duterte’s government as a destabilizing actor in the Pacific, where democratic governments allied with Washington are already coming under threat from China and their proxies in the region.

“Duterte has suggested he could suspend the constitution, declare a ‘revolutionary government,’ and impose nationwide martial law,” according to an annual report to Congress on worldwide threats issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Philippine officials dismissed such claims of “autocratic tendencies” within Mr. Duterte’s government.
“He adheres to the rule of law and remains loyal to the constitution,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in an interview with local news outlets.

“We view this declaration from no less than the intelligence department of the United States with some concern,” he added.
In December, Manila opted to extend military control over the country’s volatile southern provinces, over fears that Islamic State-linked militant groups are poised for another attempt to overrun the battle-scarred region.

The region has been under martial law since June, after Manila launched a counteroffensive to flush out members of the ISIS-linked Maute Group who overran the southern Philippine city of Marawi in May. Government troops, with air, logistics and intelligence support from U.S. special operations forces recaptured the ISIS-held city in October after months of brutal, street-by-street fighting.

His effort to extend military rule in the southern Philippines is also conjuring up memories of former Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who implemented years of martial law in the country to suppress opposition and maintain his hold on power in the 1970s.


Philippine leader's quip sets off a firestorm over his soft approach to Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea.
Duterte to China: ‘If You Want, Just Make Us a Province’

“If you want, just make us a province, like Fujian,” quipped Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before an audience of Filipino-Chinese businessmen on February 19.
Significantly, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua was in attendance among influential tradesmen and industrialists who applauded the Filipino leader’s controversial statement.
Duterte was also quick to downplay in his presentation rising concerns over China’s militarization of artificially created islands in the South China Sea, including on nearby features claimed by the Philippines.

“Military bases, I must admit [it’s presence], but is it intended for us? You must be joking. It’s not intended for us,” claimed the Filipino president. “It’s really intended for those who China thinks will destroy them and that is America.”

The speech was Duterte’s latest bid to defend his pro-China foreign policy, a shift away from the Philippines’ traditional reliance on treaty ally the United States which has sent shockwaves at home and across the region as revelations of China’s expansionist designs come to light.
His statements immediately provoked a firestorm in the Philippines, with government critics claiming that the country is at risk of becoming a full-blown Chinese satellite state under Duterte’s accommodative leadership.

Public anger stirred over recent reports that China unilaterally named and registered five undersea features at the Benham Rise in the eastern Philippine Sea at the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), an intergovernmental body that aims to ensure the world’s seas, oceans and navigable waters are properly charted and surveyed.

The Benham Rise area falls well within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), but there are growing concerns that China’s naming of seabed features is a prelude to developing a military presence in the maritime area and may eventually lead Beijing into making territorial claims over the resource-rich area.
In 2017, the Philippines officially rechristened the Benham Rise as the “Philippine Rise” to reassert its claim to the seismically active undersea region. Unlike the South China Sea, the eastern Philippine Sea and Benham Rise area is not contested by rival states.

Latest satellite imagery shows that China has virtually completed building a sprawling network of military bases and facilities on contested features in the South China Sea. Those facilities are already being put to strategic use: a flotilla of Chinese naval and civilian vessels recently aggressively surrounded a Philippine Navy vessel conducting routine operations around Thitu Island.

The Philippines has exercised control over the disputed land feature, which hosts a permanent Filipino community, for the past four decades. Manila aims to upgrade Thitu’s airstrip and civilian facilities later this year. China appears to be taking issue with that claim, in a bid to squeeze other claimants out of areas it controls.
Indeed, there is a growing sense among many Filipinos that Duterte’s concessional approach has failed to curb or stall Beijing’s territorial ambitions in the area. That realization has sparked new public rallies calling on the government to take a tougher stance against China’s creeping presence in Philippine-claimed waters.
“It is absolutely unacceptable for the President, the top diplomat of the country, to joke about making the Philippines a province of China,” said Congressman Gary Alejano, a strong critic of Duterte with a military background.

A former naval officer-turned-legislator, Alejano has maintained deep ties with a Philippine defense establishment known to be wary of Duterte’s policies and China’s intentions. Last year, Alejano’s military sources provided him with satellite imagery showing China’s fast growing military presence on Philippine-claimed land features in the Spratly Islands.
The outspoken legislator was also behind the latest report suggesting China is tightening the noose around Thitu Island by restricting the Philippine Navy’s access to the land feature.

Frustrated with Duterte’s perceived soft-pedaling vis-à-vis China, top Philippine defense officials seem increasingly keen to expose China’s creeping consolidation of the South China Sea, both through media leaks and by providing damning information to known Duterte critics in Congress.

Alejano appealed to nationalism in describing Duterte’s recent speech as “irresponsible banter.” He said Duterte’s “colony” quip was tantamount to a “slap in the face of the many Filipinos, including our soldiers stationed in our occupied islands, who work tirelessly to defend our territorial integrity from China.”
Another legislator, Tom Villarin, warned that such statements, even in jest, reflect “a habit of the president to defer always to the wishes of China” and represented “willful subservience at the expense of our sovereignty.”

Ariel Casilao, another left-leaning legislator, condemned what he views as Duterte’s “defeatist stand…against the continuing aggressive behavior of China in the South China Sea.”

Cognizant of growing domestic opposition to Duterte’s China policy, the US Pentagon has doubled down on its efforts to maintain robust security cooperation with the Philippine defense establishment. Duterte has bid to loosen those ties, in part by downgrading annual joint war game exercises which previously pointed largely at China.
Washington recently deployed a carrier battle group, the USS Carl Vinson, to the Philippines for the first time since 2014. While authorities portrayed the visit as a routine expression of the two treaty allies’ bilateral alliance, the deployment’s timing was telling.

The visit came a week after the Pentagon made the unprecedented move of deploying a guided-missile destroyer Hopper within 12 nautical miles of the Scarborough Shoal.
The shoal, which lies just about 100 nautical miles from the Philippine mainland, is claimed by Manila but has been occupied by China since a naval standoff in 2012. The Philippine defense establishment fears that Beijing may soon start to reclaim land around the shoal to eventually establish military facilities on it.
Contrary to Duterte’s statements and moves, the Philippine top brass have remained receptive and supportive of America’s efforts to keep China’s maritime ambitions in check.

Washington seems determined to step up its naval presence in the area with the cooperation of its regional allies, including the Philippines, as well as new partners such as Vietnam. The carrier group is also scheduled to visit Vietnam’s central Da Nang port for the first time in recent memory.
China, however, remains undaunted. As a prominent Chinese academic recently made clear, Beijing “has the right to build whatever it needs within its [claimed] territory,” in the South China Sea. And increasingly Beijing is using US countermeasures as pretext to further expand its growing military footprint in the area.
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