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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:25 pm 
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Obama: US will defend the Philippines
by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Posted at 04/28/2014 9:07 PM | Updated as of 04/29/2014 5:08 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) - US President Barack Obama steered clear of China on Monday night as he said that the United States' commitment to defend the Philippines is iron-clad.

This, after the US leader failed to categorically say during an earlier joint press conference with President Benigno Aquino whether the US would defend the Philippines from China.

“Through our treaty alliance, the United States has an ironclad commitment to defend you, your security and your independence,” Obama said during his toast during the state dinner prepared for him at the Palace.

During his earlier joint press briefing with Aquino, Obama did not give a firm commitment to defend the Philippines if China attacks it over maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea.

Obama was asked twice if he will give the same commitment that he gave to Japan last week.

Japan, like the Philippines, is a treaty ally of the US, and both have maritime disputes with China.


Japan has the Senkaku Islands while the Philippines is in a tug of war over islands, shoals, and atolls in the West Philippine Sea.

"We welcome China’s peaceful rise. We have a constructive relationship with China. There is enormous trade; enormous business that is done between the United States and China; So our goal is not to counter China; our goal is not to contain China," Obama said.

He added that the US does not take a specific position on the disputes between nations.

"But, as a matter of international law and international norms, we don't think that coercion and intimidation is the way to manage these disputes. And for that reason, we’re very supportive of President Benigno’s approach to go before the tribunal for the law of the sea, and to seek international arbitration that can resolve this in a diplomatic fashion," Obama said.

"My hope is that, at some point, we’re going to be able to work cooperatively with China as well," he added.

China has rejected joining the arbitration case the Philippines filed before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

When asked if the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines will apply in case of war with China, Obama was also evasive.

"Our message to China consistently in a whole range of issues is we want be a partner with you in upholding international law. In fact, larger countries have a greater responsibility in abiding by international norms and rules because when we move, it can worry smaller countries if we don’t do it in a way that’s consistent with international law," he said.

A comparison of the language of the US treaties with Japan and the Philippines shows major differences.

Article 5 of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the US and Japan reads, "Each Party recognizes that an armed attack against either Party in the territories under the administration of Japan would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional provisions and processes."

Article 4 of the 1951 MDT between the Philippines and the US says, "Each Party recognizes that an armed attack in the Pacific area on either of the Parties would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common dangers in accordance with its constitutional processes."

Article 5 of the MDT also says, "For purposes of ARTICLE IV, an armed attack on either of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack on the metropolitan territory of either of the Parties, or on the island territories under its jurisdiction in the Pacific Ocean, its armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific."

The maritime disputes between the Philippines and China covers areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) -- like the Spratly Islands, Scarborough Shoal, the Reed Bank and the Second Thomas Shoal.

China stakes its claims on a map drawn up by the Kuomintang, while the Philippines bases its claims on the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea and its exclusive economic zones.

'EDCA BEYOND CHINA'

Meantime, Obama also said that the newly signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) has very wide goals and is beyond China.

"To engage in training, engage in coordination—not simply to deal with issues of maritime security, but also to enhance our capabilities so that if there’s a natural disaster that takes place, we are able to potentially respond more quickly. If there are additional threats that may arise, that we are able to work in a cooperative fashion."

Aquino, meanwhile, said China shouldn't take the agreement negatively.

“First of all, I think China shouldn’t be concerned about this agreement, especially if you look at what are being contemplated, for instance, training; for instance, in disaster relief operations. I think the statement that America has been making with regards to Ukraine is the same message that has been sent to China, and I guess not only by America but so many other countries," he said.

"China itself has said repeatedly that they will and have been conforming to international law and the rest of the world is, I think, saying ‘we are expecting to confirm by actions that which you have already been addressing by words’—and that is to adhere to international law."

ORDER OF SIKATUNA

During the state dinner, Obama was conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Rajah, the highest award of diplomatic merit that President Aquino can give in recognition of his help during times of natural disaster, his support for rule of law in Southeast Asia, and for "working with us to fundamentally raise the defense capacity of our country."

In his toast, Aquino said "Tonight, I have the distinct pleasure to confer the highest rank, that of Raja or Grand Collar, on you, Mr. President, for your leadership and policies that assisted the Philippines in times of natural disaster, for helping uphold stability and peace by means of the rule of law in Southeast Asia, and for working with us to fundamentally raise the defense capacity of our country.”

Aside from talking about the alliance of the 2 countries, Obama also paid tribute to President Aquino’s parents, as well as Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

"I’m told that you have a word to describe this—that inner feeling at the core of the person’s being: 'kalooban.' We see the spirit in a family that’s given itself to this country. There is no greater nobility than offering one’s life to the nation. And Mr. President, your fathered offered his life, so that this nation might be free," Obama said.

"Your mother and the citizens of this great nation who took to the streets showed the world that true power lies with people. And with the canonization of Pope John Paul II, we also honor the world that the Catholic Church played in supporting the Filipino people and their desire for freedom,” he added.

"And finally, we feel our spirit, our "kalooban" in a friendship between our peoples that expresses itself in so many ways. There is our mutual obsession with basketball. There is our mutual admiration for Manny Pacquiao—even if sometimes his fight against Americans doesn’t turn out the way we’d like. There is our shared pride in the millions of Filipino-Americans who contribute to our nation every single day," Obama said.

LUMPIA, ADOBO AT WHITE HOUSE

Obama also talked about the Filipina executive chef in the White House. “There is one in particular I am grateful for. Cris Comerford, our executive chef at the White House. Cris was born in Manila. She still has family here. Thanks to her we, in the White House, enjoy the occasional lumpia and adobo."

The state dinner was hosted in Malacanang’s Rizal Hall.

It was attended by the who’s who of Philippine society and politics.

Seated at the Presidential table with the 2 leaders were Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Belmonte, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice, US Ambassador to Manila Philip Godlberg, and US Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Rob Nabors.

Also spotted in the event were Aquino's family members led by sisters Ballsy, Pinky, Viel and Kris; Senators Bongbong Marcos, Loren Legarda, and Gringo Honasan; and members of the Cabinet and congressmen.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:29 pm 
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Puerto Princesa to build 2 reservoirs via P709 million loan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, April 22 (PNA) — Looking ahead to 10 years from now, when the demand for water supply is expected to increase, and following a threatening water shortage due to the extreme summer heat, the Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) is contemplating on building two new water reservoirs in two barangays (villages) in this city.
Water district general manager Antonio Jesus Romasanta said Tuesday that the water reservoirs they are considering to construct in Barangays Iwahig and Montible will be implemented under a planned loan amounting to P796, 642, 008.
“We are now in the process of completing the documentation. Hopefully, we can bid the project before the year ends,” Romasanta said in an interview.
Should the targeted schedule go as planned, Romasanta said that the construction will start by summer next year.
“The construction will probably start sometime in May or June 2015 and will take around 3 years to complete,” he said.
Included in the proposed construction are the impounding dam in Lapu-lapu River, filtration and settling tank in Montible River, booster stations, mini-hydro power plant, and transmission lines from Montible and Lapu-lapu going to Campo Uno dam in Barangay Irawan.
Campo Uno is the present and only impounding dam of water district that is getting water supply from Irawan River.
PPCWD planning specialist Jeovanne Sacedon explained that the Irawan River is an intermittent river that runs out of water during a long dry spell.
“When summer time comes just like these days, Irawan River goes dry so we experience water shortage. It is also during this season that we use our deep well pumps to augment our main source of water which is the Campo Uno,” Sacedon said.
On the other hand, Montible River is continuous and does not run dry, thus, will be a good source, he said.
Romasanta also explained that despite the upcoming loan, no water rate increase will be implemented. “If ever there will be an increase, what we will implement is the one that was approved last 2010 when we had our first loan in year 2009 for the construction of Campo Uno,” he said.
“The rate increase back then was not implemented because the revenue generated was enough to cover the payment for the said loan,” he explained.
At present, the water district has 32,878 active connections in Puerto Princesa. But with more hotels and other establishments waiting to finish construction, the demand for water supply is expected to expand.(PNA)
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Fridays Island
WELCOME, you’ve reached the official website of Friday and her unique private island paradise off Palawan, Philippines, in the middle of the South China Sea.
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Friday enjoys a healthy and serene lifestyle of the rarest kind, living most of her days swimming, snorkeling, sun-baking, practicing yoga, running/jogging all in her birthday suit, as well as her turtle conservation project.

Her tiny island haven has a white-sandy beach, coconut trees, coral reef and a calm sea. Her diet is mostly organic foods like coconuts, tropical fruits, veggies, green leaves and herbs from her VERY OWN garden.

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Friday searched for years, almost giving up finding her NUDIST island paradise to keep herself healthy, happy and balanced.
She thanks Tinkerbell and her Angels for whispering, “Don’t quit, one such paradise exists and we’ll help you find it”, and find her Island, she did.

Privacy and healthy living are Fridays treasured values since she retired a few years ago. Her island days offer plenty of quiet relaxing time, free of timetables and schedules.

Every other month Friday invites a family member, a friend or a friend of a friend to visit her.
Some will have been before; new visitors will be carefully screened to invite only like-minded people.

To honor her femininity, a handful of open-minded, healthy men have been washed to her shores.

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Upon waking, she takes a dip in the ocean, jogs her 220-metre long beach, then moves onto her island sundeck over the sea for an hour of Chi Gong and Yoga.

Each day she swims and snorkels in the ocean and sometimes she will kayak to interesting places nearby, and she loves swimming with baby turtle.

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www.malapacao.com is the web site of the Private Island Paradise which was posted above. This island is also found in Palawan. Those that s in the island are nude.


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Chinese Gun Boats Harass RP Boat
MANILA, Philippines - Two Chinese Navy gunboats reportedly harassed a vessel owned by the Department of Energy (DOE) that was conducting maritime research off the disputed Spratly Islands last Wednesday.

Armed Forces Western Command (Westcom) commander Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban confirmed that the Air Force deployed bombers and an Islander reconnaissance aircraft while the Navy dispatched three vessels to intercept the two Chinese vessels.

�But they did not catch the Chinese vessels that already left when the planes arrived. The DOE ship just resumed their research in the area,� Sabban said in a telephone interview.

Sabban said the incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Reed Bank, 250 kilometers west of Palawan.

He said Reed Bank is well within Philippine territory and Navy gunboats were deployed to secure the DOE research vessel M/V Venture.

Reed Bank is within the country�s 320-kilometer exclusive economic zone, but the area is also being claimed by China and Vietnam.

This area is part of the Kalayaan Island Group that is being claimed by the Philippines in the disputed Spratlys.

The Spratly Islands are being claimed in whole or in part by the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

Initial exploration of the Reed Bank by the DOE revealed that the area contains about 3.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 440 million barrels of oil.

Sabban said two white Chinese gunboats with the markings No. 71 and No. 75 tried to drive away the DOE research vessel from Reed Bank.

The Navy and the Air Force reported that the two Chinese vessels conducted a side-by-side maneuver, virtually �sandwiching� the DOE research vessel, prompting its alarmed personnel to radio for help.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) also received a report that a Chinese vessel harassed a DOE ship.

PCG spokesman Lieutenant Commander Arman Balilo said that information reaching their office showed that sometime last Wednesday a Chinese vessel reportedly harassed the M/V Venture that was conducting a seismic survey in the area.

The PCG also deployed the unit�s Islander reconnaissance plane to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan to assist the DOE ship.

When asked if this was the first reported incident of harassment involving a Chinese vessel in the Spratlys area, Balilo admitted that this might have been the first case in recent years. With Evelyn Macairan


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I'm logging out now :) I will see u all again tomorrow. Have a great night.


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Good morning Palawan and Puerto Princesa Pacland. The site where you can see the places that you might want to spend vacation.


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