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PHILIPPINES NEWS
18 January 2020

CARPIO: FILIPINOS NEED LEADER WHO CAN ADDRESS CHINA ISSUE

MANILA - Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Friday said
Filipinos need a leader who can address the country’s territorial issues
with China.
The statement came months after President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not
raise the territorial disputes with China again, particularly Manila's legal
victory against Beijing before a UN tribunal, after he met with Chinese
President Xi Jinping in August 2019.
“He brought it up already and he said, that’s it. I will not bring it up
again. So he will not bring it up until the end of his term,” Carpio told
reporters after making a presentation at the Chamber of Commerce of the
Philippine Islands.
“We must be vigilant that there is no waiver expressing implied our
sovereign rights, because we will wait for the next administration.. to
assert strongly,” he adds.
Filipinos must always be brave to speak up against any “waiver” or signs of
it every time such situation arises, said Carpio, who became acting Chief
Justice before he retired.
The July 2016 ruling of a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal
invalidating China's nine-dash line claim, will only lose its validity if a
waiver has been “expressed or implied” according to Carpio.
China has no right to be within PH EEZ
Carpio also cautioned the Philippine Coast Guard against discussing a
possible agreement with China to “regulate” fishing within the Philippines’
exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The idea should not be considered because China primarily, has no “right” to
protect our EEZ, he said.
“They (China) cannot give us protection because they don’t have the right to
be there in the first place. They don’t have the right to protect anyone
there because we have jurisdiction over there, they don’t have
jurisdiction,” Carpio pointed out later on in an interview.
The retired justice official earlier lambasted China for after one of its
ships was spotted patrolling Ayungin Shoal on the day the Chinese Coast
Guard arrived in Manila for a goodwill visit.


DUTERTE SAYS TO APPOINT PNP OFFICER-IN-CHARGE GAMBOA AS NEXT CHIEF

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would appoint
Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa as
the police force's next chief.
In a speech in Davao City, Duterte said he would formally name Gamboa as the
new PNP chief after they meet with Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, whom the
President asked to supervise the institution until the country's next police
head is chosen.
"I'm going to place you as the regular PNP [chief]. But you and I, and Sec.
Año, will have a long, long talk first," he said.
Gamboa was named PNP OIC after its former chief Oscar Albayalde stepped down
in October, weeks shy of his retirement, over allegations he protected
police officers tagged in selling seized drugs in 2013, when he was Pampanga
police chief.
The PNP welcomed Duterte's announcement, saying in a statement that under
Gamboa's leadership, "we assure the public that the PNP remains committed to
intensify the campaign against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption,
following the rule of law and with utmost respect for human rights."
It said it would also "vigorously pursue internal cleansing" to get rid of
rogue cops in the hopes of "winning back the trust and confidence of the
people."
Gamboa, PNP's Deputy Chief for Administration, is a member of the Philippine
Military Academy's Sinagtala Class of 1986 and was a classmate of former
chiefs Albayalde and now Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa.
He is set to retire in September.


CARDINAL TAGLE REMINDS FAITHFUL 'DON'T REPLACE GOD, STO. NIÑO WITH OTHER
KINGS'

MANILA - Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Friday called on
the Catholic faithful to always put God in their hearts and be mindful of
Him amid the world's present temptations of wealth and power.
This, as Tagle offered his last mass at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo
Niño in Tondo, Manila before he departs for the Vatican City to take up a
new post in the Holy Office.
“Huwag palitan ng ibang hari ang Diyos. Huwag palitan ng ibang hari ang Sto.
Niño na siyang nagdadala talaga ng tunay na kagalingan, paghihilom at
tagumpay sa kasalanan at kamatayan,” Tagle said.
Tagle said the kingship of Christ is not based on the kingdoms of the world,
but is based on openness and mercy. Using the Child Jesus as an example,
Tagle said Christ is open to the Father and to the lowly and whose reign is
marked by holiness, life and forgiveness of sins.
“Ang paghahari ni Kristo ay paghahari ng isang anak, isang sanggol. Kaya ang
kanyang paghahari ay hindi naayon sa patakaran ng paghaahari ng mundo kundi
mas malalim, mas laganap, mas nanunuot dahil kasalanan, kamatayan, ang
kanyang nilulupig at napagtatagumpayan.”
Tagle also urged others to pray for those who were affected by the Taal
Volcano eruption.
ON LEAVING FOR THE VATICAN
After the Mass, parishioners of the Sto. Nino Shrine gave a tribute to Tagle
through dance, song and a Sto. Niño image gift, before the Cardinal leaves
for Rome to take up his position as the new prefect of the Congregation for
the Evangelization of Peoples, the Vatican department responsible for the
spread of the Catholic faith throughout the world through its missionary
works and related activities.
Pope Francis appointed Tagle to the position in December 2019.


THREAT OF TAAL VOLCANO'S HAZARDOUS ERUPTION STILL HIGH DESPITE SIGNS OF
EASING ACTIVITY

MANILA —Despite weak emissions and fewer tremors, the threat of the Taal
Volcano's catastrophic eruption remains high, the state seismology agency
said Saturday.
The volcano is still under alert level 4, the second-highest danger level,
which means a "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to
days," Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)
director Renato Solidum said.
In the past 24 hours, the volcano's main crater steadily emitted steam and
had infrequent weak explosions, he said during a press briefing.
It sent a plume of ash as far as 600 meters in the air while sulfur dioxide
emission was measured at 360 tons, he added.
Though the Taal Volcano showed signs of calming down, Solidum said there was
still "intense" activity underground as magma continued to move beneath.
"Naiiba ang nakikita natin sa taas at naiiba sa ilalim," he said.
Phivolcs maintained that those living within the 14-kilometer radius of the
volcano, which sits on an island surrounded by a lake in Batangas province,
remains susceptible to base surges in case of a major eruption.
Data from the Philippine Seismic Network showed that some 666 volcanic
earthquakes were plotted in the Taal region. Among these, some 174 were
felt, ranging from between Magnitude 1.2 and 4.1 and experienced at between
Intensity 1 and 4.
Meanwhile, the Taal Volcano Network recorded 876 volcanic earthquakes,
including 6 tremors and 20 low-frequency earthquakes.
"Such intense seismic activity likely signifies continuous magmatic
intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which may lead to further eruptive
activity," the agency added.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said
Saturday that some 16,174 families or 70,413 people were still living in 300
evacuation centers.
Some 14 towns in Batangas province have been placed on lockdown to prevent
residents from returning to their homes amid Taal Volcano's continued
unrest.


HUNDREDS' LIKELY AFFECTED BY CHINESE VIRUS: RESEARCHERS

LONDON - The number of people infected by a mystery SARS-like virus that has
killed two people in China is likely hundreds more than officially reported,
researchers have said.
Chinese authorities have said pneumonia linked to the virus has hit at least
41 people in the country, with the outbreak centered around a seafood market
in the central city of Wuhan.
But a paper published Friday by scientists with the MRC Center for Global
Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College in London said the number of
those affected in the city was likely to be well over a thousand.
The scientists at the Center -- which advises bodies including the World
Health Organization -- said they estimated a "total of 1,723 cases" in Wuhan
would have been infected as of January 12.
The researchers took the number of cases reported outside China so far --
two in Thailand and one in Japan -- to infer how many were likely infected
in the city, based on international flight traffic data from Wuhan's
airport.
"For Wuhan to have exported three cases to other countries would imply there
would have to be many more cases than have been reported," Professor Neil
Ferguson, one of the authors of the report, told the BBC.
"I am substantially more concerned than I was a week ago," adding, however,
that it was "too early to be alarmist."
"People should be considering the possibility of substantial human-to-human
transmission more seriously than they have so far," he added, saying it was
"unlikely" that animal exposure was the main source of infection.
Two people are known to have been killed by the virus, a pathogen from the
same family as the deadly SARS virus -- even as health authorities around
the world sought to assure the public that the overall risk of infection
remained low.
Authorities in Hong Kong have stepped up detection measures, including
rigorous temperature checkpoints for inbound travelers from the Chinese
mainland.
The US said from Friday it would begin screening flights arriving from Wuhan
at San Francisco airport and New York's JFK -- which both receive direct
flights -- as well as Los Angeles, where many flights connect.


UP HISTORY PROFS SLAM BONGBONG’S CALL TO REVISE MARTIAL LAW IN TEXTBOOKS

MANILA — The University of the Philippines Diliman Department of History
faculty denounced defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong”
Marcos Jr. for his attempt to downplay Martial Law atrocities by calling to
revise school textbooks.
“Who is doing revisionism? Nilagay nila sa libro, sa textbook ng mga bata na
ang mga Marcos ganito ang ninakaw, ganito ang ginawa,” Marcos claimed in a
press briefing last week.
The UP History Department said Marcos' statement is a brazen effort to
further his family’s political dynasty while shirking accountability for
their crimes.
“Isa itong malinaw na pagkutya at pagbabaluktot sa katotohanan. Wala itong
ibang layunin kundi ang tuluy-tuloy na pagtakpan ang 'di mabilang na mga
paglabag sa karapatang pantao at katiwalian sa ilalim ng diktadurang Marcos
mula 1972 hanggang 1986,” the department’s statement Friday read.
Notwithstanding, the former senator said that school textbooks painted his
family in a bad light and that criticisms against them are unfounded.
“What we are trying to teach is understanding and an involvement in politics
in our young people…Tinuturuan sila to hate people (Instead they are being
taught to hate people).”
He called on history professors and political scientists to fix what he says
are lies spun against the Marcoses through politicking.
UP history teachers, on the other hand, said it is the Marcoses who are
revising history for their own convenience.
“Malaon nang agenda ng mga Marcos ang pabanguhin ang pangalan ng kanilang
pamilya, lalo na ang pagpipilit na itanghal ang diktador na si Ferdinand E.
Marcos bilang isang bayani. Kakasangkapanin ni G. Marcos ang pagnanais na
ito sa ninanais niyang pagtakbo sa 2022 upang makabalik ang kanyang pamilya
sa Malacañang.”


BATANGAS, CAVITE VOTER REGISTRATION POSTPONED

MANILA — Voter registration in Batangas and Cavite set on Jan. 20 will be
suspended due to Taal Volcano’s continuing unrest.
Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez said registration of voters
in Makilala, North Cotabato was also suspended amid the devastation caused
by powerful earthquakes in the last quarter of 2019.
“Recent events have forced us to suspend the resumption of voter
registration in 25 places in Calabarzon and in North Cotabato, where
facilities have been damaged or destroyed because of the earthquake... We
cannot reasonably provide registration services at this time,” Jimenez
said.
He said the suspension of voter registration in Batangas and Cavite covers
the areas within the volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone.
Jimenez said the resumption of voter registration, would depend on when
affected areas could recover and return to normalcy.


699 OBESE COPS MAY FACE DISMISSAL IN ZAMBO

ZAMBOANGA — A total of 699 police personnel from Police Regional Office 9
(PRO-9) considered obese may face removal from service if they fail to
comply with the intervention program, according to official.
Brig. Gen. Froilan Quidilla, PRO-9 regional director, called for the said
policemen from their mother units Zamboanga peninsula region, who reported
Thursday to the regional headquarters for Body Mass Index (BMI) evaluation.
Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco
Gamboa ordered all police personnel to undergo a BMI evaluation as part of
the PNP internal cleansing program.


CHINESE FIRM IN SANGLEY AIRPORT PROJECT HELPED BUILD SOUTH CHINA SEA
ARTIFICIAL ISLANDS

MANILA — The Chinese state-owned firm that will handle the development of
Sangley airport in Cavite is the same company that helped build Beijing's
artificial islands in the South China Sea.
The tandem of Lucio Tan's MacroAsia Corp. and China Communications
Construction Co. (CCCC) was the sole bidder for the Sangley Point
International Airport project.
The provincial government of Cavite earlier said it would award the project
to the MacroAsia-CCCC tandem mid-January. The proposal also includes CCCC's
sister companies China Airport Construction Group Co. Ltd. and CCCC Dredging
Group Co. Ltd.
According to a Wall Street Journal report in November 2015, a ship owned by
CCCC Dredging was seen in surveillance photos at one of China's artificial
islands in the Spratly Islands. This report was based on
defense-intelligence provider IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.


PAL WARNS AGAINST 'PHISHING SITE' LURING PUBLIC 'TO WIN PLANE TICKETS'

MANILA - Philippine Airlines warned the public on Friday against a phishing
site that it said is circulating a "fake advertisement" supposedly offering
a chance to win plane tickets.
In an advisory on its official Facebook page and website, PAL said opening
the site where the spurious ad appears places personal data of those
accessing it at risk.
The airline company described the fake ad as showing a PAL logo with the
phrase 'Home in the Sky' and lures "netizens to reply to several questions
in exchange for a chance to win plane tickets."
"We urge everyone NOT TO open the site as doing so will compromise your
personal data," the PAL advisory reads.
"Our Information Systems Department has classified it as a phishing site
designed to capture personal information," it added.
PAL said it is coordinating with authorities regarding the incident, and
warned those behind it "to desist from carrying out this illegal act."
It reiterated that all official advertisements of the company are posted on
its official website, and Facebook page.
Banks and even government agencies have also issued warnings in the past
against phishing activities which have spiked amid the growing digital
transformation across many sectors globally.


JUDY ANN COOKS HOT MEALS FOR TAAL EVACUEES

MANILA—She said that she's looking to take a break from doing teleseryes,
following the conclusion of "Starla," at least for the first few months of
the new year to spend more time with her family.
And it looks like Judy Ann Santos has been putting her free time to good
use, cooking and packing hot meals for the many who were displaced to
evacuation centers due to the Taal eruption.
On her Instagram Stories, Santos could be seen busy preparing the packed
meals with her family and friends, with husband Ryan Agoncillo leading the
distribution side.
She shared that they managed to make a thousand packed meals, in addition to
the 35 relief packages they stored in reusable boxes.
She wrote: "Sama sama tayong babangon para sa mga kababayan nating
nangangailangan ng tulong."


CROWN RETURNS TO BARANGAY, AS GINEBRA WINS PBA GOVERNORS’ CUP TITLE

Japeth Aguilar scored 25 points, and Barangay Ginebra used a strong third
quarter to beat Meralco 105-93 and win the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup title at
Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.
It is the third Governors' Cup title in four years for Justin Brownlee and
co. — all at coach Norman Black and Meralco's expense — and 12th overall for
inarguably the league's most popular franchise.
Ginebra fell behind by 14 points in the first half, but came alive after the
break to close the best-of-7 series in 5 games.
Brownlee contributed 24 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, and Stanley
Pringle added 17 points and 8 assists in his first PBA championship, as all
Ginebra starters finished in double-digit scoring.
Scottie Thompson chipped in 14 points and 6 assists, while LA Tenorio added
12 points for Ginebra, which finished with 33 assists on 40 field goals.
Meralco was in control early, leading by as many as 14 points, 39-25, before
Ginebra cut the deficit to 40-34 at halftime.
Down 59-53 in the third, Ginebra went on a 15-3 run to go up 68-62 with 1:22
left in the quarter.
Instead of yielding in the midst of that run and a boisterous pro-Ginebra
crowd, Meralco didn't go down without a fight.
Bong Quinto's basket made it 86-84 with 5:47 left in the game, before
Ginebra a 13-2 burst made it 99-86 and put the game out of the reach.
Allen Durham led Meralco with 29 points and 21 rebounds playing 48 minutes.
Without injured center Raymond Almazan and its outside shooting
disappearing, though, Meralco couldn't match Ginebra's firepower.


NBA SCORES JAN 16


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Suns 17-24    25    33    32    31    121
team logo Knicks 11-31    32    20    27    19    98
SCORING LEADERSD. Booker PHO
29 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
J. Randle NY
26 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Celtics 27-13    20    38    29    36    123
team logo Bucks 37-6    36    40    30    22    128
SCORING LEADERSK. Walker BOS
40 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST
G. Antetokounmpo MIL
32 PTS, 17 REB, 7 AST


FINAL/OT
    1    2    3    4    OT    T
team logo Jazz 28-13    28    21    42    31    10    132
team logo Pelicans 16-26    25    31    31    35    16    138
SCORING LEADERSD. Mitchell UTA
46 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
B. Ingram NO
49 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Magic 20-22    26    22    28    19    95
team logo Clippers 29-13    34    33    24    31    122
SCORING LEADERSN. Vucevic ORL
22 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
K. Leonard LAC
32 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST


FINAL/OT
    1    2    3    4    OT    T
team logo Nuggets 29-12    19    26    28    40    21    134
team logo Warriors 9-34    34    28    23    28    18    131
SCORING LEADERS
    W. Barton DEN
31 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST
    A. Burks GS
25 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST

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