PH to explore new cooperation, partnership with China
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday (April 25) that the Philippines will seek “new areas of cooperation and partnership” to further strengthen its diplomatic ties with China.
Duterte said this during his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum being held in Beijing from April 25 to 27.
“The Philippines [and] China must continue to work together to explore new areas of cooperation and partnership. We look forward to a productive discussion on matters of mutual interest and concern,” Duterte said in his opening statement for the bilateral talks.
“The decision to elevate bilateral ties to a comprehensive, strategic cooperation affirms the Philippines and China’s strong desire to further deepen and broaden this engagement,” he added.
Duterte is one of the 35 leaders and heads of international organizations who are currently in Beijing to participate in the second Road and Belt Forum.
This is the fourth time that Duterte visited China since winning the presidential election in 2016.
Duterte also said the Philippines remains keen on executing the projects that were agreed during Xi’s visit to Manila in November 2018, in line with the vision to implement high-quality and good impact projects.
“The sooner they are completed, the sooner people on the ground will feel the benefits of Philippine-China relations,” he said.
For his part, Xi said he is happy to see better relations between the two countries and that the Philippines is an important part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
After his bilateral talks with Xi, Duterte will meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Duterte arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for the four-day visit. He was accompanied by several of his cabinet members, his partner Honeylet Avanceña and daughter Veronica. — Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated that the West Philippine Sea still belongs to the country and that he is only giving “fishing rights” to China.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m the owner, and I’m just giving the fishing rights,” he said.
In a television interview on Monday (July 15), Duterte said traditional fishing rights is widely recognized.
“Historically even before the birth of nations, even before the organization of whatever, meron ‘yang mga tao sa coast eh. Whether they are really the ancestors of the Chinese or the Filipinos, and also, nations who have been fishing there. It’s called fishing rights,” Duterte said.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Astronomy enthusiasts in the country will get to see a partial lunar eclipse which will be visible on early Wednesday (July 17), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
The state weather bureau said the partial lunar eclipse will begin at 4:01 a.m. and will peak at 5:30 a.m. (PhST).
A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, but the three celestial bodies do not form a straight line in space. When this happens, only a small part of the moon’s surface is covered by the Earth’s shadow.
During a partial lunar eclipse, part of the moon can get a reddish hue.
Pagasa said the astronomical event will also be seen in Australia, Asia except for the northeastern part, Africa, Europe except N. Scandinavia and most of South America.
The state weather bureau said sky observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes as lunar eclipses are safe to watch.
The agency added that sky gazers may also use a binocular to help magnify the view and will make the moon’s red coloration brighter.
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