Kitchen sinks, anyone?

  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    AFP News
    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace …

  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dis …

    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dis …

    Reuters
    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dis …

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew …

  • US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

    US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

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    US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

    Four US Marines took the witness stand Tuesday at the murder trial of their comrade accused of killing a local transgender woman in the Philippines, lawyers who attended the closed-door proceedings said. The American servicemen were asked to testify on what the defendant, Private First Class Joseph Pemberton, had told them shortly after the October 24, 2014 killing, the lawyers said. "I think I may have killed a he or she," Lance Corporal Michael Rose told the court when asked what Pemberton …

  • China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters

    China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters

    Reuters
    China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters

    By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions. In a policy document issued by the State Council, the Communist-ruled country's cabinet, China vowed to increase its "open seas protection", switching from air defence to both offence and defence, and criticised …

  • BRIEF-Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services' shares to halt trade pending …

    Reuters

    May 26 (Reuters) - Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group CoLtd * Says shares to halt trading from May 27 pendingannouncement Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/1KjIZ9I Further company coverage: (Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms) …

Personal attacks, though present from the start of the national campaign, have intensified the last few days, both in the senatorial and local campaigns. At the senatorial level, we have witnessed the disparagement of candidate Nancy Binay as having the sole credentials as “vice-presidential daughter” and nothing else. Senator Loren Legarda was accused by a certain Biraogo, a “media publicist,” of stashing hidden wealth in New York’s fashionable Park Avenue in the form of a million-dollar apartment. Juan “Jackie” Ponce Enrile, Jr. has his alleged murderous misdeeds of Marcos dictatorial years, including the death of then-popular movie star Alfie Anido, brought back into the limelight. Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, Jr. likewise experienced a public flashback of his alleged 1986 key role in the abduction and gruesome murder of Atty. Rolando Olalia and his driver, Leonor Alay-ay when the case against former Col. Kapunan had a hearing.

Earlier in March, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri had their face-off regarding the alleged “battered wife” of the former. Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero also had his media share in the tiff between his girlfriend, actress Heart Evangelista, and her parents.

The attacks, at the senatorial campaign level, evidently had something to do with the fierce and closely-fought electoral contests: one, for the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth place, and, two, for the coveted number one position in the victory list.

According to the latest Pulse Asia survey, done last April 20-22, 2013, seven candidates have clear chances of maintaining or barging into the last three places in the 12-person senatorial slots open for election. These are Pimentel, Angara, Zubiri, Honasan, Enrile, Hontiveros, and Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. The first nine slots appear to have firmed up, according to the survey.

An earlier Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, conducted last April 13-15, 2013, also indicated a firming up of the first nine slots. However, it listed six to eight candidates within hitting distance of the 10th to 12th seats still open. These are Poe, Trillanes, Enrile, Honasan, Zubiri, R. Magsaysay, Madrigal and Hontiveros.

The case of Senator Loren Legarda is a different one. Since she has maintained her number one position in both surveys, she certainly is a big target for those aspiring for the seat. The reason, of course, is that it is a historical launching pad for presidential candidacy. Since the 2016 presidential election is already being fought for in the current campaign—with Vice-President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay a declared candidate—the first three Senate slots are an inviting target for those who have the 2016 ambition also.

Entering the homestretch, every card in these candidates’ war chest is being pulled out in dealt. Personal attacks—considering the personalistic nature of traditional politics—are par for the course. If there is a kitchen sink somewhere, it will certainly be thrown in, for good measure.

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  • China breaks ground on lighthouse project in South China Sea

    China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions. China's Ministry of Transport hosted the ceremony for the construction of two multi-functional lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef on the disputed Spratly islands, state news agency Xinhua said, defying calls from the United States and the …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Thai, Philippine indexes weak after trade data

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose in line with the rest of Asia on Tuesday but the Thai index pared early gains after weak trade data in April, while the Philippine benchmark ... …

  • Is your home on top of a faultline?
    Is your home on top of a faultline?

    The Philippine Institute of Volcanoly and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recently issued an updated and high-resolution "atlas" of the East Valley Fault and West Valley Fault, two major faultlines that run through sections of Metro Manila. Metro Manila may be due for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake within this lifetime, say experts from the institute, among them PHIVOLCS director Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr. According to records, the last major earthquake caused by the West Valley Fault took place 357 years …

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