Taiwan’s Christmas offering: Watch a movie, win a mountain bike


Do you want to win a mountain bike, a laptop, a 42-inch TV, and a cellphone?

Watch a short film titled “Together We Can” and you may get any one of those items for free.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines is inviting everyone to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines is inviting all Filipinos to participate in a nationwide contest that offers three Taiwan Giant mountain bicycle Talon as prizes for the grand winners.

Aside from the grand prizes TECO said there will be six second prizes (Taiwan Acer Laptop), seven third prizes (Taiwan TECO LED 42-inch TV) and 14 special prizes (Taiwan ASUS FonePad 7 cell phone).
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December 16, 2014 8:06 pm  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Vietnam delivered when the Philippines needed it most

 Alliance forged.Pres. Aquino and Vietnam  Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Malacanang May 2014.

Alliance forged. Pres. Aquino and Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Malacanang May 2014.

It means a lot to the Philippines that Vietnam submitted a Position Paper to the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations that is handling the complaint filed by the Philippines against China on the conflict in the South China Sea.

Probably so as not to further antagonize China, with whom the Philippines has rekindled relations marked by the meeting of President Aquino with Chinese President Xi Jinping last month on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs in reaction to the statement of Vietnam was sober.

The statement, released three days after Vietnam made public the Dec. 4 submission to the U.N. Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague, said: “PH has had close consultations with Vietnam, bilaterally as well as within ASEAN, on claims and issues in the South China Sea. We now understand that Vietnam has made its position on our arbitration case known to the Tribunal. This is not wholly unexpected, since Vietnam naturally seeks to protect its own interests. What we understand, however, consistent with our previous discussions, is that the Vietnam’s basic position largely accords with ours with regards to the South China Sea.
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December 15, 2014 7:55 am  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  2 Comments

Former Rep. Jun Lozada shares his cancer treatment the Fuda way

Jun Lozada with Fuda Hospital Chief President Xu Kecheng.

Jun Lozada with Fuda Hospital Chief President Xu Kecheng.

Former Ambassador and Negros Occ. Rep. Apolinario “Jun” Lozada, Jr. relates his story on how he got to Fuda Cancer Hospital in Guangzhou, China for treatment of his prostate cancer with amusement now that he has been declared cancer-free.

But it was not so when a routine check-up last march showed a PSA (Prostatic Specific Antigen) level of over 100 when the normal count is only from zero to four.

Further tests revealed that he has prostate cancer.

The initial reaction was denial and hoping that it would be cured without going through the dreaded surgery and chemotherapy.
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December 14, 2014 9:14 am  Tags:   Posted in: Health, Malaya  2 Comments

Kahanga-hanga ang pagpahalaga ng mga Koreano ng dangal; hindi kahanga-hanga ang patuloy na pagdepensa ni PNoy kay Purisima

Mangyayari kaya dito sa Pilipinas ang nangyari kay Heather Co, ang anak ng chairman ng Korean Airlines na humingi ng tawad sa publiko sa ginawa niyang pagsuplada at pag-inarte sa sarili nilang airline?
Malabo.

Suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima and President Aquino.

Suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima and President Aquino.

Ito lang kay Police Chief Alan Purisima, inimbistiga ng Ombudsman ang tungkol sa ma-anomalya na pagbigay ng kontrata sa courier na magde-deliber ng mga lisensya ng baril. Napag-alaman na sabit si Purisima.

Sinuspindi. Sa halip na mag-fade away na lang, sinubukan pang ipahinto ang suspension.

Ang Pangulong Aquino naman, na binabandera ang kanyang “Tuwid na Daan”, depensa ng depensa kay Purisima. Kahit na nasuspindi na, pinipilit pa rin na pumirma lang naman daw si Purisima. Baka nalusutan lang daw.

“Nilalagay ko ang sarili ko sa lugar niya? Usisain ko ba lahat na papeles na dumadaan sa agin para pirmahan?” sabi ni Aquino.
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December 13, 2014 8:01 pm  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Benigno Aquino III, Philippine National Police  8 Comments

Vietnam supports PH position: UN tribunal has jurisdiction on South China Sea dispute

Water cannon fight in Paracels between China and Vietnam last May.

Water cannon fight in Paracels between China and Vietnam last May.



By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files

The Philippine case against China’s nine-dash line before the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal gained support from Vietnam in a statement it submitted to the court in The Hague on Thursday.

The Vietnam Foreign Ministry said the tribunal has jurisdiction to settle disputes concerning the interpretation of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
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December 13, 2014 9:56 am  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea, Vera Files  One Comment

Binay in a freefall

Going down fast.

Going down fast.

Obviously, Vice President Jejomar Binay’s early campaigning was not enough to offset the negative impact of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee investigation which has exposed his alleged mindboggling corruption operations in Makati City.

His scores in Pulse Asia surveys on presidential preference, performance and trust ratings are in a freefall.

In the survey conducted November 14 to 20 Binay’s rating dropped by 21 percentage points (from 66 percent in September to only 45 percent in November).

His trust rating also took a steep decline – 20 percentage points, from 64 percent in September to 44 percent in November.
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December 13, 2014 3:42 am  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Malaya, surveys  5 Comments

China’s position paper shows wide gap with PH stand

Pres. Aquino and Pres. Xi Jinping, Beijing Nov 2014

Pres. Aquino and Pres. Xi Jinping, Beijing Nov 2014

The Position Paper of China on the case filed by the Philippines with the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal showed the wide gap between the two countries as regards their conflicting claims on th South China Sea islands, reefs and rocks.

The meeting between President Aquino and Chinese President Xi Jinping may have lowered the tension but the two countries are really far apart in attitude and perspective.

Example:

Before the meeting of Leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in Beijing last month, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said their bringing unilaterally the territorial conflict with China before the U.N. court is not an unfriendly act.
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December 11, 2014 1:48 am  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  No Comments

China: UN tribunal has no jurisdiction on case filed by PH

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By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files

China insisted Sunday that the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal has no jurisdiction on the complaint filed by the Philippines seeking to declare null and void the nine-dash line on China’s maps.

China’s 27-page position paper, posted on the website of its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, came eight days before the Dec. 15 deadline given by the U.N. court for Beijing to answer the Philippine complaint filed on Jan. 22, 2013.

With or without China’s reply, the U.N. court will start the hearings.
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December 8, 2014 2:11 am  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  4 Comments

EDCA minus Gazmin’s illusions

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and U.S. Ambassador Phillip Goldberg after signing the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and U.S. Ambassador Phillip Goldberg after signing the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin had no choice but to say what EDCA, the agreement he signed with the United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg last April 28, really is under strict questioning by Sen. Miriam Santiago, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

EDCA stands for Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement which allows the U.S. to set up camps within Philippine military camps despite the Constitutional prohibition that “military bases, foreign military bases, troops, or facilities shall not be allowed in the Philippines except under a treaty duly concurred in by the Senate and, when the Congress so requires, ratified by a majority of the votes cast by the people in a national referendum held for that purpose, and recognized as a treaty by the other contracting State. “

To sell EDCA to the Filipino public, the Aquino government led by Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and Gazmin demonized China and said with the agreement, the U.S. will come to the aid of the Philippines in case there will be an armed conflict with China in the Spratlys, where both the Philippines and China have conflicting territorial claims.

Last Monday, Gazmin admitted that there is no such guarantee.
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December 2, 2014 10:29 pm  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya, Military  13 Comments

Aquino ignores Bonifacio

Movie actor Robin Padilla at the Liwasang Bonifacio rally.

Movie actor Robin Padilla at the Liwasang Bonifacio rally.

Photos courtesy of Renato Reyes, Jr.

Yesterday was the 151st birth anniversary of one of Filipinos’ great heroes, Andres Bonifacio (November 30, 1863 – May 10, 1897).

Today, we are a sovereign nation, independent and free, largely because of Bonifacio.
Bonifacio is considered the “the Father of the Philippine Revolution”. He founded the Katipunan, short for Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan, a movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule.

Save for a short message released by Malacañang, there was no other activity led by President Aquino that commemorated the birth of Bonifacio.

Come to think of it, why would Aquino bother with Bonifacio? Remember his reason for not going to the wake of Jennifer Laude, the transgender who was killed by an American serviceman? He doesn’t go to the wake of people he doesn’t know.

Aquino has no affinity with Bonifacio.
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November 30, 2014 9:59 pm  Tags:   Posted in: History, Malaya  21 Comments