Meddling In ‘Aura’ Incident Will Harm Livelihood Of PH Mariners

Meddling In ‘Aura’ Incident Will Harm Livelihood Of PH Mariners

Spotlight

In COVID-Free Town, Learning Goes On Under The Trees, In Open Spaces

The town of Paglat, which hasn’t had a single case of COVID-19 since the pandemic, is among the few places in the Philippines where learners cope with school work through in-person tutorials.

Add To Cart: Synergeia Launches Online Store In Aid Of Parents

As part of their efforts to help boost income of parents amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Synergeia Foundation has launched an online store where parents can sell anything.

Filipino PR Executive Wins People Of The Year 2020 In Beijing

PAGEONE Group CEO Ron F. Jabal was recognized as People of the Year 2020 in the Golden Flag Awards — one of most prominent PR awards in China!

Children Still Survive In Makeshift Homes And Miss Out On Learning After Typhoon Rolly

"Our house was destroyed because we are poor," said nine-year-old Maria who was among the thousands of children left homeless when Super Typhoon Rolly made landfall in Albay.

Stepping in the incident involving a Chinese vessel allegedly harassing a Greek oil tanker “Green Aura” with an all-Filipino crew near the Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) may cost thousands of Filipino mariners their livelihood, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said.

Locsin defended the statement made by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo that the incident is not a Philippine concern because the vessel allegedly harassed is not a Philippine vessel.

This after maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal described Panelo’s remark as “wrong on several levels”, saying the spokesperson should stop speaking on matters of foreign policy.

“It is a Greek vessel of Greek ownership flying a Liberian flag of convenience which just happens to have a skipper of Philippine nationality,” Locsin said in a message to media forwarded by Panelo.

Locsin said meddling will drag Filipino mariners in the incident, emphasizing that none of the Filipino crew members in the Greek oil tanker were even harmed in the first place.

“We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue about which our only interest is the safety of the parts of the crew who just happen to be Filipino and were not harmed,” he added.

He further said 400,000 Filipino mariners could lose their livelihood if the Philippine government would step in an issue better addressed by the Greek government.

“Want the employment 400,000 Pinoy mariners to hang in the balance of the games an idiot native media likes to play? Now that’s harming their livelihoods,” Locsin said.

Panelo said he will be releasing a separate statement on the issue.

On his official Twitter account, Batongbacal said Panelo’s silence on China’s assertion of jurisdiction against a Greek vessel is like saying the Philippines is not concerned that China does the same for any other state.

“It’s like a person not caring that his house is being managed by someone else who claims to be the owner and makes other people recognize he is the real owner,” Batongbacal said.

The maritime law expert explained that even if the incident involved a Greek vessel, it should still be a concern because the Philippines relies on foreign-flagged vessels for international trade.

Reports said the Green Aura was going to China from Thailand through the West Philippine Sea on Sept. 30 when it received warning from a Chinese warship against passing the Scarborough Shoal.

Filipino captain Manolo Ebora ignored this order and maintained the Green Aura has the right to an innocent passage in the disputed shoal. (PNA)

PH Covid-19 Recoveries Reach 398.7K

Good news: overall tally of COVID-19 recoveries is now at 398,782!

Leyte Seeks Month-Long Ban For Returning Residents

According to Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto, the temporary suspension is based on the request of mayors to ban the acceptance of returning residents from Dec. 1 to 31.

4-Day Work Week In PH Courts Starts Dec. 1: SC

Under the guidelines, all courts would observe a 10-hour workday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Science And Arts Join Hands In DOST’s Bamboo Musical Instruments Concert

One of the featured activities at this year’s "Musika ng Kawayan, Yaman ng Bayan” virtual concert are the locally-made bamboo musical instruments!

Travel Vouchers, Affordable RT-PCR Test Eyed For Tourists

The Dept. of Tourism is eyeing to ink an agreement with the UP-PGH to cut by 50 percent the RT-PCR test cost originally priced around PHP1,800 to PHP1,900 per person.

In COVID-Free Town, Learning Goes On Under The Trees, In Open Spaces

The town of Paglat, which hasn’t had a single case of COVID-19 since the pandemic, is among the few places in the Philippines where learners cope with school work through in-person tutorials.

Overseas Filipinos With Covid-19 Climb To 11,692

With the addition of the 16 new cases on Monday, the total number of infection among overseas Filipinos is now at 11,692.

Speed Of The Future: realme X50 Pro 5G To Launch Via Smart Signature Plan On December 03

realme PH launches its very first 5G-ready smartphone in the country!

LGU Ordinances Needed Before Minors Can Enter Malls

Dapat na nga bang payagan ang mga minor de edad sa mga mall?

Gatchalian Amends DOE Budget To Cushion Effects Of High Energy Costs

Sen. Win Gatchalian proposed an additional P46 million for next year to fund studies on new technologies that will maximize indigenous resources.