WASHINGTON - China could eventually deploy long-range radar and advanced missile systems on installations it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, according to the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific.
Speaking at a congressional hearing, Admiral Samuel Locklear described as "aggressive" the land reclamation and construction projects China has been conducting at eight military outposts in areas also claimed by neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.
Locklear said in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that the Chinese are "showing no slowdown in the pace of their military modernization, particularly in the navy," increasing the country's clout in the South and East China Seas.More >
‘Fragile: Please handle with care’
By Corina Oliquino, FilAm Star Correspondent
Manila, Philippines – On August 19, 2015, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) warned OFWs and the public alike that they are now conducting random spot checks of balikbayan boxes as the ‘ber’ months or holiday season is approaching, prompting an increase in boxes sent from overseas.
In a report of ABS-CBN 2’s Bandila, the Bureau of Customs are expecting a load of almost 800,000 balikbayan boxes to arrive in the succeeding months before the holiday season.
In its aim to monitor balikbayan boxes with high-value items, the bureau will conduct random spot checks for stricter implementation of the existing Customs Memorandum Order for consolidated shipments from Filipinos abroad since the 1990s.
Seaman Second Class Gringo Villaruz and Seaman First Class Rod Pagaling,the two Coast Guard personnel kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf last May escaped ad was rescued on Thursday,August 20.
SN2 Villaruz and SN1 Pagaling were rescued between 7am and 8am on Wednesday,August 19 in Indanan Sulu amidst intense firefight between the Elite Army Scout Ranger Troops and Abu Sayyaf in which 15 members of the kidnap for ransom group were reporyed killed.
Taking exception to the saying “what is good for the goose is good for the gander,” President Aquino has questioned the Supreme Court decision granting bail to Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile for humanitarian considerations which could similarly entitle former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
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