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MANILA – US admonished the Philippines and China to avoid using “coercion and intimidation” in stating their claims in the disputed South China Sea, its embassy in Manila on Friday. The US embassy posted a statement, “Our position on the South China Sea is clear: We support lawful uses of the sea, respect for international law, unimpeded lawful commerce, and peace and stability.” US embassy dispensed the statement after a

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WASHINGTON – Trump’s administration has gone ahead with a surveillance drone sale to 4 US allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stated Washington will no longer “tiptoe” around Chinese behavior in Asia. Shanahan did not directly name China when making accusations of “actors” destabilizing the region in a speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday but went on to say

Virginia Beach

A dissatisfied city employee opened fire at the municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Friday afternoon, killing 11 people and wounding at least six others before he was killed himself, the city’s police chief stated. Chief James Cervera stated the exact circumstances of the shooting in the coastal resort city is still under investigation. He gave out a few details, however, of what was known, but stated by a

Fitch Ratings : Samsung may gain from Huawei's plight in trade war

According to Fitch Ratings, the Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has a high chance to strengthen its position in the smartphone market due to the letdown spurred to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in the wake of US-China trade tensions, Tech companies which includes Google and SoftBank Group-owned stated ceasing supplies and updates over to Huawei. The ratings company said in a statement. The loss of access to may hurt the smartphone sales of

Huawei

The Department of Information and Communications Technology assured the public on Thursday that Huawei’s banning in the US will have “little impact” on the Philippines, where local carriers guaranteed to diversify their hardware sources. DICT added that Manila also has tools to protect its telecommunications infrastructure. As Globe and PLDT conglomerates both use Huawei in their networks and have tapped the Shenzhen-based tech giant for their 5G rollouts. The DICT

Huawei

Philippines’ top Telcos, Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc on Monday stated Huawei devices on their networks would be unperturbed by US companies’ move to cut off supply ties with the Chinese giant. Google suspended hardware and software supplies to Huawei in compliance with an order from Washington, stated Android services on existing Huawei devices would “keep functioning.” “We wish to assure our customers that the current situation at Huawei will

voters

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Monday, May 20, that the planned one-day proclamation may not be able to take place because the votes are yet to arrive from the United States (US) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Comelec-Education and Information Department Assistant Director Frances Arabe stated the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) will not be able to declare both the winning senators and party-lists Tuesday, May 21. “For

arrest

An American citizen wanted in the United States for sexually abusing a child were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Talisay City, Cebu. BI chief Jaime Morente on Thursday identified the arrested American national as Charles Roy Atkinson, 33. He said that Atkinson was arrested last Saturday, April 27. US Embassy told that Atkinson is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Court of Harrison County,

Sanofi

US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday permitted Sanofi SA’s dengue vaccine Dengvaxia for use in the United States among people aged 9 through 16 who have laboratory-confirmed previous dengue infection and live in endemic areas. Late 2017 had Sanofi divulged that Dengvaxia could increase the risk of severe dengue in children who had never been exposed to the virus, starting a government investigation in the Philippines where 800,000 school-age

PNP

Malacañang assured Thursday that the police and military are always on alert. In light of the United States Department of States labeled the Philippines as one of 35 countries with “high risk” for kidnapping. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated in a Palace briefing, “Well the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the military are always on alert. They have intelligence surveillance.” Panelo modulated the report, saying kidnapping “happens to every country.”