PHNO HEADLINE NEWS THIS PAST WEEK
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AQUINO: PHL TO DEFY CHINA'S CLAIM ON AIRSPACE OVER DISPUTED TERRITORIES


MAY 25 ---Above photo of Aquino is shown gesturing in an interview with Reuters at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila July 2, 2012. REUTERS FILE PHOTO  President Benigno Aquino III on Monday said the Philippines will defy China's claim on the airspace over disputed territories in the South China Sea. "We will still fly to routes that we fly based on international law," Aquino told reporters in an interview in Marikina City, where he inspected classrooms a week before the opening of classes. The President also said that he is not yet concerned about the possibility of China targeting Philippine aircraft, since Beijing has not yet formally declared an air control zone over the South China Sea. "Siguro hindi muna natin dapat pag-isipan na tayo ay pag-iinitan ng isang bansa dahil wala pa ring dinedeclare namang ADIZ [Air Defense Identification Zone] doon sa tinatahak ng ating carriers," Aquino said. "Baka naman pinapangunahan natin 'yung problema na wala pa," he added. The President further said that it will be bad for China's reputation in the international community if it will be engaged in a direct confrontation with the Philippines. "Klarong-klaro 'yung disparity sa available military force between China and ourselves. READ MORE...

ALSO: Nationalist Global Times says, War inevitable between China, US unless.......
[Beijing files complaint vs Washington over spy plane flight]


MAY  26 ---Tabloid newspaper owned by ruling Communist Party's official newspaper.
Nationalist Global Times, a tabloid owned by the ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, said war is “inevitable” between China and the United States unless Washington stops demanding that Beijing halts the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway. China also said yesterdaty that it had filed a complaint with the United States over a US spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fueled tension between the world’s two largest economies. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on Monday China had lodged a complaint and that it opposed “provocative behavior” by the United States. “We urge the US to correct its error, remain rational and stop all irresponsible words and deeds,” she said. “Freedom of navigation and overflight by no means mean that foreign countries’ warships and military aircraft can ignore the legitimate rights of other countries as well as the safety of aviation and navigation.”  China had noted “ear-piercing voices” from many in the U.S. about China’s construction on the islands and reefs. It said China was determined to finish its construction work, calling it the country’s “most important bottom line”. READ MORE...

ALSO UNESCO DOCUMENT: Philippine Education For all 2015: Implementation and Challenges


MAY 25 ---I. General Introduction --1. Filipinos have deep regard to for education. Education occupies a central place in Philippine political, economic social and cultural life. It has always been strongly viewed as a pillar of national development and a primary avenue for social and economic mobility. 2. A clear evidence of the value placed on education is the proportion of the national government budget going to the sector. The Department of Education (DepEd), the country’s biggest bureaucracy1 , is given the highest budget allocation among government agencies each year as required by the 1987 Philippine Constitution.2   3. The 1987 Constitution likewise guarantees the right to education of every Filipino. It provided that, “The State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality
education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make education accessible to all. ”Constitution likewise guarantees the right to education of every Filipino. It provided that, “The State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make education accessible to all.”   4. The right of every Filipino to quality basic education is further emphasized in
Republic Act 9155 or the Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001. Along with Republic Act 6655 or the Free Secondary Education Act, these laws reaffirm the policy of the State to protect and promote the rights of all Filipinos by providing children free and compulsory education in the elementary and high school level. This pertains to six years of free tuition fees for children aged 6 to 11, and free four years  of secondary schooling for those aged 12 to 15.CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Advantages and Disadvantages of k 12
[The truth is there are already many problems at the current 10-year curriculum and it has nothing to do with number of years. to enumerate a few – there are not enough qualified teachers to teach all the students; that is made worst with just too many students; there are not enough classrooms and schools to comfortably fit all the students (not to mention not enough bathrooms and water supply); there are not enough books; add the problem of poor quality books, on top of that there are not enough facilities and finally very high drop out rates.]



MAY 25 ---The short duration of the basic education program also puts the millions of overseasFilipino workers (OFWs), especially the professionals, and those who intend to study abroad,at a disadvantage.
Our graduates are not automatically recognized as professionals abroad.”The best examples are our engineering graduates, who are condemned to international jobs not befitting their professional status due to our not having a 12-year basic education cycle.9.“ The short basic education program affects the human development of the Filipino children.” If we believe that 17-year-old high school graduates are emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually mature, why do we require them to get parental consent before they get married? DISADVANTAGE of K-12 If the K-12 Education Plan becomes successful, then the Philippine education system can become more competitive among other countries around the world. Though there are still some problems that the government needs to solve before they can successfully implement the plan. The proposed program is good but it still won't work if the needed elements to make it work isn't present. READ MORE...

ALSO: Haste results in narrow scope of BBL, says Marcos


MAY 26 ---MARCOS --The apparent haste in drafting the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), which was the basis of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), resulted in an agreement exclusively between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chairman of the local governments panel taking up the BBL bill, said. Marcos, who consulted Mindanao groups left out in the negotiations yesterday, realized that Congress is trying to up for the shortcomings of the government negotiating panel in drawing up the proposed BBL while at the same time is being tasked by the Palace to work on a tight schedule. Marcos said that the Senate will not be bound by the June 10 deadline set by the Palace on both the House and the Senate to submit their versions of the bill.  Senators yesterday scored the government peace negotiating panel and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for their failure to consult with all stakeholders for the proposed bill. Senators were told, during the hearing on the BBL, that the task of consulting with stakeholders outside of the MILF, that include the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), indigenous people and sultanates of Mindanao, had been tossed to Congress. READ MORE...

ALSO: Senate sees Palace move to ram in BBL


MAY 26 ---MARCOS APPEALS TO COLLEAGUES: BE INDEPENDENT The head of the Senate panel drafting the chamber’s version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) expects Malacanang to employ the same tactic done at the House of Representatives in exerting influence over allies to railroad the approval of the upper chamber’s version of the proposed bill.
Such an effort from the Palace could not be discounted even as the sponsor stood firm on coming up with a well-crafted measure that will introduce a substate in Mindanao. “I could only hope that it will not happen,” Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., chairman of the Senate local government committee, said yesterday. Marcos appealed to his colleagues to cross party lines in dealing with the issue on BBL in the Senate, noting what took place in the House of Representatives’ version which has been tainted heavily with politics and discarded what should have been the merits contained in the measure. “I would just like to tell my colleagues in Congress we were elected by the people and we have the responsibility to do what is in the interest of country. Let us not be afraid to do what is right. We know what is right and proper, let us not retreat from doing what we believe is right,” he said. “I presume that the Senate is more independent and I don’t believe that we will be swayed by any external pressure. Even if we disobey the Palace in doing the right thing, that is what we should do. That is part of oath of office of each senator,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy ready to meet with senators on BBL


MAY 26 ---Sen. Bongbong Marcos gestures during the Senate hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law yesterday. Edd Gumban
 President Aquino is ready to meet with senators to discuss the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law but will not back down on its merits and constitutionality while at the same hinting it should not be used for election purposes. “We understand there are a lot of opportunities to call attention especially with the upcoming elections next year. But a sober discussion and coordination (and) scrutiny of BBL, I suppose will make them see that it will withstand the test of constitutionality,” Aquino said. After inspecting Marikina Elementary School in the city yesterday, the President told reporters that he was waiting for the signal from Senate President Franklin Drilon as to when he could talk to the senators regarding the BBL. “Of course, there is a part of me that wants to talk to them. I don’t want them to think I am meddling because they are an independent body,” he said. “So we need to balance and the only thing I can say is if they really want to talk to me… if they invite me to give an opinion in a meeting, why are we not going to do it?” Aquino said. Aquino noted opinions that the provisions of the draft BBL would entail Charter change but also pointed out that the advertisements from members of the Constitutional Commission (ConCom), who crafted the Constitution, support the BBL because it was adherent to the Charter. “Many times when the lawyers argue (they say) read the book on ConCom debates. Here we don’t need to read the book because the living members of the ConCom themselves are the ones who are saying and explaining the constitutionality of the BBL,” Aquino said. READ MORE...

ALSO Mania Times commentary:  Aquino, China, Malaysia and the MILF


MAY 26 ---by FRANCISCO S. TATAD
NEXT to President B. S. Aquino 3rd, two major threats confront the Republic. One is a possible armed confrontation with China; another is the possible dismemberment of the country by means of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which seeks to create an Islamic enclave for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Which comes first is not material now. Each is a horror in itself, but Aquino’s personal handling of both issues makes them extremely dangerous. They could explode when least expected. We need a saner, more sober and more competent executive to handle both threats. But unless preceded or accompanied by some radical political change, the 2016 elections cannot hope to provide such an executive. Let us examine these two issues. China might decide to wage war on us The first threat: war with China. China is locked in maritime territorial dispute with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan over some islands, reefs and shoals in the South China/West Philippine Sea. To beef up its territorial claim, it has reclaimed at least seven land features, namely, Mischief Reef (Panganiban), Johnson South (Mabini), Gaven (Gavin), Cuarteron (Calderon), Kennan (Hughes), Eldad (Malvar), Fiery Cross (Kagitingan). The Philippines has protested these activities from the very beginning, to no avail. READ MORE...Readers responses...


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Aquino: PHL to defy China’s claim on airspace over disputed territories


Above photo of Aquino is shown gesturing in an interview with Reuters at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila July 2, 2012. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

MANILA, JUNE 1, 2015 (GMA NEWS) By ANDREO CALONZO, May 25, 2015 - President Benigno Aquino III on Monday said the Philippines will defy China's claim on the airspace over disputed territories in the South China Sea.

"We will still fly to routes that we fly based on international law," Aquino told reporters in an interview in Marikina City, where he inspected classrooms a week before the opening of classes.

The President also said that he is not yet concerned about the possibility of China targeting Philippine aircraft, since Beijing has not yet formally declared an air control zone over the South China Sea.

"Siguro hindi muna natin dapat pag-isipan na tayo ay pag-iinitan ng isang bansa dahil wala pa ring dinedeclare namang ADIZ [Air Defense Identification Zone] doon sa tinatahak ng ating carriers," Aquino said.

"Baka naman pinapangunahan natin 'yung problema na wala pa," he added.

The President further said that it will be bad for China's reputation in the international community if it will be engaged in a direct confrontation with the Philippines.

"Klarong-klaro 'yung disparity sa available military force between China and ourselves.

READ MORE...
Will they not take that into consideration, especially if you want to maintain a positive image to the rest of the world?" he said. 

Last week, the Chinese Navy was reported to have shooed away an American military surveillance aircraft flying over areas being reclaimed by China in the disputed South China Sea.

Earlier this month, a Philippine military official also revealed that Air Force planes conducting patrol over disputed territories were told over the radio in six separate incidents that they were flying on a Chinese “military security area."

Despite the incident, the US officials said they will continue to conduct air and sea patrols in international waters, including those being claimed by China.

No need to convene NSC

During the same interview, Aquino also rejected some senators’ proposal for him to convene the National Security Council (NSC) to tackle the Philippines’ territorial dispute with China.

“The security cluster, I believe, is adequate together with the legal cluster,” the President said.

He likewise said that he convened a “modified” NSC before the Philippines filed the arbitration case against China, with former Presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada, as well as Congress leaders, giving their respective inputs.

“Although I am supposed to be the main architect for foreign policy, we have tried to get as many voices from the different branches of government to have different perspectives and come up with the best solution to this problem,” Aquino said.

The President refused to divulge what other avenues the Philippines is currrently exploring to address its territorial row with China. He nevertheless said that his administration will continue pursuing the arbitration case, and coordination with other Southeast Asian countries.

Two earlier executive orders created the NSC to "advise the President on matters of national defense and security.”

These documents do not specify how often the NSC should meet. Instead, the NSC was directed to make recommendations to the President “from time to time.”

The NSC is composed of the President, the Vice President, the Senate President, the House Speaker, Cabinet members, the Armed Forces chief, the Foreign Affairs undersecretary, the National Civil Defense administration, and chairpersons of the defense and foreign affairs committees in Congress. —KG/KBK, GMA News


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