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(POLL) APEC IN PH: IS IT WORTH IT?


NOVEMBER 16 -THE Philippines did not hold back when it hosted the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit for the second time this year. The government earmarked billions to fund the gathering, suspended government work and classes, and cleared roads as leaders from Apec’s 21-member economies converged in Manila to participate in the region’s most high-level business event. Apec, which was founded in 1989, seeks to promote free trade and investment among its member economies. Through a series of meetings, ministers, leaders and the private sector from all 21 economies craft policies which will foster better trade among themselves.
The Apec-member economies account to nearly 57 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). As a founding member, the Philippines justified the inconvenience brought by the preparation for its second hosting by extolling the supposed economic and non-economic benefits it has reaped by having a place in the Apec table alongside world powers such as China, Japan, and the United States. But for many Filipinos who were inconvenienced by the road closures, those who were stuck in horrible traffic to give way for special lanes, and those who do not have an inkling on what will happen in the week-long event, this is the question that resonates: Was hosting the Apec in the Philippines really worth it? Answer the poll now posted on the INQUIRER.net homepage. JOIN THE INQUIRER POLL...SEE RESULT...

ALSO: APEC empties Edsa, fills up MRT stations


NOVEMBER 16 --An empty Edsa and a crowded MRT station in Magallanes show how the Filipino working class is paying a price for the APEC PHL. 
NOVEMBER 16 -Due to APEC 2015 summit, commuters from Cavite have to walk going to Baclaran, Paranaque City to find passenger vehicles on Monday, November 16, 2015, after authorities closed down a portion of EDSA. NINO JESUS ORBETA
Commuters swamped at least two MRT stations in Pasay and Makati Wednesday afternoon after government officials banned private and public vehicles on Edsa from Ayala Avenue to Roxas Boulevard due to the Apec summit. The absence of private and public transportation left that stretch of Edsa empty, with only security personnel dotting the usually jammed thoroughfare.
READ: #Apectado by traffic: People turn to social media to release anger Officials kept Edsa clear to allow Apec delegates a fast and comfortable ride to and from summit venues in the Makati Central Business District and in Pasay City.“Walang masakyan. Ito lang (MRT),” said Mario, a 48-year-old Makati employee, who usually took the bus home to Quezon City. He said the MRT station in Magallanes was usually not so busy at mid-afternoon, even on weekdays.READ MORE..., RELATED,
Thousands walked 4 kilometers to work, in over an hour, due to APEC road closure.....

ALSO: Foreign activists to join anti-Apec rallies despite deportation threats


NOVEMBER 16 -Protesters burn mock American flags during a rally outside the US Embassy to protest the alleged US military’s involvement in the row between the Philippines and China on the disputed islands in the South China Sea, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The protesters are opposing the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama next week to the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit of Leaders. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

NOVEMBER 18 -
Protesters from various militant groups are doused with water canon as they trooped to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Novemeber 18, 2015. (MB Photo/Mark Balmores)
Defying government policies on foreigners joining rallies and the threats of deportation, the members of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) maintained that they would participate in protests against the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec). “We denounce this harassment from the government. We shall remain undeterred and shall go on with our protest activities,” ILPS secretary general Malcolm Guy said as the global activist group concluded its fifth assembly at the Sequioa Hotel in Quezon City on Monday. The global activists are set to join anti-Apec rallies along with the People’s Campaign Against Apec and Imperialist Globalization (PCAIG). This is despite warnings from the government, particularly from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that will send out thousands of its men to secure the Apec delegates and venues from protest actions. Also on Monday, PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez reiterated the Bureau of Immigration policy banning protesters from joining political activities in the country. “We are requesting the foreigners who are here in our country not to participate in any political activity,” said Marquez, adding that violators may be arrested during the rallies. Marquez earlier said they will not allow any protesters to go near the Apec venues and the billeting areas of the leaders. READ MORE...RELATED,
Series of protests held in Manila as APEC summit commences ...

ALSO: World leaders start arriving for APEC


NOVEMBER 18 -LADIES’ CHOICE “Are you with Team Nieto or Team Trudeau?” easily becomes the question of the hour, as Mexican President Enrique Nieto (left) and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right), arrive on Tuesday for the Apec summit this week. Described in some reports as the “Apec Hotties,” the two leaders are trending on social media. LYN RILLON/EDWIN BACASMAS THE MAN dubbed as the “sexiest leader” in the free world Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau drew raves when he arrived Tuesday to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit. Several top foreign officials arrived yesterday for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit that included former Chinese Taipei Vice President Vincent Wanchang Siew, who will represent Taipei President Ma Ying-jeou. Siew arrived at around 1:15 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on a chartered China Airlines flight. Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Manila Economic and Cultural Office Chairman Amadeo Perez and MECO permanent representative Antonio Basilio welcomed Siew. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also arrived at the NAIA tarmac on board a Colombian Air Force plane around 4:15 p.m. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neil arrived at Villamor Air Base past 4 p.m. on a private jet. Chile President Michelle Bachelet arrived in the country last Sunday afternoon on a B-767 military aircraft. Vice President Jejomar Binay, Philippine Ambassdor to Chile Consuelo Puyat-Reyes, DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman and Foreign Affairs protocol officer Maria Aileen Bugarin welcomed Bachelet at the airport. Thirteen more heads of state are expected to arrive today for the APEC summit. They are Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Vietnamese President Truong Tran Sang, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, US President Barack Obama, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Trade Minister Thomas Trikasih Lembong, representatives of President Joko Widodo; Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, representative of President Vladimir Putin, are expected to arrive tomorrow. Meanwhile, around 68 domestic and international flights out of 246 flights were able to land at the NAIA despite the flight limitations imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in connection with the arrival of APEC leaders and delegates. READ MORE...

ALSO: Chinese President Xi arrives in Manila, amid sea row, Xi calls for peace; ‘Pacific Ocean our common home’


NOVEMBER 18 -In his speech, Xi said conflicts among the member countries should be resolved through dialogue and consultation. “I am confident that the vast Pacific Ocean will become a bridge of cooperation, a bond of friendship and a place we call our common home,” Xi said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed on the importance of fostering peace in the Asia-Pacific region and not allowing disruptions to take away attention from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (Apec) sustainable development agenda. In his speech during the Apec CEO Summit on Wednesday, Xi said Apec countries should “step up policy dialogue and coordination and use Apec as a platform to create synergy.” “We must focus on development and spare no effort to foster an environment of peace conducive to development and never allow anything to disrupt the Asia-Pacific development process,” Xi added. China is embroiled in a territorial dispute with the Philippines. The Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague recently ruled in favor of tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear the dispute. The Arbitral Tribunal’s ruling will pave the way for the presentation of the merits of the Philippines’ substantive claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea.READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino, South Korean president discuss OFWs, AFP modernization


NOVEMBER 18 -South Korean President Park Geun-Hye delivers a speech during a joint opening ceremony for South Korea-France economic and academic forums at a hotel in Seoul on Nov. 4, 2015. Park arrived in Manila, Philippines, on Nov. 17 for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. AFP 
President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and pitched, among other things, better benefits for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). “[President Aquino] said he hoped KOR will positively consider proposed amendments to the Social Security Agreement so that it may be finally concluded to enable our peoples to fully maximize its benefits,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told media. In the past, OFW groups complained of the two countries’ agreement between Korea’s National Pension System and the local Social Security System. Reports said the agreement did not allow OFWs to refund their NPS contributions. Aquino and Park met at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza around noon for a closed-door bilateral meeting. “[Park] advocated greater bilateral cooperation in projects in medicine, medical technology, tele-medicine, and public health; also in transportation and infrastructure development. She said Korea was also keen on improving social security program involving citizens of both countries.” For his part, Aquino assured the Korean leader that the government would ensure the safety and protection of all foreign nationals, including more than a million Korean citizens. AFP modernization Coloma said Aquino thanked South Korea for its support for the following projects: The Jalaur River Multi-Purpose, Laguindingan Airport air navigation system and support facilities, and Samar Pacific coastal road project. READ MORE...

ALSO AT NAIA: PNoy welcomes economic leaders for APEC session (Watch video: Walk along the red carpet with Noy)


NOVEMBER 18 -Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets President Benigno Aquino III in Pasay for bilateral talks on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Malacañang Photo Bureau President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday officially welcomed the economic leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for a plenary session with the APEC Business Advisory Council at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. The 20 economic leaders arrived one by one since Sunday for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Manila. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto are also in the country for a state visit. Official welcome of leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member countries at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Aquino also held bilateral talks with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, United States President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Chinese President Xi Jinping, on ther other hand, did not express any intent to hold bilateral talks with Aquino. READ MORE...


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(POLL) Apec in PH: Is it worth it?

MANILA, NOVEMBER 23, 2015 (INQUIRER) By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 06:02 PM November 16th, 2015 - THE Philippines did not hold back when it hosted the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit for the second time this year.

The government earmarked billions to fund the gathering, suspended government work and classes, and cleared roads as leaders from Apec’s 21-member economies converged in Manila to participate in the region’s most high-level business event.

Apec, which was founded in 1989, seeks to promote free trade and investment among its member economies. Through a series of meetings, ministers, leaders and the private sector from all 21 economies craft policies which will foster better trade among themselves.

The Apec-member economies account to nearly 57 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). As a founding member, the Philippines justified the inconvenience brought by the preparation for its second hosting by extolling the supposed economic and non-economic benefits it has reaped by having a place in the Apec table alongside world powers such as China, Japan, and the United States.

But for many Filipinos who were inconvenienced by the road closures, those who were stuck in horrible traffic to give way for special lanes, and those who do not have an inkling on what will happen in the week-long event, this is the question that resonates: Was hosting the Apec in the Philippines really worth it?

Answer the poll now posted on the INQUIRER.net homepage.

JOIN THE INQUIRER POLL: http://polldaddy.com/poll/9182165/


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Apec empties Edsa, fills up MRT stations SHARES: 387 VIEW COMMENTS By: Cenon Bibe @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 04:41 PM November 18th, 2015


An empty Edsa and a crowded MRT station in Magallanes show how the Filipino working class is paying a price for the PH hosting Apec. CENON BIBE/INQUIRER.net

Commuters swamped at least two MRT stations in Pasay and Makati Wednesday afternoon after government officials banned private and public vehicles on Edsa from Ayala Avenue to Roxas Boulevard due to the Apec summit.

The absence of private and public transportation left that stretch of Edsa empty, with only security personnel dotting the usually jammed thoroughfare.

READ: #Apectado by traffic: People turn to social media to release anger

Officials kept Edsa clear to allow Apec delegates a fast and comfortable ride to and from summit venues in the Makati Central Business District and in Pasay City.

“Walang masakyan. Ito lang (MRT),” said Mario, a 48-year-old Makati employee, who usually took the bus home to Quezon City.

He said the MRT station in Magallanes was usually not so busy at mid-afternoon, even on weekdays.

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However, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, at least three lines of commuters already snaked down from the station entrance on the third level to the ground level on Edsa. Another line of commuters stretched into the adjacent Alphaland mall.

READ: APEC security task force launches hotlines; apologizes for traffic jams

A MRT security officer confirmed Mario’s observation.

Asked for his thoughts, Mario said, “Sabi nila para sa ekonomiya ‘yang Apec. ‘Pag ganito naman ay hindi mo maramdaman yung sinasabi nila.

“Parang tayo pa ang agrabyado eh,” he added.

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Thousands walked 4 kilometers to work, in over an hour, due to APEC road closure SHARES: 12.1K VIEW COMMENTS By: Maricar B. Brizuela @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:32 PM November 16th, 2015


Due to APEC 2015 summit, commuters from Cavite have to walk going to Baclaran, Paranaque City to find passenger vehicles on Monday, November 16, 2015, after authorities closed down a portion of EDSA. NINO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, Philippines — It took Makati employee Chisea Ginuguin more than an hour to walk along Roxas Boulevard from Coastal Road in Parañaque City to Heritage Hotel in Pasay City on Monday morning after the closure of the said road for the Asia-Pacific Economic (APEC) Summit left thousands of commuters with no choice but to walk to get to work.

The 21-year-old administrative assistant even took a video of her so-called “sacrifice” in trying get to work on time. In the footage uploaded on her Facebook account, Ginuguin was seen walking along with students and other workers, who already occupied two lanes of Roxas Boulevard.

“I left my residence in Parañaque City early in the morning and I was forced to go down along Coastal Road around 7 a.m. since my work is at 8:30 a.m.,” Ginuguin told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview.

She, however said that she still arrived more than 30 minutes late at her office in Makati City.

Senior Supt. Ariel Andrade, the Parañaque City police chief, estimated that about 2,000 individuals walked for about four kilometers from Coastal Road to Roxas Boulevard on Monday morning.

Others had to walk double that distance from the Cavitex toll gate until Edsa.

Inquirer production coordinator Jojie Binuya, who traveled from Dasmariñas, Cavite, said he was on the road for five hours.

“I walked for about 30 minutes just to get to the Coastal Mall terminal where I boarded a bus back to Cavite,” added Binuya.

He added that he opted to return home and not go to work because of the traffic situation.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) Task Force APEC head Emmanuel Miro told the Inquirer that they already anticipated the situation.

“Buses were supposed to be rerouted to Macapagal Avenue until they reach Edsa,” he explained but noted that some decided to cut trips because of the bumper-to-bumper traffic from Cavitex.

Miro added that the agency met with the bus operators over the weekend and they presented the option to cut trips during the APEC week.

‘We decided that for the whole week, we will be lenient to buses who will cut trips,” added Miro.

Asked if the agency saw the need to provide shuttles for the commuters, Miro said adding vehicles along the road would just cause more traffic.

“The most advisable thing to do is to walk,” added the MMDA Task Force APEC head noting that they also could not open other alternate routes near the Coastal Road area for security reasons.

He, however maintained that more than 800 traffic enforcers have been deployed to help manage traffic during the APEC Summit this week.

Miro advised motorists and commuters from Cavite that they could use Daang Hari, going to South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), then to their destination.

“They can also utilize C5 Road to avoid traffic,” he added.

The MMDA earlier announced that the stretch of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak to MIA/NIAA Road will be fully closed in both directions starting Monday to Nov. 20 since this will be exclusively used by APEC delegates.

There will also be road closures in the Mall of Asia Arena area from 6 a.m. of Nov. 18 until midnight specifically on the following roads: Diokno cor SeasideBlvd., Coral Way cor. Seaside, Edsa cor. Macapagal, Macapagal cor. Coral Way, Diokno cor Aseana and Macapagal cor Bradco.

The MMDA recommended the following alternate routes for motorists:
* For public utility buses – From Edsa take a U-Turn before Edsa cor Diokno or take Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. to Baclaran
* For private cars and public utility vehicles – From Edsa, turn right at Macapagal Blvd., left at Seaside Blvd to SM MOA
* From Mall of Asia, take Seaside Blvd. left at Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., left at Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) to destination.
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Foreigners to join anti-Apec rallies despite deportation threats SHARES: 67 VIEW COMMENTS By: Julliane Love de Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 05:14 PM November 16th, 2015


Protesters burn mock American flags during a rally outside the US Embassy to protest the alleged US military’s involvement in the row between the Philippines and China on the disputed islands in the South China Sea, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The protesters are opposing the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama next week to the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit of Leaders. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Defying government policies on foreigners joining rallies and the threats of deportation, the members of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) maintained that they would participate in protests against the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec).

“We denounce this harassment from the government. We shall remain undeterred and shall go on with our protest activities,” ILPS secretary general Malcolm Guy said as the global activist group concluded its fifth assembly at the Sequioa Hotel in Quezon City on Monday.

The global activists are set to join anti-Apec rallies along with the People’s Campaign Against Apec and Imperialist Globalization (PCAIG).

This is despite warnings from the government, particularly from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that will send out thousands of its men to secure the Apec delegates and venues from protest actions.

Also on Monday, PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez reiterated the Bureau of Immigration policy banning protesters from joining political activities in the country.

“We are requesting the foreigners who are here in our country not to participate in any political activity,” said Marquez, adding that violators may be arrested during the rallies. Marquez earlier said they will not allow any protesters to go near the Apec venues and the billeting areas of the leaders.

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Timed for Apec Communist Party of the Philippines founding chair Jose Maria Sison, who is also the ILPS chairperson, said in a statement that the three-day assembly was held in time of the Apec summit.

Sison said they are also protesting the “neoliberal economic policy of imperialist globalization which continues to brutally exploit the working people and plunge the world further in an ever worsening economic and social crisis.”

Over 160 foreign delegates from 36 countries participated in the ILPS workshop.

Among the personalities were former United States representative Cynthia Ann McKinney and Leila Khaled, a Palestinian resistance icon. McKinney, who served six terms in the US House of Representatives, has actively advocated pro-people and anti-war legislation in the US congress. In a speech, McKinney urged the people not to be fooled by President Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” policy.

“You know that when the Americans come, they don’t easily leave. I say, ‘Beware President Obama’s Pivot to Asia!’ Don’t get tricked and don’t be fooled!” she said. Also at the assembly, Sison, McKinney, and Khaled spoke to ILPS members in a teleconference. The ILPS had opposed free trade agreements and resisted what it called “state terrorism.”

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Series of protests held in Manila as APEC summit commences November 18, 2015 Share1 Tweet8 Share0 Email0 Share61 By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos


Protesters from various militant groups are doused with water canon as they trooped to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, November 18, 2015. (MB Photo/Mark Balmores)

The opening of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader’s Meeting was marred by series of protests from more than a thousand protesters coming from different religious and militant groups and groups of Indigenous People (IPs) who endured the morning rains in Manila, November 18, 2015.

The series of protests started as early as 5 a.m. when around 100 individuals from groups of Dumagats from the Sierra Madre Mountains, Mangyans from Northern and Central Luzon, Lumads from Mindanao, and militant groups lit the roads leading to Mendiola as they marched with torches and converged there yesterday dawn.

The IPs also held the ‘Padugo’ or a blood-letting ritual and placed coins on the ground to allegedly shoo the “evil spirits” in Malacañang in front of Mendiola’s Peace Arch.

Padugo is a blood-letting ritual where one offers an animal, particularly a goat, as sacrifice to drive away the evil spirits residing in the land where a house or any establishment is erected.

IPs also performed their folk dances in Mendiola. However, their activities caused heavy traffic in the area.


NOV. 19 PHOTO: Philippines police and protesters clash outside the APEC summit in Manila. Riot gear and water cannons were used as protesters tried to get past the barricades that prevented outsiders from reaching the venue. The protesters from the local Bayan (Nation) group were kept about 1 kilometer from the Philippine International Convention Center, where the leaders were arriving for the APEC summit’s morning session. Local estimates put the size of the crowd at around 2,000 people. No official figures have yet been given. Published time: 19 Nov, 2015 07:56 Edited time: 19 Nov, 2015 09:35

Protest organizers said they are determined to show their disapproval of the APEC summit as it allegedly brings no benefit to the marginalized people in the country particularly the IPs.

They are also protesting against the killing of Lumads in Mindanao and seeking protection for the Dumagats by preserving the Sierra Madre Mountains.

The groups then marched towards Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City where they resumed their protests at 10 a.m. However, they were hosed by authorities after they hurled paint bombs on the gate of the Camp. They dispersed at 11:30 a.m.

In Rajah Sulayman Park in Roxas Boulevard, different religious groups also endured the rain as they protested against the APEC summit around 7:30 a.m.

Almost 50 members of different religious groups, led by the Promotion of Church Peoples Response (PCPR), first went to the Malate Church before heading to the park and conducted their peaceful protest.

Members of the religious groups raised their anti-APEC placards and called it “Advancing Poverty and Endangering Community.”

In España, Manila, the authorities were outnumbered by 100 anti-APEC militant groups which converged at 10 a.m. The protesters hurled paints on their anti-APEC placards as they cried out that the only objective of the Summit is to push for development that will only benefit a select group of people, particularly the rich and business people. The groups also condemned APEC as it defies everyone’s freedom of mobility.


Protesters from various militant groups are doused with water canon as they trooped to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Novemeber 18, 2015. (Manila Bulletin Photo/Mark Balmores)

The groups then marched towards Mendiola as they execute their plan to march towards the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

Meanwhile, the Quezon Bridge in Quiapo, Manila seemed like a large parking area after it was locked down when Lawton was barricaded by police, a bus and a firetruck due to the protest rally of more than 100 members of different anti-APEC militant groups.

However, tension sparked between the militants and the police as the militants were not allowed to hold their rally at the Liwasang Bonifacio.

The militants, despite the heavy downpour, paraded their octopus-like effigy of Uncle Sam seated on top of a globe and held a program in front of the Metropolitan Theater instead.

Protesters dispersed at 1 p.m. but vowed to return with a larger group.

Meanwhile, both lanes of Padre Burgos St. in front of the Manila City Hall seemed like a ghost town as the presence of the usual vehicular and foot traffic were lacking in the area.


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World leaders start arriving for APEC By Rudy Santos (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 17, 2015 - 12:00am 4 114 googleplus0 0


LADIES’ CHOICE “Are you with Team Nieto or Team Trudeau?” easily becomes the question of the hour, as Mexican President Enrique Nieto (left) and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right), arrive on Tuesday for the Apec summit this week. Described in some reports as the “Apec Hotties,” the two leaders are trending on social media. LYN RILLON/EDWIN BACASMAS THE MAN dubbed as the “sexiest leader” in the free world Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau drew raves when he arrived Tuesday to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit.  

MANILA, Philippines - Several top foreign officials arrived yesterday for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit that included former Chinese Taipei Vice President Vincent Wanchang Siew, who will represent Taipei President Ma Ying-jeou.

Siew arrived at around 1:15 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on a chartered China Airlines flight.

Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Manila Economic and Cultural Office Chairman Amadeo Perez and MECO permanent representative Antonio Basilio welcomed Siew.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also arrived at the NAIA tarmac on board a Colombian Air Force plane around 4:15 p.m.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neil arrived at Villamor Air Base past 4 p.m. on a private jet.

Chile President Michelle Bachelet arrived in the country last Sunday afternoon on a B-767 military aircraft.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, Philippine Ambassdor to Chile Consuelo Puyat-Reyes, DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman and Foreign Affairs protocol officer Maria Aileen Bugarin welcomed Bachelet at the airport.

Thirteen more heads of state are expected to arrive today for the APEC summit.

They are Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Vietnamese President Truong Tran Sang, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, US President Barack Obama, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Trade Minister Thomas Trikasih Lembong, representatives of President Joko Widodo;

Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, representative of President Vladimir Putin, are expected to arrive tomorrow.

Meanwhile, around 68 domestic and international flights out of 246 flights were able to land at the NAIA despite the flight limitations imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in connection with the arrival of APEC leaders and delegates.

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The NAIA normally handles 246 arriving flights (domestic and international) every day but due to the APEC meeting, only 68 arriving flights landed at the NAIA.

Police on red alert The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) was placed on red alert yesterday for the APEC summit, a police official said.

NCRPO chief Director Joel Pagdilao said police are on the highest level of vigilance to secure the surroundings and personalities in the vicinity of the APEC venues, convoy routes and hotels.

He said that so far, police and military intelligence units have not monitored any threat against the APEC summit to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

Earlier, Pagdilao inspected the APEC venue, hotels and the convoy route.

The APEC security was tested Sunday with the arrival of the Chilean president. Pagdilao said the security deployment was a success and no hitches were noticed.

He said the same security measures would be employed when other heads of state arrive.

Supt. Marlon Paiste, spokesman of the Region 1 police office, said more than 800 policemen were deployed to Manila yesterday to augment the APEC security force.

The Ilocos policemen will join other police units from various regions to secure the summit.

The Task Group on Maritime Security (TGMS) has been conducting river patrols and deployed bomb sniffing dogs to search under the 11 bridges along Pasig River as part of the beefed up security for the APEC.

TSMS head Commodore Joel Garcia of the Philippine Coast Guard-National Capital Region (PCG-NCR) said that they have beefed up security along the Pasig River.

The bridges that have been secured included Delpan, Jones, McArthur, Quezon, Ayala, Mabini, Paco-Sta. Mesa/New Panaderos, Makati-Mandaluyong, Estrella and Guadalupe.

Garcia said that trained dogs have been sweeping for explosives under the bridges since the TGMS went on full alert last Nov. 12.

Garcia said damaging the bridges would not threaten the heads of economies but terrorists could make a political statement in light of terror attacks that killed more than 120 people in Paris last Friday.

He said that since last week, the TGMS has been providing security to tour boats ferrying APEC delegates and foreign tourists to visit Corregidor Island in Manila Bay, which is one of the known tourist attractions the country.

“We have already escorted numerous delegates and foreign tourists. Many of them were Chinese and Vietnamese,” he added.

He said that the Department of Tourism (DOT) has been doing a good job in promoting the country’s tourism spots that prompted some of the APEC delegates to visit Corregidor Island.

All hospitals under the Department of Health (DOH) nationwide have been placed on white alert to make sure that they are prepared for any emergency during the APEC summit.

Health Secretary Janette Garin said a white alert means that all medical teams should be on standby for immediate mobilization. The alert is declared when there is a mass gathering or national event and there is a possibility of emergency conditions that may need immediate medical attention.

A total of 103 medical teams, composed of 510 health personnel, will be deployed at various points, including the airports, the Philippine International Convention Center, Mall of Asia and areas where delegates and participants will converge. – With Non Alquitran, Evelyn Macairan, Sheila Crisostomo, Vic Alhambra


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Chinese President arrives in Manila: Amid sea row, Xi calls for peace; ‘Pacific Ocean our common home’ SHARES: 484 VIEW COMMENTS By: Tetch Torres-Tupas @T2TupasINQ INQUIRER.net 04:20 PM November 18th, 2015


In his speech, Xi said conflicts among the member countries should be resolved through dialogue and consultation. “I am confident that the vast Pacific Ocean will become a bridge of cooperation, a bond of friendship and a place we call our common home,” Xi said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed on the importance of fostering peace in the Asia-Pacific region and not allowing disruptions to take away attention from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (Apec) sustainable development agenda.

In his speech during the Apec CEO Summit on Wednesday, Xi said Apec countries should “step up policy dialogue and coordination and use Apec as a platform to create synergy.”

“We must focus on development and spare no effort to foster an environment of peace conducive to development and never allow anything to disrupt the Asia-Pacific development process,” Xi added.

China is embroiled in a territorial dispute with the Philippines.

The Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague recently ruled in favor of tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear the dispute.

The Arbitral Tribunal’s ruling will pave the way for the presentation of the merits of the Philippines’ substantive claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

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China’s sweeping claims over the South China Sea and its aggressive stance, including the reclamation activities in Kagitingan, Zamora and Panganiban Reefs as well as the building of artificial islets over Mabini, Burgos, Calderon and Kennar Reefs, have rattled the nerves of other claimant countries, particularly the Philippines and Vietnam.

But in his speech, Xi said conflicts among the member countries should be resolved through dialogue and consultation.

“I am confident that the vast Pacific Ocean will become a bridge of cooperation, a bond of friendship and a place we call our common home,” Xi said.

“It is important that we establish an all-round partnership on development and mobilize the government, enterprise and social resources in concerted efforts for implementation of the sustainable development agenda,” he said, adding it was important to promote inclusive and harmonious development to meet Apec’s target of sustainable development.

“And in so doing, create more room for better quality and efficiency of development and make sure that these tasks can mutually reinforce each other,” Xi said. RC

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Aquino, South Korean president discuss OFWs, AFP modernization SHARES: 65 VIEW COMMENTS By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 04:33 PM November 18th, 2015


South Korean President Park Geun-Hye delivers a speech during a joint opening ceremony for South Korea-France economic and academic forums at a hotel in Seoul on Nov. 4, 2015. Park arrived in Manila, Philippines, on Nov. 17 for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. AFP

President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and pitched, among other things, better benefits for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“[President Aquino] said he hoped KOR will positively consider proposed amendments to the Social Security Agreement so that it may be finally concluded to enable our peoples to fully maximize its benefits,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told media.

In the past, OFW groups complained of the two countries’ agreement between Korea’s National Pension System and the local Social Security System. Reports said the agreement did not allow OFWs to refund their NPS contributions.

Aquino and Park met at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza around noon for a closed-door bilateral meeting.

“[Park] advocated greater bilateral cooperation in projects in medicine, medical technology, tele-medicine, and public health; also in transportation and infrastructure development.

She said Korea was also keen on improving social security program involving citizens of both countries.”

For his part, Aquino assured the Korean leader that the government would ensure the safety and protection of all foreign nationals, including more than a million Korean citizens.

AFP modernization

Coloma said Aquino thanked South Korea for its support for the following projects: The Jalaur River Multi-Purpose, Laguindingan Airport air navigation system and support facilities, and Samar Pacific coastal road project.

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He further encouraged Korean companies to “invest in shipbuilding, automotive manufacturing, food production, food processing and agribusiness, electronics, energy and renewable energy, finance and banking, infrastructure and PPP (public private partnership) projects.”

“We are pleased with the robust logistics corporation between our two countries, as manifested by PH acquisition of various defense materiel, most notably the FA-50 aircraft.

We appreciate Korea’s donation of a patrol combat corvette, a landing craft utility, and 16 rubber boats to improve our military’s humanitarian assistance & disaster response capabilities,” Aquino was quoted as saying.

Park said she hoped more South Korean companies would support the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Modernization Program.

She pointed out that the partnership of the two countries had allowed the Philippines to become the fourth largest shipbuilding country, “a good reference and take off point for expanded trade, investment and economic cooperation” between the two countries.

“Every year, more than 2,000 Korean-Filipino multicultural families are formed and the Korean government fully supports this as a gesture of the deepening of people to people ties,” Coloma said. RC

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PNoy welcomes economic leaders for APEC session By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated November 18, 2015 - 5:55pm 1 31 googleplus0 0


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets President Benigno Aquino III in Pasay for bilateral talks on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday officially welcomed the economic leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for a plenary session with the APEC Business Advisory Council at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

The 20 economic leaders arrived one by one since Sunday for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Manila.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto are also in the country for a state visit.

Official welcome of leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member countries at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.

Aquino also held bilateral talks with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, United States President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, on ther other hand, did not express any intent to hold bilateral talks with Aquino.

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Prime Minister Peter O'Neill of Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying of Hong Kong, President Park Geun-Hye of Korea, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-coa of Thailand, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam, President Ollanta Humala of Peru, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan are also in the country.

Former Taiwan Vice President Vincent Siew arrived in the country the representative of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou.

Indonesian President Jusuf Kalla and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev came to the Philippines in place of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who earlier announced that they will not be able to attend the high-level event due to domestic issues.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who will attend the APEC summit as an observer, also held bilateral talks with Aquino.

WATCH VIDEO: Official welcome of leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member countries at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.

 
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