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PULSE: NOW FEWER FILIPINOS SEE CRIME AS MAJOR NATIONAL CONCERN
[RELATED: Survey shows how far we have to go]



OCTOBER 17 -FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2016 file photo, rounded up residents, mostly males, wait to be transported to a police station in the continuing operation on President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called "War on Drugs" campaign at the slum community of Tondo in Manila, Philippines. In just 100 days in office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stirred a hornet's nest by picking a fight with Barack Obama, the United Nations, the European Union and others who have criticized his brutal crackdown against drugs that has left more than 3,600 suspects dead. In another defining aspect of his unorthodox rule, the 71-year-old Duterte has pushed back his country's 65-year treaty alliance with the United States while reaching out to China and Russia. AP/Bullit Marquez, File
The number of Filipinos who identify criminality as an urgent national concern significantly dropped from 52 percent in July to 31 percent in September, according to a Pulse Asia survey released on Monday. "Between July and September 2016, levels of public concern for various issues remain essentially constant. The only significant movement during this period is the drop in the percentage of Filipino who identify criminality as an urgent national concern (-21 percentage points)," Pulse Asia said. READ MORE...READ MORE...RELATED,
Survey shows how far we have to go...

ALSO: Salaries, jobs, prices top Pinoy concerns – Pulse
(In contrast, Filipinos are least concerned about terrorism (5%), national territorial integrity (5%) & Charter change (2%)). [ALSO: After Duterte's breakaway speech, US Embassy touts PH projects]


OCTOBER 18 -Increasing the salary of workers remained the most urgent concern of Filipinos, a new survey by Pulse Asia showed. File photo
Increasing the salary of workers remained the most urgent concern of Filipinos, a new survey by Pulse Asia showed. The poll, taken from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, found that 46 percent of 1,200 respondents cited the need to increase workers’ wages as the top issue the administration of President Duterte should address. Filipinos are also most concerned about creating more jobs (38 percent), controlling inflation (37 percent), fighting corruption in government (32 percent), reducing poverty (32 percent) and fighting criminality (31 percent). Other national concerns deemed urgent by Filipinos include promoting peace in the country (20 percent), enforcing the rule of law (14 percent), reducing the amount of taxes paid by citizens (12 percent), protecting the environment (10 percent), controlling rapid population growth (nine percent) and protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (eight percent).
READ MORE...ALSO, After Duterte's breakaway speech, US Embassy touts PH projects...

ALSO: SWS on Philippine trust: +66 for US, -33 for China
[RELATED: Duterte expects 'plenty of happiness' for PHL in China trip]


OCTOBER 19 -FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, left, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte link arms during the ASEAN Plus Three summit in the ongoing 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and other related summits at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos. After lashing out at longtime ally America, the new Philippine president is making a state visit to China in a charm offensive that will help define how far he wants to shift allegiance from treaty ally the U.S. to an Asian superpower locked in a territorial standoff with his small, impoverished country. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File
Filipinos trust the United States far more than China, according to results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, despite President Duterte’s cozying up to Beijing and his repeated rants against the US. The survey, conducted from Sept. 24 to 27, showed the US got the best net score among seven countries tested for public trust, posting a “very good” +66 in September and China getting a -33, lower than the -24 in June. Meanwhile, more than half of Filipinos continued to express “little trust” in China despite Duterte’s efforts to improve relations with Beijing. Trust in the US, however, was six points lower than June’s “excellent” +72. READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte expects 'plenty of happiness' for PHL in China trip...

ALSO: Bolkiah backs Philippines’s chairmanship of Asean 2017
[RELATED: Brunei sultan fetes President Duterte]


OCTOBER 19 -President Duterte reads a prepared message during a state banquet hosted by Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (right) at the Istana Nurul Iman in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei the other night. Also in photo is Prince Haji Abdul Malik.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Believing President Duterte could replicate throughout the Philippines the economic gains achieved under his watch in Davao City, Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah has expressed full support for the Philippines’ chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017. “Mr. President, on the regional front, we congratulate you and extend our full support to the Philippines’ chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017,” Bolkiah said during the state dinner he tendered for Duterte on Monday. “We wish you and your government the very best in all your preparations.”  Stressing the ASEAN’s significance as a community of nations, Bolkiah said: “It is important that we strive to be politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible for the benefit of our people as outlined in the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.”  READ MORE...WATCH VIDEO...RELATED,
Brunei sultan fetes President Duterte...

ALSO: Two-way trade with China eyed
[RELATED: BLOSSOMING TIES - Goodbye US, hello China’]


OCTOBER 19 -(mb.com.ph) (mb.com.ph)
Duterte to renew ties of friendship, seek more trade and investments during Beijing visit Beijing, China – Enhancing bilateral and economic “cooperation and collaboration” between the Philippines and China, particularly intensifying two-way trade and investment, will be part of the mission of President Duterte in his four-day visit here this week. Ahead of his arrival in Beijing, the President has bared plans to renew “ties of friendship,” seek trade and investments, and explore new “areas of partnership” with China without bartering away the country’s territorial rights. “As we mark this year the 41st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines, we will look at the sum total of our relationships. We shall seek ways to strengthen cooperation, particularly to intensify two-way trade and investments,” the President said in a recent statement. “I look forward to exchanging views with the leaders of China on how we can further improve our bilateral relations. We can identify emerging areas of partnership and various fields of cooperation,” he added. READ MORE...RELATED, Goodbye US, hello China’...

ALSO Palace: No rush in interpreting President’s ‘separation’ from US
[RELATED: Duterte says he won't sever ties with US]


OCTOBER 22 -Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Zhang Dejiang hold a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping pledged to enhance trust and deepen cooperation October 20, Chinese officials said, as Manila's new leader seeks to rebalance his country's diplomacy away from the US. WU HONG / POOL / AFP
Malacañang wants to take it slow when it comes to interpreting President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he is separating from the United States, in terms of military and economic alliance. Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag says, “there is no rush for us to interpret the speech of the President.” She explains, “we would like not to interpret the pronouncement of the President so that once it is (on) paper, it’s clear what the President really wants us to have with regards to our relationship with the US.” Meanwhile, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez insists, the Philippines will retain its economic partnership with the US. He says, “we are not stopping trade investiment with America.”  READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte says he won't sever ties with US...


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Pulse: Fewer Filipinos see crime as major national concern


In this Sept. 30, 2016 file photo, rounded up residents, mostly males, wait to be transported to a police station in the continuing operation on President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called "War on Drugs" campaign at the slum community of Tondo in Manila, Philippines. In just 100 days in office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stirred a hornet's nest by picking a fight with Barack Obama, the United Nations, the European Union and others who have criticized his brutal crackdown against drugs that has left more than 3,600 suspects dead. In another defining aspect of his unorthodox rule, the 71-year-old Duterte has pushed back his country's 65-year treaty alliance with the United States while reaching out to China and Russia. AP/Bullit Marquez, File

MANILA, OCTOBER 24, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated October 17, 2016 - The number of Filipinos who identify criminality as an urgent national concern significantly dropped from 52 percent in July to 31 percent in September, according to a Pulse Asia survey released on Monday.

"Between July and September 2016, levels of public concern for various issues remain essentially constant. The only significant movement during this period is the drop in the percentage of Filipino who identify criminality as an urgent national concern (-21 percentage points)," Pulse Asia said.

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Fighting criminality and putting an end to the drug menace are among the top priorities of President Rodrigo Duterte. During his campaign for the presidential race, he promised that will end drugs and curb crime in the first six months of his presidency.

However, the president asked for six more months for the war against drugs and criminality, citing the extent of the drug problem in the country.

READ: Rody wants 6 more months for war on drugs, crime

Meanwhile, nearly half of Filipinos consider improving the pay of workers as the top national issue that the Duterte administration should immediately address, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Monday.

The survey showed that 46 percent of Filipinos said that the new administration should focus on increasing workers' pay.

On the other hand, 38 percent said that the government should focus on creating more jobs while 37 percent consider controlling inflation as the most urgent national concern.

Fighting graft and corruption in the government and reducing poverty placed fourth among the most urgent national concerns with both 32 percent.

Meanwhile, 31 percent of Filipinos cited fighting criminality as the most urgent issue that should be addressed.

The other most often mentioned urgent national concerns are increasing peace in the country (20 percent), enforcing rule of law (14 percent), reducing the amount of taxes paid (12 percent) and protecting the environment (9 percent).

Filipinos are least concerned about controlling rapid population growth (9 percent), protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (8 percent), terrorism (5 percent), national territorial integrity (5 percent) and charter change (2 percent).

The survey was conducted from September 25 to October. The respondents were allowed to have up to three responses.

READ: Pulse Asia: Duterte's trust rating slightly declines

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President Duterte appears determined to develop a more independent foreign policy for the Philippines, one that is less dependent on the United States. His ongoing trip to China is a key part of this effort.

He hopes to bring home from his trip new investments and trade agreements with China that should boost our national economy.

But he has to face the fact that most Filipinos today feel close to Americans, more than any other nation.

In the Third Quarter 2016 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted September 24-27, 76% of the respondents said they had “much trust” in the US, with 11 percent having “little trust” – for a rating of +66, described by SWS as “very good.”

In the same survey, 22 percent said they had “much trust” in China, 55 percent had “little trust,” and 19 percent were undecided – for a rating of -33, described by SWS as “bad.” The big disparity shows how far we have to go in our efforts to work more closely with our big neighbor to the northwest.

OTHER NATIONS' RATINGS

Two other countries in the survey – Australia and Japan – had “good”ratings. Australia scored +47 (62 percent “much trust” minus 15 percent “little trust”). Japan scored +34 (56 percent “much trust” minus 21 percent “little trust”). Even far-away Norway and Netherlands had “moderate” trust ratings with +16 and +14, respectively.

We also have many more Filipinos living and working in the US today than anywhere else in the world. This year, these workers remitted nearly $5 billion as of July, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Remittances from China for the same period amounted to $95.8 million and from Hong Kong $482.8 million, totaling $578.6 million.

President Duterte’s efforts to develop closer ties with China have been described by some as a “pivot” to China, recalling US President Obama’s pivot to Asia and the Pacific, away from Europe and the Atlantic. The President’s four-day state visit to China, which reaches its climax today, is a major part of that pivot in Philippine foreign policy.

In the coming months, we expect to see more fruits of the President’s visit to China. We expect increases in our trade with that nation which is now Asia’s biggest economy. China’s biggest train company Dalian has offered to modernize the Philippines’ aging railway system. Its ten biggest construction firms are looking at possible projects here.

In time, our pivot to China should bring us all these benefits to our economy. As they impact on the lives of our people, we should see the changes on their views about the world and other nations as reflected in the surveys on trust conducted regularly by SWS.


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Salaries, jobs, prices top Pinoy concerns – Pulse By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 18, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Increasing the salary of workers remained the most urgent concern of Filipinos, a new survey by Pulse Asia showed. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Increasing the salary of workers remained the most urgent concern of Filipinos, a new survey by Pulse Asia showed.

The poll, taken from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, found that 46 percent of 1,200 respondents cited the need to increase workers’ wages as the top issue the administration of President Duterte should address.

Filipinos are also most concerned about creating more jobs (38 percent), controlling inflation (37 percent), fighting corruption in government (32 percent), reducing poverty (32 percent) and fighting criminality (31 percent).

Other national concerns deemed urgent by Filipinos include promoting peace in the country (20 percent), enforcing the rule of law (14 percent), reducing the amount of taxes paid by citizens (12 percent), protecting the environment (10 percent), controlling rapid population growth (nine percent) and protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (eight percent).

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In contrast, Filipinos are least concerned about terrorism (five percent), national territorial integrity (five percent) and Charter change (two percent).

Meanwhile, the Duterte administration enjoyed majority approval scores (51 percent to 89 percent) on all 12 issues on which it is performance-rated in September, Pulse Asia said.

Levels of approval range from 51 percent for its efforts to control inflation to 89 percent for its anti-crime initiatives, the pollster said.

In contrast, Filipinos are most critical of its work in the area of controlling the spiraling cost of commodities (17 percent).

The survey used personal interviews of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

Pulse Asia also noted that increasing workers’ wage was the only national issue cited as urgent across all geographic areas and socio-economic groups.

“Across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings, the only majority urgent national concern is workers’ pay, which is cited by 53 percent of those belonging to the poorest Class E,” it said.

In the rest of Luzon and Class D, the most often cited urgent national concerns are workers’ pay (45 percent to 49 percent) and job creation (38 percent).

Metro Manila residents are more concerned about workers’ pay (46 percent), job creation (35 percent), corruption (35 percent) and criminality (32 percent).

In the Visayas, Filipinos are concerned about workers’ pay (45 percent), job creation (39 percent), inflation (33 percent) and corruption (33 percent).

In Mindanao, the most often mentioned concerns are inflation (48 percent), workers’ pay (41 percent) and job creation (40 percent).

Among those in Class ABC, their top concerns are inflation (38 percent), workers’ pay (37 percent), corruption (37 percent), criminality (37 percent), job creation (28 percent), peace (27 percent), poverty (24 percent), taxation (20 percent) and population growth (15 percent).

On the other hand, Filipinos in all geographic areas and socio-economic grouping are least concerned about preparing to successfully face terrorist threats; defending national territorial integrity against foreigners and amending the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

“Between July and September 2016, levels of public concern for various issues remain essentially constant. The only significant movement during this period is the drop in the percentage of Filipinos who identify criminality as an urgent national concern (-21 percentage points),” the pollster said.

“The other changes are marginal in nature, including the increase in the level of concern for workers’ pay and job creation (both at +6 percentage points),” it added.

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ALSO FROM ABS-CBN

After Duterte's breakaway speech, US Embassy touts PH projects Kimberly Tan, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Oct 21 2016 01:25 AM



After President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday that he will be "separating" himself from the United States, the American Embassy touted on social media the projects it has been working on in the country.

Duterte, who is on a state visit in Beijing, said he will be separating from the US and will be depending more on China in the future.
But instead of addressing the President's message directly, the US Embassy in Manila posted on Facebook about a US-funded program that taught children of farmers business and technical skills.

It also posted on Facebook and its website the recent Bohol visit of US Foreign Assistance Resources Hari Sastry to "reaffirm the US government’s commitment to the province’s inclusive and sustainable development."

“We look forward to seeing Tagbilaran City reach its potential as an engine of economic growth in the province of Bohol, and for the rest of the Philippines," he added.

Tagbilaran City is one of the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) partners in its Cities Development

Initiative program.

In his recent speeches, Duterte has been asking what the US and other international entities, who are incidentally critical of his war on illegal drugs, have done for the country.

On Thursday, he said it was finally time to say goodbye to America.

"Your stay in my country was for your own benefit. So time to say goodbye, my friend," he said.


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SWS on Philippine trust: +66 for US, -33 for China By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 19, 2016 - 12:00am 0 4 googleplus0 0


FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, left, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte link arms during the ASEAN Plus Three summit in the ongoing 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and other related summits at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos. After lashing out at longtime ally America, the new Philippine president is making a state visit to China in a charm offensive that will help define how far he wants to shift allegiance from treaty ally the U.S. to an Asian superpower locked in a territorial standoff with his small, impoverished country. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos trust the United States far more than China, according to results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, despite President Duterte’s cozying up to Beijing and his repeated rants against the US.

The survey, conducted from Sept. 24 to 27, showed the US got the best net score among seven countries tested for public trust, posting a “very good” +66 in September and China getting a -33, lower than the -24 in June.

Meanwhile, more than half of Filipinos continued to express “little trust” in China despite Duterte’s efforts to improve relations with Beijing.

Trust in the US, however, was six points lower than June’s “excellent” +72.

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SWS said that the US has been in positive territory since it first surveyed the country in December 1994. Its score has ranged since then from a “moderate” +18 in May 2005 to an “excellent” +82 in December 2013, and has been above +60 since June 2010.

The same poll found 55 percent of Filipinos having “little trust” and 22 percent having “much trust” in China.

The latest figures yielded a “bad” -33 net trust in China, down nine points from the “poor” -24 recorded in June this year.

About two in 10 or 19 percent of 1,200 respondents nationwide, meanwhile, were undecided on the matter.

The results of the latest SWS poll were published in the newspaper BusinessWorld yesterday, as Duterte arrived in Beijing for a four-day state visit.

The President is expected to discuss with the Chinese government the issues of agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure, tourism and the government’s anti-drug campaign.

In July, an international arbitral tribunal – acting on a case filed by Manila – invalidated China’s massive maritime claim in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea and upheld Manila’s maritime entitlements.

The SWS noted that China’s net trust rating has been positive in only seven of 40 surveys since the pollster first included it in August 1994.

Its trust rating reached a “moderate” +17 in June 2010 and “bad” -46 in September 2015.

Duterte has repeatedly launched tirades against the US, the European Union and the United Nations for criticizing his brutal war against illegal drugs.

The Philippines’ two other close economic and strategic partners – Australia and Japan – bagged “good” ratings from Filipinos.

Australia obtained a net trust rating of +47 (62 percent “much trust,” 15 percent “little trust,”) steady from June’s similarly “good” +49.

Japan, on the other hand, obtained a net trust score of +34 (56 percent “much trust,” 21 percent “little trust,” rounded off) in September – 14 points and one grade higher than April’s “moderate” +20.

The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide and has sampling error margin of plus or minus three percentage points.

SWS classifies net trust ratings of at least +70 as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; as well as -70 and below as “execrable.”

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Duterte expects 'plenty of happiness' for PHL in China trip Published October 18, 2016 10:45pm

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he expected "plenty of happiness for my country" in his visit to China, shortly after arriving in Beijing.

Duterte's plane touched touched down at the airport at 8:07 p.m. straight from his three-day state visit in Brunei.

"This will be a historic visit and a new beginning in China-Philippines relations," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

China's ambassador to Manila, Zhao Jianhua, said last Friday a budding bilateral friendship could boost chances of removing one of their biggest bones of contention in the South China Sea.

Duterte over the weekend said that he may raise a controversial arbitral ruling on the South China Sea with China's leaders and vowed not to surrender any sovereignty or deviate from the July award by the tribunal in the Hague.

But upon arrival in Beijing, the president said it was not on the main agenda of the discussions.

Asked about the South China Sea dispute, he said: "No, that is not one of the topics on the agenda. It might crop up but it is going to be a soft landing for everyone. No impositions."

Duterte, who came from a state visit in Bruneu, is scheduled to meet with the Filipino community in Beijing on Wednesday night.

Duterte is expected to meet top Chinese leaders—President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and National People’s Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang—on Thursday.

He would then have a keynote speech at the Philippine-China Trade and Investment event.

On Friday, Duterte would meet with executives from the Bank of China before flying back home to Davao City. —report from Reuters/JST, GMA News


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Bolkiah backs Philippines’s chairmanship of Asean 2017 By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 19, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Duterte reads a prepared message during a state banquet hosted by Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (right) at the Istana Nurul Iman in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei the other night. Also in photo is Prince Haji Abdul Malik.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Believing President Duterte could replicate throughout the Philippines the economic gains achieved under his watch in Davao City, Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah has expressed full support for the Philippines’ chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017.

“Mr. President, on the regional front, we congratulate you and extend our full support to the Philippines’ chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017,” Bolkiah said during the state dinner he tendered for Duterte on Monday. “We wish you and your government the very best in all your preparations.”

Stressing the ASEAN’s significance as a community of nations, Bolkiah said: “It is important that we strive to be politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible for the benefit of our people as outlined in the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.”

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Bolkiah also noted the President’s achievement as mayor of Davao City for 23 years, before assuming the highest post in the land last June 30.

“We in Brunei admire your personal achievements as the mayor of Davao in making the city business-friendly and attaining impressive economic growth,” the sultan said. “I am confident that under your leadership, Davao’s success will be replicated throughout the Philippines and bring inclusive growth to your people.”

Bolkiah added Duterte’s visit in Brunei reaffirms the “excellent and long-standing friendship so happily enjoyed by the people of (the) two countries.”

Bilateral relations between the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam were formally established in 1984.

The sultan also pointed out the common historical linkages between Brunei and the Philippines dating back to pre-colonial times.

“Mr. President, the historical links and common heritage that we share have cultivated strong ties and mutual understanding amongst us,” he said. “This has enabled good cooperation in a wide range of areas, including trade and investment, labor, defense, health, education and air services.”

Bolkiah said he appreciates much the efforts of 23,000 Philippine nationals who have come to work in Brunei and helped in the development of their economy, such as Filipino teachers, health professionals and engineers.

“Today, there remains much potential to be tapped in our economic cooperation,” Bolkiah said. “This includes strengthening our work in the energy sector, as well as exploring new areas in the halal industries.”

He also noted that the regular air linkages between Manila and Bandar Seri Begawan have facilitated economic activities between the two countries’ businessmen.

“(These) have made it easier for us to visit one another,” he added.

Bolkiah said Brunei has continued to enjoy a very good cooperation with the Philippines in defense, with the deployment of Brunei’s military and police personnel to the 13th International Monitoring Team in the Philippines’ ongoing peace process with Islamic separatist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

 
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Brunei sultan fetes President Duterte by Elena L. Aben October 18, 2016 Share91 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share116


STATE BANQUET President Duterte and Brunei SultanHassanal Bolkiah reaffirm their commitment to further strengthen ties between the 2 Asian countries.

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei – Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah on Monday hosted a state banquet for President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei.

During the event, the two leaders reaffirmed the strong ties between Brunei and the Philippines.

“My Government and the people of Brunei Darussalam join me in extending a very warm welcome to you on your first visit here. Your presence reaffirms the excellent and long-standing friendship so happily enjoyed by the people of our two countries,” Bolkiah said in his remarks.

“We, in Brunei, admire your personal achievements as the Mayor of Davao in making the city business-friendly and attaining impressive economic growth,” Bolkiah added.

And with this, he expressed confidence that under Duterte’s leadership, Davao’s success will be replicated throughout the Philippines and bring inclusive growth to the Filipino people.


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Duterte to renew ties of friendship, seek more trade and investments during Beijing visit

Beijing, China – Enhancing bilateral and economic “cooperation and collaboration” between the Philippines and China, particularly intensifying two-way trade and investment, will be part of the mission of President Duterte in his four-day visit here this week.

Ahead of his arrival in Beijing, the President has bared plans to renew “ties of friendship,” seek trade and investments, and explore new “areas of partnership” with China without bartering away the country’s territorial rights.

“As we mark this year the 41st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines, we will look at the sum total of our relationships. We shall seek ways to strengthen cooperation, particularly to intensify two-way trade and investments,” the President said in a recent statement.

“I look forward to exchanging views with the leaders of China on how we can further improve our bilateral relations. We can identify emerging areas of partnership and various fields of cooperation,” he added.

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Coming from his state visit in Brunei, Duterte is scheduled to arrive in Beijing Tuesday night for a state visit until October 21 upon the invitation of the government of China. His visit comes amid efforts to mend relations with China, which have been strained by a lingering territorial conflict in the South China Sea.

No bargaining

The President had earlier assured there would be “no bargaining” of the country’s territory when he meets with the leaders of China this week. Duterte claimed he would raise the arbitral ruling that nullified China’s aggressive claims in the disputed territory but made clear there would be “no hard impositions.”

“No bargaining of our territories whether within the turf or to the 200-(nautical mile exclusive economic zone), it will remain a special concern and I will be very careful not to bargain anything for after all I cannot give what is not mine and which I am not empowered to do by any sketch of imagination,” he said.

Duterte’s first official activity in Beijing is a meeting with the Filipino community at the Grand Hyatt hotel on Wednesday night.

Duterte is expected to thank the Filipino workers for their vital contribution to the country’s growth while updating them about his government’s programs including the war on drugs.

On Thursday, the President will have a packed schedule that includes the highly anticipated meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and a state banquet at the Great Hall of the People.

Duterte will be accorded welcome honors at the Great Hall, before his historic meeting with Xi. The two leaders are expected to witness the signing of a number of accords aimed at broadening bilateral and economic cooperation between the two nations.

Afterwards, the President is also expected to meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and National People’s Congress chairman Zhang Dejiang.

“I will look forward to renewing the ties of friendship between the Philippines and China and to reaffirm the commitment to work closer to achieve shared goals for our countries and peoples,” Duterte said.

The President is also expected to call for revitalized trade and investments between the two nations during a business forum. Duterte, who will bring a large business delegation to Beijing, will deliver a keynote address before the Philippine-China Trade and Investment summit at the Great Hall.

“This is the first State Visit of a Philippine President to Beijing since 2011 and signals a key turning point in both our histories,” the President said.

Before flying back to the country on Friday, the President is scheduled to hold a meeting with officials of the Bank of China at the bank headquarters in Beijing.

Accompanying the President in China are Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.

Duterte’s intensified push to revitalize relations with China has been coupled with his profanity-laced hostility against the country’s longtime ally the United States.

Angered by US criticisms on his war on illegal drugs, he recently decided to halt the country’s joint military exercises as well as joint South China Sea patrols with the US military.

Dela Rosa to China

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said he was ordered by President Duterte to join the official trip to China.

However, the PNP chief refused to give further details of the China trip as it is “classified”.

Dela Rosa added that “upon his return from China, he would see what he could share to the media, but all the others cannot be shared yet for the time being. It depends.” (With a report from PNA)

 
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Goodbye US, hello China’ By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 21, 2016 - 12:00am 0 625 googleplus0 2


BLOSSOMING TIES: President Duterte walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday. AP Rody: Separation from US, triumvirate with China, Russia

BEIJING – President Duterte announced yesterday that he is cutting military and economic ties with the United States and is veering towards China, in a dramatic foreign policy shift that his officials said would open more opportunities for the Philippines.

In a 40-minute speech peppered with expletives, Duterte said the US has been arrogant and has been imposing its policies on other countries, including the Philippines, its traditional partner and ally.

“In this venue, I announce my separation from the United States both in the military… not social, but economics also,” Duterte said, drawing a standing ovation from businessmen during the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum. “I have separated from them so I will be dependent on you for a long time, but don’t worry, we will also help.”

At a gathering of the Filipino community last Wednesday, he had the same message to the US: “It’s about time to say: goodbye my friend. Your stay in my country was for your own benefit.”

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Yesterday he said the US had “lost” and he had realigned the Philippines with China and Russia in a “triumvirate… against the world.”

Duterte said he had agreed to resolve a maritime dispute with China through talks.

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He also bared plans to visit Russia and talk with President Vladimir Putin about strengthening ties.

In his remarks before Filipino expats, Duterte said the US has taken the Philippines for granted and has interfered in its affairs.

He said he would not visit the US during his term and indicated he might require Americans to get visas for entry to the Philippines.

“I will not go to America anymore. We will just be insulted there,” he said. “America? I cannot go there because they won’t give me a visa.”

Duterte said a provincial mayor was humiliated when he was denied a visa even if he was invited for a month-long study under the aegis of the US Agency for International Development.

He did not identify the mayor, but there are unconfirmed reports that he was denied the visa.

“The problem is you go to America, you aren’t issued a visa,” he said. “But they can enter the Philippines any time visa-free. Why don’t we get even?” His audience laughed.

Duterte also complained about the supposed refusal of the US to sell missiles for the Philippines’ lead-in fighter trainer jets. He also belittled the contribution of the US to the Philippines’ educational system, which gave the country an edge in English proficiency.

“Do not tell us that you have provided us with education. We would have survived if there was no education in my country at that time. We would have invited one better than what they have given us,” he said.

Duterte’s economic managers said his new policy would open the Philippines to trade and investment opportunities in the region.

INSULTED BY AMERICA

The tough-talking president accused the US of insulting him after American officials raised concerns over reports of rising extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines.

Early this month, Duterte said he would no longer allow the military to conduct joint military drills with American troops, activities that are part of a decades-old defense treaty between the two countries.

He clarified though that he is not severing ties with the US but is merely implementing an independent foreign policy.

In his speech before the Filipino community, Duterte declared that he would not visit the US within his term.

“I will not go to America anymore. We will just be insulted there,” the President said.

“So I’ll try to figure out a new foreign policy. America? I cannot go there because they won’t give me a visa.”

Duterte lamented Filipinos were having difficulty getting US visas even if Americans don’t get the same treatment and can visit the Philippines anytime.

He recounted a provincial mayor was humiliated when he was denied a visa even if he had an invitation to a month-long study program under the United States Agency for International Development.

The President even hinted at requiring Americans to secure a visa before entering the Philippines. “The problem is you go to America, you aren’t issued a visa,” the President said.

“But they (Americans) can enter the Philippines anytime visa free. Why don’t we get even?” he added, drawing laughter and applause from the audience.

Duterte also complained about the supposed refusal of the US to sell missiles for the Philippines’ lead-in fighter trainer jets. He also belittled the contribution of the US to the Philippines’ educational system.

“Do not tell us that you have provided us with education. We would have survived if there was no education in my country at that time, we would have invited one better than what they have given us,” the President said.

AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

John Forbes of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines said the US is the country’s top investor, employing 1.2 million in the BPO industry alone. He added the US is also the country’s top investor in semiconductor and the biggest source of remittances.

Data posted on the US State Department website showed $143 million in US assistance in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

‘Brothers’

At Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Xi told Duterte he hoped the latter’s “milestone” visit could help “fully improve” ties, which have suffered from the dispute over territories in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea.

Xi told Duterte China and the Philippines were brothers and that the two sides could “appropriately handle disputes,” although Xi did not specifically mention the South China Sea row in comments in front of reporters.

“I hope we can follow the wishes of the people and use this visit as an opportunity to push China-Philippines relations back on a friendly footing and fully improve things,” he said.

Following their meeting, during which Duterte said relations with China had entered a new “springtime,” Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said the South China Sea issue was not the sum total of relations.

“The two sides agreed that they will do what they agreed five years ago, that is to pursue bilateral dialogue and consultation in seeking a proper settlement of the South China Sea issue,” Liu said.

The two countries would return to the track of dialogue and consultation in seeking a proper settlement of the territorial issue, Liu told reporters after the Xi-Duterte meeting.

China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea and the West Philippine Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

In 2012, China seized Scarborough Shoal – claimed by Beijing as Huangyan island and by Manila as Panatag – and denied Filipino fishermen access to its rich fishing grounds.

Liu said the issue was not mentioned and did not answer a question about whether Philippine fishermen would be allowed to fish there.

The Chinese official did say both countries agreed on coast guard and fisheries cooperation. He did not give details.

‘3 of us against the world’

Duterte said that with his “separation” from the US, he has “realigned” himself with China’s “ideological flow” and is considering visiting Russia to formally cement a renewed alliance.

“America has lost now,” Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people at a forum in the Great Hall of the People, attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

“I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world – China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way,” he added.

“With that, in this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” Duterte said to applause. “I have separated from them. So I will be dependent on you for all time. But do not worry. We will also help as you help us.”

China has pulled out all the stops to welcome Duterte, including a marching band complete with baton-twirling band master at his official welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People, which most leaders do not get.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said $13.5 billion in deals would be signed.

Beijing has welcomed the Philippines’ efforts to embrace China, even as Duterte has vowed not to surrender any sovereignty to Beijing, which views the ruling of The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration in favor of Manila as null and void.

Duterte on Wednesday said the arbitration case would “take the back seat” during talks, and that he would wait for the Chinese to bring up the dispute rather than doing so himself.

Duterte’s congenial tone in Beijing is in contrast to the language he has used with Washington, having called US President Barack Obama a “son of a b***h” and railed against US criticism of his war on drugs which has led to the deaths of over 3,000 people.

While his hard-line drug war tactics have raised concerns in Western capitals about extrajudicial killings, China has expressed support.

Beijing will also restore Philippine agricultural exports to China and provide financing for Philippine infrastructure, Liu said.

“The Chinese people are passionate about peace,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement, citing Xi.

Xi said that issues which can’t immediately be resolved should be temporarily set aside, according to the statement.

Deals signed

The Philippines and China signed yesterday several agreements, including a deal seeking to form a joint body that would promote maritime cooperation between the two countries.

Duterte and Xi witnessed the signing of the agreements – a development seen as a confidence-building measure between the two countries whose ties were strained by the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea dispute.

The agreements covered a wide range of areas including trade, tourism, agriculture, security, health and infrastructure.

“President Duterte’s current state visit to China is indeed a milestone in the bilateral relations. It will usher in the bilateral cooperation into a new stage and it will signify the full recovery of friendship and cooperation between the two countries,” Liu said in a press briefing after the signing ceremony.

One of the documents signed was a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the establishment of a joint coast guard committee on maritime cooperation. It was not clear whether the agreement would grant Filipino fishermen access to Panatag Shoal and other areas in the West Philippine Sea seized by China.

“The signing of cooperation agreement between coast guards of the two countries means that the two countries will start cooperation on maritime affairs,” Liu said.

Also signed was a protocol on cooperation between the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Narcotics Control Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security of China. The document seeks to promote cooperation in the fight against illegal drugs, a centerpiece program of the Duterte administration. With Richmond Mercurio


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Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Zhang Dejiang hold a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping pledged to enhance trust and deepen cooperation October 20, Chinese officials said, as Manila's new leader seeks to rebalance his country's diplomacy away from the US.
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Malacañang wants to take it slow when it comes to interpreting President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he is separating from the United States, in terms of military and economic alliance.

Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag says, “there is no rush for us to interpret the speech of the President.”

She explains, “we would like not to interpret the pronouncement of the President so that once it is (on) paper, it’s clear what the President really wants us to have with regards to our relationship with the US.”

Meanwhile, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez insists, the Philippines will retain its economic partnership with the US.

He says, “we are not stopping trade investiment with America.”

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Lopez explains, the President only wants “to strengthen further the ties with China and the ASEAN region, which we have been trading with for centuries.”

In a joint statement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said, "we will maintain relations with the West but we desire stronger integration with our neighbors. We share the culture and a better understanding with our region."

"The Philippines is integrating with ASEAN, China, Japan and South Korea. This regional integration is similar to what has been done in the EU and NAFTA in North America and Mercosur in South America," they noted.

Before members of the business community in China on Thursday, Duterte announced that he would cut off military and trade relations with the United States.

He said, "America, they just lost me. I realign myself in your ideological flow and maybe, I will go to Putin and there are three of us against the world -- Russia, China and the Philippines."

"I announce my separation with the United States. Both in the military and in economic also," Duterte declared.

Before the speech, Duterte hinted before the Filipino community that he would say "goodbye" to the United States.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a meeting with Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, at the Great Hall of the People at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. China and the Philippines have agreed to resume a dialogue on their dispute over the South China Sea, a senior Chinese diplomat said Thursday following talks between the countries' leaders. Wu Hong/Pool Photo via AP

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he did not mean he would cut off ties with the United States when he said in China that he was separating from the U.S., adding it's in his country's best interest to stay with America.

Despite the clarification, the tough-talking president kept up on his tirades against the U.S., saying in a late-night speech in his southern hometown of Davao city that he would never travel to America "in this lifetime."

At an economic forum Thursday in Beijing, where he made a state visit, Duterte declared "my separation from the United States ... both in military and economics also." His pronouncement was met with applause, but Duterte did not explain what he exactly intended to do and when.

Duterte, however, said in an arrival speech in Davao that he was not severing ties with his country's treaty ally that is home to a large number of Filipino expatriates.

"When you say severance of ties, you cut the diplomatic relations. I cannot do that. Why? It's to the best interest of my country that we maintain that relationship," Duterte said, adding that Filipinos were not ready to embrace such an option.

What he meant by his remarks in China, Duterte said, was ending a Philippine foreign policy that closely leaned toward the U.S.

Ahead of his China visit, Duterte made a series of pronouncements to curb Philippine security engagements with the U.S., including the removal of American counterterrorism forces in the country's south and his opposition to planned joint patrols with the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea. He also wanted to stop annual joint combat exercises the Philippines hosted alongside the U.S. military that China opposes.

Duterte has said he did not want to embroil the Philippines in an unwinnable war with China, which could instead be tapped as a major trading partner and source of development funds.

U.S. officials said they have not received any formal Philippine notice of Duterte's pronouncements, adding the alliance benefits both countries and should continue to blossom.

'TOO MANY TROUBLING PUBLIC STATEMENTS'

However, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday there had been "too many troubling public statements" by Duterte in recent months leading to uncertainty about his intent. He said that the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia would discuss that uncertainty when he travels to the Philippines this weekend.

U.S.-Philippine ties also got attention on the U.S. presidential campaign trail Friday. Republican candidate Donald Trump told a rally in North Carolina that the Philippine shift toward closer relations with China after decades of a pro-U.S. foreign policy showed that "America has grown weak."

He said that the Philippines is a "very important strategic ally" and China and Russia "are probably going to take it."

Duterte's reaching out to China, which has been locked in longstanding territorial disputes with the Philippines in the South China Sea, and his severe criticisms of the U.S. has come under fire at home.

Former Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, who brought the triumphant arbitration case against China over the disputes, said Duterte's shift from Washington to Beijing should be regarded "a national tragedy."

"The declared shift in foreign policy, casting aside a long-time reliable ally to hastily embrace an aggressive neighbor that vehemently rejects international law, is both unwise and incomprehensible," del Rosario said in a statement.

"What is unfolding before us must be considered a national tragedy, which does not need to happen," he said.

The criticism by del Rosario, a respected Asian diplomat, is among the strongest so far of Duterte's declared policy to back away from America while reaching out to China and Russia.

His main political ally, former President Fidel Ramos, has also criticized Duterte's profane tirades against President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

As the foreign secretary of Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, del Rosario spearheaded the filing of an arbitration case that challenged the validity of China's claims to virtually the entire South China Sea. In its July ruling, the tribunal invalidated China's claims under a 1982 U.N. treaty in an embarrassing defeat that Beijing has ignored.

The U.S. and its Western and Asian allies have called on China to respect the outcome.

At the end of Duterte's trip to China, both countries announced in a joint statement several trade and business deals and closer cooperation on a range of concerns. They added they have resumed dialogue on the South China Sea.

There was no mention of the arbitration ruling or Duterte's call for China to respect the rights of Filipinos to fish in the disputed Scarborough Shoal, where Beijing's coast guard ships continue to drive them away. But both sides agreed to continue talking.

"Without prejudice to other mechanisms, a bilateral consultation mechanism can be useful, which will meet regularly on current and other issues of concern to either side on the South China Sea," the joint statement said.

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Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed to this report.

 


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