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SWS: PINOYS ON RODY ADMIN 'VERY GOOD', DRUG WAR 'EXCELLENT' 


NOVEMBER 17 -Respondents in an SWS survey rated the administration "very good" in promoting human rights. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Ryan Lim, file
The Duterte administration received a "very good" net satisfaction rating in a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted in September, with respondents giving the government's war on drugs an "excellent" rating. According to the SWS survey, which was first published on BusinessWorld, 75 percent of 1,200 respondents interviewed nationwide said they were satisfied with the Duterte administration's performance. Only 17 percent were undecided and a mere 8 percent were dissatisfied. That earned the administration a rating of +66 net satisfaction, which SWS categorizes as "very good." The survey was focused on 17 performance subjects, with the administration getting a high +78 net score for its campaign against illegal drugs. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte arrives in Peru for APEC meet
[RELATED: Duterte may hit 2 goals at Apec]


NOVEMBER 18 -President Rodrigo R. Duterte is given departure honors by army and police officers at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City prior to his departure for Lima, Peru on Nov. 17, 2016 to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit. PNA/Karl Norman Alonzo
LIMA – President Rodrigo Duterte arrived here Friday afternoon to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leader’s Meeting, his first engagement as chief executive outside Asia. The president’s chartered plane landed at around 12:50 p.m. Duterte was welcomed by Peru culture minister Jorge Nieto and Peruvian ambassador to the Philippines Julio Cardenas Velarde. The leaders’ meeting, the main event of the APEC meet, would be held from November 19 to 29 and would be attended by leaders of the 21 member economies. Officials previously said the APEC meet would provide Duterte an opportunity to explain his platforms and to showcase his “mystique.” READ MORE..RELATED, Duterte may hit 2 goals at Apec...

ALSO: Duterte to Putin: PH longing to be part of Europe
[RELATED:Rody slams ‘bully’ West: Meets ‘idol’ Putin, Xi]


NOVEMBER 20 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
LIMA, Peru — Goodbye, Asia. Hello, Europe? President Rodrigo Duterte, in a bizarre turn of phrase, told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that the Philippines had been “longing to be part of Europe.”  In the first bilateral meeting between the two leaders, Mr. Duterte, who had long expressed disdain for the European Union, inexplicably remarked that he wished for his country to be part of Europe. “I have been looking for this moment to meet you, Mr. President, not only because you represent a great country but [because of your leadership] too,” he began. “And we’ve been longing to be part also of — despite the distance — we have been longing to be part of Europe, especially in commerce and trade around the world,” Mr. Duterte told the Russian leader. READ MORE...RELATED,
Rody slams ‘bully’ West: Meets ‘idol’ Putin, Xi...

ALSO: Putin invites Duterte to visit Russia
[RELATED EARLIER WORLD REPORT: Pacific Hegemony: Will Duterte join Putin and Xi ?]


NOVEMBER 20 -Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited President Rodrigo Duterte to visit his country during their meeting at the sidelines of the APEC Leaders' Meeting in Peru early Sunday (PHL time).
"Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally extended an invitation for President Duterte to go to Russia. This will be preceded by a trip that I would undertake there this December," Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said in an interview in Lima, Peru. Yasay said that Duterte's trip to Russia would pave the way for the forging of better relations of between the two nations. "I look forward for an even more optimistic and more closer and more detailed discussions of the President (Duterte) with the head of state of Russia. And that would mark the beginning of our entering into various agreements to achieve our objectives and goals," he added. Before Putin, Duterte also met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. READ MORE...RELATED WORLD NEWS INFO REPORT,
Pacific Hegemony: Will Duterte join Putin and Xi ?...

ALSO:
Trump’s favourability rises after win

[RELATED: UN chief ‘sure’ Trump will reconsider climate change stance]
[RELATED(2): President Obama on Donald Trump - ‘This Office Has a Way of Waking You Up]


NOVEMBER 17 -DONALD TRUMP
Donald Trump's favourability rating is up 8 points since becoming the president-elect, according to a new poll. Forty-two percent of U.S. adults in the Gallup survey released Thursday view Trump positively after last week's White House win. Trump's favourability stood at 34 percent before his stunning upset of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Gallup said Trump's rating is his highest since March 2011, when 43 percent viewed the billionaire positively. His current favourability rating is lower than three past presidents-elect, however. READ MORE...RELATED,
UN chief ‘sure’ Trump will reconsider climate change stance RELATED(2) President Obama on Donald Trump - ‘This Office Has a Way of Waking You Up....

ALSO: P450 M allotted in budget for Spratlys seaport


NOVEMBER 20 -“Funding for the project has been included in the House-approved 2017 General Appropriations Act, under the Department of Transportation’s aggregate P3.98-billion spending program for the maritime sector,” he said. The new port will vastly improve accessibility to the area and bolster the country’s claims in the West Philippine Sea. Googlemaps
The government is spending P450 million next year to build a new seaport in Pag-asa Island in the disputed Spratly archipelago off Palawan, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said yesterday. “Funding for the project has been included in the House-approved 2017 General Appropriations Act, under the Department of Transportation’s aggregate P3.98-billion spending program for the maritime sector,” he said. The new port will vastly improve accessibility to the area and bolster the country’s claims in the West Philippine Sea. “We support the port development project, which will surely help encourage human settlement in the remote Philippine island that now has fewer than 400 residents, mostly fishermen,” Pimentel said. READ MORE...


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Filipinos rate Duterte admin 'very good', drug war 'excellent'


Respondents in an SWS survey rated the administration "very good" in promoting human rights. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Ryan Lim, file

MANILA, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Jonathan de Santos November 17, 2016 - The Duterte administration received a "very good" net satisfaction rating in a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted in September, with respondents giving the government's war on drugs an "excellent" rating.

According to the SWS survey, which was first published on BusinessWorld, 75 percent of 1,200 respondents interviewed nationwide said they were satisfied with the Duterte administration's performance. Only 17 percent were undecided and a mere 8 percent were dissatisfied.

That earned the administration a rating of +66 net satisfaction, which SWS categorizes as "very good."

The survey was focused on 17 performance subjects, with the administration getting a high +78 net score for its campaign against illegal drugs.

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Notably, the Duterte administration also scored well — a +63 net score — in "promoting human rights." This, despite President Rodrigo Duterte scoring human rights groups for raising concerns over deaths in the government's campaign against drugs.

The administration also got ratings of "very good" — or between +50 and +69 — in the following areas:

•Helping the poor (+63)
•Promoting the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (+62)
•Fighting crime (+58)
•Eradicating graft and corruption (+57)
•Fighting terrorism (+55)
•Defending the country's territorial rights (+55)
•Distributing land to deserving tillers under land reform (+53)

The government got a rating of "good" — between +30 to +49 — in the following issues:

•Developing science and technology (+49)
•Providing jobs (+46)
•Reconciliation with Muslim rebels (+42)
•Foreign relations (+39)
•Ensuring an efficient transportation system (+39)
•Reconciliation with communist rebels (+39)
•Ensuring that no family will ever be hungry (+37)
•Fighting inflation (+33)

The BusinessWorld report on the SWS survey results quoted Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar as saying the high satisfaction rating are proof that "our people are seeing the efforts of the President and his Cabinet to help achieve the vision for the country."

Duterte, who was elected in the May elections, promised during the campaign period that he would fight drugs, crime and corruption in government, themes that he regularly returns to in his speeches.


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Duterte arrives in Peru for APEC meet By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated November 18, 2016 - 4:10pm 2 898 googleplus2 1


President Rodrigo R. Duterte is given departure honors by army and police officers at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City prior to his departure for Lima, Peru on Nov. 17, 2016 to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit. PNA/Karl Norman Alonzo

LIMA – President Rodrigo Duterte arrived here Friday afternoon to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leader’s Meeting, his first engagement as chief executive outside Asia.

The president’s chartered plane landed at around 12:50 p.m. Duterte was welcomed by Peru culture minister Jorge Nieto and Peruvian ambassador to the Philippines Julio Cardenas Velarde.

The leaders’ meeting, the main event of the APEC meet, would be held from November 19 to 29 and would be attended by leaders of the 21 member economies. Officials previously said the APEC meet would provide Duterte an opportunity to explain his platforms and to showcase his “mystique.”

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The Philippine leader is expected to hold bilateral meetings with Russia president Vladimir Putin and China president Xi Jinping but details are still being threshed out.

“There have been requests, particularly China had made a request for bilaterals. We're seeking to confirm that. It is likely that it will take place but we do not know exactly when. It's mostly likely a pull aside meeting. Likewise with Russia,” foreign affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said in a press briefing onFriday here.

“Peru also asked for a bilateral being the host country,” he added.

Yasay said other leaders have also expressed intention to meet with Duterte but not all requests may be accommodated.

“There are other countries that asked for, requested for bilaterals but I would imagine because of the time constraints, the travel from the Philippines to here in Lima for the president would be something exhaustive, so it is not possible for us to accommodate all requests,” he said.

“But as pointed out by the president, he will make use of the time we have here to maximize these bilaterals in the hope that we get more cooperative relationships, joint cooperation, with other countries that we would like to move forward for friendlier and closer relationships.”

Duterte has been veering towards China and Russia following a rift with the US over his war on illegal drugs. The US, as well as the United Nations and the European Union, has expressed concerns over the crackdown, saying it could pave way to summary executions and human rights violations.

Duterte has accused the US of interfering with his anti-drug campaign and has announced that he would “separate” himself from the superpower in terms of the economy and the military.

Yasay said he is hopeful that the bilateral meet between Duterte and Putin would take place.

“I have no reason to believe why it would not take place but there is nothing definite we can say at this point in time,” he said.

Duterte confirmed early this week that he is seeking a meeting with Putin, whom he regards as his “idol.”

“I won’t ask for anything. I want to be friends with him. I just want to the two countries to be the best of friends. This is an economic world. If there are things we can sell them or export to them, it would be good,” the president told reporters last Tuesday.

With regard to other bilateral meetings, Yasay said the topics that are likely to be discussed are economic and political matters.

“Well for the most part it will be economic. For some, it might also be a bilateral with some political matters. But these would all be dependent on the availability of time and the availability of our president and other parties,” the country’s top diplomat said.

Yasay said there was no request from the United States to hold a meeting with Duterte.

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Duterte may hit 2 goals at Apec Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 20 November 2016 00:00
RUSSIA CONFIRMS MEETING WITH PUTIN

Two wishes of President Duterte, who is in Lima, Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum Summit, may just be fulfilled as Russia confirmed yesterday his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and an Asia-Pacific grouping led by China and Russia had emerged as an alternative to the United States-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

State-owned Russian news agency Tass said Putin is expected to hold talks with the leaders of China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Peru on November 19 on the sidelines of the APEC summit due to open in Peru’s capital of Lima.

“(Putin’s) bilateral meetings have been arranged for tomorrow (Saturday), in particular a talk with Vietnam’s president, a talk with the Philippines’ president, a talk with Peru’s president, a meeting with members of the APEC (Business) Advisory Council and also talks with China’s president and Japan’s prime minister,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding a gala reception on behalf of Peru’s president would be held for APEC summit’s participants on Saturday evening.

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Peskov added the administrations of the Russian and US presidents did not arrange a separate meeting of Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. However, the two leaders will be able to talk with each other in Peru.

“The two presidents’ administrations did not agree a separate conversation,” Peskov said. “However, one can assume that President Putin and President Obama will meet on the sidelines of the forum one way or another and will have an opportunity to talk with each other,” he said.

The Kremlin spokesman declined to specify the possible topics of the conversation, adding that the two leaders may discuss “the most pressing issues.”

A China Daily report, meanwhile, said that the Apec meeting in Peru may see the last of the TPP.

THE TTP

US President Barack Obama’s landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement was already on life support before his successor, Donald Trump, promised American voters worried by the impact of globalization that he would kill it and bury it, the report said.

It added that the demise of the TPP, which was to group 12 Asia-Pacific economies in a wide-ranging, US-led trade alliance, offers an opportunity for China to assume leadership of an alternative free trade area. President Xi Jinping, who will also be in Lima for APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, is widely expected to press for a Pacific partnership that, unlike the TPP, will include China and Russia.

Duterte, who has not hidden his admiration for Putin, said that he would seek a meeting with the Russian leader during the Peru summit and that he would join a new world order led by Russia and China.

China Daily said now that the Republican-dominated Congress has announced it will not discuss ratification of the TPP during the remainder of Obama’s term, all that is left for the outgoing president to do is to read the funeral oration for the proposed Pacific Rim trade pact that had been the keystone of his administration’s so-called “pivot to Asia” strategy.

“That may come when Obama joins other leaders for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Lima, Peru, on Saturday and Sunday,” it added.

Obama’s sponsorship of the TPP had been viewed by Beijing as an attempt to write the trade rules for the benefit of the United States in the face of China’s growing economic might.

“As things have turned out, the US administration’s failure to secure domestic support for the deal is likely to leave it marginalized in future regional trade agreements,” the report noted.

Trump’s opposition to the TPP, which he described during his election campaign as a disaster “pushed by special interests who want to rape our country,” won the backing of voters in traditionally industrial states who blame foreign competition, particularly from China, for job losses.

“The potential US partners in the TPP will almost certainly decide that there is no point moving ahead with the trade pact in the absence of what would have been its most powerful partner,” the report said.


 Former Banker, PRESIDENT Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of PERU

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the APEC meeting host, has said that the TPP can be replaced with a similar deal, but without the US.

“I think it would be best to have an Asia-Pacific deal that includes China, and includes Russia as well,” he added.

China Daily said that alternative is likely to come in the context of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Talks on the RCEP, a mega grouping that could embrace almost half the world’s population, were launched four years ago.

“We see TPP as an important economic manifestation of the US’ presence in our region. Should it not go ahead, then the vacuum that would be created is most likely to be filled by RCEP,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

“What might be termed the ‘pivot to China’ became apparent as a result of the uncertainties over trade prompted by the US political campaign. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, for example, said during a visit to Beijing in October that he would reduce long-standing ties with the US in favor of better relations with China,” China Daily noted.

“With the US on the retreat, and with a protectionist president heading for the White House, the way appears open for China to take the lead toward a proposed Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific that Beijing has long championed as an alternative to the US-dominated TPP,” it added

Busy Peru sked

Duterte kicked off his official schedule on Saturday by participating in the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders between the grouping’s 21 leaders and 63 CEOs from the world’s top companies at the Lima Convention Center.??

This year’s APEC chair, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, is expected to deliver the welcome remarks.

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL (ABAC)

The ABAC dialog will be followed by the breakout sessions where leaders will discuss a wide range of topics under various themes, such as taking Asia Pacific to the next level of economic integration; growing global Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs); building larger, robust inclusive financial markets; promoting sustainable development; regulatory quality; and connectivity agenda.

PACIFIC ALLIANCE DIALOGUE

After the ABAC, the President is scheduled to participate in the 2nd Informal dialogue with the APEC-Pacific Alliance, a grouping of Latin American countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru).

President Duterte is also expected to attend another informal dialogue between APEC leaders and Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, where the latter will discuss digital connectivity and the key challenges he has been facing.

The President’s day will be capped off by the gala dinner to be hosted by Peruvian President Kuczynski at the Parque dela Reserva (Park of the Reserve).

2nd DAY (SUDAY)

On the second day on Sunday, President Duterte is scheduled to attend an informal dialogue with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing director Christine Lagarde, where she is expected to discuss the current global economic outlook.

The President is also scheduled to participate in two retreats.

The first will discuss the challenges to trade and investment in the current global context, ways to promote voluntary reforms in support of free trade and capital mobility, systems to boost the SMEs, internationalization or connection and participation in the global value chain, and ways to maximize opportunities offered by the digital, trade services and knowledge economy.

The second retreat, meanwhile, will tackle food security, climate change, access to water, and connectivity.
The Philippine leader will then witness the adoption of the 24th APEC 2016 Leaders’ Declaration.

On the sidelines of the meetings, he is expected to hold bilateral meetings with other heads of state but this has yet to be finalized.

Duterte arrived in Peru Thursday to attend the Apec Summit for the first time after being elected as the country’s president last May.

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His official delegation consists of Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.

During this year’s forum, which carries the theme, “Quality Growth and Human Capital Development: Foundation for Sustainable Growth in the Asia-Pacific”, the grouping’s 21 member economies are set to discuss effective policies to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity within the region.

APEC urged to move vs protectionism

Leaders in the summit were urged to fight rising protectionism after Donald Trump’s election victory stoked fears that free trade is under threat, and the global economy along with it.

Trump, who triumphed in last week’s US presidential vote, successfully tapped the anger of working-class voters who feel left behind by years of globalization, vowing to protect American jobs against cheap labor in countries like China and Mexico.

As a summit of the 21-member APEC group got under way, host President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru urged the region’s leaders to robustly defend free trade, while the US sought to reassure worried allies.

“In the US and Britain, protectionist tendencies are taking over,” Kuczynski told APEC leaders.

“It is fundamental that world trade grow again and that protectionism be defeated.”

Trump’s victory came after Britain’s surprise “Brexit” vote in June to leave the European Union, adding to deep uncertainty about the post-war world order and the future of free trade.

The sentiment also exists on a far smaller scale in Peru, where several dozen protesters — including Amazon natives in indigenous headdress — gathered Friday in Lima to condemn free trade agreements and the “capitalist beast.”

Trump has notably vowed to scuttle US President Barack Obama’s key trade initiative in the Asia-Pacific, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), leaving a vacuum that China — which was excluded from the deal — is keen to fill.
A delegate at ministerial meetings held on Thursday and Friday said APEC ministers had expressed concern over growing protectionism in the United States, and that the mood had been somber.

U.S. TRADE REP SOUGHT REASSURANCE

US Trade Representative Michael Froman sought to reassure leaders that US policy would not change radically from one administration to the next. He urged those fearing the worst to give Trump time. “It’s only been 10 days since the election,” he said.

“Any new administration needs time to go through the transition process,” he added.

Citing a recent study suggesting failure to ratify TPP would cost the US around $94 billion in the first year alone, he said Trump had major incentives to see the deal through in some form.

“Inaction poses serious costs,” he said.

Trump is not at the summit but he looms large over the meeting of APEC, a free-trade club founded in 1989 that represents nearly 40 percent of the world’s population and nearly 60 percent of the global economy.

In a clear jab at the billionaire mogul’s anti-trade stance, Kuczynski said that “anyone who wants to promote protectionism (should) read an economic history of the 1930s.”

The center-right economist urged his fellow leaders to deliver an “unequivocal message” in support of free trade.
The US election has left China, a country the United States once considered a threat to free-market capitalism, as the unlikely leader of the movement for open trade.

OBAMA, XI MEETING

Chinese President Xi Jinping is holding a strong hand as he meets Obama and other APEC leaders this week.

“There is no doubt that if the TPP fails it will be a huge win for China, politically and economically,” said Brian Jackson, a China economist at consultancy IHS Global Insight.

Even longtime US allies in the Asia-Pacific region now say they are keen to get on board with Chinese-backed alternatives to TPP.

Beijing is pushing an APEC-wide Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) and a 16-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which includes India but not the United States.

World business leaders gathered on the sidelines of the summit bemoaned TPP’s “grim prospects” and urged governments to pour resources into FTAAP and set a concrete timeline, said Sun Xiao, an official with the China Chamber of International Commerce.

And amid mounting criticism that globalization has benefitted only the wealthiest, IMF chief Christine Lagarde defended trade as a major engine of growth.

“We hope it continues to be — but it has to be inclusive growth,” she said. AFP


GMA NEWS NETWORK

Putin invites Duterte to visit Russia Published November 20, 2016 12:48pm Updated November 20, 2016 12:53pm


Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited President Rodrigo Duterte to visit his country during their meeting at the sidelines of the APEC Leaders' Meeting in Peru early Sunday (PHL time).

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally extended an invitation for President Duterte to go to Russia. This will be preceded by a trip that I would undertake there this December," Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said in an interview in Lima, Peru.

Yasay said that Duterte's trip to Russia would pave the way for the forging of better relations of between the two nations.

"I look forward for an even more optimistic and more closer and more detailed discussions of the President (Duterte) with the head of state of Russia. And that would mark the beginning of our entering into various agreements to achieve our objectives and goals," he added.

Before Putin, Duterte also met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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In his meeting with Putin, Duterte said the Philippines has been "longing to be part of Europe especially in commerce and trade around the world."

"But there was one thing that really stood before us and that was the result of Cold War. And historically, I have been identified with the Western world," he said.

Duterte then went on complaining to Putin the supposed bullying of Western nations of smaller countries, including the Philippines.

"And of late, I see a lot of these Western nations bullying small nations. And not only that they are into so much hypocrisy," Duterte told Putin during their meeting.

He added: "And they want to... They seem to start a war but are afraid to go to war. That is what's wrong with America and the others. They were waging war in so many places in Vietnam, in Afghanistan and in Iraq. And for one single reason that there was a weapon of mass destruction and there was none." —ALG, GMA News

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Pacific Hegemony: Will Duterte join Putin and Xi ? September 9th, 2016 - Fort Russ News 
By J. Flores

There are some big developments right now. Duterte has ramped up his anti-American rhetoric, despite criticisms about 'the human rights of drug traffickers and pimps' coming from western media corridors.

At this week's ASEAN summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow supports China’s position on the South China Sea legal dispute. He also affirmed his opposition to any interference by other parties. This is meant in part to give Filipino President Duterte some room to maneuver.

In light of other developments both with the firm anti-American imperialism comments made by Filipino president Duterte, China's position is generally regarded to be at odds with how south Asian states, in particular the Philippines, have interpreted the matter of these international waters.

China has land-filled some natural reefs and small islands, placing trade structures there, but also has established some permanent residences on the semi-natural islands, with electricity and plumbing and has essentially claimed this as Chinese, and claimed them as habitable islands with residents.

The US is generally pleased with the results of the legal process so far, when on July 12th the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China has no legal basis to claim historic rights to the South China Sea resources, and has violated the sovereign rights of the Philippines in the country's exclusive economic zone.

At the same time, Duterte seems willing to make some other sort of compromise with China, given the important relationship that these two states have, and especially in light of Duterte's increasingly anti-American stance.


DUTERTE AT EAS SUMMIT

Just yesterday, in what attendees described as a "fiery address," President Rodrigo Duterte ad-libbed during his prepared speech on Thursday and targeted President Barack Obama, telling some ugly truths on US military killings in the Philippines. This happened at a meeting of the 18-nation EAS summit, always held right after the ASEAN group meeting, which includes the United States. This was according to three diplomats who were in the room who spoke to Agence France-Presse at the event in Vientiane, Laos.

"The Philippine president showed a picture of the killings of American soldiers in the past and the president said: 'This is my ancestor they killed. Why now we are talking about human rights,'" an Indonesian delegate said. The Philippines was an American colony from 1898 to 1946.

Embarrassed by a guerrilla massacre of US troops on the Island of Samar, General Jacob H. Smith retaliated by carrying out an indiscriminate attack upon its people, killing every male over 10 years of age.

PUTIN AND XI

Earlier during the ASEAN portion of the same general meeting, Putin said: "Chairman Xi Jinping and I have developed very trusting, I would say friendly, relations. But he never – I want to emphasize this – never approached me requesting to somehow comment, somehow intervene in the matter [...] We of course have our own opinion on this matter. It is that, first of all, we do not interfere and we believe that any intervention of a non-regional power goes only to the detriment of settling these issues. The intervention of third-party non-regional powers, in my opinion, is harmful and counterproductive," he added. For those just catching up with the lexicon, 'non-regional powers' means the United States.

CHINA SEA DISPUTE

The issue of the Philippines claim against China stems from before the rise of Duterte as a sovereign leftist force in Filipino politics. The ruling came after Manila filed a case in January 2013 accusing Beijing of violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. "We stand in solidarity and support of China's position on this issue – not to recognize the decision of this court… This is not a political position, but purely legal. It lies in the fact that any arbitration proceedings should be initiated by the disputing parties, while the arbitration court should hear the arguments and positions of the disputing parties. As you know, China did not address the Hague arbitration and no one listened to its position there. How can you recognize these decisions as fair? We support China's position on this issue," Putin stressed. Beijing’s territorial claims to the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which are believed to be rich in oil and gas reserves, run counter to those of the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.

However, Duterte is now angling his island nation as a sovereign regional state, distancing itself from its historic ties to the United States - the US has essentially treated Duterte's homeland as a colony ever since it claimed Spain's rights to it in 1898 in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War of the same year, despite formal independence in 1946.

If the Philippines is willing to make a side agreement with China, it would further solidify China and Russia's position that the July ruling is without legal merit. This could signify a realignment in the region, forcing Japan and Indonesia to respond and adjust its policy in ways that are both predictable and readily able to be dealt with. Vietnam is already a close Russian ally, and Taiwan is increasingly dependent on and close to China, despite the shallow rhetoric of its political class.

This process would, once again, leave Japan as the odd-man out. The US would like to arm Japan on yet another problematic course, so in order to avoid a repeat of history, Japan will likely be forced to adjust its political policy to match its actual economic policy: a high volume of trade with China.

In 2010, China overtook Japan as the world's second-largest economy.


INQUIRER

Duterte to Putin: PH longing to be part of Europe By: DJ Yap - Reporter / @deejayapINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:04 AM November 20, 2016


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

LIMA, Peru — Goodbye, Asia. Hello, Europe?

President Rodrigo Duterte, in a bizarre turn of phrase, told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that the Philippines had been “longing to be part of Europe.”

In the first bilateral meeting between the two leaders, Mr. Duterte, who had long expressed disdain for the European Union, inexplicably remarked that he wished for his country to be part of Europe.

“I have been looking for this moment to meet you, Mr. President, not only because you represent a great country but [because of your leadership] too,” he began.

“And we’ve been longing to be part also of — despite the distance — we have been longing to be part of Europe, especially in commerce and trade around the world,” Mr. Duterte told the Russian leader.

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The Philippine president proceeded to talk, in his typical rambling style, about the “hypocrisy” of the West in intervening in the affairs of other countries while advancing their own interests.

“They want to seem to start a war but are afraid to go to war. That is what’s wrong with America and the others. They are waging war in so many places: in Vietnam, Afghanistan and in Iraq,” he said.

“And for one single reason that there was a weapon of mass destruction [in Iraq] and there was none. They insist, if you are allied with them that they follow you. They go to the Korean war, nothing happened. They did not defeat them,” Mr. Duterte said.

The talk between the two leaders was held at about 12 noon Saturday (1 a.m. Manila time) in a hotel room under tight security on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Economic Leaders Meeting here. The media were allowed to cover only the first 10 minutes before being shepherded out.

It was the first meeting between the Russian and Filipino leaders, though Mr. Duterte had been making plenty of friendly overtures toward the latter.

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Last week, the Philippine president spoke about his readiness to join a “new world order” under the leadership of China and Russia.

READ: Duterte in Peru for Apec; to meet Putin, Xi

Putin, for his part, expressed his hope for the diplomatic ties between Russia and the Philippines to flourish.

He congratulated Mr. Duterte on winning the election on May 9, which he described as an auspicious date, as it fell on “a very pride day, a public holiday that marks the victory in the great patriotic war over the Nazi group.”

The Russian president credited Mr. Duterte for laying the groundwork for stronger ties with Russia.

“Well, you have been able to do a lot in a short period of time in terms of developing all round partnership between our countries and with respect to promoting greater trust and confidence between us,” he said. TVJ

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Rody slams ‘bully’ West: Meets ‘idol’ Putin, Xi By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 21, 2016 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus2 0


IDOL: President Duterte meets with his counterpart Vladimir Putin of Russia during bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Lima, Peru on Saturday.

LIMA – President Duterte finally met here Saturday the man he called his idol, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and took the opportunity to rant against the Western nations’ supposed hypocrisy and alleged bullying of smaller countries.

Duterte, in particular, chided the United States and other Western nations for supposedly forcing their allies, including the Philippines, to join them in the wars they waged.

Last September, Duterte was slated to meet with Putin and US President Barack Obama, among other leaders, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Laos.

But Putin did not attend the summit while Duterte’s meeting with Obama was called off after he criticized the US leader ahead of the event.

“Of late, I see a lot of these Western nations bullying small nations. And not only that, they are into so much hypocrisy… They seem to start a war but are afraid to go to war. That is what’s wrong with America and the others,” Duterte told Putin during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

“They insist if you are allied with them that (you follow them),” the Philippine leader added.

Duterte said the US asked the Philippines to send troops to Iraq, Vietnam and South Korea at different times in the past but “nothing happened.”

Duterte said the US went to “an expedition in Iraq on an excuse of weapons of mass destruction” but there was none.


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Trump’s favourability rises after win

Donald Trump's favourability rating is up 8 points since becoming the president-elect, according to a new poll.

Forty-two percent of U.S. adults in the Gallup survey released Thursday view Trump positively after last week's White House win.

Trump's favourability stood at 34 percent before his stunning upset of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Gallup said Trump's rating is his highest since March 2011, when 43 percent viewed the billionaire positively.

His current favourability rating is lower than three past presidents-elect, however.

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Sixty-eight percent saw President Obama favorably after his first election victory in 2008, 59 percent viewed former President George W. Bush favorably in 2000 and former President Bill Clinton scored a 58 percent favourability rating in 1992.

Trump and Hillary Clinton engaged in one of the longest and most bitter presidential campaigns in recent memory.

Hillary Clinton frequently argued Trump's rhetoric bordered on bigotry and misogyny, adding the businessman's temperament rendered him unfit for the Oval Office.

Trump countered by frequently calling her "crooked" and a symbol of the corrupt political establishment he hoped to defeat.

The pair have since softened their stances, with Clinton formally conceding the 2016 race and Trump praising her graceful exit in return.

Gallup conducted its latest survey of 1,019 U.S. adults between Nov. 9-13. It has a 4 percent margin of error.

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Environmental activists stage a protest against President-elect Donald Trump at the Climate Conference, known as COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. AP

MARRAKECH, Morocco — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes Donald Trump will shift course on global warming and “understand the seriousness and urgency” of addressing the problem.

Ban said Tuesday that “as president of the United States I’m sure that he will understand this, he will listen and he will evaluate his campaign remarks.”

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Trump has called global warming a “hoax” on social media and pledged during his campaign to “cancel” the landmark Paris climate agreement adopted last year.

Speaking to reporters at his last U.N. climate conference as secretary-general, Ban said he’s sure the president-elect “will make a good, wise decision and I’m going to discuss this matter more in person.” TVJ

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President Obama on Donald Trump: ‘This Office Has a Way of Waking You Up’ Maya Rhodan @m_rhodan Nov. 14, 2016


"Regardless of what experience or assumptions he brought to the office, this office has a way of waking you up," Obama said Monday.

 
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"Regardless of what experience or assumptions he brought to the office, this office has a way of waking you up"

President Obama addressed concerned about President-elect Donald Trump in his first press conference since Election Day, saying that the massive responsibilities of the presidency would change the businessman’s tenor.

In a subtle effort to assuage fears, President Obama suggested Monday that the office of the president has a way of opening one’s eyes to the realities of governing and decision making. “Regardless of what experience or assumptions he brought to the office, this office has a way of waking you up,” Obama said.

Obama maintained his commitment to ensuring a smooth, peaceful transition of power during his first press conference since Election Day, refusing to weigh in on president-elect Donald Trump’s staffing picks and comments the president made about his successor’s qualifications on the campaign trail.

Speaking to the press ahead of his final international trip as president, Obama said it was important for the American people to allow Trump to make decisions and settle into the office before judging his presidency.

“The people have spoken, Donald Trump will be the next president, the 45th president of the United States,” Obama said. “It will be up to him to set up a team that he thinks will serve him well and reflect his policies.”

Those who didn’t vote for Trump, Obama said, have to recognize that “that’s how the system operates.”

ENCOURAGED BY TRUMP's SOBER RESPONSE AFTER ELECTION

President Obama said again that he was encouraged by Trump’s sober response to his Election Night win and hopes that he’ll commit to unifying the country going forward. The two met in the Oval Office the Thursday after the surprising election and during that meeting, Obama said Monday, he advised the President-elect to reach out to communities that may feel disaffected as a result of his win. In the days since the election, protestors have taken to the streets across the country chanting things like “not my president” and “dump Trump.” There has also been an increase in racially charged incidents across the U.S. in the wake of the election.

“My advice, as I said to the President-elect, was that campaigning is different from governing,” Obama said Monday. I think he recognizes that I think he’s sincere in wanting to be a successful president. I think he’s going to try as best he can to make sure that he delivers not only for people who voted for him but the people at large.”

Obama also said he’d advised Trump to reach out to women, communities of color, and others who expressed concern about the “tenor of his campaign” and the nastiness of the 2016 election. As noted, the president did not weigh in on the announcement that controversial Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon will have a senior role in the Trump administration.

Reports and comments from advocates, Democrats, and civil rights groups signals that some are angered by the President-elect’s staffing choices. President Obama said he thinks of Trump as less of an ideologue and more of a pragmatist, something he hopes will benefit him when he’s in the thick of it.

The president also said he hopes the president will consider the impact of decisions like completely gutting the Affordable Care Act and reversing deportation deferrals of children who immigrated to the U.S.


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P450 M allotted for Spratlys seaport By Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 20, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


“Funding for the project has been included in the House-approved 2017 General Appropriations Act, under the Department of Transportation’s aggregate P3.98-billion spending program for the maritime sector,” he said. The new port will vastly improve accessibility to the area and bolster the country’s claims in the West Philippine Sea. Googlemaps

MANILA, Philippines - The government is spending P450 million next year to build a new seaport in Pag-asa Island in the disputed Spratly archipelago off Palawan, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said yesterday.

“Funding for the project has been included in the House-approved 2017 General Appropriations Act, under the Department of Transportation’s aggregate P3.98-billion spending program for the maritime sector,” he said.

The new port will vastly improve accessibility to the area and bolster the country’s claims in the West Philippine Sea.

“We support the port development project, which will surely help encourage human settlement in the remote Philippine island that now has fewer than 400 residents, mostly fishermen,” Pimentel said.

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Pimentel urged the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to consider putting up a research station in Pag-asa.

He also asked the Department of Energy to find ways to provide the 37.2-hectare island with a renewable and stable source of electricity. At present, only a small generator set supplies some of the electricity needs of the island.

Located 518 kilometers northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Pag-asa belongs to the Kalayaan Island Group at the western section of the Spratly archipelago.

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China is claiming the entire Spratly group, but the Philippines has been occupying Pag-asa since 1970. The island is the lone barangay of Kalayaan town, which is part of Palawan.

At present, Pag-asa is guarded by a small military detachment led by an officer with the rank of lieutenant. The Philippine Navy also has the Naval Station Emilio Liwanag in the island.

Pag-asa used to be a purely Philippine military installation until the government allowed civilians to settle there.

The island has an unpaved 1.3-kilometer airstrip, a one-classroom primary school and a five-bed clinic.

There have been suggestions in the House of Representatives to improve existing facilities in Kalayaan and to build more infrastructure as a manifestation of the country’s assertion of its sovereignty over the island.

PCG’s new vessel arrives Dec. 8 Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will have a new vessel to be used to monitor activities in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

The second brand new multi-role response vessel (MRRV) is expected to arrive in the Philippines from Japan on Dec. 8, according to PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo.

Balilo said the MRRV would be named BRP Malabrigo, after the Malabrigo Lighthouse located in Lobo, Batangas.

BRP Malabrigo was recently inspected by PCG personnel led by Fleet Commander Commodore Elson Hermogino and Lieutenant Commander Geronimo Tuvilla, the incoming commanding officer of the BRP Malabrigo.

Balilo said the PCG has successfully conducted a sea trial on the vessel and the assessment is “it is already ready to sail.”

The PCG is expected to receive 10 brand new MRRVs until 2018. These vessels would be part of the Parola Class patrol vessels of the maritime agency.

The MRRVs have a maximum approximate speed of 25 knots. The vessels are equipped with special features for search and rescue and law enforcement operations such as fire monitors, night vision camera, radio direction finder, a workboat and bullet-proof navigational bridge.

The PCG has been deploying vessels in the area to maintain the country’s presence at Panatag Shoal, which is also being claimed by China. There are about six Chinese Coast Guard vessels conducting their own patrol at the shoal.

The first MRRV of PCG, the BRP Tubbataha that arrived on Aug. 18, is one of the six ships assigned to alternately conduct patrol at Panatag Shoal, which is also called Bajo de Masinloc.

Balilo said the BRP Malabrigo would assist the BRP Tubbataha, BRP Davao del Norte, BRP Pampanga and three monitoring, control and surveillance ships. These vessels are taking turns to patrol the exclusive economic zone of the country. – With Evelyn Macairan


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