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Most Filipinos do not trust $China unlike Rody


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Aligning a new alliance with another country requires a referendum. How would President Rodrigo Duterte convince Filipinos? A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey shows that 55 percent, or five in 10 Filipinos, have “little trust” in China.

[VIDEO]: The recent Trust Ratings Survey shows that most Filipinos do not trust China and detest President Duterte’s praising them. They trust the United States more.

Lowest Trust Rating

China receives the lowest trust rating of the seven countries included in the SWS survey with a ‘bad” net trust rating of minus 33.

Highest Rating

Respondents gave the highest trust rating for the U.S., despite Duterte’s criticism of the Philippines’ long-time ally the U.S. and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Survey Period

SWS interviewed 1,200 adults for the survey, which was conducted September 24 to 27, with a margin of error of ±3 percent. The results were published late Monday on BusinessWorld online.

Intention is Good but too Drastic

The President has all the good intentions in dealing with China as far as the economy and foreign relations is concerned. He has his own agenda in doing it differently. He wants to be independent from the Americans – but perhaps not a good idea to turn to China at this point.

Marcos Influence

It is true that the late President Ferdinand Marcos was hoping to open partnership talks with China. It is also noted that the U.S. is strongly against that. The story then is far too different from now. We already experience patronizing their cheap and below standard products. Can trains and rehabilitation centers be safe with the quality of work that China is noted for?

Trust is Everything in a Partnership

How can you sleep with the enemy? You can’t. So, President Duterte will have more work to do as soon as he decides to pursue his dealings with China. May God help him.


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US election hacks: Are we going to war with Russia on this?

Are we going to war with Russia

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The top Democrats on Congress’ intelligence committees boldly blamed Russian intelligence agencies for a series of hacks. It is allegedly designed to influence the US presidential election. Here are the details see if this is justifiable as we ask; Are we going to war with Russia?

US election

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking members of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, respectively, released a joint statement on Thursday calling out Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government.

“Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the US election,” the Democrats said. “At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election — we can see no other rationale for the behavior of the Russians.”

Unlike past hedged comments from US lawmakers and officials, the statement was definitive and more forceful than any previous assertions about Russian hacking from top-level government sources. And in tying the hacking directly to Putin and/or senior levels of the Russian government, the Democrats were more forceful than the administration or Congress has been in the past.

Calling on President Putin

“We believe that orders for the Russian intelligence agencies to conduct such actions could come only from very senior levels of the Russian government,” Schiff and Feinstein said. “We call on President Putin to immediately order a halt to this activity. Americans will not stand for any foreign government trying to influence our election. We hope all Americans will stand together and reject the Russian effort.”

Kerry delivers blistering attack on Russia at UN

Experts have pinpointed Russian government-affiliated hackers as the source of cyber attacks on a number of Democratic political groups, including the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Communications and documents stolen in those hacks have been selectively leaked online since, by a hacker claiming to be unaffiliated with the Russians going by “Guccifer 2.0.” But analysis by private-sector cybersecurity firms had concluded that the character is most likely a front for the Russians to cast doubt on their culpability.

Both of state election boards

Two other hacks — both of state election boards — have also been loosely tied to potential Russian hackers. In Illinois, thousands of voter role records were accessed, and Arizona was also targeted. Though nothing was done to influence elections in those states, experts believe Russian hacking is designed to cast doubt in the security and validity of the election.
Schiff and Feinstein did not explain what in their briefings led to their conclusion. Intelligence Committee members receive classified briefings they can’t speak about in public.

Condemning Russia

They also broke with the administration in their condemnation of Russia. The White House has referred to the beliefs of experts on the hacks, but have not discussed any conclusions drawn by US government investigators. The administration has also been navigating a tense relationship with Russia over the conflict in Syria, with both sides pointing fingers over a fraught ceasefire agreement.”

No Republicans joined their statement. The hacks have been perceived as a benefit to GOP nominee Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump has spoken favorably of Putin in the past, and Democrats have tried to paint him as friendly to the authoritarian leader.

Damaging the Democratic Party

The hacks have been damaging to the Democratic Party, leading to the resignation of then-Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the eve of the Democratic convention in July. In return, Democrats have asked Republicans to not use material from the hacks due to the suspect Russian involvement.


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US and Russia’s Syria Ceasefire short-lived?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country had long been calling for closer cooperation with the US to fight Al Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, and the Islamic State

The United States and Russia agreed a deal Friday, September 9, to impose a ceasefire in Syria, and if the truce holds they will begin a joint military effort against Islamic jihadists.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the truce would come into force on Monday, September 12, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha; Rappler reported. However, as per CNN’s breaking report, it says:  Syria’s nascent ceasefire hung in the balance Monday after an airstrike on a United Nations aid convoy led the US to question Russia’s commitment to calming violence in the war-torn country and its ability to influence its ally in Damascus. Full story here:

Rappler continues: The two powers back opposite sides of the conflict, with Moscow supporting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the US behind a coalition of rebel groups it regards as moderate.

But if Russia is able to use its leverage over Assad to respect the ceasefire for a week, Moscow and Washington will begin joint air strikes against agreed terrorist targets.

The much anticipated breakthrough came at the end of marathon talks between Lavrov and Kerry in Geneva, as the pair push for an end of the 5-year civil war that has killed 290,000 and displaced half the country’s population.

“Today, the United States and Russia are announcing a plan which we hope will reduce violence, ease suffering and resume movement towards a negotiated peace and a political transition in Syria,” Kerry said.

The vexed question of President Bashar al-Assad’s fate remains, with Western powers calling for his removal and Russia backing him.

But both Kerry and Lavrov said the plan represents the best available chance to end the fighting between Assad and the mainstream opposition rebels, while still targeting Al Nusra jihadist rebels and Islamic State extremists.

Lavrov stressed that his country had long been calling for closer cooperation with the US to fight Al Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, and the Islamic State.

“Despite all the problems, despite the mistrust, despite the attempts to disrupt what we agreed today, we have been able to work on a package of documents,” Lavrov said.

“All this creates the conditions for a return to the political process,” he added.

The Pentagon warned in a statement following the announcement that any “potential military cooperation” between the US and Russia was contingent on the terms of the truce being “fully met”.

“We will jointly agree on strikes against terrorists to be carried out by the Russian and American air forces. We have agreed on the zones in which these strikes will be carried out,” said Lavrov.

“Only the Russian and American air forces will work in these zones,” he added.

US and its allies have been insisting that Assad’s own air force, accused of widespread civilian massacres, must stand down.

The final hours of the talks dragged out as Kerry contacted US President Barack Obama’s office to get approval for the plan, but the top diplomat said both governments stand behind it.

“The United States is going the extra mile here because we believe that Russia and my colleague have the capability to press the Assad regime to stop this conflict and come to the table and make peace,” Kerry said.

The ceasefire should see Syrian and allied forces pull back from positions on key supply routes around Aleppo, allowing desperately needed humanitarian access to the communities besieged in the 5-year-old conflict.

The UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura joined Kerry and Lavrov after their talks and welcomed the deal, which he said he will to take to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and to seek international support for its implementation.

“The United Nations hopes that the political will that led to this understanding is sustained,” Mistura said in a statement.


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War with China intensifies as Asian neighbors, US enhance military drills

War with China

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
North Korea’s old threat of making the first nuclear strike that would surely bring Seoul and Washington into “heap of ashes” was again thrown into the air when irked by the war with China against its neighbors due to territorial disputes and China’s ignoring the ruling from the Hague that rejected its sovereignty claim.

Enhanced joint military exercises by South Korea and the US are ongoing to be able to place the ultimate defense missile system somewhere in South Korea to block China’s prowess.

China’s flashing offensive weapons recently irked Japan, including Beijing’s latest-generation frigate plus long-range bombers to warn or scare neighbors and of course, the U.S. — for them to beg down and put the negotiations for its territorial claims back into the table which the rest of the countries detested including the UN.


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Campaign Chairman Quits after a Disciplined Trump approach did not Work – and Trump is back to real self


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Paul Manafort, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, has resigned just two months after taking charge in imposing discipline on Trump but to their dismay, he continues to do badly in the polls and has allegedly fought hard in implementing a damage control strategy. Perhaps, he realized that his boss’s self or “being Trump” is what makes him popular.

He is also involved in controversies over his Russian interests and with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych – that he denied any wrongdoing of – but that is not likely the reason why he left.

Manafort’s connections to pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine basically distracted Trump’s presidential campaign but perhaps not enough reason to leave. It is more likelly the realization that “being Trump” is how he won the Republican nomination after all – that is maybe not his intention in assuming the post.

Trump’s new team now is engulf by the challenging task of capitalizing on their candidate’s real character by allowing him to deliver direct to the point messages as himself- focusing on attacking Hilary Clinton and not destroying himself by launching distasteful acts.


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