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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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US Apologetic on Olympic Gold Medalists’ False Robbery Claim in Rio

Ryan Lochte

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Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen, were proven to be liars and unruly after claiming that they were robbed at gunpoint when their taxi was intercepted. Instead, the CCTV footage showed that the swimmers vandalized the petrol station and engaged themselves in confrontation with staff. Feigen remained still in Brazil but Lochte is already back in the US. Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, initially held off from their flight to the US but later allowed to go home after denying that they’ve got to have something to do with the false robbery claim.

Lochte was claiming that they were robbed at gunpoint on their way back to their hotel from a club in a taxi but police head Fernando Veloso did not buy their story with the CCTV showing that they were the unruly ones. He said; “No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed.”

The American athletes only paid and left after security guards intervened but they already had vandalized the toilet of a petrol station. Giving false testimony and vandalism were their charges that the US government was so apologetic for, thus letting them off the hook just for the spirit of the Olympics at this moment in time.

USOC confirmed Mr Veloso’s account issued a statement saying; “the behaviour of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA”.


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Australia’s role in isolating China when war happens with US


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
David C Gompert used to be the principal deputy director of National Intelligence from 2009 to 2010 and has currently led a US Army-commissioned report to examine the possibility of the world’d two military powers going to war, particularly US and China.

The US and China war if ever is expected to be long, and the destruction can increasingly become more intensive as it lingers. The bizarre thing is that, it could easily erupt just by triggering egos within the affected South China Sea regions over territorial disputes.

Gompert suggested in the report that Australia, a close American ally, could play a pivotal role that could secure the Asian allies if tensions with Beijing escalate.

“Depending on the cause and focus of the conflict, other East Asian states would mostly side with the United States in varying degrees: from support ranging from permission to use bases to the possible commitment of forces (eg Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines),” it says.

“The participation of Australian forces, because of their quality, could have military significance despite their small size.

“Apart from military contributions, the longer and more severe the conflict, the more and perhaps more permanently China could become isolated from the very region it aspires to lead”, as extracted from the report.


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Donald Trump: Will screen immigrants’ Liberal Values to stop Terrorism


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Donald Trump in his campaign speech in Ohio disclosed his plans to implement “extreme vetting” of immigrants. This is his way of combating Islamic extremism, that will include screen tests for immigrants upon arrival to the US. The values that he highlighted for the tests were LGBT and religious tolerance.

Mr Trump’s plan is designed that citizens from countries with a history of terror will not be permitted to enter the US but it has no concrete list of countries to be banned. Trump said that he opposed to the Iraq War before it began, prompting critics to check and found it to be untrue.

He also had conflicting views about Nato, he previously called it “obsolete” and now included in his plans to work with NATO in fighting Islamic terrorists. “Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country,” he said.

Hillary Clinton also expressed that Mr Trump’s claim that Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton had “founded” IS only proved his that his views to are not only malicious but also “dangerous” and “un-American”.


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Third Party Bet sees Trump’s Unusual Campaign Favoring Clinton

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Third parties in the US are, in many ways, voiceless which has no comparison with the Democratic and Republican conventions, there is no army of media to tell the story during caucus. In fact, it is lucky to get the media that can make up one football team so to speak. However, this is just one of the many difficulties that third parties are facing. The Democrats and Republicans just join members together to come up with a debate commission.

Members from the Republicans and the Democrats can already form a commission and they decide who can get on the stage of the presidential debates. The attention that a candidate gets in the debates is definitely priceless. It’s an added mileage to the candidacy.

Third party candidates can hardly get invites from media organisations that pay for the polls. If third party candidates are ignored from the polls, they have no chance of being included in the debates. In American politics, you have just have few options on how to reach the 120 million American voters.

The first which is free is through the media but the Green Party is not getting that. The second way is of course paid media. The Green Party has $405,000 budget only for the whole election whereas the two major candidates have generous donors and spending hundreds of millions of dollars in paid advertisements.

The Green Party is betting on the final way, through their followers. Their presidential candidate Jill Stein gave a press conference after wrapping up the nomination. She described how she sees this election. She says Donald Trump’s very unusual campaign is forcing Republicans to slide to Democrat Hillary Clinton. She believes that is pulling Clinton to the centre; according to Aljazeera.


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Robredo found some Vital Tasks for Women’s Welfare Overseas

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Vice President Leni Robredo made her stay as the second highest official of the country by continuing her advocacy on enhancing women’s welfare and this is recognized Thailand’s Queen Sirikit foundation. She will receive the “Honorary Outstanding Women of 2016” recognition as part of the commemoration of Thai Women’s Day. It is not clear however what the organizers’ criteria were that prompted their choice.

It was alleged that her “dedication for women in the country to improve women’s rights and gender equality, including overcoming barriers to be a successful Asean woman leader,” made her the recipient of such award as released by the OVP. This is an event organized by Thailand’s National Council of Women of Thailand, under Her Majesty the Queen’s patronage to commemorate Thai Women’s Day celebration in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Education.

The event will also commemorate the 70th anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the 84th birthday of Queen Sirikit. Robredo will then proceed to the United States later to be a keynote speaker during the 12th National Empowerment Conference of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations scheduled for Aug. 6 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The Vice president at last found some vital tasks for women’s welfare overseas and may she be the symbol of a Filipina’s grace, intellect and modesty.


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