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Duterte wants Sangley airport ops soon, transfer of domestic flights eyed

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MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered to “immediately” start operations at the Sangley airport in Cavite to help decongest the capital’s main airport.

The order was given during a Cabinet meeting Monday night following the President’s surprise inspection at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport amid reports of flight delays and cancellations.

“The President directed the operations in Sangley Point to start immediately,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Tuesday.

Duterte was dismayed at the conditions at the NAIA, which operates four terminals, and hinted at its revamp, he said.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the initial plan was to transfer domestic flights to the Cavite airport.

A draft executive order will be presented to the President on the matter, Panelo said.

Panelo said Tugade already tested ferries that could transport passengers from the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City to Sangley within 18 to 24 minutes.

On security concerns on the Cavite gateway, Panelo said President Duterte prefers that a single entity take charge either from the military or a civilian body.

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Chinese survey ship spotted in PH exclusive economic zone

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MANILA – A Chinese survey ship that was seen earlier this month sailing east of the Philippines was spotted once again inside the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ), maritime experts have confirmed.

Chinese oceanographic survey ship “Zhangjian” entered the Philippines’ EEZ, said Ryan Martinson, Assistant Professor of the Chinese Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College who posted the ship’s position on Twitter.

Professor Jay Batongbacal, Director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, and Jess Floren of the Karagatan Patrol confirmed the ship’s presence in the country’s EEZ.

The survey ship Zhangjian was tracked making grid-like, back-and-forth movements in the Philippine Sea for days, a movement the experts suggest was indicative of scientific exploration.

The grid-like maneuvers, however, took place just outside the Philippines’ EEZ, which is not violative of Philippine maritime rights ABS-CBN News reports.

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New low pressure area enters PAR

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MANILA—A new low-pressure area (LPA) entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Monday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The weather disturbance was spotted 975 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar and is moving in a northwest direction, weather specialist Ariel Rojas said.

The LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, but will bring rains over the eastern part of the country, he added.

The LPA’s trough or extension will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat, which continues to prevail over the western section of northern Luzon, will bring isolated rain showers over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. (Source: ABS-CBN News)

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Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland

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Donald Trump has confirmed he is considering an attempt to buy Greenland for strategic reasons, though he said the idea is “not No1 on the burner”.

The US president’s interest, reported earlier this week, was greeted internationally with widespread hilarity but with indignation in Greenland and Denmark.

The government of the semi-autonomous Danish territory insisted it was not for sale. The Danish prime minister called any discussion of a sale “absurd”.

Nonetheless, on Sunday White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow first confirmed the story in an interview, before Trump spoke to reporters as he left New Jersey to return from vacation to Washington.

Saying the “concept came up” and he was “looking at it”, the man who runs a notoriously leaky White House also questioned how the idea found its way to the press.

Trump sought to tie the idea of a US purchase of the world’s largest island – not including the continent of Australia – to his own area of professional expertise, saying it would be “essentially a large real estate deal”.

“Denmark essentially owns it,” he said. “We’re very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, ‘Certainly I’d be.’ Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not No1 on the burner, I can tell you that.”

(Via The Guardian)

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