KUWTT: US plans to strengthen defense ties with PH | 22 November 2021

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The United States has strengthened its defense ties with PH

SEN. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said the United States was studying the possibility of strengthening its Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the Philippines to prevent further incursions into its territory. The EDCA complements the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty and the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement between the United States and the Philippines. It was signed in Manila on April 28, 2014. Aboard a private plane on Saturday, Lacson visited the island of Pag-asa, the second largest island in the disputed Spratlys chain in the western Philippine Sea (WPS ). U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Friday that his country stood by its longtime ally, the Philippines, amid rising tensions within the WPS over the Ayungin Shoal incident. On November 16, three Chinese Coast Guard ships fired water cannon to roll back two civilian ships supplying Philippine troops stationed at BRP Sierra Madre, a Philippine Navy ship beached at Ayungin Shoal that was converted to forward -station of the Philippine Marines.

Covid cases on the rise again

The Ministry of Health (DoH) recorded 2,227 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, a notable increase from the record low recorded on November 16. Sunday’s figure pushed the total number of Covid-19 cases to 2,826,410, including 21,101 active. Of the active cases, 61.2 percent were mild and asymptomatic, 20.3 percent were moderate, 13 percent were severe, and 5.5 percent were critical. The death toll also crossed the 47,000 mark after 175 deaths were recorded, the total now standing at 47,047.

House to be probed sale of orthopedic lots

The House of Representatives’ health committee will examine the questionable sale of two lots from the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) to a couple despite the Supreme Court ruling to overturn it, the ACT-party list representative said. CIS Rowena Niña Taduran mentioned. Taduran tabled a resolution calling for an investigation in favor of the legislation “on the POC’s apparent illegal deprivation of ownership of its two plots of land.” She said the sale should have been subjected to public scrutiny to determine if it was legal. Taduran said he had received a sealed envelope containing photocopies of documents showing that the POC owned the lots, one measuring 1,516.50 square meters and the other 1,517 square meters, since 1947. The lots are adjacent to the Lots. ‘location of the medical establishment.

Nationwide Covid Alert Level System

The government alert level system will be implemented nationwide starting today, November 22. Acting palace spokesman Karlo Alexei Nograles said in a statement on Saturday that the Interagency Working Group (IATF) had approved the nationwide implementation of the alert level system. . The system has shifted the focus to granular locks from previous community-wide quarantine restrictions.

DoF: “Tax on the super-rich” to deter investment

At the head of affairs, the Ministry of Finance (DoF) has warned lawmakers that a bill in the House of Representatives that would impose a “super-rich” tax on people with assets exceeding 1 billion pesos would encourage schemes aggressive tax evasion and would drive out capital and investment. from the Philippines. The DoF said in a statement over the weekend that Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd wrote to President Lord Allan Jay Velasco in a letter that the tax proposal detailed in Bill (HB) 10253 would fail to l purpose of the bill to raise additional funds. While this wealth tax can increase tax revenue in the short term, it can dampen growth and investment in the long term.

Saso falls to 40th place in the CME

In the sport, Filipino-Japanese golf ace Yuka Saso fell to 40th place after the third round of the CME Group Championship at the Tiburon Golf Club – Gold Course in Naples, Fla. On Sunday (PT). Saso was unable to bounce back from her 1-in-73 performance in the second round that placed her in 29th place, as she collected 73 more in the third, which virtually ended her title bid. . Saso, 20, got a total of 4 under 212, behind French Céline Boutier, Japanese Nasa Hataoka, South Korean Ko Jin-Young and American Nelly Korda by 10 strokes.

Opinion and editorial

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino is today the columnist on the front page. Tiglao gives his take on the Ayungin Shoal incident, while Fr. Aquino discusses the struggle against the king’s powers.

Today’s editorial believes diplomacy should always be at the forefront of territorial disputes. Read a full version in the newspaper’s opinion section or listen to Voice of the Times.

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