(PHILIPPINES) LATEST: At least 12 people have died in the strongest TYPHOON to hit this year, the disaster agency said on Friday, after the storm swept across the archipelago uprooting trees, toppling power poles and flooding villages #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – Dec.18: Rai was a super typhoon when it slammed into Siargao Island on Thursday, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometres per hour: On Friday, wind speeds eased to 150 kph, the state weather forecaster said…..

#AceWeatherDesk says according to an UPDATE at least 12 people dead and moe than 300,000 people fled their homes and beachfront resorts as Typhoon Rai pummelled the southern and central regions of the country, knocking out communications in some areas and tearing roofs off buildings.

Power lines down on the road after the typhoon hit
More than 300,000 people sought emergency shelter as the typhoon charged across the Pacific Ocean, with about 18,000 yet to return home.(AP: Jay Labra)
People search through the debris after the typhoon.
The Red Cross says it is clear there is widespread devastation across affected areas.(AP: Jay Labra)

“Siargao island is heavily damaged,” Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the national disaster agency told a briefing.

Mr Jalad said 12 people have been reported killed during the storm, which lashed the popular tourist destination of Palawan island after ravaging the Visayas and the southern island of Mindanao.

“We are seeing people walking in the streets, many of them shell-shocked,” ABS-CBN correspondent Dennis Datu reported from the hard-hit city of Surigao, which is on the northern tip of Mindanao and near Siargao.

“All buildings sustained heavy damage, including the provincial disaster office. It looks like it’s been hit by a bomb.”

Mr Datu said the main roads leading into the coastal city had been cut off by landslides, fallen trees and toppled power poles.

More than 300,000 people had sought emergency shelter as the typhoon charged across the Pacific Ocean and smashed into the country, the agency said. About 18,000 had yet to return home.

“The full picture is only just starting to emerge, but it is clear there is widespread devastation,” said Alberto Bocanegra, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Philippines.

Communications were still down in Siargao, which took the brunt of the storm, and Mr Bocanegra said the organisation had “grave fears” for people there.

Philippine coastguard shared photos on Twitter of damaged roofs and uprooted trees on the island that is popular with surfers and holiday-makers, while aerial footage showed swaths of rice fields under water.

Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas told ABS-CBN that Rai ravaged the city of around 170,000 people for several hours, causing “severe” damage.

“The wind was very strong,” Matugas said.

“Everything sustained damage — roofs blown off, access roads blocked by landslides.”

Officials from the national disaster agency said earlier that initial reports suggested the overall damage was “not that massive” and they were not expecting “many casualties”.

“The damage was not as big as compared to previous typhoons of the same strength,” Casiano Monilla, the deputy administrator for operations, told a briefing.

Scores of flights were cancelled across the country and dozens of ports temporarily closed as the weather bureau warned several-metres-high storm surges could cause “life-threatening flooding” in low-lying coastal areas.

“The devastation is hard to explain,” said Joel Darunday, 37, a tour operator in the central island province of Bohol, who was hunkered down at home with his family when the storm ripped off their roof.

“It was very strong. The last time I experienced something like this was back in the 1980s.”

A resident carries bicycle over the toppled electrical post and tree caused by Typhoon Rai in Cebu city.
People have begun clearing fallen trees, branches and debris from roads as clean-up efforts and relief operations got under way in areas hit by Rai.(AP: Jay Labra)

Clean-up begins

People began clearing fallen trees, branches and debris from roads as clean-up efforts and relief operations got under way in areas hit by Rai.

Verified photos taken in Lapu-Lapu city in Cebu province showed roadside buildings flattened by the storm, while sheets of corrugated iron roofing littered streets.

Some wooden houses in the coastal town of Dulag in Leyte province were destroyed, while uprooted coconut trees lay on the beach.

“We were afraid,” said Ced Golingay, 31, a hotel receptionist in the central city of Iloilo who lives with her parents.

“Even in my sleep, I could feel the wind lashing the house.”

Rai, locally named Odette, is hitting the Philippines late in the typhoon season — most cyclones typically develop between July and October.

Scientists have long warned that typhoons are becoming more powerful and strengthening more rapidly as the world becomes warmer because of human-driven climate change.

Rai moved across the Visayas region to Palawan on Friday and was expected to emerge on Saturday over the South China Sea, heading towards Vietnam.

The Philippines — ranked as one of the world’s most-vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change — is hit by an average of 20 storms and typhoons every year, which typically wipe out harvests, homes and infrastructure in already impoverished areas.


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(NORWAY) Nobel Peace Prize Report: “Free, independent, and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies, and war propaganda,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, explaining why the prize went to two journalists #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.10: Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it will be difficult to successfully promote fraternity between nations, disarmament, and a better world order to succeed in our time,” she said….

#AceDailyNews says that according to media Nobel Peace Prize honors journalists with awarding Journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia with the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their fight for freedom of expression in countries where reporters have faced persistent attacks, harassment, and even murder.

C.S MONITOR: October 8, 2021: Manila, Philippines

Journalists Honour With Peace Prize

The Nobel committee noted that Mr. Ressa in 2012 co-founded Rappler, a news website that has focused critical attention on President Rodrigo Duterte’s “controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign” in the Philippines.

She and Rappler “have also documented how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents, and manipulate public discourse.”

Mr. Muratov was one of the founders in 1993 of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which the Nobel committee called “the most independent newspaper in Russia today, with a fundamentally critical attitude towards power.”

“The newspaper’s fact-based journalism and professional integrity have made it an important source of information on censurable aspects of Russian society rarely mentioned by other media,” it added.

Ms. Ressa, the first Filipino to win the peace prize and the first woman to be honored this year with an award by the Nobel committee, was convicted last year of libel and sentenced to jail in a decision seen as a major blow to press global freedom.

She said she hopes the award will bolster investigative journalism “that will hold power to account.”

“This relentless campaign of harassment and intimidation against me and my fellow journalists in the Philippines is a stark example of a global trend that journalists and freedom of the press facing increasingly adverse conditions,” she told The Associated Press.

She also pointed to social media giants like Facebook as a serious threat to democracy, saying “they actually prioritized the spread of lies laced with anger and hate over facts.”

“I didn’t think that what we are going through would get that attention. But the fact that it did also shows you how important the battles we face are, right?” she said. “This is going to be what our elections are going to be like next year. It is a battle for facts. When you’re in a battle for facts, journalism is activism.”

Mr. Muratov said he would use his win to help independent journalists who have faced growing pressure from the authorities, including those whose organizations were declared “foreign agents” – a designation that threatens to bring more government scrutiny.

“We will use it to shore up Russian journalism that has faced repressions,” he said in comments carried by a Russian messaging app channel. “We will try to help the people who have been designated as agents, have faced persecution, and have been forced out of the country.”

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 17 media workers were killed in the Philippines in the last decade and 23 in Russia.

The Nobel committee noted that since the launch of the newspaper, six of its journalists have been killed, among them Anna Politkovskaya, who covered Russia’s bloody conflict in Chechnya.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev used some of his prize money from winning the Nobel in 1990 to help what would become Novaya Gazeta buy office equipment and computers.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov praised Mr. Muratov as a “talented and brave” person.

“We can congratulate Dmitry Muratov – he has consistently worked in accordance with his ideals,” Mr. Peskov said in a conference call with reporters.

Moscow-based political analyst Abbas Gallyamov said the award marked “a painful strike to the Russian authorities … because the freedom of speech and the principles of independent journalism are an evil in the eyes of Russian authorities.”

Some critics questioned if the award respected Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel’s will and its original purpose to prevent war, but Dan Smith, director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, said it was justified.

“Freedom of expression is a part of democracy, and democratic systems are proven to be more stable, less likely to go to war with each other, less likely to experience civil war,” Mr. Smith said.

Ms. Reiss-Andersen noted that the peace prize has gone to journalists before, including Ernesto Teodoro Moneta of Italy in 1907 for promoting pacifism, and Carl von Ossietzky of Germany in 1935 after revealing the Nazi regime was secretly re-arming in breach of the World War I peace accord.

Ms. Reiss-Andersen also noted the risks to free speech today due to the spread of fake news.

“Conveying fake news and information that is propaganda and untrue is also a violation of freedom of expression, and all freedom of expression has its limitations. That is also a very important factor in this debate,” she said.

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders celebrated the announcement, expressing “joy and urgency.”

“Joy because this is an extraordinary tribute to journalism, an excellent tribute to all journalists who take risks everywhere around the world to defend the right to information,” the group’s director Christophe Deloire said from its Paris headquarters. “And also urgency because it will be a decisive decade for journalism. Journalism is in danger, journalism is weakened, journalism is threatened. Democracies are weakened by disinformation, by rumors, by hate speech.”

The group, known by its French acronym RSF, has worked with Ms. Ressa and Mr. Muratov to defend journalism in their countries, and comes under regular criticism from authoritarian governments.

PEN America, a free expression group, called it a timely award due to the “unparalleled menace” journalists face in authoritarian societies.

After the announcement, the Nobel committee itself was put on the spot by a reporter who asked about its decision to award the 2019 peace prize to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has since become entangled in a domestic conflict with the powerful Tigray region.

“Today, I will not comment on other Nobel laureates and other issues than we have on the table today, but I can mention that the situation for freedom of press in Ethiopia is very far from ideal and is facing severe restrictions,” Ms. Reiss-Andersen said.

The award is accompanied by a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1.14 million). The prize money comes from a bequest from Nobel, who died in 1895.

Still to come Monday is the prize for outstanding work in the field economics.

This story was reported by The Associated Press. Frank Jordans reported from Berlin and Vanessa Gera from Warsaw, Poland. Associated Press writers Masha Macpherson in Paris, Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Vladimir Isachenkov in Russia contributed.

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(PHILIPINNES) JUST IN: At least 17 people are dead after an Air Force plane carrying troops crashed while landing in the south of the country, breaking up and bursting into flames #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.04: So far 40 wounded and injured were rescued and 17 bodies recovered. Rescue and recovery is ongoing,” Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement, adding that 92 people had been on board.

MANILA: Philippines Air Force plane crashes, killing at least 17 people according to Reuters the Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft crashed on Sunday at Patikul, in Sulu province, in the far south of the archipelago nation where the army has been fighting a long war against Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf and other factions.

Wreckage in flames of Philippine air force C-130 aircraft that crashed in Sulu province.
The Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft crashed in a southern province after missing the runway.(Pondohan TV)

Military chief Cirilito Sobejana said the plane had “missed the runway trying to regain power”.

A military spokesman, Colonel Edgard Arevalo, said there was no indication of any attack on the plane, but that a crash investigation had not begun and efforts were focused on rescue and treatment.

Pictures from the scene showed flames and smoke pouring from wreckage strewn among trees as men in combat uniform milled around.

Mr Sobejana said the plane had crashed a few kilometres from Jolo airport at 11:30am (local time).

“We are currently attending to the survivors who were immediately brought to the 11th Infantry Division station hospital in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu,” he said.


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(MANILA, Philippines) South China Sea Report: Officials complained to China on Monday about what it called a “swarming and threatening presence” of Chinese vessels in disputed waters and demanded they be withdrawn from the area #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.04: “ The continued deployment, lingering presence and activities of Chinese vessels infringe upon Philippine sovereignty,” the Philippine foreign ministry said in a diplomatic protest, adding “their swarming and threatening presence creates an atmosphere of instability.”

Philippines protests ‘threatening presence’ of Chinese vessels in disputed waters officials reported about 220 vessels, believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia personnel, were seen anchored at the Whitsun Reef, which Manila calls the Julian Felipe Reef, on March 7 …………The Chinese Embassy in Manila said they were fishing vessels taking shelter from rough seas

FILE PHOTO: Some of the about 220 Chinese vessels reported by the Philippine Coast Guard, and believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia personnel, are pictured at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea, March 7, 2021. Picture taken March 7, 2021. Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea/Handout via REUTERS/File photo

The Chinese Embassy rejected the accusations.

“There is no Chinese maritime militia as alleged. Any speculation as such helps nothing but causes unnecessary irritation,” it said in a statement.

Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called the presence of militia vessels a “clear provocative action of militarising the area” and urged China to recall them.

The U.S. Embassy said the Chinese boats had been mooring in the area for many months in increasing numbers, regardless of the weather.In a tweet, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Washington “stands with our ally, the Philippines, regarding concerns about the gathering of (Chinese) maritime militia vessels near Whitsun Reef.

“We call on Beijing to stop using its maritime militia to intimidate and provoke others, which undermines peace and security,” he said.

An international tribunal invalidated China’s claim to 90% of the South China Sea in 2016, but Beijing does not recognise the ruling and has built islands in disputed waters equipped with radar, missiles batteries and hangers for fighter jets.

Jay Batongbacal, a South China Sea expert at the University of the Philippines, said President Rodrigo Duterte’s “friendship policy” to move away from Washington and align more closely with China was to blame for the incursions.

“Whatever opportunities there were for us to slow them down or stop them they have been lost,” Batongbacal said.

Reporting by Karen Lema; additonla reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and David Brunnstrom in Washington; Editing by Ed Davies

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.04: 2021:

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#AceWorldNews – MANILA – October 27 – The Philippines is to put a US Marine on trial for killing a transgender Filipino outside a former US Navy base, Reuters reported.

Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to charge him with murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton failed to answer a murder complaint by the Monday deadline set by prosecutors.

Pemberton skipped the prosecutor’s preliminary hearing in Olongapo City, north of Manila.

His lawyer, Rowena Garcia-Flores, said that any planned murder charge should be reduced to manslaughter. 


#filipino, #manila, #philippines


#AceWorldNews – MANILA – October 24 – American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them.

The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila’s uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master. Pemberton, 19, is accused of killing Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino, in a motel room Oct. 11 in the city of Olongapo.

He was initially held on a U.S. Navy warship at the Subic Bay Freeport, northwest of Manila, but on Wednesday he was transferred to the Philippine military’s main camp, where Filipino troops and two of his fellow Marines continue to guard him.



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#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES (Manila) – October 22 – A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman was moved to the Philippines’ military headquarters Wednesday, AFP said, citing officials.

US Marine Accused of Murder of Transgender Woman Moved to Manila Miltary HQ

US Marine Accused of Murder of Transgender Woman Moved to Manila Miltary HQ 

US helicopter delivered Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton to Camp Aguinaldo in Manila and will be jointly guarded by American and local troops, according to military chief General Gregorio Catapang.

“He will be detained in a 28-cubic-meter van that was installed inside the facility and he will be sleeping in a military-type cot bed with an air conditioning system,”Catapang said.

Police said Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim, Jennifer Laude, a transgender 26-year-old also known as Jeffrey.



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MANILA: ‘ Police File Murder Charges Against US Marine Over The Death Of Transgender Filipino ‘

#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES (Manila) – October 15 – Philippines police on Wednesday filed murder charges against a US Marine over the death of a transgender Filipino, Reuters said.

Philippine police file charges against U.S. Marine in murder case
Philippine police file charges against U.S. Marine in murder case

“Based on two witnesses’ testimonies, we believe we have a strong case against the US Marine,” said Pedrito delos Reyes, police chief of Olongapo City.

The body of Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found in a hotel room on Saturday.

Manila also wants to take custody of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton while he stands trial, according to a senior Philippines official.

He also warned that the case could damage military ties between the allies.



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MANILA: ‘ Dozens of Activists Burn Mock US Flags Demanding Washington Hand-Over Marine Implicated in Transgender Killing ‘

#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES (Manila) – October 14 – Dozens of activists burned a mock U.S. flag as they protested at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a Marine implicated in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labelled a hate crime.


Dozens of Activists Burn Mock US Flags Demanding Washington Hand-Over Marine Implicated in Transgender Killing '

Dozens of Activists Burn Mock US Flags Demanding Washington Hand-Over Marine Implicated in Transgender Killing ‘

Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found dead, apparently strangled and drowned, beside a toilet bowl in a motel room in Olongapo city, north-west of Manila, shortly after he checked in with a Caucasian man late Saturday.

The foreigner, who escaped, was described by witnesses as a U.S. Marine who had met the victim in a bar, police said.

U.S. Marine spokesman Col. Brad Bartelt said a Marine was being held on board the USS Peleliu in the Subic Bay free port, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Manila, in connection with a joint U.S. Navy and Philippine police investigation into Laude’s death.

About 3,000 U.S. Marines and Navy sailors concluded two weeks of military exercises with Filipino counterparts Friday and were to leave the Philippines this week.

But Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said he was assured by U.S. Pacific commander Adm. Samuel Locklear, who was in Manila for security talks with Philippine defence officials, that the Peleliu and other Navy ships would stay in the Philippines pending an investigation into the killing.



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PHILIPPINES: ‘ Al-Qaeda-Linked Militants Threatened to Kill One of Two German Captives if Ransom not Paid’

#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES – October 03 – Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the Philippines have threatened to kill one of two German captives on October 17, Reuters reported.



Abu Sayyaf rebels captured the two Germans sailing on a yacht from the western island of Palawan island to the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah in April.

The militants are demanding a $5.6 million ransom and for Germany to stop supporting US-led air-strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

The Germans are reportedly being held in the jungles of Jolo, a remote southern island. Germany has ruled out taking part in the air-strikes, but agreed to arm Kurdish fighters battling IS militants in Iraq.


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PHILIPPINES: ‘ Mount Mayon Volcano Level of Alert Raised and 12,000 People Evacuated ‘

#AceWorldNews PHILIPPINES (Bicol) – September 17 – Latest – #AceBreakingNews – PHILIPPINES – The Philippines’ most active volcano, in the east of the country, has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption, AP reported.

More than 12,000 people have been evacuated from around the Philippines’ most active volcano, as fears of an eruption grow, local authorities said. Mount Mayon, located in the central Bicol region, recently recorded a series of quakes and rockfalls — all signs of a possible eruption. 

' Mount Maynon Could Erupt in Weeks '

‘ Mount Mayon Could Erupt in Weeks ‘

“We are now raising the alert status of Mayon Volcano from alert level 2 to 3,” Reuters quoted Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), as saying on Tuesday. The governor of the central Albay province, Joey Salceda, confirmed the evacuation of more than 12,000 people. 

“What the alert level 3 did was to fast-track the preparation to evacuate 12,000 families in the 6-8 km extended danger zone,” Salceda said.

The evacuees have been placed in temporary shelters for up to three months, he added. Mayon has erupted around 50 times over the last 600 years, with the most damaging incident recorded in February 1841, which killed 1,200 people.


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‘ Marines from the US and Philippines Take Part in Joint Manoeuvres on Coast of South China Sea ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON, June 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Over 100 marines of the USA and Philippines took part in joint manoeuvres Cooperation Afloat Readiness, CARAT on the north-western coast on the Philippines, Associated Press reported Monday.

As reported by the representative of the Philippine Naval Forces, the manoeuvres were held with the aim of field combat training upgrading.

The exercises are not connected to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, he added.


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` China Indicted Eight People on Terrorism Charges over Attack on Tiananmen Gate ‘

#AceNewsServices – BEIJING – May 31 – (AP) – China has indicted eight people on terrorism charges in connection with an attack on Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Gate last year that killed two tourists and three assailants, the government said Saturday.

The eight were arrested within days of the Oct 28 attack, in which a man drove an SUV through a crowd of tourists before stopping in front of the gate and setting the vehicle on fire.

A Chinese visitor and a tourist from the Philippines were killed, along with the vehicle’s driver, his wife and mother-in-law, according to Chinese authorities.

The attack was the first to strike Beijing in recent memory. It pointed to a new level of violence and lethal intent in the long simmering insurgency against Chinese rule in the far north-western region of Xinjiang waged by radicals among the native Turkic Uighur Muslim population.

A notice about the indictments posted on the regional prosecutor’s website said the eight would stand trial at the intermediate court in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi.

They were accused of organising, leading and participating in a terrorist organisation, as well as endangering public security.

The charges are punishable by a maximum penalty of death.

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  1. Fox News – 31/05/2014 – http://tinyurl.com/mfwuya4


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` NSA Records Almost All Domestic and International Phone Calls in Afghanistan ‘

#AceSecurityNews – NSA – May 23 – The NSA records almost all domestic and international phone calls in Afghanistan, similar to what it does in the Bahamas, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange said.

Reports in the Washington Post and the Intercept had previously reported that domestic and international phone calls from two or more target states had been recorded and stored in mass as of 2013.

Both publications censored the name of one victim country at the request of the US government, which the Intercept referred to as ‘Country X’.

Assange says he cannot disclose how WikiLeaks confirmed the identity of the victim state for the sake of source protection, though the claim can be “independently verified” via means of “forensic scrutiny of imperfectly applied censorship on related documents released to date and correlations with other NSA programs.”

This is not the first time it has been revealed mass surveillance was being conducted on Afghanistan by the NSA. According to a book released by Der Spiegel entitled ‘Der NSA Komplex’, a program called ACIDWASH collects 30-40 million telephony metadata records per day from Afghanistan. ACIDWASH has been identified as being part of the MYSTIC program.

WikiLeaks cannot be complicit in the censorship of victim state X. The country in question is #Afghanistan. https://t.co/vWwU4DJw0I#afpak
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 23, 2014
The Intercept, which Glenn Greenwald, who first broke the Edward Snowden revelations helped to found, had earlier named the Bahamas as having their mobile calls recorded and stored by a powerful National Security Agency (NSA) program called SOMALGET.

SOMALGET is part of a broader NSA program called MYSTIC, which the the NSA is using to gather metadata – including the numbers dialled and the time and duration of the calls – from phone calls in the Bahamas, Mexico, Kenya and the Philippines. SOMALGET by its nature is far more controversial, however, as it stores actual phone conversations for up to 30 days.

WikiLeaks initially opted not to reveal the name of ‘Country X’ as they were led to believe it could “lead to deaths” by Greenwald. WikiLeaks later accused The Intercept and its parent company First Look Media of censorship, saying they would go ahead and publish the name of the NSA-targeted country.

“We do not believe it is the place of media to ‘aid and abet’ a state in escaping detection and prosecution for a serious crime against a population,” Assange said in the statement.

Read More at: RT – 23/05/2104 – http://tinyurl.com/paehpu9


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ASEAN: ` South-East Leaders Express Serious Concern Over Territorial Disputes ‘

#AceNewsServices  – BEIJING – May 12 – South-east Asian leaders have expressed “serious concern” over worsening territorial disputes in the South China Sea, presenting a rare united front against an increasingly assertive Beijing.



Vietnam and the Philippines led a successful push for the Association of South-east Asian Nations to deliver a thinly veiled rebuke to China over the stand-off in waters home to key shipping lanes and thought to contain huge energy reserves.

But a defiant Beijing  said Hanoi‘s efforts to enlist the support of its neighbours in the row were “doomed to fail”.

The 10-nation ASEAN, in a statement released on Monday after  a summit on Sunday, called for a peaceful resolution to the maritime rows, which flared up this month after China moved an oil drilling rig into waters also claimed by Hanoi (AFP) reported. 

“We expressed serious concerns over the ongoing developments in the South China Sea, said the joint statement from the summit in Myanmar, without explicitly pointing the finger at Beijing.

ASEAN called on all parties involved to “exercise self-restraint, not to resort to threat(s) or use of force, and to resolve disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the universally recognised principles of international law”.

Observers said the statement marked a change of tone by the regional bloc, many of whose members — including Myanmar — have close economic and political ties with China and have traditionally avoided confrontation with the Asian heavyweight.

In 2012 China’s ally Cambodia caused consternation when it was ASEAN head by refusing to take Beijing to task over its assertive maritime stance.

“This is a far cry from when Cambodia was ASEAN chair,” said Southeast Asia expert Carl Thayer, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

The statement “represents a slight tightening of ASEAN’s position”, he said, adding it suggests a rare level of “consensus” on the vexed sea rights issue.

Under Brunei’s chairmanship last year, China avoided a public rebuke from ASEAN at a major summit after offering an olive branch by calling for peace in the flash point region.

Beijing struck a less conciliatory tone on Monday, insisting that the contested Paracel Islands, located near the controversial oil rig, were its “inherent territory”.


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` Philippines Police Seize a Chinese Fishing Boat in Disputed South China Sea Carrying Disputed Cargo ‘

#AceWorldNews – MANILA/BEIJING – May 07 (Reuters) – Philippines police seized a Chinese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday, an official told Reuters, the latest flare-up of tensions in the oil and gas-rich waters that are claimed wholly or in part by six Asian nations.

Chief Superintendent Niel Vargas of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group said a maritime police patrol apprehended a Chinese fishing boat around 7 a.m. on Tuesday off Half Moon Shoal.

The boat has 11 crew and police found about 500 turtles in the vessel, some of which were already dead, he said, adding that a Philippine boat with crew was also seized, and found to have 40 turtles on board.
Several species of sea turtles are protected under Philippine law.

Maritime police are now towing the boats to Puerto Princesa town on the island of Palawan where appropriate charges will be filed against them, Vargas said.

The incident is bound to raise the ire of Beijing, which claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting rival claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.

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1. Reuters – May 07 – http://tinyurl.com/lg23c84


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` Heavy Fighting between Philippine Troops and Muslim Militants Trying to Regain Control Continue ‘

#AceNewsServices – MANILA – Philippines witnesses heavy clashes that have broken out between Philippine troops and Muslim militants trying to regain control of a captured camp in southern Sulu province, leaving 14 Abu Sayyaf rebels and one marine dead, officials said Wednesday.

Military spokesman Lt. Col Ramon Zagala said fighting that began late Tuesday continued until early morning Wednesday, with the militants attempting to regain control of an Abu Sayyaf training and storage camp and in Patikul township that was captured by government troops.

Marine spokesman Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, citing intelligence reports, said the clashes left 14 rebels dead, while one marine was killed and 19 were wounded.

Zagala says troops are securing the rebel camp they captured Monday.

Militants from the group of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron are expected to launch more attacks and the military will continue to use mortars, howitzers and attack helicopters to protect it troops there, he said.

The Abu Sayyaf had links to international militant networks, including Al-Qaeda, but a U.S.-backed Philippine military crackdown has weakened it considerably in recent years.

The group, which is on the U.S. list of terror groups, has about 300 fighters and is now much more focused on ransom kidnappings than global jihad.

AP – Fox News


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` Barack Obama Says Agreement for Security While Activists Say it Reverses Democratic Gains When Bases Shut-Down '

#AceNewsServices – MANILA – Philippines (AP) – President Barack Obama said a 10-year agreement signed Monday to give the U.S military greater access to Philippine bases will help promote regional security, improve armed forces training and shorten response times to humanitarian crises, including natural disasters.

The deal was signed as Obama arrived in the Philippines, ending a week-long, four-nation Asia tour on something of a high note.

The Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement will give American forces temporary access to selected military camps and allow them to preposition fighter jets and ships and is being seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region.

Concerns about the U.S role military role here led to recent clashes outside the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Manila between police and more than 100 left-wing activists who protested Obama’s visit and the new security arrangement.

Activists say the agreement reverses democratic gains achieved when huge U.S. military bases were shut down in the early 1990’s, ending nearly a century of American military presence in the Philippines, a sensitive issue in this former U.S. colony.

These are the key points in the 10-year defence pact between the Philippines and the US.

-Clear provision that the US would “not establish military presence or base in the Philippines

-US access to and use of designated areas in AFP owned and controlled facilities (“Agreed Locations”) will be at the invitation of the Philippine government

-Prior consent of the Philippines, through the MDT and Security Engagement Board, with regard to US access and use of Agreed Locations which may be listed in an annex and further described in implementing arrangements

-Philippine retention of primary responsibility for security of the Agreed Locations

-Access of the AFP base commander to the entire area of the Agreed Locations;

-Philippine ownership of buildings and infrastructure once constructed by US military;

-Sharing and joint use of facilities in the Agreed Locations, including those of used by US military;

-Value of prepositioned material in the enhancement of AFP defence capabilities and possible transfer of purchase of materiel determined to be excess

-Prohibition of entry to the Philippines of nuclear weapons and reference to respective obligations of both Parties under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention

-Strong commitment by both parties in protecting the environment, human health and safety

-Preference for Philippine suppliers of goods, products and service in US military procurement

-Regular consultation of the implementation of the agreement

The following is the full copy of the FAQ released by the DFA.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) signed April 28, 2014

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    2, April 28 – http://tinyurl.com/knk22q5


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` Philippine Police Clash with Activists over Visit by Barack Obama and Pact of Increased US Military Presence ‘

#AceWorldNews – MANILA – April 23 – Philippine police clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the US Embassy in Manila.

They oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and a looming pact that will increase the American military presence in the Philippines, AP reported.

Riot police blocked the activists near the heavily fortified embassy compound but the protesters slipped past them, sparking a brief scuffle.

Officers sprayed the protesters with water from a fire truck to push them away but no arrests were made.

Some of the activists carried paper US flags with the message: “Obama, not welcome.”


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` Foreign Detainees Endure and Suffer a Harsh Regime in Windowless Cells in Ushiku Secret Detention Centre ‘

#AceNewsServices – TOKYO – April 20 – In the shadow of a giant Buddha statue in Ibaraki prefecture between Tokyo and Fukushima, hundreds of foreign detainees have endured harsh conditions incongruous with the cozy lifestyle enjoyed by many foreigners in Japan.

Without appearing in court, they often spend six to 18 months like caged animals in windowless cells in Ushiku, the largest of a secretive network of detention centres created to incarcerate foreigners pending deportation for overstaying visas and working illegally in Japan.

Chamballa Ally, a Tanzanian who shared a cramped room with detainees from Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines, told DW he was only allowed into a yard a few hours per day to play soccer.

“In Ushiku, you can only see the high walls around you and the sky above,” said Ally, who was deported to Tanzania before joining his US-born wife Alisha James in Indiana in 2012. “People watch TV, read or sit in despair. They are so tired from stress. They are not criminals, but they have no freedom.

It’s not a place to stay for a long time. People don’t know when they will be free.”

Japan detained 23,133 foreigners at 16 smaller immigration offices and three large detention centres in Ibaraki, Osaka and Nagasaki in 2011, according to the Global Detention Project’s latest figures.

Shining light on Japan’s dark side

Suicides, hunger strikes and the deaths of three detainees in recent months are shining light on dark corners unseen by most in tourist-friendly Japan.

An unnamed spokesman at Ushiku told AFP that a coroner would look into the deaths at the end of March of an Iranian who allegedly choked on food and a Cameroonian found unconscious in his cell. A Rohingya detainee from Myanmar died in October last year after staff allegedly failed to call a medic on lunch break.

The Tokyo District Court last month ruled that immigration officers illegally bound and gagged a visa overstayer from Ghana who suffocated to death during a forced deportation at Narita Airport in 2010.

Amnesty International and local rights groups have long accused Japanese of beating or torturing prisoners. Jorge Bustamente, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, urged Japan in 2010 to meet international human rights standards.

About 30 Japanese officials, facing harsh criticism at a UN Human Rights Council meeting in 2012, pledged to reform a system based on the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act of 1951, when Japan had very few foreign residents.

Courtesy of Deutsche Welle.

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1. Ushiku, the largest of a secretive network of detention centres created to incarcerate foreigners pending deportation for overstaying visas and working illegally in Japan. http://www.dw.de/illegal-and-dead-in-a-japanese-cell/a-17536330


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