President Duterte Allows Chinese Research in the Philippines Near Sea

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to allow China to undertake research on the continental shelf The Philippine Pacific Ocean increases the risk of new outrage among Filipinos who have no faith in the stronger Beijing.

Duterte allows Chinese ships examined Benham Rise, a 13 million-acre, marine-rich submarine plain, this month and for scientific research, officials from both countries said.

The Philippine President opened ties with China shortly after landing mid-term position in 2016. His approach with China has calmed the maritime sovereignty dispute that has been strongly opposed to both sides since 2012. China pledged $ 24 billion in 2016 to help build a relatively poor Philippines, and its military is weaker

Duterte also permitted Chinese research ships are working on Benham Rise dal am in 2016. When the people of the Philippines learned about it a few months later, he was criticized by opponents in the influential Philippine legislature and news media.

He faced yet another anger of the people now, experts say.

"People are concerned that China certainly conducts research for its own interests, the people will know it, "said Maria Ela Atienza, professor of political science at the University of the Philippines Diliman. "In the Philippines, there is a great sense of distrust regarding China," he added. [gp]

Duterte Promises Reveal Cause of Fire Mole Kills 38 People

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to find the truth behind a fire that devoured a shopping mall or mall in Davao City, his hometown. The death toll from a fire that occurred on Saturday (23/12) this local time increased to 38 people.

This fire scorches call center 24 hours owned by market research firm based in USA, SSI. Call center is on the top floor of a four-storey shopping center called the NCCC.

Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, who is the daughter of Duterte, announced on Wednesday that another body the security guard of the shopping center was found from the fire ruins. The security guard was killed while trying to rescue the people who were trapped in fires.

A total of 37 other deaths were known to be employees of the call center [1945909].

 The fire-laden mall in Davao, Philippines on December 23rd Mal hit by fire in Davao, Philippines on December 23 Photo: Courtesy Otto van Dacula via REUTERS

As reported by AFP [194590010] , Wednesday (27/12/2017), President Duterte vowed to find the truth behind the fire. The vow is delivered when Duterte meets with victims' families this week.

"I assure them … that the truth will – let the truth be revealed," Duterte said. "That's what they're asking for, the truth about what's happening," he added.

Local union groups say the high number of deaths indicates that security rules are not being implemented properly. This allegation has been denied by the manager of the shopping center.

 Duterte shed tears while visiting mall fire victim in Davao City Duterte shed tears while visiting mall fire victim in Davao City Photo: REUTERS / Presidential Palace

Spokesman for the NCCC shopping center Thea Padua, has an adequate fire exit door and adequate fire extinguishers. "We have fully complied with labor safety standards," he said.

The Philippine Department of Justice and Labor Department, as well as the local Fire Department, conducted separate investigations into the fire that occurred on Saturday (23/12) local time. The cause of this fire is not yet known.

Separately, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, through his spokesman, declared criminal charges to be charged against each of the parties responsible for the fire.

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