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#Shaking detected

5.6MWW / 5.4MB #Magnitude #Earthquake reported

14 km W of #Tingloy, #Philippines /
017 km E. of Looc ( Mindoro)
136km /122 km deep

10/04(05/ 2020 | 18:16:55 (UTC) / 02:16:57 (Local)

GPS: 13.639, 120.742 /13.73, 120.41

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2.@phivolcs_dost ImageImage
According to tge first report of @phivolcs_dost there are Aftershocks to expect @Chill_McDenil
This plot shows 1 hour of data from the nearest available seismic station in the Global Seismographic Network.

#Davao, #Philippines (7.0697° N x 125.5791° E) #Earthquake
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🚨BREAKING: self-claimed “billionaire” @realDonaldTrump paid only $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017.

Trump paid ZERO income taxes in 10 of the previous 15 years—largely because he *reported LOSING much more money than he made*.

🔥The @nytimes **GOT TRUMP’s #TaxReturns extending over more than two decades** for Trump personally and the hundreds of companies that make up his business organization, including detailed information from his first two years in office.💥

Trump’s finances are under stress—huge losses + hundreds of $millions in debt coming due he personally guaranteed. And a 10-year audit battle with the IRS over a $72.9 million tax refund he got after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him >$100 million.😎
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#US bill halts military aid to #Philippines over rights issue

A bill to suspend security aid to the Philippines until it’s military & police forces be held accountable for human rights violations was introduced in the US House of Representatives.…
Malacañang called the proposal filed by Democratic Rep. Susan Wild of Pennsylvania a “very wild” suggestion that had a “very slim” chance of becoming law.
Wild called the terror law “legislation that legitimizes Mr. Duterte’s regime’s practice of terror, tagging and killing activists.”

“Let us make clear that the [United States] will not participate in the repression. Let us stand with the people of the Philippines,” Wild said.
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#CIA lost 4 paramilitary officers in daring #SouthChinaSea operation off the coast of the #Philippines in 2008

They were tasked with planting a sophisticated tracking device, disguised as a rock, designed to intercept signals from #Chinese vessels…
In 2008 the 4 men departed from Malaysia with fake papers stating they were hired by a Japanese company to transport a 40-foot ship to Japan.

As they approached Luzon, they decided to proceed with the mission, despite Tropical Storm Higos, which was approaching their location.
The operation’s planners believed the storm would change course and would not affect the Luzon region. They were wrong, however, and the four men were lost at sea.

Their bodies have never been found, according to Yahoo News.
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NEW: @Facebook takes down 155 accounts, 11 pages, 9 groups linked to #China for "violating our policy against foreign or government interference"

Most of the focus was on #SouthChinaSea #HongKong #Philippines-#Duterte BUT some activity focused on #Election2020
Per @Facebook, the #China-linked activity that targeted the US "gained almost no following"

"They posted content both in support of and against presidential candidates Pete #Buttigieg, Joe #Biden and Donald #Trump" per FB

Some examples of the material as provided by FB: ImageImage
"Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation found links to individuals in the #Fujian province of #China" per @Facebook's @ngleicher
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#Philippines Foreign Minister Challenges '#China's Demand' on #SouthChinaSea

“China’s demand to exclude Western powers from the South China Sea – that I will never allow,” Locsin said. “The Western powers must be present in the South China Sea as balance”…
The Philippines’ top diplomat assured lawmakers in Manila on Monday that a code of conduct being negotiated between Southeast Asian nations and Beijing would not keep Western powers out of the South China Sea.
“I can swear to you: Western powers will be in the South China Sea,” Locsin told Congress. “We believe in the balance of power, that the freedom of Filipino people depends on the balance of power in the South China Sea.
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What would I say (as someone who has been a lead target of anti-science disinformation campaigns around vaccines, and has a front seat to their nefarious activities)? What we see from Wash DC + White House in 2020 exhibits the key elements of a similar disinformation initiative
As we recently stated in our @TheLancet Commission on #COVID19, what's happening in Wash DC, also resembles the elements of disinformation in #Brasil #Philippines...
...political leaders “simplifying the pandemic by downplaying its impacts or touting easy solutions or treatments, spectacularizing their responses to crisis, forging divisions between the ‘people’ and dangerous ‘others’, and making medical knowledge claims to support the above"
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In a #US #China war, whose side is #SoutheastAsia on?

#Philippines, #Singapore and #Malaysia ponder the unthinkable. Asian analysts are considering the worst-case scenario.

Includes quotes from @CollinSLKoh, @DerekJGrossman & others

A great read👍…
“In an actual Sino-US conflict in the region, it would be very difficult for smaller regional powers to maintain neutrality or to remain outside the conflict,” says Olli Pekka Suorsa, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).
A senior Philippine military official says that in a war “we can remain neutral, but if China attacks the US, we are obliged to help the US”. He says Philippine planners have drawn up scenarios in case of a US-China war, but these are secret. Image
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#TodayinHistory in 1950, 70 years ago, the 10th Battalion Combat Team (BCT), the 1st of the 5 #PH contingents that formed the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (#PEFTOK), landed in Busan, South Korea. (THREAD) #History #Kasaysayan #Philippines #KoreanWar Image
After #WWII & more than 3 decades of Japanese occupation of Korea, the Korean peninsula was divided by the 38th Parallel, w/ the communist north supported by the USSR, & the democratic south supported by the U.S. & member states of the United Nations.
On 25 June 1950, the north attacked the weakly-defended city of Seoul, & captured it in 3 days w/ great casualties. It earned condemnation from the UN Security Council. The UN Resolution 83 opened the opportunity for member states to send their forces to defend South Korea. Image
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#Indonesia #Philippines #Coronavirus

The corona virus continues to spread rapidly in Indonesia and the Philippines. Indonesia reports a new high with 4168 new infections. The number of detected infections rose to 240,687, according to the Ministry of Health.
The number of deaths rose by 112 to 9448. It is the highest death toll in Southeast Asia. The Philippines recorded an increase in infections within 24 hours of 3962 to 283 460, the largest increase in five days.
The island state has the most infections in the region. According to the Ministry of Health, the number of deaths grew by 100 to 4930.
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#Philippines: Palace ‘unaware’ that banned #China firm got Sangley airport project

Malacañang wasn't "aware” that a #Chinese company that got the Sangley airport project was blacklisted by #US for its role in island building in the #SouthChinaSea 😲🤦…
“I only read that in news articles. There has been no confirmation on the construction of Chinese bases,” Medialdea said when asked by Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite about the United States’ blacklisting of China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC).
The CCCC, part of a consortium that was awarded the Sangley Point International Airport project in Cavite, was one of the Chinese firms sanctioned by the US for its involvement in the reclamation of disputed areas in the South China Sea, some of it in the PH EEZ.
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Ex-#Thailand opposition MP @Pannika_FWP faces harassment almost on daily basis as people want to "silence us, discredit, devalue & destroy us". But adds, "We will never be silenced". Instead says they "inspire me" to speak out even more. Encourages those harassed do the same ImageImageImageImage
Ex-#Thailand Minister @kasitpirom says "squeezing space of opposition" is not conducive to freedom of expression. It also curtail the democratic life of the public in general he adds. He is speaking at the launch of new report by @ASEANMP on "Parliamentarians at Risk" ImageImageImageImage
At report launch on "International Day of Democracy", @ASEANMP found at 27 opposition MPs in countries of #Malaysia #Thailand #Philippines have been/are being investigated or facing "trumped-up criminal charges opened against them". Group says weaponization of law, "lawfare" used Image
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The violent policing of cisnormativity has long been part of the U.S. colonial project in the #Philippines. Unbrided sexual access to Filipino/a/x bodies has also long been a feature of that empire. #JusticeForJenniferLaude #pinoy…
That's why a U.S. soldier can kill a trans woman and effectively get off with only a slap on the wrist (confined to base for just six years only to be pardoned by the transphobic head of state.) Laude's transness was literally a mitigating factor by the state in the sentencing.
What this means is that the U.S. and Philippine states continue to exist as vehicles to promote cis, hetro, family formation and punish bodies that interfere with the social reproduction of a new 'reserve labor army' in the Philippines--to be used as needed by global capital.
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As #US #China tensions rise, what is the outlook on the #SouthChinaSea dispute in 2020-21?

There is more tension since the onset of Covid, with #Indonesia, #Malaysia, #Philippines & #Vietnam also hardening their stance.

A very good read👍…
Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March, tensions in the South China Sea have surged. This is mainly the result of China’s continued assertiveness coupled with the sharp deterioration in US-China relations over a variety of issues including the South China Sea itself.
Actions undertaken by Beijing to assert its jurisdictional claims, and demonstrate that the pandemic has not undermined its political resolve or the operational readiness of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), have been counterproductive.
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#Philippines - Department of Defense: #China continues to build structures on reclaimed islands in #SouthChinaSea

PH is 'trying its best' to patrol the West Philippine Sea as China forges on with construction activities & maintains presence in the area…
The Cabinet official said Filipino troops continue to patrol the Philippines' exclusive economic zone and the government is looking to invest in new equipment to boost military presence in disputed waters, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.
China has not stopped construction and improvements of artificial islands it earlier built in the South China Sea, and which were the subject of diplomatic protests lodged by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
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Today’s FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter: Tearing up patriarchy's passport by @monaeltahawy…
Anarchist feminists in #Mexico, dissidents in #Belarus, #MeToo  in #Iran and #Egypt, fascist fuckery in the #Philippines, and a lesbian love film from #Nigeria: in today’s FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter.
I’m keeping FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter free. Here why…
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>37 million people have
fled their homes in the eight most violent wars the U.S. military has launched or participated in since 2001…
#peace #EndWar #GlobalWarOnTerror #GWOT #NatSec #HumanRights
#USA has fought in >=24 countries since 2001

Sources cited:……
Conditions in #Yemen are so bad people can't even leave the country…
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