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During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, President Rodrigo Duterte wants to ask China to explain what it “really wants” to do in the West Philippine Sea. But he emphasized that he will avoid a confrontation since it would stir up trouble, given the other claimants to parts of the West Philippine Sea – Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.
Some rainy weather ahead: the low pressure area off the Visayas intensified into a tropical depression. Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected within the 200-kilometer diameter of the tropical depression, including places in Luzon and Visayas. Flash floods and landslides are also possible.
As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit nears, former Philippines foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario has some harsh words for the group. He criticized the “lack of leadership” in ASEAN, as he scored the 10-member bloc for failing to stress the need for international law.
Other updates include a monthly quota for the drug war; details on the model Grab driver’s death; US President Donald Trump’s speech on North Korea; and reactions to Mocha Uson’s request to administer Rappler’s accreditation.
All this are on today’s wRap!
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to ask Chinese President Xi Jinping: ‘What are the stakes? Do you want to control the passage or do we have the free passage?’
More than a dozen areas in Luzon and the Visayas are under signal no. 1 due to Salome
‘In a broader context, one can say that ASEAN is adrift,’ former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says ahead of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila
PDEA chief Aaron Aquino wants his regional offices to conduct 30 to 40 anti-drug operations per month
The wife of Grab driver Gerardo Maquidato Jr confronts suspect Narc Delemios, when he is presented to the media in Camp Crame
(UPDATED) Trump: ‘Far from valuing its people as equal citizens, this cruel dictatorship measures them, scores them, and ranks them based on the most arbitrary indication of their allegiance to the state’
‘The MPC deplores any attempt to curtail press freedom and will continue to ensure a strong free press, keep the public informed, and the government in check,’ the MPC says in response to the move of Asec Mocha Uson to expel Rappler from the organization