Threats a-borning

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Thursday, May 29, 2014


THE recent incident involving the sinking of a Vietnamese marine vessel by the Chinese military in the disputed West Philippine Sea illustrates the giant nation's resolve to fend off any and all intrusions into its perceived territory at all costs.

China will assert its claims, rightly or wrongly, over and above those other claimants' pretensions.

Disregarding even the United Nations' pronouncements and decisions, China is hell-bent on running roughshod over other claimants like Vietnam. Might is right and it relies on its huge military might which rivals even that of the United States. Lately China is arming itself with modern weaponry and technology to the consternation of its neighbors, including Japan, a world power itself.

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Let us not ignore the threat China foists on us. As days go by it becomes real and overpowering and we wake up one day the Chinese military will be at our doorsteps.

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On May 29 and 30, 2014, the Regional Nutrition Committee with the Technical Working Group members will conduct the annual monitoring and evaluation of Local Level Plan implementation at the Mabalacat city hall. The team will visit to evaluate the efficiency and effectivity of various nutrition programs being implemented in various barangays in the City. The effort is being shepherded by Socorro "Cora" Lorena, a registered nurse who is the City Nutrition Action Officer.

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The recent Wakah-Walkah caravan will elicit good responses from potential registrants for the 2016 elections. The entourage started from Laoag City up to Manila led by Comelec director James Jimenez. Here in Mabalacat City, the office is open even on Sundays, this according to election officer Frank David.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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