First thing on our agenda, as every morning, is our 30 minute exercise. AT least 20 to 30 minutes of Intermittent High Intensity Treadmill walk and run, then one set of declined bench press with 60 lbs. weights. For a 64- year old that shouldn’t be too bad – and I feel extremely good about it. Fasting blood sugar at 105 mg/dL is great, without any medication but with one Chromium Picolinate supplement right after a moderate meal but with several teaspoons of leche flan last night; so I’m in good shape as I rev up for the day.
First observation on our newspaper headlines for today is the Inquirer attempt at misleading the headlining scanning public, and even if one reads through its “Sea rows still top US agenda, US B-52 bombers fly close to China man-made islands” but without the critical eye the subterfuge may still be missed.
The first impression a cursory viewer of the headline would have is the disruptive possibility that the “China Sea” controversy may be raised by the U.S. at the APEC Leaders’ Summit next week despite the Philippines’ commitment to keep the issue out of the purely economic summit. That, I believe, will be the impression left on most cursory scanners of the report and propaganda points against China would have been achieved.
Only by reading through the details does one get to realize that the headline and report is about an entirely different set of events where the discussion of the China Sea issue is always tackled, here the relevant portion with our underscoring:
The report also gives the impression that the U.S. is toughening up on China as it impresses on the readers that “ …. two US B-52 strategic bombers flew close to artificial islands built by China in the heavily contested South China Sea.” Few will take note of the fact that these “flybys” of the B-52s are 1,100 kilometres away from the island of Hainan where U.S. planes used to flyby or even enter China’s air space with impunity. The U.S. is now crowing about their “daring” challenge to the new islands but actually showing how successful China is in pushing China’s security envelope so much farther out from its shorelines now.“Sea rows still top US agendaUS B-52 bombers fly close to China man-made islandsWASHINGTON—… US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said territorial claims in the South China Sea, which have put the United States in direct dispute with China, would feature prominently during a trip to the Philippines and Malaysia, but played down hopes for a “code of conduct” to ease tensions.“This will be a central issue of discussion both at the East Asia summit as well as at the Asean-US summit (both in Kuala Lumpur) and the other engagements that we have throughout our visit to Asia,” Rice said…”
The Inquirer report is attributed to “Reports for AFP (Agence France Presse)” so nobody can be identified who culled the reports and be questioned as to how this item was put together. So, fellow critical news readers, beware of the Inquirer and the U.S.’s Asia-destabilizing news reports. ###
Two Reports in the Making.
We are preparing several reports that will take a little bit of time writing, These are: 1) The Binondo Heritage Foundation history lecture from the wise and very senior Mr. Cua Ching Tam, a Filipino-Chinese award winning author of short stories.
Mr. Cua resides in Quezon City and was invited to share his historical and personal experiences living as an expat in the Philippines and seeing his sense of being an “alien” watching his first Flores de Mayo when he arrived in this country over sixty years ago until now watching his children grapple with questions like “If there is war between China and the Philippines, which side would one take.”, and advising his son to “of course defend the Philippines”. But there, of course, there will be no war as that is only the wish of the Western Power and not any of the Asian neighbors.
Amb. Albert A. Encomienda comes out slugging.
Amb. “Bert” Encomienda is one of the unknown soldier of the Department of Foreign Affairs who has dedicated a lifetime to serving the Republic through implementation of its foreign policies. After close to forty years of service Bert went into retirement visualizing a life of a gentleman-farmer.
However, after watching how the China Sea issues have been so distorted by some prominent and statured individuals that are highlighted by mainstream media, Amb. Encomienda was stirred by such revulsion and impassioned to come out of retirement an start engaging the issues on the China Sea matters again.
HAVE A FINE, FIGHTING DAY!!!