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Information Technology & Cyber Security / Secuna.io
« on: February 22, 2020, 01:53:44 PM »

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Majority of licensed Pogos failed to pay P50B in taxes in 2019 — BIR official
By: Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ
INQUIRER.net / 05:06 PM February 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Majority of the 60 licensed Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) failed to pay the government an estimated total of P50 billion in withholding income and franchise taxes in 2019, an official from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) told senators Tuesday.

During the Senate labor committee hearing into the influx of illegal Pogo workers in the country, Atty. Sixto Dy Jr. from the BIR Office of the Deputy Commission for Operations disclosed that all foreign-based Pogo licensees are not paying their franchise tax.

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“One hundred percent of the offshore-based licensees are not paying franchise tax. All of them,” Dy told the Senate panel.

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Miscellaneous / When Voyager 1 overtook Pioneer 10
« on: February 22, 2020, 02:38:01 AM »
Update on Pioneer 10
17 February 1998
J. A. Van Allen

http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/pioneer/update.html

About a year ago the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced the formal termination of the extended mission of Pioneer 10 as of 31 March 1997. On 3 March 1997, the 25th anniversary of the launching of Pioneer 10 was celebrated in Washington, DC at NASA Headquarters and at the National Air and Space Museum. I was among those who gave eulogies for the truly pioneering achievements of this Ames Research Center spacecraft to Jupiter and the outer heliosphere.

The services of the outside contractor for Pioneer 10 operations at the Ames Research Center were, in fact, terminated on 31 March 1997. But, by virtue of informal support by the Deep Space Network and the Ames Research Center, Pioneer 10 has continued to yield valuable data on cosmic-ray intensity in the outer heliosphere throughout 1997 and is expected to do so through at least early summer of 1998. The r.f. telemetry link margin, at 16 bits per second, is still satisfactory and the on-board electrical power from the four radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) is adequate to operate all essential spacecraft systems plus the University of Iowa's cosmic-ray instrument. A precession maneuver to adjust the pointing of the axis of the spacecraft's parabolic antenna was successfully executed on 3 February 1998.

A special scientific objective during 1998 is to learn whether the cosmic-ray intensity starts to diminish from its 1997 maximum as solar activity increases or whether it increases further to signal approach to the modulation boundary of the heliosphere in the antapex direction.

Until 17 February 1998, the heliocentric radial distance of Pioneer 10 has been greater than that of any other manmade object. But late on that date Voyager 1's heliocentric radial distance, in the approximate apex direction, equaled that of Pioneer 10 at 69.419 AU. Thereafter, Voyager 1's distance will exceed that of Pioneer 10 at the approximate rate of 1.016 AU per year.

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United States of America / Re: Mk 53 Decoy Launching System (DLS)
« on: February 22, 2020, 02:16:46 AM »
Decoy Launch System Installed Aboard USS Ramage
Story Number: NNS131217-14 Release Date: 12/17/2013 1:41:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jackie Hart, USS Ramage Public Affairs

https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=78320

USS RAMAGE, At Sea (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) departed Souda Bay following a scheduled mid-deployment maintenance and installation period, Dec. 5.

During the port visit, Sailors worked alongside workers from Naval Ship Support Activity Detachment Naples, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Bath Iron Works and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division to perform the first installation of a Mk 59 decoy launching system on a U.S. Navy ship, as part of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Speed-to-Fleet initiative.

"The Mk 59 system, being first installed on USS Ramage overseas in a condensed timeline proved that we can accomplish anything through teamwork, effort and creative thinking," said Lt. Anthony Griffin, systems test officer and installation coordinator. "Although this install was challenging, the Mk 59 brings added capability to the Navy and the benefits are well worth the endeavor."

The system itself consists of a deck-mounted launch tube similar to the SLQ-49 "Rubber Duck" system phased out in the 1990s. Upon firing, the decoy automatically inflates on the surface beside the ship and floats freely past the stern to effectively counteract inbound threats. The advanced system offers increased defense capability against modern anti-ship missile threats, providing additional protection for the U.S. and its allies.

Ramage is the first ship to receive the Mk 59 installation, with additional surface combatants scheduled for the next five years.

"This installation proves one of the reasons why the U.S. Navy is still the most capable Navy in the world," said Cmdr. Dave Stoner, commanding officer aboard Ramage. "No other Navy can assemble a combined team of program office, public and private shipyard, technical experts and local workers along with a ship's crew and in just weeks accomplish a first ever installation on a forward-deployed ship. Our maintenance and logistics teams are strong and capable."

Ramage is currently on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

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United States of America / Mk 53 Decoy Launching System (DLS)
« on: February 22, 2020, 02:08:57 AM »
MK 53 - DECOY LAUNCHING SYSTEM (NULKA)

https://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=2100&tid=587&ct=2
 
Description
The MK 53 Decoy Launching System (DLS) (Nulka) is a rapid response Active Expendable Decoy (AED) System capable of providing highly effective defense for ships against modern Anti-Ship Missiles. Developed in cooperation with Australia, Nulka means 'be quick' in the Australian Aboriginal dialect. It is intended to counter a wide spectrum of present and future radar-guided Anti-Ship Missiles (ASMs). The system can either be integrated with the Combat System or used with the stand-alone Fire Control System. The MK 53 DLS contains up to six Nulka Launchers, associated Processor Power Supplies and a Decoy Launch Processor. It can be integrated with the legacy MK 36 DLS or stand alone. After launch, the Nulka decoy radiates a large, ship-like radar cross section while flying a trajectory that lures ASMs away from their intended targets. Australia developed the hovering rocket while the U.S. developed the electronic payload. The U.S. and Australia have developed their own fire control system. Nulka can be used for stand-alone ship protection, or as part of a multi-layer defense system. With the ever-changing complexity of Anti-Ship Missiles, Nulka can be continually upgraded in order to provide protection to the Fleet. Likely changes will include technology advancements as well as tactical and technical changes to counter the threat.
 
Features
Anti-Air Warfare (AAW)
 
Background
Nulka received approval for full-rate production in January 1999. Installation began on U.S. and Australian warships in September 1999. As of 2018, the MK 53 DLS is installed on more than 122 U.S. ships, along with the Australian Navy and will be in service well into the 21st century.

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Thread Indices / Re: Where in the world are the Pohang corvettes?
« on: February 21, 2020, 12:21:37 PM »
South Korea to donate a Pohang Class Corvette to the Colombian Navy
Roberto Jose Garcia Hernandez, Bogota - Jane's Defence Weekly
19 February 2020

https://www.janes.com/article/94392/south-korea-to-donate-a-pohang-class-corvette-to-the-colombian-navy

South Korea plans to donate a corvette to the Colombian Navy by the end of 2020 to help bolster the naval relations between the two navies.

The agreement was closed last year during a bilateral meeting in Bogota between Colombian President Iván Duque and South Korea Prime Minister, Lee Nak-Yon.

The ship is the Pohang Class corvette ROKS Iksan (PCC-768). It was decommissioned on 31 December 2018 and is being refitted to suit the Colombian Navy needs.

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Discussions about all nations and places / Re: ROKS Iksan (PCC-768)
« on: February 21, 2020, 09:47:13 AM »
South Korea to donate a Pohang Class Corvette to the Colombian Navy
Roberto Jose Garcia Hernandez, Bogota - Jane's Defence Weekly
19 February 2020

https://www.janes.com/article/94392/south-korea-to-donate-a-pohang-class-corvette-to-the-colombian-navy

South Korea plans to donate a corvette to the Colombian Navy by the end of 2020 to help bolster the naval relations between the two navies.

The agreement was closed last year during a bilateral meeting in Bogota between Colombian President Iván Duque and South Korea Prime Minister, Lee Nak-Yon.

The ship is the Pohang Class corvette ROKS Iksan (PCC-768). It was decommissioned on 31 December 2018 and is being refitted to suit the Colombian Navy needs.

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Infrastructure and Nautical Highways / Re: Philippine Railway Institute
« on: February 21, 2020, 05:33:15 AM »
https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1619647081507755

The Philippine Railway Institute (PRI) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), has gained FULL SUPPORT from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)

In a statement, CHED conveyed its commitment to provide incentives for continuing education of the personnel that will run the railway sector and develop university-university linkages in railway research and development.

Likewise, CHED Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III expressed his gratitude and lauded the firm resolve of Secretary Tugade to put PRI in place, to further develop the capabilities of the railway personnel.

"CHED would like to thank DOTr Secretary Art Tugade for his leadership in establishing the PRI and for inviting CHED to be part of this initiative to develop the manpower needed in running our railway system. More importantly, the Comission lauds the initiative of Secretary Tugade in expanding the scope of PRI's work to include research and development, so that top Philippine universities can link with Japanese universities to do researches that will address problems in railway development," Chairman De Vera said.

Envisioned to complement the massive railway network that is being built under the Duterte Administration’s "Build, Build, Build" Program, the PRI is being established as the planning, implementing and regulatory agency for human resources development in the railways sector.

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https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1619647081507755

The Philippine Railway Institute (PRI) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), has gained FULL SUPPORT from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)

In a statement, CHED conveyed its commitment to provide incentives for continuing education of the personnel that will run the railway sector and develop university-university linkages in railway research and development.

Likewise, CHED Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III expressed his gratitude and lauded the firm resolve of Secretary Tugade to put PRI in place, to further develop the capabilities of the railway personnel.

"CHED would like to thank DOTr Secretary Art Tugade for his leadership in establishing the PRI and for inviting CHED to be part of this initiative to develop the manpower needed in running our railway system. More importantly, the Comission lauds the initiative of Secretary Tugade in expanding the scope of PRI's work to include research and development, so that top Philippine universities can link with Japanese universities to do researches that will address problems in railway development," Chairman De Vera said.

Envisioned to complement the massive railway network that is being built under the Duterte Administration’s "Build, Build, Build" Program, the PRI is being established as the planning, implementing and regulatory agency for human resources development in the railways sector.

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BRP Jose Rizal to lead PH contingent in Int'l Fleet Review
By Priam Nepomuceno  February 20, 2020, 4:32 pm

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1094336

MANILA — The country's first missile frigate, the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), will lead the Philippine Navy (PN) contingent to the International Fleet Review (IFR) off the waters of Manila Bay in May.

"We are expecting our first frigate, the Jose Rizal class frigate. Initially, we are expecting that ship to be here by about the third or fourth (week) of April. So if the IFR is May 21, we expect the Jose Rizal-class frigate to lead the convoy and the reviewing ships will be our Tarlac-class landing-dock," PN flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency Wednesday afternoon.

Bacordo said the IFR will be held off Manila Bay near Corregidor and Bataan. Since the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) will coincide with the PN founding anniversary on May 20, he said that participating Navy heads will be invited to their Navy Ball.

BRP Jose Rizal is presently conducting its last and sixth sea trials off South Korean waters which is expected to be concluded sometime this week. Once these tests are concluded, the ship will start preparations to go home.

The IFR is one of the highlights of the WPNS which the Philippines is hosting for the first time from May 19 to 21.

The WPNS aims to increase cooperation and the ability to operate together, as well as to build trust and confidence between navies by providing a framework to enable the discussion of maritime issues of mutual interest, the exchange of information, the practice and demonstration of capabilities, and the exchange of personnel.

Aside from the Philippines, other WPNS member nations include Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Bacordo said they are hoping that President Rodrigo R. Duterte, as the commander-in-chief, would grace the event as of guest of honor.

Meanwhile, PN public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said 13 nations have so far confirmed attendance to the WPNS while another 15 countries committed to send ships to the IFR as of Wednesday.

Bacordo earlier said he estimates at least 24 navies and their representatives to attend both events. (PNA)

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BRP Jose Rizal to lead PH contingent in Int'l Fleet Review
By Priam Nepomuceno  February 20, 2020, 4:32 pm

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1094336

MANILA — The country's first missile frigate, the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), will lead the Philippine Navy (PN) contingent to the International Fleet Review (IFR) off the waters of Manila Bay in May.

"We are expecting our first frigate, the Jose Rizal class frigate. Initially, we are expecting that ship to be here by about the third or fourth (week) of April. So if the IFR is May 21, we expect the Jose Rizal-class frigate to lead the convoy and the reviewing ships will be our Tarlac-class landing-dock," PN flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency Wednesday afternoon.

Bacordo said the IFR will be held off Manila Bay near Corregidor and Bataan. Since the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) will coincide with the PN founding anniversary on May 20, he said that participating Navy heads will be invited to their Navy Ball.

BRP Jose Rizal is presently conducting its last and sixth sea trials off South Korean waters which is expected to be concluded sometime this week. Once these tests are concluded, the ship will start preparations to go home.

The IFR is one of the highlights of the WPNS which the Philippines is hosting for the first time from May 19 to 21.

The WPNS aims to increase cooperation and the ability to operate together, as well as to build trust and confidence between navies by providing a framework to enable the discussion of maritime issues of mutual interest, the exchange of information, the practice and demonstration of capabilities, and the exchange of personnel.

Aside from the Philippines, other WPNS member nations include Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Bacordo said they are hoping that President Rodrigo R. Duterte, as the commander-in-chief, would grace the event as of guest of honor.

Meanwhile, PN public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said 13 nations have so far confirmed attendance to the WPNS while another 15 countries committed to send ships to the IFR as of Wednesday.

Bacordo earlier said he estimates at least 24 navies and their representatives to attend both events. (PNA)

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Envoy: China loans for PH infra projects to continue despite COVID-19
By: Ben O. de Vera - Reporter / @bendeveraINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 11:29 AM February 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines–Even as the Chinese economy takes a hit from the COVID-19 outbreak, Beijing’s top diplomat in Manila has assured that the economic giant will continue to extend loans and grants for big-ticket infrastructure projects in the Philippines.

“Although we are fighting the epidemic in China, that has not reduced our commitments internationally. We will continue to push ahead with our cooperation with the rest of the world, including our neighbor, the Philippines,” Ambassador Huang Xilian told members of the Association for Philippines-China Understanding (APCU) Monday.

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However, Huang said the travel ban imposed by the Philippines to and from China had already been affecting the progress of some Chinese-funded projects here.

The envoy said Chinese engineers who spent Chinese New Year back home had been unable to return to the Philippines after the outbreak happened.

Despite a $9-billion commitment to finance flagship projects belonging to the Duterte administration’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” program, China had signed with the Philippines only two loan agreements to date—$62.1 million for the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project, and $211.2 million for the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam.

China had also given away grants to build bridges along Pasig River and other infrastructure in Mindanao, including the rehabilitation and reconstruction in war-torn Marawi City.

Also, the first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project across Davao region will be financed by China.

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General Discussion / Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« on: February 19, 2020, 04:12:51 PM »
Philippines formally ends Visiting Forces Agreement with US
By Eimor Santos, CNN Philippines
Published Feb 11, 2020 1:09:21 PM

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/2/11/Philippines-ends-VFA-United-States.html

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) — The Philippines has finally sent the United States a notice to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement, marking the start of the 180-day period from when the two-decade military pact will be effectively scrapped.

Malacañang on Tuesday confirmed that the document has been signed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Tedoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin, Jr. and sent to the US government.

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After the Palace's press conference, Locsin announced on Twitter that Deputy Chief of Mission John Law of the US Embassy in Manila has received the notice of termination.

"As a diplomatic courtesy there will be no further factual announcements following this self-explanatory development," Locsin said.

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VFA termination 'reboot' of PH-US military ties - diplomat
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Feb 18 2020 07:25 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/18/20/vfa-termination-reboot-of-ph-us-military-ties-diplomat

MANILA - Scrapping the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) is a "reboot" of long-standing military ties between the Philippines and the United States, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel "Babes" Romualdez said Tuesday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the US-Philippines Society meeting, he said it would be "premature" to call the relationship between the two allies "damaged" and to speculate over repercussions on other military pacts between the Philippines and US- the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

Romualdez said that while the VFA is an important document, it only covered the military relationship of the Philippines and United States.

What is important is that the overall relationship that spans decades remains strong, he added.

Romualdez said he would continue to engage with Washington to ensure its relations with Manila remain intact.

He, along with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., "will continue to do what we have to do in terms of assuring our friends in Washington, D.C. the relationship will remain intact, and we will continue to make sure it remains that way," Romualdez said.

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