As the results of the US presidential elections showed a likely win by Democrat Joe Biden against the incumbent Donald Trump, Senate President Tito Sotto on Thursday said he hoped the winner would not repeat former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the Asia Pacific region.

Sotto hopes next US president won’t ‘abandon’ PH like Obama did

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As the results of the US presidential elections showed a likely win by Democrat Joe Biden against the incumbent Donald Trump, Senate President Tito Sotto on Thursday said he hoped the winner would not repeat former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the Asia Pacific region.

“Pinabayaan tayo ni Obama sa WPS (West Philippine Sea) issue,” the senator said in a text message to reporters.

“I hope the winner does not follow his thinking,” Sotto said.

Biden was Obama’s Vice President. Obama had angered President Rodrigo Duterte for his criticisms about human rights violations in the Philippines.

In a recent Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum, Sotto hinted that he preferred the Republican Trump against his Democrat rival since he was a conservative.

On calls to renegotiate the Visiting Forces Agreement with the US, the Senate leader said there might not be need for that.

“We might not need to do so, we can simply come to some agreements on amendments,” Sotto saidd.

“Example: a provision on automatic US defense posture on any aggression against the PH,” he said.

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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