US student faces 15 years hard labor in North Korea

The North Korea Supreme Court sentenced an American student of 15 years hard labor for stealing a propaganda material on Wednesday, March 16.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old student from the University of Virginia, was arrested in early January this year for removing a political banner from the staff-only area of the Pyongyang hotel where Warmbier’s group stayed for a tour.

There was no confirmation given yet by the North Korean state media regarding the decision of the Supreme Court, which were just hours after veteran US diplomat Bill Richardson reportedly met two diplomats from North Korea’s UN office to press for Warmbier’s release.


China constructs tsunami alert center on Spratly islands

China recently started the initial operation of tsunami alert center establishment on disputed islands of West Philippine Sea or South China Sea.

According to Wang Hong, head of the State Oceanic Administration China, they aim to disseminate information to the international community on tsunami threats, especially for the nearby countries around the West Philippine Sea.

The exact location of the facility, however, was yet to detail out by China.


Former DILG secretary dies at 85 

Former secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and an industrialist Dr. Ceferino L. Follosco, passed away on Tuesday, March 15. He was 85.

His family did not issue an official statement on the cause of Follosco’s death.

He was formerly secretary of DOST, an undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry and governor of the Board of Investments during the time of President Corazon Aquino.

Newsbytes reported that DOST chief, he helped to develop a comprehensive Science and Technology Masterplan (STMP) that aimed for the modernization of the production sector through massive technology transfer, upgrading of research and development (R&D) activities, development of infrastructures, institution building, and development of manpower and science and technology culture.

Moreover, as an industrialist, he chaired the CL Follosco Group with 10 subsidiaries.


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