Philippines now preparing for Kerry visit — DFA

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US Secretary of State John Kerry AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Preparations are underway for the Manila visit of United States Secretary of State John Kerry, expected to arrive Friday in Manila as he replaces US President Barack Obama for the latter’s supposed Southeast Asian swing.

Details are still scant, however, about Kerry’s upcoming visit, happening amid uncertainty in Washington D.C. over the already week-long partial shutdown of the US government due to a funding lapse.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, spokesman of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), said that as of Monday, officials were “still working out the schedule” of Kerry’s visit, but he would be in Manila on Oct. 11 and 12, the same dates that Obama was supposed to be in the country.

There have yet to be details on meetings that Kerry is set to hold while in Manila, but the US Department of State said the official would undertake bilateral meetings here.

“…[T]he Secretary will visit the Philippines October 11-12 for bilateral meetings with our ally to reaffirm the strong economic, people-to-people, and security links between our two countries,” the State Department said on Kerry’s itinerary this month.

The Philippines is Kerry’s last stop following visits in Japan for bilateral security consultations and his four-nation swing through Southeast Asia, taking Obama’s place in a tour through Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

In a phone call last week, Obama had told President Aquino that he was going to skip his planned trip to Manila due to his government’s partial shutdown and that Kerry “would travel to Manila in his place,” the US Embassy in Manila earlier said.

Obama was supposed to travel to Manila as the last stop of his four-country tour this week. The US initially announced the cancellation of his trips to Malaysia and the Philippines and later said the entire Southeast Asian visit was scrapped, including Obama’s attendance to regional meetings in Indonesia and Brunei.

In putting off his Manila trip, Obama “committed to travel to the Philippines” later in his term as he reaffirmed the strong US-Philippine alliance, particularly the broadening security ties between the two countries.

Washington and Manila are in the middle of negotiations for an executive agreement to grant US troops greater access to Philippine military bases.

This as the US pursued its strategic defense pivot to the Asia-Pacific and the Philippines took steps to boost its external defense amid regional threats, including what Manila cited as China’s military buildup in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KKF3AW2NHIGMTLYBP7ELOWAGYA kompu

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  • Oscuro

    The USA’s Asian pivot fell short of the budget crisis. How do they want to project this to the Chinese. LoL……I wonder what would happen if China dumps US debts.

    • crazy_horse_101010

      what will happen if america says come and collect them we are waiting for you LOL

      • Oscuro

        That’s why I don’t believe that the pivot is anything real but posturing.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        i cant say one way or another i guess we will see

      • Oscuro

        If a war does break out. I hope it happens soon so I can still participate as a combatant. I don’t want to be too old to fight.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        im probably to old but i do have a wicked 12 gauge i would like to try out. and i will fight to protect what is mine. good luck to you if it does happen . if that is your picture you look like you can take care of yourself

      • Oscuro

        I’s ‘em Filipiner version of rednick. I got me a pickup truck, guns and a dog named Rambo. Get ‘em Chicoms in o’er here and I’ll bury ‘em in my backyard.

        I actually do have a go-bag.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        i can tell youall been in the south bubba. maybe we can team up a southern red neck and a northwest redneck we should pit the fear into them. take care bud

      • Oscuro

        Well pick ‘em up there banjo’s and call me Deliverance. Dem Chicoms ‘ll be squealing like a stuck pig once I’m through wid ‘em. Hump hump.

        Spent a year between Terrell, Tx and Mobile, Al. in 03-04.

      • hello stupids

        when did U become white
        C”MON

      • hello stupids

        and U will fight to protect what is yours ?
        I think is a little bit too late ….hahahahaha
        Ur wifee have taken all the money and will stay with her real lovers (not U)
        U lost both yr money and her
        STUPIDSSSSSSSssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Ahm heah too pardners! You need a retired USMC gunny to whip youah people into shape, Jes holler! YEEHHAWW!

      • Oscuro

        Good god….we started a movement.

      • Chihuahua

        Kerry is coming to make sure the terms of the pivot is clear as to who is paying for what. So get ready to cough up $millions to station US Pivot forces in the Phils. US Taxpayers facing $16.9T in tax liability and the prospect of raising the debt ceiling further and a anemic recovery are in no mood to spend especially for foreign adventures. Just don’t count on the usual hundred of millions of U$ in foreign aid this time around. Take a page
        out of Japan which is paying the lion share of stationing US troops.

      • Oscuro

        That’s why I’m not too keen on this US pivot and the secretive nature of the pact. I’m sure money could be well spent on purchasing new equipment and training.

        A US presence would not make the Chinese leave the occupied territories.

      • hello stupids

        that’s why U don’t have a credit card ….STUPIDSSssssssss
        YAHOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • joboni96

    the imperialist coming to LIE

    1. allow more US troops, aircraft and ships to temporarily pass through the Philippines
    > the imperialist has already permanent presence

    2. 1999 allowed troops to return to the Philippines for joint military exercises every year
    > they don’t just visit, they stay permanently in their bases

    3. hundred US Special Forces troops are also on short-term assignments in the southern Philippines
    > they don’t just visit, they stay permanently in their bases

    4. “pre-positioning” of US defense equipment
    > imperialist misdirecting lie word for bases

    the COLLABORATORS
    1. Assistant Foreign Secretary Carlos Sorreta
    2. chief Filipino negotiator DND Under Secretary Pio Batino

    • Dolphen Presbi

      So, if you are against the US….Do you have any suggestion to counter China?

      OR you want our country to be imperialist-ed by China?

      • joboni96

        read all my posts
        for complete solution ng astig pro pilipino

        pati rollback ng intsik switik sa ekonomiya

      • Dolphen Presbi

        Right now, our country is in NO POSITION to be arrogant in a sense that “We DO NOT need the presence of Uncle Sam.” Only USA can help us in a big way, because they want to contain China too!

        But I share same patriotism for our country. Only not today that I will not accept USA’s help to counter China.

      • joboni96

        your not a patriot
        if you let foreign military forces occupy your camps

        specially a military force that has a history
        of genocide killing millions of pilipinos

        don’t get carried away by
        imperialist propaganda and provocations

        time to dare to struggle and
        dare to win

      • Dolphen Presbi

        your way of thinking are the days of old.

        balance is the key, not arrogance.

      • joboni96

        no arrogance
        astig defense of pilipino interests only

        as relevant today as a century ago
        except to kolonisadong utaks like you

      • Dolphen Presbi

        astig of interest without substantial knowledge of what the Philippine REAL capability has now?

        Dream on kid. Dumede ka pa sa nanay mo, para madagdag pa kahibangan mo.

      • joboni96

        hina mo talaga
        defeatist kolonisadong utak

        nood ka na lang
        sa mga astig pro pilipinos

        baka sakaling mabahiran yang
        mahinang utak mo

      • crazy_horse_101010

        HAWHAWHAW NOW THAT IS FUNNY. LEAD THE WAY HERO YEAH RIGHT YOU WOULD BE HIDING UNDER THE BED PEEING YOUR PANTS CRYING FOR MOMMY

      • joboni96

        3hehehe
        uwi ka na toy

        you aint wanted here
        praning

    • crazy_horse_101010

      the chinese commie speaks again move to china or north korea imperialist lover of china. you are a traitor here. scared just like your beloved china is?

      • joboni96

        sariling sikap ngayon si
        apple praning criollo

        wala ng sweldo
        iwanan pa ng asawa

      • joboni96

        where are you apple praning criollo???

        where are the other cia call center agents?
        got furloughed i suppose

        paper tiger

      • crazy_horse_101010

        why do you like having your nose rubbed in pig crap commie nope no one furloughed we are coming for you apple pervert. and a paper piglet rants

      • joboni96

        heyhey furloughed praning
        go home to bankrupt country

        if they want your kind

      • crazy_horse_101010

        heyhey moron and traitor to the philippines go kiss your masters azz in china commie before they put a bullet in your brain especially since you have apples for sex toys you atre nothing but backstabbing rcist scum who has no place here

      • joboni96

        hey furloughed apple praning criollo
        go home to your bankrupt country

        if they want your kind

      • crazy_horse_101010

        sound like a parrot but a parrot is much smarter than you and nobody but nobody wants your kind comrade so cry to someone who cares i dont HAWHAWHAW

      • joboni96

        2hehehe
        uwi ka na toy

        you aint wanted here
        praning

    • Oscuro

      This is a fact. If you told me to choose my friends. I’d rather have the Americans than you Chicoms.

      • joboni96

        u.s. that killed millions of pilipinos in genocide
        better pilipino indon viet etc friends

        not intsik switik
        not imperialist

      • Oscuro

        Oh…but that is of course not forgotten. However, if we hold ourselves hostage to our history, how then shall we move on?

        Put the Chinese history into perspective. Prior to the West arriving in force. China was still under the belief that isolationism was in its best interest thus they burned their ships in the 15th century and focused in on itself.

        Now contrast that today where China is just as greedily acquiring the resources it needs by all means necessary short of declaring war but at the same time using its recent past as an excuse to be a bully.

      • joboni96

        kaya nga maraming kolonisadong utak
        tulad mo

        dahil sa tinatagong history natin
        sa imperialist genocide

      • Oscuro

        tinatago? Ano tinatago. Of course I know about the genocide from Zapote to Balangiga. I’m betting you didn’t even know about Zapote. Do you know the battle in Guadalupe? Tell me?

        Just because I’d rather have the Americans does not mean I am “kolonisado”. What the Chinese are doing now is also a form of colonialism and imperialism.

        What is the premise of imperialism?

        What do you prefer? To bow down to the Chinese terms? Please elaborate your position so we can have a livelier debate.

      • joboni96

        it’s not either or boy

        it’s pro PILIPINO only
        else you get out of our archipelago

        where are the cia call center agents?
        got furloughed i suppose

      • crazy_horse_101010

        why dont you get your azz out and go back to china backstabbing traitor and if you want me out come and throw me out comrade i dare you

      • joboni96

        hey furloughed praning
        go home to bankrupt country

        if they want your kind

      • crazy_horse_101010

        go back to your country and eat more babies they want more canniibals like you there and again make me comrade i pay more taxes than you and i support the philippines unlike you who stabs it in the back with your pro chinese racist remarks

      • joboni96

        hey furloughed praning criollo
        go home to your bankrupt country

        if they want your kind

      • crazy_horse_101010

        hey commie pig go back to your fetus eating country cannibal. and make me. are you dense that you cant understand. i guess so with your childish postings you sound like a 5 year old junior and sorry still getting my money are you jealous since you are a unemployed squatter and cry baby

      • joboni96

        hehehe
        uwi ka na toy

        you aint wanted here
        praning

      • crazy_horse_101010

        HAWHAWHAW moron people who know me want me here. since i spend thousands ever month helping the poor while parasites like you do nothing mister npa who kills the poor and do you think i care what a retarded racists think. s you are a joke and why dont you get your fat azz out of here and make this a better country. and take your npa scum with you MORON

      • joboni96

        apple criollo
        uwi ka na at doon ka magkalat

        ng kapraningan mo
        ambag mo sa bangkaroteng bayan mo

      • Oscuro

        Pro Pilipino or pro-Chicom?

        What is pro-Filipino….define?

      • joboni96

        nang matuto kolonisado mong utak
        magbasa ka kay bonifacio mabini rizal jacinto and co

        dagdagan mo na rin
        u.s. genocide in the philippines 1898-1945

        mabibigyan ng lunas ang
        pagka collaborator mo

      • Oscuro

        I know the work of all these freemason brothers.

        Now the question is…..how do you relate history, to the current situation now. To the current alignment of the geopolitics as it applies today?

      • joboni96

        high-fallutin’ kolonisadong utak
        pilipino interest remain constant

        to kick out your kind
        to regain sovereignty robbed by the imperialist

        your master
        cia call center agent

      • Oscuro

        boink…..that’s it.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        according to the internet america was responsible for 200000 deaths mostly by starvation where is your millions moron. and was you there comrade and the chinese killed 100000 in tibet recently and another 70 million recently up to the 1970s and are still killing muslims get your facts straight .

      • hello stupids

        Belarus have the worst human right in the world!!!

        C’MON
        Since the election of Belarus’ first president (Aleksandr
        Lukashenko) in July 1994, Lukashenko has steadily consolidated his power
        through authoritarian means. Government restrictions on freedom of
        speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.
        Belarus, “republic in name, although in fact a dictatorship”,[1] is
        viewed as a rogue state by the United States and European democracies
        C’MON must be the mongols blood

      • crazy_horse_101010

        who cares stupid im not planning on going there and im not the one obsessed with them. who is next maliu or nepal what a dumbazz. and who is cmon

  • Guest

    Obama is now officially a lame duck, and he is sending Uncle Scrooge as his emissary. Prepare for October 17, 2013.

    • 33Sam

      I BEG TO DIFFER….

      ITS DIMWITTY DUCK!!!

  • 33Sam

    LOOK AT AT THAT ZOMBIE KETCHUP KERRY!!!

    WHAT A LOSER!!!

    THEY GAVE HIM THE DIRTY JOB OF BEING PIN CUSHION AS THE SEC. OF PROSTRATE!!!

    BETTER TAKE HIM TO LA LOMA AND LET HIM SMELL ALL THAT BURNING PORK. IT MAY WAKE HIM UP, SO HE CAN BRING OUT CASES OF FAFA KETCHUP…

    HE REALLY NEEDS TO PLAY CATCH-UP.

    AND FILIPINOS ARE GOOD AT PAGEANTRY.

    AT THIS POINT, AMERICA IS RUN BY EUGENICIST CABALS AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS ITS HOSTAGE.

    WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T GET.

  • fernando marcos

    Screw the leftist commie wannabe

  • opinon only

    at least they sent a human being this time. unlike the gorilla in the mist ambassador they sent us. king kong belongs in the jungle not among civilized men.

    • farero

      That’s how racist Americans look at you. I hope the next time you post something like this you think about all the Filipinos that left and are being mistreated and demeaned dahil kayumanggi ang kulay nila. Bobo

    • crazy_horse_101010

      and neither do you racist. it would have been funny if you would have been born black and what does the color of ones skin have to do with anything. nothing

  • joboni96

    @crazy_horse_101010

    where are you apple praning criollo???

    where are the other cia call center agents?

    got furloughed i suppose

    paper tiger

    • crazy_horse_101010

      crazy hose is right here pervert and im alive and living well thanks to you commies i will never be out of a job has long has there is backstabbers like you HAWHAWHAW PAPER TAPEWORM .TRY SOMETHING NEW NEXT TIME MORON

  • onny

    US pivot is happening for Japan cos the japs can afford to foot the bill. The same will happen for south korea. It takes money to station forces overseas. Nothing is for free. Why do you think the americans work with the Japs first? The japanese navy just conducted an exercise off US coast. The world navies were in Sydney harbour last week, where were your boats?

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