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Defense accord with US a ‘security cover’ for PH

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US President Barack Obama (right) and President Aquino   MALACAÑANG FILE PHOTO

The new defense agreement the Philippines and the United States could sign on or before the visit of US President Barack Obama later this month is designed as a “security cover” for the Philippines amid the changing security landscape in the region.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines | Read More »

PH, US rush defense talks for Obama visit this month

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The Philippines and the United States are set to begin Thursday the eighth round of talks for an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, nearly three weeks ahead of US President Barack Obama’s (in photo) visit to the country. AP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines and the United States are set to begin Thursday the eighth round of talks for an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, nearly three weeks ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to the country.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Mission possible to Ayungin Shoal: Get around China to revisit ‘LT 57’

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HOORAY. Marine Sgt. Rey Sarmiento (R) and Pfc. Ryan Esteban react when the PH supply ship arrives March 29, alongside BRP Sierra Madre, their home for 138  days. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Standing on the bridge of the AM700, our small resupply vessel, Navy Lt. (s.g.) Ferdinand Gato had his eyes on the looming image of a huge rusting ship here on Ayungin Shoal.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

AFP: Normal monitoring, no new standoff at Ayungin Shoal

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VERY BASIC Austere accommodations on the BRP Sierra Madre,
the country’s fleet Marine detachment in Ayungin Shoal. PHOTO BY GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

The military on Friday denied a supposed standoff between the Filipino garrison on the BRP Sierra Madre and Chinese coast guards at the disputed Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) off Palawan province on Thursday night.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Daring fishers also in the minds of Ayungin defenders

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China was warned Thursday against trying to tow away the BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin Shoal, as this could be considered an attack against the Philippines and prompt the United States to defend the country in keeping with their Mutual Defense Treaty. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Military missions to the Ayungin Shoal do not end with the reprovisioning of and rotating the troops stationed at the marooned BRP Sierra Madre in the West Philippine Sea outcrop.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Sleepless on Ayungin Shoal

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VERY BASIC Austere accommodations on the BRP Sierra Madre,
the country’s fleet Marine detachment in Ayungin Shoal. PHOTO BY GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

We spent the night here on Ayungin Shoal, on board the feisty little civilian government boat that defied two huge Chinese Coast Guard ships on Saturday afternoon.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Ayungin Shoal standoff: At sunset, I’ll jump into the water to enjoy what’s ours

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A Philippine Marine gestures at a Chinese Coast Guard vessel which tries to block a Philippine Government vessel AM700 from approaching the Second Thomas Shoal (local name Ayungin Shoal) to resupply and replace fellow marines who were deployed for almost five months Saturday, March 29, 2014 off South China Sea on the West Philippine Sea. AP FILE PHOTO

We are being harassed by the Chinese Coast Guard. There are two Chinese ships, with bow numbers CCG 3401 and CCG 1127, and “China Coast Guard” markings on their hulls.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Gazmin to activists: Why don’t you protest China incursions?

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Photos courtesy of ROLLY MOLANO/CONTRIBUTOR and Anakbayan

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Saturday twitted activists for their silence on the country’s territorial dispute with China, while they loudly protest the Philippines’ new defense cooperation agreement with the United States.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

P23.7-B deal to buy fighter jets

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of National Defense is set to sign next week contracts for the brand-new lead in fighter jets and combat utility helicopters worth P23.7 billion for the Philippine Air Force.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Talks on increased US presence in PH move forward

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AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines and the United States appear to be on the homestretch of negotiations for an agreement that would allow a larger presence of American military forces in the country, which is widely viewed as a deterrent to China’s aggressive assertion of territorial claims in the South China Sea, including a part that the Manila government refers to as the West Philippine Sea.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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