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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 »

Heightened rescue operation on for abducted Filipina—Palace

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has intensified its search and rescue operations in Mindanao after the abduction of a Filipina and a Chinese national in Semporna, Malaysia, Malacanang said Saturday.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Troops hunt bandits behind Sabah kidnap

In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, tourists hide behind a table in reaction to gunshot sounds at the Singmata Adventures and Reef resort after a raid by suspected Filipino insurgents in Semporna, Sabah state of Malaysia. Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. AP

Soldiers have been deployed to a remote island in Mindanao where suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits are believed to have taken two female hostages seized from a resort in neighboring Malaysia, the military said Friday.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | 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 »

Philippine troops hunt militants behind Malaysia abductions

Malaysian security forces at the resort. The Star Online-Asia News Network

Philippine soldiers have been deployed to a remote southern island where suspected Islamic militants are believed to have taken two female hostages seized from a resort in neighbouring Malaysia, the military said Friday.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

P24-B contracts for fighter jets, copters inked

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GIVING FORCE TO PHILIPPINE AIR  This is the kind of fighter jet—called the FA-50—the Philippines hopes to acquire from South Korea following President Aquino’s two-day visit to Seoul. This combat aircraft can carry an array of weaponry, such as air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, and precision-guided bombers, and is equipped with a night vision imaging system. PHOTO FROM WWW.KOREAAERO.COM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), regarded as among the most ill-equipped militaries in the region, is now beefing up its air defense capabilities.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

AFP stops search for missing jetliner

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In this photo taken Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Philippine Air Force C-130 crew members continue their search and rescue mission over the South China Sea more than four days after a Malaysia Airlines jetliner went missing en route to Beijing. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has called off its search for the missing jetliner after military aircraft and ships failed to find any signs of the vanished Boeing 777 in local waters.  AP PHOTO/PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE WESTERN COMMAND

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has called off its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner after military aircraft and ships failed to find any signs of the vanished Boeing 777 in local waters.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 mystery recalls past disappearances

DESPERATELY SEEKING MH370 A crew of the Philippine Navy’s Patrol Ship 36 scours the West Philippine Sea for any trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which has been missing for a week. The crew is part of the search and rescue team of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which has joined other nations in the search for the missing plane.  PHOTO FROM PS-36 PHILIPPINE NAVY

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is the latest example of a very rare event in aviation: A plane that vanishes. With radar, radio traffic and other technology, planes that crash are usually found quickly.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

2 Coast Guard ships ready to guard Panatag Shoal on gov’t go-signal

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Not a single Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessel has been deployed to Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) since PCG ships and their Chinese counterparts faced off in the West Philippine Sea rock formation for two weeks in mid-2012.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Military to defend Filipinos from China ‘when the time comes’

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China’s harassment of Filipino fishermen last month does not warrant a military response but the Armed Forces of the Philippines would not hesitate to take action to protect Filipinos “when the time comes,” a military spokesman said Tuesday.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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