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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 »

New pact set for Obama

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PORT CALL The USS Howard, an Arleigh Burke-class, guided missile destroyer from the US Pacific Fleet, arrives in Manila on Friday on a “routine” port call. BULLIT MARQUEZ/AP

Philippine negotiators are just about ready to submit proposed “key points” for an enhanced defense cooperation agreement that would give the United States wider access to Philippine military bases, as the two countries ended their eighth round of talks on Friday, raising speculation that the deal could be ready in time for US President Barack Obama’s visit on April 28-29.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Aquino, Tan strengthen ties between PH and Singapore

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP

The Philippines has strengthened its defense and cooperation ties with Singapore amid the maritime dispute between the Philippines and other Asian countries with China.

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

Palace ready for China backlash

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LEAVE US ALONE  Activists stage a rally at the Chinese Embassy in Makati City on Wednesday to protest the Chinese Coast Guard’s attempt to stop a Philippine resupply vessel from getting to the BRP Sierra Madre on Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on Saturday.  RAFFY LERMA

The government is prepared for any backlash from its move to question in the United Nations China’s territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea, but Manila’s ties with Beijing remains the same, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Singapore president in Manila for 4-day visit

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Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam. AFP FILE PHOTO

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam arrived Monday night in Manila for a four-day visit to discuss trade and defense ties with the Philippines and provide further assistance to survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda “ (Haiyan) in the Visayas.

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

PH gov’t has other options to address sea dispute with China—Palace

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Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine government is not limiting its options to the arbitration case filed before a United Nations tribunal amid its territorial dispute with China, according to one of President Benigno Aquino III’s spokesmen.

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

Obama, Aquino to tackle defense, China during state visit

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

The world can expect Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and United States President Barack Obama to talk about defense and maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea when the latter visits the country this month, Malacañang said Tuesday.

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

UN case not a challenge to China—Aquino

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Chinese Coast Guard ships closely monitor a small Philippine vessel during resupply and troop rotation in the rusting BRP Sierra Madre.  FILE PHOTO

President Aquino on Monday said the government’s decision to pursue the arbitration case in a United Nations tribunal was not intended to provoke China but to defend Philippine territory peacefully.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Singapore president to visit PH for ‘Yolanda’ aid, trade

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Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam. AFP FILE PHOTO

Let’s talk business…and humanitarian aid. Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam will embark on his first state visit to the Philippines from April 2 to 5, upon the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Western allies back peace deal with MILF

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird (AP FILE PHOTO), Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (AP FILE PHOTO), European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (AP FILE PHOTO), United Kingdom’s Secretary of State William Hague (Photo from gov.uk)

The international community on Friday offered to support the implementation of the peace agreement signed on Thursday by the Aquino administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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