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Palace says there’s no rush to increase US military presence

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Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

There’s no rush to arrive at an agreement allowing increased US military presence in the Philippines in time for US President Barack Obama’s visit in Manila later this month, a Malacañang spokesperson said Saturday.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

It’s a ‘test of sanity,’ says Ayungin soldier

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Members of the Ayungin Marines pay a courtesy call to Vice President Jejomar Binay at Coconut Palace. FRANCES MANGOSING/INQUIRER.net

“Don’t lose hope,” a soldier previously assigned at BRP Sierra Madre tells future men who will be assigned there.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH, US renew defense talks

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Pio Lorenzo Batino, Defense Undersecretary and Chair of the Philippine negotiating panel. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines and the United States (US) resumed talks Thursday on the enhanced defense cooperation agreement, part of which involves the increased rotational presence of US troops in the country.

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

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 »

PH to continue nurturing good side of ties with China amid sea dispute – Del Rosario

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Alberto del Rosario

Despite recent encounters between Chinese and Philippine vessels in the West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is still hoping to nurture the good side of its ties with Beijing.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines ‘won’t rush defense accord’ for Obama visit

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang said Saturday the Philippines would not rush to complete a defense accord with the United States just so it can be sealed by the time President Barack Obama visits next month.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China to ‘defend every inch’ of territory—foreign minister

This May 2012 file photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning cruising for a test on the sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

China’s foreign minister on Saturday said his country will vigorously defend its sovereignty, declaring there was “no room for compromise” with Japan over territory or history.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Chief of US Pacific Fleet now in PH for talks

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US Navy Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of the US Pacific Fleet.  PHOTO from http://www.navy.mil

One of the highest ranking officers of the United States (US) Navy is in the country to discuss, among others, the implications to Asia of the US military’s rebalancing of its forces.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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