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Ex-US president Jimmy Carter, PH activists to be honored on Ninoy Aquino Day

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with former President Jimmy Carter before President Barack Obama offers a toast at a dinner for the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit, on the South Lawn of the White House,Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit to promote business development. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Eight distinguished “freedom fighters,” including former US President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, will be honored on Aug. 21 by the Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM) during the group’s commemoration of the 31st death anniversary of the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

Posted: August 19th, 2014 in Americas,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Congressional Medal campaign for Filipino World War II vets gains support

WWII vets

A team of American scholars who are experts in World War II history have joined a nationwide campaign to push the US government to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino WWII veterans, retired US Army Major General Antonio Taguba announced on Aug. 10 (Sunday in Manila).

Posted: August 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

After 69 years, a war medal for slain GI

In this July 31, 2014 photo, veteran John Trinca stands outside his home in Antioch Township, Illinois. Trinca was with US Army Pvt. Thomas Bateman, a soldier he had just met in the Philippines in 1945 in World War II when Bateman was killed from Japanese machine gun fire. The Purple Heart that Bateman paid for with his life became lost and was eventually found in the 1950s by Tom McAvoy as a kid in Chicago. Trinca will be on hand Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, when the Purple Heart will be returned to Bateman’s family in Grayslake, Illinois.  AP PHOTO/DAILY HERALD, PAUL VALADE

John Trinca couldn’t remember the name of the soldier who died right next to him minutes after they met during World War II, and all Thomas Bateman Jr. knew of his father’s death was that it happened in 1945 in the Philippines.

Posted: August 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

China to PH, Japan: Accept ‘historical’ claim

The DFA released photo of the Mabini Reef showing China’s reclamation activities on the disputed area. DFA

The Philippines and Japan should accept China’s “historical” claim in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) instead of complicating the ongoing maritime dispute, an official said Thursday.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hiroo Onoda: Hero or villain?

WAY TO THE CAVES Onoda Trail guide Gerry Villaflores shows the way to the caves inhabited by Lt. Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese straggler who hid in the jungles of Lubang Island for 30 years after World War II. LYN RILLON

In the book “No Surrender” that Hiroo Onoda wrote after surrendering in 1974 to then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, the Japanese officer detailed how he succeeded in convincing himself and his fellow soldiers Kinshichi Kozuka, Shoichi Shimada and Yuichi Akatsu that World War II wasn’t over, and that attempts to make them surface were enemy ploys to make them surrender.

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