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AFP chief: No regrets not pulling out troops sooner in Golan Heights

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr., and other military officials convene. AFP Public Affairs.

The Philippine military said there’s no regret in their part in not pulling out troops in Golan Heights sooner despite the previous cases of abduction and the ongoing standoff between Filipino UN peacekeepers and armed Syrian rebels.

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

PH buying SK fighter jets

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

Move over. The big boys are coming. President Benigno Aquino III said the Philippines was close to finalizing a deal with a state-owned Korean aerospace firm to buy a squadron of FA-50 fighter jets worth P18.9 billion—a move seen to bolster the country’s aerial power and defend its territory in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Banner Story,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cool it, PH urges US, Nokor


Forty US aircraft, including a squadron of F/A-18 Hornet jet fighters, are flying into the Philippines starting Friday for annual joint exercises with the Philippine military, amid a North Korean threat to launch nuclear strikes against the United States and US moves to strengthen its regional defenses in the Pacific.

Posted: April 5th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf Group capability to raise terror remains a concern for the US

Armed members of Moro National Liberation Front, a Muslim rebel group that signed a 1996 peace pact with the Philippine Government, arrive at Patikul town on the volatile island of Jolo in southern Philippines on Jan. 15, 2013, to seek the release of foreign and Filipino hostages long held by al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen.  AP PHOTO/NICKEE BUTLANGAN

The capability of Abu Sayyaf Group to raise terror remains a concern of the United States even as it claimed that the situation in Mindanao has “progressed” over time.

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH, Malaysia tighten border security

Gen. Emmanuel Bautista. Photo from http://www.army.mil.ph

Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the Philippine and the Malaysian militaries had agreed to tighten their border patrols to prevent other “illegal entries” into each other’s territories and avoid complicating the situation in Sabah.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »