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We treasure our Sierra Madre

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In the1948 John Houston movie, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” three destitute Americans working as gold prospectors mining the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico are confronted by bandits posing as mounted police (“Federales”).  When they are asked to produce their badges, the chief bandit’s response is classic:   “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”   [...]

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Japanese warships dock in Manila

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JS Shirane (DDH 143). Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers JS Shirane and JS Asayuki arrive at Manila South Harbor for four-day goodwill visit. TARRA QUISMUNDO/PDI

Two Japanese destroyers arrived at Manila’s South Harbor Wednesday morning for a four-day goodwill visit to be capped by a joint exercise with the Philippine Navy.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

China’s demand to remove ship nixed

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The Philippines has rejected China’s demand to pull out a grounded Philippine Navy ship from the disputed Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) in the South China Sea.

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

Canadian frigate in Manila on goodwill visit

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Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder visits Navy chief Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano on Tuesday at the Philippine Navy Headquarters. PHOTO/ NAVY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

A Canadian frigate is in Manila on a goodwill visit, the Philippine Navy said Tuesday. Her Majesty Canadian Ship (HMCS) “Regina” arrived last Saturday at Pier 15 in South Harbor, Manila and will stay there until Wednesday, said Gregory Gerald Fabic, Navy spokesperson said.

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

Navy brings Christmas cheer to families of soldiers deployed away from home

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Philippine soldiers walk near a military C-130 plane as they prepare to go to Tacloban city, at the Villamor Airbase, in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Four days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern Philippines, only a trickle of assistance has made it to affected communities. Authorities said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the devastating typhoon. AP/Vincent Yu

The wife of a Marine sergeant deployed to the disputed Ayungin Shoal off Palawan thought the officers who had pulled up in front of her home over the holidays had come to bring the news every soldier’s wife and family dread.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Navy begins developing Oyster Bay into mini Subic; mum on US pivot

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At Naval Forces West headquarters here, the wooden planks that are the main platform of the Philippine Navy’s sole naval shipyard facing the West Philippine Sea are breaking apart and starting to surrender to the elements.

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

PH Navy sends team to Australia for first time for training exercises with counterparts

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Representatives from the Philippine Navy for the first time went to Australia where they joined their counterparts in training exercises as part of the Status of Visiting Forces Agreement that was ratified by the Philippine Senate in 2012.

Posted: October 4th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Warship ‘Monching’ is here; PH to intensify sea patrols

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SECOND MAJOR WARSHIP  President Aquino, accompanied by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, troops the line for the arrival ceremony of the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, a high-endurance Hamilton-class cutter, at the Subic Freeport on Tuesday. The Philippines vowed intensified sea patrols as it welcomed the arrival of its latest warship from the United States amid a maritime row with China.  MALACAÑANG PHOTO

President Aquino on Tuesday called the second Hamilton class-cutter from the United States a big boost to the Navy in patrolling the seas amid a territorial row with China.

Posted: August 7th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino: New Navy ship boosts PH defense in sea row

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The BRP Ramon Alcaraz. US EMBASSY FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday said the acquisition of a second warship by the Philippines will boost the Navy’s ability to patrol and defend the country’s waters.

Posted: August 6th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Newly acquired warship arrives in PH amid sea row

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The BRP Ramon Alcaraz. US EMBASSY FILE PHOTO

The Philippines’ second warship acquired from the US, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, was welcomed by local fishermen off Aurora as it entered the Philippine waters early Friday.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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