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PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US

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

With the United States assuring Japan and other Asian allies of support in their territorial disputes with China, Manila will seek a “clearer understanding” of its “strategic partnership” with Washington amid Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in the West Philippine Sea when US President Barack Obama visits the country next week.

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

PH, HK end bitter row; sanctions lifted

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Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong Wednesday. Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations. AP

After nearly seven months of negotiations, the Philippines and Hong Kong on Wednesday announced a “win-win” solution to provide closure to the 2010 Manila hostage tragedy that claimed the lives of eight people and injured seven others from this Chinese special administrative region.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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 »

UNDP chief Helen Clark challenges Aquino on fight vs climate change

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Ten-year old Barbie Gonza receives a comforting hug from UNDP’s Administrator Helen Clark in Tacloban City. The grade-four student of San Jose Central Elementary School shared the story of her survival from Typhoon Haiyan that claimed over 100 of her classmates. UNDP helped clear the debris from her school, which reopen two months after the crisis. Photo Credit: Joey Reyna/ UNDP

United Nations Development Program Chief Helen Clark on Thursday challenged President Benigno Aquino III to make a strong statement before the international community to combat climate change following the devastation of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) that claimed more than 6,000 lives.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Peace deal signed in March

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President Benigno Aquino III and Prime Minister Najib Razak. FILE PHOTOS

The Aquino administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will sign by the end of March a final peace agreement, ending four decades of conflict in Mindanao and opening the way for development of the rich but impoverished island in southern Philippines.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Talks for US troops’ presence in PH still ongoing

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President Benigno Aquino III and US President Barrack Obama. INQUIRER and AP file photo

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said details were being worked out for a framework agreement that would allow the increased rotational presence of US troops in the Philippines—but it was not being rushed for completion in time for the visit of US President Barack Obama in April.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Swedish king gives $100K for disaster response

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President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges views with His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (January 24). This is the first visit of a Swedish monarch and Head of State of Sweden to the Philippines. Also in photo are Vice President Jejomar Binay, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Kingdom of Sweden Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Klas Molin and World Scout Foundation executive committee member Lars Kolind. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

The devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Central Philippines moved His Majesty, Carl XVI Gustaf, the king of Sweden, to donate $100,000 from the World Scout Foundation for community disaster preparedness training.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Europe,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino on KL talks: Knock on wood

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MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal and Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. FILE PHOTOS

Banking a little on superstition, President Benigno Aquino III knocked on a wooden table when asked if the normalization annex, the last of the four documents making up the blueprint for a final peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), would be signed in the next few days.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Human Rights Watch: PH fails in ending impunity

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Jonas Burgos, Gerry Ortega. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

The Philippine government failed to end impunity in extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances, an international group said Monday.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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