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AFP awaits SC decision on Edca fate

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Military chief General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr. receives his fourth star in a donning of ranks ceremony held at the Department of National Defense on Friday. In the photo with General Catapang is his wife, Vilma Catapang, and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. AFP PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it is awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court on the legality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) between the Philippines and the United States even as civil society groups have filed another impeachment complaint against President Aquino over the military agreement.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Navy bases for defense of West Philippine Sea suffer lack of funds

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THE VIEW FROM CHINA. US Marines storm a beach along the West Philippine Sea on Friday but only to simulate an amphibious landing during joint US-Philippines military exercises dubbed Balikatan 2014 at San Antonio, Zambales. This year’s war games focus on maritime security. The exercise came even as tensions simmer between the Philippines and China over rival claims to territory in the West Philippine Sea, part of the South China Sea within Manila’s 370-km exclusive economic zone.  MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/ INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Navy’s plans for developing Naval Forces West (Navforwest) and Oyster Bay in Palawan, the bases which are the country’s first line of defense in the West Philippine Sea, have suffered a hitch.

Posted: June 1st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

SC urged to rule on exploration agreement with China, Vietnam

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In the face of China’s recent aggressive actions against the country, a group of party-list lawmakers has asked the Supreme Court to immediately resolve a six-year-old petition seeking to declare as unconstitutional a 2008 agreement that allowed China and Vietnam to jointly explore with the Philippines oil resources in the country’s undisputed and claimed territories in the West Philippine Sea.

Posted: May 31st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino unruffled by SC cases vs Edca

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

Despite being questioned by two former senators, President Benigno Aquino III wasn’t bothered that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) had been challenged in the Supreme Court.

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

Edca challenged in Supreme Court

EDCA CHALLENGED  (From left) Lawyers Edre Olalia and Steve Salonga and former Rep. Teddy Casino, all petitioners; and lawyers Romel Bagares and Ethel Avisado, both supporters of the petition, hold copies of the petition to declare as unconstitutional the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement in front of the Supreme Court building in Manila.  INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

Two former senators who 24 years ago fought for the removal of US military bases from the Philippines on Monday challenged in the Supreme Court the legality of a new security agreement between the Philippines and the United States that would expand American military presence in the country.

Posted: May 27th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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