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US wants extended access to PH bases

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. AP FILE PHOTO

The United States wants to use Philippine bases for extended periods of up to 20 years, a Manila official said Saturday as the two sides are in talks on a wider US military footprint in Asia.

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

US defense chief here next week

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. AP Photo

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet with President Benigno Aquino III next week to discuss the ongoing negotiations for increased presence of American soldiers in the Philippines, the US Department of Defense said in a statement released Friday (Saturday in Manila).

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH, US reaffirm probe on Tubbataha grounding incident

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Former US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr.

The Philippines and the United States (US) on Tuesday reiterated their pledge to cooperate in investigating the cause of the grounding incident at the protected Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, saying that both countries agreed that preventing further damage to the reef remained a top priority.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Kinks in US-PH ties: Balangiga bells

This May 2001 photo shows the two bells of Balangiga at F.E. Warren Air Force Base outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, that signaled an attack by Filipino insurgents on occupying American troops in 1901. The arrival of President Benigno Aquino on an official visit to the US raises the possibility that the State Department will announce plans to return of the war-trophy Bells of Balangiga to that country. AP

Military veterans are stirred up and speaking out against the possibility that the United States might return three church bells seized as spoils of war from the Philippines more than a century ago.

Posted: June 9th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US to Philippines: Stop political killings

US Ambassador Harry Thomas. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines must do more to stop human rights abuses, especially extrajudicial killings if it wants to receive more US aid, the US ambassador to the country said on Friday. Speaking at a round table of human rights advocates, Ambassador Harry Thomas said the US Congress still withholds a portion of US aid to this [...]

Posted: November 5th, 2011 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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