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Japanese parliamentarians laud PH’s latest defense pact with US

Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

Sharing the Philippines’ concern for stability in the Asia-Pacific, visiting Japanese parliamentarians have expressed support for the country’s arbitration bid against China over disputes in the South China Sea and Manila’s newest defense agreement with Washington D.C.

Posted: May 6th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Senators’ caucus on Edca Monday

The senators are expected to tackle the agreement in a caucus when sessions resume Monday. Senate President Franklin Drilon, a member of President Aquino’s Liberal Party, said the Senate should have been “consulted” prior to the signing of the agreement on April 28, three hours before US President Barack Obama arrived in Manila for an overnight visit. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

The Senate cannot compel Malacañang to submit the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) for ratification, but the Palace should have been “prudent” enough to consult the senators before sealing the deal with the United States, Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Sunday.

Posted: May 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Palace hardens stand on increased US troops’ presence


Amid fears of a clash between the Executive and the Legislative branches of government, Malacañang reiterated its position that the increased military rotational presence agreement with the United States will not require Senate ratification.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA pitch for increased US presence in PH slammed

U.S. Marines provide safe drinking water to typhoon survivors Thursday Nov. 21, 2013 at Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

The presence of United States forces in relief operations in the Visayas was condemned anew by militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Tuesday.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Headlines,Philippines | Read More »

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


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 »