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PHL drops food to troops after China ‘blockade’

MANILA  (AFP) – The Philippine military said Thursday it had evaded a Chinese sea blockade by using an airplane to drop food to soldiers on a tiny and remote South China Sea shoal claimed by both countries. The incident was the latest to escalate tensions between the Asian...
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AFP inducts 140 new 2nd lieutenants into service

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Showing that there are still a lot of patriotic Filipinos left yet, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) inducted into service 140 2nd lieutenants on Monday. The latter also formally graduated from their respective Officer’s Candidate Courses (OCCs) at...
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Aquino gov’t steps up efforts to rebuild the lives of Yolanda typhoon victims

MANILA, Nov 13 (Mabuhay) – The Aquino government is stepping up its efforts to rebuild the lives of the typhoon victims following the devastation wrought by super typhoon “Yolanda” (internationally known as Haiyan) in the central Philippines, Presidential Communications...
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PNoy welcomes warship, thanks US for support

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) — President Aquino thanked the United States for its support as he formally welcomed the arrival of a second-hand refurbished warship purchased from the country’s strategic ally. The ship docked at the Alava Pier on Subic Bay. The...
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BRP Ramon Alcaraz Finally Sails for Home

CHARLESTON, South Carolina—More than a year after it was turned over by the United States, the Philippine Navy’s latest acquisition, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz finally sailed for Manila on Monday in a voyage that would take almost two months. The Alcaraz left shortly before 10 a.m. on...
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Emotional Farewell for Filipino Sailors as BRP Ramon Alcaraz Finally Heads Home

CHARLESTON, South Carolina—While all of them look forward to returning home to their families in the Philippines, the officers and personnel of the BRP Ramon Alcaraz said they will also miss their kababayans who made life easy for them during their more than one-year stay in the...
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“We are for Peace but be Prepared to Defend PH Territory,” Cuisia Tells Crew of Ramon Alcaraz

CHARLESTON, South Carolina—The Philippines will exert all efforts to ease tensions in the West Philippine Sea but it will also defend its territory if needed, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. told the officers and crew of the country’s newest warship, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16),...
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President Aquino appoints Mejia as administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority

President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed World Maritime University (WMU) professor Maximo Q. Mejia Jr. as the new administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), a Palace official said. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte announced during the regular...
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PH protests China’s ‘intrusion’ in Ayungin Reef

MANILA, May 22 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China over the alleged encroachment of its vessels in Ayungin Reef near Palawan. Foreign Affairs Secretary Raul Hernandez said the protest was filed last May 10 “because we believe that Ayungin...
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BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF16) Begins Sea Trials

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) began its much-awaited sea trials as part of preparations for its journey to the Philippines. In a statement, the Philippine Embassy said the Alcaraz left at 8:30 a.m. Monday, from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in North...
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