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PHL hopes deal reached before Obama visit

New defense accord means more US troops MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines said Friday it hopes to complete a new defense accord with the United States ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama this month, as a territorial dispute with China simmers. The chief Philippine negotiator,...
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DFA welcomes US commitment to defense treaty

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) welcomes the strong statements recently made by US officials criticizing China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said it is in the interest of the US to maintain...
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Envoy: US to stand by PHL amid ‘threats’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The United States on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to stand by the Philippines, its long-time ally, in the face of threats –  a statement that could have extra meaning in light of recent developments in the territorial dispute between Manila and Beijin...
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PHL vessel evades Chinese ships in disputed waters

By Jason GUTIERREZ ABOARD A PHILIPPINE MILITARY PLANE ABOVE THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (AFP) – A Philippine re-supply ship evaded a Chinese coastguard blockade in the South China Sea Saturday to reach Filipino soldiers based on a remote reef claimed by both countries, the military...
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Aquino firm on UN case amid China warnings

MANILA  (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed Monday to push through with a UN appeal to solve its maritime disputes with China, as Beijing warned of consequences. “We are not here to challenge China, to provoke them into any action, but I do believe that they should...
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The Scarborough Shoal controversy: a personal connection

PART II The group forum centered on the discussion of  UNCLOS III’s convention on December 10, 1982. This marked the “culmination of 16 years of work involving participation by around160 countries, representing all regions of  the world, all legal and political systems and the...
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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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PHL to allow US forces back amid China row

MANILA  (AFP) – The Philippines said Friday a deal to allow a greater US military presence on its territory could be signed next month, in a timely defence boost amid a worsening territorial row with China. There was optimism the pact could be secured ahead of US President Barack...
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Palace maintains diplomatic approach in South China Sea dispute

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is still seeking a peaceful resolution to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea despite the recent incident of harassment involving Chinese vessels. “We believe in the [principle that] what is ours is ours, and so we will...
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PHL to take steps following MH370 incident: Palace

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Following the recent disappearance of a commercial Malaysian airplane, Malacañang on Monday said that the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI) might consider reviewing its own procedures. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in Monday’s Palace...