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US officials affirm Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's assurance of aid in case of aggression in the West Philippine Sea amid growing security threat from China
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is 'ridiculous' to protest about an action beyond Philippine shores. 'Paano tayo magpo-protest sa hindi natin territory?'
Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'
'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies
It's the second Balikatan under President Rodrigo Duterte, who at the start of his term threatened to end the military exercises. Ties between the Philippines and US have since improved.
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'All EDCA facilities are under complete control of the Philippines. They are all [inside] Philippine bases,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim
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(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.
"[In] the Philippines, we just could not have been treated nicer....The relationship with the past administration was horrible, to use a nice word,' says US President Donald Trump
EDCA is an agreement which allows the US military to construct facilities and pre-position defense assets inside Philippine military bases
The United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS to Mindanao the US embassy says in a statement
Armed Forces chief Gen Eduardo Año asks Congress for P124 million the Philippines has to cough up for the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement
Despite positive efforts the President has also tried but failed to recalibrate our dependent neocolonial relations with the US and appears intent on merely replicating the same with China and Russia
Gerard Mosquera tells the Judicial and Bar Council that he would ve dissented with the 2016 EDCA ruling For him a treaty would have to be executed to justify stationing of foreign troops in the country
But President Rodrigo Duterte is less warm as he talks about the military alliance between the Philippines and the United States
EXCLUSIVE: Construction will proceed in two other military bases – Basa Air Base in Pampanga and Lumbia Air Base in Cagayan de Oro – to implement the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement
UPDATED Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana says it doesn t mean President Rodrigo Duterte wants to cancel EDCA altogether He only wants to review the structures that the US plans to build
President Rodrigo Duterte who had threatened to scrap the deal is okay with the plans according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
Ang hamon sa kanya is really walk the talk says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago on President Rodrigo Duterte s pursuit of an independent foreign policy
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We have the EDCA Well forget it the President says in a speech before departing for Japan
Condemning the bloody dispersal of protesters in Manila the communist rebels political arm calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to rein in his troops
US Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the American government is confident that Filipinos recognize the benefits of close ties with the US
President Duterte said in Bacolod that EDCA was only signed by an aide and [former defense chief Voltaire] Gazmin Did the President get his facts right?
Duterte cites 2 groups in Mindanao that will not talk peace with him if the Americans stayed in Mindanao
Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says the government should clarify its position on foreign affairs given its conflicting statements
President Rodrigo Duterte was merely concerned about the US soldiers safety in Mindanao says the military spokesman
Malacañang says the President s latest statements are intended to communicate that we need to be ready to chart our own course and find our own alliances
While it may take years even decades to catch up with the military capability of our nearest neighbors the impetus has been initiated and is now moving with its own momentum that cannot be halted abruptly
The SC affirms its January ruling upholding the constitutionality of EDCA saying petitioners failed to raise new arguments in their motions for reconsideration
Malacañang also says that the highly uncontroversial PH US joint military exercises are meant to ensure that prosperity is continuous under a regime of stability through the participation of all countries
6th UPDATE American Rear Admiral Ron Boxall says one or two Chinese vessels followed the warship but there were no tensions
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter who is now in Manila says more military bases will be added to the initial 5 agreed upon
It coincides with the implementation of a new military agreement between the two countries the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement
The shipment includes Humvee vehicles trucks jeeps backhoes and bulldozers
The agreement between the two close allies comes as the Philippines and other countries are embroiled in a tense dispute with China over conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea
The Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan has been the site of maritime exercises with the militaries of the US Japan and Australia
We have focused far too long on her citizenship yet Grace Poe has largely gotten away with motherhood and non committal answers to hard questions
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The presidential bet says he was invited by the US embassy to meet with them Other candidates have likely been approached as well he says
Poe says the Philippines can have a military as strong as Singapore s a country that can afford expensive military hardware
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says once the required documents are processed in the coming months US troops can move in to begin construction of their facilities
If the arbitration case on the maritime dispute drags on for too long Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he is willing to discuss sharing natural resources with China