Nov 22, 2016

Philippine, U.S. military chiefs say ties remain robust

The chiefs of the Philippine armed forces and the United States Pacific Command say the two countries’ military ties remain robust, with both sides committed to their alliance and cooperation on maritime security, counterterrorism and humanitarian aid. The upbeat statement issued Tuesday at the ...

Nov 21, 2016

Duterte to declare disputed area a no-fishing zone for all

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to issue a formal order declaring a sprawling lagoon in a disputed South China Sea shoal a maritime sanctuary where Filipinos and Chinese will be prohibited from fishing, officials said in a statement Monday. National Security Adviser Hermogenes ...

Philippines' Duterte meets 'hero' Putin

Nov 20, 2016

Philippines' Duterte meets 'hero' Putin

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday met the man he calls his hero, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and unburdened his gripes about U.S. “hypocrisy,” “bullying” and foreign wars. Duterte, who has publicly expressed his admiration for the Russian leader, said the Cold War had ...

China, U.S. look past tensions with joint relief drill

Nov 19, 2016

China, U.S. look past tensions with joint relief drill

China and the United States wrapped up a three-day humanitarian relief military drill Friday, looking past simmering tensions over the disputed South China Sea and uncertainty at what Donald Trump’s presidency will mean for defense ties. The exercises, held in the southwestern Chinese city ...

Philippine dictator Marcos given hero's burial

Nov 18, 2016

Philippine dictator Marcos given hero's burial

Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the national heroes’ cemetery in a secretive ceremony Friday, outraging opponents who said it whitewashed his brutal rule and tainted the famous 1986 “People Power” revolution that toppled him. The burial at the “Cemetery of Heroes” was ...

Nov 16, 2016

U.S., Philippine special forces to hold joint war drills

U.S. and Philippine special forces were to begin annual combat exercises Wednesday in a sign such joint drills are continuing despite vocal opposition by the Philippine president. Philippine Army spokesman Col. Benjamin Hao said the Balance Piston exercises will start in the western province ...