More abandoned Amerasians feared as US troops come back to PHL

By Jason Gutierrez ANGELES  (AFP) – When the last US ship pulled out of the Philippines’ Subic naval base more than two decades ago, a desperate young woman’s hopes of finding her father sailed away with it. Beirut Calaguas, now 44, is among the tens of thousands of “Amerasians”...

US, PHL start naval drills near China-claimed waters

SUBIC BAY (AFP) – The United States and the Philippines kicked off joint naval exercises Thursday in the South China Sea near waters claimed by Beijing, amid tense territorial rows between China and its neighbors. Filipino military officials said the week-long maneuvers,...

Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with PHL

By Stephen Collinson MANILA, April 28, 2014 (AFP) – President Barack Obama said Monday he had no desire to contain or counter China despite clinching a defense pact with the Philippines which will inject US forces close to the volatile South China Sea. In the Philippines on...