China’s Xi to attend APEC meeting in PHL

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the Philippines to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this November. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of China said Xi will be in the Philippines for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting from...

‘Partnership of Equals’ highlighted at PHL envoy’s US Naval War College lecture

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – “While many people still look at the bilateral relations [between the Philippines and the United States] through the prism of our earlier colonial history, I firmly believe our partnership has evolved into one of equals, bound not just by our shared history...

PHL backs US plan to sail anew near artificial islands claimed by China

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippines backed a new plan by the United States to send more warships to sail close to China’s artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, saying its ally’s move is consistent with international law. Washington’s freedom of navigation...

Malacañang: PHL to push arbitration of sea disputes regardless of China’s reaction

MANILA, Oct 31 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Saturday said the government will continue to pursue arbitration to resolve its dispute with China over the South China Sea. “Yes, we will continue to resort to arbitration. That is the most logical and the most… I suppose the...

Gov’t urged to study proposed China-ASEAN maritime drills

Manila, Oct 20 (Mabuhay) – A former Justice Secretary-turned-opposition lawmaker has asked the Aquino administration to study China’s proposed joint naval drills with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which, he said, could help ease the tension in the...

Comelec says China may attempt to sabotage 2016 polls

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has received “intelligence reports” that China may attempt to sabotage the Philippine elections in 2016, one of its ranking officials told lawmakers Wednesday. During the Comelec’s briefing for election preparations before...

Comelec says China may attempt to sabotage 2016 polls

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has received “intelligence reports” that China may attempt to sabotage the Philippine elections in 2016, one of its ranking officials told lawmakers Wednesday. During the Comelec’s briefing for...

DFA verifying report on China building third airstrip in disputed territory

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is verifying reports that China is building a third airstrip over contested territory in the South China Sea. The DFA is verifying information from US think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies that...

US, Philippines hold talks on boosting military capacity: spokesman

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – America’s Pacific commander held talks with the Philippine military Wednesday on ways to strengthen US capacity in the region to deter conflict and maintain freedom of navigation, a Filipino spokesman said. Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US...

US Marine fought but did not murder Laude: lawyer

OLONGAPO, Philippines | AFP |    – A US Marine accused of murder told a Philippine court Monday he fought with and subdued a transgender Filipina in self-defence but denied murdering her, his lawyer said. Eight months after he was charged over the death of Jennifer Laude, Joseph...