Militants picket SC, call for rejection of EDCA

MANILA (Mabuhay) — About a hundred protesters staged a rally in front of the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday morning in time for the 24th anniversary of the Philippines’ rejection of the United States bases treaty. The protesters are from militant organization Bagong...

US played big role in botched Mamasapano raid: Senate

By Karl Malakunas Manila, Philippines |AFP|  – US forces played a “substantial” role in a botched anti-terrorism raid in the Philippines that left 44 local police commandos dead, according to a Senate report released Tuesday. The raid, known locally as Oplan Exodus, has plunged...

Aquino must give an account on deadly Mamasapano ops – militant group

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A militant group on Wednesday said President Benigno Aquino III “has a lot of explaining to do” about the operations in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao, where 44 elite police officers were killed Sunday. In a statement, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said...

Palace: Proper procedures to be followed in deporting Laude BF

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday assured the public the proper procedures will be followed in the prospective deportation of the German fiance of slain transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude. Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said...

PHIBLEX a precursor of EDCA, solon claims

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A new round of joint military exercises by Philippine and American forces in Palawan and Luzon is a “soft launch” for the activities planned under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), a progressive lawmaker claimed. Kabataan party-list Terry Ridon...

PHL, US begin PHIBLEX military exercises near disputed seas

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Thousands of Filipino and American soldiers began annual war games on Monday near disputed waters in the South China Sea, testing the readiness of the two oldest security allies in the southeast Asian region to respond to any emergency. The Philippines has...

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”...

PHL panel: We did not sell out during EDCA talks

MANILA, May 1 (Mabuhay) – The negotiating panel for the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) denied Thursday that the deal with the US government is shrouded in secrecy. Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino, chairman of the panel, said they sent out reports to both...

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...

Philippines Independence Day Ceremony June 1946

General Douglas MacArthur speaks at the celebrations marking the independence of the Philippines with President Manuel Roxas. Video also shows glimpses of the Japanese invasion, and the liberation of Philippines by US forces that followed....