Obama: We have ‘rock solid commitment’ to PHL defense

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the US government has a “rock solid commitment to the defense of the Philippines” as the validity of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) hangs before the Supreme Court (SC). Obama faced the media after a...

Asia CEO forum recognizes Cuisia with lifetime contributor award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of excellence in leadership, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. was conferred the Lifetime Contributor Award (public sector) by the Asia CEO Forum on 11 November 2015 at the Marriott Hotel in Manila. Each year, the Asia CEO Awards recognizes...

‘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...

9 Filipinos take part in inaugural international visitor leadership program in disaster risk management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a development expected to promote greater Philippines-US cooperation on disaster risk reduction issues, nine (9) Philippine government officials are currently in Washington D.C. to attend the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program...

Fighting climate change could save lives, money: US report

Washington, United States (AFP) – Taking action against global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions could save thousands of lives and avoid major economic losses before century’s end, said a US government report issued Monday. The cost of inaction is compared with the...

PHL design, textiles and fashion take centerstage at Embassy’s National Day Gala Evening

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – “A Gala Evening Celebrating Philippine Design, Textile and Fashion” was a huge success, drawing a diverse crowd of US government officials, members of the Washington diplomatic corps, members of the Filipino-American community, and the general public, and...

Give Muslims self-rule or ‘count body bags’:Aquino

Manila, Philippines, AFP – Philippine President Benigno Aquino called on lawmakers Friday to pass a bill endorsing a pact aimed at ending a decades-long Muslim separatist rebellion, warning them they would otherwise start counting “body bags”. Aquino had wanted the bill, which...

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...

US Marine offered plea deal

PHL court gives L/Cpl Pemberton chance to avoid murder trial that could net him 40 years in jail Olongapo , Philippines |AFP| – A Philippine court on Tuesday offered a plea bargain to a US marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina, according to lawyers, in a case that...

AFP hunts ‘coddled’ most-wanted bombmaker

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – The Philippine military is trying to capture a bombmaker it believes is being “coddled” by Filipino militants who have pledged loyalty to Islamic State, authorities said Sunday. The capture of Abdel Basit Usman is one of the objectives of a major...