US releases $15-M arms aid to PHL

Restrictions on military assistance caused by human rights concerns lifted Manila, Philippines | AFP | – The United States has lifted restrictions on a small portion of its military assistance to the Philippines that was withheld over human rights concerns, the foreign minister...

US Marine charged with murder

By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday  – Philippine prosecutors on Monday charged a US Marine with murder over the death of a Filipino transgender woman, in a case that has fanned anti-American sentiment and tested close military ties. Private First Class Joseph Scott...

Jeffrey Laude’s mom willing to forgive slay suspect

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The mother of slain transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude said she is willing to forgive the US serviceman accused of killing her child, but vowed to continue her family’s fight for justice. Julita Laude said she may forgive US Marine Private First Class...

Despite challenges, US-PH ties will remain strong, says envoy

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– Despite calls to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) following the alleged the murder of a Filipino transgender by a US Marine, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg on Monday said he was certain that the two countries’ relationship will remain strong. “As I...

Transgender murder must not derail US ties: PHL

MANILA (AFP) –The Philippines on Wednesday described the murder of a transgender Filipino as an “isolated incident” that must not derail ties with Washington after a US Marine was identified as a suspect, sparking anti-American protests. The discovery Sunday of the murder in a...

US, PHL troops ‘assault’ beach

SAN ANTONIO (AFP) – More than 200 US and Filipino Marines launched a mock amphibious assault Monday on an enemy beachfront close to a disputed South China Sea outcrop. Amid driving rain and rough waves, five amphibious assault tanks roared off from a US destroyer anchored off...

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”...

Aquino confident on EDCA legality

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III has expressed confidence that the recently signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States will stand legal scrutiny even if it is challenged before the Supreme Court. “Will it stand scrutiny? Yes. Will...

New deal doesn’t guarantee US help in PHL dispute with China – analyst

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Will the US defend the Philippines in a military confrontation? Based on historical precedent, and even with the newly signed EDCA, it is unlikely, according to a UP academic who has written several books on Philippine-US relations. UP professor Roland Simbulan...

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...
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