US-Philippines relations

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in white, walks away with officials following the ASEAN summit plenary meeting at National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz It was a very strange week! Was it a full moon… or was it sign of the times? Indeed, a nation’s leader going ballistic is not the usual norm even with the likes of… well, I don’t want to distract you from the issues so let’s move on. The recent brouhaha on the eve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s departure for his Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas With its access to Philippine military bases a foregone conclusion, the United States has recently been very aggressive in its stance against China’s aggression in Asia and the Pacific. News reports have been coming out the past few days from Washington of State Department, Defense Department and Congress officials, saying in explicit terms that the United States would Read More …

Joint US-China naval exercise on Sept. 9, 2013

PerryScope By Perry Diaz After a two-year thunderous relationship, the U.S. and China seem to start warming up to each other. Not only did the two countries’ defense chiefs meet in Washington DC, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel extended an invitation to China to participate in a joint naval exercise! And in a gesture of openness, Hagel showed Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan the nerve center Read More …

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By Brian Harding The Diplomat On August 29, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will touch down in Manila on the last stop of a week-long trip through Southeast Asia. While Hagel’s stops so far have been easy—in Malaysia and Indonesia he gave a boost to positive, but nascent defense relations and
in Brunei he attended a meeting of regional defense chiefs—the rubber hits the road Read More …

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Source: Agence France-Presse The United States and the Philippines have vowed to maintain freedom of navigation in a Southeast Asia increasingly beset by maritime territorial rows, the two military allies said. The military chiefs of the two countries made the pledge in the United States on Thursday as their governments held talks on expanding the American military presence in the Philippines, a joint statement said. Read More …

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By Ina Andolong Solar News The United States has conducted regular joint military exercises in Philippine territory in the past. But now, there is a possibility that the presence of US troops in the country may become more frequent than in previous years – that is, if talks between the two countries pan out. On Wednesday, Department of National Defense (DND) and the Department of Read More …

Philippine Defence Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino (second right) speaks during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila.

By Joel Guinto and Clarissa Batino The Sydney Morning Herald Manila: The Philippines will hold talks with the US on boosting American troop levels there as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to counter southern insurgents and China’s push for more influence in the region. The two sides will discuss rotating more US troops through the Philippines, joint military exercises and stationing equipment in the country Read More …