VFA

The 12 senators -- called "The Magnificent 12" -- who voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since twelve nationalistic – and left-leaning — members of the Philippine Senate voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991, our national pride had immeasurably gone up the scale never seen before since the new national flag was raised and independence was declared from Spain on the balcony of Gen. Emilio Aquinaldo’s mansion in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898. Read More …

China-vs-US

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In less than two years, China had reclaimed 2,000 acres in seven tiny reefs in the Spratly archipelago and soon she would start constructing buildings and fortifications. One of these reclaimed reefs is Fiery Cross Reef where satellite images show what appear to be a runway and a harbor. Once completed and put to use, it would be China’s first overseas Read More …

Artificial island under construction by China on Mabini (Johnson South) Reef in the Kalayaan islands.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The recent brouhaha over the killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, a Filipino transgender, allegedly by an American marine in a motel in Olangapo has once again brought to the fore the issue of “sovereignty.” Indeed, it’s so convenient to use “sovereignty” for whatever nebulous issues people are complaining about. It did not then come as a surprise that when the news Read More …

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By Trefor Moss The Wall Street Journal U.S. President Barack Obama’s arrival in the Philippines this April should lend fresh impetus to faltering talks over the deployment of U.S. military forces to Subic Bay, a strategic location overlooking the disputed South China Sea. The bilateral discussions began last August, but are understood to have stalled over the status of new “temporary” facilities, which would house Read More …

MILF rebels

By Erick San Juan It was only in January 25,2014 when the Philippine government and representatives from the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) agreed on the last chapter of peace talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conclusion of the talks pave the way for the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that will allow the rebel group to set up an Read More …

File photo of the USS Pinckney

Source: Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) will arrive in Manila tomorrow for a routine port call. The US embassy said yesterday that the USS Pinckney visit highlights the strong historic, community and military connections between the United States and the Philippines. The visit will allow the ship to replenish supplies and give the crew an opportunity Read More …

The 12 senators who voted to reject retention of U.S. bases in 1991.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz  One of the most misunderstood words in Philippine vocabulary today is “sovereignty.” Just mention “sovereignty” to some Filipinos and it would set them off into attacking their favorite whipping boy, the United States. Indeed, many Filipinos – who call themselves “nationalists” – are zealously protective of Philippine sovereignty that when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the victims of Typhoon Read More …

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By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya NOT too long ago, I wrote about the plan of the US to bequeath nearly everything she has brought in to Afghanistan to the Afghan security forces when American troops finally leave next year. The US has apparently changed her mind. According to the Associated Press, the US military has been destroying most of the equipment (armored vehicles, trucks, air Read More …

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By Paul Atienza The Daily Tribune ‘TYPICAL TEMPORARY US BASING AGREEMENT’ Temporary stay of American forces in the country was defined as a period of up to 20 years, a foreign affairs department official said yesterday as the Philippine and the US panels divulged the results of talks on a wider US military footprint in Asia. The negotiations aim to allow more US troops, ships, Read More …

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By Erick San juan After the meeting of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and China’s Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan at Pentagon, Secretary Hagel will tour Southeast Asia to bolster US military ties with regional partners who face increasing concerns over maritime disputes with China. Hagel announced on Tuesday he will fly to Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines in a week-long visit, with a Read More …