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COVID-19 strategy: Here's how Philippines can combat the pandemic, according to a data scientist
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 3, 2020 - 11:23am
Three weeks into the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine Luzon, the national government has yet to decide whether to lift or extend the lockdown.
'Her smile, laughter will be a guiding light': Philippine envoy in Lebanon succumbs to COVID-19
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 2, 2020 - 10:51am
Catalla was assigned as the country' envoy in Lebanon in January 2018. She led the voluntary mass repatriation program of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut since December 2019.
Philippines gets nearly $4-M health assistance from US amid COVID-19 outbreak
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - April 1, 2020 - 4:04pm
Among its ASEAN neighbors, the Philippines acquired the largest amount of financial assistance from the US in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Balikatan exercises canceled amid COVID-19 concerns
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 27, 2020 - 12:26pm
This year's joint Philippine-US Balikatan exercises will no longer push through due to concerns on the new coronavirus pandemic.
22 Makati Medical Center nurses under home quarantine
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 26, 2020 - 9:51am
Some 22 nurses of Makati Medical Center (MMC) are under home quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 patients, the hospital's medical director said.
With world busy fighting coronavirus, China quietly builds installations on Philippine-claimed reefs
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 24, 2020 - 12:24pm
China builds new facilities on Philippine-claimed islands.
Invoking arbitral award, Philippines rejects Malaysian, Chinese claims in South China Sea
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 11, 2020 - 1:10pm
The Philippines also rejected Malaysia's claim as it overlaps with the country's claims over the Kalayaan Island Group and portions of North Borneo.
Locsin's Twitter locked for tweeting activists are communists who should be shot
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 9, 2020 - 10:43am
This means that Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. can still send direct messages to his followers but will not be able to tweet, retweet or like other tweets.
Chinese militia presence slowed down Pag-asa Island repairs — think tank
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - March 6, 2020 - 12:16pm
Based on satellite umagery from PlanetLabs collected between Dec. 2, 2018 and March 2, 2020, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative reported that an average of 18 Chinese ships are around Pag-asa Island each day...
US territory or Chinese province? Duterte gave false choices, Carpio says
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 29, 2020 - 10:32am
"Of course, it's a false choice because it's not true that we should be either a Chinese province or a US territory because we can have alliances," Carpio said at a forum in Makati City.
Ex-DFA chief warns of 'national tragedy' amid VFA termination
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 28, 2020 - 5:24pm
The former top diplomat appealed to the Congress and the Supreme Court, both co-equal branches of the government, to "resist this tragedy" that may also end the Mutual Defense Treaty and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation...
Pentagon 'not prepared' for quick VFA termination — Philippine envoy
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 28, 2020 - 4:22pm
The United States government was not prepared for President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez said Friday.
Philippine, US envoys working on new defense pact after VFA termination
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 28, 2020 - 4:09pm
Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel "Babe" Romualdez said he has been talking with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on how to move forward with the ties between the two countries.
DFA gave input on effects of ending VFA but decision had already been made, exec says
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 20, 2020 - 3:06pm
The Department of Foreign Affairs had to pursue abrogating the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States as President Rodrigo Duterte had already made his mind up on the matter.
Russia distances self from end of Philippines-US military pact
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 18, 2020 - 3:39pm
Russia clarified that it is not involved in the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States.
Palace dismisses Trump's nonchalance on VFA termination
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 13, 2020 - 5:11pm
Malacañang appears to doubt the sincerity of US President Donald Trump over his remarks on the Philippines' move to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement between the two countries.
'Thank you, next': Trump fine with ending defense pact with Philippines
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 13, 2020 - 8:43am
"I never minded that very much, to be honest," Trump told reporters Wednesday. 
Pentagon chief sees VFA termination as 'wrong direction' for Philippines, region
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 12, 2020 - 10:14am
The Philippines' decision to abrogate its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States would be a wrong move, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
Tarlac government not consulted on using New Clark City as quarantine zone
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 7, 2020 - 10:50am
The Department of Health did not consult the local government of Capas in Tarlac province over its decision to use the Athlete's Village in New Clark City.
Locsin: Mutual Defense Treaty like a 'deflated balloon' without VFA, EDCA
by Patricia Lourdes Viray - February 6, 2020 - 12:53pm
The Philippines' top diplomat compared the country's Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States to a "deflated balloon" without the Visiting Forces Agreement and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.
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