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Año slams persistent talks on ‘gentleman’s agreement’
by Michael Punongbayan - April 21, 2024 - 12:00am
National Security Adviser Eduardo Año denounced yesterday how persistent talk about a gentleman’s agreement, supposedly entered into between the previous administration and the Chinese government, is...
G7 calls out China over intimidation
by Michael Punongbayan - April 21, 2024 - 12:00am
Seven of the world’s most powerful democracies comprising the Group of Seven have issued a joint communiqué calling on China to stop its militarization of the South China Sea and denouncing its use...
China to US: Respect our sea rights, sovereignty
by Michael Punongbayan - April 20, 2024 - 9:30am
The Chinese defense minister reportedly talked with his US counterpart early this week to relay Beijing’s appeal to Washington that it respect China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights in the...
Año backs probe vs Alvarez for sedition
by Michael Punongbayan - April 18, 2024 - 12:00am
National Security Adviser Eduardo Año has joined calls for the Department of Justice to investigate and file charges against Davao del Norte first district Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.
DND, AFP eye delisting of Alvarez as military reservist
by Michael Punongbayan - April 17, 2024 - 12:00am
The Department of National Defense and Armed Forces of the Philippines are looking at a possible investigation of Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and his delisting from the roll of reservists...
AFP checking Chinese students’ influx in Cagayan
by Michael Punongbayan - April 17, 2024 - 12:00am
The Armed Forces of the Philippines is looking into the reported swarm of Chinese college students in the province of Cagayan.
14 countries observing expanded Balikatan
by Michael Punongbayan - April 17, 2024 - 12:00am
Representatives of 14 nations will arrive in the country as observers in the coming Balikatan exercises, the biggest multi-nation assembly so far, to witness the annual joint drills originally conducted only by Philippine...
China unfazed by Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty
by Michael Punongbayan - April 13, 2024 - 12:00am
The Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the United States will not affect China’s position on the South China Sea issue, the Chinese embassy in Manila said in a statement yesterday.
2 Navy pilots killed in Cavite helicopter crash
by Michael Punongbayan - April 12, 2024 - 12:00am
Two Philippine Navy pilots died when their military training helicopter crashed at the Draga reclamation area, which is near the Cavite City public market, early yesterday morning.
‘Emulate bravery of Bataan defenders’
by Michael Punongbayan - April 10, 2024 - 12:00am
As Filipinos commemorated Araw ng Kagitingan yesterday, President Marcos called on Filipinos to emulate the bravery and resilience of the country’s heroes during World War II to overcome “foul forces”...
All systems go for 4-nation naval drills in West Philippine Sea
by Michael Punongbayan - April 7, 2024 - 12:00am
The Philippines and treaty allies the US, Australia and Japan are embarking on joint naval exercises – including anti-submarine warfare – in a show of force in the face of China’s growing aggressiveness...
‘US not escorting trips to Ayungin’
by Michael Punongbayan - April 6, 2024 - 12:00am
Despite increasing Chinese harassment of Philippine vessels, the country will continue resupply missions to Ayungin Shoal on its own, without outside help, according to a ranking official of the National Security...
Balikatan to showcase Philippines' archipelagic defense
by Michael Punongbayan - April 5, 2024 - 12:00am
The Philippines’ upcoming joint annual Balikatan military exercises with the United States – this time also with France – will showcase the new archipelagic defense concept of the Marcos administration,...
AFP, NPA clash: Hundreds flee homes in Abra town
by Michael Punongbayan - April 4, 2024 - 12:00am
At least 137 families or 483 residents
Anti-submarine drills set in South China Sea
by Michael Punongbayan - April 3, 2024 - 12:00am
The Philippines and regional allies the United States, Japan and Australia are planning anti-submarine drills in the South China Sea on April 7.
Gibo warns of China trap over Sierra Madre deal
by Michael Punongbayan - April 3, 2024 - 12:00am
Filipinos are getting “sidetracked” by the debates over the so-called gentleman’s agreement with China on the West Philippine Sea, and are falling into a trap set by China to divert attention from...
NSC on sea aggression: China in for a surprise
by Michael Punongbayan - March 31, 2024 - 8:30am
China is “in for a rude surprise” if it thinks it can intimidate Filipinos with its increasingly aggressive behavior in Philippine waters, National Security Council assistant director general Jonathan...
Security Council warns of foreign interference in 2025 polls
by Michael Punongbayan - March 28, 2024 - 12:00am
There may be foreign interference in next year’s midterm elections and the Department of Information and Communications Technology should prepare to counter cyberattacks, the National Security Councilwarned...
Philippines resupply boat heavily damaged
by Michael Punongbayan - March 24, 2024 - 12:00am
Again, using water cannons and executing dangerous maneuvers, the Chinese coast guard made another attempt yesterday to block Filipino vessels from resupplying a military outpost on the BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin...
Philippines, US allot P1.15 billion to fight TB
by Michael Punongbayan - March 23, 2024 - 12:00am
The Philippines, through the Department of Health (DOH), and the United States government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), have teamed up to finance a P1.15-billion campaign against tuberculosis...
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