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US eyes more troops in Pacific
by Jose Katigbak STAR Washington bureau - March 24, 2019 - 12:00am
The US Army plans to deploy as many as 5,000 to 10,000 troops in the Pacific as part of a “dynamic force employment” concept, which calls on the military to be more agile and less predictable.
Philippines envoy accepts symbolic return of Balangiga bells
by Jose Katigbak STAR Washington bureau - November 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez on Wednesday accepted from US Defense Secretary James Mattis the symbolic return of the bells of Balangiga to the Philippines in a ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base...
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulates Teodoro Locsin Jr.
by Jose Katigbak STAR Washington bureau - October 27, 2018 - 12:00am
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called new Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday to congratulate him on assuming his new post.
UN experts: Remove more names from Philippines ‘terror list’
by Jose Katigbak STAR Washington bureau - August 23, 2018 - 12:00am
United Nations human rights experts have welcomed a Manila court ruling that removes Victoria Tauli-Corpus, a UN special rapporteur, from a list of names alleged to be terrorists and members of the New People’s...
Philippines retains premier status in fight vs human trafficking
by Jose Katigbak STAR Washington bureau - June 30, 2018 - 12:00am
The Philippines has retained its tier 1 premier status in the US State Department’s 2018 trafficking in persons report for the third straight year, meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of human...
PNP urged to end arrest of tambays
by Jose Katigbak STAR Washington bureau - June 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Human Rights Watch has urged police authorities in the Philippines to immediately end a campaign that disproportionately targets tambays or loiterers who congregate on city streets in poor neighborhoods.
Philippines hopes to attain upper mid-income status by 2022
by Jose Katigbak STAR Washington bureau - April 23, 2018 - 12:00am
The Philippines aims to achieve growth of seven percent to eight percent in the coming years to push the economy to upper middle-income status by 2022, according to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.
Drug war killings still hound Philippines – US
by Jose Katigbak STAR Washington bureau - April 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Extrajudicial killings fueled largely by the Duterte administration’s anti-drugs campaign persisted in 2017 with many of the cases not investigated and their perpetrators remaining unpunished, the US State...
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