Biden administration recognizes South China Sea ruling as final, binding

The administration of United States President Joe Biden recognizes that the 2016 Arbitral Tribunal ruling on South China Sea is final and legally binding to all parties, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan reaffirmed in his phone call with Philippine National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon. “National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone on February 12 […]

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Duterte wants retirement for Hueys: ‘Kaganda-ganda ng Black Hawk eh’

“As we celebrate your achievements, let us also take this occasion to remember [and] honor our uniformed personnel who died in the helicopter crash in Bukidnon. I express my deepest condolences to the families they have left behind,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during the inspection of recently delivered air assets for Philippine Air Force (PAF) […]

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Air Combat Command tests surface strike, special ops capabilities

The Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s Air Combat Command (ACC) conducted simulation exercise (SIMEX) dubbed as “Sanay Punglo 01-2021″ on February 11. The exercise aimed to test the command’s capabilities on surface strike and close-quarters battle (CQB). ACC said that the first part of the activity utilized the air capability of MD500 Defender (520MG) at Muti […]

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Military to deploy more naval assets to West Philippine Sea – AFP chief

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana said during the #LagingHandaPH Press Briefing on February 9 that more naval assets will be deployed in West Philippine Sea. “Iyong pronouncement ng China na their Coast Guard can open fire to people intruding into their territory, it’s very alarming po iyan,” Lieutenant General […]

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DOTr to inaugurate rehabilitated, upgraded NAIA runway

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is inaugurating the newly rehabilitated and upgraded runway, apron, and newly-constructed taxiway of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade inspected the said project on February 9 prior to inauguration. “Under the rehabilitation plan, completed in the repair and overlay of Runway 13/31 are the interconnecting taxiways, as […]

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President Duterte approves acquisition of 15 Black Hawk helicopters

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, during a press briefing on February 4, said that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the acquisition of 15 Black Hawk helicopters. “The President has approved the acquisition of 15 Black Hawk helicopters as part of plans to slowly address the growing heli-lift deficiency of our Armed Forces,” Nograles said. Nograles added […]

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