Blinken reaffirms Locsin the applicability of defense treaty in South China Sea

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reaffirmed to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin, Jr. the applicability of the 1951 US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty to the South China Sea. “Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr. Both expressed their shared concerns with the massing […]

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Australian, PHL navy ships conduct PASSEX

Philippine Navy and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships have conducted passing exercises (PASSEX) in Sulu, the Royal Australian Navy said on March 15. “HMA ships Anzac and Sirius have completed two separate passage exercises with vessels from the Philippine Navy as part of a two-month deployment throughout the north-east Indian Ocean and South-East Asia,” RAN said. The first PASSEX […]

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Pentagon chief affirms US commitment to alliance, defense treaty with Philippines

United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, in an introductory phone call February 9 with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, reaffirmed United States’ commitment to US-Philippines alliance. “Secretary Austin affirmed the U.S. commitment to the U.S.-Philippines alliance and our bilateral Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), highlighting the value the […]

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Duterte registers for national ID system

President Rodrigo Duterte underwent the registration process for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) on January 21. During the process, President Duterte had his biometric information taken. According to Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Step 2 Registration for the PhilSys started this month on a gradual, small-scale basis to ensure safety of the PhilSys registrants and registration […]

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Pinoy scholars now in Japan to test CubeSats Maya-3, Maya-4 before launching to space

The first batch of Space Science Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP) scholars, are now in Japan for the testing phase of cube satellites (CubeSats) Maya-3 and Maya-4, Space Technology & Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) said in its social networking page on December 22. STeP-UP is a component of STAMINA4Space. CubeSats Maya-3 and Maya-4 […]

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AFP reestablished ‘effective presence’ in West Philippine Sea: AFP chief cites arrival of new assets

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Gilbert Gapay has cited the arrival of big ticket items under the AFP modernization program during the culmination of AFP 85th founding anniversary celebration on December 21. “I am proud to report that with all these equipment, we have once again established effective presence in the West […]

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Tugade meets new Japanese ambassador to Philippines

Newly-installed Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa paid a courtesy visit to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on December 21. According to DOTr, Secretary Tugade underscored the Philippines’ good relationship with Japan. “I would like to convey the appreciation of the Department of Transportation for the offer and efforts of the Japanese […]

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