Duterte, Putin share Covid notes in 30-minute telesummit

President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telesummit on Tuesday afternoon and discussed ways to help each nation defeat the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang confirmed.  In a statement, the Palace said Duterte’s “open and productive” phone conversation with Putin lasted around 30 minutes.  “President Duterte and President Putin reaffirmed their […]

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DFA summons Chinese ambassador, expresses displeasure over Julian Felipe Reef issue

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) summoned Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian on 12 April 2021. The DFA expressed displeasure over the illegal lingering presence of Chinese vessels in Julian Felipe Reef. DFA Acting Undersecretary Elizabeth P. Buensuceso informed Ambassador Huang that Julian Felipe Reef lies within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the […]

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Balikatan 2021 includes close air support, maritime security trainings

This year’s United States-Philippines Balikatan, the 36th iteration, includes bilateral staff exercise, close air support training, subject matter exchanges, maritime security training, and humanitarian and civic assistance activities. Trainings and activities will be held in areas within the Northern Luzon Command and Southern Luzon Command. The joint military exercise will be conducted under strict observance […]

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