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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    ‘Unconstitutional’ US-Philippines defence pact to face legal challenge

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 10:46am by Raissa Robles

    ... because this was "patently unconstitutional" since Aquino insisted it was an executive agreement and therefore no Senate scrutiny was required. The Enhanced Defence Co-operation ... protests outside the Chinese consulate, said: "The Enhanced Defence Co-operation Agreement is necessary for our survival and security." However, about 800 activists burned mock US flags ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1498961/unconstitutional-us-philippines-defence-pact-face-legal-challenge
  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Benigno Aquino faces impeachment action over economic stimulus fund

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:49pm by Raissa Robles

    ... helped modernise the armed forces. If not for him we won't attain a minimum credible defence, which in the past was not implemented." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557065/benigno-aquino-faces-impeachment-action-over-economic-stimulus-fund
  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila boosts military to resist ‘bullies’ as ties with Beijing sour

    Posted May 21st 2013, 06:25pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Aquino pledges to protect Philippine sovereignty in a speech marking navy's 115th anniversary Manila boosts navy against 'bullies' Philippine President Benigno Aquino has announced a US$1.8-billion military up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1242849/philippines-boosts-military-resist-bullies
  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines evacuates coastal areas as Typhoon Rammasun approaches

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 06:45pm by AFP

    ... northern areas, civil defence officials said. The Philippines is hit by about 20 major storms a year, many of them deadly, and Rammasun will be the first to make landfall since the rainy season ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554134/philippines-braces-first-major-typhoon-season
  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila open to allowing PLA Navy to visit its bases, says defence chief

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:00am by ALAN ROBLES AND AGENCIES

    ... Alan Robles in Manila Manila open to allowing PLA ships to visit Manila would not rule out allowing Chinese naval ships to call on the country's bases, including a planned defence ... bristled at the intention of the US to "pivot" to the region it considers its backyard. That issue would have no doubt been a theme of discussion between China's defence minister ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/article/1300257/manila-open-allowing-pla-navy-visit-its-bases-says-defence-chief
  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila eyes joint sea patrol with neighbours

    Posted Aug 30th 2012, 06:34pm by Associated Press in Manila

    ... Associated Press in Manila The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are considering joint patrols of their sea borders to combat piracy, smuggling and the movement of al-Qaeda-linked militants, a top defence official said on Thursday. The proposal was discussed when Philippine Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin met earlier this week with his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1026435/manila-eyes-joint-sea-patrol-neighbours
  7. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila signals resolve on defence with news of fighter jet deal

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Greg Torode greg.torode@scmp.com Manila signals defence resolve with fighter jet deal If last week's move by Manila to challenge Beijing's territorial claims at the United ... a decade is merely the latest in a string of recent acquisitions that are being closely watched in Beijing. Philippine defence officials confirmed yesterday that Manila would this month finalise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1140584/manila-signals-resolve-defence-news-fighter-jet-deal
  8. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    US and Philippines reach deal on larger US military presence

    Posted Apr 27th 2014, 04:30pm by Associated Press

    ... and a confidential government primer. The Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement, which would give American forces temporary access to selected military camps and allow them to preposition fighter jets and ships, is due to be signed Monday at the Department of Defence in the Philippine capital, Manila, shortly before the arrival of President Barack Obama, the officials said. Obama’s visit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1498296/us-and-philippines-reach-deal-larger-us-military-presence
  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Canada signs deal to help Manila buy military equipment

    Posted Nov 11th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... territory, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Filipino President Benigno Aquino said. The Philippine defence department and state-run Canadian Commercial Corp signed the agreement as Harper ... of understanding will enable the Philippines to acquire the equipment and expertise it needs to fulfil the country's defence and security agenda," Harper said. Under the deal, Philippine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1079543/canada-signs-deal-help-manila-buy-military-equipment
  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines, US start annual war games focusing on threats in South China Sea

    Posted May 05th 2014, 06:11pm by Reuters

    ... parts of the main island of Luzon. The war games will see US F-18 fighters rehearse bombing runs and troops involved in live fire drills. Under a new security pact, the Enhanced Defence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1505076/philippines-us-start-annual-war-games-focusing-threats-south-china-sea

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