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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila seals historic peace pact with Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 11:38pm by AFP

    ... rather than being an Islamic state. The national government would retain control over defence, foreign policy, currency and citizenship. But there are no guarantees the peace deal ...

  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila calls China action in disputed South China Sea an ‘urgent threat’

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 06:16pm by Reuters

    ... is one of several possible flashpoints in the South China Sea that could prompt the United States to intervene in defence of its Southeast Asian allies. In 2010, Manila awarded an Anglo-Filipino ...

  5. 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, ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Anti-Obama protesters in Manila clash with police

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 06:43pm by AP

    ... that currently permits limited US troop visits, mostly in the south where Filipino troops are battling militants. Negotiations began last year on a new defence agreement that would allow larger numbers ...

  8. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines bus plunges into ravine killing 14

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 06:44pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Canadian man and a Dutch woman among dead Two foreigners were among 14 people killed when a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, authorities said. The bus plunged about 120 metres while travelling on a narrow road heading to an area famous for its “hanging coffins”, said a report from the civil defence ...

  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 ...

  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Death toll from Philippines storm rises to 40

    Posted Jan 19th 2014, 03:13pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... and the rest of the Caraga region,” the bureau said, referring to the storm’s local name. Office of Civil Defence regional director Liza Mazo said a landslide had blocked the national highway ...




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