TRUMP UNFAZED BY DUTERTE’S TERMINATIION OF VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT (VFA)

“We’ll save a lot of money” US President Donald Trump is unperturbed by the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the Philippines. “I really don’t mind. If they would like to do that, that’s fine. We’ll save a … Continue reading TRUMP UNFAZED BY DUTERTE’S TERMINATIION OF VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT (VFA)

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DUTERTE ENDS PANELO VS. LORENZANA ROW OVER VFA

To issue formal order for VFA termination President Rodrigo Duterte will most likely make an official directive on Monday about the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States (US), Malacañang said on Sunday. The … Continue reading DUTERTE ENDS PANELO VS. LORENZANA ROW OVER VFA

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SENATOR GO: Duterte Administration preparing for termination of VFA

Tells US officials to know the facts and not interfere with domestic affairs Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and other concerned agencies are preparing for the possible termination of the Visiting Forces … Continue reading SENATOR GO: Duterte Administration preparing for termination of VFA

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Balikatan linked to US interest in oil-rich Spratly islands

BY ROGER M. BALANZA The Balikatan war exercises is not a joint Philippine-US effort to curb terrorism and the insurgency. The aim is to protect US interest in oil and gas n the disputed Spratly Islands, said Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The oil-rich group of islands in the West South China Sea is being claimed by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines, which is nearest to the islands. Tension has developed of late between the Philippines and China which sent its navy to Scarborough Shoal off Palawan, which is part of disputed territory, US and Filipino soldiers were … Continue reading Balikatan linked to US interest in oil-rich Spratly islands

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Duterte says no to Balikatan

BY ROGER M. BALANZA     Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has given an early warning to the US government reportedly planning to hold the next Balikatan joint exercise between American troops and Filipino soldiers in the Philippines. Not in Davao city, said Duterte in the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN Davao on Sunday. Duterte said he was informed by a source from the Philippine Navy that the US Ambassador to the Philippines would be coming over anyrime to discuss with him the joint war exercise to be held in Davao City next year. The Balikatan Exercise … Continue reading Duterte says no to Balikatan

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Gabriela dismayed over SC decision upholding VFA

 Davao City—Militant women’s rights organization expressed dismay over the ruling of the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a move suspiciously kowtowing to the interest of the United States at a time when the US government’s blessing for the next Philippine President is imminent. The group which has been in the forefront of protests against the presence of the US military troops in the country will intensify its community forum and plans to conduct protest against VFA and the recent proposed US-RP military exercise in Ilocos Region. Nisa Opalla Gabriela Regional Spokesperson said “this is … Continue reading Gabriela dismayed over SC decision upholding VFA

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