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PH offers US use of bases

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The Philippines has agreed to allow the United States access to the country’s military bases under a new security deal being negotiated by the two allies, amid mounting concern over China’s increasing assertiveness in the disputed waters of the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tubbataha Reef incident: ‘What’s gov’t going to do?’

The militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said that the incident at Tubbataha involving the Guardian raised more questions against the unhampered entry and permanent presence of US forces in the country under the VFA.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Group urges probe into US vessel’s collision with Basilan fisherman’s boat

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Human rights group Hustisya on Friday demanded an investigation into the death of a local fisherman whose boat collided with an American vessel Wednesday night.

Posted: April 20th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Talks on expanding US military presence still on—Del Rosario

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Next month’s high-level talks between the Philippines and the United States on expanding Washington’s military presence in the country will push through as planned contrary to some reports, according to Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.

Posted: February 7th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

VFA commission probes road mishap involving US soldier

Zamboanga City—The Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement is now looking into Wednesday’s vehicular accident in Lamitan City, in which two civilians and a US soldier were involved. The investigation came amid reports the US soldier involved refused police detention and was allegedly rude after he hit the victims. Undersecretary Edilberto Adan, VFACom executive [...]

Posted: June 24th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs

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Militant legislators want the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) scrapped 12 years after the treaty with the US was signed. Here are some of their comments against the VFA: ACT party-list Representative Antonio Tinio: The VFA “has allowed the permanent basing of US forces in the country in the guise of never-ending exercises, and American troops [...]

Posted: May 27th, 2011 in Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

VFA working well—US embassy

MANILA, Philippines—THE 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States has been “working very well,” according to the US Embassy in Manila. The embassy cited the VFA for, among other things, making possible the May 15-19 visit here of the nuclear-powered carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, and its three escort vessels. [...]

Posted: May 21st, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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