Philippines opens what could be final war games with US
Oct04

Philippines opens what could be final war games with US

The Philippines and the United States opened their joint military exercises on Tuesday despite a recent statement from President Rodrigo Duterte that he wants to end the war games during his term. Last week, Duterte declared his intention to end the joint military exercise between the Philippines and the US, noting that China is not in favor of the war games. The president said that he wants to establish new alliances with Beijing for...

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Philippines urges China to recognise South China Sea ruling
Aug30

Philippines urges China to recognise South China Sea ruling

Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Tuesday that if China does not recognise the international court ruling against Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea; it will be the “loser”. “We are trying to make China understand especially when the dust settles that unless they respect and recognise the arbitral tribunal, they will be the losers at the end of that day on this matter,”...

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Philippines offers China talks on maritime disputes
Jul05

Philippines offers China talks on maritime disputes

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (Jul 5) offered China conciliatory talks on a long-awaited international tribunal ruling over Beijing’s maritime claims, a week before the verdict. Duterte, who was sworn into office last week, said he was optimistic that the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague would rule in favour of the Philippines. “If it’s favourable to us, let’s talk,” Duterte said in a...

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Philippines confirms execution of Canadian hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants
Jun14

Philippines confirms execution of Canadian hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants

The Philippines on Tuesday confirmed the execution of a Canadian who had been held hostage by the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Islamist militant group on a remote southern island with three other people since September 2015. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Toronto on Monday (Jun 13) that it appeared the second execution of a Canadian hostage by Abu Sayyaf in recent months had taken place. “We strongly condemn the...

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