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Rosemarie Francisco

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Obama hails security pact with Philippines, says no threat to China

28 April 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said a new military pact signed with the Philippines on Monday granting a larger presence for U.S. forces would bolster the Southeast Asian country's maritime security, but was not aimed at countering China's growing military might.

U.S.-Philippine pact to highlight Obama's Asia rebalance - minister

8 April 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - An agreement on U.S.-Philippine defence cooperation, expected to be signed this month during a visit by President Barack Obama, will be a clear sign of a U.S. "rebalance" to Asia despite U.S. preoccupations elsewhere, the Philippines' top diplomat said.

Fighting erupts in Philippines as final peace deal nears

28 January 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine troops have killed about 17 members of a Muslim rebel faction, officials said, underscoring volatility in the resource-rich south as the government and the main rebel group enter the final, delicate stage of a peace process.

Remittances throw lifeline to Philippines' typhoon survivors

26 December 2013

PALO, Philippines (Reuters) - A sister living on the other side of the world gave Roberto Retanal what he needed most to piece his humble home back together after the devastating typhoon that tore through his village in the central Philippines last month.

Philippine typhoon survivors struggle to salvage Christmas

24 December 2013

PALO, Philippines (Reuters) - Filipino mother Rhodora Tonningsen has no tinsel or baubles for her Christmas tree this year so she's decorated it with packets of instant noodles and empty sardine cans from relief supplies handed out to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

U.S. raises aid to $86 million for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

18 December 2013

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The United States will provide an additional $25 million in humanitarian aid to the Philippines for typhoon relief, raising to $86 million its assistance to its major ally, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.