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Philippine FM and US State Secretary tackle vaxxing efforts, human rights in first face-to-face meet
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken engaged in a face-to-face meeting for the first time and discussed Covid-19 vaccination efforts, the importance of respecting international law in the South China Sea as well as human rights, among others.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has walked back on a decision to end a key military deal with the United States, his defence secretary said Friday (July 30) during a visit by Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin.
MANILA (Reuters): President Rodrigo Duterte has restored a crucial pact governing the presence of US troops in the Philippines, the two countries' defence ministers said on Friday (July 30), reversing a decision that had caused increasing concern in Washington and Manila.
WASHINGTON (Reuters): The US State Department has approved the potential sale of F-16 fighter jets, as well as Sidewinder and Harpoon missiles, to the Philippines in three separate deals with a combined value of more than $2.5 billion, the Pentagon said on Thursday (June 24).
Here's a look at the news highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Sunday (June 13)
The Philippines said on Monday that it is suspending the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States for another six months.
MANILA (Reuters): A two-decades old defence pact between the Philippines and the United States has been revamped and its new terms submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for his consideration, Manila's ambassador to Washington told Reuters.
Beijing’s aggressive stance in the South China Sea set to have impact on 2022 presidential poll, given incumbent Rodrigo Duterte’s tolerance of itBut Manila is unlikely to endanger the US-Philippines alliance, which helps both parties to counter Chinese assertiveness