Duterte eyes US visit to thank gov’t for vaccines

Philippines has received more than 71 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to visit the United States to personally thank their government for their donation of vaccines against Covid-19.In a prerecorded public address on Thursday night, Duterte bared that the Philippines will be receiving an additional 5 million doses of… Read More

US sending 5.3M more Pfizer vax doses

MANILA – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday said the United States will be sending an additional 5.3 million doses of Pfizer coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine to the Philippines through the COVAX Facility.”As I exchanged views w/ Rep. Steve Chabot, Babe… Read More

Duterte to participate in UN General Assembly anew this month

 September 19, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will participate in the high-level general debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Sept. 21 to 27.This will be Duterte’s second attendance to the high-level general debate of the international body. He first addressed… Read More

WHOLE OF WEST PHILIPPINE SEA UNDER COUNTRY’S HANDS

PH didn’t surrender “a single inch of territory”

 August 31, 2021

MANILA – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday said the Philippines has not surrendered a single inch of territory amid the country’s longstanding dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).Locsin made the statement during the House appropriations committee’s… Read More

ISIS claims Kabul twin bombings

Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out as the United States and western nations are scrambling to ferry out its citizens and other nationals out of Kabul before the August 31 deadline set by the Taliban

Bomb attacks outside Kabul airport claim dozens

 August 27, 2021

KABUL, Afghanistan/Washington – Multiple explosions shook Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, including two outside the airport serving the city, killing dozens and injuring over 100, according to media reports and Anadolu Agency’s correspondent on the ground on Thursday.A BBC report citing a… Read More

No Filipino in Afghanistan hurt in Kabul attack: DFA

 August 27, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said no Filipino has been wounded in the suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport that killed scores of civilians and 13 American troops.”Preliminary information from Philippine Ambassador Daniel Espiritu, who is based in Islamabad,… Read More

DFA: Attempts to evacuate Pinoys in Afghanistan ‘unsuccessful’

 August 19, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday reminded remaining Filipinos in Afghanistan to prepare to leave at moment’s notice after two attempts to land a repatriation flight failed on Wednesday night.Out of the 90 Filipinos who remain in the south-central Asian nation, at… Read More

Taliban allows OFW to fetch fellow Filipinos for evacuation

 August 19, 2021

MANILA – Overseas Filipino worker Elmer Presa was able to exit the crisis-hit Afghanistan together with his fellow nationals after getting permission from the Taliban.In a Facebook status on Thursday, Presa posted a photo of him and some gun-wielding men, apparently Taliban fighters for… Read More

PHILIPPINES to welcome Afghan refugees

The Philippines’ doors are open to Afghan refugees following the fall of Kabul, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance as thousands of Afghans fled Afghanistan after the Taliban fighters took control of the capital.

Afghan Taliban fighters stand on a military vehicle in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2021. (Str/Xinhua)

“Since time immemorial po, the Philippines has had jurisprudence even before the Convention on Refugees Welcoming Asylum Seekers,” he said in a Palace press briefing.

Citing the Supreme Court decision in the case of Kookooritchkin vs. Commissioner of Immigration and Deportation, Roque said the Philippines will not hesitate to admit individuals fleeing their homelands because of fear of persecution. READ MORE

Filipinos in Afghanistan urged to prepare for evacuation

Afghanistan is edging towards a new civil war

REPATRIATION. US troops arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan to evacuate embassy staff on Aug. 15, 2021. Malacañang on Monday urged Filipinos in Afghanistan to prepare for repatriation after Alert Level 4 was raised in the wake of the Taliban’s stunning takeover. (Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat-Anadolu Agency)

 August 16, 2021

MANILA – Malacañang on Monday urged Filipinos in Afghanistan to prepare for repatriation after Alert Level 4 was raised in the wake of the Taliban’s stunning takeover.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque urged Filipinos to coordinate with the Philippine embassy in Pakistan, which… Read More

INDONESIA tops Southeast Asia countries with Covid-19 active cases

Philippines at No. 6

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DUTERTE confident ASEAN will win fight vs. Covid-19

 August 9, 2021

MANILA –President Rodrigo Duterte is confident that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be able to win its fight against Covid-19 just as it hurdled various challenges in the past.Duterte made the remark as ASEAN commemorates its 54th founding anniversary.ASEAN member… Read More

PHILIPPINES RECALLS ABROGATION OF VFA WITH US

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Friday handed over the diplomatic note recalling the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) to United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III.

In a statement following their meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Locsin said the US has shown its commitment to fulfilling its obligations to Manila under its alliance.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III pays a courtesy call to President Duterte

“They have addressed issues arising from our security relationship with good faith. Together, we have moved forward on the basis of common interest, shared values, and mutual respect,” he said.

“As such, upon the instructions of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, today I handed over to United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III the diplomatic note recalling the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement.” Read More

AUSTIN: Enhanced communication and greater cooperation can further boost Manila and Washington’s alliance

Duterte, Austin renew PH-US alliance

 July 30, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte and United States (US) Defense Secretary Defense Lloyd Austin III believed Thursday that “enhanced communication and greater cooperation” can further boost Manila and Washington’s alliance.During Austin’s courtesy call on Duterte at… Read More

PH-US alliance makes Duterte reconsider VFA: Palace

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 July 30, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to recall the termination of the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) on the ground of the two nations’ respect for their partnership being “sovereign equals,” Malacañang said on Friday.Presidential… Read More

iday.In a virtual forum, Labor Attaché Marie Rose Escalada said Japan is looking to hire foreign… Read More

Recall of VFA abrogation reinforces PH-US ties: solons

 July 30, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to recall the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States will be beneficial to all parties, given the current “uncertain and challenging” international political environment that is aggravated by the coronavirus… Read More