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Philippines eyes US helicopters after scrapping Russian deal

Aug. 15, 2022 04:19 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials are considering a U.S. offer to provide heavy-lift helicopters like its widely used Chinooks after Manila scrapped a deal to buy military choppers from Russia due to fears of Western sanctions, the Philippine ambassador to Washington said Monday. ...

Philippine leader threatens to fire officials in sugar mess

Aug. 11, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has threatened to fire top agricultural officials if an investigation shows they improperly made and announced a decision to import sugar amid a shortage without his approval, his press secretary said Thursday. It’s the stiffest...

Ex-Philippine leader and democracy defender Ramos is buried

Aug. 09, 2022 03:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos was laid to rest in a state funeral Tuesday, hailed as an ex-general who backed and then helped oust a dictatorship and became a defender of democracy and a can-do reformist in his poverty-wracked Asian country. ...

Blinken: China should not hold global concerns 'hostage'

Aug. 06, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold hostage talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis, after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan...

Marcos Jr. says Philippines won't rejoin international court

Aug. 01, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Newly elected President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Monday the Philippines has no plan to rejoin the International Criminal Court, a decision that supports his predecessor’s stance but rejects the wishes of human rights activists. Former President Rodrigo...

No reported damage in Philippines from Chinese rocket debris

Aug. 01, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — There was no reported damage in a western Philippine region where debris from the final stage of a rocket that launched part of China’s new space station reportedly fell, a Filipino official said Monday. Philippine Space Agency official Marc Talampas...

Ramos, ex-Philippine leader who helped oust dictator, dies

Jul. 31, 2022 22:30 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine President Fidel Valdez Ramos, a U.S.-trained ex-general who saw action in the Korean and Vietnam wars and played a key role in a 1986 pro-democracy uprising that ousted a dictator, has died. He was 94. Ramos’s family announced his...

China accuses US of 'navigation bullying' in South China Sea

Jul. 29, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China blasted a top U.S. Navy official Friday after he criticized Beijing’s increasingly aggressive actions in the South China Sea, saying it's America’s military deployments in the disputed waters — which it called “navigation bullying” — that could spark...

US official warns Asian aggressors will face Western might

Jul. 27, 2022 11:42 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Any Asian aggressor who violates the sovereignty of other countries in the region risks punitive counter actions, just like what Russia is confronting now for its invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. secretary of the Navy said in a veiled warning to China's increasingly...

AP Exclusive: Philippines scraps Russian chopper deal

Jul. 27, 2022 09:38 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has scrapped a deal to purchase 16 Russian military transport helicopters due to fears of possible U.S. sanctions, Philippine officials said. Former Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday night he canceled the...