Year: 2016

CVN 77

No Naval Patrols in West Philippine Sea and its Limit

He said he had no intention of aggressively pursuing the Philippine maritime claim and taking on China and the only power capable of doing so was the United States. Interviewed by CNN Philippines, Duterte said it would happen “during my time, ” but he was not yet ready to discuss the ruling by the Permanent […]

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The United States Expelled 35 Russian Diplomats

The United States has expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in a response that Barack Obama says was “necessary and appropriate” to “efforts to harm US interests.” White House report said, “Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in US democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our […]

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China’s Missile System Deployment and the Philippines’ Concern

In July 2016, the International Tribunal in Hague dismissed China’s rights on disputed islands and criticized its action in the South China Sea, including the construction of artificial land. Chinese president, Xi Jinping said, “China’s territorial sovereignty and marine rights in the seas would not be affected by the ruling,” which declared vast areas of […]

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India Need 200 Rafale Jets

Indian Air Force Needs 200 – 250 Rafale Jets

In September 2016, India and France sign a 7.8 billion euro deal with France’s Dassault Aviation for 36 Rafale fighter jets, equipped with latest weapons and modified for Indian Airforce needs. Dassault Aviation has guaranteed 50 years of product support. According to India Outgoing Airforce chief Arup Raha, 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered from France […]

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Israel Air Force F-16 Fighter Jet Decommisioned

Israel Air Force retired the remaining of F-16 “Netz” (Hawk) aircraft on Monday. The plane, which flew for years in operational missions and was later used for developing combat pilots in advanced stages of training, has been decommissioned after 36 years of activity. IAF Commander Brig. Gen. Amir Eshel said in the past that “the […]

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150,000 Pesos of Balikbayan Box is now Tax Free

MANILA – Starting December 25, balikbayan boxes with values not exceeding Php 150,000 will be exempted from paying duties and taxes. Bureau of Customs Administrative Order 05-2016 lifts taxes on balikbayan boxes for qualified Filipinos while abroad, including Filipino citizens who are residing abroad and Filipinos who are holders of a student, investors, and tourist […]

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Mine Warfare Symposioum

ROK and United States Navies Hone Mine Countermeasure Capabilities at Combined Mine Warfare Event

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) and the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN), will join 10 United Nations Sending States in the first Combined Mine Warfare Event, Oct. 11-22. The event combines the third annual United Nations Command (UNC) Naval Component Commander (NCC) Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Symposium, a week-long exchange of expertise designed to enhance […]

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United States & Philippine Airmen Increase Interoperability During Subject Matter Exchange

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines—Communication professionals from both the United States and the Philippine armed services exchanged best practices during a flyaway communication setup subject matter expert exchange here as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Air Contingent Sept. 26. The Air Contingent is helping to build the capacity of the Philippine Air Force and increase joint training, […]

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U.S. Air Contingent Intensifies Ph Military, Civilian Mass Casualty Response Skills

BRIGADIER GENERAL BENITO N EBUEN AIR BASE, LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines– Senior military representatives from both the United States and the Philippines completed the joint and bilateral U.S.-Philippine mass casualty response training with a capstone event here as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Air Contingent Sept. 29. The Air Contingent is helping build the capacity of […]

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Philippine Air Force FA-50

Philippine Air Force FA-50PH Jet Gas Turbine Generator Procurement

MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) is allocating the sum of PHP75,049,000 for the acquisition of one set of gas turbine generator for its brand-new FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” jet fighters. The procurement will be funded from the Philippine Air Force General Appropriations Act CY 2016. Prospective Bidders should have completed, within the last […]

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US Air Force Cebu City

Air Contingent Demonstrates U.S. Committment to the Philippines

The Air Contingent is helping build the capacity of the Philippine Air Force and increases joint training, promotes interoperability and provides greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. Its missions include air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, […]

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SIM Card Sellers to Require all Buyers a Valid IDs

A measure has been filed in the Senate Friday to direct SIM card sellers to require all buyers to present valid IDs before they are sold to avoid unregistered numbers used for unlawful activities. Under Senate Bill No. 1160, Senator Loren Legarda said that users will be required to sign a control-numbered registration form used […]

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Vietnam Boats

17 Vietnamese Caught Poaching to be Release – Duterte

MANILA, Sept. 30 (PNA) – Almost 30 Vietnamese fishermen, who were arrested for poaching in country’s territorial sea will soon be released and brought back to Vietnam, Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said on Friday. According to Aguirre, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the release of the Vietnamese fishermen as a sign of goodwill […]

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Philippine Coast Guard to Assist Military and Police

MANILA — Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has issued a memorandum order directing the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to assist the military and police in maintaining peace and order during the state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao. Medialdea signed Memorandum Order No. 4 expanding the application of the previous memorandum (No. […]

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Narcotics List Must be Confidential – Lacson

MANILA – Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Wednesday said that the ‘narco-list’ released by President Rodrigo Duterte composed of barangay captains, mayors, governors, law enforcement officers, and judges is ill-advised. Lacson said this in response to the President’s public apology made by Pres. Duterte to Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr. and two other local government […]

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