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Title: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 16, 2016, 07:55:33 AM
With Ambassador Goldberg on the way out . . . let's see if Ambassador Kim can turn things around.

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Philip GoldbergSung Kim

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US Ambassador to Philippines Philip Goldberg on the way out
By: Carla Lim, News5
October 15, 2016 12:36 AM

http://interaksyon.com/article/133353/watch--us-ambassador-to-philippines-philip-goldberg-on-the-way-out

MANILA, Philippines - Two weeks before his term ends as the US Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg reiterates the strong friendship between the Philippines and United States for the past 70 years.

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He first earned Duterte’s ire after he made a statement against Duterte’s “rape joke” of the Australian missionary who was slain in Davao City in 1989. That statement was made during the height of Duterte’s campaign for the presidency.

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It has been a common courtesy of the Philippine government to recognize all the outgoing foreign ambassadors assigned in the country through an "Order of Sikatuna", a meritorious award consistently given to envoys who gave their exceptional services to the Republic of the Philippines by strengthening the relations of their respective countries with the Filipino people.

Nevertheless, this prestigious moment has not been announced to Goldberg since the timing of his departure coincides with President Duterte’s state visits to Brunei, China and Japan.


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Obama names North Korea expert as ambassador to Philippines
By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated May 19, 2016 - 6:21pm

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/05/19/1584863/obama-names-north-korea-expert-ambassador-philippines

In this Dec. 8, 2014 photo, State Department official Sung Kim addresses international media in Tokyo, Japan. Kim served as special representative for North Korea policy. State Dept./William Ng/Released
MANILA, Philippines — President Barack Obama on Thursday announced his intent to nominate a new ambassador to the Philippines to replace Ambassador Philip Goldberg.

In a statement released by the White House listing new names in key administration posts, Obama nominated senior diplomat Sung Kim, who served as special representative for North Korea policy since 2014, to serve as his representative in the Philippines. Kim's nomination still has to be confirmed by the US Senate.

"I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country.  I look forward to working with them," Obama said.

Kim was the ambassador to South Korea from 2011 to 2014, after he worked as special envoy for the Six Party Talks from 2008 to 2011.

Prior to becoming ambassador and a State department official, Kim, a career diplomat, was the political-military chief at the US Embassy in Seoul from 2002 to 2006.

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Confirmed as ambassador on September 28, 2016

https://www.congress.gov/nomination/114th-congress/1490

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 16, 2016, 07:56:40 AM
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Post by: adroth on October 16, 2016, 08:05:32 AM
Amb. Sung Kim vows to support Philippines over South China Sea tensions

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/world/2016/07/182_209345.html

The nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines said Wednesday that he will work closely with Manila to help the Southeast Asian ally reduce tensions in the South China Sea and better monitor the waters off their shores.

Amb. Sung Kim made the remark during his Senate confirmation hearing as tensions have spiked between the U.S. and China in the wake of an international tribunal's ruling that rejected China's territorial claims to most of the South China Sea in a victory for the Philippines and other countries locked in maritime disputes with Beijing.

China immediately rejected the ruling, saying it does not accept or recognize it.

"If confirmed, I will work with Philippine President (Rodrigo) Duterte and his new administration to ensure our security cooperation remains strong and effective," Kim told the hearing. "This includes supporting Philippine efforts to peacefully reduce tensions in the South China Sea and help the Philippine Armed Forces better monitor the seas off their shores."

Kim also said the U.S. commitment to defend the Philippines is "ironclad and unwavering."

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 20, 2016, 01:50:30 PM
Sadly . . . the US is in no position to "return the volley" till after November

Duterte says Chinese official asked him to align with China
By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated October 3, 2016 - 8:11pm

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/10/03/1630014/duterte-says-chinese-official-asked-him-align-china

In this Aug. 17, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua at the 115th anniversary of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame. PPD/Toto Lozano
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte claimed on Sunday that a Chinese official has suggested that he align himself with China because the Philippines cannot expect anything from the United States.
 
“Ito namang China sabi niya, ‘lumipat ka na sa amin wala kayong makukuha diyan (Shift your alliance to us. You won’t gain anything from them),” Duterte said during the opening of the MassKara Festival in Bacolod City.
 
“I’m going to China to make friends with them and also with Russia,” he added.

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Post by: Ayoshi on October 21, 2016, 05:47:17 PM
US aims to keep alliance commitments to PH - US defense chief | ABS-CBN News (http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/21/16/us-aims-to-keep-alliance-commitments-to-ph-us-defense-chief) - Oct 21 2016 03:05 PM
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ANKARA - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday that Washington intended to keep its alliance commitments to the Philippines, even after President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from the United States.

Asked about Duterte's declaration that he had realigned with China, Carter said: "We have important alliance commitments which we intend to keep in the Philippines.

"Obviously any relationship is one of mutuality and we will continue to discuss that with our Philippine counterparts," he told reporters before landing in Turkey. "That's not new today, but that's our alliance relationship with the Philippines."

The United States government will seek an explanation from the Philippines for Duterte's announcement of a "separation" from Washington, the State Department said on Thursday, calling the remarks baffling and at odds with the two countries' close relationship.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 22, 2016, 02:48:10 AM
No stranger to less-than-friendly leaders: Next US ambassador to PH was special envoy on N. Korea
By: InterAksyon.com
October 21, 2016 3:27 PM

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/133552/no-stranger-to-less-than-friendly-leaders-next-us-ambassador-to-ph-was-special-envoy-on-n--korea

MANILA - The incoming United States ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Y. Kim, faces a huge challenge given the hostile rhetoric of President Duterte toward America, but his entry into the picture could help cool the temperature and ease anxieties over the feared fallout from those remarks, Sen. Richard Gordon said Friday.

And, if the credentials of the American diplomat of Korean descent were the basis for assessing how he will fare in Duterte country, there's much to commend Sung Y. Kim in terms of knowledge, crisis management and diplomatic patience and savvy in thriving in difficult climes.

Kim was serving as Special Representative for North Korea Policy and concurrent Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea when he was nominated in May this year to be ambassador to Manila, to replace Philip Goldberg who was ending his tour of duty.

If confirmed, Kim will be the first diplomat of Asian heritage to serve as American ambassador to Manila, the US' ex-colony, former host of its largest bases outside the mainland, and partner in a 65-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty.

Sung Kim was once ambassador to South Korea and, in his job as special envoy on North Korean policy, has acquired experience in engaging the legendary colorful leaders at Pyongyang and their grim adventures in threatening the West and their neighbors.

Senator Gordon, who was the first chairman of the post-bases management of the sprawling Subic naval base, lamented how "the communication lines, the trust, appear to have been broken" going into the last few months of outgoing Ambassador Goldberg, who had presided over a robust period in US-Philippine relations – during which Washington provided quick logistical help after super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), and a UN court ruled in Manila's favor in its case against Beijing in the South China Sea.

Such robust ties took a backseat, it appears, after Goldberg became target of Duterte's ire when the Davao City mayor was campaigning for the May 9 presidential elections.

Goldberg was quoted among those who reacted after a video went viral showing Duterte in one caucus talking about his standoff with Davao prison inmates who held hostage an Australian missionary. Duterte explained later he meant no disrespect to women or the missionary, but was bashed by critics for his remarks. He later lashed out at Goldberg for commenting on what he considered a "malicious spin" by rival camps, even though the US diplomat's remarks were also just couched in general terms about the need to respect women.

"So now, we have a new ambassador; let's hope he won't get into a diplomatic mess," Gordon said in a telephone interview with InterAksyon.

Gordon was earlier reported as having advised some US embassy officials to weigh more carefully – and be sensitive to the unspoken words – the comments of Duterte in Beijing, where he signalled a pivot toward China and a veering away from traditional ally America.

'Fresh start'

Senator Gordon expressed hope that incoming ambassador Sung Y. Kim could signal a "fresh start" as he begins his tour of duty in Manila. Goldberg ends his tour next week.

In an interview in 2013 with The Politic.org, Sung Kim was asked what he deemed the greatest challenges of working in the Foreign Service.

His reply: "While some issues and bilateral relationships may be easier than others, there's no such thing as drive-through diplomacy. Negotiations, in particular, can be protracted, even painful processes.

"Often there seems to be a correlation between the level of difficulty and the importance of any issue. For instance, the way forward on the North Korean nuclear issue may one of our greatest diplomatic challenges, but it is vital that we continue our efforts given what is at stake.  The importance of ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific region cannot be overstated."

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 22, 2016, 07:12:19 AM
Duterte: No cutting of ties with the US, just separate foreign policy
Published October 22, 2016 12:35am

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/585984/news/nation/duterte-no-cutting-of-ties-with-the-us-just-separate-foreign-policy

There will be no cutting of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and the United States, President Rodrigo Duterte said in Davao City on Saturday after midnight.

In a news conference upon his arrival from a four-day state visit in Beijing, Duterte said his declaration of an economic and military split with the US was about no longer following the superpower's supposed dictates rather than a severance of relationships.

"It's not severance of ties. When you say severance of ties, you cut diplomatic relations. I cannot do that," Duterte said.

Duterte said cutting diplomatic ties with the US would not be according to the interest of Filipinos, citing the millions of Filipinos and Americans "of Filipino ancestry in the US."

"What I mean was a separation of foreign policy... In the past we always follow what the US will give the cue," Duterte said.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 23, 2016, 05:54:45 AM
US-PH relations are at interesting point. Thrust into the equivalent of overdue adolescence, with all the uncertainty and discomfort that brings. As the incoming Ambassador and Malacanang chart a course through the "unknown", they will invariably encounter American voices that embody the frame of mind that Duterte professes to oppose. Those who would believe that our past receipt of aid means that we are something to be "owned". Like the one below. If we are an ally to be trusted . . . to be respected . . . we not only must be able to demonstrate that we are willing to fund our own defense but that application of that defensive capability will only be in accordance the Philippine national interest of the Philippines and its obligations as a responsible member of the international community.


Washington should drop defense treaty with PHL —ex-Reagan aide
Published October 22, 2016 8:48pm
By JESSICA BARTOLOME, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/586062/news/nation/washington-should-drop-defense-treaty-with-phl-ex-reagan-aide

A former aide to former President Ronald Reagan has suggested that Washington drop the mutual defense treaty and joint patrols with the Philippines due to President Rodrigo Duterte's "ostentatious disrespect."

In an opinion piece published by the New York Times on October 18, Doug Bandow stressed that "the Philippines needs America more than America needs the Philippines."

Bandow was a special assistant to President Reagan, and senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

"America is a curious great power. It cowers before international lightweights, begging the least significant nations to let it defend them. Such as the Philippines," he said in his opinioin piece.

"United States credibility suffers when a nation long subsidized and defended by America shows such ostentatious disrespect. The Philippine president shouldn’t be treated like a co-equal and ally if he doesn’t behave like one," Bandow added. "Rather, Manila expects Washington’s protection even though the archipelago matters little for the United States."

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: Ominae on October 23, 2016, 09:47:00 AM
Interesting article, even though it's a short read.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: jetmech on October 24, 2016, 02:27:54 PM
US-PH relations are at interesting point. Thrust into the equivalent of overdue adolescence, with all the uncertainty and discomfort that brings. As the incoming Ambassador and Malacanang chart a course through the "unknown", they will invariably encounter American voices that embody the frame of mind that Duterte professes to oppose. Those who would believe that our past receipt of aid means that we are something to be "owned". Like the one below. If we are an ally to be trusted . . . to be respected . . . we not only must be able to demonstrate that we are willing to fund our own defense but that application of that defensive capability will only be in accordance the Philippine national interest of the Philippines and its obligations as a responsible member of the international community.


Washington should drop defense treaty with PHL —ex-Reagan aide
Published October 22, 2016 8:48pm
By JESSICA BARTOLOME, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/586062/news/nation/washington-should-drop-defense-treaty-with-phl-ex-reagan-aide

A former aide to former President Ronald Reagan has suggested that Washington drop the mutual defense treaty and joint patrols with the Philippines due to President Rodrigo Duterte's "ostentatious disrespect."

In an opinion piece published by the New York Times on October 18, Doug Bandow stressed that "the Philippines needs America more than America needs the Philippines."

Bandow was a special assistant to President Reagan, and senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

"America is a curious great power. It cowers before international lightweights, begging the least significant nations to let it defend them. Such as the Philippines," he said in his opinioin piece.

"United States credibility suffers when a nation long subsidized and defended by America shows such ostentatious disrespect. The Philippine president shouldn’t be treated like a co-equal and ally if he doesn’t behave like one," Bandow added. "Rather, Manila expects Washington’s protection even though the archipelago matters little for the United States."

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....he was right on a number of things, especially on the no effect to US influence in the region. The Philippines has a lot more at stake with regards to this pivot on foreign policies, west to east. Economic indicators in the long run will validate the results. As it happened before, one step forwards, two-three steps back. Bond offerings will be something to watch in the near future.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 25, 2016, 10:35:39 AM
U.S. welcomes warmer PH-China ties
By CNN Philippines Staff
Updated 16:33 PM PHT Mon, October 24, 2016

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/10/24/america-welcomes-relaxation-of-phl-china-relations.html

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The United States welcomed renewed dialogue between the Philippines and China, and saw no reason for concern in Manila's pursuit of closer ties with Beijing, a U.S. State Department official said Monday.

"The United States welcomes relaxation in relations between Beijing and Manila," said Daniel Russel, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Russel spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a bilateral discussion he held Monday with Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay. His remarks are the first official reaction from U.S. officials following President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks on Thursday during his state visit to China that the Philippines was "separating" from its longtime ally, the United States.

Manila's moves to forge closer ties with Beijing need not come as a tradeoff in bilateral relations with Washington, Russel said, as he cited U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Manila in July shortly after Duterte took office. "He (Kerry) made it clear that we support direct dialogue negotiations between the Philippines and China; as long as they take place on terms that are acceptable to the Philippines. As long as they are consistent with international law."

"So it's a mistake to think that improved relations between Manila and Beijing somehow come at the expense of United States. That's not the way that we think," Russel said.

"But we do want countries to be able to choose, to have choices, to have autonomy, to make their own decisions in keeping with their democratic values in keeping with international law,' he added.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 25, 2016, 11:25:55 AM
No strings attached in military aid to PHL, says top US diplomat in East Asia
Published October 24, 2016 8:17pm
By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/586243/news/nation/no-strings-attached-in-military-aid-to-phl-says-top-us-diplomat-in-east-asia

The top US diplomat in East Asia denied claims that his country is pulling strings to advance its interests through the security assistance it has been extending to the Philippines.

In an interview with Filipino reporters on Monday afternoon, US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel was asked to comment on Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.'s comment that the Philippines' "separation" from the US is a way of "opening up to other countries who are willing to help us with no strings attached."

He replied that partnership with the Philippine military, whether with paid equipment or via assistance extended, is "in support of Philippines' self-reliance."

He noted that the only string attached to transferring equipment to the Philippines is training.

"We want to ensure that the Philippine Armed Forces are able to support, to maintain, to use the equipment effectively and I'm proud of the training that the United States provides and continues to provide," he said.

He said the annual Balikatan exercises between the US and the Philippines, along with "other friends in East Asia," is a way for them to "share American know-how, expertise, and doctrine to make your soldiers better at their job," in several aspects, including disaster response.

"To suggest that there are strings attached that connect to American economic interst or to policy position on an unrelated matter is factually wrong," Russel said.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 25, 2016, 11:37:35 AM
He noted that the only string attached to transferring equipment to the Philippines is training.

"We want to ensure that the Philippine Armed Forces are able to support, to maintain, to use the equipment effectively and I'm proud of the training that the United States provides and continues to provide," he said.

He said the annual Balikatan exercises between the US and the Philippines, along with "other friends in East Asia," is a way for them to "share American know-how, expertise, and doctrine to make your soldiers better at their job," in several aspects, including disaster response.

Progress. Hopefully this message get across through non-traditional / JUSMAG lines of communication. As folks in marketing say "profit always comes from out of town". Useful fresh reinforcement of the message from new voices.

Hopefully milestones and metrics for how to proceed to clearer access to the next level come next.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 25, 2016, 02:42:10 PM
THE US IS STRONGER WHEN OUR PARTNERS ARE STRONG’
No fear over PHL independent foreign policy, says top US exec in East Asia
Published October 24, 2016 6:38pm
By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/586235/news/nation/no-fear-over-phl-independent-foreign-policy-says-top-us-exec-in-east-asia

The United States also stands to gain from the new administration's pursuit of an independent foreign policy for the Philippines, its top diplomat in East Asia said.

In an interview with Filipino reporters on Monday afternoon, Daniel Russel, US assistant secretary of state, noted that the Philippines' independence "is a given" and respected by his country.

"This notion that the Philippines is somehow pawn or lackey of the United States... it may make a good story, but it's not supported by facts," Russel said.

"The fact is, the United States is stronger when other democracies, when our partners, are themselves strong ... We respect and admire the independence, the autonomy, and the democracy of the Philippines. You get to make your own decisions," he added.

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Post by: adroth on November 03, 2016, 01:09:39 PM
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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: Ayoshi on November 04, 2016, 02:27:31 AM
Nov 04 2016
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/03/16/kerry-stays-bullish-on-us-ph-ties-amid-dutertes-rants
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WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he remained confident about the future of the U.S.-Philippines relationship in spite of "a difference here or there" and that he hoped to visit Manila again before leaving office.

New Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has thrown Manila's long-standing alliance with Washington into question since taking office in June with a series of insults and threats to cut ties with the former colonial power.

Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for the new U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, Kerry stressed the depth of ties and called the alliance between the two peoples "indelible."

WATCH: New U.S. envoy to Philippines takes oath
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/03/16/watch-new-us-envoy-to-philippines-takes-oath

Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: Ayoshi on November 09, 2016, 06:46:37 PM
Duterte congratulates Trump, looks forward to enhanced PHL-US relations | GMA news (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/588153/news/nation/duterte-congratulates-trump-looks-forward-to-enhanced-phl-us-relations) - November 9, 2016
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"President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wishes to extend his warm congratulations to Mr. Donald Trump on his recent electoral victory as President of the United States of America," Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

"The United States presidential election is a testament to the enduring traditions of its democratic system and the American way of life. The two-party system gives American voters freedom of choice based on party platforms, not just on personalities," he also wrote.

Andanar also said that Duterte looks forward to working with the incoming Trump administration.
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Post by: Ayoshi on December 03, 2016, 04:17:08 AM
Philippines' Duterte gets Trump White House invite during 'animated' call | reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-idUSKBN13R20P) - Dec 2, 2016
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Trump's brief chat with the firebrand Philippine president comes during a period of uncertainty about one of Washington's most important Asian alliances, stoked by Duterte's unrelenting hostility toward the United States and his repeated threats to sever decades-old defense ties.

The call lasted just over seven minutes, Duterte's special advisor, Christopher Go, said in a short text message to media, which gave few details. Trump's transition team had no immediate comment.

In his five months in office, the volatile Duterte has upended Philippine foreign policy by berating the United States, making overtures toward historic rival China and pursuing a new alliance with Russia.

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'Clean Slate'

A question mark hangs over the future of a 2014 Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), however, a deal of strategic importance to Washington because it allows U.S. forces access to Philippine bases on a troop rotation basis.

A source who has advised Trump's transition team on security policy told Reuters last week that Trump would start a "clean slate" with the Philippines.

"He is perfectly capable of talking to Duterte in an open way without being wedded to previous policy failures," the source said of Trump.
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Post by: adroth on December 04, 2016, 06:26:33 PM
After Trump phone call, PH-US ties may see a ‘reboot’
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Dec 04 2016 04:54 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/04/16/after-trump-phone-call-ph-us-ties-may-see-a-reboot

Malacañang on Sunday said the Philippines may soon see a “reboot” in its relationship with the United States following the first phone conversation between the leaders of the two countries.

In a phone call which lasted for over seven minutes, President Rodrigo Duterte said he established a “good rapport” with US President-elect Donald Trump, whom he said wished him success on the government’s war on drugs.

“The conversation between the President Duterte and President-elect Donald Trump went very well and it showed that there is a big possibility that we will have a reboot of relationship between the United States,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in an interview on dzRH.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on December 12, 2016, 04:46:08 AM
The ambassador is making the rounds

https://twitter.com/usambmanila/status/807076798194450433

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https://www.facebook.com/roilo.golez/posts/10154855860004939?pnref=story

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: mayk on December 12, 2016, 08:18:51 AM
The sign at the back looks like BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF15)


The ambassador is making the rounds

https://twitter.com/usambmanila/status/807076798194450433

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Title: US destroyer docks in Palawan
Post by: adroth on December 27, 2016, 07:32:04 AM
US destroyer docks in Palawan
By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 26, 2016 - 12:00am

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/12/26/1656905/us-destroyer-docks-palawan

MANILA, Philippines – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain arrived in Puerto Princesa yesterday for a brief routine port call.

During the visit, the crew of McCain will participate in a series of community service projects and sporting events in the country.

The McCain is forward deployed to the US Seventh Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: r3mu511 on December 27, 2016, 12:07:06 PM
^ah, DDG-56 McCain, she's one of the USN's ballistic missile defense (BMD) capable Burkes in the fleet...

with the flight-2a ships scheduled for their aegis baseline 9 modernization (which includes BMD), the flight-1 ships like McCain might be older but at least they all have BMD capability already (though for most of the flight-1 it's an older BMD 3.6.x/4.x version which doesn't yet support simultaneous air and BM defense/IAMD like what baseline 9 does)...
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: Sinagtala on February 01, 2017, 07:46:59 PM
U.S. Military Delivers Counterterrorism Equipment to the Philippine Army and Marine Corps

Clark Air Base, February 1, 2017 — Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) delivered new military equipment to the Philippine Army and Marine Corps January 27. The transfer included over 400 M203 grenade launchers, 85 M40A5 sniper rifles, and a RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial vehicle system consisting of three drones for exclusive use and ownership by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The AFP procured the small-arms weapons through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program. This equipment will help enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities, and protect Philippine security forces actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines.

In addition to the small-arms transfer, the U.S. government provided a Raven unmanned aerial vehicle system through the grant counterterrorism program. As part of the grant, and in addition to the three unmanned aerial vehicles included in the Raven system, Philippine service members received training in the United States on its operations and maintenance. The Raven is a hand-launched unmanned aerial vehicle that will increase the AFP’s capabilities to conduct intelligence collection, mission planning, and reconnaissance operations.

The equipment transfer and continued bilateral training efforts demonstrate the commitment between the Philippines and U.S. to work towards safer communities and the eradication of global terror networks.

Source: https://ph.usembassy.gov/us-military-delivers-counterterrorism-equipment-philippine-army-marine-corps/
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: spoon on February 01, 2017, 09:59:18 PM
Seems the president's noise is heard by the US (State Department?). Rather than counter the outbursts and complains PRRD, they just walked the talk. Thanks USA for the equipment (these are badly needed in the south ),
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: Juramentado on February 02, 2017, 06:18:27 AM
No need for thanks. This was a business deal under FMS.

Note what's in that package:

Drones
Sniper rifles

What's being sought repeatedly by Duterte from Russia and China?

Business can be done. Someone mention it to him.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on February 02, 2017, 07:31:56 AM
Business can be done. Someone mention it to him.

JUSMAG, through its assessments, dictates what business can be done with the US.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on February 05, 2017, 01:18:23 PM
US to continue working productively with Philippines
By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 3, 2017 - 12:00am

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/03/1668568/us-continue-working-productively-philippines

WASHINGTON – The United States will continue to work constructively and productively with the Philippines despite persistent human rights concerns under the Duterte administration.

“It’s a relationship that we value and what I can say unequivocally is we’re going to continue to work productively with the Philippines where we can,” State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told Filipino journalists Wednesday.

“I can say the willingness of the US to work constructively with the Philippines remains,” he said.

Human rights concerns, he said, can be discussed even while efforts are being made to further strengthen relations between the two countries.

“We’ll sometimes have concerns certainly about human rights. It’s one of those concerns but we also believe in our relationship with the Philippines. We can talk about these areas of concern at the same time we pursue a very productive and forward looking bilateral relationship,” Toner said.

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The US, Toner emphasized, has a long and enduring security relationship with the Philippines and Washington is seeking always to improve such relationship. “We want to make this relationship even stronger,” he added.

The US commitment to the Philippines and the Mutual Defense Treaty, as declared by Obama during his two visits in Manila in 2014 and 2015, is “ironclad.”

The State Department official said the US welcomes Manila’s improving relations with China and even with Moscow, saying Washington does not view the development as a “zero sum game.”

“We believe the Philippines can have an objective relationship with China and that will not weaken its relationship with the US,” Toner said.

“Our focus is on obviously strengthening of relations but we’re mindful it’s good for the region. It’s good for the stability of the region if the Philippines has strong and productive relationship with China,” he pointed out.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: Mokong on February 05, 2017, 02:38:53 PM
Do we have an operational definition of Iron Clad?

I think strategic ambiguity is more precise.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on March 14, 2017, 02:47:05 PM
Top Philippine officials fly to US carrier in disputed sea
By JIM GOMEZ
 
Mar. 4, 2017 7:04 AM EST
 
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/182a3575c01e4018bc15cbdef81f3fdc/top-philippine-officials-fly-us-carrier-disputed-sea

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief and two other Cabinet members on Saturday toured a U.S. aircraft carrier patrolling the disputed South China Sea on the invitation of the Navy, U.S. Embassy officials said.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II visited the USS Carl Vinson along with three Philippine security officials, said U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina.

The visit shows continuing top-level engagements between Philippine officials and the U.S. military despite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to scale back engagements with American forces while reaching out to China and Russia. There was no immediate reaction from China, which had opposed U.S. patrols in waters it has claimed virtually in its entirety.

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Title: Trump, Duterte may meet in PH in November - official
Post by: adroth on April 21, 2017, 11:05:58 AM
Trump, Duterte may meet in PH in November - official
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Apr 19 2017 03:22 PM | Updated as of Apr 19 2017 06:37 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/19/17/trump-duterte-may-meet-in-ph-in-november-official

United States President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte. Composite
MANILA – United States President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte may finally meet in November this year, an official said Wednesday.
Ambassador Marciano Paynor, who is in charge of organizing the Philippines’ preparations for its hosting and chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, said Trump already confirmed to Duterte his attendance during their phone call.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on April 30, 2017, 04:41:57 PM
Donald Trump invites Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to White House
By David Caplan
Apr 30, 2017, 12:57 AM ET

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-invites-philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-white/story?id=47112097

President Donald Trump has invited Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to the White House "to discuss the importance of the United States-Philippines alliance," according to a White House readout of the leaders' phone call on Saturday.

"It was a very friendly conversation, in which the two leaders discussed the concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding regional security, including the threat posed by North Korea," said the readout. "They also discussed the fact that the Philippine government is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs, a scourge that affects many countries throughout the world."

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on May 26, 2017, 01:34:54 AM
Rappler transcript of conversation between Trump and Duterte after the ASEAN summit. Trump may visit the Philippines in November.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3729123-POTUS-RD-Doc.html#document/p1
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on June 17, 2017, 06:33:26 AM
U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Reaffirms Commitment to Philippines, Strong Defense Ties with Philippine Leaders
Home | News & Events | U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Reaffirms Commitment to Philippines, Strong Defense Ties with Philippine Leaders

https://ph.usembassy.gov/us-pacific-fleet-commander-reaffirms-commitment-to-philippines/

Manila, June 14, 2017 — Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited the Republic of the Philippines June 11-14 to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s strong partnership and ties with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

During his visit to the Philippines, Swift met with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano, Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año, and Philippine Navy Flag Officer in-Command Vice Adm. Ronald J.S. Mercado. Swift stressed the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s commitment to addressing shared regional security concerns including counterterrorism and piracy, while highlighting the strong defense ties between the U.S. and the Philippines.

“The Philippine Navy is a valued and enduring ally of the U.S. Navy and a close partner of the Pacific Fleet,” said Swift. “I’m very pleased to have had the opportunity to visit with senior government and military leaders here in Manila. We continue to build on the strong relationship we have and to reaffirm our commitment to working together to face shared challenges.”

The long-standing alliance between the Philippines and the United States has contributed to peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 70 years. As part of the security partnership, the United States supports the Philippines in its efforts to strengthen national defense, and improve its ability to respond to natural disasters, terror threats, piracy, and other transnational crimes.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on July 05, 2017, 12:50:54 AM
No word on when these arrived. But Gazmin declared that he had no missiles . . . connect the dots.

One of the best shots yet. Posted on the forum's FB extension

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/1365456486873528/

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Title: US officials looking to ‘restore’ friendship bonds with PHL gov’t
Post by: adroth on August 04, 2017, 04:00:13 AM
US officials looking to ‘restore’ friendship bonds with PHL gov’t
Posted on August 04, 2017

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Nation&title=us-officials-looking-to-restore-friendship-bonds-with-phl-govt&id=149322

UNITED STATES officials are looking to smoothen ties with the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte as they visit Manila this week for a series of meetings during the ASEAN Regional Forum to be attended by other high-level officials within the Asia Pacific region.

“We’re really looking forward to the trip to Manila, and I think part of the reason why we’re looking forward to it -- not just the multilateral diplomacy, but there will be a chance for -- to have a very good, robust bilateral program with the Philippines while we’re there on the margins of the ministerial meetings,” said Susan A. Thornton, acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, during a press briefing at the White House on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

“We are looking forward to being able to furnish the relationship and restore those bonds of friendship,” said Ms. Thornton.

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Moreover, Ms. Thornton assured that the issue on the disputed South China Sea will “be a focus of discussion.”

“The US will continue to press for language that makes it clear that we are dedicated to protecting and defending the freedom of navigation and overflight in South China Sea,” she said.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on August 08, 2017, 11:18:43 AM
Duterte tells US Secretary of State Tillerson: I am your humble friend
Published August 07, 2017 06:10:01 PM
Updated August 07, 2017 06:30:00 PM

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/620967/duterte-tells-us-secretary-of-state-tillerson-i-am-your-humble-friend/story/?amp

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday welcomed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Malacañang.

“I am your humble friend in Southeast Asia,” Duterte told Tillerson in his opening statement.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on August 12, 2017, 06:05:23 PM
U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Visits the Philippines

https://ph.usembassy.gov/us-marine-corps-commandant-visits-philippines/

Manila, August 11, 2017 — The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller visited the Philippines August 9 to 11 to meet with Philippine military and U.S. Embassy leadership to discuss matters of partnership and future engagements.

During his visit, he met with Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Gen. Eduardo Año, Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim and U.S. Marines on assignment at the Embassy in Manila.

The General’s meetings focused on upcoming bi-lateral engagements in the country, regional security, and the future of diplomacy and interoperability between our two nations.

At a wreath-laying ceremony at the PMC Heroes Memorial on August 10, he honored the sacrifice of the brave Philippine Marines who have died fighting in Marawi.

“These Marines were our friends, our partners and our allies, so on behalf of the entire U.S. Marine Corps, I wanted to honor their sacrifice,” Gen. Neller said.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on September 30, 2017, 08:22:38 AM
Duterte warms to US over help in fighting ISIS
Published September 29, 2017 4:03pm

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/627695/duterte-warms-to-us-over-help-in-fighting-isis/story/?utm_source=GMANews&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=news

President Rodrigo Duterte, a fierce critic of the United States, is now singing Washington's praises for helping him fight pro-Islamic State group militants.

"There are so many factors involved. But I'd rather be friendly to them now," Duterte told residents of the central town of Balangiga during a visit, according to an official transcript released Friday.

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"I would not say that they were our saviors, but they are our allies and they helped us. And even today, they have provided the crucial equipment to our soldiers in Marawi to fight the terrorists," Duterte said Thursday.

"So without their help also, we would be having a hard time," he said. "So we thank you."

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Duterte explained that at the time, he was angry at then-US president Barack Obama for criticizing his centerpiece war on drugs, which has since seen thousands killed in police operations and suspected vigilante activities.

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"But these are all water under the bridge," Duterte said, citing the US alliance against Japan's occupation army during World War II.

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Title: US SecDef arrives in Philippines
Post by: adroth on October 23, 2017, 01:13:33 PM
SD arrives in the Philippines
CLARK, PHILIPPINES
10.23.2017
Photo by Sgt. Amber Smith
Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs   

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3886927/sd-arrives-philippines#.We0-_tvKpCI.facebook

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is greeted after arriving in Clark, Philippines on Oct. 23, 2017. Mattis is meeting with many allies and partners from the region during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers Meeting to discuss security challenges and shared interests. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

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Title: Re: US SecDef arrives in Philippines
Post by: horge on October 24, 2017, 07:34:49 AM
CLARK, Philippines — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, paving the way for a visit next month by
President Donald Trump, congratulated the Philippine army for its successes against militants in
the southern city of Marawi.

The U.S. and the Philippines are decades-old treaty allies, but the relationship has been rocky in
recent years. A point of contention under President Barack Obama was government-sanctioned
killings as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drug suspects.

President Donald Trump has praised Duterte’s attacks on drug suspects.

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Mattis praised the Philippine military for its counterterrorism efforts in Marawi, which had been
controlled by Islamic militants.

“The Philippine military has sent a very necessary message to the terrorists,” Mattis said.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/mattis-praises-philippines-progress-against-militants/2017/10/22/5669968e-b7a2-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html?utm_term=.56b48567a7ee
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on November 04, 2017, 02:09:47 AM
Trump to extend stay in Philippines for East Asia Summit
Agence France-Presse
Posted at Nov 03 2017 10:34 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/11/03/17/trump-to-extend-stay-in-philippines-for-east-asia-summit

U.S. President Donald Trump departed the United States on Friday, beginning an almost two week trip to Asia that will take in five countries.

Trump left Joint Base Andrews, just outside Washington, bound for Hawaii. From there he will travel on to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

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Trump also used his departure to announce that he has decided at the last minute to extend his stay un Asia, after criticism that he was expected to miss an East Asia regional summit.

"We're actually staying an extra day in the Philippines," Trump said on departure Friday, a decision that was confirmed by senior White House officials.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on November 13, 2017, 01:29:51 PM
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/12/17/look-donald-trump-in-barong

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MANILA - US President Donald Trump wore a barong when he attended Sunday's gala dinner for the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related meetings.
Trump was greeted by President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña at the red carpet of the event held at the SMX Convention Center.


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https://www.rappler.com/nation/188210-asean-summit-2017-philippines-duterte-trump-photo

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MANILA, Philippines – Wearing the native Filipino barong, United States President Donald Trump attended the gala dinner of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits on Sunday, November 12.

Trump posed for a photo with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner, Honeylet Avanceña.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on January 21, 2018, 12:42:15 AM
U.S. Military Escalates War Efforts in the Philippines
Counterterrorism mission initiated after Duterte government requested aid during battle to oust insurgents from Marawi; improving ties
       
By Jessica Donati and Gordon Lubold
Jan. 19, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/u-s-military-escalates-war-efforts-in-the-philippines-1516357801?__twitter_impression=true

WASHINGTON—The U.S. military has launched a new counterterrorism mission in the Philippines, making operations there eligible for the same funding used to finance the long-running wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, military officials said.

The decision by the Trump administration to elevate the U.S. mission to an Overseas Contingency Operation, or OCO, was made last September in response to a Philippines government request for more support to fight extremist groups, officials said. The U.S.-backed Philippine military in October ousted Islamic State-affiliated insurgents from a city on the southern island of Mindanao after a five-month battle, but faces an enormous rebuilding task.

Between 200 and 300 American troops are currently serving in advisory roles in the country and officials said that number is likely to remain unchanged for now. In addition to advisory troops, technical support and equipment, the mission is providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance by drone.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: Herbie on January 21, 2018, 01:07:35 PM
How can DND, AFP take advantage of this?
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: Invictus on January 22, 2018, 08:34:35 PM
PH welcomes foreign aid to combat terrorism: Palace (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1022451)
By Jose Cielito Reganit  January 22, 2018, 5:57 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday stressed that the Philippines will gladly accept any foreign assistance to combat terrorism.

“We ask help from anyone, from all countries of the world, because the threat of terrorism is not just in the Philippines, it’s a worldwide concern. So if countries want to give whatever assistance they could and they want to, it’s welcome,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said during a Palace briefing.

The Palace official made the statements following concerns raised over reports that the United States has enhanced its counterterrorism cooperation with the Philippines through an anti-terrorism mission named “Operation Pacific Eagle Philippines.”
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on April 19, 2018, 11:11:52 AM
Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins

(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.
Carmela Fonbuena
@carmelafonbuena
Published 7:30 AM, April 17, 2018
Updated 10:27 PM, April 17, 2018

https://www.rappler.com/nation/200383-edca-us-philippines-military-deal-basa-air-base?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nation

PAMPANGA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A military deal signed between the Philippines and the US in 2014 finally proceeds with the construction of the first facility in Basa Air Base in Pampanga in northern Luzon.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.

The site will feature a multi-purpose warehouse that will primarily store assets for humanitarian assistance and disaster response, the current focus of the Philippines-US partnership.

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Last year, the Armed Forces of the Philippines asked Congress for money to fund initial ground work to implement the agreement. (READ: PH military asks Congress for P124 million counterpart fund)

Basa Air Base is one of 5 locations that had been previously identified as EDCA sites. The other 4 are the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City, Camp Bautista in Palawan, Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, and Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro.

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"I’m very pleased with the state of our alliance in general. Our exercises are continuing. Planning for Balikatan this year has been well underway fo rmany months now. I expect that it will be a very productive exercise this year as it was last year," Kim told Rappler.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on August 24, 2018, 07:14:07 AM
US dangles F-16 fighters, attack helicopters to PH

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/169251/us-dangles-f-16-fighters-attack-helicopters-ph
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In light of a possible procurement of Russian submarines, the United States is now offering the Philippines its Lockheed Martin F-16 multi-role fighters and attack helicopters.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday disclosed this as he read a letter signed by three Cabinet secretaries of the United States government seeking a meeting with him to discuss the Philippine military’s modernization program.

The letter was read during the 12th-anniversary rites of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) in Davao City.

“We know, however, that our nations can do even more to integrate our economic and security concerns,” read the letter sent by US Ambassador Sung Kim, as quoted by Duterte...[/size]

Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on August 25, 2018, 11:29:53 PM
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) and US Ambassador Sung Kim inspect the surveillance sensor of the Sabir system mounted on the Air Force C-130 that was retrofitted for maritime patrol. INQUIRER.NET / FRANCES MANGOSING

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on September 14, 2018, 11:44:13 AM
Duterte meets US envoy
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 12 2018 09:10 PM | Updated as of Sep 13 2018 11:58 AM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/12/18/duterte-meets-us-envoy

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday met with United States (US) Ambassador Sung Kim in Malacañang, as Washington seeks to bolster ties with Manila in the face of China’s growing influence in the region.

Kim said he and Duterte discussed “shared goals, including defense priorities and economic partnership.”

“Our alliance remains strong and iron-clad,” Kim said on Twitter.

Kim and Duterte’s meeting in Malacañang came on the heels of the chief executive’s rejection of a US offer of F-16 fighter jets.

Duterte has lamented that US military assistance usually comes with conditions, allegedly unlike China's or Russia's.

Duterte’s meeting with Sung was not included in the official schedule released by the Palace to the media, but the President himself revealed in a meeting with Filipino athletes who bagged medals at the Asian Games that he was running late for his meeting with the US envoy.

Duterte and Kim have already met several times. Observers say Kim’s Korean roots have helped him establish better rapport with Duterte compared to his predecessor, Philip Goldberg.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on October 30, 2018, 11:44:23 AM
US willing to contribute to PHL Navy modernization, says official
Published October 29, 2018 6:32pm
By DONA MAGSINO, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/672841/us-willing-to-contribute-to-phl-navy-modernization-says-official/story/?fbclid=IwAR3mn9Du1LEx2RB0Inyj_bzE9IHfyA4byhx0gjJtb0pzxRrdN5wb5EA768I

The United States Navy on Monday said that it is willing to give some equipment needed for the modernization training of the Philippine Navy's personnel.

"We can contribute, certainly from a standpoint of training, there might be some opportunities for us to contribute some equipment to enhance interoperability between our two navies as these capabilities would allow us to work more seamlessly together," US Navy chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson said during a media briefing with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

AFP deputy chief for plans Major General Restituto Padilla added that the Armed Forces' modernization, as a whole, is faring well mainly because of President Rodrigo Duterte's support.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on March 01, 2019, 11:55:27 AM
Duterte meets with chief US diplomat Pompeo
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Feb 28 2019 09:36 PM | Updated as of Feb 28 2019 11:22 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/28/19/duterte-meets-with-chief-us-diplomat-pompeo

MANILA (2nd UPDATE)--President Rodrigo Duterte met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Thursday night.

The closed-door meeting focused on the two nations' cooperation on bilateral and regional security issues, the US Embassy Manila said in a statement.

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The top US diplomat visited Manila after accompanying US President Donald Trump for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, which ended with no denuclearization deal.

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Relations between Manila and Washington improved when Trump came to power and hailed Duterte's actions as a sign of toughness.

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Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on June 10, 2019, 07:32:40 AM
PRRD considers purchase of military arsenal from US
Published June 9, 2019, 2:06 PM
By Genalyn Kabiling

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/06/09/prrd-considers-purchase-of-military-arsenal-from-us/

The Philippines may purchase weapons and other military hardware from the United States in case it needs a particular type of arsenal, President Duterte said over the weekend.

The President decided to reconsider the United States as one of the country’s arms suppliers after affirming that he respects US President Donald Trump and the country’s alliance with its western ally.

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In January, the President announced he would no longer buy weapons from the United States over threats to impose sanctions against any country trading arms with Russia and China. He said the government was inclined to buy weapons from other countries such as Israel and South Korea.

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“Because Trump has just issued a — that you are prohibited to buy. I’m sorry but ganito ‘yan eh. When we needed, in the hour of our need, we needed the arms, Russia and China gave it to us practically free. Then, you know I’m a Filipino. You have to have a sense of gratitude. At least honor the contract. Nothing else,” he added.

The President said the Philippines would keep its traditional ties with the United States and won’t do anything that will hamper such alliance.

“I’m just saying it because I like Trump and I would like to assure America that we will not do anything to hinder, hamper, or whatever. We will go along with our alliances,” Duterte said.

“I do not have a problem with Trump, that much I respect him,” he added.
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on July 04, 2019, 10:55:20 PM
Duterte's US trip 'definite' but no date yet: envoy
By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora July 4, 2019, 8:46 am

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1074042

MANILA -- Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said President Rodrigo R. Duterte's trip to Washington D.C. is certain, but due to the issue of scheduling, no definite date has yet been set.

"So far, there's no definite date but I know that he's going. So there's no definite date but he definitely will go to the United States," he told reporters on the sidelines of the 243rd US Independence Day celebration in Makati City.

"He indicated that he would like to go, but it's just a question of timing. There's a lot of things going on now, we have the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), we have the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), so we're going to see (when). And of course it's election in the US, that's why," he said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo himself relayed hopes for the two leaders' meeting last year.

Earlier, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the President would only visit the US once the Balangiga Bells are back in Philippine soil.

In 2018, the bells were successfully transported back to the Philippines.

Duterte and Trump met in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in November 2017 but the invitation was made by the US President during a phone call after the regional affair.

Trump, who was elected in 2016, is running for re-election in the 2020 US presidential polls. (PNA)
Title: Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
Post by: adroth on July 07, 2019, 01:52:39 PM
PH-US milestones reached in the past 3 years: US envoy
By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  July 4, 2019, 8:52 am

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1074040

MANILA -- The Philippines-United States relations reached numerous milestones in the past three years, Ambassador Sung Kim said during the celebration of the 243rd anniversary of US Independence and the two nations' Friendship Day on Wednesday.

Under the term of US President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who marked his third year in office last Saturday, the historic Balangiga Bells was returned to the Philippines.

In 2017, the US was also able to work with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in ending the terror siege in Marawi.

In the same year, Kim said the Philippines chaired the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit where Trump had a "wonderful visit" to Manila.

"So many great things happened in our relationship and I remain very optimistic about the future of the Philippines-US relationship," he said in a speech in Makati City.

"We have shared values, we have shared history, we have shared culture, common interests, and most importantly, the warmth and mutual affection and respect with the Philippines remain very strong, and I think that friendship will carry our partnership and alliance into the future," he added.

In a speech, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. agreed that the Philippines and US ties will "endure" as he cites the two states' commonalities despite their sharp differences.

"We both hate subservience to foreign powers. We cannot imagine living without total freedom in word, in thought, and in deed," he said.
There are close security ties between Washington and Manila as manifested by the 1951 US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty which serves as the foundation to the latter's only defense alliance.

Aside from security, strong people-to-people ties bind the two nations, with the estimated four million American citizens of Philippine ancestry in the US, and more than 220,000 US citizens living in the Philippines.

A multitude of people-to-people programs is also in place in the country, including the Fulbright, International Visitor Leadership Program, and the Kenney-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program.

Over the last decade, Washington has also allocated a large sum of money to fund its assistance efforts in the Philippines.
The US has provided over USD143 million in assistance to the Philippines in relief and recovery efforts after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devastated the country in 2013.

Its long-term reconstruction and rebuilding efforts in Mindanao are also continuous, with Washington already contributing about USD26.4 million to support humanitarian relief in Marawi as of July 2018 alone.

On economic ties, bilateral trade between the two states reached over USD27 billion in goods and services in 2016.

The US is also one of the largest foreign investors in the Philippines and the country's third-largest trading partner as of 2018. (PNA)
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US envoy Sung Kim ends tour of duty in PH, bids farewell
By: Vincent Cabreza - Reporter / @Inquirer_Baguio Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:35 AM July 21, 2019

BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines — US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim bade farewell at a gathering here on Friday, saying he has reached the end of his three-year tour of duty in the country, which began in 2016.

Kim did not name his replacement but said the new ambassador would continue the task of deepening the US economic, social and historic ties with the Philippines.

He hosted a post-American Independence Day celebration at the US ambassador’s residence in Camp John Hay here.

Stronger alliance

Kim did not respond directly when asked how he felt about President Rodrigo Duterte’s history of anti-American tirades in the course of his Philippine assignment.

He instead said his efforts and his successor’s future role in the country were to “keep the alliance stronger and stronger.”


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Kim has been nominated for a post in Indonesia but he said this would depend on the US Senate foreign relations committee, which will choose his successor.

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