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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #45 on: January 22, 2018, 08:34:35 PM »
PH welcomes foreign aid to combat terrorism: Palace
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.”
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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #46 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
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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.

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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #47 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]


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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #48 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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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #49 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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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #50 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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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #51 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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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #52 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.

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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #53 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)

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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #54 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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Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« Reply #55 on: July 21, 2019, 11:04:19 AM »
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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