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Manila Signals Focus on Economic Buildup, Downplays Tensions on Sea

Voice of America News By Natalie Lui December 24, 2017 WASHINGTON — In his newly unveiled National Security Strategy, U.S. President Donald Trump vows to “ensure the balance of power remains in America’s favor in key regions of the world.” The Indo-Pacific led the list of “key regions” identified by …

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Joint Statement between the United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines

The White House Office of the Press Secretary November 13, 2017 U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met in Manila, Philippines on November 13, 2017, to discuss a broad range of shared interests and priorities. Both leaders praised the enduring United States-Philippines Alliance, built on a …

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ASEAN 2017 Summit Preview as the United States Reaffirms Commitment to Allies and Partners

WASHINGTON, D.C.- At a October 31 forum, “A Preview of U.S. and Philippine Priorities for the 2017 ASEAN and East Asia Summits,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy offered insights into the administration’s goals for the upcoming Asean and East Asia Summits as President Trump embarks …

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Marawi Update 10/26: End of Combat Operations

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared an end to combat operations in Marawi City on October 23 at the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) hosted by the Philippines. Lorenzana said that by turning back “thus far the most serious attempt to export violent extremism and radicalism in the Philippines and in …

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In Memoriam Washington Z. Sycip, US-Philippines Society Honorary Chair

With condolences, we share the news of the passing of the beloved Philippine business icon and thought leader who founded two institutions in the Philippines, Sycip Gorres Velayo & Company (SGV) and the Asian Institute of Management, that transformed young Filipino professionals to world-class accountants, managers, and executives. Washington Z. …

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Marawi Update 09/28: Week 18 of the Crisis

After four months, the Marawi crisis continues to be marked by sporadic fighting. Government forces now control strategic points, including three major bridges. Marawi’s Grand Mosque is no longer under the control of Islamic radical forces. Military reports say an estimated 60 militants are surrounded in a 10-block area in the …

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Marawi Update 09/07: Medical Team Provides Assistance To 1,200 Evacuees

ILIGAN CITY, PHILIPPINES – Over three days in early August, 1,200 Marawi evacuees were evaluated and treated by a team of 60 medical staff of the Makati Medical Center and logistics support volunteers at Iligan’s Adventist Medical Center. Doctors also performed surgery on needy patients at a government-run city hospital caring …

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Marawi Update 08/09: Week 11 of the Marawi Crisis

Fighting continues as the Marawi crisis entered its third month. According to military reports, the death toll among civilians, government troops and militants is now approaching 700. As background to the fighting, The Economist reported that the siege was carried out by a group that demonstrated sophistication and strength. What was originally thought …

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US Veterans: Return of Balangiga Bells to Samar is the Right Thing to Do

U.S. Veterans, led by Dennis Wright and Dan McKinnon, are gathering support from US Congressmen to remove a legislative barrier to return Balangiga Bells to the Church in Samar, believing “it’s the right thing to do.”

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Donate Today: Help Victims in Marawi

The US-Philippines Society is asking you to join in an urgent humanitarian effort to provide medical assistance to thousands of families displaced by the ongoing violence in Marawi. We also look forward to your support for the longer term effort to rebuild housing, schools and to restore livelihoods. With your …

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