Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fully restores U.S. troop pact

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has restored a crucial pact governing the presence of U.S. troops in the Southeast Asian nation, the two countries’ defence ministers said on Friday, reversing a decision that had caused increasing concern in Washington and Manila. The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) provides rules for the rotation of thousands of U.S. troops… Read More Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fully restores U.S. troop pact

Philippines suspends scrapping of pact on U.S. troops presence in country

The Philippines has again suspended a decision to scrap a crucial agreement governing the U.S. troop presence in the country, its foreign minister said on Monday, amid continuing maritime pressure from China. The Pentagon welcomed the announcement from Manila – the third suspension of the decision covering the two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that had… Read More Philippines suspends scrapping of pact on U.S. troops presence in country

Philippines set to ban entry of U.S. travellers from January 3

The Philippines will prohibit the entry of foreign travellers from the United States from Sunday after the more infectious new variant of the coronavirus was detected in Florida. The travel ban, lasting until January 15, covers those who have been to the United States within 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte’s… Read More Philippines set to ban entry of U.S. travellers from January 3

Philippines deports U.S. Marine convicted of 2014 murder of transgender woman

The Philippines on Sunday deported a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Southeast Asian country in 2014, after he was granted an absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton left Manila’s international airport at 9:14 a.m. local time (0114 GMT) aboard an American military aircraft bound… Read More Philippines deports U.S. Marine convicted of 2014 murder of transgender woman

Philippine court upholds verdict on U.S. marine in transgender killing

The Philippine Court of Appeals has upheld a guilty verdict on a U.S. Marine for killing a transgender woman nearly three years ago, a case that stirred debate over the U.S. military presence in its former colony. A lower court had found Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of killing Jennifer Laude in a hotel… Read More Philippine court upholds verdict on U.S. marine in transgender killing