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PH welcomes visit of US Secretary of State

MANILA, Aug. 4 — The government on Friday welcomed the visit of United States (US) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other top officials to participate in the ASEAN-related meetings and discuss terrorism, security and other issues affecting the Philippines and the US. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the US State Department officials …

DFA: ASEAN Reg’l Forum has no rules for expulsion of members

MANILA, Aug. 3 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)on Thursday said Asia’s biggest security forum, which the Philippines is hosting on Monday here, has no rules to determine if a participating country should exit the forum. DFA Acting Spokesperson Robiespierre Bolivar stressed this in response to the United States’ intent to bar North Korea …

Indonesia to host trilateral meeting on terrorism in October

MANILA, Aug 2 — Foreign ministers and security officials of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are expected to meet again in October in Jakarta, Indonesia, to discuss further measures to effectively address terrorism and extremism. Budi Dhewajani, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indonesian Embassy in Manila, said the Indonesian government will host …

Lower excise taxes on sugared beverages, salty foods pushed

MANILA, Aug. 2 — The Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) is pushing for lower excise taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and salt content of foods in both chambers of Congress, noting higher taxes can jack up prices to reduce consumer demand and sales for products. In an interview, PRA President Paul Santos said the two proposed measures …

ASEAN integration benefits PH economy

MANILA, July 30 — The Philippines has benefited from a substantial increase in trade and investments with the economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which created a wide choice of goods for consumers thus supporting local businesses to expand overseas. Zaldy Patron, Executive Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) …

DPRK delegation in Manila to discuss ASEAN Reg’l Forum preps

MANILA, July 26— A delegation from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) headed by Vice Foreign Minister Choe Hui Chol visited Manila on Wednesday to discuss preparations for the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) to be held here next week. Its Foreign Minister Ri Su-Yong will participate in the ARF, an important forum for security …

PH, China eye joint oil exploration project within West Philippine Sea

MANILA, July 25 — The Philippines and China are optimistic on starting a proposed joint oil exploration project within the West Philippine Sea, as they set aside their differences over disputed waters. “…We are praying that this generation under (Chinese) president Xi (Jinping) and under President (Rodrigo) Duterte will have the wisdom to find a …

DFA official downplays impacts of Mindanao martial law

MANILA—The declaration of martial law on the island of Mindanao will have no impact on the Philippine economy as long as it is imposed for a period not exceeding 60 days, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said. In an interview with the Philippines News Agency, DFA Assistant Secretary for …

Cayetano: PHL has independent foreign policy, refusing aid with conditions

MANILA—Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said the Philippines has an independent foreign policy thus, it will not accept aid from any country with conditions or that donors will interfere in its domestic policies. The DFA chief stressed this following the country’s rejection of aid from the European Union (EU), …

Entry of new members, dialogue partners depend on ASEAN itself –ex-envoy

MANILA–The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping itself may consider its economic and political relationships with potential members or dialogue partners when deciding to expand its membership, according to a former envoy. This after Turkey and Mongolia have expressed their intention to join the ASEAN grouping even though they are not geographically part of …

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