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It’s official: Duterte seeks new ally and protector in Russia

In the clearest sign yet of Duterte’s rejection of long-standing USA-Philippine relations, the president has said he hopes Russia will become his country’s new ally and protector. His remarks came as he toured one of the two Russian warships currently moored in Manila harbour today (Friday, January 6). The president’s…



Russian Navy to hold war games with new Filipino friends

TWO Russian warships docked in Manila today (Tuesday, January 3) in anticipation of conducting war games with the Philippines Navy. Meanwhile, Beijing yesterday confirmed that its aircraft carrier had conducted drills in the South China Sea. The arrival of the Admiral Tributs, an anti-submarine vessel, and sea tanker Boris Butoma, is…


The Friday Briefing: Could Christmas have been any worse for Filipinos?

Any journalists hoping for a relaxing Christmas break would have been sorely disappointed this past week. As if typhoon Nina wasn’t enough, there were bombs, shootings, rumours of nefarious American plots (see our report here) and more “provocative” statements from the president. Here’s our executive summary of the week that was:…