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Tributes to Filipino American victim of USS Fitzgerald collision

A Filipino American sailor has been confirmed among the dead after a collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged merchant ship off the coast of Japan. Seven sailors died when the Navy destroyer ship was in collision with the 30,000-ton ACX Crystal on Saturday. Among the dead was Carlos…


US warship and Filipino merchant ship in collision off Japan

Seven sailors are missing and at least three, including the captain, injured after a US Navy destroyer collided with a Filipino merchant ship off the coast of Japan early this morning (Saturday, June 17). Footage from the Japanese TV network NHK showed severe damage to the USS Fitzgerald and a…


US Pacific fleet commander affirms “enduring” ties to the Philippines

The commander of the US Pacific Fleet affirmed the US Navy’s strong ties with the Armed Forces of the Philippines during a visit to Manila today (Wednesday, June 14). Admiral Scott Swift met Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, army chief General Eduardo Año and Philippine…


Full honours for 101-year-old Filipino-American war heroine

A 101-year-old woman will receive a full military funeral to honour her contribution to the Philippine resistance during the Japanese occupation. Florence Finch, nee Ebersole, was the daughter of a Filipino mother and an American father who had earlier settled in the Philippines. After the Japanese invasion in 1942, she…






China seizes US Navy underwater vessel off Subic Bay

China has seized an unmanned US Navy underwater testing vehicle off the coast of the Philippines, a Pentagon official has revealed today (Friday, December 16). Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the probe, a US Navy vessel operated by civilians, “was taken” by China, adding that the craft was seized about…


News in brief: Bibles, beauty queens and battleships

It’s been a busy week in the newsrooms of the Philippines, with breaking stories coming thick and fast. As the nation’s reporters prepare for a well-earned weekend break, we present a brief summary of some of the big stories of the moment… Bible basher Boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao wants the last…