U.S., PHL kick off Pacific Partnership 2019

TACLOBAN City — The United States joined allied and partner nation forces to launch Pacific Partnership 2019 yesterday atanopening ceremony in Tacloban.  This annual maritime operation improves disaster response preparedness, resiliency, and capacity while enhancing partnerships between participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Pacific Partnership 2019 includes more than 800 military […]

U.S. and PHL train Metro Manila judges on financial crimes

MANILA – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) to train 24 Metro Manila judges onfinancial crimes and money laundering from February 26 to 27 in Makati City. U.S. District Court for the Northern […]

Money and the May 2019 elections: P2.4-B pre-campaign ads: Bong Go, Marcos, Roxas, Roque top spenders

By: Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism TO THE last, they have pledged to fight poverty and corruption, promote health and education, protect the environment, and serve the poor who make up a majority of over 60 million registered voters. Yet while politics may divide them, money, apparent access to state funds and facilities, and […]

Candidates, beware: Law bans bribery, cash gifts, donations

UNDER ELECTION laws, they were not yet officially considered to be candidates, and therefore not yet incurring campaign expenditures, until after the official campaign period had started. But under anti-graft and anti-corruption laws, several candidates in the May 2019 elections may be unable to escape legal liability for incurring millions of pesos of pre-campaign ads. […]

U.S. partners with PHL to improve broadband access

THE U.S. Embassy in the Philippines awarded a Php 23.8 million grant to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to support implementation of the Philippines National Broadband Network Project. U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. signed the grant during a ceremony at DICT headquarters […]

US and PHL Air Forces conclude bilateral exercise

AIRMEN from the U.S. and Philippines Air Forces marked the successful completion of 12 days of bilateral training and increased mutual cooperation during the seventh iteration of Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P) at Cesar Basa Air Base, Philippines, Feb. 1, 2019. The first iteration of BACE-P was conducted April 16, 2016 by the Pacific Air […]