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‘Terror groups may have sleeper cells in Phl’

MANILA, Philippines - With members of the Islamic State actively sowing terror in many areas around the world including Europe, Defense Secretary Delfin Lore.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Trump s state pick slammed for reluctant view on Duterte government

MANILA, Philippines — Leading human rights organizations raised concern over the testimony of Rex Tillerson, US President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for se.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Trump s State pick slammed for reluctant view on Duterte government

MANILA, Philippines — Leading human rights organizations raised concern over the testimony of Rex Tillerson, US President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for se.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

US state secretary nominee holds off judgment on Duterte

WASHINGTON – US secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson backed off from publicly denouncing President Duterte for the mounting anti-drug killings in the Phi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Trump s state secretary bet won t declare Phl a human rights violator

MANILA, Philippines — The choice of United States President-elect Donald Trump for Secretary of State refuses to consider the Philippines a human rights viol.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

‘I think it was Russia’ – CNN News

President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time Wednesday he believes Russia was responsible for hacking ahead of the election but contemptuously rejected allegations that Moscow mounted a campaign to compromise him. In his first news conference since winning the election, a combative Trump made clear he will not mute his style when he is inaugurated in nine days. He lashed out at media and political foes alike in a bravura performance. The Trump Tower press conference confirmed the President-elect's deep desire to quickly assert power once he's sworn in. He insisted on moving speedily &'8212; too speedily for some Republicans in Congress &'8212; to replace Obamacare. He also pledged swift action on building a wall along the border with Mexico and nominating a new Supreme Court justice. But it's also clear Trump will take office amid persistent questions about his relationship with Russia. While Trump was at the podium, his nominee to become secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, faced tough questions on Capitol Hill about whether the incoming administration will view Russia with sufficient skepticism. At the news conference, Trump finally conceded he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's intelligence agencies were behind hacks on Democratic computers ahead of the election but argued that wouldn't happen again. &'8220;I think it was Russia,&'8221; Trump said. Putin &'8220;should not be doing it. He won't be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it.&'8221; Trump, who has vowed to improve relations with Russia despite some Republican opposition, said he did not know if he would get along with Putin and noted it's possible he won't. But he could not resist a swipe at his defeated Democratic election rival, Hillary Clinton. &'8220;Do you honestly believe Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me?&'8221; he asked. He added that Russia is not the only nation that hacks US targets and accused Democrats of not having sufficient cybersecurity programs. The news conference opened with the incoming White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, slamming a &'8220;political witch hunt&'8221; following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump. Vice President-elect Mike Pence also criticized the media before introducing Trump, who kept up his criticism of US intelligence. &'8220;I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies,&'8221; Trump said. He said any such move by the agencies would be a &'8220;tremendous blot on their record.&'8221; &'8220;A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been had and it certainly should have never been released,&'8221; Trump said. The news conference follows exclusive reporting by CNN on Tuesday that classified documents presented last week to President Barack Obama and Trump included the allegations about Russia. The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and drew in part from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him 01:38 The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Trump. The news conference, delayed from December, was scheduled for Trump to outline how he will address questions about possible conflicts-of-interest related to his vast business empire. Trump appeared beside a large pile of files he claimed were pertinent to the companies that are going to be placed in a trust to be run by his sons. He reiterated that he doesn't plan to release his tax returns, saying they are under audit and don't include relevant information After taking a handful of questions, Trump turned the event over to Sheri Dillon, an attorney who was on hand to discuss Trump's business interests. She said Trump planned to put in place a structure that will &'8220;completely isolate him from the management of the company.&'8221; &'8220;He further instructed that we build in protections that will assure the American people that the decisions that he makes and the actions he takes as President are for their benefit and not to support his financial interests,&'8221; she said. Trump will place all his financial and business assets in a trust, Dillon said. The Trump Organization, meanwhile, will not enter into any new deals abroad and all domestic deals will be subject to a heavy vetting process. The firm will also appoint a new ethics officer, she said. The President-elect has also terminated a number of deals set to close shortly, a step that had cost him millions of dollars, she said. Dillon argued that the decision had been made not to put all Trump's assets in a blind trust or to divest of all his assets because it would be impractical. She also said that Trump should not be forced to destroy the business that he had built up. &'8220;President Trump can't unknow he owns Trump Tower,&'8221; Dillon said, explaining why a blind trust would not be a workable solution to addressing conflicts of interest issues while he is President. Dillon said Trump would take other actions to avoid the appearance of a conflict over the Emoluments Clause [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Trump s bet for state secretary wants aggressive stance in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — United States President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state sees the need to send a clear signal against China's island.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

State workers’ pay hike up to Congress

MANILA, Philippines – Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno urged Congress yesterday to pass a resolution empowering President Duterte to order the release of the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2017

Rex Tillerson: From oil diplomat to secretary of state

Rex Tillerson: From oil diplomat to secretary of state.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2016

Trump invites Senate clash with Tillerson State nomination

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is inviting a clash in a narrowly divided Senate by selecting Rex Tillerson for secretary of State despite well-publicized concerns.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 13th, 2016

Trump picks Exxon CEO as secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, US media reported late Monday, setting up what will likely be contentious confirmation hearings over the oilman’s ties to Russia......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 13th, 2016

Trump’s pick for Secretary of State

President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State on Saturday, a decision that would bring a business leader with close ties to Russia into the Cabinet......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 11th, 2016

Diokno seeks to amend law on tenure of government directors

MANILA, Philippines - Swamped with tons of applications on state corporations five months after taking over, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno wants to amend.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 28th, 2016

FULL TEXT: Remarks at swearing-in ceremony of US Ambassador Sung Kim

MANILA, Philippines — United States Secretary of State John Kerry administered the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 4th, 2016

Leila opened doors for Philippines to become narco state – Rody

MANILA, Philippines - The election of former justice secretary Leila de Lima as senator has opened the doors for government to be turned into a narco state,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 7th, 2016

Clinton gets post-debate poll bump

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead of presidential rival Donald Trump in a new national poll out Friday (Saturday in Manila), just days after her strong showing in the first televised debate. The Democrat and former secretary of State best.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 1st, 2016

US urges NKorea to freeze nuclear program

NEW YORK CITY: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday (Monday in Manila) urged North Korea to freeze its nuclear program as a first step toward starting serious negotiations with the United States and the world about its future. Speaking at a meeting .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 19th, 2016

Trump courts core conservatives, Clinton talks security

WASHINGTON: Republican Donald Trump delivered a call to arms for US conservatives on Friday (Saturday in Manila), urging them to vote en masse on Election Day to defeat White House rival Hillary Clinton. The Democratic former secretary of state meanwhile .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 10th, 2016

‘State of lawlessness’ is legal and constitutional – justice secretary

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of a "state of lawlessness" is legal and constitutional, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 3rd, 2016

Kerry calls on Beijing, Manila to follow ruling

NEW DELHI, India: The United States is united with its allies in upholding freedom of navigation rights in the South China Sea following a tribunal’s decision on the contested waters, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday. Speaking on a visi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 31st, 2016