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Filipino interest in the incoming Biden administration

As expected, the whole world continues to watch the developments unfold with the followers of President Donald Trump questioning the results of the recent US presidential election and alleging widespread fraud, while the camp of former vice president Joe Biden is considering legal action to compel the General Services Administration to formally start the process of transition......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarNov 21st, 2020

Biden drops ‘public charge’ policy

On March 9, 2021, DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the US government will no longer defend the Trump administration’s 2019 public charge rule, as doing so “is neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources.” The Biden administration believes that the 2019 public charge rule was not in keeping with our nation’s values......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2021

US reaffirms commitment to Mutual Defense Treaty with Philippines

Shortly after the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest over a new Chinese law that may put Filipino fishers in danger, the Biden administration on Thursday reaffirmed US commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty and its rejection of Beijing's excessive claims in the South China Sea. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2021

Yellen says Biden to use all tools against China trade abuses

The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden will use all available tools to address "China's abusive unfair and illegal practices" that undermine the US economy, Treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

Biden to sign executive orders on Day 1, amid high alert for inauguration

Joe Biden’s top aide said Saturday the incoming president would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration. Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday’s inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone. However, the man’s family told US media he was a security guard, rejecting the idea he was intent on causing harm. Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo to new White House senior staff that the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America. “All of these crises demand urgent action,” Klain said in the memo. “In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” Klain added. As he inherits the White House from Donald Trump, Biden’s plate is overflowing with acute challenges. The US is fast approaching 400,000 dead from the Covid-19 crisis and logging well over a million new cases a week as the coronavirus spreads out of control. The economy is ailing, with 10 million fewer jobs available compared to the start of the pandemic. Biden this week unveiled plans to seek $1.9 trillion to revive the economy through new stimulus payments and other aid, and plans a blitz to accelerate America’s stumbling Covid vaccine rollout effort. On Inauguration Day Biden, as previously promised, will sign orders including ones for the US to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reverse Trump’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries, Klain said. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” Klain said. – 500 rounds of ammunition – Meanwhile, Washington was under a state of high alert after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. The assault left five people dead, including a police officer. Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers. On Friday night, police arrested a Virginia man at a security checkpoint where he tried to use an “unauthorized” credential to access the restricted area where Biden will be inaugurated. As officers checked the credential against the authorized access list, one noticed decals on the back of Wesley Beeler’s pick-up truck that said “Assault Life,” with an image of a rifle, and another with the message: “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first,” according to a document filed in Washington, DC Superior Court. Under questioning, Beeler told officers he had a Glock handgun in the vehicle. A search uncovered a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, the court document said. Beeler was arrested on charges including possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. But Beeler’s father Paul told The New York Times his son had been working as a security guard on the Capitol grounds. Asked if the younger Beeler supported a peaceful transition of power, Paul Beeler told the newspaper, “That’s the reason he’s there.” In addition to the heavy security presence in Washington, law enforcement was out in force in state capitals around the country to ward off potential political violence. Mass protests that had been planned for the weekend did not materialize on Saturday, with security far outnumbering Trump supporters at several fortified statehouses, US media reported. In St Paul, Minnesota, for example, hundreds of law enforcement officers, some armed with long guns, ringed the Capitol with National Guard troops providing backup.  The number of protesters totaled about 50......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Chinese gov’t deters U.S. attempt to endanger Taiwan Strait situation

CHINA (Global Times) — At the very last moment of the Trump administration, officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and some diplomats in his Department of State have found that they were unwelcome abroad, whether in Taiwan or Europe, so they have lost their only remaining capability to make trouble for the incoming Biden […] The post Chinese gov’t deters U.S. attempt to endanger Taiwan Strait situation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 16th, 2021

Twitter followers of US govt accounts won t transfer to Biden

Twitter said Tuesday it would not automatically transfer the millions of followers of official Trump administration accounts to the incoming Biden administration, but instead give users the option to continue or not......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2020

Biden admin could bring improved US diplomatic response to Asia — think tank

America's response to security and socioeconomic issues in Asia Pacific is seen to improve under the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden, a US-based think tank has said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 6th, 2020

Biden presidency to lead FDI to Asia with tight China tack

Asia is set to secure a significant push for pandemic recovery from the incoming Biden administration......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

Palace hopes Biden will help Pinoy immigrants

While it does not see major changes in the ties between Manila and Washington, Malacañang is hopeful that the administration of US President-elect Joe Biden will help Filipino illegal immigrants legalize their stay in the United States......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

Palace hopes Biden admin will help Filipino illegal immigrants

While it does not see major changes in the ties between Manila and Washington, Malacañang is hopeful that the administration of American President-elect Joe Biden will help Filipino illegal immigrants legalize their stay in the United States. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2020

Congratulations flood in for Biden’s ‘historic’ win

Congratulations poured in for US president-elect Joe Biden from around the world, with Washington’s allies, particularly in Europe, seeing his win as a chance at a fresh start after the antagonistic years under Donald Trump. From the EU to the UAE president-elect Joe Biden has received congratulations from around the world (AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN) As crowds rushed into the streets of Washington and other cities in exuberant celebration after US networks declared Biden the winner, here are some reactions from across the globe:  – Germany – “Congratulations!” said Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I wish luck and success from the bottom of my heart. “Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to overcome the great challenges of our times,” she said in a tweet issued by a government spokesman. – France – French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”  – Britain – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Biden “on his election as President of the United States and Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.” – European Union – In a joint statement, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, president of the European Council, which represents the leaders of EU member states, said: “We take note of the latest development in the electoral process.  “On this basis the EU congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on reaching enough Electoral Votes.”  – NATO – NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg described Biden as a “strong supporter of our Alliance”. Stoltenberg, who often had to adapt to President Donald Trump making unexpected announcements about US troop drawdowns from NATO deployments, said in a tweet he looked forward to working with Biden. “A strong NATO is good for both North America and Europe,” he said.  – Canada – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we tackle the world’s greatest challenges together.” – Barack Obama – Former US president Barack Obama hailed Biden’s win as “historic and decisive” and appealed to Americans to overcome bitter divides and “find some common ground.” “Once every vote is counted, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will have won a historic and decisive victory,” Obama, Donald Trump’s White House predecessor, said in a statement. – Ireland – The republic’s prime minister Micheal Martin was one of the first to take to Twitter, tweeting: “I want to congratulate the new President Elect of the USA @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation throughout his life and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead. I also look forward to welcoming him back home when the circumstances allow!”  – Greece – Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted: “Congratulations to US President-Elect @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of Greece and I’m certain that under his presidency the relationship between our countries will grow even stronger.” – Italy –  Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted: “Congratulations to the American people and institutions for an outstanding turnout of democratic vitality. We are ready to work with the President-elect @JoeBiden to make the transatlantic relationship stronger. The US can count on Italy as a solid Ally and a strategic partner.” – Spain – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted: “The American people have chosen the 46th President of the United States. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. We wish you good luck and all the best. We are looking forward to cooperating with you to tackle the challenges ahead of us.” – India – “Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory!” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. In a separate tweet to Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris, whose mother was Indian, Modi wrote: “Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans.” “Chitti” is a Tamil term of endearment for the younger sisters of one’s mother, which Harris used in her acceptance of the Democratic nomination for vice president. She is the first woman of color elected to the US vice presidency. – Nigeria – In his congratulations, President Muhammadu Buhari, leader of Africa’s most populous nation, called for “greater engagement” with the continent. He said he looked forward to “enhanced cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, especially at economic, diplomatic and political levels, including especially on the war against terrorism”. – Ukraine – President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted in English: “Congratulations to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris! Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the United States. Ukraine and the USA have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. Our friendship becomes only stronger!”  – South Africa – President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Twitter his government looked forward to “working with you and deepening our bonds of friendship and cooperation”. – Iraq – President Barham Saleh extended “warmest congratulations” to Biden, describing him as “a friend and trusted partner in the cause of building a better Iraq. We look forward to working to achieve our common goals and strengthening peace and stability in the entire Middle East”. – Egypt – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt, the most populous Arab country, looked forward to “strengthening strategic bilateral ties between Egypt and the US in the interest of both countries and peoples”. – UAE –  “Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on winning the US elections. Our sincere wishes for further development and prosperity for the American people. The UAE and USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together,” tweeted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

US brass bitter as chaos reigns in Kabul

Washington—The mood was somber Monday in the corridors of the Pentagon, where US military personnel watched helplessly as chaos erupted at Kabul airport and privately criticized the slow pace of Joe Biden’s administration in evacuating US-allied Afghans who fear Taliban retribution......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

Farmers groups call to end fake and forced surrender campaign

Filipino farmer groups have called on the Duterte administration to stop targeting their ranks as they are being rounded up and forced to “surrender” as alleged members of the New People’s Army. The post Farmers groups call to end fake and forced surrender campaign appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

OWWA says cash aid for OFWs on hold

The cash assistance program for overseas Filipino workers displaced by the pandemic has been put on hold due to lack of funds, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration confirmed recently......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Government issues yellow card for fully vaccinated OFWs

The government is issuing yellow cards for departing overseas Filipino workers who have been fully vaccinated, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

Investments in sports paid off& mdash;Palace

The Duterte administration’s “huge investment” on Filipino athletes has gained for the Philippines its best performance in nearly a century at the Olympics, Malacanang said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2021

Rody: Nation gained from war on drugs, not me or family

With only 10 months left in his six-year term, President Rodrigo Duterte said it was the Filipino nation, and not him nor his family, who benefited from his administration’s drug war......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

Malacañang knocks back at U.S. lawmakers

We urge the Biden administration to stand with the people of the Philippines as they continue to fight for their universal human rights. The post Malacañang knocks back at U.S. lawmakers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

& lsquo;Biden free to talk about alleged abuses under Duterte& rsquo;

Malacañang said it is up to US President Joe Biden if he will condemn President Rodrigo Duterte over alleged “pattern of abuses” under his administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

US Senate Democrats urge Biden to address Philippine rights situation

In a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Senate Democrats expressed concern about the human rights situation in the Philippines and sought to understand the Biden administration’s strategy to address the Duterte government’s “continuing pattern of human rights violations.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021