President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned China against using force in territorial disputes and assured the Philippines that America had an "ironclad" commitment to defend the Philippines in case of an attack.
Obama's warning at the end of his four-nation trip underscored growing concern over worsening maritime rows between China and U.S. allies over isles, reefs and rock outcrops in the East and South China Sea.
"Let me be absolutely clear. For more than 60 years, the United States and the Philippines have been bound by a mutual defense treaty," Obama told Philippine and U.S. troops and veterans Tuesday morning at the Philippine Army Gymnasium in Taguig, Metro Manila.More >
Two Southern California men, including a Filipino Muslim convert, were each sentenced Monday to 25 years by a federal judge for plotting to commit "violent jihad" against American overseas.
Ralph Kenneth DeLeon, 26, of Ontario and Soheil Omar Kabir, 37, of Pomona were convicted by a grand jury in September for plotting to travel to Afghanistan, join Al Qaeda and commit violent jihad against American military and government targets overseas during trial at the federal courthouse in downtown Riverside.
Despite appeals for leniency and new trial, Judge Virginia A. Phillips of the U.S. District Court for the Central District Court of California handed the same 25-year prison sentence to the defendants and lifetime supervised release by the U.S. Probation Office upon their release from custody.
Ten-year-old Filipino American Matthew McFarlin, who was recently crowned as Choi Kwang Do martial arts 14-and-under black belt state champion in Michigan, dreams of someday becoming an actor.
By DANIEL LLANTO
MANILA – Initially disavowing claims that the U.S. military provides logistical support to the Philippines in its ongoing maritime dispute with China, the U.S. Navy acknowledged on Thursday that it has begun flying its most advanced surveillance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, out of Philippine bases for patrols over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
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