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U.S. to conduct air strikes in Marawi? No need, says Lorenzana

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the US may not apply, according to AFP chief General Eduardo Año

U.S. to conduct air strikes in Marawi? No need, says Lorenzana

Duterte: No denying it, PH soldiers are pro-U.S.

Jun 12, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The President, before thanking the United States for aid in Marawi City, says he can't ignore the rapport between Filipino and American soldiers

Duterte: No denying it, PH soldiers are pro-U.S.

1st PH-US Balikatan exercises under Duterte open

May 08, 2017 - 7:43 AM

(UPDATED) The annual activity adjusts to President Rodrigo Duterte's orders: Balikatan 2017 exercises will not focus on external defense or maritime security

1st PH-US Balikatan exercises under Duterte open

Duterte asks US envoy, 'Why didn't you stop China?'

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:41 PM

In the same speech, the usually antagonistic President says, 'We remain friends with America'

Duterte asks US envoy, 'Why didn't you stop China?'

U.S. alerts PH after China seized its underwater drone off Subic

Dec 17, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza says the security cluster has yet to discuss how the Philippines will react to the incident between the US and China that happened within its exclusive economic zone

U.S. alerts PH after China seized its underwater drone off Subic

US willing to 'constructively' discuss changes in PH ties

Oct 24, 2016 - 3:14 PM

Outgoing US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg says ties between the US and the Philippines are 'unbreakable'

US willing to 'constructively' discuss changes in PH ties

Rodrigo Duterte, Leila de Lima, Donald Trump | 12PM wRap

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:45 PM

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Rodrigo Duterte, Leila de Lima, Donald Trump | 12PM wRap

Duterte: 'Don't prepare for war games next year'

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:31 AM

'I insist that we realign. There will be no more exercises next year,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte: 'Don't prepare for war games next year'

Duterte on EDCA, Dick Gordon, LeBron James | 6PM wRap

Oct 03, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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Duterte on EDCA, Dick Gordon, LeBron James | 6PM wRap

Duterte puts EDCA under review, threatens to cut US ties

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Duterte cites 2 groups in Mindanao that will not talk peace with him if the Americans stayed in Mindanao

Duterte puts EDCA under review, threatens to cut US ties

Yasay denies Duterte wants 'last military exercise' with US

Sep 29, 2016 - 12:14 AM

After media insist on what they heard Duterte say, Yasay modifies his response and says he did not hear that particular statement from the President

Yasay denies Duterte wants 'last military exercise' with US

Duterte: Next PH-US military exercises will be last in my term

Sep 28, 2016 - 10:56 PM

'You (US) are scheduled to hold war games again which China does not want. I will serve notice to you now, this will be the last military exercise,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in Hanoi

Duterte: Next PH-US military exercises will be last in my term

What now? AFP modernization in the time of Digong Duterte

Aug 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM

While it may take years, even decades, to catch up with the military capability of our nearest neighbors, the impetus has been initiated, and is now moving with its own momentum that cannot be halted abruptly

What now? AFP modernization in the time of Digong Duterte

SC upholds PH-US military deal

Jul 26, 2016 - 4:46 PM

The SC affirms its January ruling upholding the constitutionality of EDCA, saying petitioners failed to raise new arguments in their motions for reconsideration

SC upholds PH-US military deal

Duterte to United States: Are you with us or not with us?

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:57 PM

The president-elect wonders if the US will help the Philippines defend its claim over the West Philippine Sea once an international court decides favorably on the country's case against China

Duterte to United States: Are you with us or not with us?

SONA 2015, Poe on 2016, China’s reclamation | 6PM wRap

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:05 PM

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SONA 2015, Poe on 2016, China’s reclamation | 6PM wRap

US affirms 'ironclad' vow to defend Philippines

May 28, 2015 - 8:05 AM

In talks in Hawaii with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter 'reaffirm' the strong ties between the two countries and discuss territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea

US affirms 'ironclad' vow to defend Philippines

US to PH: War games 'sharpening the sword and the bolo' vs bullies

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:00 PM

'We are honing our lethal military skills...to allow us to assist each other as well as other nations should the need arise,' says Brigadier General CJ Mahoney of the US Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific

US to PH: War games 'sharpening the sword and the bolo' vs bullies

US presses need for EDCA as it awaits SC ruling

Jan 22, 2015 - 10:44 AM

A visiting US official stresses the importance of the PH-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement in ensuring regional peace, as the US government awaits the High Court's verdict on the constitutionality of EDCA

US presses need for EDCA as it awaits SC ruling

US, PH prioritize 'high value' joint exercises amid China row

Jan 21, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The Philippines and the US agree to step up joint maritime exercises amid 'massive' Chinese activities in the South China Sea

US, PH prioritize 'high value' joint exercises amid China row

Foreign militaries, int'l donors pledge post-Ruby response

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:51 PM

So far, the United States, Singapore, and UNOCHA have offered help for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations

Foreign militaries, int'l donors pledge post-Ruby response

SolGen: EDCA no guarantee US will aid PH in sea dispute

Nov 25, 2014 - 5:52 PM

While the focus of the legal battle has been whether EDCA needs Senate ratification, Supreme Court justices have grilled petitioners and Acting Solicitor General Florin Hilbay about the benefits of EDCA

SolGen: EDCA no guarantee US will aid PH in sea dispute

Scrap VFA? It's part of PH 'defense strategy'

Oct 28, 2014 - 4:14 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement 'will have an adverse effect' on the country's defense posture

Scrap VFA? It's part of PH 'defense strategy'

Q&A: US Ambassador Philip Goldberg on VFA, Pemberton, Yolanda

Oct 26, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Even before the death of Laude, the US has been talking with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of National Defense to clarify – not amend – various aspects of the VFA

Q&A: US Ambassador Philip Goldberg on VFA, Pemberton, Yolanda

2 US warships in PH for naval exercises in West PH Sea

Sep 28, 2014 - 12:46 PM

Two US Navy ships arrive at the Subic Bay Freeport to participate in the PHIBLEX military exercises that will officially start on Monday, September 29

2 US warships in PH for naval exercises in West PH Sea

PH wants US to use bases facing West PH Sea

May 15, 2014 - 5:26 PM

The Balikatan 2014 war games continue in Crow Valley in Tarlac. In a maritime security scenario, Philippines and US troops operate to take over a key enemy position.

Senators pinpoint 7 flaws in EDCA

May 14, 2014 - 8:26 AM

Senators Sergio Osmeña III and Ferdinand Marcos Jr grill the Philippine panel that negotiated EDCA, and cite provisions to show how the deal benefits the US more than to the Philippines

Senators pinpoint 7 flaws in EDCA

'EDCA allows US military to build anywhere in PH'

May 13, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Senator Marcos observes that while EDCA limits the 'agreed locations' to existing military bases, it's possible the armed forces will establish new bases if the US asks for them

'EDCA allows US military to build anywhere in PH'

PH-US war games also for counterterrorism, anti-insurgency

May 10, 2014 - 9:33 PM

The armies of the Philippines and the US train on close quarter battle, long range target shooting, and jungle survival to improve interoperability

PH-US war games also for counterterrorism, anti-insurgency

US troops in PH learn how to trap, eat snakes for survival

May 06, 2014 - 5:36 PM

About 60 soldiers of the US Army participate in the jungle survival training course given by the Philippine Army Special Forces in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija

US troops in PH learn how to trap, eat snakes for survival

DFA: Treaty obliges US to defend PH if attacked

Apr 30, 2014 - 7:35 PM

Under the MDT, the US will come to the assistance of the Philippines if attacked, says Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

DFA: Treaty obliges US to defend PH if attacked

Obama ends 2-day Philippine visit

Apr 29, 2014 - 11:29 AM

US President Barack Obama ends his Philippine visit with a promise to come to the country's defense in the event of an external armed attack

Obama ends 2-day Philippine visit

Obama laments 'injustice' to PH war veterans

Apr 29, 2014 - 10:44 AM

US President Barack Obama admits many Filipino war veterans were denied the compensation they were promised

Obama laments 'injustice' to PH war veterans

Obama arrives in Manila for 2-day state visit

Apr 28, 2014 - 1:41 PM

US President Barack Obama arrives in Manila on Monday afternoon, April 28, to begin a two-day state visit

Obama arrives in Manila for 2-day state visit

Obama in Manila: What to expect

Apr 28, 2014 - 12:35 AM

US President Barack Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino will tackle defense and security issues, with Obama expected to vow continued US support for the PH

Obama in Manila: What to expect

Obama to spend Day 2 of PH visit with Filipino soldiers

Apr 24, 2014 - 5:06 PM

Malacañang says defense is the top agenda of Obama's visit next week, April 28-29

Militants storm camp to protest PH-US talks

Mar 24, 2014 - 6:01 PM

The Philippines and US panels meet for the 7th round of talks on Monday, March 24, inside Camp Aguinaldo

Militants storm camp to protest PH-US talks

Bases access: US grants PH access to military facilities

Mar 14, 2014 - 2:13 PM

The Philippine panel divulges more details of the military-to-miitary agreement with the US as the treaty allies reach final stages on negotiations

Bases access: US grants PH access to military facilities

PH 'won't rush defense accord' for Obama visit

Mar 08, 2014 - 6:52 PM

For the government, it is not deadlines but the quality and content of the agreement that is more worthy of attention

PH 'won't rush defense accord' for Obama visit

PH, US haggling over length of stay of troops

Feb 20, 2014 - 3:53 PM

The talks are going well but Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the panels are in no hurry

PH, US haggling over length of stay of troops

Expect stronger US message vs China aggression

Feb 13, 2014 - 11:01 PM

Will PH-US negotiations involving access by American troops to military bases here be completed in time for Obama's April visit?

Expect stronger US message vs China aggression

PH, US 'close' to signing military deal

Feb 05, 2014 - 5:16 PM

President Aquino seeks the support of nations around the world to back the Philippines' protest against China

PH, US 'close' to signing military deal

PH, US bases access talks resume January 30

Jan 24, 2014 - 5:35 PM

Round 5 of the talks will be held in Washington DC, after the round in October was marked by disagreements on critical provisions, like equal access to facilities

PH, US bases access talks resume January 30

2nd round of talks for US access to PH bases

Sep 02, 2013 - 11:24 PM

The Philippines and the United States continue to hammer out an agreement on US access to military bases in the country

2nd round of talks for US access to PH bases

Panel allows US 'construction' in PH bases

Aug 31, 2013 - 12:22 PM

Whatever is built must first be approved by the Philippines and will have to be removed once activities are completed

Panel allows US 'construction' in PH bases

FAQs: Boosting US troops' presence in PH

Aug 16, 2013 - 9:17 PM

The DFA releases a list of FAQs on increased US presence in the Philippines, which Rappler is republishing in full

FAQs: Boosting US troops' presence in PH

PH eyes formal talks on U.S. 'joint use'

Jul 16, 2013 - 11:23 AM

The proposed deal could 'expand' the Visiting Forces Agreement, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr says

PH eyes formal talks on U.S. 'joint use'

PH-US launch Balikatan 2013 amid China row

Apr 05, 2013 - 2:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario says the exercises will help build the PH's capacity to defend itself

PH-US launch Balikatan 2013 amid China row

2nd Hamilton vessel from US not a concern for PH neighbors--Palace

Feb 09, 2012 - 6:51 PM

Lacierda says the vessel is only meant to improve the country's security against external threats