Visiting Forces Agreement
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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

AIRSTRIKE. An Air Force MD-520MG Defender light attack helicopter fires rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Cayetano, Sotto, Carpio | Evening wRap

May 10, 2017 - 8:25 PM

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SC's Carpio: Philippines can't have VFA with China

May 10, 2017 - 2:50 PM

It s difficult to have a VFA with a country claiming your territory For me it is common sense says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

COMMON SENSE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines cannot have a Visiting Forces Agreement with China. Rappler photo

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

BALIKATAN CONTINUES. Philippine and US officials link arms at the opening ceremony of Balikatan Exercises 2017. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

14 senators' resolution: Senate has a say in termination of treaties

Feb 13, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The power to bind the Philippines by a treaty and international agreement is vested jointly by the Constitution in the President and the Senate reads the Senate resolution

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

De Lima: Duterte changing PH foreign policy to serve his ego

Dec 18, 2016 - 9:30 PM

There is so much at stake here – the Filipino people s lives well being security and even our very sovereignty says Senator Leila de Lima

Duterte to U.S.: Pay for troops to stay in PH

Dec 18, 2016 - 12:51 PM

You want to come back here? You pay us You want bases here? Pay us Transaction tayo pera pera nalang tayo mabuti pa says President Rodrigo Duterte on the possible abrogation of the VFA

NO MORE VFA? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte explains the severity of the human right violations allegedly perpetrated by the Americans who colonized the country for 50 years in his speech during his arrival at the Davao International Airport in Davao City on December 17, 2016. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

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

Duterte wants VFA scrapped, but will 'wait' for Trump

Dec 17, 2016 - 1:44 AM

Though he wants the military deal with the US abrogated Duterte says he will wait before making any decision in deference to Donald Trump s assumption of the US presidency

ARRIVAL MESSAGE. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte delivers his arrival message at the Davao International Airport on Dec 17, 2016 after his state visits to Cambodia and Singapore. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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

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

UPHELD. The Supreme Court affirms the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and the US, signed in April 2014. File photo

Pemberton sentence reduced

Apr 04, 2016 - 6:18 PM

The lawyer for the Laude family says stresses that the lighter penalty of 6 10 years imprisonment still disqualifies Pemberton from seeking early release through parole

MAXIMUM OF 10 YEARS. The Olongapo court reduces US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton's sentence from 12 to 10 years. In this file photo, Pemberton (center) is escorted by security as he arrives at a court in Olongapo city, Philippines, December 1, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Laude case: Pemberton files appeal to reverse conviction

Jan 07, 2016 - 8:37 AM

UPDATED The American s lawyer also files a separate motion seeking a reduced sentence for the marine in the event that the acquittal is not granted

In this file photo, US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton (C) is escorted by security as he arrives at a court in Olongapo city, Philippines, December 1, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Aquino defends cell for Pemberton amid renovation

Dec 05, 2015 - 4:59 PM

The US reportedly wants Pemberton’s detention cell in the Philippines to meet American standards

FOUND GUILTY. A handout picture released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines shows convicted US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton (C) being escorted to his detention cell upon arrival at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon City, northeast of Manila, Philippines, on December 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of Armed Forces of the Philippines/EPA

Pemberton to return to Camp Aguinaldo

Dec 01, 2015 - 8:07 PM

UPDATED This comes after Pemberton s counsel filed an urgent motion asking the court to direct the US Marine s confinement to the custodial center instead of the New Bilibid Prison

CONVICTED. US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton was found guilty of homicide in the death of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude. Photo by Randy Datu/ Rappler

PH officials welcome Pemberton verdict, but some wary

Dec 01, 2015 - 7:21 PM

Leftist lawmakers fear the PH US Visiting Forces Agreement could still come into play

'JUSTICE FOR LAUDE.' Some government officials, including Vice President Jejomar Binay, welcome the conviction of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton for homicide. Rappler file photo

LOOKING BACK: Daniel Smith and the Subic rape case

Dec 01, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Pemberton s fate mirrors that of fellow US serviceman Daniel Smith who was implicated in the Subic rape case nearly a decade ago

HEARING. US Marines Staff Sergeant Dominic Duplantis (L) and Lance Corporal Daniel Smith leave the courtroom after their hearing on the Subic rape case in 2006. Photo by Mike Alquinto/EPA

Pemberton guilty of homicide

Dec 01, 2015 - 3:57 PM

2ND UPDATE The ruling comes over a year after Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude was found dead

MUGSHOT. A handout photo dated 19 December 2014 released on 21 December 2014 by the Olongapo City Police Public Information Office (PIO) shows US Marine Private First Class Joseph Pemberton at the Olongapo police station in Olongapo city, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo from EPA/PNP OLONGAPO-PIO

PH, US coast guard units eye ‘Balikatan’

Sep 24, 2015 - 6:48 PM

’The trend now is white to white ’ PCG commandant Admiral Rodolfo Isorena says referring to a ‘coast guard to coast guard’ set up

Japan military chief in PH for Pacific Partnership 2015

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano is in the Philippines to observe the largest multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo Asia Pacific region

BAYANIHAN. Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Hernando Iriberr presents Japan Self-Defense Forces chief of staff Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano with a token of golden men relocating a "kubo" (nipa hut) depicting the Filipino tradition of "Bayanihan" during his visit to Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo on August 12. Photo by Ssg Amable Milay Jr. PAF (PAO AFP)

Murder case vs Pemberton at risk of being downgraded to homicide

Aug 03, 2015 - 7:15 PM

Very vital evidence on the murder case against US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton was not admitted by the local court trying him a prosecutor says

US marine's turn to present evidence in Laude murder trial

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:24 AM

There are 17 more expected trial dates for the defense to present all counterevidence in the murder trial of transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude

MUGSHOT. A handout photo dated 19 December 2014 released on 21 December 2014 by the Olongapo City Police Public Information Office (PIO) shows US Marine Private First Class Joseph Pemberton at the Olongapo police station in Olongapo city, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo from EPA/PNP OLONGAPO-PIO

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

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:05 PM

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PH: Naval drills with Japan OK despite no VFA

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:45 PM

The Philippine government doesn t expect to ratify a Visiting Forces Agreement with Japan before President Benigno Aquino III steps down from office

PHILIPPINES' ALLIES. Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel walk next to P3C patrol planes at the Puerto Princesa airport on the island of Palawan, western Philippines, on June 23, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Philippines defends proposed VFA with ex-invader Japan

Jun 24, 2015 - 8:46 PM

While critics cite Japan s atrocities in the Philippines during World War II Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says Filipinos should not remain stuck in the past

NAVAL DRILLS. A Japanese maritime self-defense force officer signals a P3C patrol plane at the Puerto Princesa airport on the island of Palawan, western Philippines, on June 24, 2015. The Philippines is holding separate naval drills with the US and Japan near the disputed South China Sea. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Naval drills, new energy secretary, US visa | 12PM wRap

Jun 24, 2015 - 12:09 PM

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'Foreign alliances important in sea row with China'

Jun 13, 2015 - 11:13 AM

Chanting China go away an estimated 400 people from various groups converge in front of the Chinese embassy in Makati City to protest its reclamation in the South China Sea

ANTI-CHINA RALLY. Civil society groups converge in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City to protest China's reclamation in the South China Sea on June 12, 2015. Photo by Janelle Paris/Rappler

At 11th hour, senators say EDCA is a treaty needing their vote

Jun 12, 2015 - 8:52 AM

The resolution precedes an expected ruling on the case pending before the Supreme Court

6 MONTHS LATER. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago makes good her word to force the Senate to take a stand on EDCA. File photo

2nd term for PH president, Binay vs Poe, Dubs over Cavs in Gm1 | 6PM wRap

Jun 05, 2015 - 6:39 PM

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PH, Japan to begin VFA talks

Jun 05, 2015 - 1:38 PM

It will be a treaty not an executive agreement that will require Senate ratification says President Benigno Aquino III

PH-JAPAN TIES. President Benigno S. Aquino III (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka State Guest on June 4, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Laude family to SC: Allow media coverage of Pemberton trial

Apr 27, 2015 - 6:43 PM

Journalists are barred from the courtroom to witness the trial of the US marine forcing them to rely on photos and narratives of those who are inside the court

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

Laude camp to SC: Order Pemberton's move to Olongapo jail

Apr 16, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The sisters of slain Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude want the US soldier s transfer from a Philippine military camp to the Olongapo City Jail

MUGSHOT. A handout photo dated 19 December 2014 released on 21 December 2014 by the Olongapo City Police Public Information Office (PIO) shows US Marine Private First Class Joseph Pemberton at the Olongapo police station in Olongapo city, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo from EPA/PNP OLONGAPO-PIO

Mamasapano survivor, Pemberton not guilty plea, Pacquiao killer instinct | The wRap

Feb 23, 2015 - 7:38 PM

Witnesses say a Mamasapano clash survivor killed 5 people in cold blood A not guilty plea for US Marine Pemberton Pacquiao’s trainer says he lost his killer instinct

Mamasapano probe: What did the President know?

Feb 22, 2015 - 5:05 PM

Senators also want to find out the full extent of the United States’ supposed involvement in the top secret police operation that claimed the lives of 65 including 44 elite cops

MAMASAPANO PROBE. After holding closed-door executive sessions with key personalities, the Senate has more questions about the President and the US's alleged involvement in 'Oplan Exodus.' File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

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

BALIKATAN: Thousands of American troops come to the Philippines every year for regular military exercises. Rappler photo

Top US envoy for East Asia in Manila for PH-US talks

Jan 20, 2015 - 7:54 PM

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel is in Manila for bilateral talks likely to touch on the South China Sea dispute

PH-US DIALOGUE. America's top diplomat for East Asia Daniel Russel is in Manila for talks likely to touch on China and Manila's military agreements with Washington. File photo courtesy: Yonhap/EPA

Don't worry about 2-month delay in US Marine's trial – Palace

Dec 24, 2014 - 7:30 PM

There is sufficient time for the legal proceeding says Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma

GRANTED: The Olongapo court grants the motion of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton to suspend his murder trial pending his petition before the Department of Justice

Pemberton trial, Lacson resignation, Sony film release | The wRap

Dec 24, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Philippine court suspends US Marine trial Lacson steps down February 2015 Sony will release controversial film “The Interview” on Christmas Day

Court suspends US Marine's murder trial

Dec 23, 2014 - 10:02 PM

UPDATED The Olongapo court also junks motions filed by the counsel of the Laude family to move Joseph Scott Pemberton to a jail in Olongapo City and to allow media to cover his murder trial

MUGSHOT. A handout photo dated 19 December 2014 released on 21 December 2014 by the Olongapo City Police Public Information Office (PIO) shows US Marine Private First Class Joseph Pemberton at the Olongapo police station in Olongapo city, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo from EPA/PNP OLONGAPO-PIO

US Marine to appear before Olongapo court

Dec 18, 2014 - 11:10 PM

The routine booking procedure requires the presence of Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton who is accused of murdering a Filipino transgender woman before the court on Friday morning December 19

MURDER CASE: The arraignment of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is scheduled on Friday, December 19

Erap on Mar, UP faculty on media practices, Sony pull-out | The wRap

Dec 18, 2014 - 7:15 PM

Will former president Estrada endorse Mar Roxas for 2016? University of the Philippines faculty call for the end of contractualization in media Sony cancels the release of its film “The Interview”

Amend Pemberton arrest warrant, Laude camp asks court

Dec 18, 2014 - 6:11 PM

The Laude camp says the arrest warrant is addressed to the DFA subjecting its implementation to the department s interpretation of the legal circumstances of the US marine

PH won’t fight for Pemberton custody

Dec 18, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Philippine foreign affairs spokesperson Charles Jose says We will not request anymore We will just wait for the court’s advice on when the trial will start

THAT'S IT. Philippine Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Charles Jose says Manila will no longer insist on getting custody over Joseph Scott Pemberton. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

US denies PH request for custody over marine

Dec 17, 2014 - 5:54 PM

UPDATED The Philippines says it is disappointed that the US refuses to waive custody over Pemberton accused of killing Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude

REQUEST DENIED. The US Embassy in Manila says it will retain custody over Pemberton, denying the Philippine government's request. File photo

Pemberton arrest warrant, PH vs. China, Sydney siege | The wRap

Dec 16, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Pemberton’s warrant of arrest is out China snubs a deadline to respond to a South China Sea case filed by Philippines The gunman and 2 hostages die in the Sydney cafe siege

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

TYPHOON YOLANDA: File photo of US Marines boarding a KC-130J Hercules aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, moments before departing for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Photo by AFP/USMC/Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey

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

ORAL ARGUMENTS ON EDCA: Acting Solicitor General Florin Hilbay and Anti-EDCA petitioner former Senator Rene Saguisag. Rappler photo

SC denies Laude kin's intervention in EDCA case

Nov 18, 2014 - 7:20 PM

The High Court says the petition to intervene that Jennifer Laude s mother and sisters filed contains sensitive evidence that might prejudice the murder case over her slay

SC orals on EDCA: China threat looms over charter issues

Nov 18, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Will the High Court approach the case from a purely legal standpoint? Or will they consider the security situation in the West Philippine Sea?

EDCA SIGNING. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg after the signing of the agreement. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler