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May 20, 2017 - 7:42 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the riot police during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, on May 18, 2017. Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from travelling to New York to discuss his country's deadly political crisis with United Nations officials. On Monday Venezuelans launched a seventh week of anti-government demonstrations by blocking roads, vowing not to budge all day in protest at a deadly political and economic crisis. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Cimatu, Napoles, ISIS | Evening wRap

May 08, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Watch the evening newscast with David Lozada

Australia, Japan participate in Balikatan exercises

May 08, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Australia is the only other country aside from US that has a visiting forces agreement with the Philippines

MOA ON DEFENSE COOPERATION. Japan sent 20 soldiers to participate in the 2017 Balikatan Exercises. Rappler photo

U.S. says Balikatan a 'most important exercise'

May 08, 2017 - 1:37 PM

We are honored to participate in this most important exercise with this great ally of nearly 70 years the Philippines says US Marines Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson during the opening ceremony for Balikatan 2017

Balikatan, impeachment complaint, Macron | Midday wRap

May 08, 2017 - 1:32 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Margie de Leon

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

U.S. troops arrive for first Balikatan exercises under Duterte

Apr 24, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The first Balikatan exercises under Duterte will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response and counter terrorism

WAR GAMES. US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte, Marcos, Order of Lapu-Lapu | Evening wRap

Apr 17, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Zak Yuson

Duterte wants 'demilitarization' in West PH Sea – Esperon

Sep 29, 2016 - 8:45 AM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says stopping US Philippines war games could increase chances of a peaceful settlement of the West Philippine Sea maritime dispute

'DEMILITARIZATION.' National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr speaks to media in Hanoi on September 28, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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

File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

BALIKATAN EXERCISES. Flag bearers from the Philippine and the US await the entrance of colours during the opening ceremonies for the annual RP-US Balikatan at the AFP-COC inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 4, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Leaked Comelec data, Balikatan exercises, ExoMars | 12PM wRap

Apr 15, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

US fires long-range missiles in Balikatan war games

Apr 14, 2016 - 3:39 PM

The Balikatan exercises are staged in the shadow of a festering dispute between the poorly equipped US ally and regional giant China over islands reefs and waters in the resource rich South China Sea

FIREPOWER. An M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) of the US marines is fired during a live fire exercise as part of 'Balikatan' joint US-Philippine military exercise at Crow Valley, in Capas town, north of Manila on April 14, 2016. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Military defense, election watch, Kobe Bryant | 12PM wRap

Apr 14, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Maria Ressa

US 'working closely' with PH probers on Filipino soldier's death

Apr 08, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The US embassy conveys its condolences to the family of the Filipino airman who died in a tragic accident during the annual PH US joint military exercises

JOINT EXERCISES. Flag bearers from the Philippine and the US await the entrance of colors at the opening ceremonies the annual RP-US Balikatan in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 4, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipino soldier dies in joint PH-US exercises

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:58 PM

The airman accidentally falls into the seashore near the Subic airport during a parachute exercise

Approval ratings, Comelec leak, Panama Papers | 6PM wRap

Apr 04, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

China warns 'outsiders' as PH-US war games begin

Apr 04, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The exercises caps Manila s recent attempts to involve outsiders in a regional row

BALIKATAN OPENS. Philippine and US soldiers march with their national flags during the opening ceremony of the annual joint 11-day Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) military exercise in Manila on April 4, 2016. Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH, US hold war games as China flexes muscles

Apr 02, 2016 - 12:54 PM

The 11 day Balikatan exercises are expected to show how the Philippines though severely outgunned can counter China with the help of the United States its longest standing ally

Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

War it is

Oct 31, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Instead of waiting for America to act or whining at their doble cara my friend suggests the Philippines take the initiative and confront the vastly superior Chinese ships in the disputed shoal

US wants more countries to join war games with PH

Jul 27, 2015 - 2:37 PM

The new commander of the US Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift welcomes the controversial war games between the Philippines and Japan

BALIKATAN AS MULTILATERAL WAR GAMES. The commander of the US Pacific Fleet welcomes war games between the Philippines and US. Rappler file photo

Balikatan 2015, Binay and Jokowi, Mayweather gameplan | The wRap

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:01 PM

The Philippines and US war games begin Binay wants to meet Jokowi to save Mary Jane Mayweather’s plans to counter Pacquiao’s left hand

Curfew, nightclub ban on US troops killing businesses in Olongapo, Subic

Apr 15, 2015 - 4:04 PM

Some establishments have already closed while others are just struggling to survive right now according to business owners

PH-US troops begin war games near disputed waters

May 05, 2014 - 12:29 PM

The exercises involving 5 500 Filipino and American soldiers will be held in Palawan and Zambales among other areas to demonstrate maritime security cooperation between the two treaty allies

OPENING CEREMONIES: US-PH Balikatan 2014 includes participation of Australian troops. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

US to train PH troops on maritime surveillance

Apr 08, 2014 - 4:45 PM

At least 3 000 Philippine troops will train with 2 500 US soldiers on humanitarian assistance and disaster response maritime surveillance and civil military operations among others

ALLIES. US Ambassador Harry Thomas, Jr (3rd from left) and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario (3rd from right) lead the opening of last year's Balikatan exercises

PH-US war games begin Friday

Apr 03, 2013 - 1:52 PM

This is the 4th year that the Balikatan exercises will be focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster response

PH-US Balikatan Exercises 2012. File photo