Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is 'ridiculous' to protest about an action beyond Philippine shores. 'Paano tayo magpo-protest sa hindi natin territory?'
Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'
'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies
It's the second Balikatan under President Rodrigo Duterte, who at the start of his term threatened to end the military exercises. Ties between the Philippines and US have since improved.
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(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.
EDCA is an agreement which allows the US military to construct facilities and pre-position defense assets inside Philippine military bases
Armed Forces chief Gen Eduardo Año asks Congress for P124 million the Philippines has to cough up for the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement
Gerard Mosquera tells the Judicial and Bar Council that he would ve dissented with the 2016 EDCA ruling For him a treaty would have to be executed to justify stationing of foreign troops in the country
But President Rodrigo Duterte is less warm as he talks about the military alliance between the Philippines and the United States
EXCLUSIVE: Construction will proceed in two other military bases – Basa Air Base in Pampanga and Lumbia Air Base in Cagayan de Oro – to implement the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement
UPDATED Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana says it doesn t mean President Rodrigo Duterte wants to cancel EDCA altogether He only wants to review the structures that the US plans to build
President Rodrigo Duterte who had threatened to scrap the deal is okay with the plans according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
Ang hamon sa kanya is really walk the talk says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago on President Rodrigo Duterte s pursuit of an independent foreign policy
Watch the evening edition of Rappler s newscast with Maria Ressa
We have the EDCA Well forget it the President says in a speech before departing for Japan
US Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the American government is confident that Filipinos recognize the benefits of close ties with the US
President Duterte said in Bacolod that EDCA was only signed by an aide and [former defense chief Voltaire] Gazmin Did the President get his facts right?
Duterte cites 2 groups in Mindanao that will not talk peace with him if the Americans stayed in Mindanao
Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says the government should clarify its position on foreign affairs given its conflicting statements
Malacañang says the President s latest statements are intended to communicate that we need to be ready to chart our own course and find our own alliances
The SC affirms its January ruling upholding the constitutionality of EDCA saying petitioners failed to raise new arguments in their motions for reconsideration
Malacañang also says that the highly uncontroversial PH US joint military exercises are meant to ensure that prosperity is continuous under a regime of stability through the participation of all countries
In Rappler’s ‘The Leader I Want’ debate senatorial candidate Walden Bello says EDCA merely makes the Philippines a ‘military base’ of the US
6th UPDATE American Rear Admiral Ron Boxall says one or two Chinese vessels followed the warship but there were no tensions
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter who is now in Manila says more military bases will be added to the initial 5 agreed upon
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
The shipment includes Humvee vehicles trucks jeeps backhoes and bulldozers
The Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan has been the site of maritime exercises with the militaries of the US Japan and Australia
Poe says the Philippines can have a military as strong as Singapore s a country that can afford expensive military hardware
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says once the required documents are processed in the coming months US troops can move in to begin construction of their facilities
If the arbitration case on the maritime dispute drags on for too long Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he is willing to discuss sharing natural resources with China
US Ambassador Philip Goldberg declines to give a categorical response to the Philippine proposal but says I don’t think there are limitations to what the US can do
If EDCA enters the picture and the airport is used by the US military city officials say they would have to adjust accordingly But first they will try to convince the national government to favor their plan
Because the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US offers more than what the VFA or even the Mutual Defense Treaty provides it requires Senate ratification
We look back at landmark decisions by this batch of SC justices – between the latest appointment of Jardeleza in August 2014 and Villarama’s early retirement in January 2016
UPDATED Read the 118 page decision on the PH US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the Supreme Court ruling on EDCA opens up new opportunities to further deepen our enduring alliance with the US
The senators some of whom earlier signed a resolution that the PH US military agreement needs Senate approval now say they respect the High Court s ruling
But other netizens welcome the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA ruling saying it would protect the country from external threats like China
UPDATED The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement doesn t need the concurrence of the Senate according to the Supreme Court
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach elicits strong reactions online when she tells pageant judges she doesn t see any problem with US military presence in the Philippines
The Philippine foreign affairs department says: The Australian aircraft was exercising its right of freedom of overflight a principle we fully support
Former US Pacific Commander Samuel Locklear says the US will start improving infrastructure in Philippine bases if the Philippine Supreme Court upholds EDCA
The Senate Minority Leader says of Miriam Santiago s anti EDCA resolution: Let the talkative ones hold the guns to fight [those] who will be coming to invade us
But Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago admits that the Supreme Court has the final say on the issue