Increased Rotational Presence - updates

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PH military says EDCA to address capability gaps

Jan 12, 2016 - 4:45 PM

One of the weakest militaries in Asia the Philippines has embarked on a modest modernization program to improve its deterrence capabilities

3 to 5 PH military bases eyed for US use

May 02, 2014 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija among those being eyed is a natural choice because it is where Philippines US Balikatan exercises are often held

PHILIPPINE PANEL CHAIRMAN: Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino. Rappler file photo

EDCA to boost defense posture, allow new joint activities

May 01, 2014 - 8:45 PM

Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino gives the assurance that the Philippines will have the final say on the activities of US troops here

PH PANEL CHAIRMAN: Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino

DOCUMENT: Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

Apr 29, 2014 - 6:53 PM

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA paves the way for the increased presence of American troops in the Philippines and gives them wider access to military bases

SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER: The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) leads to increased presence of American troops in the Philippines

PH-US military deal won't offend China – Trillanes

Apr 29, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Trillanes has done back channeling negotiations between the Philippines and China regarding the West Philippine Sea dispute

BACK-CHANNELING: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Philippines should be less hostile to China

Obama: U.S. commitment to PH 'ironclad'

Apr 29, 2014 - 12:40 PM

Our commitment to defend the Philippines is ironclad and the United States will keep that commitment because allies never stand alone Obama tells an audience of US and Filipino soldiers

How far will the US go to defend the Philippines?

Apr 28, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Rightly or wrongly we need them for the balance of power The reality is we cannot hack it alone

US and Philippine Marines carry their respective colors. File Photo by AFP/Jay Directo

PH primer on military pact with US

Apr 28, 2014 - 1:19 PM

This primer was distributed during the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA between the Philippines and the US in Camp Aguinaldo on April 28 2014

SIGNED: Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg sign the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/

Militants set protests for Obama visit

Apr 25, 2014 - 7:32 PM

The group Bayan says the protest activities are meant to tell the US president that American troops are not welcome in the Philippines under the proposed military access agreement

Lawmakers threaten to bring new PH, US military deal to SC

Apr 13, 2014 - 4:32 PM

The Philippine panel on April 11 announced it was ready to submit to Malacañang the draft of the new military agreement with the US following the conclusion of Round 8 of talks

CONSTITUTIONAL? Militant lawmakers threaten to bring the new military deal between the US and the Philippines to the Supreme Court

PH, US draft military deal for Aquino review

Apr 11, 2014 - 4:28 PM

Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr says he is looking forward to its possible signing during the visit of US President Barack Obama in late April

READY: Philippines and US panels conclude 8th round of talks on enhanced defense cooperation. DND Photo

Obama to arrive in Manila April 28

Apr 11, 2014 - 2:19 PM

US President Barack Obama will leave the Philippines the next day

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 panels schedule another round of talks

Mar 27, 2014 - 7:08 PM

The 8th round of talks is expected early next month

7TH ROUND: The Philippines and the US panels meet in Manila for the 7th round of talks. DND photo

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

NO TO US BASES: About 60 members of militant groups protest in front of the military headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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

RESHUFFLE: Panel chairman Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino introduces new panel members ambassadors Eduardo Malaya and Lourdes Yparraguirre. Rappler photo

PH presents to US 'full draft text' of military bases access deal

Mar 09, 2014 - 10:15 PM

The title of the draft agreement is revised from Increased Rotational Presence to Enhanced Defense Cooperation

ROUND 6: Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino (3rd from left) and United States Ambassador Eric John (3rd from right) go over the provisions of the draft PHL-US agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation. Government photo

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

Problems in the PH-US bases access deal?

Feb 10, 2014 - 7:49 PM

We re hopeful that both parties will be able to come into agreement at the soonest possible time Philippine panel chairman Pio Lorenzo Batino tells Rappler

OUT OF THE PANEL: Foreign Affairs assistant secretary Carlos Soreta. Rappler file photo

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

WAITING FOR UPDATES: The Philippine panel is yet to give updates on the last round of talks. DND file photo

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

FIFTH ROUND: The Philippines and the US militaries will discuss how much access Filipino troops will be given to facilities US will build in the Philippines. DND file photo

New US envoy: PH needs us more after Haiyan

Dec 02, 2013 - 3:34 PM

US Ambassador Philip Goldberg wants to push PH US ties to the next level

Soldiers of the world deployed for Haiyan victims

Nov 15, 2013 - 9:30 AM

The military is organizing a combined joint task force to coordinate efforts of military units from other countries

TO TYPHOON ZONE. A file image of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) (center) during a 2008 joint US-Japan naval exercise. Image courtesy US Navy

PH, US bases access talks reach 'impasse'

Nov 06, 2013 - 3:26 PM

The setback is expected to delay the agreement that they initially wanted to finish between 4 and 6 rounds No schedule has been set for the next round

IMPASSE: Philippine and US panels disagree on critical provisions. DND file photo

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

SIDE BY SIDE. US and Philippine Marines carry their respective colors at the formal opening of the annual Philippine-US Amphibious Landing Exercises aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard which docked at the former US naval base of Subic on October 8, 2012. Photo by AFP/Jay Directo