Mutual Defense Treaty

U.S. increases surveillance support to PH military

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS to Mindanao the US embassy says in a statement

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

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

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

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

'STILL FRIENDS.' President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US Ambassador Sung Kim in Davao City. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

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

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

UNBREAKABLE. Ambassador Philip Goldberg says the ties between the US and the Philippines are 'unbreakable.' Rappler photo

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Oct 13, 2016 - 12:45 PM

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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

INDEPENDENT FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will chart an independent foreign policy even as he maintains ties with treaty allies. File photo

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Oct 03, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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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

EDCA SIGNING. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg after the 2004 signing of the agreement. File photo by Ben Nabong/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

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

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

US-PH TIES. United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg (left) visits President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (right) in Davao City on June 13, 2016. Screen grab from RTVM

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Jul 27, 2015 - 8:05 PM

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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

SIDE BY SIDE. US and Philippine marines hold their respective national flags during the parade of colors as part of the US-Philippines Amphibious landing Exercise Phiblex 2014 closing ceremony at the Philippine marines headquarters in Manila on October 11, 2013. Noel Celis/AFP

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 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

USS Germantown: The amphibious dock landing ships joins the annual PHIBLEX exercises. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

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

STEALTH ATTACK: Philippine Marines implement naval exercises with US troops. Rappler file photo of Balikatan games

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

GRILLED: Members of the Philippine panel attend a Senate hearing on 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

SENATE HEARING: Members of Philippine panel defend the military deal before the Senate

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

INTERNAL THREATS REMAIN: Outside maritime security exercises, Philippines and US troops train on close quarter combat and long range target shooting

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

TRAINING EXERCISES: US troops learn to cook a chicken in a field environment during a jungle warfare training exercise

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

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 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 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 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 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

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 '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, 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

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?

ARRIVAL HONORS: US navy chief of naval operations Admiral Jonathan Greenbert. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

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

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

MORE DETAILS: Philippines and US panels flesh out details of the new military agreement allowing increased rotational presence of US troops in the Philippines. DND file photo

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

MORE DETAILS: Philippines and US panels flesh out details of the new military agreement allowing increased rotational presence of US troops in the Philippines. 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

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

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

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

ALLIES. US Ambassador Harry Thomas, Jr (3rd from left) and Foreign Affairs Sec Albert del Rosario (3rd from right) lead the opening of Balikatan 2013. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

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