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Guevarra is new DOJ Secretary, Galvez is next AFP Chief, Trump on Daniels | Midday wRap

Apr 06, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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U.S. ship docks in Manila; sailors, Marines to help Mayon victims

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:50 PM

More than 2,500 sailors and Marines aboard USS Bonhomme Richard visit Manila 'to enhance the strong ties between the Philippines and the US'

IN MANILA. Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit Rizza Fontanares, from San Diego, uses big eyes binoculars while standing forward lookout watch during sea and anchor detail as the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives in Manila for a scheduled port visit. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Sykes

Malacañang summons U.S. envoy over intel report

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:29 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim meets with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea over the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Duterte a 'regional threat'

SUMMONED. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is summoned to Malacañang to explain the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Rodrigo Duterte a 'regional threat.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. intel saying Duterte a threat an 'opinionated assessment' – PNP chief

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:59 PM

National police chief Ronald dela Rosa says they can also easily say that the United States is a threat to Philippine democracy

U.S. intel agencies say Duterte a 'regional threat' in Southeast Asia

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The CIA and 16 other US intelligence agencies cite President Rodrigo Duterte's suggestion to declare a 'revolutionary government' and impose nationwide martial law as a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia

'REGIONAL THREAT.' President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops in war-torn Marawi City on July 20, 2017. Duterte's decision to extend martial law in Mindanao due to the Marawi siege is one of the reasons why he is considered a 'regional threat' by US intelligence agencies. Malacañang file photo

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LOOK: Filipino, American soldiers hold Salaknib exercises

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Held in Luzon, Salaknib aims to boost the decades-long military alliance between the Philippines and the United States

MILITARY ALLIANCE. Philippine and US troops hold 12-day lessons and exercises in 'Salaknib,' a program that aims to boost the decades-long military alliance between Manila and Washington. All photos courtesy of the US embassy

Duterte and Trump, PH-Australia wargame, Trudeau charms Filipina entrepreneurs | Midday wRap

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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Duterte tells reporters covering Trump meeting, 'You are spies'

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The Philippine President asks journalists to step out of the bilateral meeting by jokingly calling them 'spies'

Rappler Talk: U.S. national security adviser on Trump's PH visit

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Philippines is the last leg of Trump's first Asia tour. US national security adviser HR McMaster talks to Rappler about US President Donald Trump and what he plans to discuss with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

RAPPLER TALK. US national security adviser H.R. McMaster speaks with Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa on President Donald Trump's visit to the Philippines. Rappler photo

PH rule of law rating drops in U.S. scorecard for aid

Nov 03, 2017 - 3:26 PM

Malacañang says the US findings 'may not completely reflect' the Duterte administration's efforts to promote good governance and fight corruption

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives military honors before boarding the Russian ship Admiral Panteleev docked at Pier 15 in Port Area, Manila, on October 25, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Dela Rosa on Undas, Japan invests in PH, Trump aides charged | Evening wRap

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

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Oct 03, 2017 - 8:22 AM

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Philippines, U.S. simulate hijacking in counterterrorism drill

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The exercises 'simulated a scenario involving a real commercial airliner filled with over 150 actors who played hostages,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

TEMPEST WIND. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim shake hands after a joint press conference on September 26, 2017, about Tempest Wind, a counterterrorism drill between the Philippines and the US. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. donates P730 million to help rebuild Marawi

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:41 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim describes the Marawi crisis as the most urgent challenge facing the decades long ties between Manila and Washington

Kian delos Santos, Andy Bautista, Taylor Swift | Evening wRap

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:41 PM

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PH Navy gets radar system from U.S.

Aug 20, 2017 - 11:52 AM

The Tethered Aerostat Radar System TARS is a balloon borne radar that will boost the country s capability to patrol its maritime territories

BALLOON-BORNE RADARS. This photo from the web site of the US Customs and Border Protection shows one of its tethered aerostat radar system

Grab and Uber, SALN, Calida | Evening wRap

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

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U.S. provides 'technical assistance' to troops in Marawi – AFP

Jun 06, 2017 - 12:13 PM

We have an agreement with our US counterparts in terms of combating terrorism says Lieutenant Colonel Jo Ar Herrera military spokesman on the Marawi crisis

MILITARY OPERATIONS. The Armed Forces of the Philippines continues operations against terrorists in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

Duterte asks China's Xi to intervene in Korean Peninsula

May 04, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says it was US President Donald Trump who told him to seek the intervention of Chinese President Xi Jinping

FRIENDS WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his arrival at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in October 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

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

U.S. stopped China's plan to build on Scarborough

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:58 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Scarborough Shoal is a red line for both the US and the Philippines

NDCP FORUM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks about the country's security challenges. Rappler photo

Fil-Am leader hits Duterte for not helping undocumented OFWs

Feb 06, 2017 - 9:00 PM

President Duterte marami sa mga undocumented dito sa Amerika sumuporta sa yo says Filipino American leader Lolita Lledo

HELP OFWS. Lolita Lledo, associate director of the Pilipino Workers Center in Los Angeles, criticizes Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for saying he will 'not lift a finger' to help undocumented Filipinos in the US. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

PH military gets $14-M Christmas grant from China

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:21 PM

The grant will come in the form of weapons and defense assets – small arms fast boats and night vision goggles – that will boost the military s fight against terrorism and illegal drugs

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2 'persons of interest' in US embassy bomb try in police custody

Nov 30, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde National Capital Region Police Office director says the two men cannot be regarded as suspects yet pending further investigation

SUSPECT. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, at a press conference in Camp Karingal on November 29, 2016, shows a computerized sketch of the person who left an improvised explosive device in a trash bin near the United States embassy on November 28. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Nov 29, 2016 - 9:34 PM

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LOOK: Sketch of suspect in US embassy bomb try

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:37 PM

Philippine National Police PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says the person who provided authorities information on the suspect will be given a reward

SUSPECT. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, at a press conference in Camp Karingal on November 29, 2016, shows a computerized sketch of the person who left an improvised explosive device in trash bin near the United States embassy on Monday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

US on Duterte: Gov't not on shoulders of one man

Nov 03, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Yes he s the head of state but there are many agencies in his government says US State Department Spokesman John Kirby

CHIEF DIPLOMAT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte prepares for a meeting with overseas Filipino in Japan at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo on October 25, 2016. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photos

Australia to PH: No need to choose between US, China

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also hails the contributions of the US as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vows to move away from Washington

REPRESENTING AUSTRALIA. Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely says the Philippines doesn't need to choose between the US and China. File photo courtesy of the Australian embassy

US, Australia on PH: Businesses want 'predictability'

Oct 26, 2016 - 5:55 PM

They also put a great value on rule of law US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel tells reporters

TOP OFFICIAL. US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel (center) talks to the media after a meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (not in photo) at the Department of Foreign Affairs office in Manila on October 24, 2016. Photo by AFP

Makati Business Club: Yes to strong China ties, but maintain US alliance

Oct 25, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The Philippines premier business group welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte s pivot to China but emphasizes that it should not come at the expense of the United States

STRONGER TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands to conclude their bilateral talks in Beijing on October 20, 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Duterte's 'China pivot' draws int'l reactions

Oct 22, 2016 - 8:35 PM

Risky unsure where rhetoric ends and stunning about face for the Philippines are just some of the reactions

Duterte: If I don't respect you, expect gallons of curses

Oct 12, 2016 - 9:30 PM

After again blasting the US and UN President Rodrigo Duterte praises China for helping to build a drug rehab center: This is how you treat your friends

DUTERTE AND CRITICISM. President Rodrigo Duterte warns of more curses to come at critics he doesn't respect. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

US aircraft carriers start drills off Philippines

Jun 19, 2016 - 3:51 PM

The operation marks America s continued presence in the Asia Pacific as China expands its maritime strength and engages in massive island building activities in disputed waters

FULL FORCE. The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the US 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg

US defense chief visits warship in South China Sea

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:36 AM

6th UPDATE American Rear Admiral Ron Boxall says one or two Chinese vessels followed the warship but there were no tensions

COURTESY CALL. President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter during the courtesy call at the President'€™s Hall Malacañang Palace, April 14, 2016. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

US barred from watching PH vs China hearing

Dec 01, 2015 - 2:28 PM

A UN backed tribunal on the other hand allows the UK and 7 other countries to watch the proceedings

OBSERVER DELEGATIONS. Members of observer delegations watch the Philippines vs China hearing at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, from November 24 to 30, 2015. Photo courtesy of PCA

ASEAN nations wrangle over South China Sea statement

Aug 06, 2015 - 1:38 PM

UPDATED Diplomatic sources say the Philippines and Vietnam in particular are pushing for stronger language on Chinese land reclamation but there is pushback from traditional China allies

A man pass by an ASEAN billboard inside of the Putra World Trade Centre, the venue of 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) / Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 2, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

US, China foreign ministers discuss tensions over islands

Aug 05, 2015 - 1:14 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry and China s foreign minister Wang Yi discusses the matter in Kuala Lumpur on the sidelines of the ASEAN regional forum

US-CHINA TALKS. In this file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi prior to their meeting in Beijing, China, May 16, 2015. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool/EPA

South China Sea tensions flare at Asia security talks

Aug 04, 2015 - 11:56 AM

UPDATED Ahead of the gathering hosted by the ASEAN in Malaysia Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi signaled no compromise over its island building activities

This satellite image shows Sand Cay, the 9th largest island in the Spratlys, as of March 16, 2015. Photo by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe Photo by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe Photo by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

China's island-building faces scrutiny at Asia security talks

Aug 03, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Southeast Asia s human trafficking problem and concerns over North Korean missile launches are also expected to be among the issues discussed at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Kuala Lumpur

RECLAMATION ACTIVITIES. An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a military plane shows the ongoing reclamation by China on Mischief Reef, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA/Pool Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA/Pool

Aquino legacy: Defying China

Jul 14, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Part 1: Was it a mistake to involve the US in the Scarborough Shoal standoff? Rappler gets the inside story to understand how the Philippines decided to file its historic case against China

[Part 1] Moro Mindanao rehabilitation: Lessons from the past

Jun 20, 2015 - 2:00 PM

It was not American soldiers who made the most transforming impact on the war zones of the southern Philippines; it was their civilian counterparts who had brought about these profound positive changes

New Chinese islands don't settle sea disputes – Japan

Jun 17, 2015 - 3:34 PM

The rebuke came after Washington urged China against militarization of the area saying that risked escalating tensions

A runway is believed to be among what China will build at the reclaimed Kagitingan Reef off the coast of Palawan. Image courtesy Department of National Defense

US renews travel warning vs southern Philippines

May 22, 2015 - 12:17 PM

The US State Department cites the high threat of kidnapping…linked to insurgency and terrorism

TOURIST SPOTS. Bunbun Beach is one of the best tourist spots in Sulu, an archipelago that has suffered image problems due to terror threats. Photo courtesy of

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

Trillanes to PSC: Explain 'mishandling' of Wesley So's federation switch

Feb 02, 2015 - 3:42 PM

How many more promising athletes like GM So will our country have to lose due to the poor leadership of the PSC and its mishandling of sports development in the country? asks Trillanes

WORLD CLASS. The Philippines let go of Cavite native Wesley So, who displayed his world class ability by forcing a draw with the reigning world champion in January. File photo by Piroschka Van De Wouw/EPA

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

Fil-Am lawyer makes waves in Chicago

Dec 19, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Aurora Austriaco born and raised in the Philippines traces her success to her parents difficult decision to replant their family abroad in pursuit of better opportunities