Philippines-US relations - updates

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DOJ: Effects of VFA termination on EDCA, Mutual Defense Treaty have to be studied

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:24 PM

The justice department is ready with its memorandum on the legal procedures to terminate the 20-year-old VFA

Philippine and American soldier unite as they conducts the amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise held at Naval Education Training Command (NETC) in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by: Lito Boras/Rappler

Lorenzana says it’s within PH right to scrap defense pact with U.S.

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:16 AM

The defense chief he will discuss with President Duterte ‘various scenarios’ and 'future actions' that the military may undertake if and when the visiting forces agreement is terminated

JOINT DRILLS. In this photo from October 9, 2019, the Philippine Marines and US forces open the 3rd KAMANDAG joint exercises at Subic Bay International Airport. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler.com

Lacson questions ending VFA to get Dela Rosa's visa back

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:11 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Supreme Court needs to 'act soonest' on whether a two-third vote by the Senate is needed to terminate international treaties

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Locsin heeds Duterte, starts 'terminating' VFA

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr eagerly puts President Rodrigo Duterte's words in motion after the Philippine chief warned the US government it had one month to 'correct' Senator Ronald dela Rosa's canceled visa

DUTERTE'S ALTER EGO. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in Malacañang on January 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

'Good move': Locsin hails Duterte's threats to scrap VFA

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:09 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to 'terminate' the Philippines-US Visiting Forces Agreement tests the countries' decades-old military alliance

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr supports the move of President Rodrigo Duterte to consider scrapping the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After U.S. cancels Bato's visa, Duterte threatens to scrap visiting forces agreement

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:36 PM

(UPDATED) 'I'm giving notice. I'm giving the American government one month from now, President Rodrigo Duterte says

OUTRAGED. President Rodrigo Duterte escalates his tirades against the United States after it cancels Senator Ronald Dela Rosa's visa. Malacañang photo

Duterte rejects Trump's invite to attend special U.S.-ASEAN summit

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte harks back to his rocky relationship with former US president Barack Obama, who criticized Duterte's drug war in a 2016 speech

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

Are the Americans interfering?

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

A law is changing the way human rights is being pushed

U.S. Senator Durbin: Duterte's visa threat 'insult' to Fil-Ams, PH democracy

Dec 31, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) The Democrat senator reiterates his call for the release of Senator Leila de Lima from detention, or a 'quick and credible' trial of the 'questionable' cases against her

RIGHTS ADVOCATE. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, democrat of Illinois state. Photo from Durbin's official webpage

PH bars entry of 2 U.S. senators who proposed ban on De Lima accusers

Dec 27, 2019 - 4:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also threatens to require US citizens to secure Philippine visas if the ban is enforced

TRAVEL BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to require US citizens to apply for Philippine visas, after the US government issued a ban on Philippine officials invlved in Senator Leila de Lima's unlawful detention. File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential photo

U.S. Senate panel OKs ban on PH officials in De Lima case, urges dropping charges vs Ressa

Dec 12, 2019 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) The US travel ban and the freezing of assets would cover Philippine officials and security forces responsible for extrajudicial killings and the detention of Senator Leila de Lima

HIGH SECURITY. Dozens of police escorts Senator Leila de Lima back to the vehicle. Senate PRIB photo

Filipinos' trust in China falls to 'bad' as U.S. keeps 'excellent' rating

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:58 PM

A September 2019 Social Weather Stations survey also shows Japan and Australia maintaining its 'very good' trust ratings

LACK OF TRUST. Protesters burned an image of the Chinese dragon and an image of President Duterte during a protest during the 3rd anniversary of the Hague ruling on July 12, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

In Manila, U.S. defense chief says ‘assert sovereign rights’ in West PH Sea

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Although the US maintains it does not take sides in the sovereignty dispute between the Philippines and China, its defense chief wants smaller countries to pressure the rising power into respecting their rights

PRESSURE CHINA. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper calls on the Philippines and other claimant states in the South China Sea to pressure China into respecting their sovereign rights. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. defense chief favors review of 1951 treaty with Philippines

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The nearly 70-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the US needs to reflect current security threats, including an increasingly powerful China, say both countries' defense secretaries

TREATY ALLIES. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L) and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper (R) agree that the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty needs to be updated. Esper visited Manila on November 19, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. defense chief to visit Philippines, meet Lorenzana

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:50 PM

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana are expected to discuss 'regional security cooperation to uphold international rules and norms'

US DEFENSE CHIEF Mark Esper. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

WATCH: PH, U.S. marines hold live fire, air defense drills in Tarlac

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Osprey aircraft, amphibious assault vehicles, and Howitzer guns rock the Crow Valley Gunnery Range as the two countries' marines engage in joint exercises

OSPREY AIRCRAFT were among military assets featured in the live fire and air defense drills of the KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises of the Philippine and US marines on October 17, 2019, in Capas, Tarlac. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Philippines, U.S., Japan hold military drills near West PH Sea

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Japan joins the yearly exercise for the first time as regional allies build 'interoperability' in responding to security threats and natural disasters

TOPSHOTS  A Philippine naval personnel stands on guard during the arrival of missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) before the US-Philippine joint naval military exercise entitled 'Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training' (CARAT) near the disputed Spratly islands, in Puerto Princesa on the western Philippine island of Palawan on June 28, 2011. The Philippines and the US will launch naval exercises as the long-time allies seek to deepen defence ties amid tensions with China over a maritime dispute. The 11-day event will see two US missile destroyers patrol Philippine waters close to the resource-rich and strategically vital South China Sea that is at the heart of the regional territorial row. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

WATCH: New PH amphibious assets join U.S., Japan in military drills

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises between the Philippine and US marines marks a significant leap forward in the country's amphibious assault capability with the deployment of its brand new assets

NEW ASSETS. The Philippine Marines along with their US and Japanese counterparts participate in the Amphibious landing exercise during the KAMANDAG 2019 drills at Marine Base Gregorio Lim in Ternate, Cavite on October 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PH, U.S. forces kick off ‘more advanced’ KAMANDAG war games

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The joint military exercises will feature the Philippines' brand new amphibious assault vehicles in an international drill for the first time

Duterte rants about 'U.S. and the West' at Russian forum

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The President hits traditional western powers for supposedly encumbering his war on drugs that has killed thousands of Filipinos

FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the plenary session of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi, Russia on October 3, 2019. Malacañang Photo

More PH-U.S. security cooperation activities lined up in 2020

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Benjamin Madrigal is presented with the Legion of Merit, the US' highest military decoration awarded to foreign military personnel

HIGHEST HONOR. AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr is presented with the Legion of Merit by US Indo-Pacific Commander Adm. Philip Davidson during the 2019 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, on September 13. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

1st ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise underway in Thailand

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The drills are aimed at strengthening alliances among the US and Southeast Asian navies for 'an unparalleled advantage that no competitor or rival can match,' says a US Navy officer

PHILIPPINE CONTINGENT. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz and a crew of around 200 sailors from the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Marines left Manila for Thailand on August 28, 2019, to join the first ever ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Locsin hits U.S. over sea convention

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'If only the greatest power on earth led by the example of subscribing to UNCLOS, it would be a safer world,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMATS. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr meets with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at the Department of State, December 20, 2018. File photo courtesy of US State Department

U.S. Coast Guard calls for push-back vs. China; PH pulls back

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:15 AM

As other Asia-Pacific countries resist China’s incursions into their waters, the Philippines says China must be allowed to fish at Recto Bank

PUSH BACK. The United States Coast Guard National Security Cutter Bertholf docks at the Pier 15 during an arrival ceremony on May 15, 2019 in Manila after the search and rescue, maritime security and law enforcement exercise they conduct with the Philippine Coast Guard near Bajo de Masinloc in West Philippine Sea. The visit is part of deployment in the Indo-Pacific under the tactical control of the commander of US 7th fleet. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

[OPINION] Freud's libido and Duterte's jingoism

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:00 PM

International relations are not built on drunken macho street-talk that Duterte has been used to all his life as a mayor in the country’s southern backwaters

U.S. adds $4.5 million aid for Marawi war evacuees

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Some 50,000 people remain displaced two years since the battle between government troops and terrorists of the Maute group

MORE AID. The US government is adding P234 million ($4.5 million) in aid to thousands of people who have been displaced by the Marawi conflict since 2017. Photo from Tiffany Tsang, Catholic Relief Services, via the US Embassy in Manila

U.S. urges PH: Ensure sea code 'consistent' with international law

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Doing so will also protect the right of countries with claims in the South China Sea 'to pursue security and development arrangements with partners of their choosing,' says the United States

SEA CODE. A China Coast Guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off as the Philippine boat attempts to reach the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

U.S. pledges more help to Philippines' fight vs terrorism

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Officials from both countries agree to deepen counterterrorism cooperation as the Philippines grapples with the emergence of suicide attacks

FIGHTING TERROR. The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

PH, U.S. sign education deals, create new fellowship for Filipino scholars

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:53 PM

A new 'Philippines-U.S. Alliance Fellowship' for Filipino scholars seeks to send two Filipinos to the US to study national security and international relations every year

AGREEMENTS SIGNED. The Philippines and Unites States agree to expand educational ties at the 8th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue between the two countries. Photo from US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim's Twitter

U.S. reaffirms pact to defend PH in case of West Philippine Sea attack

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:24 PM

US officials affirm Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's assurance of aid in case of aggression in the West Philippine Sea amid growing security threat from China

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

PH, top U.S. officials hold talks on security, rule of law

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The 8th Philippines-US Bilateral Strategic Dialogue is the first one to be held in Manila since the start of the Duterte administration

DIALOGUE. Top US officials along with U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim (center) attend the 8th Philippines-US Bilateral Strategic Dialogue. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between U.S., China

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:37 AM

‘We’re like a pendulum. We cannot keep swinging from one extreme to the other,’ says Aileen Baviera, professor and former dean of UP’s Asian Center

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between US, China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

U.S. denies Mina Chang is next ambassador to Philippines

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:51 PM

US President Donald Trump wants instead to nominate Mina Chang as assistant administrator of the US Agency for International Development

RUMOR. Mina Chang is the US State Department official rumored to be the next ambassador to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of US State Department

Philippines backs U.S. moves vs China buildup in South China Sea

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:04 PM

'The Philippine position is that every country has a right to use the waters in the South China Sea as well as the airspace. And we want peace and quiet in that area. So anything that will provide such kind of atmosphere, we are for it,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

U.S. Pacific Air Forces chief visits Philippines to boost ties

May 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'We’re finding ways to better integrate and to better train together,' says US Pacific Forces commander General Charles Brown Jr

MANILA VISIT. U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander General Charles Brown Jr visits Manila on May 16, 2019. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Trust in China 'neutral' as U.S. keeps 'very good' rating

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Japan and Australia maintain their 'good' net trust ratings in a recent survey by polling firm Social Weather Stations

UNPOPULAR COUNTRY. One of hundreds of protesters wears a 'China out' hat at a Day of Valor rally in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City on April 9, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Moving forward with Philippine-U.S. relations

Mar 05, 2019 - 10:43 AM

'It was an imperative for our disruptive northern neighbor to be forewarned of the significance of our mutual defense treaty alliance'

[OPINION] Philippines-U.S. friendship rings stronger in 2018

Dec 22, 2018 - 6:03 PM

Undoubtedly, the biggest success was the return of the 3 Balangiga Bells

Despite new friends, Philippines sticks it out with U.S. in 2018

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Engagements by the Philippines in 2018 show it is not moving away from the US despite President Rodrigo Duterte's rhetoric

Balangiga Bells' homecoming: 'Time for healing and closure'

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:24 PM

'Now they are home.... It is a time for healing. It is a time for closure,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

PHILIPPINE DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana shakes the hand of US Ambassador Sung Kim after the formal turnover of the Balangiga bells to the Philippines on December 11, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Returning the Bells

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

As the Balangiga bells arrive in Manila today, we do not focus on looking back or relitigating a painful chapter in our past but investing in our shared future

Arroyo: Philippines can be 'friends' with both China, U.S.

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo tells United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim that she is 'very proud' of American investments in Clark

FRIENDS WITH CHINA, US. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo attends the inauguration of the new BCDA office in Clark Global City, Pampanga on November 27, 2018. All photos from Arroyo's office

[OPINION] From Russia with love

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Philippines needs to think carefully how it intends to pursue its developing security relationship with Russia

PH, U.S. reaffirm, reinforce alliance in top diplomats' first meeting

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, delivers a personal letter from President Rodrigo Duterte congratulating US President Donald Trump for the successful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

PH-US ALLIANCE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the US Department of State on June 21, 2018.  Photo from the Philippine Embassy in Washington

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

NEDA seeks to strengthen trade ties with U.S.

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Philippine Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says there is a need to explore more free trade agreements with the United States to foster investment opportunities

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

TRANSCRIPT: Duterte, Trump opening remarks in their PH meeting

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Here is the White House transcript of the opening remarks of presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting in the Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on November 13, 2017, at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Malacañang photo

Duterte doesn't raise Balangiga bells with Trump

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte previously demanded the return of the iconic bells in his last State of the Nation Address

President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN GALA Dinner  Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo