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[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

Philippines, U.S. give conflicting statements on Duterte-Trump meeting

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:10 PM

'Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs,' says White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, contradicting an earlier statement from Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump discuss matters during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump, Duterte bond over shared dislike for Obama

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Duterte's spokesman says it was obvious that the two presidents have 'similar feelings' about former US president Barack Obama

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's response to Trump if he brings up human rights? 'Lay off'

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:56 PM

'I will not go there as a subservient lackey of anyone,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, when asked about his expectations of his first meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says PH still 'best friend' of U.S.

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:07 PM

The Philippine leader emphasizes the country's ties with America right before his first encounter with President Donald Trump

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) prior to the start of Joint AFP-PNP Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. KKarl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Duterte-Trump talks to focus on North Korea

Oct 29, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump will have a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in November

Philippines, U.S. 'level up' military exercises for 2018

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The US is also expected to begin the construction of facilities inside select Philippine military camps next year

BALIKATAN. American troops who are part of the Balikatan exercises arrive in Aurora, Philippines in May 2017. File photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Duterte on America: I'd rather be friendly with them now

Sep 28, 2017 - 11:03 PM

'Overall, I think the Americans also redeemed themselves a lot,' President Rodrigo Duterte says during the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day in Eastern Samar

BALANGIGA DAY. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the wreath-laying ceremony during the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day in Eastern Samar on September 28, 2017. Malacañang photo

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

Duterte to Tillerson: I'm your humble friend in Southeast Asia

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brings up with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the ever nagging problem of the South China Sea dispute

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on August 7, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, Tillerson to discuss Balangiga bells, Marawi crisis

Aug 07, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Malacañang also says the Philippine President is willing to discuss human rights concerns with the US Secretary of State

PH Air Force gets new surveillance planes from U.S.

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:32 PM

For this kind of surveillance plane it s the most modern that we have says Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

NEW TOYS. The Cessna planes will be based in Zamboanga City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte picks Babe Romualdez as PH ambassador to U.S.

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The appointment of a new United States ambassador comes at a time of tension in Philippines US ties

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office for Presidential appointees and officials from various agencies at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 26, 2017

Jul 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

U.S. vows to help resolve Balangiga bells issue

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:03 AM

We will continue to work with our Filipino partners to find a resolution the US embassy in Manila says

LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim in Rizal Park on December 30, 2016, on the sidelines of the 120th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Malacañang file photo   LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim in Rizal Park on December 30, 2016, on the sidelines of the 120th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Malacañang file photo

Give us back Balangiga bells, Duterte tells U.S.

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:48 PM

They are ours They belong to the Philippines President Duterte tells the US in his SONA 2017 with the American ambassador in the audience

BALANGIGA BELLS. President Rodrigo Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017, urges the US to return the iconic Balangiga bells. Screen shot from Rappler livestream

U.S. Pacific Fleet commander visits Philippines

Jun 14, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Admiral Scott Swift meets with key Philippine officials to reaffirm the US Navy s strong partnership and ties with the Armed Forces of the Philippines

VISITING MANILA. US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift (right) chats with Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) during Swift's recent trip to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of US embassy

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

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.

U.S. gives Philippines anti-terror weapons

Jun 05, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The weapons are handed over at a ceremony in Manila that highlighted a decade old American counter terrorism assistance program to the Philippines worth about 150 million

WEAPONS. Philippine Marine Commandant Major General Emmanuel Salamat (R) listens to US military representatives during a handover ceremony of weapons from the US military, at Marine headquarters in Manila on June 5, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH, U.S.: Military ties remain strong, fighting ISIS together

Jun 04, 2017 - 1:26 PM

We are involved in activities in Mindanao to help the Armed Forces of the Philippines take the fight to ISIS in the Philippines US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris says

MILITARY TIES. Amid recent changes in the Philippines' foreign policy, the United States and the Philippines say their military relationship remains strons, especially in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS). File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

At Balikatan, Fil-Am Navy man fills communication gap

May 16, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Balikatan 2017 is also Hospital Corpsman Patrick Intal s first homecoming

TEACHER. HM3 Patrick Intal shows Casiguran children how to use a stethoscope. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

No bells and whistles as Philippines, U.S. hold Balikatan

May 15, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Despite the Duterte administration s shift in foreign policy officials deny the military exercises with the United States were downsized

BALIKATAN. Philippine Marines alight from a landing craft utility boat onto the shores of Casiguran, Aurora. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

U.S. brings Osprey, Black Hawk choppers to Aurora

May 15, 2017 - 9:33 AM

Balikatan 2017 simulates how the Philippine and US militaries will jointly respond to the aftermath of a super typhoon in the Philippines

US OSPREY. Philippine and US troops are simulating how they will respond will a supertyphoon hits the Philippines. All photos by Bea Cupin/Rappler

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

New York Times slams White House invitation for 'despot' Duterte

May 03, 2017 - 12:00 AM

This is obviously not a man who should be welcomed to the White House says the New York Times

In his speech during the assembly, the President expressed his utmost appreciation to the workers whom he regarded as one of the key drivers in the country's economy. The President also reiterated his commitment to end contractualization among laborers. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte 'can't promise' to accept Trump invite

May 01, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he has other foreign trips scheduled in the near future so it is unclear if he will be able to visit the United States

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is assisted by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go as he speaks to US President Donald Trump through a phone call on the sidelines of the gala dinner hosted by President Duterte for the Head of States from the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) member countries countries at the Sofitel in Pasay City on April 29, 2017. Also in the photos are Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump invites Duterte to the White House

Apr 30, 2017 - 10:13 AM

4th UPDATE White House chief of staff Reince Priebus defends the invitation saying the purpose of the call was all about North Korea

TALKING TO TRUMP. President Rodrigo Duterte is assisted by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go as he speaks to US President Donald Trump on the phone, April 29, 2017. Also in the photos are Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo. Malacanang Photo

Duterte praises Trump, calls him a deep thinker

Apr 16, 2017 - 4:03 PM

US President Donald Trump couldn t have been a billionaire if he were stupid Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says

DUTERTE IN DOHA. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the Filipino community in Doha, Qatar, on April 15, 2017. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

FVR to Duterte: Americans are Filipinos' 'most sincere, patriotic allies'

Apr 11, 2017 - 5:16 PM

During the commemoration of the Bataan Death March former President Fidel Ramos emphasizes the need for PH to maintain its relations with other countries particularly the US

REMEMBERING HEROES. Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos addresses participants of the Freedom March, the last leg of the 3-day trail that commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Bataan Death March. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Duterte to China: Relax, no guns in PH islands

Apr 10, 2017 - 4:55 PM

For the information of China we will not place there in the South China Sea any offensive weapons not even one gun says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates that he is allowing the urban poor to occupy the vacant housing units that were meant for the police and military in Bulacan in his speech during his visit to the Western Command (WesCom) Headquarters at Camp General Artemio G. Ricarte in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on April 6, 2017. Also in the photo is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañang Photo

PH, U.S. set to hold 1st Balikatan war games under Duterte

Mar 30, 2017 - 6:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte previously threatened to scrap the annual joint military exercises with the Philippines oldest treaty ally

FIREPOWER. An M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) of the US marines is fired during a live fire exercise as part of 'Balikatan' joint US-Philippine military exercise at Crow Valley, in Capas town, north of Manila on April 14, 2016. Ted Aljibe/AFP

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., China envoys compete for attention on eve of Duterte birthday

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Both ambassadors discuss security concerns with the Philippine President Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua also gives Duterte a birthday gift

DIPLOMAT'S GIFT. President Rodrigo Duterte examines the birthday gift of Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jian Hua at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on March 27, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Duterte assures Trump of friendship, cooperation

Mar 20, 2017 - 12:30 AM

But President Rodrigo Duterte is less warm as he talks about the military alliance between the Philippines and the United States

GOOD RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte said he is assuring US President Donald Trump friendship and cooperation. Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

U.S. allies wary of Duterte envoy with Trump links

Feb 17, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Of equal concern to our allies is President Rodrigo Duterte s special envoy to Washington Jose E B Antonio Newsweek reports citing intercepted communications

VLOG: Fil-Am senators at ang 'glass ceiling' sa Hawaii

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:20 PM

While Filipino Americans in Hawaii grow in number Filipino American Senator Donovan Dela Cruz says their community cannot rest on their laurels

VLOG: Mga Fil-Am sa U.S. amphibious ship John P. Murtha

Feb 09, 2017 - 5:31 PM

Filipino American members of the US Navy say it helps that Filipinos know the value of hard work

WATCH: Washington DC, naninibago raw sa kabi-kabilang rally

Feb 03, 2017 - 11:28 PM

Will the people of Washington DC take to the streets more often in the coming days?

VLOG: Ang White House at ang Pilipinas

Feb 02, 2017 - 8:04 PM

With the White House having a new occupant in the person of Donald Trump how does the US view its ties with its long time ally the Philippines?

US President Donald Trump speaks before Rex Tillerson was sworn in as Secretary of State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Duterte tells U.S. to stop planned construction in PH bases

Jan 30, 2017 - 1:25 AM

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

TREATY ALLIES. The US and Philippine militaries conduct annual military exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S. under Trump: We would be foolish not to engage Asia

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:56 PM

I am confident that the President and his advisers will continue our engagement in the Asia Pacific region US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

MEDIA ROUNDTABLE. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim holds a roundtable with select Filipino journalists on January 24, 2017, in Makati City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S.: We won't ask Philippines to be our proxy

Jan 24, 2017 - 5:28 PM

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim agrees with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that the Philippines should not be a proxy for anybody

PH-US relations. US Ambassador Sung Kim  addresses questions at a media roundtable on January 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH envoy to represent Duterte at Trump inauguration

Jan 17, 2017 - 12:51 PM

UPDATED Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says he and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr will have side meetings after they attend the inauguration of the new US president

PH ENVOY. Philippine Charge d'Affaires to Washington Patrick Chuasoto will represent the Philippine president at the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017. Photo from the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC website