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Japan's Okinawa votes against controversial U.S. base move

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) Some 72% vote against the relocation of a US military base, though the results are non-binding

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Lorenzo Tañada undaunted in line of fire

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:26 AM

'Do not and never despair, because this could only be a time of testing. Believe me, in God's own season, justice will ultimately triumph,' statesman Lorenzo Tañada said when Ninoy Aquino was in jail

IN PHOTOS: Geneva Cruz bares all in U.S. magazine

Aug 31, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Geneva is the cover girl of Coco Magazine s body issue

LOOK BACK: When the Senate said 'no' to US bases renewal

Sep 16, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The 1991 treaty between the Philippines and the US would have given the US 10 more years at Subic Naval Base – but 12 senators made the historic decision to vote no

SENATE VOTES NO. In 1991, the Philippine Senate rejects a proposal to allow the US 10 more years in the Subic base. Graphic by Nina Martinez, file photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Japan pushes ahead with US base worker rape, murder case

Jun 09, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato is accused of raping and killing 20 year old Rina Shimabukuro

epa05318992 Protesters hold placards before US Kadena Air Base in Kadena, Okinawa, southwestern Japan, 20 May 2016, after an American employed at the US Air Force base admitted having killed a young Okinawan woman. Former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato was arrested by the police on suspicion of the crime. EPA/HITOSHI MAESHIRO

Senators on Salonga: 'A statesman of the highest order'

Mar 15, 2016 - 7:58 PM

Former and current senators of the country remember former Senate President Jovito Salonga as a man of humility deep faith and courage

Japan PM Abe halts US base construction in Okinawa for now

Mar 04, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Japan and the US first proposed moving Futenma in 1996 though both insist it must remain in Okinawa But residents have insisted the base should be shuttered

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

CA justice to Pia Wurtzbach: Return of US bases unconstitutional

Jan 08, 2016 - 5:41 PM

A nominee to the High Tribunal CA Associate Justice Mariflor Punzalan Castillo tells the JBC she would also rule on EDCA as unconstitutional

When Pia Wurztbach meets geopolitics

Dec 26, 2015 - 11:00 AM

This alone could go down as one of the greatest contributions of the new Miss Universe

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015, answers her Top 5 Final Question on stage with Host, Steve Harvey during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE¨ Telecast airing live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on FOX Sunday, December 20. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants have spent the past three weeks in Las Vegas touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Pro-US bases? Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach should get a briefing, activists say

Dec 21, 2015 - 2:53 PM

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach elicits strong reactions online when she tells pageant judges she doesn t see any problem with US military presence in the Philippines

CONTROVERSIAL ANSWER, CONTROVERSIAL WIN. Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach is crowned Miss Universe 2015. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

No verdict yet on EDCA

Nov 10, 2015 - 4:27 PM

The Supreme Court was supposed to vote on the constitutionality of the PH US military pact on Tuesday November 10

EDCA SIGNING. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg after the signing of the agreement on April 28, 2014. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Seizing the moment: Preparing for Obama’s trip to Manila

Nov 01, 2015 - 11:00 AM

For Aquino the remaining months of his administration offer a legacy opportunity to institutionalize defense and national security mechanisms to protect the sovereignty of the Philippines

TREATY ALLIES. President Aquino and US President Barack Obama during his state visit to Manila in April 2014. Malacañang Photo

Manila to base jets, frigates near China-claimed waters

Jul 20, 2015 - 9:44 PM

The military leases part of Subic Bay for 15 years and plans to use it as a base for new equipment that will be bought over the next few years as part of a modernization program

SUBIC PORT. The Port of Subic is one of the top performing ports in the Philippines in terms of revenue collections. A former US Navy Base the port is being groomed as an alternative port to the congested Manila harbor. Photo couresy of US Navy

Aquino: PH to 'pull weight' in South China Sea

Jun 03, 2015 - 12:52 PM

We have to be scrupulous in adhering to the tenets of international law President Benigno Aquino III says in Japan

MEETING OF LEADERS. President Benigno Aquino III, Emperor Akihito, and Empress Michiko lead the singing of the Philippine and Japanese national anthems during the welcoming ceremony on June 3, 2015, at the Grand Hall of Japan's Imperial Palace for Aquino's state visit to Japan. Photo by Robert Vinas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Okinawa vote to determine fate of US base

Nov 16, 2014 - 12:55 PM

A win for anti base candidate Takeshi Onaga would be a significant blow to the central government because the governor has the power to veto the landfill work needed for a new base to be built

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Amb. Goldberg on friendships in Asia & challenges in Iraq

Jun 19, 2014 - 12:07 PM

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg talks to Rappler about the crisis in Iraq and about United States diplomatic relations with Asia

A clarion call for Palawan on World Environment Day

Jun 05, 2014 - 3:14 PM

Palawan s plight is a microcosm of the current crisis of the Philippine environment Join various people s initiatives to protect the country s last frontier

SAVE PALAWAN. Coral Reefs in Ulugan Bay. Photo by  PJ Santos/Kalikasan ST

Philippine strategy towards China deserves support

May 27, 2014 - 9:00 AM

What may yet come back to haunt the Aquino administration is the lack of a thought through China strategy Its policy towards China appears to be haphazard

Rappler Newscast | May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014 - 7:38 PM

Former senator Ping Lacson names lawmakers on Napoles’ list Senator Bongbong Marcos concerned over new defense deal China s state media says territorial challengers should pay an unaffordable price

Rappler Newscast | April 29, 2014

Apr 29, 2014 - 8:25 PM

President Obama says the US will defend the Philippines against attacks Poverty incidence in the Philippines is on a downward trend If an election were held today a survey shows Vice President Binay will be the runaway winner

Ex-senators hit 'lack of transparency' in PH-US military deal

Apr 27, 2014 - 6:35 PM

Guingona Saguisag and Tañada say the deal must undergo Senate deliberations

Greenert: ‘Expect stronger US message VS China aggression’

Feb 13, 2014 - 10:24 PM

The US navy’s chief of operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert assures the PH of American support against China’s aggression in the South China Sea

US airbase move in spotlight as Okinawa vote begins

Jan 19, 2014 - 3:24 PM

The race to elect the mayor of Nago City – where the US Marines Futenma Air Station is set to be relocated – pits anti and pro base candidates

OKINAWA BASE. An U.S. Air Force RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft is seen on the tarmac after landing at the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base in Kadena city, Okinawa Island, southern Japan, 12 February 2013. EPA/Hitoshi Maeshiro

Okinawa approves relocation of US airbase in Japan

Dec 27, 2013 - 11:16 AM

Local bureaucrats sign a document that gives the green light to a landfill paving the way for the construction of a new base on the coast

OKINAWA BASE. An U.S. Air Force RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft is seen on the tarmac after landing at the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base in Kadena city, Okinawa Island, southern Japan, 12 February 2013. EPA/Hitoshi Maeshiro

US base move in Japan set for breakthrough

Dec 25, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Premier Shinzo Abe is to pledge an unheralded cash bonanza for Okinawa to help persuade governor Hirokazu Nakaima to drop his longstanding opposition to the construction of a new airbase

OKINAWA BASE. An U.S. Air Force RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft is seen on the tarmac after landing at the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base in Kadena city, Okinawa Island, southern Japan, 12 February 2013. EPA/Hitoshi Maeshiro

Enrile: Yolanda not justification for US-PH deal

Nov 26, 2013 - 6:03 PM

The anticipation of such a disaster or any contingency will be a justification for the presence of other troops in the country says the former defense minister

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

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

US only riding on PH-China dispute - Bayan

Aug 10, 2013 - 4:22 PM

Bayan seeks from government a full disclosure of the agreement

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 wants to give US, Japan access to bases

Jun 27, 2013 - 5:44 PM

The government is drafting a plan that would allow US forces to spend more time on Filipino bases says Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin

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

BCDA mulls raps vs SM over Taguig mall

May 21, 2013 - 4:23 PM

The agency claims SM violated the law when it constructed SM Aura mall in Bonifacio Global City

ILLEGAL? BCDA claims SM violated law when it constructed SM Aura mall in Taguig City. Photo taken from the Philippine SME Business Expo 2013 Facebook page

US to move 9,000 Marines from Japan

Apr 27, 2012 - 10:35 AM

The go ahead sets stage for the American troops redeployment in Guam Hawaii Australia