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U.S., South Korea suspend additional military exercise

Oct 20, 2018 - 12:15 AM

The defense officials of the US and South Korea agree to suspend the drill to 'give the diplomatic process' with Pyongyang 'every opportunity to continue'

BLAST. A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Japan military officer killed during U.S.-Philippine drill

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Suguru Maehara, 38, was killed in a car crash while delivering food supplies to members participating in the drill

CAR CRASH CASUALTY. The exercises marked the first time Japanese armoured military vehicles were used on foreign soil since 1945. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Russia launches biggest ever war games

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The week-long deployment dubbed 'Vostok-2018' is condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for 'large-scale conflict'

PNP urges U.S. to include Filipino cops in Balikatan exercises

May 23, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The proposal is in line with the Philippine National Police's modernization, which the government sees for the most part as militarization

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US navies hold an amphibious landing exercise in San Antonio, Zambales at a base facing South China Sea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH-U.S. relations shine as China concerns sidelined in Balikatan 2018

May 18, 2018 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines and the United States want to focus on their preparation for threats beyond China in Balikatan 2018

Philippines and US soldiers closed the Balikatan Flag to formaly closed the Armed Forces of the Philippines-United States Armed Forces Exercise Balikatan 34-2018 Closing Ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on May 18, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Balikatan 2018: PH, U.S. hold drill amid China militarization of South China Sea

May 09, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The amphibious landing exercise is held in a naval base in San Antonio, Zambales, which faces the South China Sea and is over 200 kilometers from Scarborough Shoal

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US navies hold an amphibious landing exercise in San Antonio, Zambales at a base facing South China Sea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

U.S. forces arrive in PH for Balikatan military exercises

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The annual activity, to be held for the 34th time, is meant to enhance cooperation between the US and Philippine militaries

DISASTER RESPONSE. This file photo from the 2017 Balikatan exercises shows new focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response. File photo

South Korea seeks U.S. military drill delay for Olympics

Dec 20, 2017 - 4:34 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-In's comments are the first confirmation that Seoul is seeking to postpone the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills, which usually start in late February or early March and run until the end of April

JOINT. South Korea and US soldiers watch from an observation post during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

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Oct 05, 2017 - 8:11 PM

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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

NATO chief sees no 'imminent threat' in Russia war games

Sep 06, 2017 - 11:49 PM

We will monitor the Zapad activity closely and we are vigilant but also calm because we don t see any imminent threat against any NATO ally NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JENS STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo pose for photographer prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland on August 25, 2017. Photo by Janek Skazynski/AFP

North Korea slams upcoming joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises

Aug 20, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Pyongyang calls the upcoming joint exercises the most explicit expression of hostility against North Korea

Russia, China urge freeze on North Korea missile tests and U.S. exercises

Jul 04, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The joint statement issued after a meeting between leaders Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Moscow follow an announcement by North Korea that it had test fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile

Balikatan brings school buildings, hope to remote Leyte villages

May 09, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Barangays Margen and Don Carlos Revilla in Ormoc City are the latest recipients of new classrooms built under this year s PH US military exercises

NEW CLASSROOMS. US soldiers build classrooms in a remote village in Ormoc City, Leyte, as part of the 2017 Balikatan Humanitarian Program. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

PH officials studying military drills with China

May 04, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Philippine National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr welcomes joint exercises with China in the Sulu Sea saying it can help deter threats like kidnapping

DRILLS WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte tours Chinese warship Chang Chun in Davao City. Presidential photo

LOOK: PH, US soldiers build classrooms in Guiuan

May 02, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The school building which doubles as an evacuation center is among the community infrastructure projects being undertaken by Philippine and US soldiers in line with the 33rd Balikatan

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Duterte open to PH-China military drills in Mindanao

May 01, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expresses openness to joint exercises with China as he visits 3 Chinese warships docked in Davao City

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

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Apr 17, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Indonesia suspends military cooperation with Australia

Jan 04, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Military cooperation with Australian forces has been suspended temporarily due to technical matters an official says

PH, US line up hundreds of joint military activities for 2017

Nov 23, 2016 - 7:33 PM

The huge number of exercises revealed for the first time showcases the degree of cooperation between the two longtime treaty allies

NO MORE LANDING EXERCISES. File photo of US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces 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. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makabayan bloc to Duterte: End EDCA, military drills with US

Nov 10, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Ang hamon sa kanya is really walk the talk says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago on President Rodrigo Duterte s pursuit of an independent foreign policy

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

Duterte open to joint maritime exercises with Japan

Oct 27, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The Philippine President says he is also open to joint patrols with Japan in Philippine territorial waters in the West Philippine Sea

DEALS WITH JAPAN. President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chat as they head to the Prime Minister's Official Residence following a bilateral meeting on October 26. Photo by ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

US 'committed' as Duterte eyes ending military drills

Sep 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The US says there has been no official rendering of President Rodrigo Duterte s decision to end military exercises between the Philippines and the US

JOINT EXERCISES. US (L) and Philippine (R) navy personnel launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a speedboat off the naval base in Sangley Point, Cavite City, west of Manila on June 28, 2013, as part of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercises. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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

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 'working closely' with PH probers on Filipino soldier's death

Apr 08, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The US embassy conveys its condolences to the family of the Filipino airman who died in a tragic accident during the annual PH US joint military exercises

JOINT EXERCISES. Flag bearers from the Philippine and the US await the entrance of colors at the opening ceremonies the annual RP-US Balikatan in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 4, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipino soldier dies in joint PH-US exercises

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:58 PM

The airman accidentally falls into the seashore near the Subic airport during a parachute exercise

N. Korea warns of preemptive strikes against US, S. Korea

Feb 23, 2016 - 9:43 PM

If there is even a slight sign of special forces moving to carry out an attack against the North the North Korean military says strategic and tactical preemptive attacks will be launched

S. Korean gets 12 years for knife attack on US ambassador

Sep 11, 2015 - 10:37 AM

2nd UPDATE In passing judgement the Seoul Central District Court notes Kim had shown no repentance attempting to justify his actions throughout the trial

12 YEARS. Kim Ki-jong is convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 12 years for a shocking knife attack on US Ambassador Mark Lippert. File photo by EPA

N. Korea threatens imminent strikes against South, warns US

Aug 15, 2015 - 9:29 AM

The warnings come amid escalating military tensions on the Korean peninsula following a landmine attack South Korea blamed on the North

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Jun 26, 2015 - 12:15 PM

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Jun 24, 2015 - 6:12 PM

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US, Japan exercises and China's anxiety

Jun 24, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The South China Sea has become the arena for power projection for the United States as a Pacific power and Japan as an Asian power and China as a rising global power in transition

N. Korea makes conditional offer for dialogue with South

Jun 15, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Cross border tensions remain high this year due to a series of North Korean ballistic missile tests as well as nuclear threats

Philippines, Japan hold historic naval drills in flashpoint waters

May 12, 2015 - 3:55 PM

The day long war games the first bilateral naval exercises between the former World War II enemies takes place less than 300 km 186 miles from a Philippine claimed shoal now under Chinese control

JOINT EXERCISES. Philippine coastguard personnel board a ship during a simulation of a sea jacking scenario as part of the combined Philippine-Japan maritime exercise off Manila bay, in the mouth of South China sea on May 6, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

US defense chief: Expanded Balikatan deepens PH-US ties

Apr 09, 2015 - 12:30 PM

In Japan for his fist visit to Asia as Pentagon chief Defense Secretary Ash Carter highlights his government s strong stand against the militarization of territorial disputes

JAPAN VISIT: Defense Secretary Ash Carter gives a challenge coin to Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani after a dinner hosted by Nakatani at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, April 8, 2015. Pentagon photo

South Korea, US forces to start massive military landing drill

Mar 19, 2015 - 1:06 PM

The massive landing drill starting March 28 will be the climax of an ongoing joint military exercise which North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal

In this file photo, South Korean marines participate in an annual Amphibious Operations (AMPHOPS) maneuver during the 'Hoguk' exercise, in Pohang, some 360 kilometers southeast of Seoul, South Korea, 18 November 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

No sign of imminent North Korea nuclear test – US think-tank

Mar 11, 2015 - 2:04 PM

North Korea has ramped up the volume on its bellicose rhetoric in recent weeks in response to the launch of annual South Korean US joint military exercises

North Korea fires missiles in anger as South-US drills begin

Mar 02, 2015 - 8:29 AM

The North fires two short range missiles into the East Sea ahead of the start of military exercises by Seoul and Washington that has enraged Pyongyang

In this file photo, South Korean K-55 self-propelled howitzers participates in the South Korea-US 'Key Resolve and Foal Eagle' annual joint military exercises at the Mugeon-ri drill field on Paju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, 13 March 2013. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea-US announce joint drills, to likely North fury

Feb 24, 2015 - 11:11 AM

The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises are a perennial source of volatile tensions on the divided Korean peninsula

In this file photo, South Korean K-55 self-propelled howitzers participates in the South Korea-US 'Key Resolve and Foal Eagle' annual joint military exercises at the Mugeon-ri drill field on Paju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, 13 March 2013. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Kim guides military drill near sea border with S. Korea

Feb 21, 2015 - 2:09 PM

The drill comes as tensions grow ahead of an annual US South Korea joint Key Resolve Foal Eagle military exercise that is reportedly to start early next month

KIM JONG-UN. A picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the North Korean leader waving at an event in Pyongyang, North Korea. EPA/KCNA

Seoul says North Korea talks must have no strings attached

Jan 02, 2015 - 2:55 PM

North Korea must come to dialogue without attaching preconditions if it genuinely wants to improve South North ties South Korea says

NO CONDITIONS. South Korea says Pyongyang must come to dialogue without attaching preconditions. File photo of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un from Republic of Korea/AFP/Files/KCNA via KNS

4 US witnesses in Olongapo slay left Philippines – DFA

Oct 20, 2014 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs says it was not informed by the US that the 4 witnesses were leaving the country

'JUSTICE FOR LAUDE.' Protestors at the University of the Philippines demand justice for transgender woman Jennifer Laude, 26, whom a US Marine allegedly murdered. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines: US Marine 'expected' in Olongapo probe

Oct 20, 2014 - 3:27 PM

The Philippines cites the Visiting Forces Agreement as the US fails to guarantee that the suspect Joseph Scott Pemberton will attend the investigation

SCRAP VFA. Protestors at the University of the Philippines call for the scrapping of the Visiting Forces Agreement after a US Marine allegedly murdered a transgender woman in Olongapo City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

4 US Marines summoned to testify on Olongapo slay

Oct 17, 2014 - 7:34 PM

A witness says 3 male white foreigners looked for the suspect their buddy Pemberton after a transgender woman s murder

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

US takes custody of suspect in transgender woman's slay

Oct 14, 2014 - 10:01 AM

The Philippines says it could ask the US to waive custody of the suspect in the murder of a transgender Filipino in Olongapo City

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

PH, US marines conduct exercises near China-held reef

Oct 05, 2014 - 11:37 PM

Over 6000 PH and US marines take part in the military exercises near the disputed Scarborough Shoal

North Korea turns to UN over US-SKorea war games

Aug 02, 2014 - 11:26 AM

The annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise aimed at testing combat readiness for a North Korean invasion is scheduled to begin August 18

Russia orders new military exercises on Ukraine border

Apr 24, 2014 - 9:19 PM

2nd UPDATE Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says exercises are a forced measure in response to fatalities during Ukraine s military operation against separatists