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U.S. Air Force vows ‘no let up’ in South China Sea patrols

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:11 PM

General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, restates the US commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines as China pushes to dominate the Indo-Pacific region

AIR DEFENSE. Filipino-US Sailors onboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it anchored in Manila Bay on 7 August 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Carpio, Del Rosario refute Duterte on invoking defense pact with U.S.

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The [Mutual Defense] Treaty operates only for self-defense, not for aggression against another state,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Mutual Defense Treaty with the US is only for self-defense. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lorenzana-Locsin clash over Mutual Defense Treaty heats up

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana fears 'being involved in a war that we do not seek and do not want' when the Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty kicks in

MUTUAL DEFENSE TREATY. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is pushing for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the United States. Photo by Darren Langit/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'

In Pompeo visit, Philippines gets timely assurance from oldest ally

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The US assurance that Philippine vessels in the South China Sea are protected by the Mutual Defense Treaty sends a 'strong and clear' signal to Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo exchange pleasantries during their meeting at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on February 28, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pompeo raises importance of free press, rights of 'all Filipinos' with Locsin

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'We never forget the importance of human rights, rule of law, transparency, justice wherever it is that we go,' says the visiting US official but refrains from publicly citing specific attacks on free speech and human rights in his host country

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to Philippines' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin (L) speak at a news conference at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs Home Office in Manila on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)

Locsin: No need to review PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:09 PM

'In vagueness lies the best deterrence,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the 68-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty

ANOTHER LOOK? Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) weighs in on efforts to review the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP/Pool

South China Sea covered by PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty – Pompeo

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'Any armed attack on any Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assures Manila

[OPINION] Proposed review of PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty: Opening a Pandora's box

Dec 31, 2018 - 12:37 PM

A veritable Pandora’s box of nasty surprises would be opened once the Philippines pushes for renegotiations. Is that what the majority of Filipinos want?

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Lorenzana to review Mutual Defense Treaty: 'Is it still relevant to our security?'

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the objective of the review of the treaty is to either 'maintain it, strengthen it, or scrap it'

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds a press conference in Malacañang on December 28, 2018. Screenshot from PCOO's Facebook account

Top PH officials meet U.S. Pacific Command chief in Hawaii

May 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The Philippines says the 'deliberate and nuanced diplomacy by the Duterte administration' has 'lowered tensions' in the South China Sea

TOP OFFICIALS. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and key government officials meet US Pacific Command chief Harry Harris Jr in Hawaii. Photo from the US Pacific Command web site

Creeping ban on media coverage of PH-U.S. Balikatan drills

May 07, 2018 - 8:50 PM

How will President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China change the long-standing alliance between the Philippine and US militaries? It's an important geopolitical issue that impacts the security landscape.

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 Tuesday, April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH-U.S. Balikatan drills open amid concerns over China missiles

May 07, 2018 - 10:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The annual war games between the two treaty allies continue on its second year under President Rodrigo Duterte

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER. The PH-US Balikatan 2018 military exercises open. About 8,000 troops from treaty allies Philippines and US, along with allis Australia and Japan, are participating. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Scarborough, Benham Rise general leads US-PH Balikatan 2018

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:23 AM

It's the second Balikatan under President Rodrigo Duterte, who at the start of his term threatened to end the military exercises. Ties between the Philippines and US have since improved.

U.S. vows to give PH full control of military facilities

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'All EDCA facilities are under complete control of the Philippines. They are all [inside] Philippine bases,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

GROUNDBREAKING. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim lead the groundbreaking ceremony for EDCA in Basa Air Base on April 17, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

How are PH-U.S. ties under Duterte? 'Terrific,' says envoy

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'This is really a strong partnership. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship for both countries,' says US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim after turning over 6 ScanEagle reconnaissance drones to the Philippine Air Force

U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer

US PRESENCE. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy arrives in Manila for a routine port call. Rappler photo

Trump's top security aide hails global cooperation in Marawi

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:54 AM

'We saw with the recent campaign in the Philippines in Mindanao and Marawi how important it is to work together,' says US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

MARAWI WAR. The Philippine military fought urban warfare for 5 months against local armed groups linked with Islamic State. Rappler photo

U.S. increases surveillance support to PH military

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS to Mindanao the US embassy says in a statement

U.S. to conduct air strikes in Marawi? No need, says Lorenzana

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the US may not apply according to AFP chief General Eduardo Año

AIRSTRIKE. An Air Force MD-520MG Defender light attack helicopter fires rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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

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

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. alerts PH after China seized its underwater drone off Subic

Dec 17, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza says the security cluster has yet to discuss how the Philippines will react to the incident between the US and China that happened within its exclusive economic zone

US willing to 'constructively' discuss changes in PH ties

Oct 24, 2016 - 3:14 PM

Outgoing US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg says ties between the US and the Philippines are unbreakable

UNBREAKABLE. Ambassador Philip Goldberg says the ties between the US and the Philippines are 'unbreakable.' Rappler photo

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Duterte: 'Don't prepare for war games next year'

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:31 AM

I insist that we realign There will be no more exercises next year says President Rodrigo Duterte

INDEPENDENT FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will chart an independent foreign policy even as he maintains ties with treaty allies. File photo

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Oct 03, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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Duterte puts EDCA under review, threatens to cut US ties

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Duterte cites 2 groups in Mindanao that will not talk peace with him if the Americans stayed in Mindanao

EDCA SIGNING. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg after the 2004 signing of the agreement. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

What now? AFP modernization in the time of Digong Duterte

Aug 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM

While it may take years even decades to catch up with the military capability of our nearest neighbors the impetus has been initiated and is now moving with its own momentum that cannot be halted abruptly

SC upholds PH-US military deal

Jul 26, 2016 - 4:46 PM

The SC affirms its January ruling upholding the constitutionality of EDCA saying petitioners failed to raise new arguments in their motions for reconsideration

UPHELD. The Supreme Court affirms the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and the US, signed in April 2014. File photo

Duterte to United States: Are you with us or not with us?

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:57 PM

The president elect wonders if the US will help the Philippines defend its claim over the West Philippine Sea once an international court decides favorably on the country s case against China

US-PH TIES. United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg (left) visits President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (right) in Davao City on June 13, 2016. Screen grab from RTVM

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US affirms 'ironclad' vow to defend Philippines

May 28, 2015 - 8:05 AM

In talks in Hawaii with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reaffirm the strong ties between the two countries and discuss territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea

SIDE BY SIDE. US and Philippine marines hold their respective national flags during the parade of colors as part of the US-Philippines Amphibious landing Exercise Phiblex 2014 closing ceremony at the Philippine marines headquarters in Manila on October 11, 2013. Noel Celis/AFP

US to PH: War games 'sharpening the sword and the bolo' vs bullies

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:00 PM

We are honing our lethal military skills to allow us to assist each other as well as other nations should the need arise says Brigadier General CJ Mahoney of the US Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific

US presses need for EDCA as it awaits SC ruling

Jan 22, 2015 - 10:44 AM

A visiting US official stresses the importance of the PH US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement in ensuring regional peace as the US government awaits the High Court s verdict on the constitutionality of EDCA

BALIKATAN: Thousands of American troops come to the Philippines every year for regular military exercises. Rappler photo

US, PH prioritize 'high value' joint exercises amid China row

Jan 21, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The Philippines and the US agree to step up joint maritime exercises amid massive Chinese activities in the South China Sea

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Foreign militaries, int'l donors pledge post-Ruby response

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:51 PM

So far the United States Singapore and UNOCHA have offered help for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations

TYPHOON YOLANDA: File photo of US Marines boarding a KC-130J Hercules aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, moments before departing for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Photo by AFP/USMC/Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey

SolGen: EDCA no guarantee US will aid PH in sea dispute

Nov 25, 2014 - 5:52 PM

While the focus of the legal battle has been whether EDCA needs Senate ratification Supreme Court justices have grilled petitioners and Acting Solicitor General Florin Hilbay about the benefits of EDCA

ORAL ARGUMENTS ON EDCA: Acting Solicitor General Florin Hilbay and Anti-EDCA petitioner former Senator Rene Saguisag. Rappler photo

Scrap VFA? It's part of PH 'defense strategy'

Oct 28, 2014 - 4:14 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will have an adverse effect on the country s defense posture

BALIKATAN: Thousands of American troops come to the Philippines every year for regular military exercises. Rappler photo

Q&A: US Ambassador Philip Goldberg on VFA, Pemberton, Yolanda

Oct 26, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Even before the death of Laude the US has been talking with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of National Defense to clarify – not amend – various aspects of the VFA

2 US warships in PH for naval exercises in West PH Sea

Sep 28, 2014 - 12:46 PM

Two US Navy ships arrive at the Subic Bay Freeport to participate in the PHIBLEX military exercises that will officially start on Monday September 29

USS Germantown: The amphibious dock landing ships joins the annual PHIBLEX exercises. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

PH wants US to use bases facing West PH Sea

May 15, 2014 - 5:26 PM

The Balikatan 2014 war games continue in Crow Valley in Tarlac In a maritime security scenario Philippines and US troops operate to take over a key enemy position

STEALTH ATTACK: Philippine Marines implement naval exercises with US troops. Rappler file photo of Balikatan games

Senators pinpoint 7 flaws in EDCA

May 14, 2014 - 8:26 AM

Senators Sergio Osmeña III and Ferdinand Marcos Jr grill the Philippine panel that negotiated EDCA and cite provisions to show how the deal benefits the US more than to the Philippines

GRILLED: Members of the Philippine panel attend a Senate hearing on EDCA

'EDCA allows US military to build anywhere in PH'

May 13, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Senator Marcos observes that while EDCA limits the agreed locations to existing military bases it s possible the armed forces will establish new bases if the US asks for them

SENATE HEARING: Members of Philippine panel defend the military deal before the Senate

PH-US war games also for counterterrorism, anti-insurgency

May 10, 2014 - 9:33 PM

The armies of the Philippines and the US train on close quarter battle long range target shooting and jungle survival to improve interoperability

INTERNAL THREATS REMAIN: Outside maritime security exercises, Philippines and US troops train on close quarter combat and long range target shooting

US troops in PH learn how to trap, eat snakes for survival

May 06, 2014 - 5:36 PM

About 60 soldiers of the US Army participate in the jungle survival training course given by the Philippine Army Special Forces in Fort Magsaysay Nueva Ecija

TRAINING EXERCISES: US troops learn to cook a chicken in a field environment during a jungle warfare training exercise