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

Senate OK needed in Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal? Trillanes, Pimentel clash

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Senate concurrence in treaty withdrawals is in the 1987 Constitution 'by implication,' but Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III disagrees

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Cayetano voted in favor of Int'l Criminal Court membership in 2011

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Then senator Alan Peter Cayetano agreed to the committee report and the final Senate concurrence with the ratification of the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court

Joining Cayetano during his oath-taking ceremony were his wife Taguig City Mayor Maria Laarni 'Lani' Cayetano, his sister Taguig City-Pateros Second District Representative and former Senator Pia Cayetano and her son Lucas, his brother Lino Cayetano, Fille Cayetano and Jennifer Reyes. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Can Senate stop PH's withdrawal from ICC? Pacquiao blocked the resolution

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:01 PM

In February 2017, neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao blocked the resolution that would have created the Senate's legal position that its concurrence is needed in all treaty withdrawals

Photo by Camille Elemia/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

Senate approves treaty against cybercrime, child pornography

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:42 AM

'This treaty is very important to protect our people from cybercrime especially since the country is the number one haven for those committing child pornography,' says Senate foreign relations chair Loren Legarda

Senate OKs treaties vs double taxation with Mexico, Thailand, Sri Lanka

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:03 AM

The Senate also concurs in the ratification of the agreement establishing the ASEAN+3 (Japan, South Korea, China) Macroeconomic Research Office or AMRO

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

Senate approves PH treaties with EU, Sweden, Germany

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The chamber's approval comes despite President Rodrigo Duterte's criticism against the European Union for its opposition to his policies

Russia accuses US of breaking treaty over defense system sale to Japan

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:51 PM

"The US is deploying them at their military bases in Romania and Poland, that is near our western borders, which goes against the 1987 INF Treaty banning the deployment of such systems on the ground," Ryabkov said in a statement.

DRILL. This file photo taken on August 29, 2017 shows soldiers from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force setting up PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launch systems during a temporary deployment drill at US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. Photo by Toru Yamanaka / AFP

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the actions of the individual in question 'do not reflect the views of NATO'

NATO CHIEF. In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. Photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

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

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

Philippines signs treaty banning nuclear weapons

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:31 AM

'The world will only be safe if we eliminate all weapons of mass destruction,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who signed on behalf of the Philippines

WEAPONS TREATY. The Philippines represented by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano signs the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017. Malacañang photo

51 countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:58 PM

The treaty is adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July following negotiations led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand

TREATY-SIGNING. Members attend the signing ceremony for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons September 20, 2017 at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

NATO condemns UN nuclear weapon ban treaty

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

NATO says the treaty 'disregards the realities of the increasingly challenging international security environment' in the face of growing threats, particularly from Pyongyang, which recently carried out its sixth nuclear test

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

Sketsatorial: Sejarah Pulau Banda, penghasil pala

Jul 31, 2017 - 3:06 PM

Zaman dahulu Maluku merupakan penghasil rempah rempah terbesar seperti pala dan cengkih yang paling dicari oleh negara negara di Eropa

Perjanjian Breda, 350 tahun kemudian

Jul 31, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Yang perlu kamu ketahui tentang Perjanjian Breda yang menukar Manhattan dengan Pulau Run demi rempah rempah

Peta Pulau Run tertanggal 1623. Foto dari Wikimedia

122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

Jul 07, 2017 - 11:11 PM

3rd UPDATE Nuclear armed states dismiss the ban as unrealistic arguing it will have no impact on reducing the global stockpile of 15 000 atomic weapons

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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

Trump says U.S. committed to NATO's mutual defense pledge

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Trump makes the statement after failing to endorse Article 5 in a speech at last month s NATO summit in Brussels

MUTUAL DEFENSE. In this file photo, the US and the NATO flags fly in front of two US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Armed Forces on April 27, 2016. Petras Malukas/AFP

Trump berates NATO for dodging defense dues

May 26, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Twenty three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they re supposed to be paying for their defense says US President Donald Trump

NATO IN THE US. A view of the Allied Command Transformation headquarters on Naval Station Norfolk May 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Base is home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) headquarters, the only NATO facility in the United States. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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

Death penalty: No opting out

Apr 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It never makes good sense to flaunt our violation of international law After all when rapacious neighbors dig into our pie and leave not even the crust to us we seek relief by invoking our rights under international law

Trump says 'strong Europe' is important for U.S.

Apr 21, 2017 - 7:58 AM

This is a turnaround of the US President s earlier pronouncement hailing Britain s decision to leave the European Union

STRONG EUROPE. US President Donald Trump, who once hailed Britain's departure from the European Union, says a 'strong Europe' is important for the United States. File Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

FAST FACTS: Avoiding double taxation for nonresidents

Apr 01, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The Philippines is currently a signatory to 41 tax treaties that address double taxation situations

DOUBLE TAX. To avoid the double taxation of nonresidents, the Philippines is currently a signatory of 41 tax treaties.

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

FAST FACTS: Time to pay taxes, what should you know?

Mar 29, 2017 - 4:29 PM

As we approach the tax month of April check if you know enough about the Philippine tax landscape

British PM signs letter for Brexit with calls for UK unity

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:47 AM

The British government will then deliver the letter to European Union President Donald Tusk formally notifying him of Britain s intention to leave the bloc after 44 years of membership

SIGNED. British Prime Minister Theresa May signs the letter which will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, starting negotiations for the UK to leave the EU, at the Cabinet Room of Number 10 Downing Street, March 28, 2017. Photo courtesy 10 Downing Street

Britain to formally launch EU exit on March 29

Mar 20, 2017 - 7:53 PM

3rd UPDATE Brexit Minister David Davis: We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation

BIG BEN AND THE EU FLAG. This file photo taken on February 20, 2017 shows a European Union flag flying in front of Elizabeth Tower, otherwise known as Big Ben, on February 20, 2017. Justin Tallis/AFP

US envoy honors PH defense chief Lorenzana

Mar 18, 2017 - 7:30 AM

US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim confers the inaugural Major General Albert Jones Memorial Award on Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana

Queen authorizes British PM to begin Brexit

Mar 16, 2017 - 7:23 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will address the British parliament to inform lawmakers that she has triggered Article 50 and an initial response is expected from the European Commission within 48 hours

AUTHORIZATION. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 13, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

UK Parliament backs Brexit bill

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:00 AM

The prime minister could then trigger Article 50 of the EU s Lisbon Treaty at any time starting two years of talks that will end with Britain becoming the first country to leave the bloc

BACKING EU. A protester draped in a European Union flag takes part in a protest in support of an amendment to guarantee legal status of EU citizens, outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Brexit bill delayed as Lords back EU nationals' rights

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:20 AM

In a major defeat for the government peers voted by 358 to 256 for an amendment requiring ministers to protect the rights of more than 3 million European citizens after Britain leaves the bloc

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows a general view of the House of Lords Chamber at the start of the second day of The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee Stage, in London on March 1, 2017. PRU/AFP

Duterte signs Paris climate deal

Mar 01, 2017 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED The Office of the President submits the signed Instrument of Accession to the Senate for concurrence on Wednesday March 1

TALKING CLIMATE CHANGE. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Climate Change Commission Board Meeting on January 31, 2017. File photo by Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

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Pence tells Europe: U.S. will always be your greatest ally

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The US will boost defense spending significantly says US Vice President Mike Pence

GREATEST ALLY. US Vice President Mike Pence European leaders at the Munich Security Conference that the US is Europe's "greatest ally." File Photo

14 senators' resolution: Senate has a say in termination of treaties

Feb 13, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The power to bind the Philippines by a treaty and international agreement is vested jointly by the Constitution in the President and the Senate reads the Senate resolution

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Trump to attend NATO summit in unfinished HQ – sources

Feb 09, 2017 - 11:57 PM

Security and IT systems at the 1 2 billion headquarters in the Belgian capital are behind schedule and so the transatlantic military alliance will only properly move in come September sources say

CHARLES MICHEL. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (C) give a press conference in Brussels on February 9, 2017. Photo by Dirk Waem / BELGA / AFP

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PEACE AT LAST? Philippine communist guerrillas in Mindanao. File photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

China warns U.S. after Mattis says Senkakus covered by treaty

Feb 04, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The Senkaku islands known in China as the Diaoyus are at the center of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing

ON US-JAPAN TREATY. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) speaks to Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada (R) at the start of their meeting at the defense ministry in Tokyo on February 4, 2017. Photo by Franck Robichon/AFP

British MPs approve first stage of Brexit bill

Feb 02, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May is under intense pressure to push the bill through quickly having promised EU leaders she would trigger Article 50 by the end of March

A video grab taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) in the House of Commons in London on February 1, 2017, shows MPs as they await the outcome of a vote on a bill to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start pulling Britain out of the European Union. PRU/AFP

British MPs take first step to starting Brexit

Jan 31, 2017 - 8:29 PM

3rd UPDATE MPs are due to spend two days debating the bill which was published last week after the Supreme Court ruled parliamentary approval was needed before negotiations with Brussels could begin

In a still image taken from video footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit on January 25, 2017 British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) answers a question during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session in the House of Commons in central London on January 25, 2017. PRU/AFP

UK publishes draft bill on triggering Brexit

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill asks parliament to give Prime Minister Theresa May authority to start the formal mechanism by which Britain will leave the bloc

U.S. weighs cuts to global funding, pullout from treaties – report

Jan 26, 2017 - 8:05 AM

NYT report: The orders suggest that Mr Trump intends to pursue his campaign promises of withdrawing the United States from international organizations

The flag of the United States of America (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 14, 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Judges rule UK parliament must approve start of Brexit

Jan 24, 2017 - 5:50 PM

4th UPDATE Majority of the 11 Supreme Court judges agree that the national parliament has to be consulted but lawmakers in Scotland Northern Ireland and Wales have no say

PARLIAMENT. People walk by the Houses of Parliament in central London on October 20, 2016. Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

U.S. Marines to return to Afghanistan's Helmand province

Jan 07, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Around 300 US Marines are set to train and advise key leaders within the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police

THE RETURN. US Marines of the 2nd Battallion, 1st Marines Weapons Company return to their base on a joint patrol with Afghanistan National Army soldiers in Laki downsouth Garmser, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on March 3, 2011. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP