Duterte and the US - updates

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Año: Cabinet will abide by Duterte’s U.S. travel ban

Jan 30, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The interior secretary, who says his US visa remains valid, believes the prohibition would exclude emergencies, such as illness requiring medical treatment in the US

NO U.S. TRAVEL? Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says he and other members of the Cabinet will abide by President Rodrigo Duterte's order prohibiting them from traveling to the U.S. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

As land use act stalls, Duterte to issue executive order instead

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte again pushes for a national land use law during a December 2 Cabinet meeting where he is shown the National Economic and Development Authority's draft bill

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

3rd time's the charm? Duterte again pushes for Nat'l Land Use Act

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to pass a national land use law by the end of 2019

Houses in the upland village of Brgy. Amguid in Ilocos Sur gradually rocked and cracked by continuous downpour during the month long monsoon rains last August. According to a geologist, ground subsidence and rainfall induced landslides caused the destruction.  The risk area totaled to 75 hectares and will now only be used for agriculture. Zone 1 and 2 of Brgy. Amguid are now declared geological hazard and no longer inhabitable. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

U.S. Secretary of State to visit Philippines amid China flirtation

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:07 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be visiting the country on his way back home from Vietnam

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister on February 12, 2019 in Warsaw. (Photo by Janek SKARZYNSKI / AFP)

Junta after Duterte? Democracy should remain, says U.S. defense exec

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'I hope that the future of the Philippines remains at the hands of the people here,' says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

VISITING. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable press interview at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte says PH to get 5,000 firearms from 'friendly country'

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The firearms from the 'friendly country' will come in the face of the 'boycott of America of our needs,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018, declares that there will be no letup in his war on drugs. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Gov't to compensate Marawi residents booted out of military land

Jan 31, 2018 - 12:07 PM

This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte leads the groundbreaking of a new military camp in Marawi City

IN MARAWI. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the site inspection of the Bahay Pag-asa Phase 2 at Brgy. Mipaga in Marawi City, January 30, 2018. Malacanang photo

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Sep 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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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

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

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

Kung saan nagsimula ang digmaan kontra-droga

May 02, 2017 - 7:03 PM

EXKLUSIBO: Kilala ng mga kaanak ng mga natokhang kung sino ang bumaril sa mga anak nila – at nakahanda silang pangalanan siya

Where the drug war began

Apr 24, 2017 - 9:35 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Families of the Philippine drug war's dead claim they know the man who shot their children – and they're willing to speak his name

Trump 'verbally' confirmed PH visit in November

Apr 19, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr says the US leader indicated his attendance to the ASEAN Summit in Manila when he had his first phone conversation with President Rodrigo Duterte

US LEADER. US President Donald Trump gives verbal confirmation he will fly to the Philippines to attend the ASEAN Summit in November. File photo of then President-elect Donald Trump in November 2016 in New Jersey. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/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 has 'productive' meeting with US ambassador – Palace

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US Ambassador Sung Kim meet for 45 minutes in Davao City discussing military and law enforcement cooperation among others

Filipinos trust U.S., distrust China and Russia – survey

Jan 12, 2017 - 1:31 PM

This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte forges an independent foreign policy that junks subservience to the US and seeks non traditional partners

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the New Year Vin d'Honneur in Malacanang on January 11, 2017. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Impunity: The Night Before Christmas

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:58 PM

Christmas is for family, even when Papa is in a coffin and Mama disappears

Impunity: The Church of the Resistance

Dec 25, 2016 - 9:40 PM

At the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help the brutality of extrajudicial killings becomes the image of Christmas

Duterte rants about U.S. 'insult' in front of new envoy

Dec 19, 2016 - 10:24 PM

New US Ambassador Sung Kim manages to keep a straight face during Duterte s tirade

ON THE SPOT. US Ambassador Sung Kim listens to President Duterte's speech during a Go Negosyo Christmas Town Hall on December 19, 2016. Screenshot from RTVM

Duterte to U.S.: Pay for troops to stay in PH

Dec 18, 2016 - 12:51 PM

You want to come back here? You pay us You want bases here? Pay us Transaction tayo pera pera nalang tayo mabuti pa says President Rodrigo Duterte on the possible abrogation of the VFA

NO MORE VFA? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte explains the severity of the human right violations allegedly perpetrated by the Americans who colonized the country for 50 years in his speech during his arrival at the Davao International Airport in Davao City on December 17, 2016. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Impunity: In the Name of the Father

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Rodrigo Duterte said Let there be blood and there was blood

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Dec 03, 2016 - 5:20 PM

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Yasay on Duterte foreign policy: 'Wala namang confusing'

Dec 02, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Confusion? That s not so much a problem of the President as it is a problem of the critics of the President Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

DEFENDING DUTERTE. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says there is nothing confusing about President Rodrigo Duterte's statements as chief architect of foreign policy. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Impunity: Murder as Meme

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Welcome to Manila where torture is a joke and murder is a hashtag

Impunity: Let Them Sleep

Nov 17, 2016 - 4:57 PM

After 16 days of waiting Jerico and Angel executed side by side in Quezon City are finally laid to rest

Duterte after Trump win: I don't want to pick a fight

Nov 09, 2016 - 9:33 PM

Rodrigo Duterte who himself was nicknamed the Trump of the East during the Philippine presidential campaign acknowledges similarities between him and the incoming US president

Duterte congratulates Donald Trump

Nov 09, 2016 - 4:37 PM

The Philippine President looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines US relations anchored on mutual respect says Malacañang

DUTERTE AND US LEADERSHIP. President Duterte holds a press conference before departing for Thailand. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Impunity: Jerico's Angel

Nov 07, 2016 - 5:59 PM

His killers tossed a sign on his chest that said he was a drug dealer His friends ripped the sign away Drugs they say have become an excuse for murder

PH hails US for naming 'Asian' envoy to Manila

Nov 05, 2016 - 2:46 PM

I m sure it s some form of signal that they want to be on a better cultural footing Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

US ENVOY. Incoming US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and his wife, Jae Eun, look on as US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at a swearing-in ceremony for Kim on November 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of the US State Department

Duterte to Obama: 'Get dictionary to know meaning of dignity'

Nov 04, 2016 - 10:43 PM

Sabi ko putang ina kayo Leche ninyo Putang ina talaga kayo because you violated our dignity as a Filipino people

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte encourages the Filipinos to assert their rights especially when dealing with corrupt public officials during his meeting with the Filipino community at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing, China on the night of October 19. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Impunity: A Halloween Massacre

Nov 02, 2016 - 4:14 PM

On the eve of the day of the dead five people were executed by men who decided they did not deserve to live

Duterte’s China card

Oct 24, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Does he know what game he’s playing?

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Top US official: Duterte words 'hurtful, mystifying'

Oct 24, 2016 - 6:44 PM

We have found ourselves in a scratchy period US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel tells Filipino journalists

TOP OFFICIAL. The US' top diplomat for East Asia, Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, holds a roundtable discussion with Filipino journalists on October 24, 2016. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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Oct 24, 2016 - 2:07 PM

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US' top Asia diplomat: Don't choose between America, China

Oct 24, 2016 - 1:34 PM

This should be addition not subtraction US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel says during a trip to the Philippines

PH-US TIES. Daniel Russel, the US' top diplomat for East Asia, says countries shouldn't simply choose between the US and China. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

US official to Yasay: Duterte tirades stir 'consternation'

Oct 24, 2016 - 11:45 AM

US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel says the Philippines friends are also concerned about the loss of life in President Rodrigo Duterte s war on drugs

TOP OFFICIAL. US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel is visiting the Philippines after a series of anti-US tirades by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo courtesy of US State Department

Top US official visiting PH, set to tackle 'uncertainty'

Oct 23, 2016 - 1:02 AM

Previously scheduled before President Duterte s announced economic and military separation from the US the visit of Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel happens this week

TOP OFFICIAL. US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Daniel Russel speaks during a press conference in Hanoi on May 10, 2016. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Duterte wants to question police, protesters in US embassy dispersal

Oct 22, 2016 - 2:07 AM

I intend to look at it I will try to talk to the police invite him for coffee and I will talk to the activists says President Duterte

TIME TO TALK. President Rodrigo Duterte takes questions during a press briefing at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing, China on October 19. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Duterte says he will not sever U.S. ties

Oct 22, 2016 - 12:38 AM

On whether or not his separation will affect defense agreements with the US Duterte says maybe and that he plans to consult with military officials first

DUTERTE. This file photo taken on October 16, 2016 shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he gestures delivering his speech prior to departing for a visit to Brunei and China at Davao airport. File photo by Manman Dejeto/ AFP

The Drug War: Monday

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:53 PM

Fifteen weeks after the declaration of a war on drugs at least 12 people are killed between dusk and dawn one Monday in October

Duterte vs US: PH to lose 3rd largest trading partner

Oct 21, 2016 - 12:40 PM

The US also continues to host more than 5 9 million Filipinos as President Rodrigo Duterte vows to cut military and economic ties with Washington

BETTER DAYS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (right) looks on as US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) gestures during his visit to the Philippine presidential palace in Manila on July 27, 2016. Photo by Aaron Favila/Pool/AFP

Duterte tells Chinese: Americans are ‘loud, discourteous’

Oct 20, 2016 - 9:35 PM

At the end of his heavily anti American speech Duterte appeals to China: If China would find in its heart to help us in our needs then we will remember it for all time

VEERING TOWARDS CHINA. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping walk past the honor guards during the arrival ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

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Lacson echoes Agot on Duterte: 'Kung gusto mo magutom, magutom ka mag-isa'

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Sa isang banda si Agot Isidro may sense [ang] sinasabi Kung sumama ang ekonomiya madadamay lahat na karamihan ng Pilipino na magugutom says Senator Panfilo Lacson

The Drug War: Legendary

Oct 10, 2016 - 9:05 PM

Ask the police chief of Santa Ana what he thinks of his new president He will give you one answer

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