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[OPINION] U.S. Independence Day: Foundational freedoms for the future

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'Friends help each other in times of need, or as I’ve heard here, the weight becomes lighter when we help each other – Ang mabigat ay gumagaan, kapag nagtutulungan'

Where the Philippines goes, America follows

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

We have thousands of George Floyds. But they’re abused not because of the color of their skin as much as because of where and how they live.

Philippines suspends VFA termination for now

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:52 PM

(UPDATED) The United States welcomes the suspension, which will last for an initial period of 6 months

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

Trump 'fine' with end of Visiting Forces Agreement

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:46 AM

'If they would like to do that, that's fine, we'll save a lot of money,' Trump tells reporters at the White House, touting his 'very good relationship' with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines sends VFA notice of termination to U.S.

Feb 11, 2020 - 12:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The Executive Secretary sent the message to Secretary Teddyboy Locsin and the latter signed the notice of termination as sent to the US government today,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang Photo

Senate panel to review VFA, other Philippine defense pacts

Jan 29, 2020 - 4:44 PM

'Number 1, ano ang benefits na nakuha ng Pilipinas dito? What is the national interest at stake in these agreements?' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on some questions to be taken up at the planned hearing

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.

GROUNDBRREAKING: A multi-purpose warehouse will be built inside Basa Air Base in Pampanga, the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Protesters in Bacolod question 'huge budget' for ASEAN Summit

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:48 PM

In Bacolod City, about a hundred protesters troop to the Fountain of Justice for the national coordinated protest against US President Donald Trump, one of the leaders attending the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings in Manila

ANTI-TRUMP RALLY. About 100 rallyists in Bacolod City troop to the Fountain of Justice on November 14, 2017, for the national coordinated anti-Trump protest. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Trump visit 'underscores improving PH-US ties' – Malacañang

Sep 30, 2017 - 1:04 PM

'President Duterte is looking forward to welcome the US President in Manila,' Malacañang says a day after the White House announced President Donald Trump's attendance to the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings

PH VISIT. US President Donald Trump will join other leaders in the Philippines for the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings in November 2017.  File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

PH Air Force gets weapons from U.S.

Jul 29, 2017 - 10:39 AM

The munitions and weapons will enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and directly support AFP members actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines including Marawi the US embassy says

US SUPPORT. Members the US and Philippine armies unload and inspect a delivery of  rockets from the US to the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Clark Air Base, Pampanga. Photo from the US Embassy

Change is wanting: Dutertenomics and foreign policy

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Despite positive efforts the President has also tried but failed to recalibrate our dependent neocolonial relations with the US and appears intent on merely replicating the same with China and Russia

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

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

U.S. Navy destroyer makes port call in Subic

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The brief port call highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States the US embassy says

PORT CALL. The USS Fitzgerald returns to the Philippines for a brief port call. Released photo

'Rapport' between Duterte, Trump signals 'improving' PH-US ties

Dec 03, 2016 - 5:52 PM

We can say at this stage that our relationship with the US is improving says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

'GOOD RAPPORT.' President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates US President-elect Donald Trump through a phone call on December 3, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

WATCH: Duterte invites Trump to visit Philippines in 2017

Dec 03, 2016 - 1:14 AM

UPDATED On the war against drugs US President elect Donald Trump also tells Duterte the US would be the last to interfere in the affairs of your own country

TRUMP TALK. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates United States of America President-elect Donald Trump during a phone call at Legaspi Suites in Davao City on December 3, 2016. Photo by Richard Madelo/PPD

Duterte to personally congratulate Trump in phone call

Dec 02, 2016 - 12:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to make a phone call to the next US president at 10:30 pm Friday December 2

CONGRATULATORY CALL. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte calls up US president-elect Donald Trump.

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Nov 18, 2016 - 10:52 PM

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Yasay, Kerry agree to boost Philippines-U.S. ties

Nov 18, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The meeting comes almost a month after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the Philippines supposed military and economic separation from the US

YASAY-KERRY MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry on November 17, 2016, on the sidelines of the APEC ministerial meeting in Lima, Peru. Photo by Robinson Ninal/Presidential Photo

Trump inherits Duterte

Nov 12, 2016 - 8:30 AM

One never knows what Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump might see of themselves in each other that would ignite a mutual identification which could only lead to either of two things: they hit it off or they hit each other

Love triangle reloaded? The Trump triumph and US-Philippine-China ties

Nov 10, 2016 - 8:58 PM

I think the combination of Trump s election and Duterte s new diplomacy might accelerate the Philippines distancing from Washington amid a broader reconfiguration of the US s relations with East Asia

With Trump win, 'clean slate' for PH-US ties – Pimentel

Nov 09, 2016 - 5:45 PM

But for some senators a Hillary Clinton presidency would have been better for the Philippines

CLEAN SLATE? An ally of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the foreign relations of the Philippines and US will have a clean slate. But some senators say it would have been better if Hillary Clinton won.

US cancellation of rifles sale a 'great opportunity,' says CPP

Nov 03, 2016 - 10:28 AM

The Communist Party of the Philippines is against equipping the police with long firearms saying it is a US supported tactic against communist rebels

PEACE TALKS. Communist rebels in the Philippines are talking peace with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. Rappler photo

Lacson: Nothing to lose if US stops selling rifles to PH

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:16 PM

Senator Leila de Lima disagrees: This is just the start of what we will be reaping from the US as a result of an incomprehensible and ridiculous policy shift to anti Americanism and pro totalitarian Chinese hegemony in Asia

Members of the Quezon City Police District's Task Force Oplan Sita conduct a random checkpoint along CP Garcia Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City on Thursday, as part of the PNP’s nationwide full alert following the Davao City bombing that killed 14 people and injured more than 60. President Rodrigo Duterte recently declared a “state of lawlessness” commanding the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to undertake measures permitted by the Constitution and laws to suppress all forms of lawless violence and prevent lawless violence from spreading elsewhere across the country. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte’s China card

Oct 24, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Does he know what game he’s playing?

US plot to unseat Duterte? 'Absurd,' says envoy

Oct 24, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Outgoing US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg reacts to the statement of ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada

C130 TURN OVER. Outgoing US ambassador Philip Goldberg leads the turn over of a refurbished C130 cargo plane to the Philippine Air Force

Duterte’s ‘hugot’ for his evolving foreign policy

Oct 20, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The real challenge is for President Duterte to follow the Constitution to the letter by abandoning the much travelled road of previous presidents and treading the path of independent diplomacy and economic sovereignty

MEETING IN CHINA. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping after they witness the signing of documents on cooperation in trade, agriculture, tourism, maritime security, and infrastructure. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Rappler Talk: US Ambassador Goldberg on PH pivot to China

Oct 20, 2016 - 2:54 PM

As he approaches the end of his term Ambassador Goldberg weighs in on Manila s pivot to China

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Oct 18, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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Most Filipinos don't share Duterte's trust in China, distrust in US – SWS

Oct 18, 2016 - 10:39 AM

A Social Weather Stations poll shows that 76 of Filipinos have much trust in the US while only 22 have much trust in China

DUTERTE AND CHINA. File photo of President Rodrigo Duterte meeting Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua at Malacañang Palace in July 2016. File photo from Presidential Photographers Division

The Philippines' pivot to China

Oct 12, 2016 - 2:30 PM

President Duterte is taking a huge risk betting all on China’s goodwill and beneficence without the insurance provided by the diversified multi lateral support of historical and traditional friends and allies

Duterte admin 'independent' from US, 'bullied' by China?

Oct 08, 2016 - 6:52 PM

It s not independent because you move from one strong alliance to another strong alliance a foreign affairs analyst tells Rappler

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the National Banana Congress held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on October 7, 2016. Photo by Ace Moradente/Presidential 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

Recalibrating US-Philippine alliance under Duterte

Oct 01, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Both sides need to bear in mind several realities as they manage ties amid changing leaderships

Independent foreign policy: It’s about time

Sep 29, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Why is it that in the Philippine context an independent foreign policy is necessarily antagonistic to the US and its interests?

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

Towards an independent foreign policy

Sep 24, 2016 - 10:00 AM

It is not for or against anybody but equidistant to everyone

DUTERTE AND CHINA. President Duterte meets Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua in Malacanang Palace in July 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

On the shoulders of giants

Sep 18, 2016 - 12:45 PM

We are not playing a zero sum game where warmer relations with one side must come at the expense of our relationship with the other

ASEAN CHAIR. The Philippines will chair  the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017. File photo from King Rodriguez/PPD

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

Duterte on US troops: 'I never said go out'

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:45 PM

The President says he merely wants the US to give us space to talk peace with Moro rebels in Mindanao

Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Duterte: PH won’t cut ‘umbilical cord’ with allies

Sep 13, 2016 - 6:26 PM

But President Duterte also asserts Philippine independence: We could never be just a small country and to be shouted at or lectured upon by any foreign country or by any president

KEEP ALLIANCES. President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will not cut its strategic alliances. File photo from Toto Lozano/PPD

Duterte’s shock and awe

Sep 12, 2016 - 10:57 PM

Goliath meet David His shock and awe might just be more effective than yours So be afraid be very afraid

'ROCK STAR'. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the Filipino community in Laos at Feungfar Convention Hall in Ban Phonsinuane on September 5. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

TRANSCRIPT: Duterte on Obama

Sep 06, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Here is the official transcript of President Duterte s response to how he would address human rights questions that may be raised to him by US President Barack Obama at the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Laos

PRE-DEPARTURE PRESSCON. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a press conference at the Davao City International Airport prior to his departure for Laos to attend the ASEAN Summit on September 5, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/AFPDEJETO

Duterte looking for 'very dynamic, proactive' PH reps to UN, US

Aug 27, 2016 - 11:37 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is still scouting for the country s representatives to the United States and the United Nations both on the receiving end of his tirades and jokes

CAMP VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte keynotes the 10th Anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command in Panacan, Davao City on August 26, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PH to US: We don't condone unlawful killings

Aug 13, 2016 - 8:59 PM

The DFA answers the US embassy s list of concerns under President Rodrigo Duterte but dodges Duterte s remarks against Ambassador Philip Goldberg

DIPLOMAT TO DIPLOMAT. US Ambassador Philip Goldberg chats with Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr before a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Music Room in Malacanang Palace on July 19, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PND

US releases rare list of concerns under Duterte

Aug 12, 2016 - 4:53 PM

The United States hits President Rodrigo Duterte s gay remarks against Ambassador Philip Goldberg and says it is concerned about extrajudicial killings

PH-US RELATIONS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with US Secretary of State Secretary John Kerry during a courtesy call at the President's Hall of the Malacañang Palace on July 27, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

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