PH-US relations - updates

Rappler's latest stories on PH-US relations


[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'

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

Obama nominates next US envoy to the Philippines

May 19, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Sung Kim is the US Special Representative for North Korea Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State

US AMBASSADOR. Sung Kim, US special representative for North Korea policy, is set to be the next US envoy to the Philippines. Photo by Wu Hong/EPA

Challenge to US: Look to Southeast Asia's dynamic future, not its past

Jan 25, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Our hope is that one year from now the new president – whoever he or she might be – will make clear that America remains staunchly a Pacific economic and military power

ALLIES. In this file photo, President Aquino and US President Barack Obama in Manila in April 2014. Malacañang Photo

PH vows ‘prompt, mutually beneficial’ implementation of EDCA

Jan 13, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the Supreme Court ruling on EDCA opens up new opportunities to further deepen our enduring alliance with the US

PH-US 2+2. (L-R) Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Philippine Secretary of Defense Voltaire  Gazmin and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter pose for a photo opportunity before the second Philippines-US Two-plus-Two Ministerial Dialogue on January 12, 2016, at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC

When Pia Wurztbach meets geopolitics

Dec 26, 2015 - 11:00 AM

This alone could go down as one of the greatest contributions of the new Miss Universe

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015, answers her Top 5 Final Question on stage with Host, Steve Harvey during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE¨ Telecast airing live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on FOX Sunday, December 20. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants have spent the past three weeks in Las Vegas touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Context: The US in PH anti-terror campaigns

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:38 AM

Let’s start with a basic fact: the US has been involved in counterterrorism operations in the Philippines for more than a decade

US reiterates support for PH anti-terror fight

Jan 30, 2015 - 1:21 PM

The SAF units fought with bravery and demonstrated their commitment to ensuring peace and order in their country says the embassy

Miriam to force Senate to take stand on EDCA

Dec 01, 2014 - 3:25 PM

Senate foreign relations committee chairman Senator Miriam Santiago says she s confident that administration allies will support her resolution

Katarungan para kay Jennifer Laude

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Nagsisimula ito sa pagbibigay galang sa pagkataong binuhay niya – isang mapagmahal matulungin at marangal na babae

3 to 5 PH military bases eyed for US use

May 02, 2014 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija among those being eyed is a natural choice because it is where Philippines US Balikatan exercises are often held

PHILIPPINE PANEL CHAIRMAN: Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino. Rappler file photo

Uncle Sam, the Little Brown Brother and the Sleeping Giant

May 02, 2014 - 10:26 AM

How does one negotiate with the big guns richer and bigger than us? By determining our absolute bottom line from where nothing else is acceptable – before sitting at the negotiating table

Yolanda Ong

#DearObama: Goodbye, Mr President

Apr 30, 2014 - 2:47 PM

As I write this you are halfway home Please do not forget the promises you made to my countrymen

Obama’s Visit to the Philippines: The likely issues?

Apr 26, 2014 - 11:45 AM

The US invokes the law when it suits Washington’s interest China depends on history and chooses to ignore the law in explaining its position which is based on Beijing’s conception of its national interest


Obama calls Philippine president in wake of typhoon

Nov 13, 2013 - 3:10 AM

The US president expresses deep condolences once more as he discusses as well how to coordinate US help

File photo by EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

PH seeks U.S. defense support amid China row

Apr 26, 2012 - 6:21 PM

The Philippine and US governments will meet in Washington on April 30 and Manila has said it would ask to acquire a coast guard vessel and F 16 fighter jets