PH-US ties - updates

Rappler's latest stories on PH-US ties


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.

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

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

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

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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

US congratulates Duterte

May 13, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The United States looks forward to continuing to deepen our bilateral partnership with the new administration as we address common challenges and issues of mutual interest the US embassy says

DEEPER TIES. The US has conveyed its congratulations to the president-elect and the Filipino people. Photo from Wikipedia Commons

Duterte says he may cut US, Australia ties

Apr 21, 2016 - 1:57 PM

2ND UPDATE Leading presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte also tells the ambassadors of the US and Australia – two of the Philippines closest allies – to shut their mouths after they criticized his rape joke involving an Australian missionary

POLL FRONT-RUNNER. Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte speaks at a rally in Quezon City on April 12, 2016

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Dec 10, 2015 - 8:30 PM

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Obama reaffirms ‘rock solid commitment’ to PH

Nov 18, 2015 - 10:35 AM

UPDATED As a treaty ally we have a rock solid commitment to the defense of the Philippines the US President says

'ROCK SOLID.' US President Barack Obama (right) with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III after their bilateral meeting at the Sofitel hotel on November 18, 2015. Photo from

EDCA and the West Philippine Sea

Dec 12, 2014 - 12:48 PM

Decision makers have to abandon the notion that the Philippines should persuade the US to carry the burden of securing its sovereignty to the Kalayaan Islands and jurisdictions in the West Philippine Sea

#AnimatED: Murder tests PH-US military ties, calls for tight balancing act

Oct 27, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Justice should be served – the courts should conduct a fair trial without any hint of special treatment for Pemberton – and our long term security interest be upheld

DFA: Treaty obliges US to defend PH if attacked

Apr 30, 2014 - 7:35 PM

Under the MDT the US will come to the assistance of the Philippines if attacked says Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

After Obama, let's welcome Xi Jinping!

Apr 29, 2014 - 9:10 AM

The Philippines would have to accept the fact that it is just a pawn in the larger scheme of things between US and China relations

US helped PH Navy in Ayungin mission

Apr 11, 2014 - 7:23 PM

We know that they assisted the Philippine Navy in being able to evade the Chinese ships says Philippine Ambassador to Us Jose Cuisia Jr

DAVID VS GOLIATH. A much smaller Philippine ship arrives at the disputed Ayungin Shoal. Photo by AFP