Rappler's latest stories on Philippines-US relations
(UPDATED) Taking up the United States on its offer, Senator Ronald Dela Rosa says he will go to the American embassy after quarantine restrictions are eased
The Western Pacific's traditional power showcases its naval might as China plans to establish an air defense identification zone over the South China Sea
America calls for a resolution of the case 'in a way that reinforces the U.S. and Philippines’ long shared commitment to freedom of expression, including for members of the press'
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippines looks forward to continuing its 'strong military partnership' with the United States while reaching out to regional allies
(UPDATED) 'In times of crises and global uncertainty, it is our belief that nations are only made stronger if we work together and focus our efforts on tackling the various challenges that confront us all,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
(UPDATED) The United States welcomes the suspension, which will last for an initial period of 6 months
To give the Philippine military a much-needed boost in air power, the government is looking to buy 6 attack helicopters from US-based suppliers
'The U.S. strongly opposes China’s bullying and we hope other nations will hold them to account too,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Health assistance will go to preparing laboratories for processing of coronavirus tests as well as surveillance efforts to trace possible coronavirus cases
(UPDATED) What would have been the last iteration of the yearly drills between Filipino and American forces has been called off to protect soldiers’ health, says the US Indo-Pacific Command
Bookmark this page: Former Visiting Forces Agreement Commission executive director Edilberto Adan talks about the importance of the military deal and the impact of its repeal
US Pacific Fleet Commander John Aquilino is leading a port call of the aircraft carrier strike group Theodore Roosevelt in Vietnam, which uncharacteristically skipped the Philippines in its Indo-Pacific voyage
Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement useless, says retired justice Antonio Carpio
'We cannot ignore a country like the US,' says Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez
The die is cast, says the military
‘I am the most deliberate. That’s why I’m awake until 6 o’clock, just thinking of what I have to do,’ says the President
The Makati Business Club expresses concern over the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, saying it may 'affect other security agreements'
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The former Navy sailor who led two mutinies says the Armed Forces of the Philippines is a professional institution, and will weather the President’s order to repeal the pact with its biggest military ally
Nothing’s certain, but based on history, the two countries will figure out a way to move bilateral relations forward, says the Philippine ambassador to the US
No less than Senate President Vicente Sotto III is preparing the petition raising the need for Senate concurrence in ending treaties
The case takes a Shakespearean quality. King Rodrigo swings away with his sword screaming, proffering a crazy deal: the VFA for an American visa for a favorite horse – Bato de la Rosa.
Ending the key military pact with the US is the first step towards exacting justice for thousands of Filipinos whose health suffered because of the hazardous waste the US military left behind in its former bases, says Kalikasan
'Time to grow up,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo admits to reporters there was no scheduled call to begin with
Although planned joint exercises may still continue in the next 6 months, there won’t be any when the termination of the military pact takes effect, says the defense chief
Vice President Leni Robredo questions the President's motive for scrapping the VFA, especially since members of his own Cabinet warned that it would largely be against the Philippines' own interests
'It is not what we do; it is not what is right,' says former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario, urging the Duterte government to reconsider its decision
(UPDATED) Losing the Visiting Forces Agreement would be a setback in countering China’s aggression in the Asia Pacific region, says US Defense Secretary Mark Esper
Scrapping the key military pact with the US is disadvantageous to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, say two senior military officers who spoke on condition of anonymity
(UPDATED) The Philippines on June 1 suspends its notice to terminate the military pact. How did we get here?
The United States says it will 'carefully consider' its next moves as it 'remains committed' to its friendship with the Philippines
‘Behold this President, his personal issues over [the] nation’s welfare,’ one netizen says
Can joint military exercises with American troops continue without the Visiting Forces Agreement? At the very least, mounting them would become a lot more difficult.
(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
Some 300 joint activities between Philippine and U.S. forces require the VFA as a basis for operations, says U.S. Assistant Secretary of State R. Clarke Cooper
Senators say they should first review the ramifications of withdrawing from the agreement that allows for the presence of US military troops in the Philippines
'Si Trump pati 'yung others are trying to save the Visiting Forces Agreement. Sabi ko, ayaw ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
'This is fake news,' says the defense secretary about Salvador Panelo's claim that the President has taken steps to instruct Foreign Secretary Locsin to send the notice of termination to the US
What is at stake and is the Philippines ready to terminate the VFA?
Ano ang posibleng implikasyon ng pagbasura ng VFA?
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the 'continuance of the agreement is deemed to be more beneficial' to the country
Duterte's latest outburst against the US isolates the country from its oldest ally and sows uncertainty against the threat of any Chinese aggression
US Ambassador Sung Kim highlights the benefits to Filipinos of US military presence, now threatened by the President’s order to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement
Joint activities between Philippine and US forces continue as the Duterte administration moves to terminate the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement
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
'We have to defer to the President's wishes,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo
'Parang boycott,' says President Rodrigo Duterte