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PH, U.S. forces kick off ‘more advanced’ KAMANDAG war games

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The joint military exercises will feature the Philippines' brand new amphibious assault vehicles in an international drill for the first time

U.S. stealth fighter suffers millions in damage from bird strike

May 16, 2019 - 9:55 AM

A damage assessment report has not yet been completed but the US Marine Corps says the incident is classified as category 'A,' meaning the damage is expected to exceed $2 million

DAMAGED. In this file photo taken on September 16, 2016, US Air Force handout photo shows a US Marine F-35 Lightning II taking off at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Photo by Senior Airman Solomon Cook/US Air Force/AFP

Marines commandant protests U.S. border deployments, wall

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:09 AM

America's top marine warns that deployments to the US-Mexico border and President Donald Trump's plan for a wall poses an 'unacceptable risk' to the force

Members of the US Border Police guard the international bridge in Texas, as seen from Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, Mexico, on February 6, 2019. - Around 1,700 migrants traveling by caravan reached the US-Mexican border Tuesday, just as President Donald Trump prepared to give a major speech certain to include calls for his long-sought wall. (Photo by Julio Cesar AGUILAR / AFP)

US Marine missing in Sulu Sea

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(3RD UPDATE) 'The Marine was reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea, August 9,' says the 13th Marine Expedition Unit

SEARCH OPERATIONS. US Navy, US Marine, and Philippine ships and aircraft are scouring the Sulu Sea for the missing US Marine. File photo from the US Pacific Fleet

U.S. hails arrests of 2 convicts in U.S. Marine's murder

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The US embassy says Galiciano Datu III and Crispin dela Paz, who were convicted for the high-profile 2012 murder of US Marine George Anikow, have been arrested

HAILING ARRESTS The US embassy in Manila hails the arrests of two suspects in the 2012 murder of a US Marine. File photo by AFP

16 dead in U.S. military plane crash in Mississippi

Jul 11, 2017 - 12:31 PM

UPDATED The US Marine Corps confirms that a mishap involving a KC 130 occurred in the evening

In this file photo, a KC-130J flies over the Mediterranean Sea, June 15, 2014, similar to the plane that crashed in Mississippi. File photo/US Marine Corps/Public Domain

Court affirms guilty verdict on US Marine in Jennifer Laude death

Apr 10, 2017 - 12:20 PM

The Court of Appeals rejects US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton s plea of self defense

APPEAL REJECTED. File photo of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton with local security forces. File photo by Rappler

U.S. Marines to return to Afghanistan's Helmand province

Jan 07, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Around 300 US Marines are set to train and advise key leaders within the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police

THE RETURN. US Marines of the 2nd Battallion, 1st Marines Weapons Company return to their base on a joint patrol with Afghanistan National Army soldiers in Laki downsouth Garmser, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on March 3, 2011. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

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Oct 04, 2016 - 8:17 PM

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PH, US marines link arms amid uncertainty

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:04 PM

Philippine Marine commandant Andre Costales says their relationship with the US Marines has withstood the test of time but notes the importance of building the capabilities without external interventions

LAST WAR GAMES? Philippine and US Marines at the opening ceremony of Phiblex 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

US military jet crashes off Okinawa, pilot safe

Sep 22, 2016 - 8:23 PM

The wreckage of the plane is found 150 kilometers 95 miles off Okinawa s main island in the mid afternoon according to the Japan Coast Guard

US troops head to Albay for 2016 Pacific Partnership mission

Jun 24, 2016 - 7:59 PM

The Philippines is one of the mission stops of Pacific Partnership 2016 the largest humanitarian and disaster response preparation mission in the Indo Asia Pacific

PARTNERSHIP. Lieutenant Commander Kris Hooper, Pacific Partnership public affairs chief, says the partnership will be beneficial to both forces. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

US forces in Okinawa under curfew after suspected murder

May 28, 2016 - 1:51 PM

The announcement comes after US President Barack Obama expressed his deepest regrets over the killing

US FORCES. Protesters shot slogans before US Kadena Air Base in Kadena, Okinawa, southwestern Japan, 20 May 2016, after an American employed at the US Air Force base admitted having killed a young Okinawan woman. EPA/HITOSHI MAESHIRO

Duterte to CBCP, Poe disqualification, Pemberton’s detention | 12PM wRap

Dec 02, 2015 - 1:01 PM

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Pemberton ruling draws mixed reactions online

Dec 01, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Here s what netizens are saying about the guilty verdict against the US Marine

PH officials welcome Pemberton verdict, but some wary

Dec 01, 2015 - 7:21 PM

Leftist lawmakers fear the PH US Visiting Forces Agreement could still come into play

'JUSTICE FOR LAUDE.' Some government officials, including Vice President Jejomar Binay, welcome the conviction of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton for homicide. Rappler file photo

US to act in a 'matter of hours' if PH sovereignty is challenged

Oct 02, 2015 - 8:50 AM

The US and the Philippine Marines resume the annual Phiblex war games to simulate military and staff operations in the next 10 days

WAR GAMES. File photo of the Phiblex exercises in 2014

Private prosecutors accuse Pemberton camp of delaying trial

Aug 10, 2015 - 10:19 PM

Private prosecutors accuse lawyers of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton who is accused of the murder of Filipino transgender Jeffrey Jennifer Laude of delaying the trial after again failing to present witnesses

PROTEST. The mother of murder victim Jennifer Laude, Julita Cabillan (C), flanked by lawyers Virgie Suarez (L) and Harry Roque (R), uses a bullhorn as she joins protesters outside the Hall of Justice in the Philippine city of Olongapo on August 10, 2015, where the hearing for US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, accused of murdering transgender Filipina Laude, was supposed to take place. Photo by Jay Directo / AFP

US helicopter missing in Nepal with 8 aboard: military

May 13, 2015 - 3:09 AM

The chopper was carrying 6 US Marines and two soldiers from the Nepalese army

Biggest US, PH war games a display of what 'bullies' may face

Apr 22, 2015 - 4:58 PM

Balikatan 2015 kicks off in the backdrop of growing fears over China s reclamation in the South China Sea and the Supreme Court s delay in deciding the constitutionality of EDCA

War games show how US defends PH island from invaders

Apr 22, 2015 - 4:10 PM

Working together the American and Filipino Marines encircle the Calabayan forces and defeat them to take back Luzon island from the invaders

WAR GAMES: US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on Tuesday, April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Tokyo urges Okinawa governor to back down in US base row

Apr 05, 2015 - 3:40 PM

However the Okinawan governor counters that while he understands the importance of the alliance with the US any national security plan must have the Japanese people s support

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan minister sidesteps Okinawa governor in base row

Mar 30, 2015 - 5:41 PM

Japan s central government muscles the governor of Okinawa out of the way in a row over the construction of a US air base suspending his stop work order in the latest fraught chapter of a two decade row

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Laude family: We just want to see the killer go to jail

Mar 10, 2015 - 9:31 PM

The prosecution did not ask for anything nor was something offered by the Pemberton camp says Virgie Suarez lawyer for the family of slain transgender Jennifer Laude

NO DEAL. The family of slain transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude says they just want to see US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton go to jail for the alleged crime. Rappler file photo

Don't worry about 2-month delay in US Marine's trial – Palace

Dec 24, 2014 - 7:30 PM

There is sufficient time for the legal proceeding says Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma

GRANTED: The Olongapo court grants the motion of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton to suspend his murder trial pending his petition before the Department of Justice

FVR: PH has 'higher interest' than custody of US Marine

Dec 18, 2014 - 2:56 PM

Updated Former President Fidel Ramos says the battle over Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton s custody should not damage the relationship between the US and the Philippines at a time when the country is facing a bully

'HIGHER INTERESTS': Former President Fidel Ramos says Philippine-US relations should remain strong amid threats from China. Rappler photo

Japan's Okinawa elects governor opposed to US base – exit polls

Nov 16, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Takeshi Onaga s apparent victory is a significant blow to the central government because the governor can veto the landfill work needed for a new base to be built

ANTI-US BASES. Residents of Japan's Okinawa on November 16 elect new governor - Former Naha mayor Takeshi Onaga (front C), who opposes plans to relocate a US military base. Photo by JAPAN OUT AFP/JIJI PRESS

US Navy cancels port calls amid Philippine anger over killing

Nov 03, 2014 - 7:03 PM

The US embassy declines to comment while local officials refuse to believe the cancellation of the visits is linked to anger stirred by the investigation into a US Marine linked to the killing of a Filipino

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP: US Navy's USS Peleliu, where the US Marine suspected of killing a local was temporarily detained in October. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

Stopping Sueselbeck's departure is 'due process' - De Lima

Oct 27, 2014 - 4:26 PM

The justice department has to determine if Sueselbeck would be put in the immigration black list

MARC SUESELBECK. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera

Why give an award to soldier pushed by Sueselbeck?

Oct 27, 2014 - 2:48 PM

If other people can t control their emotions we want to show that soldiers can control their emotions even if they re facing a test like that says General Gregorio Catapang Jr

'EXEMPLARY COMPOSURE': Technical Sergeant Mariano Pamittan receives a plaque of recognition. AFP-PAO photo

#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

US Marine, Laude's boyfriend now 'undesirable aliens'

Oct 26, 2014 - 5:14 PM

The Bureau of Immigration files charges against the two

Pemberton in PH camp 'confidence-building move'

Oct 25, 2014 - 7:30 AM

We went beyond I think our obligations under VFA by reaching an agreement with the Philippines that allowed the suspect to be moved to a facility at Camp Aguinaldo says US Ambassador Philip Goldberg

UNUSUAL STEP: Ambassador Philip Goldberg says the US has gone beyond its obligations under the VFA. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Philippines reviewing unclear provisions in VFA

Oct 23, 2014 - 8:49 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima clarifies that while the Philippines is moving to clarify guidelines in implementing the military agreement with the US it isn t necessarily open to amending the treaty

VFA STAYS. President Benigno Aquino III says he will not abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) of the Philippines with the United States. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Rappler Newscast | October 23, 2014

Oct 23, 2014 - 8:22 PM

The family Jennifer Laude seeks a DNA test for US Marine Pemberton The Philippines takes an Ebola precaution A shootout in the Canadian parliament triggers a lockdown

US envoy: VFA makes Laude probe 'quick, successful'

Oct 23, 2014 - 12:22 PM

The US ambassador also denounces media circuses surrounding the death of Jennifer Laude a transgender Filipino allegedly murdered by a US Marine

'MEDIA CIRCUSES'? German Marc Sueselbeck, boyfriend of murdered transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude, 26, climbs the gate of the facility where Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton is detained at the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters in Manila on October 22, 2014. US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg criticizes this as part of 'media circuses.' Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Rappler Newscast | October 22, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 - 8:05 PM

US retains custody of Pemberton despite transfer VP Binay seeks President Aquino s endorsement for 2016 HK leader makes gesture to democracy protesters

WATCH: Jennifer Laude's fiance, sister climb military gate

Oct 22, 2014 - 5:38 PM

They manage to enter the compound housing the US Marine accused of killing Jennifer Laude

Miriam: US Marine given special treatment

Oct 22, 2014 - 3:05 PM

Senator Santiago says the special treatment given to the US Marine betrays the discrimination bias of the PH US Visiting Forces Agreement

Despite transfer, US retains custody of Marine

Oct 22, 2014 - 12:39 PM

The US embassy insists it has the right to retain custody of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton despite his transfer to Camp Aguinaldo The Philippines concurs

'JUSTICE FOR LAUDE.' Protestors at the University of the Philippines demand justice for transgender woman Jennifer Laude, 26, whom a US Marine allegedly murdered. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why PH must assert sole custody over US Marine

Oct 22, 2014 - 10:49 AM

That the Philippines has to request for custody is an anomaly given that the Philippines has the right to have custody once a criminal case has been filed in court

4 US witnesses in Olongapo slay left Philippines – DFA

Oct 20, 2014 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs says it was not informed by the US that the 4 witnesses were leaving the country

'JUSTICE FOR LAUDE.' Protestors at the University of the Philippines demand justice for transgender woman Jennifer Laude, 26, whom a US Marine allegedly murdered. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines: US Marine 'expected' in Olongapo probe

Oct 20, 2014 - 3:27 PM

The Philippines cites the Visiting Forces Agreement as the US fails to guarantee that the suspect Joseph Scott Pemberton will attend the investigation

SCRAP VFA. Protestors at the University of the Philippines call for the scrapping of the Visiting Forces Agreement after a US Marine allegedly murdered a transgender woman in Olongapo City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

De Lima: US Marine should appear at hearing

Oct 20, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the government will insist on the appearance of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton at Tuesday s preliminary hearing

UP TO LAWYERS. The US Embassy says it's up to the lawyers of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton whether or not he will appear before prosecutors on October 21.

US to produce Marine sought over Jennifer Laude murder

Oct 18, 2014 - 12:45 PM

US embassy spokeswoman Anna Richey says the suspect is being held on board the USS Peleliu pending an investigation into the death of a transgender Filipino woman

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jennifer Laude, and the suspect now identified as "PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton" in a bar before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

4 US Marines summoned to testify on Olongapo slay

Oct 17, 2014 - 7:34 PM

A witness says 3 male white foreigners looked for the suspect their buddy Pemberton after a transgender woman s murder

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

Olongapo's Magsaysay quarter loses luster after murder

Oct 17, 2014 - 4:18 PM

The killing in the northern port city of Olongapo threatens to test longstanding defense ties between Manila and Washington

PROTEST. Filipino protesters shout anti-US slogans in a rally outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines, 16 October 2014. Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

US Marine ordered to appear in murder probe

Oct 17, 2014 - 2:48 PM

But the question remains: will he face investigators?

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect in a hotel before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

'Jennifer Laude is a child of God'

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Filipinos in New York hold a rally for the slain Jennifer Laude

Rappler Newscast | October 14, 2014

Oct 14, 2014 - 7:25 PM

SWS: VP Binay s satisfaction ratings drop 15 Transgender Filipino slay suspect in US custody Kim Jong un resurfaces after 3 weeks