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Rappler's latest stories on US Philippines relations


U.S. Air Force vows ‘no let up’ in South China Sea patrols

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:11 PM

General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, restates the US commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines as China pushes to dominate the Indo-Pacific region

AIR DEFENSE. Filipino-US Sailors onboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it anchored in Manila Bay on 7 August 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

U.S. aircraft carrier visits Manila amid heightened rhetoric vs China

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:18 AM

The US Navy's presence in the West Philippine Sea affirms a treaty alliance that provides a layer of deterrence against an increasingly aggressive China

MILITARY MIGHT. The USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft carrier is seen anchored Manila bay on 7 August 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

U.S. and Philippines: Friends, partners, and allies

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:38 AM

The US-Philippine friendship is built on shared sacrifices, shared values, and people-to-people ties

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Yasay seeks dialogue with Trump's top diplomat

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:41 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr also says ASEAN foreign ministers discussed the evolving policy of US President Donald Trump

TOP US DIPLOMAT. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks over papers before a meeting on Syria at the World Conference Center in Bonn, western Germany, February 17, 2017. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Russia defense deal won't affect ties with U.S. – Esperon

Feb 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Talks about an upcoming defense pact with Russia comes at a time when the Philippine President has made threats to scrap defense deals with the US

SEEKING MORE ALLIES. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr holds a press conference at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on February 17, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Marciano Paynor Jr on U.S.-PH ties, ASEAN 2017

Feb 07, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Paynor talks to Rappler about the Philippines hosting of ASEAN 2017 US Philippines ties and what it s like to help Duterte prepare for his first time to host an international summit

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Oct 25, 2016 - 9:31 PM

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Duterte to Russel: Don't ask me to tone down rhetoric

Oct 25, 2016 - 4:16 PM

It depends if you will get a Philippine president who is your lap dog You count me out I’m not one of them says Duterte

Duterte tells Chinese: Americans are ‘loud, discourteous’

Oct 20, 2016 - 9:35 PM

At the end of his heavily anti American speech Duterte appeals to China: If China would find in its heart to help us in our needs then we will remember it for all time

VEERING TOWARDS CHINA. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping walk past the honor guards during the arrival ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte may have insulted Obama, but he also held US to account

Sep 11, 2016 - 2:08 PM

If we condemn President Rodrigo Duterte for his recent remarks because we claim to be concerned about the rights of Filipinos while showing no interest in acknowledging the past crimes and injustices against the Philippines we fall into our own sort of hypocrisy

HOLDING US TO ACCOUNT. This combination image of two photographs taken on September 5, 2016 shows, at left, US President Barack Obama speaking during a press conference following the conclusion of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, and at right, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaking during a press conference in Davao City, the Philippines, prior to his departure for Laos to attend the ASEAN summit.  US President Barack Obama on September 5 called a planned meeting with Rodrigo Duterte into question after the Philippine leader criticized him and the US. Images by Saul Loeb and Manman Dejeto/AFP

US commits $32M for PH law enforcement training, services

Jul 27, 2016 - 3:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte discusses with US Secretary of State John Kerry his war on illegal drugs among other topics during the official s courtesy call on the Philippine leader

US-PHILIPPINES RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US Secretary of State John F. Kerry during a courtesy call at the Malacañang Palace on July 27, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte and US officials discuss West Philippine Sea ruling

Jul 19, 2016 - 9:58 PM

After the meeting US Senator Chris Murphy tweets and claims Duterte assured them he has no plans to negotiate with China over the West Philippine Sea

DUTERTE AND AMERICA. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US Ambassador Philip Goldberg. Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/PND

US open to joint patrols with PH in disputed sea – envoy

Feb 03, 2016 - 1:40 PM

US Ambassador Philip Goldberg declines to give a categorical response to the Philippine proposal but says I don’t think there are limitations to what the US can do

ARTIFICIAL CHINESE ISLAND. China's artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, such as the one in Mabini (Johnson) Reef, has prompted calls for more checks on the country's activities in the area

US envoy: Whoever wins in 2016, US-PH ties to 'prosper'

Feb 03, 2016 - 12:05 PM

On the qualities the next president should have Philip Goldberg cites a need to continue reforms started by President Aquino

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

PH economy, Poe on Roxas, India heat wave | 6PM wRap

May 28, 2015 - 6:16 PM

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PH asks US to compensate for Tubbataha damage

Jun 17, 2014 - 6:06 PM

More than a year after a US navy vessel damaged coral reefs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palawan the US has finally received a request for compensation from the Philippine government

RUBBLE. Coral reefs in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park are pulverized after the USS Guardian crashed into them in January 2013. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

NAIA closed at 'specific hours' for Obama visit

Apr 25, 2014 - 3:50 PM

The NAIA will be closed from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on April 28 and April 29 to accommodate the arrival and departure of US President Barack Obama

OBAMA. US President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an Easter Prayer Breakfast in the East Room of the White House, in Washington DC, USA, 14 April 2014. Michael Reynolds/EPA

PH-US war games begin Friday

Apr 03, 2013 - 1:52 PM

This is the 4th year that the Balikatan exercises will be focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster response

PH-US Balikatan Exercises 2012. File photo

PH eyes greater US military presence

Dec 10, 2012 - 9:45 PM

US and Philippine officials will meet to discuss expanding American presence in the Asian nation amid tensions with China over territorial claims

JOINT TRAINING. US soldiers train a member of the Philippine Coast Guard during one of their joint exercises in Mindanao. (Photo from Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines)