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[OPINION] Our enduring partnership: Working together to defeat the coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:12 PM

'To succeed against this pandemic, we all have a role to play: government, business, individuals. The Philippines can count on continued support from the US government, US businesses, and our incredible exchange alumni.'

Photo by Toto Lozano

FALSE: U.S. embassy 'suspends' tourist visas due to virus, VFA scrapping

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The United States embassy in the Philippines denies issuing such an advisory. The screenshot supposedly from the embassy's website also contains spelling errors.

U.S. embassy in PH denies suspending visa applications

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:37 PM

The US embassy in the Philippines refutes misinformation it revoked tourist visas due to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus and Duterte's threats to end the VFA

NO SUSPENSION. The US Embassy in Manila denies claims it would cancel tourist visas over the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak and President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement. File photo by AFP

U.S. embassy closed October 14

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Regular services will resume on October 15, 2019

US EMBASSY IN MANILA. The US Embassy in Manila will be closed on October 14, 2019 in observance of Columbus Day. File photo by AFP

U.S. embassy closed on December 24 and 25

Dec 21, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The US embassy and its affiliated offices will resume services on Wednesday, December 26

Commuters pass in front of the highly-secured US embassy in Manila on July 6, 2013. The United States issued a warning against travel to the southern Philippines, the embassy said, just days after Australia and Canada issued a similar advisory to their citizens, citing threats from criminal gangs and terrorist groups in the south, but not specifying any threat. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

U.S. starts process to return Balangiga Bells to PH

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:48 AM

(UPDATED) The United States confirms a November 14 ceremony in Wyoming 'marking the beginning of the process to return the Balangiga Bells' to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo from Wikipedia

U.S. embassy officer visits Trillanes in Senate office

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, however, refuses to confirm or deny the visit

Sen. Trillanes with Tindig Pilipinas convenors. A prayer was offered by former Education Secretary Armin Luistro. Also present is entertainer Leah Navarro. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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

U.S., PH form anti-transnational crimes unit to battle child abuse

Mar 10, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Transnational Criminal Investigation Unit is composed of 22 US-trained Philippine cops

US-TRAINED. The Philippine Transnational Crimes Investigation Unit undergoes a three-week training course in Georgia, USA. Photo from the US Embassy in the Philippines

Balangiga bells, Uber and Grab, Pell | Midday wRap

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:02 PM

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U.S. embassy warns citizens against traveling to Palawan

May 10, 2017 - 1:42 AM

UPDATED It has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas of Palawan

TRAVEL ADVISORY. The United States issues a travel advisory for the province of Palawan. File photo by AFP

PNP confirms reports of 'threats' in Central Visayas

Apr 10, 2017 - 2:17 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives assurances the police are ready as they also gear up for the long Holy Week break

DON'T WORRY. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa downplays fears of the safety in Central Visayas, amid a travel advisory from the US Embassy. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

'Dump Trump,' say Philippine protesters

Jan 20, 2017 - 4:01 PM

We are very concerned about Filipino workers in the US dealing with a rise of racism Some Filipinos there are getting paranoid about their personal safety and their job security says Joms Salvador of women s group Gabriela

'DUMP TRUMP.' Activists arrive as they march for a rally in front of the US embassy in Manila on January 20, 2017, ahead of Trump's presidential inauguration. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

US vows strong PH ties 'whoever wins' presidency

Nov 09, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Our relationship over the years over the decades has been extremely strong US chargé d affaires Michael Klecheski says

STRONG TIES. Michael Klecheski, chargé d'affaires of the US embassy, vows strong ties between Manila and Washington 'whoever wins' the US presidency. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

DOH: Zika virus endemic in PH

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:54 PM

It was just established within the week that the Philippines is indeed endemic for Zika virus Category 2 says lawmaker Scott Davies Lanete who sponsored the health department s proposed budget at the Lower House

ENDEMIC. Health officials say the Philippines is endemic for Zika virus. File photo of a jar with larvas of Aedes eegypti mosquito by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

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

DFA chief: I remain true to my commitment

Sep 25, 2012 - 3:07 PM

UPDATED Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario quells fears he is about to quit as supporters hail his principled leadership