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[OPINION] U.S. Independence Day: Foundational freedoms for the future

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'Friends help each other in times of need, or as I’ve heard here, the weight becomes lighter when we help each other – Ang mabigat ay gumagaan, kapag nagtutulungan'

Philippines suspends VFA termination for now

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:52 PM

(UPDATED) The United States welcomes the suspension, which will last for an initial period of 6 months

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

U.S. donates P203 million to help PH fight coronavirus outbreak

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Health assistance will go to preparing laboratories for processing of coronavirus tests as well as surveillance efforts to trace possible coronavirus cases

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. The Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital on March, 30, 2020, installs plastic dividers to separate health workers from patients as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate urges Duterte to reconsider plan to scrap VFA

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:34 PM

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

TREATY ALLIES. The Philippine and US flags during the opening ceremony of the yearly Balikatan joint military exercises in April 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

As land use act stalls, Duterte to issue executive order instead

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte again pushes for a national land use law during a December 2 Cabinet meeting where he is shown the National Economic and Development Authority's draft bill

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

In Manila, U.S. defense chief says ‘assert sovereign rights’ in West PH Sea

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Although the US maintains it does not take sides in the sovereignty dispute between the Philippines and China, its defense chief wants smaller countries to pressure the rising power into respecting their rights

PRESSURE CHINA. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper calls on the Philippines and other claimant states in the South China Sea to pressure China into respecting their sovereign rights. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

1st ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise underway in Thailand

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The drills are aimed at strengthening alliances among the US and Southeast Asian navies for 'an unparalleled advantage that no competitor or rival can match,' says a US Navy officer

PHILIPPINE CONTINGENT. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz and a crew of around 200 sailors from the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Marines left Manila for Thailand on August 28, 2019, to join the first ever ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Philippines sends BRP Ramon Alcaraz off to ASEAN-U.S. naval drills

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The Philippine Navy will participate in the first ever maritime exercises between the United States and ASEAN member states, as the region pushes back against China's expansionism

NAVAL DRILLS. The Philippine Navy sends off the BRP Ramon Alcaraz and its crew to Thailand on August 29, 2019, for the first ASEAN-US Maritime Exercises. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

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. Coast Guard calls for push-back vs. China; PH pulls back

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:15 AM

As other Asia-Pacific countries resist China’s incursions into their waters, the Philippines says China must be allowed to fish at Recto Bank

PUSH BACK. The United States Coast Guard National Security Cutter Bertholf docks at the Pier 15 during an arrival ceremony on May 15, 2019 in Manila after the search and rescue, maritime security and law enforcement exercise they conduct with the Philippine Coast Guard near Bajo de Masinloc in West Philippine Sea. The visit is part of deployment in the Indo-Pacific under the tactical control of the commander of US 7th fleet. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

3rd time's the charm? Duterte again pushes for Nat'l Land Use Act

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to pass a national land use law by the end of 2019

Houses in the upland village of Brgy. Amguid in Ilocos Sur gradually rocked and cracked by continuous downpour during the month long monsoon rains last August. According to a geologist, ground subsidence and rainfall induced landslides caused the destruction.  The risk area totaled to 75 hectares and will now only be used for agriculture. Zone 1 and 2 of Brgy. Amguid are now declared geological hazard and no longer inhabitable. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[OPINION] Freud's libido and Duterte's jingoism

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:00 PM

International relations are not built on drunken macho street-talk that Duterte has been used to all his life as a mayor in the country’s southern backwaters

Filipinos block people online over political views – U.S. think tank

May 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM

But Filipinos are also the most 'comfortable' with discussing politics both offline and online among 11 emerging economies surveyed

A Pew Research Center survey shows Filiipinos have blocked people online due to their political beliefs.

U.S. fugitive wanted on child porn charges arrested in Pampanga

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The arrest follows a nearly two-year search for Joel Aquino Pasay, who was indicted in May of 2017 for the receipt of child pornography

Filipinos spend most time online, on social media worldwide – report

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:32 PM

For the 4th straight year, the Philippines is tops in worldwide social media use. The Philippines also beats Thailand this year for most time spent online.

U.S. Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea

Nov 12, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The US Navy says the crew 'was immediately and safely recovered'

USS RONALD REAGAN. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. File photo courtesy of US Navy

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

EJKs still 'chief human rights concern' in PH, says U.S.

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The US State Department notes that concerns about police impunity in the Philippines 'increased significantly following the sharp increase in police killings'

UNEXPLAINED KILLING. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading 'I'm a pusher', on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

U.S., Australia, Japan navies sail in PH as China parades might

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Australian long range guided missile frigate HMAS Anzac, and Japanese destroyer JS Akizuki arrive in the Philippines for port visits as China holds a large naval parade in the South China Sea

RECEPTION. Ambassador Sung Kim holds a reception aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt for 300 guests on April 13, 2018

U.S. embassy closed October 31-November 1

Oct 27, 2017 - 11:07 AM

The US embassy and its affiliated offices will be open on Monday, October 30, and will resume operations on Thursday, November 2

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

Cayetano, Solano, U.S. Senate probe | Midday wRap

Sep 28, 2017 - 12:06 PM

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Philippines, U.S. simulate hijacking in counterterrorism drill

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The exercises 'simulated a scenario involving a real commercial airliner filled with over 150 actors who played hostages,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

TEMPEST WIND. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim shake hands after a joint press conference on September 26, 2017, about Tempest Wind, a counterterrorism drill between the Philippines and the US. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 26, 2017

Jul 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Marawi clash, martial law, US Navy | Evening wRap

May 25, 2017 - 9:31 PM

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Balikatan brings school buildings, hope to remote Leyte villages

May 09, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Barangays Margen and Don Carlos Revilla in Ormoc City are the latest recipients of new classrooms built under this year s PH US military exercises

NEW CLASSROOMS. US soldiers build classrooms in a remote village in Ormoc City, Leyte, as part of the 2017 Balikatan Humanitarian Program. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Fewer Filipino adult smokers in 2015 – survey

May 06, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Drastically raising the tobacco excise taxes proved to be the single most effective way of reducing tobacco use among smokers in the Philippines says the Philippines health department

Palace commends military, police for foiling Bohol terror attack

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:58 AM

Malacañang assures the public that security forces are in control of the peace and order situation in Central Visayas

ADDRESSING TERROR THREATS. During a visit to a military camp in Sulu, President Duterte inspects firearms seized from Abu Sayyaf. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Duterte to China: Relax, no guns in PH islands

Apr 10, 2017 - 4:55 PM

For the information of China we will not place there in the South China Sea any offensive weapons not even one gun says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates that he is allowing the urban poor to occupy the vacant housing units that were meant for the police and military in Bulacan in his speech during his visit to the Western Command (WesCom) Headquarters at Camp General Artemio G. Ricarte in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on April 6, 2017. Also in the photo is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañang Photo

U.S. under Trump: We would be foolish not to engage Asia

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:56 PM

I am confident that the President and his advisers will continue our engagement in the Asia Pacific region US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

MEDIA ROUNDTABLE. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim holds a roundtable with select Filipino journalists on January 24, 2017, in Makati City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

US State Dep't approves sale of radars for PH warships

Dec 16, 2016 - 11:36 AM

The air search radars will enhance the Philippine Navy s maritime domain awareness and enable it to detect and track air contacts

FIRST. BRP Gregorio Del Pilar is the first US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutter acquired by the Philippine Navy. Rappler photo

Philippines, US elite troops hold war games

Nov 17, 2016 - 12:26 PM

But exercises are limited to follow the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte

US-PH relations, Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine Air Force | 12PM wRap

Oct 24, 2016 - 2:07 PM

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Duterte says he will not sever U.S. ties

Oct 22, 2016 - 12:38 AM

On whether or not his separation will affect defense agreements with the US Duterte says maybe and that he plans to consult with military officials first

DUTERTE. This file photo taken on October 16, 2016 shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he gestures delivering his speech prior to departing for a visit to Brunei and China at Davao airport. File photo by Manman Dejeto/ AFP

Philip Goldberg, Leni Robredo, Donald Trump | 12PM wRap

Oct 21, 2016 - 1:51 PM

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US envoy: Violence outside embassy 'disturbing'

Oct 20, 2016 - 6:47 PM

We re sad that people were injured outgoing US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg tells Rappler s Maria Ressa

CHINA AND OTHER MATTERS. Outgoing US Ambassador Philip Goldberg on Rappler Talk on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

CIDG to probe 'violent confrontation' of Manila cops, protesters

Oct 19, 2016 - 11:25 PM

The PNP s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group is tasked to probe a violent clash between Manila police and protesters in front of the US Embassy

Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

Rodrigo Duterte, Leila de Lima, Antonio Carpio | 6PM wRap

Oct 11, 2016 - 10:29 PM

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PH should send patrols to South China Sea – Carpio

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:38 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is the surprise guest of honor at the closing ceremony of the last war games between the Philippine and US militaries

BOUNDARIES. Antonio Carpio, senior associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, addresses Filipino and American marines at the closing ceremony on October 11, 2016, of what President Rodrigo Duterte wants to be the 'last' war games between the longtime allies. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Robredo on Duterte's rants: What we say taken as policy, be careful

Oct 05, 2016 - 2:42 PM

UPDATED The Vice President emphasizes how good foreign relations are crucial for the Philippines and its anti poverty program

FOREIGN ASSISTANCE. Vice President Leni Robredo (2nd from left) highlights the importance of good foreign relations from the perspective of the anti-poverty sector in a news conference on October 5, 2016.  Photo by Patty Pasion/RapplerÂ

US 'committed' as Duterte eyes ending military drills

Sep 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The US says there has been no official rendering of President Rodrigo Duterte s decision to end military exercises between the Philippines and the US

JOINT EXERCISES. US (L) and Philippine (R) navy personnel launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a speedboat off the naval base in Sangley Point, Cavite City, west of Manila on June 28, 2013, as part of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercises. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Drugs survey: Try it once, you're likely to try it again

Sep 24, 2016 - 8:57 AM

After trying shabu for the first time 28 of users will use it again a nationwide survey by the Dangerous Drugs Board shows

Duterte and US, shabu raid, Clinton vs Trump| 12PM wRap

Aug 11, 2016 - 12:07 PM

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After Goldberg comment, Duterte reiterates ‘strong alliance’ with US

Aug 10, 2016 - 6:16 PM

The President also defends his remarks insisting he was only telling the truth

DUTERTE'S TRUTH. President Rodrigo Duterte visits a military camp on Catbalogan, Samar on August 8, 2016. File photo by Presidential Photographers Division

Kerry visit, Trump, June temperature | 12PM wRap

Jul 20, 2016 - 12:04 PM

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Philippine and US election demographics

May 01, 2016 - 6:00 PM

This piece will dive into specific voters’ demographics that could influence the outcome of these elections With the upcoming elections in both countries will voting blocs make a winner?

Philippine and US electoral systems on the line

Apr 09, 2016 - 6:05 PM

Both the US and the Philippines could be faced with serious questions about our respective electoral systems

Poe admits husband is former US Air Force

Apr 07, 2016 - 11:13 PM

A political analyst notes that Grace Poe apparently kept this information from the public

File photo by Rappler

The siren song of totalitarianism in US and Philippines

Apr 02, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump seem to capitalize on the deep frustrations of Filipinos and Americans with the failings of their respective countries’ democratic systems

'Spiritual disaster' as '70% of US Catholics' avoid Mass

Jan 26, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Filipinos in the US can help avert this spiritual disaster Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron says at the International Eucharistic Congress

'SPIRITUAL DISASTER.' Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron says 70% of US Catholics 'stay away' from the Mass. Photo courtesy of IEC Special Coverage Facebook Page

A look at the state of crime, drugs in the Philippines

Jan 05, 2016 - 5:48 PM

Should crime and drugs be an election issue based on statistics?