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Choose U.S. or China? Carpio offers 3rd way

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:06 PM

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

Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the MDT hollow and EDCA useless, says former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio  Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

EXPLAINER: Visiting Forces Agreement

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte has threatened to scrap the military pact between the Philippines and the United States. Here's what you should know about it.

Malacañang downplays possibility of U.S. terminating other military pacts

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Duterte government is not concerned the United States may terminate other military treaties following the Philippines' move to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises made possible by the VFA. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ: Effects of VFA termination on EDCA, Mutual Defense Treaty have to be studied

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:24 PM

The justice department is ready with its memorandum on the legal procedures to terminate the 20-year-old VFA

Philippine and American soldier unite as they conducts the amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise held at Naval Education Training Command (NETC) in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by: Lito Boras/Rappler

U.S. reaffirms pact to defend PH in case of West Philippine Sea attack

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:24 PM

US officials affirm Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's assurance of aid in case of aggression in the West Philippine Sea amid growing security threat from China

MUTUAL DEFENSE. US and Philippine Marines carry their respective colors. File Photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Cayetano says PH can't file protest vs China bombers

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is 'ridiculous' to protest about an action beyond Philippine shores. 'Paano tayo magpo-protest sa hindi natin territory?'

NO PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines cannot file a protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DFA won't publicly condemn China over bombers

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is no longer the Philippines' strategy to file diplomatic protests against China at every opportunity it has. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

Scarborough, Benham Rise general leads US-PH Balikatan 2018

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:23 AM

It's the second Balikatan under President Rodrigo Duterte, who at the start of his term threatened to end the military exercises. Ties between the Philippines and US have since improved.

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Apr 18, 2018 - 10:01 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa prior to his series of engagements at the Malacañan Palace on April 17, 2018. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. vows to give PH full control of military facilities

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'All EDCA facilities are under complete control of the Philippines. They are all [inside] Philippine bases,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

GROUNDBREAKING. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim lead the groundbreaking ceremony for EDCA in Basa Air Base on April 17, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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Apr 17, 2018 - 1:35 PM

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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

Trump: I fixed ties with PH, a 'most prime real estate' militarily

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:20 AM

"[In] the Philippines, we just could not have been treated nicer....The relationship with the past administration was horrible, to use a nice word,' says US President Donald Trump

'BETTER' PH-US TIES. US President Donald Trump exchange pleasantries with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Russell Palma/ ASEAN Pool Photo

Duterte reaffirms EDCA, U.S. ties in meeting with Trump

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:22 PM

EDCA is an agreement which allows the US military to construct facilities and pre-position defense assets inside Philippine military bases

PH-US TIES. EDCA was forged in 2014 by the predecessors of US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Rappler file photo

U.S. increases surveillance support to PH military

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS to Mindanao the US embassy says in a statement

PH military asks Congress for P124M EDCA 'counterpart fund'

Aug 14, 2017 - 9:07 PM

Armed Forces chief Gen Eduardo Año asks Congress for P124 million the Philippines has to cough up for the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

BUDGET HEARING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año defend their budgets before the House of Representatives on August 14, 2017

Change is wanting: Dutertenomics and foreign policy

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Despite positive efforts the President has also tried but failed to recalibrate our dependent neocolonial relations with the US and appears intent on merely replicating the same with China and Russia

SC nominee Mosquera disagrees with ruling on EDCA

Jul 04, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Gerard Mosquera tells the Judicial and Bar Council that he would ve dissented with the 2016 EDCA ruling For him a treaty would have to be executed to justify stationing of foreign troops in the country

CANDIDATE. Gerard Mosquera answers questions from the Judicial and Bar Council. Screenshot from SC livestream

Duterte assures Trump of friendship, cooperation

Mar 20, 2017 - 12:30 AM

But President Rodrigo Duterte is less warm as he talks about the military alliance between the Philippines and the United States

GOOD RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte said he is assuring US President Donald Trump friendship and cooperation. Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

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Mar 06, 2017 - 10:06 PM

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Duterte gov't rejects U.S. plans to construct in Palawan air base

Mar 06, 2017 - 3:15 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Construction will proceed in two other military bases – Basa Air Base in Pampanga and Lumbia Air Base in Cagayan de Oro – to implement the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

IT'S A GO. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says EDCA will be implemented in 2017. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

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Jan 30, 2017 - 1:56 PM

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Duterte tells U.S. to stop planned construction in PH bases

Jan 30, 2017 - 1:25 AM

UPDATED Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana says it doesn t mean President Rodrigo Duterte wants to cancel EDCA altogether He only wants to review the structures that the US plans to build

TREATY ALLIES. The US and Philippine militaries conduct annual military exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

EDCA: US set to build facilities in 3 PH military bases

Jan 26, 2017 - 6:17 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte who had threatened to scrap the deal is okay with the plans according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

TREATY ALLIES. The Philippines and the US are bound to come to each other's aid under the Mutual Defense Treaty. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makabayan bloc to Duterte: End EDCA, military drills with US

Nov 10, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Ang hamon sa kanya is really walk the talk says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago on President Rodrigo Duterte s pursuit of an independent foreign policy

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 April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Oct 25, 2016 - 9:31 PM

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Duterte wants to scrap EDCA

Oct 25, 2016 - 1:42 PM

We have the EDCA Well forget it the President says in a speech before departing for Japan

'INDEPENDENCE.' President Rodrigo Duterte spares time to accommodate queries from members of Japanese media in Malacñang on October 24. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

NDF warns of peace talks spoilers after US embassy dispersal

Oct 20, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Condemning the bloody dispersal of protesters in Manila the communist rebels political arm calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to rein in his troops

PEACE TALKS. The government and the NDF held second round of talks in Oslo October 6-10 to agree on the framework of the peace agreement. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

US says EDCA is binding, reminds PH of aid after Yolanda

Oct 05, 2016 - 9:01 AM

US Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the American government is confident that Filipinos recognize the benefits of close ties with the US

FACT CHECK: Was EDCA not signed by Aquino?

Oct 04, 2016 - 11:50 AM

President Duterte said in Bacolod that EDCA was only signed by an aide and [former defense chief Voltaire] Gazmin Did the President get his facts right?

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Oct 03, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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Duterte puts EDCA under review, threatens to cut US ties

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Duterte cites 2 groups in Mindanao that will not talk peace with him if the Americans stayed in Mindanao

EDCA SIGNING. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg after the 2004 signing of the agreement. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senator wants inquiry into Duterte's 'conflicting' foreign policy

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says the government should clarify its position on foreign affairs given its conflicting statements

File photo

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Sep 13, 2016 - 8:21 PM

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PH military: No pullout of US soldiers pending orders

Sep 13, 2016 - 3:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte was merely concerned about the US soldiers safety in Mindanao says the military spokesman

SEA EXERCISE. Mark V or 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats operated by members of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) comb the waters of Basilan and Zamboanga City in this file photo. (Photo from JSOTF-P)

Yasay: No shift in Philippine policy on US

Sep 13, 2016 - 1:42 PM

Malacañang says the President s latest statements are intended to communicate that we need to be ready to chart our own course and find our own alliances

Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay delivers a brief statement at the DFA head office in Pasay City, July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What now? AFP modernization in the time of Digong Duterte

Aug 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM

While it may take years even decades to catch up with the military capability of our nearest neighbors the impetus has been initiated and is now moving with its own momentum that cannot be halted abruptly

SC upholds PH-US military deal

Jul 26, 2016 - 4:46 PM

The SC affirms its January ruling upholding the constitutionality of EDCA saying petitioners failed to raise new arguments in their motions for reconsideration

UPHELD. The Supreme Court affirms the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and the US, signed in April 2014. File photo

PH to China: No US militarization of West PH Sea

Apr 16, 2016 - 7:07 PM

Malacañang also says that the highly uncontroversial PH US joint military exercises are meant to ensure that prosperity is continuous under a regime of stability through the participation of all countries

Flag bearers from the Philippine and the US await the entrance of colors during the opening ceremonies for the annual RP-US Balikatan at the AFP-COC inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 4, 2016. Ben Nabong/Rappler

US defense chief visits warship in South China Sea

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:36 AM

6th UPDATE American Rear Admiral Ron Boxall says one or two Chinese vessels followed the warship but there were no tensions

COURTESY CALL. President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter during the courtesy call at the President'€™s Hall Malacañang Palace, April 14, 2016. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

US forces to gain access to more PH bases – Carter

Apr 13, 2016 - 9:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter who is now in Manila says more military bases will be added to the initial 5 agreed upon

A first: US defense chief to visit PH for Balikatan war games

Apr 04, 2016 - 3:03 PM

It coincides with the implementation of a new military agreement between the two countries the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

File photo of US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. EPA

US military equipment arrive in Subic for Balikatan 2016

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:08 AM

The shipment includes Humvee vehicles trucks jeeps backhoes and bulldozers

LINING UP. US military vehicles are pictured in Subic in preparation for the Balikatan 2016 military exercises, March 28, 2016. Photo by Randy Datu / Rappler

Philippines says defense stronger under US 'rotational' deal

Mar 20, 2016 - 4:46 PM

The agreement between the two close allies comes as the Philippines and other countries are embroiled in a tense dispute with China over conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea

TALKING ABOUT EDCA. US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg (top-C) answers questions from the media during a forum in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, Philippines, February 3, 2016. File Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

PH, US agree on EDCA implementation in Palawan, 4 other places

Mar 20, 2016 - 1:11 AM

The Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan has been the site of maritime exercises with the militaries of the US Japan and Australia

In this file photo, military troops from the Philippines and United States hold up their respective national flags during opening rites of the Philippines-US Balikatan Exercise in Quezon City on April 20, 2015. Ritchie Tongo/EPA

The Scrum: Beyond citizenship, issues that Grace Poe has to answer

Mar 14, 2016 - 2:04 PM

We have focused far too long on her citizenship yet Grace Poe has largely gotten away with motherhood and non committal answers to hard questions

NATURAL-BORN FILIPINO. Senator Grace Poe hurdles legal challenges to her presidential bid. File photo

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Mar 08, 2016 - 6:50 PM

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