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Rappler's latest stories on military deal


15 senators vote against PH-US military deal

Nov 10, 2015 - 6:39 PM

But Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago admits that the Supreme Court has the final say on the issue

'SENATE VICTORY.' Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago hails the Senate vote against the Philippine-US military deal. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Sending EDCA to Senate will embarrass Aquino - SolGen

Dec 15, 2014 - 8:11 PM

The Solicitor General submits his final arguments to the Supreme Court

ORAL ARGUMENTS ON EDCA: Acting Solicitor General Florin Hilbay and Anti-EDCA petitioner former Senator Rene Saguisag. Rappler photo

Amb. Goldberg on friendships in Asia & challenges in Iraq

Jun 19, 2014 - 12:07 PM

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg talks to Rappler about the crisis in Iraq and about United States diplomatic relations with Asia

Miriam: SC will junk PH-US military deal

May 08, 2014 - 5:00 PM

Santiago questions the authority of Defense Secretary Gazmin and US Ambassador Goldberg to sign the military deal

TALL TALE. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago says the opposition is behind the supposed Napoles list published in the Daily Tribune, which she dismissed as a work of fiction. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Senate: Clarify PH-US deal’s coverage, contents

May 06, 2014 - 5:51 PM

There appears to be an imperative need to review the EDCA in order to clarify its coverage and contents to promote transparency Trillanes says

DEFENSE HEARING. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV files a resolution directing his defense committee to look into the Philippines' military deal with the US. File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Hagel: PH-US war games 'important to regional security'

May 06, 2014 - 3:39 PM

US defense chief Chuck Hagel calls Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to congratulate and thank him on the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA

REGIONAL SECURITY. US Defense Chief Chuck Hagel says the Balikatan war games are important to regional security. AFP file phot

#TalkThursday: What does PH gain from defense deal?

May 02, 2014 - 12:03 PM

Rappler talks to Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino on what the country gains in the EDCA deal

Binay: PH-US military deal deters aggression

May 02, 2014 - 11:17 AM

Speaking before an American think tank Binay says the Philippine military agreement with the US is an important pillar of Manila s security policy

POLICY SPEECH. Vice President Jejomar Binay keynotes the Bayan Tree Leadership Forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on Thursday. Philippine Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato

Rappler Newscast | May 1, 2014

May 01, 2014 - 8:22 PM

Former Senator Saguisag hits lack of transparency in the defense deal | President Aquino warns Filipinos choose your next leader well | Families fear bodies in the ferry may never be recovered

Send US troops to Ayungin, Scarborough – Saguisag

May 01, 2014 - 5:36 PM

The US can put itself where its mouth is by even agreeing to discuss that possibility says the former senator who voted in 1991 not to renew the military bases agreement

TEST COMMITMENT. Former Senator Rene Saguisag says the Philippines can test the US commitment by asking it to send troops to Ayungin and Scarborough Shoals.

#TalkThursday with Rene Saguisag: PH-US military deal unconstitutional?

May 01, 2014 - 4:34 PM

Rappler talks to former Senator Rene Saguisag on the constitutionality of the rushed PH US deal

Trillanes: PH-US military deal a security blanket

Apr 30, 2014 - 2:32 PM

You cannot put a value on the agrement because when war comes you cannot assume the two militaries will just volt in says the Senate defense committee chairman

'NO PRICE.' Trillanes says the Philippine-US military agreement will help modernize the Philippine military, a priceless contribution. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña

Drilon: Bring PH-US military deal to Supreme Court

Apr 29, 2014 - 10:25 PM

If the document is not sent to [the Senate] then we will have nothing to ratify Bring it to the Supreme Court which is the ultimate arbiter as whether this is a treaty or an executive agreement

FINAL ARBITER. Drilon says supporters and critics of the PH-US military deal should raise the issue before the Supreme Court. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Obama makes gains in Asia, but more work to do

Apr 29, 2014 - 9:40 PM

Barack Obama s Asia Pacific legacy is now taking shape but he has work to do to complete a genuine rebalancing of US power to the region that goes beyond rhetoric

IRONCLAD COMMITMENT: US President Barack Obama says the Philippines will not stand alone against its enemies. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

After ‘rushing’ deal, PH got nothing from Obama – Joker

Apr 29, 2014 - 7:52 PM

Instead of a commitment on China all the Philippines got out of Obama s visit was shibboleths says former Senator Joker Arroyo

GETTING 'ZERO.' Former Senator Joker Arroyo says the Philippines got 'zero' from Obama's visit after supposedly rushing a military deal with the US. Photo by Titchie Tongo/EPA

DOCUMENT: Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

Apr 29, 2014 - 6:53 PM

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA paves the way for the increased presence of American troops in the Philippines and gives them wider access to military bases

SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER: The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) leads to increased presence of American troops in the Philippines

#DearObama: Why Filipinos love the US

Apr 28, 2014 - 3:16 PM

The overwhelming response to our DearObama campaign has been an expression of love and appreciation for the United States

Miriam: PH-US deal unfair surprise on Senate

Apr 28, 2014 - 3:11 PM

Criticizing what she calls guile in diplomacy Senator Santiago says the agreement should first have been submitted to the Senate

'BAD FAITH.' Santiago says the signing of the PH-US military deal without Senate consultation and approval was a sign of bad faith on the parts of Presidents Aquino and Obama. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Was the Senate sidelined in PH-US military deal?

Apr 28, 2014 - 2:05 PM

Senate defense committee chair Antonio Trillanes IV says the committee was briefed on the negotiations; Senate President Drilon says the chamber was not consulted

IN DARK? Trillanes says the executive branch briefed the Senate defense committee about the deal but Drilon and Recto said the Senate was not consulted about the positions of the DND and DFA. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#DearObama: Pinoy netizens speak up on the US President's visit

Apr 24, 2014 - 1:22 PM

Ahead of President Obama s visit MovePH asked Filipinos to write to President Obama on what they think he should know about the Philippines and Filipinos

New aircraft deals not a reaction to China threat – Palace

Mar 22, 2014 - 5:18 PM

Territorial conflct or no Malacañang says it s committed to upgrade the military s defense capabilities

Palace: No need for Senate OK on PH-US military deal

Mar 15, 2014 - 7:32 PM

Unlike Senator Santiago the President s chief legal counsel says the bases access deal merely implements two treaties already concurred in by the Senate

Miriam: PH-US military deal needs Senate OK

Mar 14, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Senate foreign relations committee chairperson Miriam Defensor Santiago says the Philippine US military bases access deal should be considered a treaty

Enrile: Yolanda not justification for US-PH deal

Nov 26, 2013 - 6:03 PM

The anticipation of such a disaster or any contingency will be a justification for the presence of other troops in the country says the former defense minister

PH-Canada military deal should not anger China - Palace

Nov 11, 2012 - 6:44 PM

This is part of our efforts to attain a minimum credible defense position said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte

MILITARY DEAL. President Benigno Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Malacañang Palace on November 10, 2012. Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau