Category Archives: rp-us relations

JAPAN, US CONTINUE TO BACK PHILIPPINE CLAIM OVER WEST PHILIPPINE SEA VS. CHINA

Japan nixes unilateral tries to alter status quo in SCS

MANILA – The Japanese Embassy in Manila said Saturday it “strongly opposes” any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas (SCS).The statement came days after Chinese Coast Guard vessels blocked and fired a water cannon on two Filipino boats en route to the… Read More

US stands with PH over latest Ayungin incident with China

The United States government said Friday it stands with the Philippines in the face of what it described as an “escalation that directly threatens regional peace and stability.”The statement came a day after the Chinese government made a tacit confirmation that its coast guard blocked… Read More

Duterte eyes US visit to thank gov’t for vaccines

Philippines has received more than 71 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to visit the United States to personally thank their government for their donation of vaccines against Covid-19.In a prerecorded public address on Thursday night, Duterte bared that the Philippines will be receiving an additional 5 million doses of… Read More

US sending 5.3M more Pfizer vax doses

MANILA – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday said the United States will be sending an additional 5.3 million doses of Pfizer coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine to the Philippines through the COVAX Facility.”As I exchanged views w/ Rep. Steve Chabot, Babe… Read More

Mutual Defense Treaty central to RP-US friendship

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US Indo-Pacific Command chief affirms MDT commitment with PH

 August 24, 2021,

MANILA – The head of the US Indo-Pacific Command has affirmed the US commitment to the seven-decades old Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) which the Philippines and US signed in 1951.In his second visit to the Philippines Monday, US Indo-Pacific Command head Admiral John Aquilino met with senior… Read More

PHILIPPINES RECALLS ABROGATION OF VFA WITH US

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Friday handed over the diplomatic note recalling the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) to United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III.

In a statement following their meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Locsin said the US has shown its commitment to fulfilling its obligations to Manila under its alliance.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III pays a courtesy call to President Duterte

“They have addressed issues arising from our security relationship with good faith. Together, we have moved forward on the basis of common interest, shared values, and mutual respect,” he said.

“As such, upon the instructions of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, today I handed over to United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III the diplomatic note recalling the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement.” Read More

AUSTIN: Enhanced communication and greater cooperation can further boost Manila and Washington’s alliance

Duterte, Austin renew PH-US alliance

 July 30, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte and United States (US) Defense Secretary Defense Lloyd Austin III believed Thursday that “enhanced communication and greater cooperation” can further boost Manila and Washington’s alliance.During Austin’s courtesy call on Duterte at… Read More

PH-US alliance makes Duterte reconsider VFA: Palace

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 July 30, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to recall the termination of the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) on the ground of the two nations’ respect for their partnership being “sovereign equals,” Malacañang said on Friday.Presidential… Read More

iday.In a virtual forum, Labor Attaché Marie Rose Escalada said Japan is looking to hire foreign… Read More

Recall of VFA abrogation reinforces PH-US ties: solons

 July 30, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to recall the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States will be beneficial to all parties, given the current “uncertain and challenging” international political environment that is aggravated by the coronavirus… Read More

VFA to strengthen RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty

US official hopeful for ‘satisfactory’ VFA pact

 July 1, 2021

MANILA – The United States is hoping for a “satisfactory arrangement” with the Philippines for the continuation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law, in an interview on the sidelines of the American Independence Day celebrations at the… Read More

RP-US VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT BACK IN FORCE

VFA abrogation suspended anew: Locsin

 June 14, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States for another six months, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced Monday.The Filipino top diplomat said the chief executive relayed… Read More

US welcomes postponed VFA termination

 June 15, 2021

MANILA – The United States government welcomed on Tuesday President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to postpone the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) for six more months.In a statement sent to reporters, the US Embassy in Manila said, “Our alliance continues to contribute not only… Read More

Halt of VFA abrogation to give PH more time to study pact: DND

 June 15, 2021

MANILA – The Philippines will get six more months to review the advantages and disadvantages of having a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday night.Lorenzana made the comment in reaction to President Rodrigo Duterte’s… Read More