APEC 2016 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on APEC 2016


Duterte avoided Obama at APEC to prevent 'awkward situation'

Dec 13, 2016 - 7:36 AM

I did not have a bum stomach; do not believe it That was just an excuse says President Rodrigo Duterte who had been criticized for missing key events in his first APEC meeting

'AWKWARD SITUATION.' Now it can be told: President Duterte deliberately skipped APEC summit events to avoid interacting with US President Barack Obama

Duterte's absences in summits: What we're missing

Nov 26, 2016 - 7:30 AM

President Duterte who skipped important events in the last two summits he joined will himself host an international conference in 2017

COUNTRY'S TOP DIPLOMAT. President Rodrigo Duterte participates in the general dialogue at the APEC Leaders' Summit in Lima, Peru on November 19. Photo by SIMEON CELI JR./ Presidential Photo

Duterte on Putin: We've become fast friends

Nov 21, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Mukhang parang magkakilala na kami nang matagal says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about his new friend Russian President Vladimir Putin

MEETING HIS HERO. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can't help but smile upon meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Lima, Peru. Photo from SAP Christopher Go

Duterte in Peru, Marcos burial, Pence and 'Hamilton' | Midday wRap

Nov 21, 2016 - 1:06 PM

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Putin invites Duterte to visit Russia

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Cabinet officials say Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for his firm moves during their much anticipated bilateral meeting

TWO PRESIDENTS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting in the presence of their ministers. Malacañang Press Pool photo

Duterte skips APEC family photo session, meetings

Nov 21, 2016 - 9:17 AM

UPDATED Duterte blames jetlag for his absence at traditional APEC events like the family photo of heads of state where Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr stood in for him

NO SHOW. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr represents President Duterte at a photo of leaders taken on the second day of the 24th APEC Leaders' Meeting in Lima, Peru on November 20, 2016. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

APEC 2016: After poncho mockery, world leaders tone it down in Peru with shawls

Nov 21, 2016 - 8:24 AM

By opting for shawls rather than ponchos Peru may have been seeking to avoid the mockery that accompanied its hosting of the 2008 APEC summit

FAMILY PHOTO. The traditional 'family photo' on the final day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit at the Lima Convention Centre in Lima on November 20, 2016. (Front L to R) Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Canada PM Justin Trudeau, Chile Pres. Michelle Bachelet, China Pres. Xi Jinping, Peru Pres. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Indonesia VP Jusuf Kalla, Japan PM Shinzo Abe, South Korea PM Hwang Kyo-Ahn, Malaysia PM Najib Razak and (back L to R) Mexico Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo, New Zealand PM John Key, Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Russia Pres. Vladimir Putin, Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, Taiwan representative James Soong, Thailand Deputy PM Prajin Juntong, US Pres. Barack Obama and Vietnam Pres. Tran Dai Quang. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

APEC: China pushes free trade as Trump leaves void

Nov 20, 2016 - 8:42 AM

UPDATED Chinese President Xi Jinping pushes Beijing s free trade plans at a summit of Asia Pacific leaders stepping up to fill the void left by US President elect Donald Trump s protectionism

APEC 2016. Leaders take part in the start of the ABAC and APEC Leaders' Dialogue at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima on November 19, 2016. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Duterte meets his 'idol' Putin

Nov 20, 2016 - 2:34 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears delighted to meet President Rodrigo Duterte in Lima Peru where they are attending the APEC Leaders Summit

BILATERAL MEETING. President Duterte talks about his administration's campaign against illegal drugs with President Putin. Malacañang Press Pool photo

Duterte has new-found love for barong

Nov 19, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Duterte’s almost 5 months in the presidency has changed at least one thing about him: his opinion on the national attire

MEDIA NIGHT. President Duterte talks casually to journalists during a dinner he hosted for them on November 15, 2016. Photo by ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

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Nov 18, 2016 - 10:52 PM

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Yasay, Kerry agree to boost Philippines-U.S. ties

Nov 18, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The meeting comes almost a month after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the Philippines supposed military and economic separation from the US

YASAY-KERRY MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry on November 17, 2016, on the sidelines of the APEC ministerial meeting in Lima, Peru. Photo by Robinson Ninal/Presidential Photo

Duterte may lecture APEC leaders on 'finer points of civilization'

Nov 17, 2016 - 4:41 PM

The Philippine leader says he is not aware of what would be discussed at the APEC meeting in Peru but he has practiced his lecture to fellow leaders who would make the mistake of criticizing him

DUTERTE THE DIPLOMAT. President Duterte delivers a message at the Davao International Airport on November 17, 2016 before leaving for Lima, Peru to attend APEC Leaders' Meeting. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

5 die in Lima fire near hotel for APEC attendees

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Official: This is an isolated event that has nothing to do with APEC

General view of a shopping mall in the high-end Miraflores district after a fire broke out, in Lima on November 16, 2016. Rene Vita/AFP

Duterte seeking meeting with Putin at APEC Summit

Nov 15, 2016 - 11:49 PM

The President says he wants the Philippines and Russia to be the best of friends

'BEST OF FRIENDS.' President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev a day before departing for Peru to participate in the APEC Summit. Photo by Albert Alcain/PPD

Asia-Pacific leaders to talk trade in a Trump world

Nov 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM

This year s APEC Summit to be held in Peru may be unlike any other coming on the heels of Trump s shock win in the November 8 election

READY FOR APEC. A worker sweeps the front stairs of the convention centre prior to the upcoming APEC Finance Ministerial Meeting, in Lima, on October 12, 2016. Ernesto Benavides/AFP

5 things to expect from Duterte at APEC 2016 in Peru

Nov 14, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Will Duterte meet with US President Obama or Russian President Putin? What s his schedule like during the two day summit? Here are things you should know

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at Bangkok Royal Air Force Base on November 9, 2016 to pay his last respect to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

An open letter to Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:32 AM

A heritage advocate writes to save the trees along Pope John Paul II Avenue in Cebu City from being uprooted for road widening purposes

Photo from Ka Bino Guerrero