APEC Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on APEC Philippines


PH slides 14 notches in World Bank's ease of doing business ranking

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:36 PM

The pace of reforms in the Philippines is slower compared to many other countries, including several regional neighbors

Rodrigo Duterte, PH economy, United States | 6PM wRap

Nov 17, 2016 - 7:06 PM

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Duterte threatens PH withdrawal from ICC

Nov 17, 2016 - 2:47 PM

'The International Criminal [Court] is useless,' says the Philippine leader, who has been called out by the ICC for possible human rights violations in his anti-drugs campaign

DUTERTE'S THREATS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the board meeting with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) at the State Dining Hall inside the Malacañang Palace on November 14, 2016. Photo by SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

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

Duterte: Subic was better venue for APEC summit

Feb 10, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Rodrigo Duterte unleashes his fury over the Aquino administration for holding the high profile event in congested Metro Manila

'COMMON SENSE.' Rodrigo Duterte says, 'If you live in a nipa hut, do not throw a banquet for the entire village.' Rappler file photo

PNP spends P784.9 M to secure APEC meets

Nov 24, 2015 - 5:15 PM

The amount covers at least 39 meetings from December 2014 to November 2015

APEC SECURITY. PNP personnel deployed during the APEC Economic Leaders meeting. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Aquino reveals 'embarrassing' boo-boo with Xi at APEC

Nov 23, 2015 - 6:58 AM

The Philippine president reveals that a technical difficulty involving an interpreter caused Xi to pause and repeat his speech at the APEC leaders retreat in Manila

'AWKWARD MOMENT.' Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together – with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as their buffer – in the Philippine International Convention Center. Screen grab from pool video

No more double enrollment in pension plans under PH-Japan pact

Nov 21, 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Japanese embassy says the Philippines Japan Social Security Agreement will further facilitate people to people and economic exchanges between the two countries

STRATEGIC PARTNERS. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2-L) and his wife Akie (L) with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (2-R) and his sister Maria Elena Aquino Cruz (R) at the welcoming dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, on November 18, 2015. Photo by Wally Santana/Pool/EPA

Aquino to thank ASEAN for help in disaster, promoting regional security

Nov 20, 2015 - 6:05 PM

President Aquino is flying to Malaysia after the Philippines concluded its hosting of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting

JOINING ASEAN SUMMIT. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III leaves the Philippines on November 21, 2015, for ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH gets P93-B Japan loan for Tutuban-Malolos railway project

Nov 20, 2015 - 10:55 AM

The Japanese Embassy says the Tutuban Malolos railway aims to ease serious traffic congestion

STRATEGIC PARTNERS. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2-L) and his wife Akie (L) with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (2-R) and his sister Maria Elena Aquino-Cruz (R) at the welcoming dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, on November 18, 2015. Photo by Wally Santana/Pool/EPA

Aquino on APEC: ‘We have refocused on people’

Nov 19, 2015 - 8:44 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says each of the Philippines’ 11 000 visitors for APEC ‘creates one new job’ for Filipinos

FAMILY PICTURE. APEC 2015 chairman President Benigno Aquino III joins fellow world leaders, namely, (L-R) (front row) Republic of Chile President Michelle Bachelet; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Brunei Darussalam Prime Minister Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; Commonwealth of Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping; Republic of Peru President Ollanta Humala; Socialist Republic of Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang; United States of America President Barack Obama; Kingdom of Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-Cha; and Chinese Taipei former Vice President Vincent Siew. (back row) Hong Kong, China Chief Executive CY Leung; Republic of Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; United Mexican States President Enrique Peña Nieto; New Zealand Prime Minister John Key; Independent State of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill; Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; and Republic of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for the traditional Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) Family Photo at the Main Lobby of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Cultural Center of the Philippines complex in Pasay City on November 19, 2015. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

FULL TEXT: 2015 APEC Leaders' Declaration

Nov 19, 2015 - 5:02 PM

Read the full text of the Leaders Declaration at the APEC Summit in Manila

APEC FAMILY. APEC leaders pose for their traditional 'family photo' before the leaders' retreat at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, Philippines, on November 19, 2015. Robert Viñas/Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH amid APEC Summit: South China Sea? Next question, please

Nov 19, 2015 - 1:27 PM

DFA spokesman Charles Jose says: Pag inumpisahan ko ‘to tuluy tuloy na ‘to eh Huwag na nating umpisahan ang South China Sea

‘PERFECT HOST.’ Philippine President Benigno Aquino (R) shake hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping upon arrival ahead of a welcome dinner for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders in Manila on November 18, 2015. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Day 8, APEC Philippines 2015

Nov 18, 2015 - 10:48 PM

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APEC 2015: Xi pushes 'win-win' China-led trade deal

Nov 18, 2015 - 12:29 PM

We must commit ourselves to win win cooperation oppose protectionism and promote fair competition Chinese President Xi Jinping tells participants at the APEC CEO Summit

CHINESE LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the international airport of Manila on November 17, 2015, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit hosted by the Philippines. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Day 7 APEC Philippines 2015

Nov 18, 2015 - 8:24 AM

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PH, Papua New Guinea push better cooperation on trade, climate action

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:55 AM

President Aquino and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister O’Neill seek to improve their countries 40 year friendship

40 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP. The Philippines and Papua New Guinea vow to strengthen trade ties. Malacañang photo

Day 6: APEC Philippines 2015

Nov 17, 2015 - 11:03 AM

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Asia-Pacific business leaders urge TPP members to ratify deal

Nov 16, 2015 - 4:45 PM

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council ABAC says the ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership will help pave the way for the Free Trade Agreement of the Asia Pacific FTAAP

ABAC BRIEFING.(From left) Hiroyuki Suzuki, ABAC Japan; Rod Eddington, ABAC Australia, ABAC chair Doris Magsaysay Ho; and Tony Nowell, ABAC New Zealand give a news briefing on November 16, 2015.

Day 5: APEC Philippines 2015

Nov 16, 2015 - 12:18 AM

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HIGHLIGHTS: Day 3 APEC Philippines 2015

Nov 14, 2015 - 12:31 PM

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HIGHLIGHTS: Day 2 APEC Philippines 2015

Nov 13, 2015 - 1:56 PM

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HIGHLIGHTS: Day 1 APEC Philippines 2015

Nov 12, 2015 - 5:57 PM

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Poe to Aquino admin, Typhoon Yolanda funds, APEC 2015 | 12PM wRap

Nov 12, 2015 - 12:28 PM

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APEC 2015: Where delegates met in PH

Nov 09, 2015 - 3:11 PM

Various locations around the Philippines were chosen to host high level meetings in the past few months showcasing the dynamism and rich culture of the Philippines

Making region MSME-friendly could be APEC 2015's success

Nov 08, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Before pushing for a MSME friendly region some economists say the Philippines should first resolve its own policy gaps and conflicts that disempower microentrepreneurs

MSME-FRIENDLY REGION. In 1996, liberalizing the telecommunications services sector was considered APEC's major success. This year, it could be putting micro entrepreneurs at the centerstage

Officials finalize APEC disaster risk reduction framework

Sep 23, 2015 - 8:15 PM

The basic framework calls on cooperation among the 21 APEC economies to strengthen their resilience to disaster

APEC AND DISASTER RISKS. The Philippines' Alexander Pama (executive director of NDRRMC) chairs the closing session of the 9th Senior Disaster Management Officials' Forum on September 23, 2015 in Iloilo City. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Cebu Action Plan to boost PPP share of infra projects

Sep 04, 2015 - 11:37 AM

The private sector is expected to contribute about 40 of the Philippines infrastructure financing gap until 2020

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT. Population growth and growing urbanization has also been a phenomenon observed in the Asia-Pacific region, thus requiring a greater requirement for infrastructure. File photo by Francis Malasig / EPA

Iloilo pitches massive infrastructure plan for the city

Jul 24, 2015 - 11:10 AM

A seamless railway an intelligent transport system and a government center may soon be built in Iloilo City through public private partnerships

APEC member countries to strengthen ‘Cebu Action Plan’

Mar 05, 2015 - 8:53 PM

A roadmap proposed by the Philippines the Cebu Action Plan aims to make the Asia Pacific region more inclusive and resilient in the years ahead

Fate of 1st PH subway proposal known late March

Mar 04, 2015 - 5:52 PM

If approved by the NEDA Board the project will be up for bids by the second quarter of 2015 the PPP Center chief says

French, Filipino firms tapped to complete NAIA expressway

Mar 04, 2015 - 5:03 PM

San Miguel Corporation decides to tap partners to finish the P15 4 B expressway in time for the APEC meetings in Manila in November

Low income households, small businesses priority for financial inclusion

Mar 03, 2015 - 7:30 PM

While the country is hailed as 3rd globally with the “most conducive environment for financial inclusion ” access to finance though is still considered a major hurdle for MSMEs

Quake vulnerability a shaky issue for APEC

Feb 08, 2015 - 10:54 AM

Will the Philippines be able to recover its capital back if a major earthquake wrecks it? The chair of APEC s Senior Officials’ Meeting asks

URBAN SPRAWL. High-rise buildings and shanties in Pasay City, December 27, 2014. Francis R. Malasig/EPA

State of PH education hinders bid for inclusive growth

Feb 07, 2015 - 8:42 PM

Our education needs more discipline and depth so our frame of thought would be fixed says Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura Del Rosario chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Senior Officials Meeting

APEC plots plan to bankrupt terror networks

Feb 07, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Shrinking the financial muscle of terrorists networks could help ease Asia Pacific s terrorism problem

PH to China: Don’t harm our fishermen

Feb 06, 2015 - 5:11 PM

Don’t do action that would endanger the lives of our fishermen says DFA spokesman Charles Jose two days after the Philippines lodged protests with China over its alleged harassment of Filipino fishermen in a disputed area

DOUBLE DUTIES. Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose, also represents the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's spokesperson as China turned its chairmanship over to the Philippines in 2014.

APEC senior officials to build on priorities set in China

Feb 06, 2015 - 4:13 PM

The priorities revolve around advancing regional economic integration promoting innovative development economic reform and growth strengthening comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development

Truck ban for APEC 2015 preps to worsen road, port congestion

Jan 19, 2015 - 7:28 PM

The World Bank says solving congestion requires more investment in infrastructure

Q and A: What to expect from APEC 2015 in PH?

Dec 11, 2014 - 1:00 PM

In an exclusive interview APEC Secretariat Executive Director Dr Alan Bollard discusses the Philippines priorities as host regional trade deals and the flawless first meeting in Manila

Aquino: APEC visitors to experience 'inclusive, growing' PH

Dec 02, 2014 - 12:05 PM

As APEC 2015 kicks off President Aquino urges Filipinos ‘Let us show the best our country has to offer’

PH's hosting of 2015 APEC summit kicks off Monday

Nov 29, 2014 - 3:01 PM

President Aquino is set to lead the ceremony as the logo and theme for the APEC Summit in November 2015 is to be unveiled

Image courtesy of APEC