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Pentagon: China military exercises will 'further destabilize' South China Sea

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Washington rejects Beijing's territorial claim to much of the South China Sea, including the Paracels

PARACEL ISLANDS. An aerial view of Qilianyu islands in the Paracel chain, which China considers part of Hainan province on August 10, 2018. File photo by AFP

Duterte joins 36th ASEAN Summit where COVID-19, South China Sea dominate agenda

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:32 PM

The Philippine President also calls on countries to refrain from escalating tensions in the South China Sea after Beijing's aggressive moves there even amid the pandemic

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives his intervention as he joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 36th ASEAN Summit video conference at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 26, 2020. Malacañang photo

Vietnam warns of economic calamity at ASEAN summit

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:08 PM

The immediate focus for the 10-member bloc is the crippling cost of the coronavirus, which has ravaged the economies of tourism and export-reliant countries such as Thailand and Vietnam

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, held online due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Hanoi on June 26, 2020. LUONG THAI LINH / POOL / AFP

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN’s homework for rebalancing post-COVID-19 global health

Jun 14, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'For ASEAN to enhance its visibility and influence, the region must put additional investments in global health policy and diplomacy'

ASEAN states should follow Indonesia, invoke Hague ruling vs China – Carpio

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:28 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio says raising the landmark ruling is the 'best and most effective' argument under international law to thwart China's encroachment of Southeast Asian states' waters

FLYING HIGH. Flags of ASEAN member-states and partners at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, November 10, 2017. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

DOST-PCHRD scholar is PH's finalist to the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2020

May 20, 2020 - 2:52 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Maria Ruth Pineda-Cortel of the University of Santo Tomas is chosen as the finalist for the ASEAN-U.S Science Prize for Women 2020 for her project on gestational diabetes

[ANALYSIS] 4 more years for Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

May 19, 2020 - 1:45 PM

'While global turbulence might be ahead, Taiwanese people are steadfast and ready to join hands with our Filipino friends in facing these common challenges'

DOH allocates P18 million for clinical trials of Japan flu drug

May 19, 2020 - 12:48 AM

(UPDATED) Around 80 to 100 patients are expected to undergo the clinical trials for the use of the Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan

TESTING. Health workers from the municipal government of Cainta, Rizal, take a blood sample from a household that had contact with a suspected COVID-19 patient during a rapid diagnostic mass testing in Brgy Sto Nino on April, 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Chinese aggression, pandemic likely to delay sea code – analysts

May 15, 2020 - 9:41 PM

Still, experts agree that pursuing the code of conduct is a worthwhile investment to show that Southeast Asian nations and China can cooperate to solve disputes

SEA CODE. The long-delayed South China sea code is supposed to set guidelines to avoid conflict in the volatile waters. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

West PH Sea turning into a wasteland – analyst

May 15, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Reclaiming coral reefs, harvesting giant clams, and overfishing – mostly by China – have reduced the contested sea into a 'boneyard,' says Asia maritime expert Gregory Poling

FISHERFOLK. Children play among docked boats in a fishing village in Masinloc, Zambales. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg/Rappler

ASEAN should rally behind Hague ruling to counter Chinese intimidation, experts say

May 15, 2020 - 5:07 PM

Maritime experts say China will have no choice but to adjust if its Southeast Asian neighbors put up a united front in the strategic waterway

LEGAL VICTORY. Filipinos stage a protest outside the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands on July 12, 2016, the day the tribunal released its ruling. Photo by Jed Alegado/Rappler

Little hope ASEAN can rein in China in sea dispute – analyst

May 08, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The long-delayed, highly anticipated code of conduct in the coveted waterway will unlikely restrain China’s assertive actions, says US-based Asia maritime expert Greg Poling

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This photo from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (AMTI-CSIS) shows the progress of repairs and construction on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

PH to receive free supply of Japan flu drug for coronavirus cure trial

May 05, 2020 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health, however, cautions against the use of Avigan on pregnant women as studies have shown it may cause birth defects

TESTING. Health workers from the municipal government of Cainta, Rizal, take a blood sample from a household who had contact to a suspected COVID-19 patient during a rapid diagnostic mass testing in Brgy. Sto. Nino on April, 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Enduring principles for Philippine leaders and the media that cover them

May 04, 2020 - 3:45 PM

The latest press freedom rankings underscore an all-ASEAN challenge

PH cancels hosting of 10th ASEAN Para Games

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:42 PM

The PSC and Philippine Paralympic Committee agree to cancel the 2020 ASEAN Para Games due to the coronavirus pandemic

CANCELED. 2018 Asian Para Games most bemedalled athlete Ernie Gawilan will not be able to see action in the ASEAN Para Games. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio

U.S. calls on ASEAN to close markets selling illegal wildlife

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:37 PM

The call comes as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic believed to have originated at a wildlife market in Wuhan, China

ILLEGAL TRADE. This ball python was found in plastic drawers along with several other snakes, crocodiles, and turtles in a raid on mausoleum in the Manila North Cemetery in December 2014 in the Philippines. File photo by DENR-BMB

Pompeo urges ASEAN to call out Beijing's moves in South China Sea during pandemic

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:59 PM

'The U.S. strongly opposes China’s bullying and we hope other nations will hold them to account too,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

[OPINION] The ASEAN and the coronavirus

Apr 18, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'States must ensure that human security and social justice are at the heart of their response, and that emergency powers are not abused for narrow political gains'

PH ready for trial of Japan flu drug for coronavirus treatment

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:44 PM

Japan pushes for clinical trial of anti-flu drug Avigan

CORONAVIRUS. The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office demonstrates on March 5, 2020 to barangay first responders how to use the protective gear properly in case COVID-19 hit their barangays. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH pushes for stronger cooperation in ASEAN amid coronavirus pandemic

Apr 14, 2020 - 10:19 PM

During the region's first videoconference summit between heads of state, President Rodrigo Duterte calls for closer collaboration in strengthening health systems and ensuring food security during the coronavirus crisis

REGIONAL EFFORT. President Rodrigo Duterte gives his intervention as he joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations  during the special ASEAN Summit on COVID-19 video conference on April 14, 2020. Malacañang photo

ASEAN leaders meet online to tackle coronavirus

Apr 14, 2020 - 2:39 PM

Hanoi chairs an Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting on COVID-19, with the country touting its success so far in containing the virus with extensive quarantines and social distancing

TALKING ONLINE. Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc greets other member country leaders during a live video conference on the special Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Hanoi on April 14, 2020. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

PH hosting of ASEAN Para Games delayed to October

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The ASEAN Para Games is now slated to be held almost a year after the Philippines' hosting of the 2019 SEA Games

POSTPONED. Star para swimmer Ernie Gawilan is set to perform in front of the homecrowd in October. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio

Mono Vampire pulls out of ABL amid suspended season

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Tournament-leader Mono Vampire of Thailand surprisingly withdraws from the ABL as the league postpones its games

Mike Singletary of Mono Vampire scores during their match against Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League in Caloocan Sports Complex, January 26. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIST: Philippine leagues suspended amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Local sports leagues and events are put on hold due to the virus pandemic

HIATUS. Sports action takes a break as major local leagues prioritize the safety of athletes and staff members.

Alab Pilipinas, Chinese teams ask ABL to suspend league operations

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:34 PM

As the number of virus cases worldwide continues to spike, Alab Pilipinas and other teams appeal to the ABL to suspend the regional games

ABL: Alab Pilipinas vs Macau Jan 5. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

ABL import quarantined due to coronavirus scare

Mar 08, 2020 - 1:37 AM

The ABL postpones several games as Singapore reinforcement Jameel McKay was on the same flight with a French national who tested positive for coronavirus

UNDER OBSERVATION. Jameel McKay will be quarantined for two weeks. File photo from PBA Images

Brownlee finally joins Alab Pilipinas after delayed return

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Justin Brownlee is expected to provide stability for Alab Pilipinas, which has dealt with inconsistency throughout the first half of the ABL season

BACK ON BOARD. Justin Brownlee hits the ground running with Alab Pilipinas. Photo from Facebook/@AlabPilipinasOfficial

Alab blasts Vietnam amid Brownlee controversy

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:52 PM

There’s still no sight of Justin Brownlee but Alab Pilipinas manages to pull off a convincing win this time

ABL Alab vs Saigon. SIZZLING. Law Domingo helps fuel Alab Pilipinas’ hot start against the Heat. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Justin Brownlee now missing in action from Alab Pilipinas

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:38 PM

After missing his flight last week, Justin Brownlee doesn’t show up again in Alab Pilipinas’ game

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Upbeat Chinese FM says virus control efforts 'are working'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Speaking in Laos before talks with peers from the 10 ASEAN countries, Wang Yi says the outbreak is 'controllable and curable' despite the global panic it has seeded

'PROTECTING THE WORLD.' In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a joint press conference with the German foreign minister after talks on February 13, 2020, at the German Foreign Ministry's Villa Borsig in North Berlin. File photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Kuala Lumpur blasts Alab Pilipinas as Brownlee debut delayed

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:33 PM

Alab Pilipinas absorbs a one-sided loss to Kuala Lumpur in what was supposed to be Justin Brownlee's comeback game in the ABL

NOT ENOUGH. Nick King paces Alab Pilipinas with 28 points in the losing effort. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Justin Brownlee returns to Alab Pilipinas

Feb 16, 2020 - 2:51 PM

Fresh from another title romp with Barangay Ginebra, Justin Brownlee looks to lend Alab Pilipinas the same winning magic

COMEBACK. Alab Pilipinas gets a big boost with the arrival of Justin Brownlee. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alapag rues inconsistency as Alab avoids upset axe

Feb 10, 2020 - 12:09 AM

Alab Pilipinas nearly squanders a massive double-digit lead against the ABL-worst Saigon Heat

ROCKY SEASON. Jimmy Alapag says the challenge for Alab Pilipinas moving forward is to figure out how to be consistent. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas weathers late Saigon storm to clinch home win

Feb 09, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Led by Nick King and Sam Deguara, Alab Pilipinas rediscovers its winning form for its ninth victory in 14 ABL games

TWO-WAY PLAYER. Nick King shines on both ends for Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab suffers 28-point loss to KL Dragons, snaps two-game win streak

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Alab Pilipinas snaps a two-game winning streak after a blowout loss to the Kuala Lumpur Dragons

BLOWOUT LOSS. Nick King only manages to chip in 13 points in Alab's loss to the KL Dragons. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab outhustles Singapore in revenge home game

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:22 PM

Alab Pilipinas notches its eighth win in 12 games after avenging a 21-point road loss to the Singapore Slingers

REVENGE. Jason Brickman builds on his newfound scoring aggressiveness with another productive outing. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Brickman-led Alab stuns Mono with 16-point swerve for OT win

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:29 PM

Jason Brickman's prolific showing keys a stunning turnaround as Alab Pilipinas shocks Thailand's Mono Vampire

CAREER-HIGH. Jason Brickman takes over in the final two quarters. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab blows shot at ABL top spot with blowout home loss to Mono

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Alab Pilipinas absorbs its fourth loss in 10 games as Mono Vampire remain atop the ABL standings

BLOWOUT. Louie Vigil and Alab Pilipinas get dealt another lopsided loss. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gray nets game-winning block as Alab survives late HK rally

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Fil-Am guard Jeremiah Gray saves Alab Pilipinas from a late meltdown against Hong Kong Eastern

Alab Pilipinas' Jeremiah Gray on fire after hitting a clutch three against Taiwan Braves, in the ASEAN Basketball League on January 7, 2020. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Duterte rejects Trump's invite to attend special U.S.-ASEAN summit

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte harks back to his rocky relationship with former US president Barack Obama, who criticized Duterte's drug war in a 2016 speech

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

ASEAN foreign ministers agree to hold summit with Trump

Jan 20, 2020 - 1:14 PM

But Southeast Asian leaders will have the final say on whether or not they will attend the meeting scheduled to take place in March 2020

Alab falls to Singapore as Alexander flirts with quad-dub

Jan 12, 2020 - 6:45 PM

A lifeless Alab Pilipinas squad absorbs a 21-point mauling against the Singapore Slingers on the road

SLIP UP. Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas drop to 3rd place. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Gray erupts in spot start as Alab survives OJ Mayo-led Fubon

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The win propels Alab Pilipinas to a 5-2 standing for the season heading to a two-game road trip

X FACTOR. Alab Pilipinas' Jeremiah Gray on fire after hitting a clutch three against Taiwan Braves, in the ASEAN Basketball League on January 7, 2020. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Macau snaps Alab win streak in ABL thriller

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas suffers its second loss of the young ABL season

STREAK HALTED. It is back to the drawing board for Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

10th ASEAN Para Games rescheduled to March 2020

Dec 20, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The ASEAN Para Games will be rescheduled due to funding and logistical constraints

RESCHEDULED. The 10th ASEAN Para Games will be moved to March 2020. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio

'Stockton-like' Brickman hungry for title with Alapag-led Alab

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'That’s what Jason Brickman does. He provides that stability and leadership at the point guard position,' says Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag

'JOHN STOCKTON'. Head coach Jimmy Alapag praises Jason Brickman as a 'John Stockton-like' guard in the ASEAN Basketball League. Photo from release

Deguara, Alab surge late in Mono revenge game

Dec 17, 2019 - 7:01 PM

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas exacts revenge on Mono Vampire after an embarrassing debut game loss a month ago

REINFORCEMENT. Samuel Deguara of Alab Pilipinas slams it home against Mono Vampire in the ASEAN Basketball League in Filoil Flying V Arena, Dec 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Monstrous 7-foot-5 Deguara 'proud' to side with Alab in rebuild

Dec 16, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Sam Deguara is now wearing his former foes' colors, hoping that his arrival can help Alab Pilipinas turn things around in a rebuilding season

Sam Deguara. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Wyatt steers Alab comeback as Deguara debuts

Dec 15, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Alab Pilipinas rallies past Singapore as Khalif Wyatt erupts for 20 points in the final quarter

BIG BOOST. Alab Pilipinas unveils a new threat in 7-foot-5 import Sam Deguara. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

New China ambassador to Philippines, an ASEAN expert, arrives in Manila

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Veteran diplomat Huang Xilian is replacing Zhao Jianhua, who enjoyed close ties with the Duterte administration

NEW AMBASSADOR. Seasoned diplomat Huang Xilian (center) is China's next ambassador to the Philippines. Photo from Chinese Embassy to the Philippines