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New Zealand to host APEC 2021 as cyber-summit

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:19 PM

'We simply can't guarantee what will be possible by the end of next year... we need to provide certainty, as a host, about how we'll operate and that's what we've done,' New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says

JACINDA ARDERN. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2020 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a post-Cabinet media conference at Parliament House in Wellington. File photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

Former Army chief Alberto is new PH ambassador to Israel

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also reappoints former speaker Jose de Venecia Jr as special envoy for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

NEW AMBASSADOR. In this file photo, former Philippine Army commanding general Major General Macairog Alberto attends a defense and security exhibition held in Bangkok in November 2019. File photo from Philippine Army

Cruising for a bruising: What we learned from the APEC summit

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

During the 26th APEC Summit, leaders fail to agree on a formal written declaration, but plenty of fireworks were seen on the sidelines

WORLD LEADERS. Leaders pose for a photo with other leaders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries prior to the start of the APEC Business Advisory Council Dialogue with APEC leaders at the APEC Haus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on November 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Cops called as Chinese delegates at APEC 'try to barge in'

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Sources say the Chinese delegates tried to enter the office of Papua New Guinea's foreign minister in a bid to influence a summit draft communique

SUMMIT. Leaders hold a session during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Foreign troops pour into Papua New Guinea capital for APEC meet

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:19 AM

About 4,000 military personnel, around half of them foreign, will work with hundreds of police to patrol Port Moresby for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum from Saturday, attracting representatives from 21 nations

APEC PREPS. This photo taken on November 4, 2018 shows the Australian warship HMAS Adelaide moored off APEC Haus in Port Moresby ahead of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from November 17. Photo by Ness Kerton/AFP

Trump, Putin brush aside U.S. election claims at APEC summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The two leaders snatch brief but chummy discussions on the margins of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

PUTIN AND TRUMP. US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the 'family photo' during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Photo by Jorge Silva/Pool/AFP

LOOK: Duterte, other leaders pose for family photo at APEC 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and 20 other world leaders attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam

FAMILY PHOTO. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins his fellow leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries as they pose for the family photo at the Intercontinental Da Nang Resort in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. All photos by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

Selfie kings: Bong Go, Harry Roque pose with APEC leaders

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Some of the most historic encounters between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and world leaders are documented by top aide Bong Go through selfies

Duterte, Trump meet for the first time

Nov 11, 2017 - 1:29 PM

'See you tomorrow,' US President Donald Trump supposedly tells Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at their first encounter

Trump praises Philippines for closing gender gap

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:47 AM

US President Donald Trump makes these remarks ahead of his trip to the Philippines for ASEAN 2017

TRUMP IN VIETNAM. US President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/Pool/AFP

[OPINION] Asia-Pacific leaders’ trade opportunity

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Together, these 21 leaders will attempt to align their ideas for making trade between APEC economies work better in the common pursuit of growth and job creation back home, with enormous implications for their 3 billion constituents and the rebounding global economy

Duterte skips APEC 2017 gala dinner

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the Philippine leader had to coordinate the rescue of Vietnamese nationals held captive by the Abu Sayyaf

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III following a successful bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top government officials of the Russian Federation at the at the Vinpearl Da Nang Resort and Villas in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump will not meet with Putin in Vietnam – White House

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in the city of Danang and there had been conflicting indications as to whether a face-to-face was on the cards

TRUMP AT APEC. US President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WATCH: Trump at the APEC CEO Summit 2017

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:01 PM

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Environmental group urges Duterte: Tell Justin Trudeau to get back trash

Nov 09, 2017 - 2:13 PM

'We are waiting on the President to make good on his campaign promise to hold Canada and Trudeau accountable for their trash,' says environmental group BAN Toxics, as both leaders attend the APEC Summit in Vietnam

CANADA TRASH. An environmental group renews its call for President Rodrigo Duterte to tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring back the trash that was illegally dumped in the Philippines in 2013. File photo from

Duterte arrives in Vietnam for APEC Summit, bilateral meetings

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to have bilateral meetings with leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC Summit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines chartered flight upon his arrival at the Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam on November 8, 2017 for his participation in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM). Malacañan Photo

Duterte to ask China to clarify plans in West PH Sea

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to ask Chinese President Xi Jinping: 'What are the stakes? Do you want to control the passage or do we have the free passage?'


Duterte's response to Trump if he brings up human rights? 'Lay off'

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:56 PM

'I will not go there as a subservient lackey of anyone,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, when asked about his expectations of his first meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

America first? Global trade on the block as Trump heads to APEC

Nov 08, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The future of global trade comes under the microscope this week as Donald Trump addresses Asia-Pacific leaders in Vietnam

WELCOME TO DANANG. A worker at the international airport walks past a signboard welcoming visitors to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 8, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Rappler Talk: What to expect from the 2017 APEC Summit

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:44 AM

This year's APEC summit will have trade as its top agenda

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

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 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

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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

Asia-Pacific leaders defend trade against Trump tide

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:50 AM

US President elect Donald Trump s attacks on free trade deals are causing jitters in the Pacific Rim

China's President Xi Jinping (L) and others listen to US President Barack Obama (R) make a statement before a meeting November 19, 2016 in Lima, Peru. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

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

Turning other cheek, Mexican president vows Trump talks

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:29 AM

Mexico like the rest of the world is about to begin a new era in our relations with the United States and in trade terms we want to give that relationship its fair value says Mexico s President Enrique Pena Nieto

NEW PHASE. In this file photo, then US presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto prepare to deliver a joint press conference in Mexico City on August 31, 2016. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

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Nov 18, 2016 - 10:52 PM

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China heads to APEC summit strengthened by Trump win

Nov 18, 2016 - 8:44 PM

The near certain death of the arduously negotiated not yet ratified 12 nation agreement leaves a vacuum that China – which was excluded from the Trans Pacific Partnership – is keen to fill with its own proposed deals

APEC SUMMIT. General view of the Lima Convention Center (L) during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit on November 17, 2016. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP

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

Asia-Pacific leaders talk trade in a Trump world

Nov 17, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 3 big factors looming over the 21 nation Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Lima Peru

A man arrives at the convention centre prior to the upcoming APEC Finance Ministerial Meeting, in Lima, on October 12, 2016. Ernesto Benavides/AFP

WATCH: Obama urges 'course correction' on globalization

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED When we see people global elites wealthy corporations seemingly living by a different set of rules avoiding taxes manipulating loopholes this feeds a profound sense of injustice Obama says

US President Barack Obama holds a press conference with the Greek prime minister (not seen) after their meeting at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on November 15, 2016.  Yorhos Karahalis/Pool/AFP

Obama in Europe to reassure allies

Nov 15, 2016 - 6:10 PM

With Europeans worried by Trump s downplaying of the importance of the NATO alliance Obama says Washington had to resist the urge of isolationism

US President Barack Obama and his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos (L) review a presidential honor guard during the official welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens on November 15, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

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

Obama on farewell tour to Europe fearful of 'Trump effect'

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:03 AM

In the name of a peaceful transition the American president must now do his best to reassure his European counterparts about the future of American democracy under a President Trump

President-elect Donald Trump (L) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

APEC education ministers tackle inclusive, quality education

Oct 07, 2016 - 12:42 PM

The APEC ministers agree on the need to develop international cooperation programs and strategic partnerships that will provide economies with the capacity to increase their competitiveness and improve youth employability

Classroom file photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Jul 18, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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Office of the President expenses surge in 2015 due to APEC

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:15 AM

While the Commission on Audit says it has no negative findings on the increase itself it notes that implementing agencies failed to liquidate funds

AQUINO'S SHOW. Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III inspects the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The PICC is the venue of the main APEC leaders' meeting. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

How will Philippine MSMEs fare in 2016?

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:13 AM

The conditions to grow are already in place but it is up to micro small and medium enterprises to seize the opportunities

From Basket Case. Gigi Phua-Lim, an entrepreneur who started as an art collector, talks to customer in her booth at the IMC. She hopes to promote Filipino artists and hopefully foreign artists through the reproduction of their works on everyday wear. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

New trade chief Cristobal: DTI will work 'beyond administrations'

Jan 04, 2016 - 10:25 PM

For newly appointed Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr too little time is not a reason for the agency to just coast along

TOO LITTLE TIME. New DTI Secretary Cristobal tells colleagues: 'Some may think there is too little time to try anything new, new ideas and approaches. That is not the DTI way.' Photo by DTI

Business in PH: The winners and losers in 2015

Dec 21, 2015 - 12:45 AM

With big ticket events like the visit of Pope Francis and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC summit there were business sectors that gained and lost in 2015

SET TO LEAD. The Philippine economy is ready for take-off and the country needs a leader who continue reforms, implement inclusive growth initiatives and inspire the nation to be united in moving forward

Justin Trudeau's APEC chair earns more than P2 million in auction

Dec 18, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Trudeau s chair earns more than US President Barack Obama s and President Benigno Aquino III s

YODA CHAIRS. Six of Kenneth Cobonpue's 'Yoda' chairs are auctioned off at P8,810,000. The chairs, as shown in the photo, were used at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Welcome Dinner in November. Screengrab from Instagram/kennethcobonpue

Globe launches online bazaar DigiMall for MSMEs

Dec 09, 2015 - 8:20 PM

Globe says the only way for micro small and medium enterprises to compete is through digitization

ONLINE BAZAAR. This Christmas season, Globe myBusiness, in partnership with e-commerce platform Shopify, introduces online bazaar DigiMall for MSMEs. Photos from Globe Corp Comm

PH, Italy discuss trade boost via EU's zero-tariff scheme

Dec 03, 2015 - 6:49 PM

The European Union scheme grants PH exporters zero tariff for at least 6 274 products

BILATERAL MEETING. President Benigno S. Aquino III and Italian Republic Prime Minister Matteo Renzi troop the line for the arrival honors at the courtyard of the Palazzo Chigi for the bilateral meeting during his official visit on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Aquino, EU firms meet for business opportunities in PH

Dec 02, 2015 - 4:52 PM

Airbus pledges enhanced cooperation while Sanofi Pasteur gives updates on its dengue vaccine

BUSINESS MEETING. President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Sanofi Pasteur CEO Olivier Charmeil for a courtesy call at the Louis Lumiere Conference Room of the Hotel Scribe on Tuesday, December 01, 2015 in Paris, France. Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau

6.9% Philippine GDP growth in Q4 unlikely – economists

Nov 26, 2015 - 6:27 PM

UPDATED Top economists give their take on the slower than expected Philippine economic growth