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Beijing says 'ready to work' with ASEAN on South China Sea rules

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:31 PM

(UPDATED) China's premier Li Keqiang says the first reading of the code of conduct – a chance for all members to comment on the draft terms – is 'a very important landmark'

ASEAN-CHINA SUMMIT. ASEAN leaders and China's Premier Li Keqiang (5th from left) pose for a group photo during the 22nd ASEAN-China Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Duterte in ASEAN: Let's exercise 'self-restraint' in South China Sea

Nov 03, 2019 - 9:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on ASEAN countries not to choose sides between China and the United States, all while pursuing his 'independent foreign policy' which involves the Philippines' pivot to China

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries during the 35th ASEAN Summit Plenary at Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 2, 2019. Malacañang photo

Fintech firms adopt code of conduct after spate of online shaming incidents

Sep 16, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Financial technology trade association seeks to rub out abusive collection practices and excessive disbursement of loans which result in heavy debt

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Duterte to raise 'delay' in South China Sea Code of Conduct with Xi Jinping

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Asked who is 'delaying' the completion of the South China Sea Code of Conduct, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'It could be China. Nobody else is asking us to wait.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath-taking ceremony of the newly promoted officers of the Philippine National Police at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] Will boat sinking put pressure on ASEAN Summit?

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel in the Reed Bank could force Southeast Asian countries to put pressure on China for an early agreement on a rules-based code

Public officials legally required to be honest, says ex-ombudsman Morales

Mar 21, 2019 - 8:58 AM

‘Honesty is, therefore, a matter of oath derived from legal sources, not a matter of option driven by market forces,’ says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

China to heed proposed sea code, binding or not – Wang Yi

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:19 PM

'Whether or not it is legally binding, any document we have signed, we will strictly abide by it and firmly implement it,' says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

TOP DIPLOMAT. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers questions from the press after his meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PCOO tells officials, employees: 'Be mindful' of social media posts

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy issues the memo to all Presidential Communications Operations Office personnel over a week after the controversial federalism video of fellow official Mocha Uson

PCOO REMINDER. PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy reminds fellow officials to be more mindful of their social media posts and official releases. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Mining firm files administrative, criminal complaints vs Palawan town mayor

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'All cases filed by INC are SLAPP suits intended to harass me in my pursuit to protect the environment and enforce environmental laws,' says Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano in response to the complaints filed by Ipilan Nickel Corporation

Ex-Sulu governor pleads guilty to non-filing of SALNs

Apr 13, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Sandiganbayan's 6th Division orders Abdusakur Tan Sr to pay a P25,000-fine for his failure to file his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth for 5 years

GUILTY. Former Sulu governor Abdusakur "Sakur" Tan Sr pleads guilty to non-filing of SALNs.. Photo from Tan's Facebook

[OPINION] Staying on course, minus defeatism

Feb 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Much remains to be done in the Philippines' territorial and maritime rights defense

Philippines-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on The South China Sea. Photo by DFA

Poe on bill vs 'fake news': Hold gov't officials to higher standard

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:42 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says her bill is 'unconstitutional' and 'singles out' public officials. Senator Grace Poe calls his interpretation 'tragic.'

NO TO 'FAKE NEWS'. Senator Grace Poe has filed a bill penalizing government officials who share 'fake news' or false information. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Gadon files criminal complaint vs Sereno over missing SALNs

Jan 26, 2018 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) 'It's a laughable move by desperate people,' says the camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Atty. Lorenzo Gadon speaks before members of the media regarding the result of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that the continued detention of former president and now Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is illegal under international law during a weekly forum in Quezon City on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

ASEAN’s existential question

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Can it have a united voice on the South China Sea and achieve peace in these contested waters?

ASEAN 2017: A wasted opportunity for the West Philippine Sea

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

'The Philippines' chairmanship wasn't just a missed opportunity; it significantly weakened ASEAN's standing on political-security matters,' Southeast Asia expert Gregory Poling tells Rappler

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approaches the podium to deliver his keynote address during the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañang photo

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What #ASEAN2017 accomplished: How much do they matter?

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

From migrants' rights to a code of conduct, here’s what came out of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

ASEAN avoids hitting China in Chairman's Statement

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:30 PM

ASEAN evades reference to China's militarization of the South China Sea, as it hails the 'positive momentum' in Southeast Asia's ties with China

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the 31st ASEAN Summit, where Southeast Asian leaders avoid directly criticizing China over its militarization of the disputed South China Sea. Malacañang photo

Duterte, Trump hit South China Sea 'militarization'

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:08 PM

The Philippines and the US stress 'the importance of peacefully resolving disputes in the South China Sea, in accordance with international law'

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on November 13, 2017, on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Photo by AFP

ASEAN, China announce start of Code of Conduct talks

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

This is the biggest milestone for the past 15 years in crafting a Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea

ASEAN-CHINA SUMMIT. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang joins members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the 20th ASEAN-China Summit on November 13, 2017. Photo from ASEAN Media Pool

Duterte to push for sea code of conduct in meeting with Xi

Nov 10, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine leader plans to relay to the Chinese president the worry of ASEAN nations over militarization in the South China Sea


QC court convicts former UP Dean for non-disclosure of assets

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:38 PM

Querubin is ordered to pay a penalty of P4,000 for 4 counts of violation of the code of conduct and ethical standards

SALN. Former UP dean Milagros Querubin is found guilty of non-filing and non-disclosures in relation to her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).

Trillanes files criminal charges vs Mocha Uson

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:48 AM

(UPDATED) 'The era of fake news is over,’ Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says after he filed criminal and administrative charges against Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

WAR VS FAKE NEWS. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV files administrative and criminal charges against Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson before the Ombudsman on September 22, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S., Australia, Japan to PH: Follow the ruling you won

Aug 07, 2017 - 5:13 PM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop voice their strong opposition to coercive unilateral actions in the disputed South China Sea

HAGUE RULING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano echoes President Rodrigo Duterte's stance to downplay the Hague ruling won by the Philippines against China in July 2016. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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China warns ASEAN vs 'outside parties' in South China Sea

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:45 PM

This comes after foreign ministers of ASEAN and China adopted the framework of a Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea

CHINA'S TOP DIPLOMAT Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi grants an interview with reporters on August 6, 2017, during the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings. ASEAN pool photo

ASEAN ministers endorse framework code in South China Sea

Aug 05, 2017 - 5:07 PM

3rd UPDATE The Philippines says it prefers a legally binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea but the caveat is we have to have an effective Code of Conduct

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (right) leads the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting held in Manila on August 5, 2017. ASEAN pool photo

ASEAN, China ministers to endorse sea code framework this week

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The endorsement by the foreign ministers is expected to kickstart talks on the actual Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

Youth groups file ethics complaint vs Aguirre over fake news

Jul 05, 2017 - 12:30 PM

If he resigns that s very good that s delicadeza but our strongest position would be for the President to actually take him out of office says one of the complainants

ETHICS COMPLAINT. Youth groups file an ethics complaint against Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II before the Office of the Ombudsman on July 5, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit

Ex-Sulu vice gov Tan, sons face charges over SALNs, wealth probe

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Former Sulu vice governor Abdusakur Tan and his son Maimbung Mayor Samier Tan will be charged for failure to file SALNs Another son Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II is under investigation for possible ill gotten wealth

POLITICAL CLAN. Former Sulu vice governor Abdusakur "Sakur" Tan and Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II. Photo from their Facebook pages

Cayetano wary of 'legally binding' rules in South China Sea

May 19, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The Code of Conduct in the South China Sea should be a non legally binding gentleman s agreement Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

NEW DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says on May 19, 2017, that he is wary of a 'legally binding' Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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ASEAN, China agree on sea code framework

May 18, 2017 - 10:02 PM

The Philippines welcomes the completion of the drafting of the framework of the Code of Conduct the DFA says

MISCHIEF REEF. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef in the disputed South China Sea on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Indonesia's Jokowi: ASEAN must have common stand on South China Sea

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Indonesia s strategy towards China has been one of the toughest in the region blowing up Chinese fishing boats and deploying navy ships and fighter jets in contested waters in the South China Sea

NATUNAS VISITS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo on board KRI Imam Bonjol warship in Natuna Waters, on 23 June 2016, during his first visit. Photo from the Presidential Palace

ASEAN Summit in Manila to tackle West PH Sea

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:21 PM

New DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the upcoming ASEAN Summit will also be a chance to show the best of the Philippines

NEW SPOKESMAN. Veteran diplomat Robespierre Bolivar, the new Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman, says the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Manila will tackle the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute among other issues. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Duterte given gold Rolex watch for birthday

Mar 27, 2017 - 6:58 PM

The President says the sender refuses to take the luxury watch back So he plans to sell the watch at a discount

BIRTHDAY GIFT. President Rodrigo Duterte, who usually sports an Apple watch, says accepting a Rolex watch is unbefitting of a government official fighting corruption. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Duterte urges completion of South China Sea rules

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Amid his warm approach to China Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes respect for freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea

ASEAN LEADERS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha toast to the former's official visit to Thailand. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Ex-PCSO executives charged for accepting perks

Mar 09, 2017 - 5:48 PM

Uriarte is among the remaining defendants in the PCSO scam plunder case which ex president Arroyo has already been acquitted of

Driven away from Scarborough Shoal, Filipino fishermen now train in China

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Outside the diplomatic arena China’s decision to explore a different approach and strategy in dealing with Filipino fishermen appears to be shaky

This photo taken on June 16, 2016 shows a fishing vessel anchored at the South China Sea off the town of Infanta in Pangasinan province, as they wait for their fishing expedition to Scarborough Shoal. Ted Aljibe/AFP/File

ASEAN ministers: 'Grave concern' over sea 'militarization'

Feb 21, 2017 - 2:40 PM

3rd UPDATE Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says ASEAN is hopeful to finish a framework code of conduct in the South China Sea by June this year

ASEAN, China 'working very hard' for sea pact – PH

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:55 AM

ASEAN and China bank on a fresh momentum for a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea the Philippines says

COC PUSHED. Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose says ASEAN and China 'are working very hard' for a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

ASEAN 2017 eyes framework on South China Sea code of conduct

Jan 05, 2017 - 6:46 PM

On the year the Philippines chairs ASEAN the bloc aims to finish the framework of a legally binding document governing settlement of disputes in the South China Sea

ASEAN'S CHALLENGE. President Rodrigo Duterte accepts the chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017 during the 2016 ASEAN Summit held in Laos. Photo from PPD

Ombudsman orders dismissal of CHED's Vitriolo

Jan 05, 2017 - 6:14 PM

UPDATED Any public official who transgresses the standards for good public service or causes such transgression must bear the consequences says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

Ombudsman Cardio-Morales orders the dismissal of CHED Exec Dir Vitriolo after being found guilty for misconduct. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Ombudsman files 2 new criminal charges vs Pichay

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:08 PM

Prosecutors say Prospero Pichay Jr caused undue injury to LWUA when he used its funds to sponsor a National Chess Federation of the Philippines chess tournament held in honor of him

Pichay file photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

Duterte to Vietnam's Quang: Bilateral talks with China 'necessary'

Sep 29, 2016 - 6:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang agree to avoid provocative acts in the South China Sea

OFFICIAL VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte exchanges pleasantries with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang following their bilateral meeting at the State Palace in Hanoi on September 29. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Under fire over sea row, China woos ASEAN with $10B in infra loans

Nov 23, 2015 - 12:23 AM

China offers to boost trade and economic ties with ASEAN as the Philippines US Japan and India raise the South China Sea row during the ASEAN summits

MONEY DIPLOMACY. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urges ASEAN to boost its trade and economic ties with Beijing during ASEAN-China Summit on November 21, 2015. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

China’s 2015 military strategy, what it means for the PH

Jun 02, 2015 - 8:25 AM

The Philippines must push ASEAN to draft a binding Code of Conduct without Chinese participation

2 SBMA officials face criminal, administrative raps

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:57 PM

Fahrenheit Company Limited has accused the two officials of dishonesty gross misconduct grave abuse of authority and oppression

Malaysia urges Beijing's cooperation in South China Sea

Apr 23, 2015 - 1:31 PM

Foreign Minister Anifah Aman whose country hosts the ASEAN summit next week also cautions rival claimants to the strategic seaway against taking actions that stoke tensions

KAGITINGAN REEF: Status of reclamation activities in Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef as of December 12, 2014

PH hopeful ASEAN issues 'G7-like' statement vs China

Apr 20, 2015 - 4:41 PM

President Benigno Aquino III s main topic of discussion with ASEAN will be the reclamation issue in the South China Sea says the Department of Foreign Affairs

KAGITINGAN REEF: Status of reclamation activities in Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef as of December 12, 2014