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China overtakes U.S. in number of diplomatic missions

Nov 27, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Beijing's diplomatic footprint continues to grow, with new missions popping up in 'Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the Gambia, and Sao Tome and Principe – all former diplomatic friends of Taipei'

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Indian president to visit Philippines October 17-21

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The state visit comes as the Philippines and India commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries

STATE VISIT. In this file photo, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind delivers a speech at the Muensterplatz in Bern during his state visit to Switzerland, on September 13, 2019 at the Muensterplatz in Bern, Switzerland. Photo by Peter Schneider/Pool/AFP

Taiwan warns Pacific islands of China's 'empty promises' on aid

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Nations such as Australia and the US fear Beijing's interest is fuelled by a long-term goal to establish a military base in the islands, offering control of vast swathes of ocean

Royalty-free stock photo ID: 786594109  Capital Building at Ngerulmud in Palau  E By Erika Bisbocci

Philippines files another diplomatic protest vs China

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:22 AM

'Got it, General. DFA firing off diplomatic protest,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza urged the government to ask China why its ships were in Philippine waters

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr announces another diplomatic protest has been fired off against China over its survey ships and warships' presence in Philippine waters. Malacañang Photo

Former diplomat Rod Severino gets posthumous Order of Lakandula honor

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The prestigious Order of Lakandula – one of the highest honors given by the Philippines – is awarded posthumously to former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr

POSTHUMOUS HONOR. Former ambassador received the presitgious Order of Lakandula. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Locsin: 'Diplomatic protest fired off' vs China

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says a protest against China has been filed over the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

South Korea, Japan hold talks as diplomatic row worsens

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Japan recently ramped up long-running tensions over the use of forced labor during World War II by announcing restrictions on exports used by South Korean chip and smartphone companies

TALKS. South Korea's officers enters the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to hold a talk with their Japanese counterpart on the imposed restrictions, ending expedited shipments of chemical compounds used to manufacture microchips and smartphones in Tokyo on July 12, 2019. Photo by JIJI PRESS/AFP

Locsin defends canceling courtesy diplomatic passports

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'Hey boba,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr tells Vice President Leni Robredo after she criticized the cancellation of courtesy diplomatic passports

DENIED ENTRY. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario shows his passport as he arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on June 21, 2019, after he was denied entry by Hong Kong. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DFA cancels all courtesy diplomatic passports after Del Rosario incident

Jun 22, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario was himself carrying a courtesy diplomatic passport when Hong Kong barred his entry

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario arrives in NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City after he was denied to enter Hongkong on June 21, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/RAPPLER

[OPINION] The world according to Rodolfo Severino

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Severino will be remembered as a great Filipino statesman in the tradition of those who served their homeland well by serving the world of nations

Ambassador Rod Severino: The complete diplomat, even at home

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:50 AM

The late Ambassador Rodolfo 'Rod' Severino is remembered as a strategic thinker, mentor, and father who never raised his voice

Then-ASEAN secretary general Rodolfo Severino answers questions during a joint press conference at the end of a two-day meeting of the 4th ASEAN Finance Ministers in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on March 26, 2000. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

[OPINION] Remembering ‘Amba’ Rod Severino

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Former ASEAN secretary-general Rodolfo Severino Jr passes away on April 19, 2019, at the age of 82. Here's how I remember him.

'Immeasurable loss' to ASEAN community: Diplomats pay tribute to Rodolfo Severino Jr

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:44 PM

People who worked with former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr remember him as 'an exemplar in his career and a generous mentor'

ASEAN SEC-GEN. Then-ASEAN Secretary General Rodolfo Severino Jr during the closing ceremony of the 34th ASEAN Minister Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 24, 2001. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Chinese court sentences Canadian drug suspect to death

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'The court completely rejects the accused person's explanation and defense because it is completely at odds with the facts,' says the chief judge

Chinese police patrol in front of the Canadian embassy in Beijing on December 14, 2018. China confirmed on December 13 that two Canadians are under investigation on suspicion of endangering the country's national security, fuelling tensions after Canada's arrest of a top Chinese telecom executive on a US request. GREG BAKER / AFP

Qatar Airways buys 5% stake in China Southern Airlines

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The deal is part of Qatar Airways' strategy to 'invest in the strongest airlines around the world'

QATAR AIRWAYS. A visitor walks past a likeness of a Qatar Airways Airbus A-380 at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin on March 7, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

EU probes hack of 'thousands' of diplomatic cables

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:52 PM

EU officials say they have begun a probe into the leak, which comes with Europe on high alert in the run-up to key parliamentary elections next year

'Thousands' of EU diplomatic cables hacked – report

Dec 19, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The cables from the EU's diplomatic missions around the world reveal anxiety about how to handle US President Donald Trump as well as concerns about China, Russia and Iran

Easing tensions, U.S., China to hold top-level security talks

Nov 06, 2018 - 10:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will host their Chinese counterparts in Washington for the second US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

SIDE BY SIDE. In this file photo, a Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags before the start of a Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting between China and the US. Pool/AFP

Palestinians ask U.N. court to revoke U.S. Jerusalem embassy move

Sep 29, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Palestine has filed a lawsuit against the US at the International Court of Justice 'for violating international law by moving its embassy in Israel to the occupied city of Jerusalem'

INAUGURATION. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (C-L) claps as US President's daughter Ivanka Trump unveils an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Cayetano says he protested China radio warnings

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

In China, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano makes a 'nonconfrontational' protest in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

'NONCONFRONTATIONAL' PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a meeting in China on August 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Chinese foreign ministry

'Total fakery,' Hontiveros says of '50-100' protests vs China

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano gave 'vague, evasive, and fallacious' answers about these '50-100' diplomatic protests, says Senator Risa Hontiveros

GRILLING. Senator Risa Hontiveros (right) grills Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) about the West Philippine Sea, during a budget hearing at the Senate on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'50-100' protests vs China? Cayetano now says 'we haven't counted'

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'In a purpose-driven foreign policy, how many doesn't really matter,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano as he is grilled by Senator Risa Hontiveros

DIPLOMATIC PROTESTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is grilled about the Philippines' diplomatic protests against China, as he faces senators in a budget hearing on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Netherlands, Turkey resume full diplomatic ties

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:50 PM

In a joint statement, the two countries say their foreign ministers met on the sidelines of last week's NATO summit in Brussels and 'agreed to normalize the diplomatic relations' between the Netherlands and Turkey.

Cuba says cause of U.S. diplomats' illness still a mystery

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Cuba reaffirms its desire to 'cooperate with the US authorities to clarify the situation' after more than 20 US officials posted in Havana suffered injuries consisted with a brain injury

US EMBASSY. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

DFA says Duterte admin made '85 diplomatic actions' – on what?

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

This comes after Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano criticized Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano for supposedly filing only one protest against China

'DIPLOMATIC ACTION.' The Department of Foreign Affairs says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has undertaken 35 of 85 'diplomatic actions' since the Duterte administration began. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano conceals details of note verbale vs China

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:22 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also hits Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano for informing Filipinos about a China chopper harassing a Philippine navy rubber boat in Ayungin Shoal

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano appears at a House of Representatives hearing on May 30, 2018, about the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of DFA

Experts urge Philippines to publicize protests vs China

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:42 AM

'Quietly passing notes to Beijing and refusing to acknowledge Chinese harassment publicly' doesn't help in increasing international pressure on China, says Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano addresses reporters in an ambush interview on the sidelines of a congressional hearing on May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines silently files note verbale against China

May 31, 2018 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) China also filed a diplomatic note against the Philippines after their second bilateral consultation mechanism meeting in February, insiders tell Rappler

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano addresses reporters in an ambush interview on the sidelines of a congressional hearing on the West Philippine Sea on May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano lectures career diplomats about diplomacy

May 28, 2018 - 8:49 PM

A politician-turned-diplomat, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano uses metaphors, such as a neighborhood squabble, to teach diplomacy to veterans in the foreign service

LECTURING DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano lectures career diplomats about diplomacy at the Department of Foreign Affairs' flag-raising ceremony on May 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of MJ Roldan/DFA

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May 22, 2018 - 6:57 PM

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Carpio, Del Rosario urge PH to protest Chinese bombers

May 22, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio warns the Duterte administration against 'handing over to China on a silver platter the West Philippine Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urge the Duterte administration to file a diplomatic protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Filipino diplomats in Kuwait 'expected to be released'

May 10, 2018 - 8:16 PM

'The diplomats are expected to be released in two to three days,' says Malacañang as a Philippine delegation meets with Kuwaiti officials in Kuwait

KUWAIT ROW. Philippine officials led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque meet with Kuwaiti officials to mend ties with Kuwait. Malacañang photo

Did DFA do enough in rape scandal?

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

After the son of a Philippine diplomat is raped, the family finds insufficient support from the Department of Foreign Affairs despite persistent pleas for help

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May 03, 2018 - 7:41 PM

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Cayetano still has Duterte's 'full trust and confidence' – Malacañang

May 03, 2018 - 12:46 PM

'As far as the Palace is concerned, there is no reason for him to resign,' says Malacañang in response to calls for Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to resign over the deterioration of the diplomatic row with Kuwait

Foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano responds to media during a press conference on the arrival of Philippine ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa at the Naia on May 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Filipino diplomats face kidnapping charges in Kuwait

May 03, 2018 - 12:40 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano stresses that the diplomats violated no international convention and committed no crime

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Apr 19, 2018 - 1:53 PM

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Expelled Russians arrive home as Moscow warns against travel to UK

Apr 01, 2018 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) The Russian government tells citizens to think twice about going to Britain, saying they could be singled out for harassment there

Russia diplomats, families, leave U.S. embassy

Apr 01, 2018 - 8:40 AM

In total, 171 people will leave the country, state news agency TASS reports Russian ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, as saying

EXPELLED. Russian diplomats leave their embassy in Washington. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Russia to expel 60 US diplomats, close a US consulate

Mar 30, 2018 - 9:35 AM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announces the expulsions on Thursday, March 29

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R), flanked by newly-appointed Russian ambassador Gennady Gatilov, addresses the UN disarmament conference on February 28, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Britain expels Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:36 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia failed to respond to her demand for an explanation on how a Soviet-designed chemical, Novichok, was used in the English city of Salisbury

SPY POISONING. British police officers stand on duty at a cordon leading to a residential housing estate as Military personnel in wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle connected to the March 4 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, from a residential street in Gillingham, southeast England on March 14, 2018. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Bahrain suggests freezing Qatar's GCC membership

Oct 30, 2017 - 4:10 PM

GCC members are supposed to meet before the end of the year, but the crisis could see the bloc's annual meeting postponed or cancelled

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016, United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Qatar emir accuses blockade countries of wanting 'regime change'

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani: 'They want a regime change. It's... so obvious.'

QATAR LEADER. In this file photo, Qatar's Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani addresses a joint press conference with the German Chancellor after talks at the Chancellery, in Berlin, on September 15, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Kuwait emir warns against Gulf crisis escalating

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:56 AM

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, in an address to parliament, also says that Kuwait's goal is to save the Gulf Cooperation Council union from 'cracking and collapsing'

KUWAITI LEADER. Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah attends the opening ceremony of the new legislative year in Kuwait City, on October 24, 2017. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Malacañang admits Duterte 'being fed wrong info' on EU

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:40 PM

While stressing the need 'for correct reportage,' Malacañang fails to acknowledge its responsibility to relay correct information to President Rodrigo Duterte

WRONG INFORMATION. Malacañang admits that President Rodrigo Duterte 'was being fed the wrong information' on the EU. Malacañang file photo

Wrong info leads Duterte to threaten EU diplomats

Oct 12, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Malacañang itself admits that President Rodrigo Duterte was reacting to a foreign delegation that does not represent the EU

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the relaunching of the Malacañang Press Briefing Room (MPBR) at the New Executive Building (NEB) on October 12, 2017, expresses his dismay over how the illegal drug trade has claimed the lives of not only civilians but law enforcers as well. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services in escalating row

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The diplomatic row is sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul

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Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over 'terror' cell – official

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:31 PM

The row comes at a time when Kuwait is trying to mediate an end to the Gulf s worst diplomatic crisis in years after Sunni ruled Saudi Arabia and its allies cut ties with Qatar over accusations it is too close to Shiite Iran and funds extremists