Duterte foreign policy - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Duterte foreign policy


Duterte asserts PH sovereignty to others, except China – analyst

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'[Duterte] compromises sovereignty when it comes to [his] relationship with China and then he asserts sovereignty when it comes to international organizations,' says political analyst Bobby Tuazon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

[OPINION] Freud's libido and Duterte's jingoism

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:00 PM

International relations are not built on drunken macho street-talk that Duterte has been used to all his life as a mayor in the country’s southern backwaters

'Be careful in dealing with China,' Nene Pimentel tells Duterte

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:26 PM

Citing Sri Lanka and Myanmar the ex Senate president warns that when indebted countries fail to pay loans China takes over the sites of their investments

CAUTION. Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr cautions the Duterte administration in dealing with China.

West PH Sea worth more than $24B from China – Carpio

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The value of resources in the West Philippine Sea is much much higher than the Philippines 24 billion package from China SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says he is sure the value of the West Philippine Sea's riches 'is much, much higher' than the Philippines' $24-billion package from China. Photo courtesy of Stratbase-ADRI

Rally world around Hague ruling, experts tell PH

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

We just dropped the ball after the ruling came out so how can you expect the world to support us? says SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

HAGUE RULING. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (4th from left) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (5th) lead the group of panelists at a forum on July 12, 2017, the first anniversary of the historic hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Stratbase-ADRI

Talk to China or go to war? 'False option,' Carpio says

Jul 12, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Those who raise the issue of war with China either do not understand the 3 warfare strategy of China or simply are scaring Filipino people to make them submit to China says SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WAR THREAT? Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says on July 12, 2017, that China 'does not want war' over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Rappler photo   WAR THREAT? Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says on July 12, 2017, that China 'does not want war' over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Rappler photo

Justice Carpio hits Duterte policy after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2017 - 5:59 PM

I do not at all blame the DFA for this because the chief architect of our foreign policy is not the DFA but the President SC Senior Associate Justice Carpio says

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio criticizes the Duterte administration's policy on the West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

Duterte foreign policy: Independent but isolated

Jun 29, 2017 - 8:00 PM

In disregarding the international ruling on South China Sea We allow ourselves to be bullied but we call it an independent foreign policy an analyst says

CHIEF DIPLOMAT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reviews inside the ASEM Villa for the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on September 6, 2016. Malacañang file photo

EU: We won't beg PH to take our money

May 25, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The EU says there is no lack of other countries to help if Europe is not welcome to provide money to the Philippines

'WE'RE OFFERING.' EU official Gunnar Wiegand says on May 25, 2017, that the EU will not 'beg' the Philippines to accept aid from Europe. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or serendipity?

May 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

President Duterte’s strategy of de emphasizing and compartmentalizing while not abandoning the territorial and maritime issues is a wise move that can pay off if done smartly


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May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

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Senators to Duterte: Why tolerate China's war threat?

May 22, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV asks why the Philippines is rejecting the European Union s supposed interference but allowing China to make threats

WAR THREAT. President Rodrigo Duterte revealed parts of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping, saying the latter threatened to use force if the Philippines goes ahead with its exploration in Reed Bank. File photo by Malacañang

No bells and whistles as Philippines, U.S. hold Balikatan

May 15, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Despite the Duterte administration s shift in foreign policy officials deny the military exercises with the United States were downsized

BALIKATAN. Philippine Marines alight from a landing craft utility boat onto the shores of Casiguran, Aurora. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Russia ready to help PH in fight vs terrorism, piracy

Jan 03, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Russian Navy Pacific Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov in Manila for a goodwill visit also foresees future multinational military exercises in the South China Sea involving the Philippines Russia China and even Malaysia

RUSSIAN WARSHIP. This picture taken on September 12, 2016, shows Russian destroyer Admiral Tributs arriving at Zhanjiang port in China's southern Guangdong province.  Russian navy ships arrived for eight-day joint military exercises with the Chinese navy in the South China Sea, in a show of force after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant's extensive claims in the region. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

Duterte on non-renewal of US aid: We'll be glad to lose it

Dec 16, 2016 - 9:29 PM

We will not go hungry without the American aid We are not that desperate says President Duterte during an interview with reporters in Singapore

'NOT DESPERATE.' As far as President Rodrigo Duterte is concerned, US aid to the Philippines can 'start packing.' Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

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Dec 03, 2016 - 5:20 PM

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Yasay on Duterte foreign policy: 'Wala namang confusing'

Dec 02, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Confusion? That s not so much a problem of the President as it is a problem of the critics of the President Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

DEFENDING DUTERTE. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says there is nothing confusing about President Rodrigo Duterte's statements as chief architect of foreign policy. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

World should learn to 'navigate' through Duterte – expert

Oct 30, 2016 - 12:42 AM

Foreign affairs analyst Lucio Pitlo III stresses the need to look at the substance more than the form of President Rodrigo Duterte’s statements

CHIEF DIPLOMAT. President Rodrigo Duterte bids farewell to Japanese officials at Japan’s Haneda airport on October 27, 2016, following a state visit. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

Duterte’s China card

Oct 24, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Does he know what game he’s playing?

De Lima on PH-US 'split': Duterte betrayed Filipinos

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The President s pronouncement did not sit well with other minority senators either: A country which has illegally built a great wall of sand in our seas is not and far from the epitome of a good friend either referring to China

RENEWED TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 19. Malacañang photo by King Rodriguez

Duterte vs US: PH to lose 3rd largest trading partner

Oct 21, 2016 - 12:40 PM

The US also continues to host more than 5 9 million Filipinos as President Rodrigo Duterte vows to cut military and economic ties with Washington

BETTER DAYS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (right) looks on as US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) gestures during his visit to the Philippine presidential palace in Manila on July 27, 2016. Photo by Aaron Favila/Pool/AFP

Duterte tells Chinese: Americans are ‘loud, discourteous’

Oct 20, 2016 - 9:35 PM

At the end of his heavily anti American speech Duterte appeals to China: If China would find in its heart to help us in our needs then we will remember it for all time

VEERING TOWARDS CHINA. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping walk past the honor guards during the arrival ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte’s ‘hugot’ for his evolving foreign policy

Oct 20, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The real challenge is for President Duterte to follow the Constitution to the letter by abandoning the much travelled road of previous presidents and treading the path of independent diplomacy and economic sovereignty

MEETING IN CHINA. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping after they witness the signing of documents on cooperation in trade, agriculture, tourism, maritime security, and infrastructure. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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Oct 12, 2016 - 8:16 PM

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Lacson echoes Agot on Duterte: 'Kung gusto mo magutom, magutom ka mag-isa'

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Sa isang banda si Agot Isidro may sense [ang] sinasabi Kung sumama ang ekonomiya madadamay lahat na karamihan ng Pilipino na magugutom says Senator Panfilo Lacson

FVR defends Obama, Ban Ki-moon from Duterte rants

Oct 12, 2016 - 3:37 PM

The former president also advises President Duterte that better relations with China and Russia need not come at the cost of the Philippines strong ties with the US

PRESIDENTIAL MENTOR. Former president Fidel Ramos gives President Rodrigo Duterte some advice on foreign policy. File photo by AFP

The Philippines' pivot to China

Oct 12, 2016 - 2:30 PM

President Duterte is taking a huge risk betting all on China’s goodwill and beneficence without the insurance provided by the diversified multi lateral support of historical and traditional friends and allies

#AnimatED: ‘Go away, EU, US!’ Now what’s the plan?

Oct 10, 2016 - 11:06 AM

We cannot stand on an empty boast in the face of a globalized economy and the realness of our poverty

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Oct 05, 2016 - 12:16 PM

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Duterte to Obama: Go to hell

Oct 04, 2016 - 10:08 PM

UPDATED I will be reconfiguring my foreign policy Eventually I might in my time I will break up wth America says President Rodrigo Duterte during a speech in front of a Jewish community

President Duterte in a file photo

Duterte to Russia: I'm about to 'cross Rubicon' with US

Sep 26, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The change in policy with the US will be accompanied by more alliances with China and Russia says President Duterte

DUTERTE'S FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte sits beside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the gala dinner during the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Senator wants inquiry into Duterte's 'conflicting' foreign policy

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says the government should clarify its position on foreign affairs given its conflicting statements

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Duterte's diplomatic kerfuffle: The items wriggling on Yasay's plate

Sep 24, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr s foreign affairs department has been stuck with the job of smoothing over the bruised feelings caused by Duterte s rough language

'NOTHING TO EXPLAIN.' Perfecto Yasay speaks during a forum at the Philippine consulate in New York on Wednesday, September 21. Photo by Cristina Pastor

Towards an independent foreign policy

Sep 24, 2016 - 10:00 AM

It is not for or against anybody but equidistant to everyone

DUTERTE AND CHINA. President Duterte meets Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua in Malacanang Palace in July 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Yasay: No bilateral talks yet with China over West PH Sea

Sep 16, 2016 - 10:36 AM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr tells a forum in Washington DC that the Philippines and China have different standpoints on the context of such bilateral discussions

ABOUT CHINA AND THE PHILIPPINES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr discusses bilateral talks with China at a forum on September 15, 2016. Screen shot from YouTube.

Duterte: PH to pursue independent foreign policy

Sep 10, 2016 - 6:40 AM

Duterte says the Philippines must insist on the time honored principle of sovereignty sovereign equality non interference and the commitment of peaceful settlements of dispute

FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte makes his international debut with trips to Laos and Indonesia. Photo from Malacañang Phto Bureau

Duterte's DFA chief: PH 'should not be a lackey'

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Still the Philippines friendship with the US will not be affected by the election of Rodrigo Duterte as president incoming Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

NEXT DFA CHIEF. Incoming Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says the Philippines 'should not be a lackey of anyone' under the administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Duterte’s last resort on West PH Sea: Let’s not insist on ownership

Apr 15, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The presidential bet says leaving the issue of ownership behind can lead to a better deal with China if there is no progress with the international case being pursued by the Philippines

CAMPAIGN COUNTDOWN. Presidential election survey frontrunner Davao city mayor Rodrigo Duterte speaks at a concert in Quezon City on April 12, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler