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Attack on all: Media groups show solidarity with ABS-CBN following closure order

May 05, 2020 - 10:22 PM

'The move is clearly a case of political harassment against a pillar of Philippine democracy that employs thousands of Filipinos whose livelihoods are now at risk with the order'

The staff of ABS-CBN watch as President and CEO Carlo Katigbak makes a statement on the broadcast network shutdown by the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Alcuin Papa

FOCAP co-founder Gabino Tabunar Jr dies

Feb 04, 2020 - 7:14 PM

The journalist passes away after a bout with pneumonia. He was 94.

FOCAP CO-FOUNDER. Gabino Tabunar Jr, one of the founders of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), dies Tuesday, February 4. He was 94. Photo from FOCAP's Facebook page

FOCAP urges journalists to close ranks behind press freedom

May 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'This is not a time to bend and shrink,' says the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines on World Press Freedom Day

‘Wheels of justice completely stopped’ 9 years after Maguindanao massacre

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:54 PM

Opposition members condemn the slow pace of justice for the victims of what remains to be the deadliest attack on journalists in the world

ELUSIVE JUSTICE. The families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre seek justice for their loved ones. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

SWS survey on Duterte’s trust rating, Press freedom in PH, Kim and Moon summit | Evening wRap

Apr 27, 2018 - 7:50 PM

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PH bars int'l journalists from press conference in Singapore

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The Philippine government also prohibits foreign correspondents from asking questions in an earlier press conference on the Kuwait crisis

PRESS CONFERENCE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III holds a press conference in Singapore on April 27, 2018, largely about the Kuwait crisis. Screenshot from PTV

FACT CHECK: Maria Ressa is not FOCAP president

Apr 13, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Rappler is not a foreign media outlet, and therefore does not have to seek accreditation with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines

Foreign correspondents hit Duterte ban on Rappler

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:16 AM

'FOCAP considers this as a blatant attack on freedom of the press, a right guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution and the United Nations'

DUTERTE BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte himself bans Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from entering Malacañang after his closest aide, Christopher 'Bong' Go, faced a Senate probe prompted by stories by Inquirer and Rappler. Malacañang photo

Journalist groups hit SEC decision vs Rappler

Jan 15, 2018 - 6:25 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism says the 'harsh' ruling has 'horrifying implications on the full and untrammeled exercise of press freedom'

ATTACK ON PRESS FREEDOM. Journalist groups condemn the Securities and Exchange Commission decision revoking the registration of Rappler.

Did Philippines grill China on Benham Rise?

Apr 04, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says it was enough that China said they recognize the Philippines rights over Benham Rise

BENHAM RISE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says it was 'enough' that China said 'they recognize' Philippines' rights over Benham Rise. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino: How did Chinese murder suspects get guns?

Oct 27, 2015 - 9:30 PM

‘Firearms for foreigners in this country…are supposed to be subject to very stringent requirements ’ the Philippine president tells foreign correspondents

CHINESE SUSPECTS. Two Chinese nationals, a consular officer (L) and her husband (R, with handcuffs), suspects in the shooting of Chinese consul general Song Ronghua at a restaurant, talk to an interpreter (C) at a police station in Cebu City, central Philippines on October 21, 2015. Photo by AFP

Aquino not shutting doors yet to public office after 2016

Oct 27, 2015 - 8:40 PM

I really want to examine once I get a little break what is the best route to continue the advocacy of uplifting the lot of our countrymen the President says

LIFE AFTER 2016. President Benigno Aquino III says making another run for public office would entail sacrifices from his private staff as well. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau/PCOO

LIVE: The FOCAP annual presidential forum

Oct 27, 2015 - 10:04 AM

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BI lifts ban on foreign journalists

Nov 25, 2014 - 11:37 AM

The Bureau of Immigration says it lifted the blacklist order on the 9 Hong Kong journalists upon the recommendation of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency NICA

Filipino immigration officials examine the passports of arriving passengers at the NAIA Terminal 1, 06 May 2009. Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Hong Kong journalists, Chinese poachers, regulate Uber | The wRap

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:01 PM

Foreign correspondents denounce the blacklisting of Hong Kong journalists 9 Chinese fishermen charged with poaching in disputed waters Taxi operators say regulate Uber services

HK journalists' ban sends 'chilling effect' – correspondents' group

Nov 23, 2014 - 2:20 PM

If the government’s intelligence agency does not the like the way you ask questions you may be labeled a public safety threat and blacklisted from the Philippines

Filipino immigration officials examine the passports of arriving passengers at the NAIA Terminal 1, 06 May 2009. Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Yolanda a year after: Tacloban 'township' to rise

Oct 28, 2014 - 9:15 PM

The 400 hectare township will include features such as access to the sea and even a branch of the University of the Philippines Mayor Alfred Romualdez says

WORK NEEDED. Fishermen prepare their fishing net along a shore in Tacloban on the eastern island of Leyte on October 16, 2014. Tacloban was devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8, 2013. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Cabinet divided over entry of US casino operator in PH

Oct 22, 2014 - 8:03 PM

At the end of the day is there a net gain or a net minus? President Benigno Aquino III says of the planned entry of America s biggest casino operator in the Philippines

'CABINET DEBATE.' President Benigno Aquino III is awaiting the Cabinet recommendation on Caesars Entertainment’s bid to obtain a license to operate in the Philippines. File photo from Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino: PH relationship with China ‘improving’

Oct 22, 2014 - 5:15 PM

Improving ties with China will not deter President Benigno Aquino III from raising China s recent actions in the South China Sea at the ASEAN Summit in November

President Benigno Aquino III addresses the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) on October 22, 2014. Malacañang Photo

Aquino refutes Binay: He asked for help, I didn’t offer it

Oct 22, 2014 - 1:09 PM

President Benigno Aquino III disputes claims of the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay regarding their October 14 meeting and says they got it the other way around

WHICH IS WHICH? Palace sources have a different version of what transpired during the October 14 meeting between President Aquino and Vice President Binay. File photo courtesy of the Malacañang Photo Bureau

'No such thing as 9-dash line' – US envoy

Feb 24, 2014 - 8:07 PM

Ambassador Philip Goldberg reiterates the US stand that China s basis for claiming parts of South China Sea does not pass the legal test for resolving disputes

US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

AFP chief: Chinese used water cannons vs Filipino fishermen

Feb 24, 2014 - 12:41 PM

Chinese coast guard ships used water cannons to drive away Filipino fishing vessels from the disputed Panatag Shoal last January 27 AFP chief Emmanuel Bautista reveals

FACING THE FOCAP. AFP Chief, Gen Emmanuel Bautista, speaks during a forum hosted by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines, 24 February 2014. Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Aquino to address nation on 'current issues'

Oct 30, 2013 - 12:13 PM

President Aquino s address comes after recent ratings show clear public disappointment over corruption in government

SOFTER TONE. In a forum with foreign correspondents, President Benigno Aquino III doesn't categorically tell China to leave disputed shoals. Photo by Rolando Mailo/Malacañang Photo Bureau/PCOO

Aquino won't tell China to leave Panatag

Oct 23, 2013 - 6:42 PM

Let the UN tribunal decide on the South China Sea dispute the President says

Aquino: DAP drove PH's economic boom

Oct 23, 2013 - 12:36 PM

Aquino says the Disbursement Acceleration Program DAP is unjustly and oddly vilified a distraction from pork barrel misuse

UNFAIR CRITICISM. President Benigno Aquino III says the Disbursement Acceleration Program drove the country's economic growth and says it has been unfairly villified. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino says he favors decriminalizing libel

Oct 17, 2012 - 1:01 PM

President Aquino says he supports the decriminalization of libel after earlier defending a law imposing heavier penalties for online libel

Erap at 75: I’m done now

Apr 19, 2012 - 7:12 AM

Former President Joseph Estrada turns 75 says he s had all the experiences in life