Laos - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Laos


China tech giant Tencent duped by saucy scammers

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:01 PM

The aim of the 3 people who had faked a Lao Gan Ma company seal and pretended to be managers of the chilli firm 'was to obtain online game package codes' which they later resold, says a police statement

Upbeat Chinese FM says virus control efforts 'are working'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Speaking in Laos before talks with peers from the 10 ASEAN countries, Wang Yi says the outbreak is 'controllable and curable' despite the global panic it has seeded

'PROTECTING THE WORLD.' In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a joint press conference with the German foreign minister after talks on February 13, 2020, at the German Foreign Ministry's Villa Borsig in North Berlin. File photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Southeast Asia feels the burn as coronavirus keeps Chinese tourists at home

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:53 PM

Businesses are praying for a bounce back if and when the virus is controlled

WAITING. This photograph taken on February 12, 2020 shows employees waiting for tourists at the entrance of the Floating Market in Pattaya. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

13 Chinese tourists killed as bus plunges into ravine in Laos

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The bus carries more than 40 Chinese nationals heading towards the tourist town of Luang Prabang when the accident occurred late Monday

Philippines bans Laos pork imports due to African swine fever

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture's temporary import ban on pork goods from Laos will immediately take effect

FIGHT VS SWINE FEVER. Countries with hog industries are under threat of African swine fever. Image from Shutterstock

Filipina carries torch for PH in global sustainability

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Janice Lao is the first Filipino and Asian to win the prestigious edie Award for Sustainability Leader of the Year

Kaya-Iloilo absorbs heartbreaking draw in AFC Cup 2019 opener

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Kaya-Iloilo FC concedes a late header from Lao Toyota FC that denies the Philippine club from taking home its first 3 points

PAINFUL. Kaya-Iloilo FC misses the chance to put themselves on top of Group H. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

Bong Quinto, Kyles Lao pumped up for 2018 PBA Rookie Draft

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Bong Quinto and Kyles Lao are two of the 48 neophytes hoping to be picked in the 2018 PBA Draft on Sunday, December 16

HOPEFULS. Letran's Bong Quinto (left) and UP's Kyles Lao dream of playing in the PBA since they were young. Photo from release

Former UP Maroon Kyles Lao ready for PBA

Dec 07, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The former UAAP Rookie of the Year admits there's pressure as he applies for the 2018 PBA Draft

MIXED FEELINGS. Kyles Lao says he has mixed feelings about turning professional. Contributed photo

Ex-UP Maroon Kyles Lao keen on stepping up for Manila Stars

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The former UAAP Rookie of the Year says he's always ready to contribute whenever given the playing time

KEY BUCKETS. Coming off the bench, Kyles Lao delivers for the Manila Stars in the clutch. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

4 siblings who were senior citizens die in a fire in Camiguin

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:54 PM

Tragedy befalls the reunion of two brothers and two sisters when a fire razes their century-old ancestral home

Thick mud hampers Laos dam rescue with hundreds still unaccounted for

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The exact number of dead and missing from the dam collapse remains a mystery because of the complexity of the rescue operation and the secretive reflexes of Laos's Communist authorities in the face of an unprecedented crisis.

AFTERMATH. An elderly woman carries a child while other residents displaced by massive flood waters from the collapsed dam seek shelter in Paksong town in Champasak province on July 25, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP

The week in photos: July 21-27, 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. One firefighter has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Floods from Laos dam collapse force evacuations in Cambodia

Jul 26, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Twenty-seven people are confirmed dead, with 131 still missing, after the Xe-Namnoy dam collapsed on Monday in a remote southern corner of Laos, leaving villagers with little time to escape

LAOS FLOODING. This handout photo taken on July 25, 2018 and released to AFP on July 26 by Mime Phousavanh shows an aerial view of the flooded area in Sanamxai, in Attapeu province after a dam collapsed on July 23. Courtesy of Mime Phoumsavanh/AFP

'Battery of Asia': Laos's controversial hydro ambitions

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:01 AM

The dam collapse this week in southern Laos that left at least 26 dead and scores missing has shed light on the perils of the country's big bet on hydropower

'BATTERY OF ASIA.' The entrance of Houay Ho Hydropower Plant is seen in Sanamxai, Attapeu province on July 25, 2018. Photo by  Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Laos PM says 131 missing from dam collapse as 26 bodies recovered

Jul 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(4th UPDATE) Questions begin to emerge over the collapse, with some of the displaced saying they were warned to evacuate homes only hours before disaster struck

DAM DISASTER. This handout photo taken on July 24, 2018 and received from Attapeu Today on July 25, 2018 shows residents on rooftops surrounded by floodwaters in Attapeu province after a dam collapsed on July 23. Handout/Attapeu Today/AFP

Hundreds missing in Laos after hydropower dam collapse

Jul 24, 2018 - 5:05 PM

(UPDATED) The accident releases 5 billion cubic meters of water – more than 2 million Olympic swimming pools

12 officials of CIIF-OMG resign over appointment of 'incompetent' CEO

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Officials of the Coconut Industry Investment Fund-Oil Mills Group claim its new CEO Rehan Lao is the national president of Sulong ang Pag-Unlad Movement, a group pushing Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go to run for senator

MASS RESIGNATION. All top executives of the Coconut Industry Investment Fund Oil Mills Group resign over the appointment of Rehan Lao, a supporter of Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go, as president of the company. Lao's photo from Malacañang. CIIF-OMG logo from the company's website

Tackle graft, governance to stem 'Golden Triangle' meth trade – UNODC

May 21, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Worth an estimated $40 billion a year, huge volumes of meth pass through the Golden Triangle – a wedge of land which intersects China, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar – waved through by corrupt law enforcement and border controls

YABA. Yaba tablets which contain methamphetamine and caffeine. Image from Wikipedia page

'Kung Fu' red pandas settle into new Laos sanctuary

May 11, 2018 - 11:36 PM

The 3 animals, nicknamed Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Peace, were among six found stuffed into crates during a random check of a van traveling from China over the border into northern Laos in January

RED PANDA. This picture taken on May 8, 2018 shows one of the three red pandas, once destined for the exotic wildlife trade, in a sanctuary in Luang Prabang. Photo by Joe Freeman / AFP

BOC files smuggling charges vs 2 ATI officials, importers

Apr 07, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says there will also be an investigation into the possible involvement of customs personnel in the illegal release of 105 containers

SHIPMENTS. In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Rappler statement on Bong Go's 'fake news' accusation

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:52 PM

Is 'fake news' the new defense of public officials against public scrutiny?

Senate hearing tackles blogs vs Bong Go on warships deal

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Centerlaw lawyer Gilbert Andres cautions against tagging 'political opinion' as 'fake news'

FAKE NEWS? Secretary Martin Andanar in a Senate hearing on January 30, 2018 singled out social media posts by blogger Jover Laurio on the controversial frigates deal of the Philippine Navy. Screenshot of Senate livestream of the hearing

Bong Go 'not aware' of Palace meeting on Navy frigate deal

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The trusted Palace aide was supposedly clueless about a meeting arranged by his own undersecretary

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte examines the documents presented by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go following his participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Informal Dialogue at the Furama Resort in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Navy frigate project controversy, Aguirre on Rappler probe, SWS survey | Evening wRap

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

[EXCLUSIVE] Undersecretary in Bong Go's office confirms letter on frigate deal

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Former Palace official Lloyd Christopher Lao says the letter and meeting with Navy officials are a 'usual course of action' in Secretary Bong Go's office

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go upon his arrival at the NCCC Mall Davao in Davao City to check the situation of the fire that hit the mall on December 23, 2017. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang claims no chance Bong Go intervened in frigate deal

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:10 PM

But the allegations focus not on the contract for the frigates as a whole, but on the selection of a secondary supplier for the Combat Management Systems of the ships

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through a document during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program at the Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017. Malacañan Photo

A region in panic: ASEAN doubles down against ISIS threat

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East

URBAN WARFARE. The war in Marawi City challenged Filipino troops used to fighting in the jungles. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

7 PH soap operas that made waves in Southeast Asia

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Filipino teleseryes have also become popular among our ASEAN neighbors

Miss Earth 2017 candidates share views on ASEAN, love for country

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Southeast Asian ladies tell us what they want their leaders to push for during the 31st ASEAN Summit, and what they love about their countries

[OPINION] How rich are Filipinos compared to our ASEAN neighbors?

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Compared to our ASEAN neighbors, the Philippines has treaded on a deviant growth path. Now, our poorer neighbors are growing faster than us. As we lead this year’s special ASEAN Summit, we might ask ourselves: How can we bolster our shaky standing in the region?

FAST FACTS: Minimum wage in ASEAN countries

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia have the highest minimum wage rates in the region

21 must-try dishes from ASEAN countries

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Each Southeast Asian country offers a remarkable food experience you should not miss

Press freedom: What challenges do ASEAN journalists face?

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Censorship by state authorities, harassment and intimidation by armed forces, and repressive press laws continue to stifle free expression among ASEAN member countries

PRESS FREEDOM. Journalists in ASEAN face threats, censorship, and repressive laws.

PH can be ASEAN model for migration policies – World Bank

Oct 09, 2017 - 2:22 PM

A new World Bank study says ASEAN countries should reform their migration policies to boost labor mobility and promote the welfare of migrant workers in the region

MIGRATION. OFWs ready to leave the Philippines for better income opportunities. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Rappler Talk: Meet the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:10 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to two ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes on Rappler Talk at 8 pm Tuesday August 8 Bookmark this page to watch the interview

TIMELINE: Agreements, challenges in ASEAN

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The regional bloc's unity and mettle have been put to the test over the last 5 decades

6 Vietnamese workers killed by blast at Laos hydropower plant

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

A construction worker says a gas cylinder suddenly erupted at the construction site of Nam Ngiep plant

Firearms seized in Cagayan de Oro raids

Jul 28, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Raids on the houses of a businessman and an alleged gunrunner turn up multiple firearms While trader Jameloding Tago and his legal counsel assert their guns are licensed the wife of Jalaludin Lao was unable to show permits for their guns

The Laos Connection: Mr X and the cartels hooking Southeast Asia on pills

May 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The downfall of millionaire Mr X long shielded by cash and contacts in Laos has highlighted the role of the secretive communist country in showering pills across Southeast Asia

DRUG LORD. This file photo taken on April 18, 2017 shows Xaysana Keophimpa, allegedly a key figure among gangs buying drugs from Myanmar's meth labs, arriving at a criminal court in Bangkok after being detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport on January 19. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Southeast Asia's leaders steer away from democracy – activists

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:22 PM

Human rights is in a precipitous downward spiral in every ASEAN country except perhaps Myanmar and that’s only because military rule in that country was so horrible for so long says Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

QUIZ: How well do you know the ASEAN member countries?

Apr 18, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Test your knowledge on the 10 countries making up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

ASEAN MEMBERS. Cars and tuk-tuk ride past a row of ASEAN member countries' flags in the Laos capital of Vientiane on July 23, 2016. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Vietnam drug smugglers sentenced to death over heroin haul

Mar 22, 2017 - 7:01 PM

While 9 drug traffickers are sentenced to death for smuggling 500 kilograms of heroin another 9 are jailed for life as a result of the drug bust

DRUG TRAFFICKING. This picture taken on March 21, 2017 shows drug traffickers (in civilian clothing), flanked of policemen as they stand listening during a trial at a local people's court in the northern Vientamese province of Hoa Binh. Photo by AFP

Thai cops seize millions of meth pills

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Following a dramatic car chase Thai police finds 3 4 million meth tablets and 20 kilograms of ice – a purer form of methamphetamine – in the truck of one arrested Thai national

Thailand blames PM death threats on exiled anti-monarchists

Feb 06, 2017 - 6:44 PM

The allegation comes as Thailand seeks to extradite the group for slandering the royal family – an offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison per count

Tips and musings from Pinay touring ASEAN for the first time

Jan 02, 2017 - 12:19 AM

Jona Branzuela Bering visits 5 ASEAN countries in her first trip abroad She shares interesting stories and valuable lessons

The author in Kuang Xi Waterfalls.

Duterte's choice as Brunei envoy declines post

Dec 06, 2016 - 3:04 PM

The appointment of lawyer James Lao who said he wants to spend more time with his ailing wife was earlier deferred by the Commission on Appointments

CHIEF DIPLOMAT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) needs to pick a new ambassador to Brunei after his original nominee declined the post. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Dunia maya membuka pintu bagi anak muda sebagai pembela hak asasi manusia

Dec 01, 2016 - 1:10 PM

Meski saat Munir dibunuh 12 tahun lalu anak anak muda sekarang mempelajari tentang kasusnya dan ikut berpartisipasi aktif

Foto-foto Munir di museum Omah Munir di Kota Batu, Jawa Timur. Foto dari

D&L targets up to 19% net income growth in 2017

Nov 30, 2016 - 2:08 PM

The stronger dollar will help boost the company’s export revenues which now account for about 18 of total revenues

EXPORTS GROWING. D&L will be allotting about P345 million to P360 million for capital expenditures up from the P300 million targeted capital spending for this year. Screenshot from