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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

From Abe to Xi: Comparing leaders' PH visits under Duterte

Nov 24, 2018 - 8:42 PM

Starting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe's official visit, President Duterte has hosted 4 other leaders, including Xi Jinping. How do these visits compare to one another?

The week in photos: November 17-23, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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

RAINY DEPARTURE. China's President Xi Jinping carries an umbrella while walking up a set of stairs to his plane as he departs from Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 21, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

‘No meaning’ in Palace displaying only Chinese flag during Xi visit, says Lorenzana

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:46 PM

‘They are in our land. This is our country. Perhaps that was just a show of respect to the guest,’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MISSING. The Philippine Presidential Flag is missing during the review of honor guards by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte. Screenshot from RTVM

Who came to see Xi Jinping at Shangri-La?

Nov 21, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Politicians and businessmen make their way in to see Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials at the posh hotel in Taguig City

COURTESY CALL. Lawmakers from the Senate and House of Representatives meet with President Xi Jinping and Chinese officials. Photo courtesy of Arroyo's office

VLOG: Si Xi Jinping, Duterte, at Rizal

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Sa pagbisita niya sa Pilipinas, inihahalintulad ni Xi Jinping si Rodrigo Duterte kay Jose Rizal

STATE VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacañang photo

What can bring Cayetano and Arroyo together? Xi Jinping

Nov 21, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appear to be friendly after the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping

ALL SMILES. Once rivals, former foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano greets House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte and Xi tackle drugs, Marawi, infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says China will give another 50 scholarships for Filipinos, and donate 10,000 tons of rice for typhoon-stricken communities

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China meet in Malacañang on November 20, 2018, as Xi makes a state visit to the Philippines. Malacañang photo

LIST: Schedule of protests during Xi Jinping's PH state visit

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Several protests are lined up on Tuesday, November 20, to express objection to Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit

STATE VISIT. President Xi Jinping will visit the Philippines on November 20-21, the first in 13 years. Duterte and Xi photo from Malacañang; protest photo of LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Over 5,000 cops to secure Xi visit

Nov 19, 2018 - 6:19 PM

NCRPO chief Police Director Guillermo Eleazar says 'extensive' security and coordination preparations were done for the Chinese president’s upcoming Philippine visit

SAFETY. The PNP deploys over 5,500 cops for the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dela Rosa on Undas, Japan invests in PH, Trump aides charged | Evening wRap

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

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Duterte, Mariano, Trump | Evening wRap

May 19, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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Duterte, Indonesia's Widodo to step up joint counter-terrorism efforts

Apr 28, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The two leaders agree to conduct this year a joint working group to address a common scourge: terrorism and violent extremism

PARTNERS VS TERRORISM. President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes President Joko Widodo at Malacañang. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Indonesian President Jokowi arrives in Manila

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:20 PM

During Jokowi s state visit Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he might bring up the case of OFW Mary Jane Veloso who is on Indonesian death row

STATE VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Indonesian President Joko Widod at Istana Merdeka in Jakarta during his visit there in September 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Sultan Bolkiah wants PH-Brunei cooperation vs drugs

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The Brunei leader and President Duterte witness the signing of deals on halal industry development and cultural cooperation

SULTAN'S STATE VISIT. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and President Rodrigo Duterte prepare to witness the signing of deals inside Malacañang Palace. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Brunei's Sultan Bolkiah arrives in Manila for state visit

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is also in the Philippines to attend the 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings

ARRIVAL. Brunei Darussalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is given a warm welcome upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on April 26, 2017 for his State Visit to the Philippines and his attendance to the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Ace Morandante/ Presidential Photo

Duterte to 'bring home' some OFWs on death row

Apr 10, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte leaves for a week long trip which will take him to Saudi Arabia Bahrain and Qatar

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates that he is duty bound to protect and preserve the Filipino people in his speech during the 29th Annual Convention of the Prosecutors League of the Philippines at Royce Hotel and Casino in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on April 5, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/Presidential Photo

Duterte to visit 3 Muslim countries during Holy Week

Apr 07, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to visit 3 countries in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia Bahrain and Qatar – from April 10 to 16

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the 29th Annual Convention of the Prosecutors' League of the Philippines at Royce Hotel and Casino in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, on April 5, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Singapore names orchid after Duterte

Dec 16, 2016 - 10:43 PM

Introducing Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte a violet red orchid the Singaporean government names after the President during his state visit to their country

DUTERTE'S ORCHID. This orchid was given the name Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the President's state visit to Singapore. Image from PCO

PH, Singapore to cooperate on nabbing Singaporean terrorist

Dec 16, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Philippine officials give their host government the name of the Singaporean leading a terrorist cell in the Southern Philippines

COOPERATION. President Rodrigo Duterte and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shake hands during their meeting at the Istana in Singapore on December 15, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

SWS survey, Lacson, U.S. aid | Evening wRap

Dec 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

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Duterte, Singapore's Lee agree to fight terrorism, drugs

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:50 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan during his two day state visit

SINGAPORE-PH TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong meet at Istana in Singapore on December 15, 2016. RTVM photo

Lee Kuan Yew of PH? Filipinos in Singapore weigh in on Duterte

Dec 14, 2016 - 7:43 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys a lot of support from Filipinos living in Lee Kuan Yew country

WATCH: Duterte visit to muster biggest crowd of Filipinos in Singapore

Dec 14, 2016 - 4:50 PM

How do Singapore based OFWs feel about President Duterte s upcoming state visit?

Duterte off to Cambodia, Singapore in December

Dec 09, 2016 - 12:26 PM

The President continues his tour of ASEAN countries with his upcoming state visits to Cambodia and Singapore

LEADING ASEAN. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses business leaders at the 13th ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Vientiane, Laos on September 6. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Philippines shopping for 'nice' China-funded infra deals

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The country s first subway a massive Northern Mindanao railway and a Tutuban Sorsogon train system are just some of the infrastructure projects the Philippine government plans to fund via official development assistance ODA from China

INFRA SHOPPING. 'We think there is an excess capacity in China because there is not much infrastructure projects there. We are really shopping for nice projects,' Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo by Rappler

What Duterte accomplished in China

Oct 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

His visit restored bilateral ties with China but was unable to secure a commitment for Filipino fishermen to be allowed in Scarborough Shoal He comes home with billions worth of deals but some of them are not binding

FRIENDSHIP RENEWED. Chinese pupils hold the flags of the Philippines and China as they welcome President Rodrigo Duterte at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

DOCUMENT: PH-China joint statement during Duterte state visit

Oct 21, 2016 - 4:35 PM

The 2 countries agree to cooperate in a variety of areas including the fight against illegal drugs agriculture and defense

COOPERATION. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping review 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 bringing home $24B worth of deals from China

Oct 21, 2016 - 1:44 PM

UPDATED Of the total 15 billion accounts for company to company deals while 9 billion accounts for loans to be made available by private banks says Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez

DEALING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte meets top Chinese government officials China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte visit marks ‘full recovery’ of PH-China ties

Oct 20, 2016 - 11:58 PM

The visit signifies the full recovery of China the Philippines’ friendship back to the normal level says Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin

RENEWAL OF TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to their bilateral meetings at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Ties with China to fill infra spending gap, pose risk to PPP

Oct 20, 2016 - 8:31 PM

Increased Chinese involvement may have the dual effect of reducing the number of PPP projects in the pipeline and fulfilling plans for a Golden Age of Infrastructure in the Philippines says a research firm

WIN-WIN. BMI Research said sees 'clear incentives' for both countries: China sees befriending the Philippines as a way of reducing the United States' influence in Asia; while the Philippines seeks to gain access to China's generous infrastructure investment packages. Background photo from Wikimedia

Duterte announces military, economic split from US

Oct 20, 2016 - 6:12 PM

3rd UPDATE Before chuckling the President tells his Chinese audience So please you have another problem of economics in my country I am separated from them so I will be dependent on you for a long time

DUTERTE IN CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte listens to the English translation of the discussions during the bilateral meeting with top government officials of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

PH, China sign coast guard cooperation pact, 12 other deals

Oct 20, 2016 - 2:17 PM

UPDATED Presidents Duterte and Xi witness the signing of 13 documents on cooperation in a variety of areas from agriculture to law enforcement

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 Toto Lozano/PPD

IN PHOTOS: Duterte walks through Beijing street to resto

Oct 20, 2016 - 7:28 AM

President Duterte steps out of the security of his hotel and car to walk through a busy street in Beijing to a Peking duck restaurant

Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Super Typhoon Lawin, Con-Ass, U.S. Embassy protest | 6PM wRap

Oct 19, 2016 - 8:46 PM

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Duterte won't raise PH fishing rights in Beijing – Yasay

Oct 19, 2016 - 2:43 PM

We re taking advantage of the opportunity of making sure that the other aspects of our relationship with our neighbor China will be pursued says Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr

IMPROVING PH-CHINA TIES. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr talks to the Philippine media covering President Rodrigo Duterte's state visit to China on October 19, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte expects 'plenty of happiness' from China state visit

Oct 18, 2016 - 10:58 PM

But the Philippine leader repeats his intention to make a soft landing when it comes to discussing the two countries row over the South China Sea

STATE VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in Beijing on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, for the start of his 4-day state visit. Photo from Malacañang

Duterte arrives in Beijing to begin state visit

Oct 18, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The government delegation to accompany President Rodrigo Duterte is updated to include House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez more lawmakers and more Cabinet secretaries

TOUCHDOWN. President Duterte arrives in Beijing, China on October 18, 2016. Photo by TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Brunei to help PH tap trillion dollar halal market

Oct 17, 2016 - 8:08 PM

The Philippines also seeks to revive the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area BIMP EAGA initiative

Duterte faces Asia's Goliath: What PH stands to gain or lose in China

Oct 17, 2016 - 7:56 PM

The unwieldy Philippine President heads to China s capital on Tuesday October 18 Will his visit yield gifts from an old friend a victory against a foe or a deal with the devil?

Duterte to Filipinos in Brunei: I love my country

Oct 16, 2016 - 10:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says patriotism drives him to go after drug lords and drug pushers

Duterte's China visit to focus on trade, investments

Oct 14, 2016 - 1:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping will witness the signing of bilateral agreements as well as a lot of business deals between Philippine and Chinese businessmen says the DFA

PH BUSINESS. President Rodrigo Duterte stresses a point in his speech during the 42nd Philippine Business Conference and Expo at Marriott Hotel in Pasay City on October 13. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

PH, China businessmen to sign MOUs during Duterte's Beijing visit

Oct 13, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Around 400 Filipino businessmen are set to join President Rodrigo Duterte in his visit to China

Special envoy FVR to skip Duterte's China visit

Oct 13, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Former President Fidel Ramos has called out President Rodrigo Duterte s sustained tirades against the the United States the country s longest treaty ally

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Sep 09, 2016 - 12:37 PM

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Duterte arrives in Indonesia

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:12 PM

Here is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte s scheduled itinerary in Indonesia

STATE VISIT. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, Jakarta, on Thursday, 8 September 2016. Photo by Diego Batara/Rappler

Will Duterte be careful with his words in Indonesia?

Sep 08, 2016 - 8:47 PM

Here s a look back at 10 of Duterte s most undiplomatic remarks

Analyst warns Duterte: Expect protests during Indonesia visit

Sep 08, 2016 - 6:57 PM

As a democracy we are mindful of human rights The way of vigilantism is not acceptable here

EXPECT PROTESTS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to arrive in Indonesia on September 8 from the ASEAN Summit in Laos. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Duterte on Mary Jane: I am ready to accept Indonesia's decision

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask for mercy for a Filipina on death row in Indonesia but will respect what President Joko Widodo decides

RESPECT INDONESIA. President Duterte says he respects the laws of Indonesia. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Emperor Diaries: Little-known facts about Akihito’s PH visit

Jan 31, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Here s a wrap of the 5 day visit of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to the Philippines – with details that didn t make it to the news

STATE DINNER. President Benigno Aquino III and his sister Aurora Corazon Aquino Abellada, welcome Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan at the Malacañan Palace for the state dinner on January 27, 2016. Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau