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[ANALYSIS] West Philippine Sea strategy in total disarray

Jun 09, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Certainly, the Filipino people do not deserve this. This only means that we have a long struggle ahead of us.

Where the Philippines goes, America follows

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

We have thousands of George Floyds. But they’re abused not because of the color of their skin as much as because of where and how they live.

Calida and Duterte: A 4-decade friendship as lawyers, gun enthusiasts, friends of Bongbong Marcos

May 09, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Up to the last minute before the 2016 presidential campaign, Jose Calida pushed for Bongbong Marcos to be Duterte's running mate. But Alan Peter Cayetano prevailed.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang March 2, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Foisting false dilemmas on China

May 04, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Retired Justice Antonio Carpio is hardly an 'amateur,' and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr's views on China and the Spratlys should not go unassailed

Washroom-on-wheels: India firm turns buses into women's toilets

Feb 22, 2020 - 4:28 PM

The 'Ti Toilet' project – 'ti' means 'her' in the local Marathi language – has 12 mobile washrooms, on average used by more 200 women daily. The buses are powered by solar panels mounted on top of the vehicle.

This photo taken on February 9, 2020 shows people walking past a mobile toilet on a bus at a public park in Pune. - Launched in 2016 by entrepreneurs Ulka Sadalkar and Rajeev Kher, the 'Ti Toilet' project -- 'ti' means 'her' in the local Marathi language -- has 11 mobile washrooms, which are on average used by more 200 women daily. (Photo by Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP) / TO GO WITH: India-social-gender-sanitation, FOCUS by Vishal Manve

2020 with a big bang: This week's outlook

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

What’s at stake and what can we expect this week in the aftermath of the assassination of the general who had shaped the battlefield in the Middle East and helped direct Assad’s war in Syria?

Davao City recognizes China envoy for 'historic achievements'

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:16 PM

In a resolution, Davao City also thanks Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua for several projects funded by the China Foundation for Peace and Development for the President's hometown

CHINA AMBASSADOR. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua is set to leave his post in the Philippines in November 2019. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LOOK: South Korean warships on friendly visit to Manila

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Philippines is set to acquire several new warships from South Korea

ASEAN, U.S. to hold first ever joint maritime drill

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Washington's re-engagement with Southeast Asia comes as a deteriorating trade war with China threatens to engulf the global economy

NAVAL DRILLS. In this May 9, 2019, photo released by the US Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal. Photo by Darion Chanelle Triplett/Navy Office of Information/AFP

PH to buy 2 navy corvettes from South Korea, may receive 2 more

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the South Korean government plans to donate two of its navy’s old corvettes as the Philippines buys two brand new ones from Hyundai Heavy Industries

NAVY CORVETTE. The BRP Conrado Yap, a Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea, is welcomed in Manila on August 20, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duterte postpones Fujian leg of China trip

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte is supposed to inaugurate a building at the Fujian Normal University built in honor of his mother, Soledad Roa Duterte

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte will go on his 5th trip to China as Philippine chief on August 28, 2019. Malacanang Photo

Defense chief says Chinese POGO workers can easily shift to espionage

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:11 AM

Chinese online gaming hubs near military camps can eventually spy on them, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says, but a security expert believes spying is 'the least of worries' that POGOs present

DEFENSE CHIEF. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on June 19, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

North Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'new weapon' – KCNA

Aug 11, 2019 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Defence officials in South Korea say 2 short-range ballistic missiles were fired by North Korea at daybreak

ANOTHER MISSLE LAUNCH. People watch a television news screen showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 10, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je /AFP

Beijing blames Canada for deteriorating ties

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:18 PM

'The current difficulties in China-Canada relations are entirely caused by Canada herself, and entire responsibility for it lies with the Canadian side,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Putin says time to 'turn the page' in UK ties after spy scandal

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'Global issues related to national interests in the economic and social spheres and global security are more important than games of security services,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

SPY SCANDAL. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Trudeau sacks Canadian envoy to China after Huawei controversy

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asks for and accepts the resignation of Canada's Ambassador to China John McCallum

SACKING. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fires Ambassador to China John McCallum, but not before hailing the latter's two-decades worth of public service. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Putin says Russia still 'open to dialogue' with U.S.

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:06 AM

'Russian-US relations remain an important factor in order to guarantee strategic stability and international security,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV

Lorenzana to review Mutual Defense Treaty: 'Is it still relevant to our security?'

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the objective of the review of the treaty is to either 'maintain it, strengthen it, or scrap it'

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds a press conference in Malacañang on December 28, 2018. Screenshot from PCOO's Facebook account

[OPINION] Time for crazy rich change

Nov 25, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Musing on a blockbuster film amid greater China-Philippine engagement

Duterte wants Grades 11, 12 to take ROTC | Midday wRap

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Ralf Rivas

#TheLeaderIWant: Gary Alejano on taking his fight to the Senate

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:40 PM

If elected senator, how will the former Marine captain prove that he can be the soldier of every Filipino?

China should be 'Big Uncle' to ASEAN, says Arroyo

Sep 09, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'In my humble view, the ideal approach is for China to think of itself as the Big Uncle to many nephews in the family,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

CHINA ALLY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers the keynote speech at the China-ASEAN Mayors' Forum on September 8, 2018. Photo from Arroyo's office

Team Trump looks to start off on right foot with Mexico president-elect

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:04 AM

'I believe we can be reasonably optimistic that Mexico will be able to find a basis for understanding and have a better relationship with the United States,' says Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

VISIT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is received by Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C) and his appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard (R), upon his arrival at the party's headquarters in Mexico City, on July 13, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Trump, Mexico president-elect get off to 'great' start

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador writes on Twitter, 'I proposed exploring a universal deal [involving] development projects that would create jobs in Mexico and, by doing so, reduce migration and improve security'

FIRST PHONE CALL. US President Donald Trump and newly elected Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speak in a phone call. Trump photo by Saul Loeb/AFP; Obrador photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Top PH officials meet U.S. Pacific Command chief in Hawaii

May 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The Philippines says the 'deliberate and nuanced diplomacy by the Duterte administration' has 'lowered tensions' in the South China Sea

TOP OFFICIALS. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and key government officials meet US Pacific Command chief Harry Harris Jr in Hawaii. Photo from the US Pacific Command web site

Philippines congratulates Mahathir, sees 'enhanced' ties with Malaysia

May 11, 2018 - 10:18 AM

'Prime Minister Mahathir is an old friend of the Philippines and his fresh mandate augurs well for the deep relations between the Philippines and Malaysia,' says Malacañang

HISTORIC. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) celebrates with his coalition leaders during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on early May 10, 2018. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

[OPINION | Newspoint] The great sellout

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:00 PM

If we think the ultimate danger is native, Marcos-style authoritarianism, we really have not been looking. What we stand to lose this time is not just our freedom, but our sovereignty, our identity, our very soul as a nation

PH, India ink MOU on investments, information technology

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) The agreement is signed after the bilateral meeting between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

PH GDP Growth, Mocha on Trudeau, Duterte and Li | Midday wRap

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Protesters in Bacolod question 'huge budget' for ASEAN Summit

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:48 PM

In Bacolod City, about a hundred protesters troop to the Fountain of Justice for the national coordinated protest against US President Donald Trump, one of the leaders attending the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings in Manila

ANTI-TRUMP RALLY. About 100 rallyists in Bacolod City troop to the Fountain of Justice on November 14, 2017, for the national coordinated anti-Trump protest. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Duterte vows 'fair trial' for Russians charged with drug smuggling

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:20 AM

During their meeting, President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev witness the signing of several bilateral documents, including an extradition treaty, and a business deal

BILATERAL TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet at the Coconut Palace on November 13, 2017. Photo credit: ASEAN Media Pool

IN PHOTOS: Baguio City ushers Halloween with 'Karkarna Ti Rabii'

Oct 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Kapres, mananaggals, and other creatures in Philippine folklore come alive in the streets of Baguio

Senators in UK to 'discuss, improve' bilateral ties under Duterte

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III leads the delegation, composed of 7 other senators, including Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

UK VISIT. Senators are in the United Kingdom to discuss and 'improve' ties between the two countries. Photo from Pimentel's office

U.S. agents close Russian trade mission, Moscow protests

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED The spat between the two nuclear armed powers is another blow to US President Donald Trump s pledge to try to improve relations with Russia s Vladimir Putin

CLOSURE. Black smoke billows from a chimney on top of the Russian consulate on September 1, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Phoenix's Deck d'Arcy on 'Ti Amo' and coming back to Manila

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:20 PM

The Phoenix bassist talks to Rappler about their love of Italy and what has been described as the band s sweetest album yet

PHOENIX. Christian Mazzalai, Laurent Brancowitz, Thomas Mars, and Deck d’Arcy are coming back to Manila as part of their ‘Ti Amo’ tour. Photo by Emma Le Doyen/ Studio Mitsu

Raul Castro warns of 'a setback' in U.S.-Cuba relations

Jul 15, 2017 - 10:17 AM

Cuban President Raul Castro criticizes Donald Trump s partial rollback of his predecessor Barack Obama s rapprochement with the communist island

SETBACK. Cuban President Raul Castro participates in the Permanent Working Committees of the National Assembly of the People's Power in Havana, on July 14, 2017. Photo by Jorge Beltran/AFP

PH hails ties with China on year 1 of Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Philippines calls itself a regional peacemaker after adopting positive neighborly relations with China

WARMER TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Philippine leader's visit to China in May 2017. Photo from Presidential Photo

Dutertismo and the West Philippine Sea: Year One

Jun 30, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Despite its apparent benefits Duterte s policy has not generated any assurance that China will not impose itself and its pre emptive claim over waters and resources that legally pertain to the Philippines

Pimentel, 8 other senators fly to France to strengthen PH-EU ties

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:14 AM

This comes amid President Rodrigo Duterte s criticism of the European Union for criticizing human rights violations and his bloody drug war

PH-EU TIES. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III is set to fly to France to strengthen Philippines' ties with the nation and with the European Union. File photo from the French Embassy in Manila

Cuba denounces Trump policy changes but is open to dialogue

Jun 17, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Havana decries the hostile rhetoric that recalls the time of open confrontation and the return to the coercive methods of the past

The Cuban flag, on October 18, 2012 in Havana. Stringer/AFP

Trump revamps Obama-era Cuba deal, turns heat up on regime

Jun 17, 2017 - 9:35 AM

US President Donald Trump s review of the deal is limited He will not break the diplomatic ties Barack Obama worked so carefully to restore nor does he plan to impose new trade sanctions

REVAMP. US President Donald Trump has denounced his predecessor's 'one-sided' settlement and pledge to work for Cuba's freedom. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Arab nations cut ties with Qatar in major diplomatic crisis

Jun 05, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Qatar denies any support for extremists and accuses its Gulf neighbors of seeking to put the country under guardianship

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. File photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

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


Duterte aboard Varyag: 'Russia is with me'

Apr 21, 2017 - 5:17 PM

I shall not be afraid declares the Philippine president given Russia s latest gesture of friendship

PRESIDENTIAL VISIT. President Duterte at the South Harbor in Manila

PH, Bahrain ink agreements to boost trade, investments

Apr 14, 2017 - 1:06 PM

Bahrain s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and President Rodrigo Duterte witness the signing of the agreements after their bilateral meeting at Sakhir Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa as he walks past the honor guards upon his arrival at the Bahrain International Airport on April 12, 2017. Bahrain is the second leg of the President's series of visits to three countries in the Middle East after he has made a successful visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Malacañan Photo

Duterte, Chinese vice premier affirm PH-China ties

Mar 18, 2017 - 12:48 PM

The two officials affirm their countries commitment to previously signed deals but leave out any discussion on China s interest in Benham Rise

AFFIRMING FRIENDSHIP. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Vice-Premier of the State Council of China Wang Yang on March 17, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Duterte on Chinese New Year: Let's 'fortify' Fil-Chinese ties

Jan 27, 2017 - 5:00 PM

May all of us develop a more profound appreciation of our heritage as two distinct yet intertwined peoples says President Duterte

FRIENDSHIP. Chinese pupils hold the flags of the Philippines and China during President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to China last October. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defense ties amid China challenge

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Japan will actively encourage cooperation on maritime security and encourage the development of the remote islands of Indonesia

BILATERAL TIES. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) chat during their meeting at the presidential palace in Bogor on January 15, 2017. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

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