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IN PHOTOS: PH, Australian troops train in urban warfare

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Fighting terrorism is the main concern among leaders who attended the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits held in Manila

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

LOOK: What First Ladies wore at the 31st ASEAN Summit

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

This is how First Ladies dress on the world stage

STATE STYLE. The spouses of ASEAN leaders make interesting fashion choices at the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo from

China wins vs U.S. at ASEAN Summit but loses on publicity

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

China gets things done in areas that matter – trade and security. It champions free trade and practically silences protests over its aggression in the South China Sea.

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Trump: I fixed ties with PH, a 'most prime real estate' militarily

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:20 AM

"[In] the Philippines, we just could not have been treated nicer....The relationship with the past administration was horrible, to use a nice word,' says US President Donald Trump

'BETTER' PH-US TIES. US President Donald Trump exchange pleasantries with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Russell Palma/ ASEAN Pool Photo

PH, foreign performers react to canceled ASEAN Music Festival

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:02 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Filipino and foreign performers who were at the festival – Ben&Ben, The Ransom Collective, Nading Rhapsody, and more – speak up about the cancellation

BEN&BEN. The Filipino folk-pop band is among the acts that were part of the ASEAN Music Festival lineup. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte after ASEAN Summit: 'Everybody is scared' of terrorism

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:09 PM

'Half of the time, we discussed the issue of terrorism. Everybody is scared,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

URBAN WARFARE. The Philippine military fought ISIS-linked armed groups in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ASEAN NGOs decry rights atrocities, inequitable policies in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:16 PM

'An important element of the discussions is to really strengthen the solidarity of the peoples among Southeast Asia'

UNITED IN SOLIDARITY. Representatives from different civil society movements in the ASEAN region gathered at the People Power Monument as a sign of protest to the current ASEAN policies

Trudeau wants justice for Canadians beheaded by Abu Sayyaf

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Philippine authorities have informed them that most of those involved in the beheading of Canadian citizens John Ridsdel and Robert Hall have been killed in military operations

NO-RANSOM POLICY. Canadian Priime minister upholds Canada's no-ransom policy

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

Trump congratulates PH military for Marawi liberation

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:23 PM

In his bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, US President Donald Trump also vowed assistance in rehabilitating Marawi and in fighting remaining terrorists in the country

FACE TO FACE. US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

PH, Australia commit to strengthen cooperation vs terrorism

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:42 PM

AFP chief of staff General Rey Guerrero presents the capabilities and concerns of the Philippine military in fighting terrorism, particularly the threat from ISIS

COOPERATION. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commits to strengthen ties with the Philippine military. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Eint Chit, Nading Rhapsody, Nimith & Sophea

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:53 PM

These Southeast Asian acts are jamming at Rappler HQ before the ASEAN Music Festival!

Get to know Beverly Caimen, Japan's Filipina singing sensation

Nov 13, 2017 - 5:07 PM

Among the biggest talents in the country, a young Filipina singer performs at the ASEAN gala dinner at the invitation of President Rodrigo Duterte himself

SINGING SENSATION. Beverly Caimen is pictured with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, president Rodrigo Duterte, and their partners Akie and Honeylet, when she performed at Duterte’s Tokyo visit last October. Screengrab from

WATCH: Who were the artists who performed at the ASEAN gala dinner?

Nov 13, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Pilita Corrales, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Darren Espanto, Elha Nympha and more perform for leaders at the 31st ASEAN gala dinner

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 13, 2017

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:40 AM

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IN PHOTOS: Activists protest Trump's visit in PH

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Militant groups and youth organizations sneak past police security to burn a flag near the US Embassy and hold a lightning rally at the in SM Mall of Asia

BAN TRUMP. Various protest groups held a rally near the US Embassy to protest US Pesident Donad Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Leader's Summit on Sunday, November 12. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: World leaders wear barongs, Filipiniana gowns for ASEAN gala dinner

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

See heads of state dressed in their best Filipino formal wear for the gala dinner of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila

Maria Isabel Lopez draws flak for driving on ASEAN lane

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:16 PM

'Sorry to those who got hurt and affected', Lopez apologizes in a Facebook post

TRAFFIC VIOLATION. Maria Isabel Lopez breached the ASEAN lane in EDSA on November 11, Saturday, to escape traffic

Duterte calls for stronger ties between APEC, ASEAN

Nov 11, 2017 - 4:07 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at an informal dialogue that is the first of its kind between APEC and ASEAN

INFORMAL DIALOGUE. President Rodrigo Duterte consults Special Assistant to the President Bong Go after the APEC and ASEAN Informal Dialogue at the Furama Resort in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cambodian PM invites Marian Rivera to ASEAN Summit 2017

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:26 AM

The 'Super Ma'am' actress is attending an event on Saturday, November 11, with husband Dingdong Dantes to meet Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen

Return Balangiga bells, Trump told ahead of PH trip

Nov 09, 2017 - 11:07 AM

'At the end of the day, that is not owned by the United States or the Philippines. It's owned by the Catholic Church,' ex-DFA chief Roberto Romulo tells Rappler

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. US President Donald Trump can order the US armed forces to return the Balangiga bells, ex-Philippine foreign secretary Roberto Romulo says. File photo by AFP

Del Rosario urges U.S. to concretize help for ASEAN

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:40 PM

America's 'pivot to Asia' was 'unfortunately not a focused one,' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

ASEAN CONFERENCE. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario hosts an ASEAN conference on November 8, 2017, ahead of the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Del Rosario hits 'lack of leadership' in ASEAN

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:27 PM

'In a broader context, one can say that ASEAN is adrift,' former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says ahead of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario in a speech on November 8, 2017, calls on ASEAN to exercise stronger leadership by emphasizing the rule of law. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PH sends off 60,000 security personnel for ASEAN Summit

Nov 05, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The Philippine government is 'ready and equipped' for the summit

7 in 10 Filipinos trust Trump in int'l affairs – Pew Research

Nov 05, 2017 - 9:09 AM

The Philippines tops 37 surveyed Asian countries in trusting the United States President on world affairs

TRUSTED. Most Filipinos trust US president Donald Trump, a US-based think tank found. AFP photo

PNP imposes gun ban from November 1 to 15

Nov 01, 2017 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) The expanded PNP circular bans the bearing for firearms in public in Metro Manila, Region 3 and Region 4-A. This suspends all permits to carry firearms outside residences

GUNS PROHIBITED. The PNP imposes a gun ban for the first half of November, which covers Undas and the ASEAN Summit.

LIST: Road closures on Sunday, October 29

Oct 27, 2017 - 3:21 PM

This is for the final vehicle convoy dry run for the ASEAN Summit in November

LIST: Roads to avoid on Sunday, October 22

Oct 20, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Authorities advise motorists to plan routes ahead of the 4th ASEAN convoy dry run which will begin in the morning and may last until early evening

PRACTICE RUNS. Convoys will disrupt traffic on October 22, 2017, in preparation for the ASEAN Summit in November. Rappler file photo

Marawi, transport strike, Duterte and Trump | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Maria Ressa

AFP, Duterte and Trump, neutron stars | Midday wRap

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

MAP: Avoid these roads on Sunday, October 15

Oct 13, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Traffic management preparations for the ASEAN summit are expected to disrupt traffic flow along major roads and streets on Sunday, October 15

Trump visit 'underscores improving PH-US ties' – Malacañang

Sep 30, 2017 - 1:04 PM

'President Duterte is looking forward to welcome the US President in Manila,' Malacañang says a day after the White House announced President Donald Trump's attendance to the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings

PH VISIT. US President Donald Trump will join other leaders in the Philippines for the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings in November 2017.  File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

ASEAN lawmakers call for 'peaceful' solution to maritime dispute

Apr 30, 2017 - 9:25 PM

In solving the sea row the 38th AIPA General Assembly says member countries must exercise self restraint in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law including UNCLOS

ONE REGION. Heads of parliaments from the 10 members of AIPA took a break from their Preparatory Meeting held in Makati Shangri-La on April 28 to link hands as a show of unity and cooperation. Photo from the House of Representatives

Duterte to 'skip' arbitral ruling during ASEAN summit

Apr 27, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The Philippine President says the Hague ruling is a non issue and should be discussed only between the Philippines and China

ASEAN CHAIRMAN. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the final briefing on the 30th ASEAN Summit in Malacañang. Photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential photo

Metro Manila traffic rerouting for ASEAN 2017

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:49 PM

Check out the rerouting scheme from April 26 to 29 while the CCP Complex is closed to the public for the 2017 ASEAN Summit

TAKING ALTERNATE ROUTES. Traffic rerouting will be implemented in Pasay City and Makati City on April 26 to 29 for the ASEAN Summit 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Apr 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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#AnimatED: Lessons Duterte can draw from ASEAN

Apr 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

As President Duterte hosts this summit we hope he comes face to face with the value of consultation of listening to views contrary to his and of spending time to talk to people

PH security officials: We can't fail ASEAN Summit

Apr 23, 2017 - 5:06 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa uses the NBA playoffs to explain the importance of the task at hand

ASEAN SECURITY. Over 41,000 personnel – from the military, police, and other government agencies – will be tasked with security and safety during the ASEAN summit. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

House to host 38th AIPA General Assembly

Apr 22, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Quirino Representative Dakila Cua says the House will be tasked to draft committee resolutions involving matters of common interest to member states including regional cooperation security and economics

ALONGSIDE THE ASEAN. The AIPA presidency was turned over to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez by 37th AIPA General Assembly president and Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Winn Khaing of Myanmar.

Metro Manila traffic rerouting for ASEAN 2017

Apr 21, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Check out the rerouting scheme from April 26 to 29 while the CCP Complex is closed to the public for the 2017 ASEAN Summit

TAKING ALTERNATE ROUTES. Traffic rerouting will be implemented in Pasay City and Makati City on April 26 to 29 for the ASEAN Summit 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

ASEAN host Philippines won't raise ruling vs China

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr stresses the Philippines pragmatic approach toward the West Philippine Sea dispute

HOSTING ASEAN. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says on January 11, 2016, that 'there is really no useful benefit' if the Philippines raises Manila's legal victory against Beijing during the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

ASEAN 2017 eyes framework on South China Sea code of conduct

Jan 05, 2017 - 6:46 PM

On the year the Philippines chairs ASEAN the bloc aims to finish the framework of a legally binding document governing settlement of disputes in the South China Sea

ASEAN'S CHALLENGE. President Rodrigo Duterte accepts the chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017 during the 2016 ASEAN Summit held in Laos. Photo from PPD

Obama successor, Trudeau, Abe to be invited to ASEAN Summit 2017

Aug 31, 2016 - 8:36 PM

The organizing committee plans to invite leaders of non ASEAN states – US Canada Japan South Korea China – since it will be ASEAN s 50th anniversary

WORLD STAGE. ASEAN Summit 2017'S organizing committee plans to invite (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, Japan's Shinzo Abe, SoKor's Park, and China's Xi Jinping. Photos of Trudeau by Rappler, Abe by Khaled Elfiqi/EPA, Park by Bagus Indahono/EPA, and Xi by Fred Dufour/EPA