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China 'shocked' by PH boat collision, opposes 'politicization' of incident

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:51 PM

'Our thoughts and prayers go out to the missing crew members and passengers. We sincerely hope all of them could be rescued at the earliest,' says the China embassy in the Philippines

CAPSIZED. The upturned hull of Philippine fishing boat Liberty 5 spotted on June 28, 2020, after it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

U.S. embassy cancels immigrant, non-immigrant visa interviews until June 11

May 28, 2020 - 6:38 PM

The United States embassy in Manila is unable to provide a specific date when it will resume visa services, but hopes to do so 'as soon as possible'

US Embassy in Manila. File photo from AFP.

U.S. delivers P10 million worth of medical supplies, PPE sets to PH

May 19, 2020 - 3:22 PM

10 provinces are the beneficiaries of this latest assistance from the US

The U.S. Embassy said that it has delivered about $200,000 (Php10 Million) worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to hospitals in ten provinces. Photo courtesy of US Embassy Manila

Australia extends application for Australia Awards Scholarships

May 16, 2020 - 11:14 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The deadline for the submission of applications is on June 30, 2020

Cuban embassy in Washington DC struck by gunfire; police arrest suspect

May 01, 2020 - 1:57 PM

While the suspect was arrested by Washington police, the investigation also includes the Secret Service, which is involved in assuring the security of foreign diplomats and embassies

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Police investigate the scene where a shooter opened fire on the Cuban Embassy on April 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. According to authorities, no injuries have been reported after a gunman used an assault rifle to open fire on the embassy early on Thursday morning. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/AFP Sarah Silbiger / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Man arrested after opening fire on Cuban embassy in Washington

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mission staff was not injured and is safe. Investigation is in progress,' Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez says

[OPINION] Our enduring partnership: Working together to defeat the coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:12 PM

'To succeed against this pandemic, we all have a role to play: government, business, individuals. The Philippines can count on continued support from the US government, US businesses, and our incredible exchange alumni.'

Photo by Toto Lozano

'Iisang Dagat': China embassy pens song of 'friendship' with PH during coronavirus crisis

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:46 AM

The song comes with a music video showcasing assistance and messages of thanks from Philippine officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte. Meanwhile, China continues to assert its claims in the West Philippine Sea.

ONE SEA? The China embassy releases a song and music video showing the Philippines and China's partnership amid the coroanvirus pandemic. Screenshot from "Iisang Dagat' music video

Canadian Embassy in Philippines announces sweeper flight for April 17

Apr 12, 2020 - 2:21 PM

The embassy says it may have more flights out of the Philippines 'if there's enough demand'

Photo from Embassy of Canada in the Philippines Facebook page

China disowns defective coronavirus test kits in PH

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after the Department of Health (DOH) said that test kits from China were only 40% accurate

TEST KITS. Thousands of aid packages donated by China are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on March 21, 2020. The donation includes assorted medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and testing kits for coronavirus. Palace photo

PH embassy, consulate in UAE implement measures vs coronavirus

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:48 PM

All clients will undergo thermal screening, with those having body temperature higher than 37°C to be asked to come another day and consult a doctor

Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. - The United Arab Emirates announced the first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the Middle East, with a four-member Chinese family from Wuhan found to be infected. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Suicide attackers hit outside U.S. embassy in Tunis

Mar 06, 2020 - 7:47 PM

The latest attack comes despite a state of emergency imposed in the North African nation in 2015 following a string of bloody assaults claimed by the Islamic State group

AFTERMATH. Police and forensic experts gather at the scene of an explosion near the US embassy in the Tunisian capital Tunis on March 6, 2020. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

FALSE: U.S. embassy 'suspends' tourist visas due to virus, VFA scrapping

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The United States embassy in the Philippines denies issuing such an advisory. The screenshot supposedly from the embassy's website also contains spelling errors.

U.S. embassy in PH denies suspending visa applications

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:37 PM

The US embassy in the Philippines refutes misinformation it revoked tourist visas due to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus and Duterte's threats to end the VFA

NO SUSPENSION. The US Embassy in Manila denies claims it would cancel tourist visas over the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak and President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement. File photo by AFP

U.S. embassy in PH issues security alert following rising tension in Middle East

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The United States Embassy says heightened tension in the Middle East may bring security risks to Americans living abroad

US EMBASSY. The US Embassy in the Philippines advises Americans in the country to keep a low profile amid rising tensions in the Middle East. File photo by AFP

11 Philippine groups to get Canada Fund backing in 2020

Jan 07, 2020 - 2:05 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Canada Fund is a program run by the Canadian embassy, which provides financial aid for projects that promote inclusive governance in the Philippines

300 Filipinos evacuated as Australia bushfires rage

Jan 06, 2020 - 12:15 PM

The Philippine embassy in Canberra says Filipinos living in East Gippsland, Victoria, were evacuated to Bairnsdale City as a precautionary measure

DEADLY FIRE. This picture taken on December 31, 2019 shows a firefighter hosing down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

Robredo to seek help of U.S. intelligence to go after drug lords

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'The problem of drugs is not unique to us. We won’t be able to solve this on our own. We really need to work with other countries, especially those near us,' the Vice President says

NOT JUST WITH U.S. Vice President Leni Robredo continues consulting with various local and international groups on how to reform President Rodrigo Duerte's drug war. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.S. embassy closed November 1

Oct 31, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The US embassy in Manila and its affiliated offices will resume regular services on Monday, November 4

US EMBASSY IN MANILA. The US Embassy in Manila will be closed on November 1, 2019 in observance of All Saints' Day. File photo by AFP

U.S. embassy closed October 14

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Regular services will resume on October 15, 2019

US EMBASSY IN MANILA. The US Embassy in Manila will be closed on October 14, 2019 in observance of Columbus Day. File photo by AFP

U.S. 'ready to assist' in search for missing plane, pilot in Aurora

Aug 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

'We've been in touch with Philippine authorities to determine what assistance is needed and how we can help,' the embassy says

SEARCH FOR PLANE. Foreign Secretary Teddyboy Locsin gets help from the United States in the search of a missing plane and its pilot in Aurora. Background photo of Baler, Aurora from Shutterstock

[OPINION] Sometimes the truth leaks out in the effort to conceal it

Jun 15, 2019 - 1:02 PM

China's statement concludes that the alleged facts show that it was not a 'hit-and-run' incident. Actually, the effect is the opposite: it even makes the narrative even more like a vehicular hit-and-run

China takes down statement on Facebook about PH sinking boat

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) Here is the full, unedited text of the Chinese embassy's statement on the sinking of a Philippine boat in the West Philippine Sea

SURVIVORS. Fishermen of the Filipino fishing boat Gim-ver reunite with their families on June 14, 2019, nearly a week after an ordeal with a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. immigration agency to close Manila field office

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) The US embassy in Manila 'will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided' by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services

FIELD OFFICE. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services is set to close its field office in Manila. Image from Shutterstock

U.S. authorities arrest man linked to North Korea embassy raid

Apr 20, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A dissident organization known as the Cheollima Civil Defense says it orchestrated the February 22 embassy raid to highlight illicit activities rampant in North Korea's foreign missions

NORTH KOREA. The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. File photo by Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

China denies Panelo statement on illegal Chinese workers

Feb 28, 2019 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) China refutes Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo who said Beijing will adopt a 'tit-for-tat' approach if the Philippines 'recklessly' deports Chinese workers

CHINESE AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th founding anniversary celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc at the Manila Hotel on February 19, 2018. Malacañang file photo

LOOK: Philippines marks 65th year of German ties with new model embassy

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:34 AM

The 7-story structure stands among Germany’s government buildings in Mitte, the central district of Berlin

FOREIGN Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr delivers a speech at the inauguration of the Philippine embassy in Berlin on February 18, 2019. Photo by Carol Ramoran /Rappler

In rare move, U.S. stresses need for due process in Maria Ressa case

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) The United States, in a rare statement on a domestic controversy, says it hopes the cyber libel case against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa 'will be resolved quickly'

POSTING BAIL. Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa speaks to the media at the Manila Regional Trial Court after posting bail for her cyber libel case on February 14, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Brazil embassy move to Jerusalem a question of 'when' not 'if' – Netanyahu

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says President-elect Jair Bolsonaro assured him of the move

THE MOVE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Brazil will be moving its embassy from Israel to Jerusalem. Photo from Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

U.S. embassy closed on December 24 and 25

Dec 21, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The US embassy and its affiliated offices will resume services on Wednesday, December 26

Commuters pass in front of the highly-secured US embassy in Manila on July 6, 2013. The United States issued a warning against travel to the southern Philippines, the embassy said, just days after Australia and Canada issued a similar advisory to their citizens, citing threats from criminal gangs and terrorist groups in the south, but not specifying any threat. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

U.S. embassy in DR Congo warns of 'possible terrorist threat'

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:33 PM

American authorities urge its citizens to 'keep a low profile' as crucial election in the crisis-gripped central African nation approaches

U.S. starts process to return Balangiga Bells to PH

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:48 AM

(UPDATED) The United States confirms a November 14 ceremony in Wyoming 'marking the beginning of the process to return the Balangiga Bells' to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo from Wikipedia

Filipinos can now apply as assistant language teachers in Japan

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for submitting application materials for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme is January 7, 2019

How Turkey says the Khashoggi murder happened

Oct 24, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Here's a timeline of how the Khashoggi murder unfolded according to Turkey's president

Turkish police officers stand guard as they cordon off the area around an underground car park on October 22, 2018 in Istanbul, as forensics and investigation officers came to check a Saudi diplomatic vehicle. Turkey on Monday said that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was "savagely planned" as pro-government media published new claims targeting powerful Crown Prince over the killing. OZAN KOSE / AFP

U.S. downgrades Palestinian mission into Israel embassy

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:02 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the consulate general, a separate office which handled dealings with the Palestinians, is replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem

DOWNGRADE. The sign for the Office of the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission is taken down marking the office's closure in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

House panel recommends criminal charges vs cops in US embassy dispersal

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The House committee on human rights also recommends that all cops be required to undergo human rights education and training

Several protesters lie on the street after being hit by a police vehicle during a protest outside the US embassy in Manila, October 19, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

Canada to fund 9 projects for women, girls in Philippines

Oct 07, 2018 - 4:42 PM

'When women and girls are empowered to reach their full potential, this directly benefits their families, their communities, and their country,' says Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines John Holmes

CANADA FUND. Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines John Holmes (2nd from left, seated) meets with project leads of the Canada Fund partner organizations. Photo courtesy of Canadian embassy

Chinese embassy gifts Davao City with 13 schoolbuildings

Oct 06, 2018 - 4:53 PM

'The donation is a sincere appreciation to President Duterte’s policy on China,' says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

Finalists for the 2018 Asian International Children’s Film Festival to fly to Japan

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:35 AM

High school students from all over the Philippines submitted 3-minute film entries under the theme “Self-Responsibility"

U.S. embassy officer visits Trillanes in Senate office

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, however, refuses to confirm or deny the visit

Sen. Trillanes with Tindig Pilipinas convenors. A prayer was offered by former Education Secretary Armin Luistro. Also present is entertainer Leah Navarro. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Man throws explosive device by U.S. embassy in Cairo

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:08 PM

No one was wounded in the explosion and no significant damage was caused, security and judicial sources say, without specifying the type of device involved

DFA to open 14 embassies, consulates in 5 years

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs plans to open embassies in Sweden, Ireland, and Colombia, and consulates general in Barcelona, Nagoya, and Melbourne

FACING SENATORS. The Department of Foreign Affairs, led by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, faces senators during their budget hearing at the Senate on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

Shots fired at U.S. embassy in Ankara, no casualties

Aug 20, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Six shots were fired at the embassy with 3 bullets hitting the iron gate and exterior wall, the Ankara governor's office said, indicating there were 'no casualties'

Australia, UNDP, PhilDev launch mentorship for social enterprises

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:23 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The application period for the Innovation for Social Impact Accelerator Program ends on August 8, 2018

U.S., France slam Basilan car blast as terror act

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'We join the Philippine government in condemning this terrorist act in the strongest terms,' says United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

COUNTERTERRORISM. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim speaks in a press conference on September 26, 2017, about a counterterrorism drill with the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Chinese man sets off explosive outside U.S. embassy

Jul 26, 2018 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) The explosion is set off by a man from China's Inner Mongolia region surnamed Jiang, police say, adding that his injuries are not life-threatening

US EMBASSY. Security officials (C, in black) work at the scene of a blast outside the US embassy in Beijing on July 26, 2018 following a blast near the embassy premises. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

200 OFW 'baby cases' in Dubai in Q1 2018 – PH consulate

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:14 PM

'They know the culture. They know the rules. They know it’s illegal, yet they still do it,' says Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi

U.S. hails arrests of 2 convicts in U.S. Marine's murder

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The US embassy says Galiciano Datu III and Crispin dela Paz, who were convicted for the high-profile 2012 murder of US Marine George Anikow, have been arrested

HAILING ARRESTS The US embassy in Manila hails the arrests of two suspects in the 2012 murder of a US Marine. File photo by AFP

China allows Filipinos to fish in Panatag 'out of goodwill'

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:18 AM

(UPDATED) The Chinese embassy says China Coast Guard personnel 'have always acted in accordance with the law,' even as a television report shows them taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Protesters troop to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2018, the eve of Independence Day, to protest harassment of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler