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New envoy in Syria to revive U.N. mediation efforts

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Geir Pedersen, who replaces Staffan de Mistura, is the fourth negotiator to have been appointed UN special envoy to Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011

NEW ENVOY. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 15, 2019 shows Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (R) meeting with the new United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen in the capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

Top U.S. envoy to anti-ISIS coalition resigns

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Brett McGurk describes President Donald Trump's move to withdraw troops from Syria as a 'shock' and 'complete reversal of policy'

Ramon Tulfo named special envoy for public diplomacy to China

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The controversial broadcaster will serve the post for 6 months

UN Syria envoy 'ready to go to Idlib' to help civilians leave

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:55 PM

A major military operation in Idlib would pose a particular humanitarian nightmare because there is no opposition territory left in Syria where people could be evacuated to

STAFFAN DE MISTURA. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Duterte taps Martin Andanar's father as special envoy to Malaysia

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Wencelito Andanar, a DILG undersecretary during the Arroyo administration, will serve in his new post for 6 months

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Duterte special envoy short-listed for top WHO post

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Dr Susan Mercado is among 4 nominees vying for the position of the World Health Organization's Western Pacific Regional Director

SHORTLIST. Dr Susan Mercado makes the shortlist for a top position in the World Health Organization. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

In Iraq, Angelina Jolie calls for focus on conflict prevention

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:25 AM

It is Jolie's third visit to the camp as UNHCR special envoy, after previous visits in 2012 and 2016

CONFLICT PREVENTION. UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie speaks during a news conference in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region on May 17, 2018. Photo by AFP

Duterte on Edgardo Angara: 'Tagapagtanggol sa bunganga ko'

May 15, 2018 - 10:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'Pang-diplomat talaga, which I can never be one, ever,' says President Rodrigo Duterte of the late Edgardo Angara, his former special envoy to the EU

ANGARA'S WAKE. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of his late special envoy to the EU, Edgardo Angara, past midnight on May 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte names Abdullah Mamao as special envoy to Kuwait

May 08, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Newly appointed Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mamao, a San Beda law graduate, is the presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers

DUTERTE ADVISER. President Rodrigo Duterte greets one of the attendees during the turnover ceremony of the proposed BBL in Malacañang on July 17 2017. Also in the photo are (partly hidden) TESDA Director Guiling Mamondiong and President Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao. Malacañang file photo

U.S. expels 60 Russians as allies back Britain in spy row

Mar 26, 2018 - 10:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Canada, Ukraine, Albania, Australia, and most European Union states match the United States' move with smaller-scale expulsions, after Britain urged allies to respond to the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal

Nikki Teodoro named special envoy to UNICEF

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Former Tarlac representative Nikki Teodoro, wife of former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, will serve as President Rodrigo Duterte's representative to the United Nations Children's Fund

Sereno on impeachment, Cayetano on Manalo, Quiboloy denies detention | Evening wRap

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:08 PM

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PH 'committed to peace,' Duterte tells Norway envoy

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Norwegian special envoy Idun Tvedt stresses Norway's commitment 'to assist the Philippines in its peace process' with communist rebels

COMMITTED TO PEACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomes Norwegian Special Envoy to the Peace Process Between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Idun Tvedt as the latter paid a courtesy call on the President at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on February 15, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Iglesia ni Cristo system can help Filipinos abroad – Cayetano

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo has 'churches in several countries around the world' and a system of coordinating with government to attend to complaints of overseas Filipinos, says the DFA chief

SPECIAL ENVOY. Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo is the first INC leader to be appointed to a government position. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Philippines on China, Malacanang on Manalo, Quiboloy detained in Hawaii | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Separation of church, state even with Manalo appointment – Malacañang

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo was picked as President Rodrigo Duterte's special envoy because of his 'established network' among overseas Filipinos, says Malacañang

Malacanang on Benham Rise, Kuwait slams deployment ban, Manalo as OFW envoy | Evening wRap

Feb 14, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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New batch of 27 Filipino Chevening scholars off to UK

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:01 AM

UPDATED The new UK envoy to the Philippines Daniel Pruce greets Chevening scholars and alumni in Filipino

BATCH 2017-2018. UK ambassador Daniel Pruce leads a send off ceremony for the latest batch of British Chevening scholars on August 16

Duterte appoints ex-Senate President Angara as special envoy to EU

May 17, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Edgardo Angara is the second former lawmaker President Duterte has appointed as special envoy

Duterte envoy De Venecia proposes joint development with China

May 14, 2017 - 4:35 PM

At the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing Duterte envoy Jose de Venecia Jr suggests turning the South China Sea into a zone of friendship

'POTENTIAL FOR PEACE.' Duterte's special envoy and former House Speaker Jose De Venecia proposes joint development of oil and natural gas in the South China Sea. Image from BRI livestream

Duterte appoints ex-Speaker Jose de Venecia as special envoy

May 09, 2017 - 11:20 AM

UPDATED The 80 year old former Pangasinan lawmaker is back in government after a long break from politics

NEW DUTERTE APPOINTEE. President Rodrigo Duterte with former speaker Jose de Venecia Jr after they met in Malacanang on March 7, 2017. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

PH hails US for naming 'Asian' envoy to Manila

Nov 05, 2016 - 2:46 PM

I m sure it s some form of signal that they want to be on a better cultural footing Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

US ENVOY. Incoming US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and his wife, Jae Eun, look on as US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at a swearing-in ceremony for Kim on November 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of the US State Department

Rodrigo Duterte, Fidel Ramos, Clinton-Trump | 12PM wRap

Nov 02, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Duterte confirms Ramos resignation as special envoy to China

Nov 02, 2016 - 12:41 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he s still open to consulting former president Fidel Ramos in the future but adds that he has his own way of assessing issues

RESIGNATION. Former president Fidel Ramos has resigned as the government's special envoy to China. Rappler file photo

Fidel Ramos, Clinton-Trump, Imelda Schweighart | 12PM wRap

Nov 01, 2016 - 12:49 PM

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Ramos resigns as Duterte's special envoy to China

Oct 31, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the Palace has not received former president Fidel V Ramos resignation from this position

RAMOS RESIGNS. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with former president Fidel V. Ramos during the Testimonial Dinner Reception organized by the San Beda Law Alumni Association on July 14, 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

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

Teddy Locsin Jr appointed as PH representative to UN

Sep 18, 2016 - 1:51 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confirms that former Makati representative Teodoro Locsin Jr accepted the position after meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte

NSC to Ramos: Begin China talks with 'things we agree on'

Jul 29, 2016 - 3:08 PM

The National Security Council chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte gives the guiding principles for former president Fidel Ramos mission to Beijing

BEIJING MISSION. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Former President Fidel V. Ramos during the Testimonial Dinner Reception organized by the San Beda Law Alumni Association at Club Filipino in San Juan City, Manila on July 14, 2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Duterte to tap Alunan as envoy to China if Ramos declines

Jul 22, 2016 - 4:53 PM

Rafael Alunan III was interior secretary under Ramos administration and was among the senatorial candidates Duterte endorsed during the 2016 elections

File photo of Rafael Alunan III by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

China urges Indonesia to release crew after sea confrontation

Mar 21, 2016 - 4:43 PM

8 crew members of the Chinese fishing vessel were detained before the coastguards intervened a Chinese envoy said and urged Jakarta to let them go

Surveillance vessels chased and caught a Chinese fishing boat allegedly operating in waters near the Indonesian Natuna Islands without a permit. File photo by AFP/Therence Koh

Comelec debate, Obama in Cuba, Indonesia vs China | 12PM wRap

Mar 21, 2016 - 1:53 PM

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Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation

Mar 20, 2016 - 11:16 PM

We respect a big country like China and China should also respect the sovereignty of Indonesia and respect that we are at war with illegal fishing

SEIZED BOATS. A Chinese fisherman sits atop one of the 3 seized Chinese fishing boats at the military port in southern Zamboanga City in March 2007. AFP PHOTO/THERENCE KOH

UN envoy warns of eroding freedoms in S. Korea

Jan 29, 2016 - 5:30 PM

I find that space for exercising the right to peaceful assembly has been shrinking over the past few years UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai says

PROTEST. South Korean protesters scuffle with police as they march towards the presidential residence during a rally for victims of the sunken Sewol ferry and against the South Korean government's policy, in Seoul, South Korea, 18 April 2015. The protesters gather to demand the vessel's recovery and resignation of South Korean president Park Geun-Hye. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Ease foreign restrictions to develop renewable energy – EU ambassador

Aug 02, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Relaxing restrictions such as the 60 40 rule on foreign ownership will help spur investment in renewable energy projects says EU ambassador Guy Ledoux

Cebu street child story gets UN education envoy’s attention

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Former UK prime minister Gordon Brown says the story of Daniel highlights the great paradox of global education today: more young people want to learn but adults aren t making this possible

WONDER BOY. The young boy studies in deep concentration along one of the sidewalks in Cebu City. Photo from Joyce Torrefranca's Facebook account

Diplomats speak of Pakistan helicopter crash terror

May 10, 2015 - 1:23 AM

Testimonies of diplomats from Malaysia Argentina and the Netherlands unequivocally bolster government and eyewitness statements that the disaster was an accident rather than an act of terrorism

VIGIL. Pakistani Muslims and Christians hold candles during a vigil for the victims of an army helicopter crash, in Islamabad on May 9, 2015. Aamir Qureshi/AFP

PH, Norway envoys killed in Pakistan chopper crash

May 08, 2015 - 4:44 PM

3rd UPDATE The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it is deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Ambassador Domingo Lucenario Jr

FILIPINO ENVOY. Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan delivers a lecture for the Department of Foreign Affairs Foreign Service Institute on September 4, 2014. He is reportedly killed in a chopper crash. File photo from DFA-FSI

ISIS says it bombed Iran envoy's Tripoli residence

Feb 23, 2015 - 12:42 AM

No one was hurt in the attack which the jihadist group claimed responsibility for in a statement on Twitter

ENEMY LINE. A flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

Malaysian diplomat denies sexual assault in New Zealand

Nov 21, 2014 - 11:14 AM

Muhammad Rizalman Ismail denies allegations of burglary and assault with intent to commit sexual violation filed against him by a 21 year old Wellington resident

This general view shows the exterior wall of the High Commission of Malaysia building in Wellington on July 1, 2014. Neil Sands/AFP

US envoy sees 'first tangible signs' Ebola will be beaten

Oct 31, 2014 - 12:15 AM

We stand at a historic juncture We face the greatest public health crisis ever

EBOLA . UNICEF says Ebola is profoundly affecting the lives of children in Liberia, where the disease left 600 of them orphans. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Rappler Newscast | July 2, 2014

Jul 02, 2014 - 9:25 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago has lung cancer A Filipino archbishop is the new Vatican envoy to the UN Imelda hopes for a Malacanang comeback

'Organized communities can stop gender-based violence'

Jun 10, 2014 - 6:00 PM

A young development worker talks about the challenges and solutions to gender based violence

A message to women: Fight against violence

Jun 10, 2014 - 4:45 PM

A young woman issues a call to action to other women to fight against sexual violence in conflict

UN Security Council strongly condemns Nigeria kidnaps

May 10, 2014 - 7:22 AM

The council sends an envoy to Nigeria to help the authorities find the kidnapped girls

PROTEST. Nigerians protest over the government's failure to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls in Yola, Nigeria, 08 May 2014. Photo by EPA

Second call: Ombudsman invites Czech envoy to shed light on MRT extortion

Apr 10, 2014 - 6:41 PM

Ambassador Josef Rychtar of the Czech Republic refused to talk to investigators from the Ombudsman the first time they requested him in 2013

INVESTIGATION. Malacañang urges Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar to help investigators. File photo by AFP

China envoy arrives as PH deadline looms

Feb 25, 2014 - 6:32 AM

New Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua faces an early challenge In a month Manila is expected to submit its written pleading in its case against Beijing

UN 'sorry' as Syria talks break off in failure

Feb 15, 2014 - 8:26 PM

UPDATED A second round of peace talks between Syria s warring sides broke off Saturday February 15 without making any progress

Peace envoy to Syria set to quit

May 03, 2013 - 8:43 AM

UN leader Ban Ki moon tackles efforts to end the Syrian conflict amid reports peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is set to quit

The Syrian flag flutters above Damascus on September 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA

Angelina Jolie fights war zone rape

Mar 26, 2013 - 8:33 AM

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie joins UK Foreign Secretary William Hague in condemning war zone rape and sexual violence

JOINING FORCES. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie want to end sexual violence in conflict zones. Photo from the William Hague Facebook page