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Duterte asserts PH sovereignty to others, except China – analyst

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'[Duterte] compromises sovereignty when it comes to [his] relationship with China and then he asserts sovereignty when it comes to international organizations,' says political analyst Bobby Tuazon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

[OPINION] Freud's libido and Duterte's jingoism

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:00 PM

International relations are not built on drunken macho street-talk that Duterte has been used to all his life as a mayor in the country’s southern backwaters

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between U.S., China

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:37 AM

‘We’re like a pendulum. We cannot keep swinging from one extreme to the other,’ says Aileen Baviera, professor and former dean of UP’s Asian Center

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between US, China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

[OPINION] Future challenges of our foreign policy

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The government needs to listen to our people. China needs to hear from our people.

Locsin: Independent foreign policy not simply switching masters

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:10 PM

'Independent foreign policy means getting off your knees, on your feet to stand up for our country,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr answers questions from the media after his meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

[OPINION] Will soft power save the rules-based order?

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:05 AM

Soft power seeks the long-term view – the weaving of a powerful narrative that avoids the use of force and coercion but instead utilizes inducement

Arroyo backs Duterte: PH friendship with China 'just right'

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'Hindi ba karapat-dapat lamang na maging kaibigan natin ang China?' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

PIVOT TOWARDS CHINA. Speaker Gloria Arroyo claps her hands as President Rodrigo Duterte receives the replica of the Marawi Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome from Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc on August 14, 2018. File photo form Malacañang

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte congratulates Putin for landslide reelection

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'President Duterte extends the warmest congratulations of the Filipino people to President Vladimir Putin on his reelection'

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greets Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Vinpearl Da Nang Resort and Villas in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. Malacañang file photo

How are PH-U.S. ties under Duterte? 'Terrific,' says envoy

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'This is really a strong partnership. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship for both countries,' says US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim after turning over 6 ScanEagle reconnaissance drones to the Philippine Air Force

[WATCH] Rappler Talk: Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena on Philippines-China relations

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Aaron Jed Rabena on how Chinese President Xi Jinping's move toward lifetime rule might affect Philippines-China relations and their maritime dispute

Britain's Johnson seeks to thaw Russia ties during Moscow trip

Dec 22, 2017 - 6:34 PM

(UPDATED) While the visit could signal an improvement in relations, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he holds out little hope that ties could undergo a full-blown transformation

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is pictured at the British Chambers of Commerce conference in London on February 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

PH hits latest North Korea ballistic missile test

Nov 29, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano calls on North Korea to stop 'such provocative and highly dangerous actions'

MISSILE TEST. Pyongyang residents react at the Pyongyang Railway Station after the news of the successful launch of the new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-15 in Pyongyang on November 29, 2017. Photo by Kim Won-Jin/AFP

PH rule of law rating drops in U.S. scorecard for aid

Nov 03, 2017 - 3:26 PM

Malacañang says the US findings 'may not completely reflect' the Duterte administration's efforts to promote good governance and fight corruption

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives military honors before boarding the Russian ship Admiral Panteleev docked at Pier 15 in Port Area, Manila, on October 25, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Cayetano backtracks, says Philippines open to EU aid

Oct 25, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano contradicts his earlier statement that the Philippines is rejecting all kinds of grants from the EU

EU AID. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines will reject only forms of aid with 'conditionalities that will affect our sovereignty.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DFA refutes Duterte, says 'no new offer' of money from UK

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:54 PM

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte falsely claimed that he has refused an offer of '$18-20 million' from the UK

OFFER FROM UK? President Rodrigo Duterte claims in a speech on October 13, 2017, that he has refused an offer of '$18-20 million' from the UK. Malacañang photo

Wrong info leads Duterte to threaten EU diplomats

Oct 12, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Malacañang itself admits that President Rodrigo Duterte was reacting to a foreign delegation that does not represent the EU

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the relaunching of the Malacañang Press Briefing Room (MPBR) at the New Executive Building (NEB) on October 12, 2017, expresses his dismay over how the illegal drug trade has claimed the lives of not only civilians but law enforcers as well. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says he refused '$18-20 million' from UK

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:36 PM

'Mabubuhay rin tayo. Anyway, I control the foreign affairs of this government,' President Rodrigo Duterte says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the relaunching of the Malacañang Press Briefing Room (MPBR) at the New Executive Building (NEB) on October 12, 2017, urges the members of the media to remain committed to the truth. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

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

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

'Be careful in dealing with China,' Nene Pimentel tells Duterte

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:26 PM

Citing Sri Lanka and Myanmar the ex Senate president warns that when indebted countries fail to pay loans China takes over the sites of their investments

CAUTION. Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr cautions the Duterte administration in dealing with China.

West PH Sea worth more than $24B from China – Carpio

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The value of resources in the West Philippine Sea is much much higher than the Philippines 24 billion package from China SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says he is sure the value of the West Philippine Sea's riches 'is much, much higher' than the Philippines' $24-billion package from China. Photo courtesy of Stratbase-ADRI

Rally world around Hague ruling, experts tell PH

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

We just dropped the ball after the ruling came out so how can you expect the world to support us? says SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

HAGUE RULING. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (4th from left) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (5th) lead the group of panelists at a forum on July 12, 2017, the first anniversary of the historic hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Stratbase-ADRI

Talk to China or go to war? 'False option,' Carpio says

Jul 12, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Those who raise the issue of war with China either do not understand the 3 warfare strategy of China or simply are scaring Filipino people to make them submit to China says SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WAR THREAT? Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says on July 12, 2017, that China 'does not want war' over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Rappler photo   WAR THREAT? Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says on July 12, 2017, that China 'does not want war' over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Rappler photo

Justice Carpio hits Duterte policy after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2017 - 5:59 PM

I do not at all blame the DFA for this because the chief architect of our foreign policy is not the DFA but the President SC Senior Associate Justice Carpio says

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio criticizes the Duterte administration's policy on the West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

Change is wanting: Dutertenomics and foreign policy

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Despite positive efforts the President has also tried but failed to recalibrate our dependent neocolonial relations with the US and appears intent on merely replicating the same with China and Russia

Duterte foreign policy: Independent but isolated

Jun 29, 2017 - 8:00 PM

In disregarding the international ruling on South China Sea We allow ourselves to be bullied but we call it an independent foreign policy an analyst says

CHIEF DIPLOMAT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reviews inside the ASEM Villa for the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on September 6, 2016. Malacañang file photo

Duterte ‘held nation together’ but missed campaign vows – Lagman

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Another opposition lawmaker Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says the President is too preoccupied with the drug war that he forgets his other promises

FATHER OF THE NATION. President Rodrigo Dutere attends as guest of honor during the 140th founding anniversary celebration of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

Australia gives P34-M aid for Marawi clash victims

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Australia vows to work with the Philippine government to combat terrorism in our region Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop gestures during her speech at the Albert del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies in Manila on March 16, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Palace to Carpio: Confrontation with China not in PH best interest

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to protect the country’s rights in the West Philippine Sea while avoiding a conflict with China

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella answers queries from members of the media during a press briefing in Malacañang on April 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

EU defends aid with conditions: It's our taxpayers' money

May 27, 2017 - 9:41 PM

If people think that other donors would be without conditions I would like to see those providers of assistance who have no conditions an EU official says

EU AID. Visiting EU official Gunnar Wiegand says it is important for international donors to set conditions before giving aid. Screen grab from Rappler video

EU: We won't beg PH to take our money

May 25, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The EU says there is no lack of other countries to help if Europe is not welcome to provide money to the Philippines

'WE'RE OFFERING.' EU official Gunnar Wiegand says on May 25, 2017, that the EU will not 'beg' the Philippines to accept aid from Europe. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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


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Senators to Duterte: Why tolerate China's war threat?

May 22, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV asks why the Philippines is rejecting the European Union s supposed interference but allowing China to make threats

WAR THREAT. President Rodrigo Duterte revealed parts of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping, saying the latter threatened to use force if the Philippines goes ahead with its exploration in Reed Bank. File photo by Malacañang

PH to 'boycott' conditional aid from 'all countries'

May 19, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also praises China and Japan for helping the Philippines without conditions

FIRST DAY. Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano visits DFA's passport processing area in ASEAN on his first day as top diplomat. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH refuses new EU grants; P13 billion at stake

May 17, 2017 - 11:59 PM

UPDATED EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen says the Philippines decision will affect up to 250 million euros in EU grants

AT STAKE. EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen says the Philippines' refusal of EU grants could affect up to 250 million euros in aid. File photo from the EU Delegation to the Philippines' Facebook page

No bells and whistles as Philippines, U.S. hold Balikatan

May 15, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Despite the Duterte administration s shift in foreign policy officials deny the military exercises with the United States were downsized

BALIKATAN. Philippine Marines alight from a landing craft utility boat onto the shores of Casiguran, Aurora. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

China tells the world bedtime stories in propaganda drive

May 13, 2017 - 1:01 PM

State run media bombards the internet with a series of videos touting Xi Jinping s One Belt One Road Initiative ahead of a two day summit on the project

CHINESE LEADER. This file photo taken on September 3, 2016 shows China's President Xi Jinping speaking during the opening ceremony of the B20 Summit prior to the G20 Summit in Hangzhou. Photo by Aly Song/AFP

Filipinos' trust in U.N. rises despite Duterte tirades

May 02, 2017 - 10:11 AM

UPDATED Pulse Asia also reports that Filipinos still trust the United States and distrust China and Russia

Duterte open to PH-China military drills in Mindanao

May 01, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expresses openness to joint exercises with China as he visits 3 Chinese warships docked in Davao City

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

PH plans for Pag-asa to test Duterte's friendship with China

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) How far China goes to react to Philippine plans to develop Pag-asa island – and how President Rodrigo Duterte responds – will show how the friendship between the two countries really works

IT IS OURS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana lays down plans to develop facilities in Pag-Asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Rappler photo

PH, U.S. set to hold 1st Balikatan war games under Duterte

Mar 30, 2017 - 6:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte previously threatened to scrap the annual joint military exercises with the Philippines oldest treaty ally

FIREPOWER. An M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) of the US marines is fired during a live fire exercise as part of 'Balikatan' joint US-Philippine military exercise at Crow Valley, in Capas town, north of Manila on April 14, 2016. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Small planes for PH Navy signal Japan's growing security role

Mar 28, 2017 - 7:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s pronouncements of dislike for US makes the country s relations with Japan very crucial

SMALL PLANES, HUGE LEAP. The transfer of TC90 patrol planes from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to the Philippine Navy is a huge leap for Japan. PH Navy photo

Military action against North Korea an 'option' – Tillerson

Mar 17, 2017 - 5:31 PM

In strong statements that appear to signal a sea change in American policy towards the isolated country the United States top diplomat said North Korea s burgeoning missile and nuclear programs must be halted

TALKING ABOUT NORTH KOREA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) speaks as South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se (R) looks on during a press conference in Seoul on March 17, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

Enrique Manalo: Son of envoys, now father of DFA

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo who grew up in a household of ambassadors now leads the department that his parents served

SON OF AMBASSADORS. Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo goes through documents after his Rappler Talk interview on March 10, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Meet PH's new top diplomat, Enrique Manalo

Mar 10, 2017 - 6:33 PM

In his first one on one interview as DFA chief acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo talks about geopolitics and what s it like to be reared at home by diplomats

New Foreign Secretary Manalo: DFA will continue to serve

Mar 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Yesterday is history acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says a day after the Commission on Appointments rejected his predecessor Perfecto Yasay Jr

NEW TOP DIPLOMAT. Seasoned career diplomat Enrique Manalo replaces lawyer Perfecto Yasay Jr as head of the Department of Foreign Affairs. File photo from

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Mar 03, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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Despite Duterte foreign policy, Filipinos still trust U.S. the most – poll

Mar 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

The results of a Social Weather Stations survey also shows China and Russia – President Rodrigo Duterte s favored allies – earning the trust of more Filipinos

Rappler Talk: FVR on Marcos, Duterte, law enforcement and foreign policy

Feb 09, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The nation s elder statesman shares his thoughts on recent events