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U.S. approves sale of 18 torpedoes to Taiwan

May 21, 2020 - 11:19 AM

It's a move that could further strain Washington's already tense relationship with Beijing

[ANALYSIS] 4 more years for Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

May 19, 2020 - 1:45 PM

'While global turbulence might be ahead, Taiwanese people are steadfast and ready to join hands with our Filipino friends in facing these common challenges'

PH Council for Foreign Relations president Alan Ortiz dies of coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) The former government official dies in Paris on Monday, March 23. He was 66.

PUBLIC SERVANT. Photo of Alan Ortiz. Photo from the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations website

Why the Global Magnitsky Act matters to the Philippines

Dec 21, 2019 - 5:27 PM

With a US Senate committee passing a resolution invoking the Global Magnitsky Act, Philippine officials face the prospect of being denied US visas and having their assets there frozen

'FABRICATED DRUG CHARGES.' Senator Leila De Lima is seen after she attend the hearing at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

U.S. senators misled over PH officials ban? De Lima: ‘Nakakatawa naman ito’

Dec 15, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Senator Leila de Lima tells Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo her detention is a 'test case for your boss’ attempt to flex his tyrannical ambitions'

'LAUGHABLE.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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

Roque once slammed China as 'aggressor' in international law

Mar 11, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Now Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts 'good faith' on the part of China as Malacañang backs joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

CHANGING TUNES. Before speaking for President Rodrigo Duterte, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque once slammed China as an 'aggressor' in international law. Malacañang file photo

Senate approves PH treaties with EU, Sweden, Germany

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The chamber's approval comes despite President Rodrigo Duterte's criticism against the European Union for its opposition to his policies

7 times Cayetano contradicted even himself in 2017

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:15 PM

In 2017, the Duterte administration's foreign policy remains what it is: consistently inconsistent

CONTRADICTING HIMSELF. The Philippines' top diplomat, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, contradicted even himself in a number of statements in 2017. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

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

Aquino on Duterte 1st year: Cooperation, not conflict, is better route

Jul 21, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says his successor bears ultimate responsibility for the words he lets loose

ONE YEAR AFTER. Former president Benigno Aquino III responds to questions in an interview with Rappler's Maria Ressa a year after he stepped down from office. Rappler screenshot

Palace on asserting West PH Sea rights: 'Matter of timing'

Jan 28, 2017 - 6:16 PM

We are not giving up anything Definitely not However it s a question of timing and a matter of diplomatic relations says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella. File photo from Malacañang

Duterte has 'productive' meeting with US ambassador – Palace

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US Ambassador Sung Kim meet for 45 minutes in Davao City discussing military and law enforcement cooperation among others

Japan: From semi-sovereignty to splendid isolation?

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM

After the Duterte surprise came the Trump shock To Tokyo old certainties that underpinned the post World War II order were suddenly melting and rapidly

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on during a joint press statement with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on January 12, 2017. Prime Minister Abe arrived in the Philippines on January 12, becoming the first foreign leader to visit since President Rodrigo Duterte took office last year and launched his deadly war on crime. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

PH not making 'full pivot' to China – envoy

Jan 13, 2017 - 7:51 PM

It s really seeking a place a balanced relationship between the US and China and Russia Ambassador designate to China Chito Santa Romana tells Rappler

SEEKING BALANCE. Philippine Ambassador-designate to China Chito Santa Romana says in a Facebook Live interview on January 10, 2017, that the Philippines aims to forge 'good relations with all major powers.' Screen grab from Newsbreak's Facebook page

De Lima: Duterte changing PH foreign policy to serve his ego

Dec 18, 2016 - 9:30 PM

There is so much at stake here – the Filipino people s lives well being security and even our very sovereignty says Senator Leila de Lima

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Dec 03, 2016 - 5:20 PM

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Yasay on Duterte foreign policy: 'Wala namang confusing'

Dec 02, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Confusion? That s not so much a problem of the President as it is a problem of the critics of the President Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

DEFENDING DUTERTE. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says there is nothing confusing about President Rodrigo Duterte's statements as chief architect of foreign policy. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Love triangle reloaded? The Trump triumph and US-Philippine-China ties

Nov 10, 2016 - 8:58 PM

I think the combination of Trump s election and Duterte s new diplomacy might accelerate the Philippines distancing from Washington amid a broader reconfiguration of the US s relations with East Asia

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Nov 02, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Duterte going to Malaysia to discuss piracy problem

Nov 01, 2016 - 11:40 PM

President Duterte visits the neighboring country on November 9 and 10 He will discuss with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak how to address the rampant kidnapping and criminality in the Malacca strait

MEDIA CONFERENCE. President Rodrigo Duterte answers media questions after visiting the grave of his parents in Davao City on November 1, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PH-China ties 'shouldn't be at expense' of U.S. – envoy

Oct 22, 2016 - 2:18 PM

In a Rappler Talk interview with Maria Ressa US Ambassador Philip Goldberg also says the US will keep its friendship with the Philippines – if it can

STILL FRIENDS. US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg says the US is maintaining its friendship with the Philippines even after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to cut ties with Washington. Screen grab from Rappler video

Ex-DFA chief warns about 'newfound friend' China

Oct 19, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Ex DFA chief Albert del Rosario asks Where is the wisdom if we are appearing to place all our bets on the integrity and credibility of our northern neighbor?

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (right) welcome Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) to China on October 18, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

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

#AnimatED: ‘Go away, EU, US!’ Now what’s the plan?

Oct 10, 2016 - 11:06 AM

We cannot stand on an empty boast in the face of a globalized economy and the realness of our poverty

Recalibrating US-Philippine alliance under Duterte

Oct 01, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Both sides need to bear in mind several realities as they manage ties amid changing leaderships

Duterte to US senators: 'Do not interfere in PH affairs'

Sep 30, 2016 - 3:54 AM

President Duterte also tells the United States Do not pretend to be the moral conscience of the world

DUTERTE. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (L) speaks during his meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on September 29, 2016. The Philippine leader is on a two-day visit to Vietnam. Photo by AFP

Aquino: 'I hope I showed best face of PH to the world'

Jun 08, 2016 - 11:31 AM

President Benigno Aquino III says the Philippines has regained its standing as a worthwhile partner of the international community

RAPPLER TALK. President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions from Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on June 7, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

'Eternal gratitude': Aquino meets Prince of Monaco

Apr 07, 2016 - 5:09 PM

The visit of Prince Albert II as the Philippines and Monaco celebrate the 10th anniversary of their diplomatic ties

PRINCE OF MONACO. President Benigno Aquino III and His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, watch a cultural presentation during the welcome ceremony at the Malacañang Palace Grounds for Prince Albert's official visit to the Republic of the Philippines on April 7, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

US envoy: Whoever wins in 2016, US-PH ties to 'prosper'

Feb 03, 2016 - 12:05 PM

On the qualities the next president should have Philip Goldberg cites a need to continue reforms started by President Aquino

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

NAIA runways closed on January 26, 30 for Japan emperor state visit

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED Cebu Pacific and Cebgo have cancelled flights during the scheduled runway closures and offer guests free rebooking or refund

Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Australia: Ties with Indonesia back in 'good shape' after Bali 9 execution

Sep 03, 2015 - 11:20 AM

There are tensions in the relationship from time to time We are two very different countries but we are neighbors and we both realize that we need to get along says Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

TENSION. Tension between Australia and Indonesia grew after Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan (L) and Myuran Sukumaran (R) were executed. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Britain reopens embassy in Tehran

Aug 23, 2015 - 5:45 PM

The reopening of the British Embassy in Tehran signals a long awaited step towards better relations after an embassy attack in 2011

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to make first China trip

Jun 05, 2015 - 10:20 PM

Suu Kyi s opposition party is set to contest elections in November which the US has backed as a key stepping stone towards democracy

epa04679341 Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) talks to media representatives as she leaves after Myanmar's Union Parliament regular assembly in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 26 March 2015. The Myanmar Union Parliament (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Burmese) is made up of two houses, House of Nationalities and the House of Representatives, in which 166 military representatives take 25 percents among the total of 664 seats. EPA/LYNN BO BO

Miriam to PH: Use int'l deal vs Canada garbage

May 17, 2015 - 6:23 PM

The senator urges the Philippine government to cite an international agreement to hold Canada accountable for the illegally exported trash since 2013

US does not want to see Syrian regime 'collapse': CIA

Mar 14, 2015 - 9:25 AM

Washington is worried about who might replace the Syrian president if his government fall given the rise of the Islamic State group and other jihadists

CIA. Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan speaks during an appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Netanyahu takes fight over Obama's Iran plan to US Congress

Mar 03, 2015 - 11:35 PM

Netanyahu believes the so called P5 1 group of global powers is planning to ease international sanctions without the ironclad safeguards needed to deny Tehran a nuclear bomb

Lost lighthouses

Feb 18, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Excerpts from Endless Journey: A Memoir by Jose T Almonte: As a country we have to cultivate our internal strength to face up to the challenge posed by China

Between Jokowi and Prabowo: Why should the Philippines care?

Jun 29, 2014 - 10:04 AM

Indonesians will elect a new president on July 9 Voters are excited The campaign is sizzling ASEAN s role in stabilizing tensions in the South China Sea is at stake

Indonesian presidential candidates Joko Widodo (L) and Prabowo Subianto (R)

Iran, world powers try to salvage nuclear talks

Jun 14, 2014 - 12:18 PM

In the last round of talks in Vienna last May Iran s chief negotiator says no tangible progress was made

Nigeria and neighbors to join forces over abducted girls

May 17, 2014 - 10:20 AM

The international community has been mobilized over the plight of the girls Among the resources already put at Nigeria s disposal have been US drones and surveillance aircraft

Taiwan demonstrators end parliament seizure, threaten more protests

Apr 10, 2014 - 9:46 PM

Student activists end an unprecedented 3 week occupation of Taiwan s parliament but threaten more action unless their demands are met

Russia cannot afford 'collapsing state' in its backyard

Apr 05, 2014 - 8:47 PM

Europe issued fresh calls for dialogue with Russia over Ukraine warning Moscow it faces having a failed state in its backyard

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier speaks with United Kingdom's Foreign Minister William Hague during an Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers at the Zappeion Hall in Athens on April 4, 2014. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

China's foreign minister visits Iraq, discusses trade and security issues

Feb 23, 2014 - 9:08 PM

China s foreign minister makes a rare visit to Iraq to discuss trade and security issues

Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during discuss developing bilateral relations, regional and international issues. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Americans see US power on the wane

Dec 04, 2013 - 10:15 AM

A majority also believes for the first time that America should mind its own business while faulting President Barack Obama for his foreign policy especially over Syria

FACING THE SUNSET. The US Capitol is seen at sunset in Washington, DC, September 25, 2013. AFP / Saul Loeb

Passport applications via LGUs mulled

Oct 21, 2013 - 7:28 PM

Albay Representative Al Francis Bichara who chairs the House foreign affairs committee says this will especially benefit Filipinos in far flung areas

[Entertainment wRap] Yoko Ono gets peace prize, Tokyo filmfest kicks off

Oct 20, 2013 - 7:04 PM

And renowned French actor Alain Delon quits beauty contest committee over a political row

PEACE. Yoko Ono poses in front of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Photo: Tim Brakemeier/AFP

Iran's Rouhani promises 'good faith' in nuclear talks

Sep 27, 2013 - 6:43 AM

Iran President Hassan Rouhani says Iran is committed to negotiations on its nuclear program in good faith after recent high level talks

IN GOOD FAITH. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani arrives to give a speech at an Asia Society event on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly, in New York, September 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand

Taliban open Qatar office, US signals meetings to begin

Jun 18, 2013 - 10:49 PM

2nd UPDATE US officials admit the road ahead would be difficult

China hits back at US over 'woeful' rights record

Apr 21, 2013 - 4:37 PM

China accused US of human rights violations through its military operations abroad and failing to prevent its own citizens from gun violence