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Duterte to visit Jordan

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The Philippine President is set to fly to Jordan after his historic 4-day visit to Israel in September

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sara Duterte to join dad's trips to prevent another kissing incident

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:46 PM

'Next time, I will join the President’s trips and will spend my own money – just to make sure that the kissing incident will not happen again,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

PRESIDENTIAL DAUGHTER. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines Chartered Flight PR001 at the Qionghai Bo'ao International Airport in Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. With him is daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. Presidential Photo

Duterte to seek stronger defense, trade ties with South Korea

Jun 03, 2018 - 12:10 AM

At least 4 agreements are expected to be signed between the Philippines and South Korea during the official visit of President Rodrigo Duterte from June 3 to 5

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte left for South Korea on June 4, 2018, for an official visit. Malacanang file photo

IN PHOTOS: Duterte's 2 'First Ladies' join him in China, Hong Kong

Apr 14, 2018 - 7:59 AM

Presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio joins her father for the first time in an official trip abroad

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio make their way inside the BFA International Convention Center in Boao, People’s Republic of China for the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 on April 10, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte off to China, Hong Kong this month

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:27 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will address the plenary at the Boao Forum for Asia on April 10, and will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the event

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Gawad Saka 2017 and Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) 2017 awarding ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018, gives a stern warning to the smugglers to stop their illegal activities for they may face harsh penalties when they are caught. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Amid trips controversy, DOT chief Teo still has Duterte's trust – Palace

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Teo came under fire as reports detail Department of Tourism employees were taken on foreign trips

TRUSTED. Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo is still trusted by Malacañang despite criticism regarding her foreign trips. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Wanda Teo defends overseas trips of DOT clerks, drivers

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says she chose to send some rank-and-file employees to official trips abroad since they have never gone overseas

TOURISM CHIEF. Reporters interview Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in Davao City on February 16, 2018. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Mocha Uson's Milan trip with Cayetano

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano again requests the presence of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in an official trip abroad

Licuanan says exec director Vitriolo helped kick her out of CHED

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Resigned CHED chair Patricia Licuanan also says she had a 'strained' relationship with the other 4 commissioners, who had been outvoting her in key CHED decisions prior to her resignation

POWER STRUGGLE. Ex-CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan (R) did not recognize the reinstatement of executive director Julito Vitriolo. Photo of Licuanan by Rappler, photo of Vitriolo by Malacañang

Malacañang warned Licuanan of ‘worse’ to come if she doesn’t resign

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Ex-CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan says she has not been given the opportunity to talk to the President to defend herself from corruption allegations

PHONE CALL ORDER. Ex-CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan explains the phone call she received from Malacañang asking her to resign from her post. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte off to India on January 24 for ASEAN commemorative summit

Jan 19, 2018 - 11:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will be in New Delhi from January 24 to 26, his first foreign trip for 2018

Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) chaired by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte along with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi do the ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo prior to the start of 12th ASEAN-India at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Excessive or not? Martin Andanar's 10 trips abroad

Jan 13, 2018 - 3:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has fired another official for making fewer foreign trips than Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Does Duterte's rule on limiting travels abroad apply to him?

CHED chair says foreign trips led to educational opportunities for Filipinos

Jan 11, 2018 - 12:15 PM

CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan admits she traveled business class, but she says this was approved by Malacañang

FOR COMMITMENTS. CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says her overseas trips were necessary to secure scholarship opportunities for Filipinos. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHED chair defends overseas trips, shows Malacañang permits

Jan 06, 2018 - 4:36 PM

CHED chair Patricia Licuanan denies the claim of Representative Jericho Nograles that she did not secure permits from Malacañang for her foreign trips in 2017

CLEARED. CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says the Office of the President cleared all of her 8 foreign trips last year. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jan 05, 2018 - 8:33 PM

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Malacañang issues guidelines on officials' foreign trips

Jan 03, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Heads of departments and offices are ordered to submit quarterly lists of all trips they approved

FOREIGN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Vnukovo-2 Airport in Moscow, Russia, for his official visit on May 23, 2017. Presidential Photo

Duterte's 2018 foreign trips: India, South Korea, Israel, Australia

Jan 03, 2018 - 3:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's first trip of the year will likely be to India in January to attend the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in New Delhi

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines Flight PR001 upon his arrival at the Bahrain International Airport on April 12, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Duterte warns executive branch: No foreign trips starting January 1

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says officials who travel every month should quit. 'I do not need you in the executive department.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the commissioning of the BRP Lapu-Lapu and BRP Francisco Dagohoy and the launching of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Rice-Corn Blend Program at the Sasa Wharf in Davao City on December 21, 2017, declares that the addition of the two vessels will strengthen the government's programs against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Also in the photo are Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Eduardo Gongona, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and Presidential Adviser for Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte returns to Japan, 'true friend' of PH

Oct 30, 2017 - 2:56 PM

Here's what to expect from President Rodrigo Duterte's two-day visit to Tokyo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets a warm welcome upon his arrival at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan on October 30, 2017 for a two-day official visit. Accompanying the President are his partner Honeylet and their daughter Veronica. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sotto grills Ubial over foreign trips, WHO-funded travels

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial maintains that her international trips are all aboveboard

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial faces the Commission on Appointments panel deliberating on her confirmation on October 3, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte denies Russia trip was 'junket'

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The President admits inviting several retiring police and military officers to join his Russia visit as a way of showing his gratitude for their years of service

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by his partner Honeylet as he is ushered by a Russian official upon his arrival at at Vnukovo-2 Airport in Moscow for his official visit to the Russian Federation on May 23, 2016. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Koko Pimentel cites 'good returns' of Duterte's foreign trips

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Let us look at the returns of the trips Even if there is no return we should understand; we are the ASEAN chair says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III in defense of President Rodrigo Duterte s foreign trip expenses

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senators on Duterte's foreign trips: Outcome more important than expenses

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:39 PM

For me the most important aspect is the outcome of the trip says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian who joined at least 2 trips abroad

PRESIDENTIAL TRIPS. At least 3 majority senators say the public should look at the outcome of President Rodrigo Duterte's trips, amounting to at least P386.2 million in his first year in office. File photo

Palace defends Duterte's 'very disciplined' spending on foreign trips

Jun 19, 2017 - 5:20 PM

There s very strict accounting regarding that matter says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella on how the government handles expenses for President Rodrigo Duterte s trips abroad

President Rodrigo Roa DUterte walks past honor guards upon his arrival at the VIP Airport in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on March 19, 2017 for a two-day official visit. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Duterte's foreign trips cost thrice more than predecessors'

Jun 17, 2017 - 3:24 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The government spends at least P386 2 million 7 72 million on foreign trips during Duterte s first year in power In one trip expenses shoot up to P31 8 million 636 000 a day

President Rodrigo Duterte is joined Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go as he arrives at the Franciso Bangoy International Airport in Davao City prior to his departure for a series of state visits to three countries in the Middle East including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar which kicked off on April 10, 2017. Malacañang Photo

PH, Russia to sign defense deal during Duterte visit

May 19, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Another expected outcome of President Rodrigo Duterte s official visit to Russia is the establishment of a Philippine defense office in Moscow and a Russian defense office in Manila

President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin discuss matters prior to their bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in Lima, Peru on November 19. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./ Presidential Photo

Duterte meets Suu Kyi, gives $300,000 for Rohingya crisis

Mar 20, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Malacañang says the donation is the biggest made this year by an ASEAN country to Myanmar s Rakhine State so far

MEETING DAW SUU. President Rodrigo Duterte meets State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. Presidential photo

PH, Thailand to sign tourism, agri, tech deals during Duterte visit

Mar 20, 2017 - 4:20 PM

The two Southeast Asian countries will approve a 5 year tourism cooperation plan during President Rodrigo Duterte s official visit to Thailand

WAITING FOR DUTERTE. The Philippines' Ambassador to Thailand Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon answers questions from media on the day President Duterte is supposed to begin his Thailand visit. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar

Mar 16, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flies to Myanmar as well as Thailand in March to complete his visits to Southeast Asian countries

ASEAN TOUR. President Duterte's meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi is just one highlight in his back-to-back trips to Myanmar and Thailand. Aung San Suu Kyi photo by Fred Dufour/AFP, Duterte photo by Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

Duterte to fly to Russia on May 25

Mar 02, 2017 - 8:28 PM

During the highly anticipated visit Duterte is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for the second time

MEETING PUTIN. President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during their bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in Lima, Peru on November 19. File photo by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

Gov't spent P277M on Duterte's foreign trips

Feb 23, 2017 - 8:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has gone to 12 countries since he became Chief Executive mostly in Southeast Asia

PRESIDENT ON THE GO. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in Cambodia in December 2016. Malacañang photo

WATCH: Duterte goes window-shopping on Orchard Road

Dec 16, 2016 - 3:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte goes around a Singapore mall in search of a charger for his smartwatch

LATE-NIGHT SHOPPING. President Rodrigo Duterte drops by an Apple Store in a Singapore mall to look for a charger for his watch. RTVM screenshot

What Duterte accomplished in Cambodia

Dec 15, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The Philippine President will bring home 4 deals on cooperation in tourism sports labor and fighting crime

'REGAL' DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte and King of Cambodia His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni meet at the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace in Cambodia on December 14, 2016. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Duterte meets his 'idol' Putin

Nov 20, 2016 - 2:34 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears delighted to meet President Rodrigo Duterte in Lima Peru where they are attending the APEC Leaders Summit

BILATERAL MEETING. President Duterte talks about his administration's campaign against illegal drugs with President Putin. Malacañang Press Pool photo

5 things to expect from Duterte at APEC 2016 in Peru

Nov 14, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Will Duterte meet with US President Obama or Russian President Putin? What s his schedule like during the two day summit? Here are things you should know

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at Bangkok Royal Air Force Base on November 9, 2016 to pay his last respect to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

QUIZ: Guess the official Duterte is introducing

Oct 30, 2016 - 10:07 AM

From Senator Leila de Lima s best friend to the official with sartorial elegance guess who President Duterte introduces during his speeches abroad

Duterte's Japan trip yields $1.8B in business deals – Palace

Oct 28, 2016 - 5:15 PM

A verbal commitment to invest 17 2 billion in infrastructure water and power projects is also made by Japanese company Marubeni

DUTERTE'S PITCH. President Rodrigo Duterte encourages Japanese businessmen to invest during the Philippine Economic Forum at Prince Tower Tokyo Hotel in Japan on October 26. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

LIST: Deals Duterte brought home from Japan

Oct 28, 2016 - 2:01 PM

The President brings home mostly agreements on beefing up the Philippine Coast Guard and assistance for agribusinesses

WITH 'TRUE FRIENDS.' President Rodrigo Duterte, along with Philippines delegates and Japanese officials, watches the capability demonstration of Japanese Coast Guard at Yokohama headquarters on October 27. Photo by SIMEON CELI/Presidential Photo

Gum-chewing Duterte challenges protocol in China, Japan trips

Oct 28, 2016 - 10:39 AM

In China, Duterte chews gum beside President Xi Jinping, while in Japan, says a former government official with close ties to the Japanese embassy, he is late for a meeting with their foreign minister

DIPLOMAT-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte listens to the English translation of the discussion with Keidanren officials over lunch at the Prince Tower Tokyo Hotel in Japan on October 26. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

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Oct 26, 2016 - 7:57 PM

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Duterte, Abe affirm defense cooperation, peaceful solution to sea row

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED In their bilateral meeting the leaders of the Philippines and Japan discuss cooperation for maritime security and Mindanao development

PARTNERSHIP. President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are welcomed by honor guards at the Prime Minister'€™s Office in Japan on October 26. Photo by ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

Duterte assures Japan: No military alliance with China

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:24 PM

The Philippine President tells Japanese businessmen that he does not pick quarrels with our friends and neighbors but that he must stand up for the dignity of Filipinos

DUTERTE IN JAPAN. President Rodrigo Duterte is greeted by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa upon his arrival at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan on October 25, 2016. Photo by ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

Duterte's Japan visit to focus on defense, investments

Oct 23, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Philippine president will visit a ship building company and meet with top Japanese business leaders during his official visit from October 25 to 27

INVITATION TO JAPAN. President Rodrigo Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Vientiane, Laos during the ASEAN Summit in early September 2016. Photo from PPD

DOCUMENT: PH-China joint statement during Duterte state visit

Oct 21, 2016 - 4:35 PM

The 2 countries agree to cooperate in a variety of areas including the fight against illegal drugs agriculture and defense

COOPERATION. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping review the honor guards during the arrival ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte visit marks ‘full recovery’ of PH-China ties

Oct 20, 2016 - 11:58 PM

The visit signifies the full recovery of China the Philippines’ friendship back to the normal level says Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin

RENEWAL OF TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to their bilateral meetings at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

IN PHOTOS: Duterte walks through Beijing street to resto

Oct 20, 2016 - 7:28 AM

President Duterte steps out of the security of his hotel and car to walk through a busy street in Beijing to a Peking duck restaurant

Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Duterte arrives in Beijing to begin state visit

Oct 18, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The government delegation to accompany President Rodrigo Duterte is updated to include House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez more lawmakers and more Cabinet secretaries

TOUCHDOWN. President Duterte arrives in Beijing, China on October 18, 2016. Photo by TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Duterte faces Asia's Goliath: What PH stands to gain or lose in China

Oct 17, 2016 - 7:56 PM

The unwieldy Philippine President heads to China s capital on Tuesday October 18 Will his visit yield gifts from an old friend a victory against a foe or a deal with the devil?

Duterte's China visit to focus on trade, investments

Oct 14, 2016 - 1:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping will witness the signing of bilateral agreements as well as a lot of business deals between Philippine and Chinese businessmen says the DFA

PH BUSINESS. President Rodrigo Duterte stresses a point in his speech during the 42nd Philippine Business Conference and Expo at Marriott Hotel in Pasay City on October 13. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Duterte to visit China from October 18 to 21

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The President has said he intends to bring up fishing rights of Filipinos when he comes face to face with Chinese officials

DUTERTE'S CHINA PIVOT. President Duterte shakes hands with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua during the National Heroes' Day celebration. Photo by PPD