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Duterte halted VFA termination due to South China Sea tensions

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says for President Rodrigo Duterte, 'having a rise in military tensions in the South China Sea was not helping anybody'

DUTERTE'S ALTER EGO. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in Malacañang on January 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

Balikatan exercises canceled because of coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:44 PM

(UPDATED) What would have been the last iteration of the yearly drills between Filipino and American forces has been called off to protect soldiers’ health, says the US Indo-Pacific Command

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Where is the outrage?

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:42 AM

The case takes a Shakespearean quality. King Rodrigo swings away with his sword screaming, proffering a crazy deal: the VFA for an American visa for a favorite horse – Bato de la Rosa.

'Stop whining,' Locsin says after PH sends notice of VFA termination

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:23 PM

'Time to grow up,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

DFA CHIEf. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr during a Senate hearing on the Philippines-United States Visiting Forces Agreement  on February 6, 2020. Photo by Voltaire F Domingo/Senate PRIB

Panelo contradicts Panelo: No Trump, Duterte phone call after all

Feb 13, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo admits to reporters there was no scheduled call to begin with

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

PH notice of VFA termination to have 'significant implications' on relations, says U.S.

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The United States says it will 'carefully consider' its next moves as it 'remains committed' to its friendship with the Philippines

BALIKATAN. Philippine and US soldiers hold an amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise in Zambales on April 11, 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Senate urges Duterte to reconsider plan to scrap VFA

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Senators say they should first review the ramifications of withdrawing from the agreement that allows for the presence of US military troops in the Philippines

TREATY ALLIES. The Philippine and US flags during the opening ceremony of the yearly Balikatan joint military exercises in April 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

With VFA uncertain, Duterte lashes out at U.S. once again

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:22 PM

'Si Trump pati 'yung others are trying to save the Visiting Forces Agreement. Sabi ko, ayaw ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang Palace to preside over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference on February 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

Lawmakers hit VFA termination, urge DFA to give Duterte 'sound' advice

Jan 29, 2020 - 6:30 PM

'Are we going to sacrifice the gains that we have made with the US-Philippine relationship just because of the cancellation of the visa of one senator?' asks Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

BALIKATAN. Philippine and US soldiers hold an amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise in Zambales on April 11, 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Malacañang downplays possibility of U.S. terminating other military pacts

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Duterte government is not concerned the United States may terminate other military treaties following the Philippines' move to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises made possible by the VFA. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Del Rosario urges Duterte to meet Trump, discuss military pact

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says that while the Visiting Forces Agreement is 'imperfect,' it is 'essential' for the Philippine-US defense alliance

PH-US RELATIONS. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges President Rodrigo Duterte to talk to US President Donald Trump. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After U.S. cancels Bato's visa, Duterte threatens to scrap visiting forces agreement

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:36 PM

(UPDATED) 'I'm giving notice. I'm giving the American government one month from now, President Rodrigo Duterte says

OUTRAGED. President Rodrigo Duterte escalates his tirades against the United States after it cancels Senator Ronald Dela Rosa's visa. Malacañang photo

Indian president to visit Philippines October 17-21

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The state visit comes as the Philippines and India commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries

STATE VISIT. In this file photo, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind delivers a speech at the Muensterplatz in Bern during his state visit to Switzerland, on September 13, 2019 at the Muensterplatz in Bern, Switzerland. Photo by Peter Schneider/Pool/AFP

Duterte rants about 'U.S. and the West' at Russian forum

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The President hits traditional western powers for supposedly encumbering his war on drugs that has killed thousands of Filipinos

FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the plenary session of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi, Russia on October 3, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte knew raising Hague ruling with Xi was futile

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte admits having no plan to assert Philippine rights using the Hague ruling, apart from mentioning it in a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Carpio, Del Rosario say PH 'safe' with China oil deal

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Ambassador Albert del Rosario agree that 'nothing is being given away' in the oil deal between the Philippines and China

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at a West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forum in Makati on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Xi’s Manila visit ‘more optics than substance’

Nov 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

It's only a reprieve. Critics warn against the implementation of the planned oil and gas deal that commits Manila to a cooperation scheme with Beijing in the West Philippine Sea.

LEISURELY DISCUSSION. Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) gestures as Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) looks on during a state banquet at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mark Cristino/PoolAFP

LIVE: Forum on maritime disputes in the South China Sea

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The forum – Maritime Disputes in the South China Sea: Navigating the Diplomatic Waters – brings together high-level officials, diplomats, and experts on the issue

VLOG: Si Xi Jinping, Duterte, at Rizal

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Sa pagbisita niya sa Pilipinas, inihahalintulad ni Xi Jinping si Rodrigo Duterte kay Jose Rizal

STATE VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacañang photo

Breach in protocol over PH presidential flag during Xi's state visit

Nov 21, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The lone presence of the Chinese flag during the welcome ceremony and review of the guards by the 2 presidents is unlike any other state visit

What can bring Cayetano and Arroyo together? Xi Jinping

Nov 21, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appear to be friendly after the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping

ALL SMILES. Once rivals, former foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano greets House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH-China deal on oil, gas dev't creates body to study joint exploration

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Up to the last minute, uncertainty clouded what kind of oil and gas deal would come out of Xi's state visit. The MOU appears to be a softer version of the framework earlier prepared.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) react after a joint press statement at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

Del Rosario calls for 'full transparency' in PH-China oil deal

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

'It behooves our negotiators to ensure that our Constitution is not violated,' former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario tells Rappler

FULL TRANSPARENCY. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario calls on Filipinos to seek 'full transparency' about possible oil and gas development in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

#XiJinPooh: Filipinos troll Xi Jinping via Winnie the Pooh memes

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:16 PM

It's not been a red-carpet welcome for the Chinese leader online

Xi Jinping invites Duterte to visit China a 4th time

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has visited China every year of his presidency, while he refuses to visit the United States

GIFT FROM XI. President Rodrigo Duterte receives a token from President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China following the successful expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacañang photo

Taho ice cream, abalone soup in Xi Jinping's state dinner

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:12 PM

President Duterte, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and guests cap off the first day of state visit with a 4-course meal

DINNER. A state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping features a mix of Filipino and Chinese Cuisine. Screenshot from RTVM

Duterte and Xi tackle drugs, Marawi, infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says China will give another 50 scholarships for Filipinos, and donate 10,000 tons of rice for typhoon-stricken communities

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China meet in Malacañang on November 20, 2018, as Xi makes a state visit to the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Duterte, Xi 'elevate' PH-China ties, 'manage' sea row

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says there is wisdom in the saying, 'All creatures may grow together without harming each other'

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Xi Jinping honors Rizal, Filipino hero with Chinese roots

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese President Xi Jinping praises Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 'for taking on Jose Rizal's mantle'

WREATH LAYING. Chinese President Xi Jinping honors Filipino national hero Jose Rizal through a wreath-laying ceremony on November 20, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Red-carpet PH welcome for Xi Jinping amid protests

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Filipino-Chinese families gather outside President Xi Jinping's hotel to catch a glimpse of the visiting leader as cops in riot gear guard the streets to deter protests

EXCTIED. Chinese-Filipinos stand outside the Shangrila Hotel at Bonifacio Global City to try and see Chinese President Xi as he arrives. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz

Carpio fact-checks Xi Jinping on 14th-century Chinese explorer

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says that Chinese explorer Zheng He 'never visited the Philippines' as Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum' on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit matters to Filipinos

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Ties between the Philippines and China stretch back centuries – but power and money can complicate (not necessarily destroy) even the closest of friendships

CHINESE LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping witnesses the signing of a memorandum of understanding following a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Malacañang photo

'A friend in need': China's promises to PH

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Rappler lists over 100 agreements and pledges that have been made between Manila and Beijing since President Rodrigo Duterte took office

Welcome Xi Jinping? Filipinos give China 'poor' trust ratings

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:56 AM

Most Filipinos reject President Duterte's policy of inaction in the West Philippine Sea, according to a Social Weather Stations poll released on the day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the Philippines

ANTI-CHINA PROTEST. Militant groups hold a  rally in front of the Chinese embassy in Makati City on November 20, 2018, hours before the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manila for a state visit. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

2 senators ask Duterte to release details of draft deals with China

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Francis Pangilinan also seek a Senate probe into the deals that will be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

COOPERATING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

From princeling to president: Who is Chinese President Xi Jinping?

Nov 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership is driven by his vision of the 'Chinese dream' – the great renewal and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in all aspects

STRONGMAN. Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched various reforms to achieve the 'Chinese dream' but his leadership continues to be marred by controversies. File Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP


Enemy at sea, friend of the chief: Philippine military navigates ties with China

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Bullied and harassed by China in the West Philippine Sea, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is forced to strike 'cordial' ties with the staunch ally of its commander-in-chief

FRIENDS. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad and Defense Armed Forces Attaché of China Colonel Sheng Dazhi stand in attention to welcome the return of a Philippine Navy team from China on November 8, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PROFILE: Shades of Duterte in China's Xi Jinping

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is visiting the Philippines, shares many things in common with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Xi Jinping to visit PH from November 20-21

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:13 PM

The last Chinese president to make a state visit to the Philippines was Hu Jintao in 2005, during the Arroyo administration which also enjoyed strong ties with Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Wang Yi: Duterte 'the most respected friend' of Xi Jinping

Oct 29, 2018 - 1:35 AM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says 'facts have proven' that President Rodrigo Duterte's 'friendly policy toward China' is the way forward

IN BARONG. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi wears the Philippines' native barong to show he is a 'member' of the Filipino family. Screenshot from RTVM

Chinese President Xi to visit Philippines in November

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Xi Jinping's visit will take place after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit from November 12 to 18 in Papua New Guinea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: Australia, PH armies grow closer after Marawi

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The two armies hold the 3rd iteration of the Philippines-Australia Army to Army Exercise at the 10th Infantry Division headquarters in Compostela Valley

Australian Army trains with Philippine troopers March 5 2018. Photos courtesy of the Philippine Army 10ID

Rule of law best way to fight drug problem – Trump adviser

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

'President [Trump] is very concerned about the drug problem, but also the way that we will go after that here is to do it through more effective law enforcement as well as a broad range of other actions including education,' says US national security adviser H.R. McMaster

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May 10, 2017 - 8:25 PM

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Dec 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

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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

Duterte announces military, economic split from US

Oct 20, 2016 - 6:12 PM

3rd UPDATE Before chuckling the President tells his Chinese audience So please you have another problem of economics in my country I am separated from them so I will be dependent on you for a long time

DUTERTE IN CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte listens to the English translation of the discussions during the bilateral meeting with top government officials of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

How Duterte's China trip could help the economy

Oct 18, 2016 - 6:18 PM

The Philippines infrastructure agricultural sector and consumer firms all stand to benefit from stronger economic ties with the Asian superpower

NO BARGAINS. President Duterte agrees with Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that conceding Philippine sovereignty to foreign powers is an impeachable offense. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

PH, China businessmen to sign MOUs during Duterte's Beijing visit

Oct 13, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Around 400 Filipino businessmen are set to join President Rodrigo Duterte in his visit to China

Kerry arrives as biggest VIP to visit Duterte

Jul 26, 2016 - 9:22 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry visits the Philippines as he backs negotiations between Manila and Beijing over the West Philippine Sea

VISITING PHILIPPINES, TOO. A handout photo provided by the US Department of State shows US Secretary of State John Kerry holding a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (not in photo) after their meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Britain, on July 19, 2016. Photo by US State Department/EPA