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Moody's cuts China's rating on debt fears

May 24, 2017 - 9:20 PM

But Beijing's finance ministry rejects the assessment, saying Moody's had used an 'inappropriate' method to assess risks

Moody's cuts China's rating on debt fears

Duterte told Trump to 'keep the pressure' on N. Korea

May 24, 2017 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) A classified transcript obtained by Rappler via US-based The Intercept, shows that President Rodrigo Duterte views North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as the 'madman' of this generation

Duterte told Trump to 'keep the pressure' on N. Korea

South Korea says fires warning shots at object flown from North Korea

May 23, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The object had not been identified and its radar course was being investigated, the military says in a statement

South Korea says fires warning shots at object flown from North Korea

Cayetano denies China 'bullying' Philippines with war threat

May 23, 2017 - 11:56 AM

'The context was not threatening each other that we'll go to war,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

Cayetano denies China 'bullying' Philippines with war threat

Ousted South Korean leader Park goes on trial

May 23, 2017 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) The trial is the final act in the drama that engulfed Park Geun-Hye, the daughter of a dictator who went on to be elected president herself before she was sacked by the country's top court in March

Ousted South Korean leader Park goes on trial

Germany, China urge U.S. to stick to Paris climate pact

May 23, 2017 - 12:15 AM

At the 8th Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, both Germany and China say the United States leaving the agreement would not benefit it economically

Germany, China urge U.S. to stick to Paris climate pact

No merger? Henry Sy firm among top shareholders of RCBC

May 23, 2017 - 12:15 AM

A privately held company of the Sy family, owner of China Bank and BDO Unibank, has been buying shares of RCBC, a Yuchengco-led bank

No merger? Henry Sy firm among top shareholders of RCBC

Duterte foreign policy, Anti-Distracted Driving Act, Mike Pence | Evening wRap

May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

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Duterte foreign policy, Anti-Distracted Driving Act, Mike Pence | Evening wRap

'Philippine Rise': Duterte signs EO renaming Benham Rise

May 22, 2017 - 6:00 PM

All official maps and charts of the Philippines will now use the name 'Philippine Rise' to refer to the 13-million-hectare underwater plateau near Aurora

'Philippine Rise': Duterte signs EO renaming Benham Rise

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

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

Impeachment complaint, Duterte honorary doctorate, North Korea | Midday wRap

May 22, 2017 - 1:41 PM

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Impeachment complaint, Duterte honorary doctorate, North Korea | Midday wRap

Barred from WHO meeting, Taiwan urges global 'pressure' on China

May 22, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Taiwan does not receive an invitation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva for the first time in 8 years

Barred from WHO meeting, Taiwan urges global 'pressure' on China

DFA urged to file protest over China's war threat

May 21, 2017 - 7:05 PM

This comes after China reportedly threatened the Philippines with war if it 'forces the issue' of the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea

DFA urged to file protest over China's war threat

North Korea fires another ballistic missile despite sanctions threats

May 21, 2017 - 5:04 PM

(4th UPDATE) South Korea describes the launch as 'reckless and irresponsible' while the US military stresses 'ironclad commitment' to defend its allies

North Korea fires another ballistic missile despite sanctions threats

Vicente on Mika Reyes as team captain: 'I saw her dedication'

May 21, 2017 - 2:49 PM

The decision to name Mika Reyes team captain of the national team wasn’t that hard for national team head coach Francis Vicente and his staff

Vicente on Mika Reyes as team captain: 'I saw her dedication'

Chinese tourists are Beijing's new weapon in economic war

May 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM

China lifts a ban on 27 Philippine tropical fruit export companies after President Rodrigo Duterte declared his 'separation' from the United States during a visit to Beijing in October

Chinese tourists are Beijing's new weapon in economic war

China killed or jailed up to 20 U.S. spies – report

May 21, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The losses are comparable to the number of US assets lost in the Soviet Union and Russia because of the betrayals of two infamous spies, Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen

China killed or jailed up to 20 U.S. spies – report

PH can sue China for war threat – Justice Carpio

May 20, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario also says China 'has strongly declared that it is might that will trump what is right'

PH can sue China for war threat – Justice Carpio

Beijing denies 'unprofessional' intercept of U.S. plane

May 20, 2017 - 2:57 PM

'Related remarks from the US side are inconsistent with fact,' says the Chinese Ministry of Defense

Beijing denies 'unprofessional' intercept of U.S. plane

'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe in apartheid jail break film

May 19, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Daniel is set to star in 'Escape From Pretoria,' a film based on Tim Jenkin's account of his escape from the notorious Pretoria Maximum Security Prison

'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe in apartheid jail break film

Chinese military jets intercept U.S. aircraft – officials

May 19, 2017 - 10:36 PM

The US aircraft, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, is conducting a 'routine mission' in international airspace on May 17 when it was intercepted by two Chinese Sukhoi SU-30 fighter aircraft, the Air Force says in a statement

Chinese military jets intercept U.S. aircraft – officials

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'

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

Duterte claims Xi warned of war if PH 'forces issue' in disputed sea

May 19, 2017 - 9:08 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine President claims he was told by China's Xi Jinping: 'If you force the issue, we will go to war'

Duterte claims Xi warned of war if PH 'forces issue' in disputed sea

Duterte hits ex-DFA chief: 'Daldal nang daldal'

May 19, 2017 - 8:10 PM

The President slams former DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario for criticizing his foreign policy, especially on the South China Sea dispute

Duterte hits ex-DFA chief: 'Daldal nang daldal'

Cayetano wary of 'legally binding' rules in South China Sea

May 19, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The Code of Conduct in the South China Sea should be a non-legally binding 'gentleman's agreement,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

Cayetano wary of 'legally binding' rules in South China Sea

Japan scrambles jets after China allegedly flies drone

May 19, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The two countries are at odds over a group of small uninhabited islands in the East China Sea administered as the Senkakus by Japan but claimed as the Diaoyus by China

Japan scrambles jets after China allegedly flies drone

Dead student's remains found on sunken South Korea ferry

May 19, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Bones retrieved Tuesday from the third floor of the salvaged ship matched X-rays and dental records from Huh Da-Yun, the maritime ministry says in a press statement

Dead student's remains found on sunken South Korea ferry

PH defense officials turn to fables in Balikatan closing

May 19, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Can two long-time allies and another friendly force beat two seemingly allied superpowers?

PH defense officials turn to fables in Balikatan closing

China's Xi calls for South Korea ties to get back on track

May 19, 2017 - 1:43 PM

'We're willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard-won results, properly handle disputes, put China-South Korea relations back onto a normal track,' says Chinese President Xi Jinping

China's Xi calls for South Korea ties to get back on track

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 19, 2017

A firsthand account of the Scarborough Shoal standoff

May 19, 2017 - 10:36 AM

Captain Roy Cuesta recounts his ordeal during the 2012 Scarborough Shoal standoff that prompted the Philippines to sue China before an arbitral tribunal in The Hague

A firsthand account of the Scarborough Shoal standoff

ASEAN, China agree on sea code framework

May 18, 2017 - 10:02 PM

'The Philippines welcomes the completion of the drafting of the framework of the Code of Conduct,' the DFA says

ASEAN, China agree on sea code framework

VIRAL: Russian tourist kills endangered sea turtle 'Pawi' with speargun

May 18, 2017 - 9:38 PM

The tourist faces charges for violating Republic Act 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998

VIRAL: Russian tourist kills endangered sea turtle 'Pawi' with speargun

China drafts law on broad surveillance powers

May 18, 2017 - 9:15 PM

It is part of a raft of legislative measures drafted by China in recent years that grant the government formal authority to crack down on perceived threats to domestic stability, including laws on national security, espionage and cybersecurity

China drafts law on broad surveillance powers

South Korea's Moon to reopen probe into Gwangju massacre

May 18, 2017 - 3:55 PM

President Moon Jae-In turns emotional at the ceremony to remember the victims of the 1980 massacre in Gwangju

South Korea's Moon to reopen probe into Gwangju massacre

China issues warning for new ransomware virus 'UIWIX'

May 18, 2017 - 3:25 PM

A University of South Wales cybersecurity researcher says that China is particularly vulnerable because majority of the country's computer users rely on pirated software

China issues warning for new ransomware virus 'UIWIX'

Japan's Princess Mako to marry commoner, lose royal status

May 18, 2017 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Under a controversial law, all female imperial family members lose their royal status upon marriage to a commoner. This law doesn't apply to male royals.

Japan's Princess Mako to marry commoner, lose royal status

4 Indonesian soldiers killed in South China Sea training

May 18, 2017 - 1:19 PM

The island where the accident took place was part of the small Natuna archipelago, where there have been repeated clashes between Chinese and Indonesian vessels.

4 Indonesian soldiers killed in South China Sea training

Don't let dictator Duterte mortgage our future like Marcos did

May 18, 2017 - 9:02 AM

'A dictator once mortgaged our future to imperialist powers and bankrupted this nation. We cannot let another dictator do that again.'

Don't let dictator Duterte mortgage our future like Marcos did

Dela Rosa: China 'might' give PNP rifles

May 17, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the possible gift from China comes with no strings attached

Dela Rosa: China 'might' give PNP rifles

South Korea's Moon warns high chance of clashes with North

May 17, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We are living in the reality where there is a high possibility of military clashes' along the disputed sea border off the Koreas' west coast or along the heavily-fortified land frontier that divides them, President Moon Jae-In says

South Korea's Moon warns high chance of clashes with North

Taiwan sees fewer tourists as Chinese stay away

May 17, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Increases from other areas including Southeast Asia are not enough to offset the steep fall in Chinese visitors

Taiwan sees fewer tourists as Chinese stay away

North Korea poses threat to China, Russia – U.S. admiral

May 17, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Admiral Harry Harris, who heads the Pacific Command, says the international community should act with a sense of urgency

North Korea poses threat to China, Russia – U.S. admiral

Could Duterte's approach to China ultimately make Ongpin richer?

May 17, 2017 - 1:00 PM

It's no secret President Rodrigo Duterte dislikes tycoon Roberto Ongpin. But Duterte's friendly approach toward China may be the key Ongpin has long been waiting for to unlock a natural gas windfall in the South China Sea.

Could Duterte's approach to China ultimately make Ongpin richer?

Cayetano on joint dev't in South China Sea: Check Constitution first

May 16, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The incoming Philippine Foreign Secretary says 'there are ideas that are practical and good but not necessarily legal'

Cayetano on joint dev't in South China Sea: Check Constitution first

Taiwan reschedules visa-free entry for Filipinos

May 16, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Taiwan's visa-free privilege for Filipinos will begin in September instead of June this year

Taiwan reschedules visa-free entry for Filipinos

30 countries reject protectionism at China's Belt and Road Forum

May 16, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Leaders who participated in China's Belt and Road Forum lay down 'cooperation principles' for the Belt and Road Initiative

30 countries reject protectionism at China's Belt and Road Forum

Recto cautions Duterte vs $500-M arms loan from China

May 16, 2017 - 1:52 PM

'There is no need to borrow from China. It is cheaper to produce and maintain [defense equipment] locally than to import them,' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

Recto cautions Duterte vs $500-M arms loan from China

Duterte, Robredo, Trump | Midday wRap

May 16, 2017 - 1:05 PM

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Duterte, Robredo, Trump | Midday wRap

China denies universities hit hard by ransomware

May 16, 2017 - 12:53 PM

'These inaccurate statements have seriously misled public opinion, caused panic among teachers and students, and affected the normal order of instruction and life,' the China Education and Research Network says, giving no further details

China denies universities hit hard by ransomware