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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

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

'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

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

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

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

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

Rally world around Hague ruling, experts tell PH

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

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

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

Justice Carpio hits Duterte policy after Hague ruling

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

Change is wanting: Dutertenomics and foreign policy

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

Duterte foreign policy: Independent but isolated

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

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

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

Australia gives P34-M aid for Marawi clash victims

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or serendipity?

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

May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

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

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?

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'

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

PH refuses new EU grants; P13 billion at stake

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

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

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

China tells the world bedtime stories in propaganda drive

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

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

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

Duterte open to PH-China military drills in Mindanao

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

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

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

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

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

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

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 for PH Navy signal Japan's growing security role

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

Military action against North Korea an 'option' – Tillerson

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

Enrique Manalo: Son of envoys, now father of DFA

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

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

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 Foreign Secretary Manalo: DFA will continue to serve

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 3, 2017

Mar 03, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

Jan 14, 2017 - 3:37 PM

US President-elect Donald Trump also threatens to get tough with unfair Chinese trade practices

Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

Trump's cabinet picks contradict his foreign policy

Jan 13, 2017 - 8:41 AM

On many strategic issues, Rex Tillerson, the former head of ExxonMobil chosen for secretary of state, and James Mattis, the retired Marine Corps general pick for defense secretary, have contradicted Donald Trump

Trump's cabinet picks contradict his foreign policy

Japan's Abe arrives in PH to meet Duterte

Jan 12, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the first head of government to visit the Philippines under the Duterte administration

Japan's Abe arrives in PH to meet Duterte

Filipinos trust U.S., distrust China and Russia – survey

Jan 12, 2017 - 1:31 PM

This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte forges an independent foreign policy that junks 'subservience' to the US, and seeks 'non-traditional' partners

Filipinos trust U.S., distrust China and Russia – survey

Russia warns 'traditional' PH partners: Don't interfere

Jan 04, 2017 - 8:00 PM

'I think it's time to get rid of outdated leashes. It's time to get rid of prejudices,' says Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev

Russia warns 'traditional' PH partners: Don't interfere

Russia ready to help PH in fight vs terrorism, piracy

Jan 03, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Russian Navy Pacific Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov, in Manila for a goodwill visit, also foresees future multinational military exercises in the South China Sea involving the Philippines, Russia, China, and even Malaysia

Russia ready to help PH in fight vs terrorism, piracy

Don't dump old friends for new suitors, PH urged

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:39 PM

'What's the advantage of running away from the claws of the American eagle only to rush to the embrace of a Chinese or Russian bear?' asks Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto

Don't dump old friends for new suitors, PH urged

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

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

Duterte on non-renewal of US aid: We'll be glad to lose it

Dec 16, 2016 - 9:29 PM

'We will not go hungry without the American aid. We are not that desperate,' says President Duterte during an interview with reporters in Singapore

Duterte on non-renewal of US aid: We'll be glad to lose it

Why Gordon isn't buying De Lima's FP recognition

Dec 14, 2016 - 1:14 PM

Senator Richard Gordon is so puzzled by his colleague's inclusion in the Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers that he suspects the US government is behind it

Why Gordon isn't buying De Lima's FP recognition

Leila de Lima, Geraldine Roman in FP 2016 Global Thinkers list

Dec 13, 2016 - 11:27 AM

The two Filipino lawmakers are honored under the 'Challengers' category – people who showed that 'agitation takes myriad forms,' says the US magazine

Leila de Lima, Geraldine Roman in FP 2016 Global Thinkers list

'Creative imagination' under Duterte, or interpreting what he says

Dec 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Rappler takes a look back at some of President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial statements, and how his Cabinet officials tried to make sense of them

'Creative imagination' under Duterte, or interpreting what he says

Duterte phone call, De Lima to Aguirre, JBC submits names | Evening wRap

Dec 03, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Duterte phone call, De Lima to Aguirre, JBC submits names | Evening wRap

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

Yasay on Duterte foreign policy: 'Wala namang confusing'

UK envoy: Russia spawned conflicts PH still paying price for

Nov 24, 2016 - 2:17 PM

The Philippines 'cannot cherrypick the positive attributes of a country and ignore the rest,' British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad says

UK envoy: Russia spawned conflicts PH still paying price for

[Newspoint] The mouse that roared

Oct 30, 2016 - 9:30 AM

It's about a tiny European duchy that, having fallen into economic desperation, decides to declare war on the US on the historical evidence that no nation has ever gone hungry again having done that

[Newspoint] The mouse that roared

World should learn to 'navigate' through Duterte – expert

Oct 30, 2016 - 12:42 AM

Foreign affairs analyst Lucio Pitlo III stresses the need 'to look at the substance' more than the 'form' of President Rodrigo Duterte’s statements

World should learn to 'navigate' through Duterte – expert

Duterte tells worried foreign businesses to go

Oct 25, 2016 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine leader slams comments made by the top US envoy to Asia that his fiery rhetoric and crime war were bad for business

Duterte tells worried foreign businesses to go