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PSEi is ASEAN's 3rd best in 1st half of 2019

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The Philippine Stock Exchange index ends higher in the 1st semester of 2019, with foreign investors as net buyers

In ASEAN, Duterte vents 'disappointment' over sea code delays

Jun 23, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks at the ASEAN Summit show he is 'not beholden to or afraid of any foreign country'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states during the 34th ASEAN Summit plenary session at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 22, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Protectionism slammed as Southeast Asian leaders rally to trade pact

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Trade tops the agenda at the Bangkok meeting, as tit-for-tat tariffs between China and the US cast a dark cloud over global growth

ASEAN. AAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations member states lead the launch of the ASEAN Satellite Warehouse during the 34th ASEAN Summit opening ceremony at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 23, 2019. Malacanang photo

Oops! Duterte can't reach Singapore PM in ASEAN handshake

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong share an awkward moment during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok

AWKWARD MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can't reach the hand of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the traditional ASEAN handshake on June 23, 2019. RTVM screenshot

World Cup in ASEAN's sights in '15 years' – Thai FM

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Southeast Asian nations hope to bring for the first time in the region football's biggest spectacle by launching a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup

CHAMPS. French players celebrate their World Cup triumph in the 2018 edition in Russia. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Duterte, Jokowi hail historic deal on sea boundaries

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:37 AM

The Philippines and Indonesia say the landmark agreement is a 'valuable example of peaceful and rules-based settlement of maritime borders'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 22, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines calls for 'upgrade of worker skills' in ASEAN

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asks other Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders for support in enhancing human development in the workforce

BUSINESS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with one of the chief executive officers (CEOs) from various Thai companies who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Waldorf Astoria Magnolias in Bangkok, Thailand on June 22, 2019. Malacanang Photo

Among world's worst polluters, ASEAN vows to tackle ocean waste

Jun 22, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to sign a 'Bangkok Declaration' on fighting maritime waste – a first of its kind – which promises to 'prevent and significantly reduce marine debris'

PLASTIC USE. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations vow to do something about ocean waste. Image from Shutterstock

Southeast Asian leaders throw weight behind China-led trade pact

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) Trade will be the focus of a two-day ASEAN Summit, amid discussions on the South China Sea, Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, and ocean pollution

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the officials who took part in the 6th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-US Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Malaysian PM vows ahead of ASEAN to help Rohingya bound for country

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'They are refugees. As much as we can do for them, we will,' the 93-year-old premier tells reporters on the sidelines of a business forum in Bangkok

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Duterte to discuss China's maritime claim 'lengthily' at ASEAN Summit

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine leader says he will pose this question during the regional summit in Thailand: 'Can you claim an ocean as your own?'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

ASEAN economies affected by US-China trade war – Lopez

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

'ASEAN should be prepared and have better trading performance with other countries not involved in the US-China trade issue,' says Philippine trade chief Ramon Lopez

TRADE WAR. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

PH-China sea row not affecting fisheries sector – DTI chief

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also says there's no need to raise the Recto Bank incident during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok where country leaders are expected to discuss a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on the sidelines of the exchange of business agreements between Filipino and Chinese investors at the Grand Hyatt Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] Will boat sinking put pressure on ASEAN Summit?

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel in the Reed Bank could force Southeast Asian countries to put pressure on China for an early agreement on a rules-based code

ASEAN leaders told to get serious on Rohingya issue

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:37 PM

ASEAN leaders meeting in Bangkok this weekend must 'drastically rethink' their response to the crisis, according to Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch

PH bags 5 golds in 2019 ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Vic Glysen Derotas and Mark Jay Bacojo sweep their divisions to banner the Philippines' golden haul

CHAMPION. Vic Glysen Derotas sweeps her division to bag one of the Philippines' 5 gold medals. Photo from Facebook

Narrowly getting plane tickets, Filipinos fly for ASEAN chess tilt

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:09 PM

A 57-man Philippine delegation will compete in the 20th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship in Myanmar

YOUNG MINDS. Al-Basher Buto, seeing action in the Under-10, and Jean Antonette Brade, competing in the Under-8 division, wave as they make their way to the ticket counter at NAIA Terminal 2. Photos sent by Bong Buto


Outcry as ASEAN predicts 'smooth' Rohingya return to Myanmar

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Amnesty International says it is 'astonishing' the report failed to mention the military atrocities that drove the Rohingya out, the continued segregation of those who remained, or ongoing armed conflict in Rakhine

ROHINGYA RETURN? A young Rohingya refugee walks back to his home at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Ray Parks nabs historic 3rd straight ABL local MVP plum

May 05, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Alab Pilipinas stalwart becomes the first and only player in the nine-year history of the regional league to win 3 MVP trophies

BATTLE-SCARRED. Ray Parks will enter the PBA having made history in the ABL. Photo from ABL

Indonesia detains Vietnamese fishermen after high seas clash

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The clash in the South China Sea at the weekend saw Jakarta summon Vietnam's ambassador on April 29, after the navy detained a dozen Vietnamese fishermen

SOUTH CHINA SEA. This screen grab taken from handout video on April 27, 2019 and released on April 29 by the Indonesian Navy shows members of the Indonesian Navy (R) watching as a Vietnamese coast guard ship (L) approaches and apparently rams their vessel, off the coast of Borneo in the South China Sea. AFP PHOTO/INDONESIAN NAVY

[OPINION] The world according to Rodolfo Severino

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Severino will be remembered as a great Filipino statesman in the tradition of those who served their homeland well by serving the world of nations

[OPINION] Remembering ‘Amba’ Rod Severino

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Former ASEAN secretary-general Rodolfo Severino Jr passes away on April 19, 2019, at the age of 82. Here's how I remember him.

'Immeasurable loss' to ASEAN community: Diplomats pay tribute to Rodolfo Severino Jr

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:44 PM

People who worked with former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr remember him as 'an exemplar in his career and a generous mentor'

ASEAN SEC-GEN. Then-ASEAN Secretary General Rodolfo Severino Jr during the closing ceremony of the 34th ASEAN Minister Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 24, 2001. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr dies at 82

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Much respected diplomat Rodolfo Severino Jr, former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, served the Philippines for over 3 decades

PASSING OF A DIPLOMAT. File photo of Ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr.

PBA-bound Ray Parks says farewell to Alab Pilipinas

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:42 PM

After wrapping up his three-year stint with Alab Pilipinas, Ray Parks gears up for his long-awaited PBA debut

MOVING FORWARD. Ray Parks looks to deliver the same stellar performances in the local pro league.  File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Hong Kong dethrones Alab Pilipinas in crushing quarters sweep

Apr 03, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Alab Pilipinas fails to defend its ABL crown as it fizzles out of the tournament with 6 straight losses

END OF THE ROAD. Michael Holyfield and Hong Kong Eastern deal PJ Ramos and Alab Pilipinas an earful – and later, a heartbreaker – in Game 2 of their quarterfinal duel. Photo from ABL

Alab on brink of elimination as HK pulls off quarters upset

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:48 PM

The skid continues for Alab Pilipinas as No. 7 Hong Kong stuns the defending champion in Game 1 of the ABL quarterfinals

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Saigon stuns reeling Alab Pilipinas, spoils Balkman return

Mar 24, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Alab Pilipinas heads to the playoffs as the No. 2 seed on a four-game losing skid

STRUGGLING. Ray Parks and Alab Pilipinas hope to regain their winning touch in the playoffs. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Brawl mars Alab Pilipinas-Taiwan game

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Tempers flare late in the game as Taiwan's Formosa Dreamers spoil Alab's perfect home record

THROWN OUT. Alab stalwart PJ Ramos gets ejected after figuring in a late skirmish. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Signing of ASEAN-Japan trade Protocol: What this means for Filipinos

Mar 11, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Japan has been a close ally and strong trade partner to the Philippines. Trade relations are about to get better with the First Protocol to Amend the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

Taiwan's Formosa outlasts banged-up Alab Pilipinas

Mar 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Alab Pilipinas plays minus Renaldo Balkman and 3 other key cogs, but still hangs on to the top spot despite the loss

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab running out of bodies as Balkman, Domingo go down

Mar 09, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'We are a banged up team. We already have half of our guys whose status are game-time decisions,' says Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag

INJURY LIST. Renaldo Balkman adds to Alab's growing injury list after suffering a concussion during their game against Macau. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fil-Am Mikh McKinney honored with Iverson comparisons

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Unleashing an eye-popping 50 points, Mikh McKinney definitely put on a show in his homecoming to the Philippines

ALL BUSINESS. Macau’s Fil-Am import Mikh McKinney gives Alab Pilipinas another scare. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab rallies past Macau, spoils McKinney's 50-point night

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:37 PM

The Alab Pilipinas Big 3 of PJ Ramos, Renaldo Balkman, and Ray Parks show up just when they're needed the most

SEALING THE DEAL. PJ Ramos fuels Alab Pilipinas’ strong closeout game against the Macau Black Bears. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas downs Singapore in bounce-back win

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos deliver the goods as Alab Pilipinas recovers from its worst loss in the ASEAN Basketball League

FULL CONTROL. Renaldo Balkman and Alab Pilipinas make sure to set the tone this time. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Hot-shooting Macau wallops Alab Pilipinas

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The Black Bears maul Alab right from the get-go, outscoring them 38-11 in the 1st quarter

NOT ENOUGH. The huge double-double outing of Alab import Renaldo Balkman isn’t enough to turn the game around. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas blasts Travis-less Mono Vampire

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The defending ABL champion cruises to its 16th triumph against a Thai side sorely missing PBA champion import Romeo Travis

BACK AT IT. PJ Ramos quickly gets to work after a one-game suspension. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

[OPINION] Thailand puts its spice in ASEAN 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Thailand has been cooking up a set of major 'dishes' it plans to serve at this year’s ASEAN 'party'

China: Dominant, distrusted in ASEAN

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:09 PM

While its dominance is acknowledged, China is not seen as an altruistic presence by most respondents in Southeast Asia, according to a report of the Singapore-based ASEAN Studies Center

ASEAN. This photo taken on November 10, 2018, shows a woman walking past the national flags of ASEAN countries at the Suntec City convention and exhibition center in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Playoff-bound Alab Pilipinas dominates Zhuhai anew

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Alab Pilipinas pulls away from the ABL pack after completing a season sweep of China's Zhuhai Wolf Warriors

STREAKY. Hot-shooting Caelan Tiongson (right) helps Alab Pilipinas erect a double-digit early against Chen Cai and the Wolf Warriors. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

PJ Ramos returns with triple-double in Alab's bounce-back win

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas cruises to a 26-point rout of China's Zhuhai Wolf Warriors to keep hold of the top spot

BACK IN FORM. There's no stopping Alab behemonth PJ Ramos this time. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HK downs Ramos-less Alab Pilipinas, Deguara hauls 31 boards

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Alab's 7-foot-3 banger PJ Ramos sits out due to food poisoning as Hong Kong's own 7-foot-5 giant Sam Deguara runs wild

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas clamps Hong Kong anew for 7th straight win

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Renaldo Balkman leads the pack as Alab Pilipinas stretches its winning streak to a season-best 7 games

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Journalists, institutions decry 'absurd legal attack' against Rappler

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) Journalist groups and institutions denounce the weaponization of anti-cybercrime laws

Returning Ray Parks drops 23 in Alab Pilipinas win vs Saigon

Feb 03, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Ray Parks impresses in his return from a three-game injury layoff with 23 points and 7 assists

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas rips up Zhuhai, runs win streak to 5

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The defending ABL champions comfortably remain up top with an 11-2 record

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Renaldo Balkman records a double-double of 34 points and 13 rebounds. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Ramos brushes off Deguara: 'I'm a dirtier person'

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:29 PM

PJ Ramos gets the last laugh even after Sam Deguara tried getting under his skin

LAST LAUGH. PJ Ramos (right) steps up to protect his team mates as he claimed that Sam Deguara almost injured Renaldo Balkman. Photo by Richard Esguerra/Rappler

Romeo Travis signs with Mono Vampire after Jason Brickman release

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Magnolia Hotshots champion import Romeo Travis is set to replace Mono Vampire's Jason Brickman

NEW ADVENTURE. Mono Vampire acquires the services of Romeo Travis after the import wins a PBA title with Magnolia. Photo by PBA Images

Alab Pilipinas blasts Hong Kong anew in battle of giants

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The 7-foot-3 PJ Ramos gets the better of his matchup with Hong Kong's 7-foot-5 behemoth Sam Deguara

Alab Pilipinas destroys Malaysia by 38 in revenge match

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:10 PM

PJ Ramos and Alab Pilipinas make sure there will be no heartbreaker this time as they thoroughly whip Westports Malaysia

BEHEMOTH. PJ Ramos makes the most of his height and heft to fuel Alab’s one-sided win. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler