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Duterte in India, Gadon files complaint vs Sereno, PDEA requires body cameras | Evening wRap

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Water cannons repel anti-Trump protesters at ASEAN sidelines

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Protesters carry placards that say, 'Trump Go Home' and 'Ban Trump #1 terrorist.' Police say there were nearly 2,000 people at the rallies.

WATER CANNONS. Riot policemen use water cannons on protesters trying to march to the ASEAN Summit venue during the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Duterte on ASEAN, New York attack | Midday wRap

Nov 01, 2017 - 12:37 PM

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Startups, investors meet at the ASEAN Slingshot

Oct 27, 2017 - 7:07 PM

DTI leads the biggest government-initiated startup event in the Philippines and the ASEAN region

SLINGSHOT. DTI officials and angel investors pose during launch ASEAN Slingshot event. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

Philippines to consult ASEAN on joint China sea oil search

Jul 26, 2017 - 6:41 PM

It will not be a unilateral action from the Philippines because the premise of the president is peace and stability and unilateral action by anybody leads to destabilization Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano tells reporters

JOINT SEA OIL SEARCH? China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (R) attend a joint press conference in Manila on July 25, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Palace on G20 Summit: Duterte doesn't need approval of others

Jul 11, 2017 - 2:40 PM

UPDATED Malacañang says it s not President Rodrigo Duterte s style to attend economic fora like the G20 Summit

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

PHONE CALL. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the phone with the help of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. Malacañang file photo

Duterte, Jokowi launch PH-Indonesia shipping route

Apr 30, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Both leaders expect a boost in trade between the two countries with the opening of the new Davao General Santos Bitung route

LAUNCH. Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Aiport in Davao City for the launching of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) shipping service on April 30, 2017. Photo by Presidential Photo

Ex-DFA chief raises 5 questions on Duterte's China policy

Apr 25, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario says the Philippines should take advantage of its leadership of the ASEAN to make sure that the arbitral ruling is part of the Code of Conduct

5 QUESTIONS. Former foreign affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario raises 5 questions against President Rodrigo Duterte's China policy

ASEAN: Maximum security, minimum hassle for Metro Manila

Apr 23, 2017 - 12:19 PM

For the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila road closures will be kept to a minimum while commercial flights will largely remain unaffected says security officials

ALL SYSTEMS GO. Over 41,000 personnel from different government agencies will be part of the security and emergency response teams for the ASEAN summit in Metro Manila. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

41,000 persons in uniform to secure ASEAN Summit

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:28 PM

UPDATED Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde says the PNP continues to monitor threat groups even as there has been no report of any imminent danger

PREPARED FOR ASEAN. Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde says 41,000 policemen will secure the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Manila. File photo from

Duterte in Vietnam: What to expect

Sep 28, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Both the Philippines and Vietnam are claiming parts of the West Philippine Sea Will Duterte s visit to Vietnam s capital herald new ways forward in the maritime dispute?

OFF TO HANOI. President Rodrigo Duterte departs for his official visit to Vietnam on September 28, 2016. Photo from PPD

5 things Duterte and Jokowi are expected to discuss

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

From their respective drug wars to the Abu Sayyaf which include Indonesians as their hostages here are 5 things Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian president Joko Widodo are likely to talk about

Yasay to ASEAN: Support Hague ruling on sea row

Jul 25, 2016 - 12:16 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says the ruling on the West Philippine Sea South China Sea is final and binding

ASEAN MINISTERS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (4th from left) joins other ASEAN foreign ministers during the first ASEAN meeting that he attended. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Aquino: 'I hope I showed best face of PH to the world'

Jun 08, 2016 - 11:31 AM

President Benigno Aquino III says the Philippines has regained its standing as a worthwhile partner of the international community

RAPPLER TALK. President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions from Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on June 7, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Duterte on dictatorship, Trump's abortion remark, ASEAN health | 12PM wRap

Mar 31, 2016 - 1:06 PM

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Cheaper air fares in ASEAN seen as PH signs protocols

Feb 08, 2016 - 2:26 PM

The Philippines signs the so called 5th and 6th freedoms of the air allowing broader flight options within the region

IMPROVED AIR CONNECTION. The Philippines finally signs Protocols 5 and 6 of the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement in Air Services. File photo by Rappler

After Dubai, Binalot plans to expand in Asia

Feb 02, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Armed with a beefed up menu and steady following Binalot plans to increase its franchise owned stores in the coming years

WIDER REACH. Binalot is actively seeking more foreign franchisees where there is a large Filipino community. Photos from Binalot media relations

Sereno asks telcos to act swiftly on PH's slow Internet

Sep 26, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Meanwhile Senator Bam Aquino says: The facets of the Internet go beyond just communications If we want to grow this country we have to solve this Internet issue fast

 HORRIFYINGLY SLOW. "Our Internet bandwidth is horrifyingly narrow and outrageously slow…This is a negative shoutout to the two major telcos,” Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

How the millennial consumer is reshaping the PH economy

Aug 26, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Maybank says the Philippines young population and declining fertility rate will lead to an increase in the number of working adults who will drive domestic demand and spur economic growth

THE LATTE GENERATION. The ubiquitous coffee place is the start of the Millennial workforce's expanding consumption trends, which in turn is reshaping the Philippine economy. Shutterstock photo

'China miscalculated US response to reclamation'

Jun 09, 2015 - 7:55 AM

Former ABC News Beijing bureau chief Chito Sta Romana tells Rappler China is caught in a bind after the US strongly responded to its reclamation activities

'CHINA'S FURIOUS.' Former ABC News Beijing bureau chief Chito Sta Romana says China was furious that the US strongly criticized its artificial island-building in the South China Sea

DA launches sustainable initiative under WEF

Apr 26, 2015 - 8:17 PM

The Grow Asia Initiative promotes high value crops to improve the quality of life in rural areas

SMEs in the Philippines: Going beyond survival

Nov 11, 2014 - 10:54 AM

Many Philippine SMEs remain too small only meagerly augment household incomes and are unable to take advantage of opportunities brought about by ASEAN integration

Singapore on US' role in disputes: You're not omnipotent

Oct 29, 2014 - 12:07 AM

Singapore s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tells the United States that to stay relevant in Asia it must maintain good ties with China

ADVICE FOR US. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gives advice to the United States on how to stay relevant in Asia. Photo from Forbes

Winners of the ASEAN stamp design competition in PH

Oct 15, 2014 - 5:37 PM

The Philippine Postal Corporation PHLPost sent the winning designs to compete with other ASEAN member countries

Q&A: JAZA on PH economy, ASEAN 2015

May 30, 2014 - 3:18 PM

For Ayala Corporation chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala the outlook is bright for the nation as well as for the region

BULLISH. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala talks to Rappler during the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Makati. Photo by Rappler

‘Chief mermaid,’ other WEF champions gather at #OCEAN14 summit

May 24, 2014 - 12:02 AM

More than 150 others from various World Economic Forum communities are now in Cebu for a summit dubbed OCEAN 14

OCEAN 14. From talk to collaboration – WEF champions hold a summit in Cebu that seeks to inspire innovations not only in the Philippines but also in the ASEAN region

HIGHLIGHTS: World Economic Forum 2014 | Opening Plenary

May 22, 2014 - 9:44 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and other dignitaries share their views on how to leverage growth to ensure equitable progress for all

Aquino: I didn't ask ASEAN for arbitration support

May 12, 2014 - 2:43 PM

But the Philippine president says he is satisfied with the statement made by ASEAN supporting the resolution of disputes through peaceful means

CONSENSUS. President Benigno Aquino III says the statement of ASEAN leaders expressing concern over China's aggression is sufficient. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Obama’s Visit to the Philippines: The likely issues?

Apr 26, 2014 - 11:45 AM

The US invokes the law when it suits Washington’s interest China depends on history and chooses to ignore the law in explaining its position which is based on Beijing’s conception of its national interest


US eyes progress on South China Sea tensions

Jun 06, 2013 - 12:42 PM

I think there seems to be an understanding that at a future date maybe sometime this year they will announce a formal beginning of negotiations on a code of conduct says a U S official

DISPUTED. This territory west of the Philippines is claimed by six countries

Landmark treaty between EU, PH signed

Jul 11, 2012 - 9:54 PM

New treaty paves the way for a full scale free trade agreement between PH and EU

Filipinas rule the board room: PH 2nd in world for females in top posts

Mar 10, 2012 - 8:24 AM

The Philippines came in 2nd only to Russia in a ranking of countries with women in senior management positions