Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ARTICLE FINDER

New ASEAN chief vows disaster relief boost after deadly storms

Jan 05, 2018 - 3:43 PM

'Our region is disaster-prone,' Lim Jock Hoi says at his inauguration ceremony at ASEAN's Secretariat in Jakarta. 'This underscores the need to strengthen ASEAN cooperation in disaster management and humanitarian assistance.'

LIM JOCK HOI. Lim Jock Hoi (R), the new Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), delivers his speech during a handover signing ceremony for his post in Jakarta on January 5, 2018. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/ AFP

LTO cancels Maria Isabel Lopez's driver's license

Nov 27, 2017 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) The actress will not be allowed to reapply for a license in the next two years, and must also pay P8,000 in fines

[OPINION | Newspoint] A summit of lost chances

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Indeed, if any summiteer came away truly happy, it must be China

ASEAN Unity Park to rise in Batangas

Nov 24, 2017 - 4:02 PM

The ASEAN Unity Park will be located in the future 40-hectare campus of FAITH Colleges in Balete, Batangas, an area near Lake Taal, one of the country's premier tourism destinations

ARTIST’S PERSPECTIVE. The planned ASEAN Unity Park in Balete, Batangas, will showcase trees and plant species common to the 10 ASEAN countries.

ASEAN’s existential question

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Can it have a united voice on the South China Sea and achieve peace in these contested waters?

Australia, SE Asia join forces to choke militant financing

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The new alliance aims to disrupt the funding of militant groups through enhanced financial intelligence sharing, Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan says

DESTRUCTION This photo taken on October 25, 2017, shows bombed-out buildings inside of what was the main battle area between government troops and ISIS-inspired Muslim militants in Marawi. Ted Aljibe/AFP

ASEAN 2017: A wasted opportunity for the West Philippine Sea

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

'The Philippines' chairmanship wasn't just a missed opportunity; it significantly weakened ASEAN's standing on political-security matters,' Southeast Asia expert Gregory Poling tells Rappler

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approaches the podium to deliver his keynote address during the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañang photo

The week in photos: November 11-17, 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 2:06 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegates watch the performance of the Philippine Ballet dancers during the Opening Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on November 13, 2017.World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / NOEL CELIS

Protests more 'amazing' in PH: Trump effigy wows Jimmy Kimmel, foreign netizens

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:53 PM

'Comparatively, our protests here suck. I mean, where did they get that giant Trump fidget spinner? That's amazing!'

Legarda at COP23: 'We have to do both the difficult and the impossible'

Nov 17, 2017 - 5:05 PM

'The window of opportunity on achieving the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement is fast closing and any delay will result in the irreversible,' says Senator Loren Legarda as she delivers the Philippine statement

CALL FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE. Senator Loren Legarda delivers the Philippine Statement during the High-Level Segment at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) happening in Bonn, Germany. Photo from Legarda's Twitter account

Arrested Abu Sayyaf planned ASEAN Summit attack – PNP

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Police say one of the suspects cased malls, a park, and the PICC – the venue of the ASEAN Summit – ahead of the international event

ABU SAYYAF MEMBERS. Police present3 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group who allegedly planned to launch an attack during the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

A region in panic: ASEAN doubles down against ISIS threat

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East

URBAN WARFARE. The war in Marawi City challenged Filipino troops used to fighting in the jungles. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Environmental groups urge PH, ASEAN to join global coal phase-out

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Studies show coal is projected to rise in the whole ASEAN region in the next few years

What #ASEAN2017 accomplished: How much do they matter?

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

From migrants' rights to a code of conduct, here’s what came out of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

LOOK: What First Ladies wore at the 31st ASEAN Summit

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

This is how First Ladies dress on the world stage

STATE STYLE. The spouses of ASEAN leaders make interesting fashion choices at the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo from Twitter.com/MYembassymanila

Maria Isabel Lopez appeals to LTO to grant her 'senior citizen discount'

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Maria Isabel Lopez appears before the LTO but has yet to submit a formal written appeal for breaking into the special ASEAN lanes

ASEAN on China, Solano on Castillo, Da Vinci painting sold for $450M | Evening wRap

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

China wins vs U.S. at ASEAN Summit but loses on publicity

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

China gets things done in areas that matter – trade and security. It champions free trade and practically silences protests over its aggression in the South China Sea.

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Duterte's ASEAN chairmanship was a win for him and China

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:47 PM

The Summit hosting is a 'diplomatic gift' to Duterte and a win for China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017, expresses the country's continuing commitment to building a strong and resilient ASEAN Community. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang says world's admiration gained from ASEAN Summit

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Opposition lawmakers who labeled the summit as a 'failed PR stunt' 'obviously did not know what happened behind closed doors,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

ASEAN avoids hitting China in Chairman's Statement

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:30 PM

ASEAN evades reference to China's militarization of the South China Sea, as it hails the 'positive momentum' in Southeast Asia's ties with China

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the 31st ASEAN Summit, where Southeast Asian leaders avoid directly criticizing China over its militarization of the disputed South China Sea. Malacañang photo

Sotto: Justin Trudeau raised EJKs to ‘divert’ trash issue

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:13 PM

(2ND UPDATE) 'Imbes na mapag-usapan 'yung basura ng Canada na dinump sa atin, dinala niya 'yung usapan sa EJK na hindi pinag-uusapan ng superpowers like the United States, China, and even the EU because they feel that it's a local problem,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III

Regional security takes centerstage in Abe's ASEAN 2017 trip

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The Japanese prime minister makes repeated calls to put pressure on North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear program

SECURITY CONCERNS. Japan's Shinzo Abe wants the international community to put pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Where police stayed during the ASEAN Summit

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Rappler takes a look at the place where more than a thousand cops from outside Metro Manila stayed during the ASEAN Summit

Low-key elegance: Honeylet Avanceña's ASEAN Summit looks

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The President's partner keeps it simple when meeting some of the most powerful people in the world

SILVER BELLE. President Duterte's partner Honeylet Avanceña looks elegant in a silver terno as she greets Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. Malacañang Photo

'Failed PR stunt': House opposition criticizes Duterte admin's ASEAN hosting

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:37 PM

The opposition bloc criticizes the administration for a costly 'photo op' and hits the regional bloc for its silence on human rights issues, including those in the Philippines itself

HOSTING DUTIES DONE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi exchange pleasantries following the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

'You're a woman, what do you know about cars?'

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Maria Fe Perez-Agudo, head of the Philippine arm of Korean carmaker Hyundai, shares her experience of male bosses intimidating her

TOP EXEC. Hyundai Asia Resources Inc's Maria Fe Perez-Agudo. Agudo's photo courtesy Hyundai Philippines

Sidelined at ASEAN Summit? No big deal for Robredo

Nov 15, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Despite not being invited to serve an official function, Vice President Leni Robredo believes the Philippine government was 'successful' in mounting the 31st ASEAN Summit

VP AT WORK. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, held on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo by the OVP

Rubbing elbows with ASEAN business giants? Here's the price

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:36 PM

On the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, some of the region's most prominent businessmen get the chance to meet and network together

SEA OF ATTENDEES. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

50 cops hurt in protests during ASEAN Summit

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:08 PM

The ASEAN Security Task Force recognizes the cops' efforts in an awarding ceremony

Jacinda Ardern forges stronger NZ-PH ties on first Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The first Philippine visit of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yields 3 bilateral agreements with the host country

FIRST PHILIPPINE VISIT. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the final day of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on november 14, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Plus points on human rights, a miss on environment for Justin Trudeau

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confronted by the issues of human rights, women empowerment, and his country's illegal shipment of trash to the Philippines at the 31st ASEAN Summit

MAN OF THE HOUR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the International Media Center for the 31st ASEAN Summit on November 14. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

No more ASEAN lanes along EDSA, Roxas Blvd – MMDA

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The MMDA ends the implementation of ASEAN lanes along EDSA and Roxas Boulevard Wednesday morning, November 15

Violence marks ASEAN 2017 protests in Manila

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:16 PM

More than a hundred protesters are injured from the protest actions during the 31st ASEAN Summit

Various protest groups roit near the US Embassy to protest US Pesident' Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Leader's Summit on November 13, 2017

UN chief low-key in first Philippine visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:48 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits the Philippines amid the tense dynamics of the international organization with President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines is last piece of ASEAN puzzle for CIMB

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Malaysian banking giant CIMB Group seeks a license to operate in the Philippines to complete its market positioning as an 'ASEAN bank'

ASEAN anti-cybercrime declaration calls for united front

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:22 AM

ASEAN adopts the ASEAN Declaration to Prevent and Combat Cybercrime, a vow to unify anti-cybercrime measures among ASEAN member states and organizations like the ASEANAPOL, EUROPOL, and INTERPOL

Trump: I fixed ties with PH, a 'most prime real estate' militarily

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:20 AM

"[In] the Philippines, we just could not have been treated nicer....The relationship with the past administration was horrible, to use a nice word,' says US President Donald Trump

'BETTER' PH-US TIES. US President Donald Trump exchange pleasantries with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Russell Palma/ ASEAN Pool Photo

The many ways ASEAN chair Duterte asked media to leave the room

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:10 AM

From asking cameramen to 'disappear' to saying the ASEAN Secretariat 'does not like' them, here are the ways President Rodrigo Duterte requested media to let country leaders discuss matters in private

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

WATCH: Light moments at the 31st ASEAN Summit

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:06 AM

Trump and Medvedev's handshake bloopers, Trudeau and his screaming fans, Duterte's duet with Pilita Corrales, and more!

OOPS. (L-R) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, US President Donald Trump, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong join hands for the family photo during the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

New Zealand's Ardern talks to Duterte about 'values' of peace

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 AM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the youngest leader at the ASEAN Summit, meets President Duterte, the septuagenarian ASEAN leader

Exhausted Duterte ends yearlong ASEAN hosting

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte looks forward to going home to his 'city by the sea' to be with his grandchildren and youngest daughter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the opening remarks of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)-Canada 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH, foreign performers react to canceled ASEAN Music Festival

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:02 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Filipino and foreign performers who were at the festival – Ben&Ben, The Ransom Collective, Nading Rhapsody, and more – speak up about the cancellation

BEN&BEN. The Filipino folk-pop band is among the acts that were part of the ASEAN Music Festival lineup. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte says Trudeau raising EJKs 'an official insult'

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:12 PM

(UPDATED) When asked about Trudeau's comment, Duterte says: 'I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult. That’s why you hear me throwing out curses and epithets.'

INSULT. President Duterte said he didn't like foreigners making comments on how he runs the country. Photo from ASEAN Media Pool

Duterte after ASEAN Summit: 'Everybody is scared' of terrorism

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:09 PM

'Half of the time, we discussed the issue of terrorism. Everybody is scared,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

URBAN WARFARE. The Philippine military fought ISIS-linked armed groups in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

East Asia Summit: 'Unprecedented sense of crisis' over North Korea

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:44 PM

The Japanese prime minister urges the international community to put the pressure on North Korea and force it to end its nuclear and missile tests

PRESSURE ON PYONGYANG. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is among the many world leaders who want the international community to put the pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: 31st ASEAN Summit, November 14

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Watch the 31st ASEAN Summit live on Rappler

ASEAN, East Asia vow to step up efforts to end hunger in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:40 PM

In a 15-point statement, the leaders commit to a 'strong determination to enhance cooperation in food security by encouraging countries in the region to take effective measures'

ASEAN PLUS THREE. The leaders of the ASEAN Plus Three, which includes ASEAN member-states, People's Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, pose for a photo during the 20th APT Commemorative Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ASEAN Music Festival canceled as people faint from overcrowding

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:30 PM

(5th UPDATE) Makati police chief Senior Superintendent Gerardo Umayao says the event was canceled because 'people began passing out'