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Brunei denies gay discrimination despite sodomy stoning law

May 11, 2019 - 11:16 AM

While the country's sultan announced this week that such measures would not be enforced, the country remains on the defensive at a rare review of its record at the United Nations Human Rights Council

PROTEST. Gay activists kiss as they stage a protest in front of the Brunei embassy in Paris over the sultanate's new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery, on April 18, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP

Brunei won't enforce gay sex death penalty after backlash

May 06, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah says a moratorium on capital punishment that already applies to Brunei's regular criminal code would also extend to its new sharia code, which includes death by stoning for various crimes

PROTESTING. Gay activists shout slogans as they stage a protest in front of the Brunei embassy in Paris over the sultanate's new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery, on April 18, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

United Nations slams 'inhuman' Brunei law on stoning for adultery, gay sex

Apr 01, 2019 - 5:39 PM

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet's comments follow that of a number of politicians and celebrities condemning the laws and calling for a boycott of hotels owned by the sultanate

MICHELLE BACHELET. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech during the World Assembly for Women (WAW) in Tokyo on March 23, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Elton John joins call for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:54 PM

'We must send a message, however we can, that such treatment is unacceptable. That’s why David and I have long refused to stay at these hotels and will continue to do so,' says the singer

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 05: Sir Elton John performs onstage at Madison Square Garden on March 05, 2019 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images/AFP

Actor George Clooney calls for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'Whenever we stay at these hotels, we are putting money into men's pockets who stone and whip to death their citizens for being gay or accused of adultery,' Clooney says

Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:03 PM

The tiny sultanate will implement the harsh new penal code – which also prescribes amputation of a hand and foot for theft – next Wednesday, April 3

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China says U.S. aims to 'stir up trouble' with naval sail-by

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble sail near the Beijing-claimed Spratly Islands earlier Monday, February 11, as part of what Washington calls 'freedom of navigation operations'

SPRATLY. This file photo taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial shot of a reef in the disputed Spratly islands on April 21, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Flying to BIMP-EAGA? Travel tax waived for certain travelers

May 10, 2018 - 6:30 PM

BIMP-EAGA includes Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and the travel tax exemption aims to 'accelerate economic development in Mindanao and Palawan'

DUTERTE'S ORDER. President Rodrigo Duterte orders the travel tax exemption of Mindanao and Palawan travelers flying to BIMP-EAGA. Malacañang file photo

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

House urges Duterte to exempt BIMP-EAGA from travel tax

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:44 PM

House Resolution 1463 seeks to grant the travel tax exemption 'to help enhance trade, tourism, and investments in the said area'

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

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. 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

7 PH soap operas that made waves in Southeast Asia

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Filipino teleseryes have also become popular among our ASEAN neighbors

Miss Earth 2017 candidates share views on ASEAN, love for country

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Southeast Asian ladies tell us what they want their leaders to push for during the 31st ASEAN Summit, and what they love about their countries

[OPINION] How rich are Filipinos compared to our ASEAN neighbors?

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Compared to our ASEAN neighbors, the Philippines has treaded on a deviant growth path. Now, our poorer neighbors are growing faster than us. As we lead this year’s special ASEAN Summit, we might ask ourselves: How can we bolster our shaky standing in the region?

Meet the spouses of the ASEAN leaders

Nov 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Rappler places the spotlight on some of the spouses of the ASEAN leaders, from Brunei's Queen Saleha to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's long-time partner Honeylet Avanceña

MEET THE SPOUSES. Rappler looks at some of the spouses of ASEAN leaders. File photos from

FAST FACTS: Minimum wage in ASEAN countries

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia have the highest minimum wage rates in the region

21 must-try dishes from ASEAN countries

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Each Southeast Asian country offers a remarkable food experience you should not miss

Press freedom: What challenges do ASEAN journalists face?

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Censorship by state authorities, harassment and intimidation by armed forces, and repressive press laws continue to stifle free expression among ASEAN member countries

PRESS FREEDOM. Journalists in ASEAN face threats, censorship, and repressive laws.

Kualifikasi Piala Asia U-19: Siapkan variasi hadapi Brunei

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Indra Sjafrie mewaspadai semangat balas dendam negeri jiran

Pesepak bola Timnas Indonesia U-19 Witan Sulaeman melakukan selebrasi setelah mencetak gol pertama bagi Indonesia saat melawan Timnas Thailand U-19 dalam pertandingan persahabatan di Stadion Wibawa Mukti, Kabupaten Bekasi, Jawa Barat, Minggu (8/10). FOTO oleh Sigid Kurniawan/ANTARA

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Oct 07, 2017 - 10:38 PM

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IN PHOTOS: Duterte in Brunei to celebrate Sultan's golden jubilee

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte 'reaffirms the long and enduring ties' and 'renews the special friendship' between the Philippines and Brunei

50TH ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte visits Brunei as Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah marks his 50th anniversary on the throne. All photos from Malacañang

Duterte to visit Brunei; Medialdea named OIC

Oct 05, 2017 - 5:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to be in Brunei from October 5 to 6 to attend Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's 50th anniversary on the throne

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte prepares to preside over the 19th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang, along with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, on October 4, 2017. Malacañang photo

Sultan of bling: Brunei monarch marks golden jubilee in style

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:25 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and other leaders will attend a banquet to mark Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's 50th year on the throne

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Queen Saleha ride in a royal chariot during a procession to mark his golden jubilee of accession to the throne in Bandar Seri Begawan on October 5, 2017.  Brunei's all-powerful sultan marks 50 years on the throne on October 5 with lavish celebrations including a glittering procession, a 21-gun salute and a ceremony at his vast, golden-domed palace. / AFP PHOTO / Roslan RAHMAN

Brunei vs Indonesia: Timnas harus tentukan nasib sendiri

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Indra Sjafri memerintahkan pasukannya untuk fokus Tak usah memikirkan laga lainnya

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Brunei's 'hot royal' sparks selfie stampede at SEA Games

Aug 23, 2017 - 4:55 PM

26 year old polo playing Prince Abdul Mateen is mobbed by fans clamoring for selfies with him

'HOT ROYAL'. Prince Abdul Mateen of Brunei is sixth in line to the oil-rich sultanate's throne and has been the favorite of gossip websites. Photo from Instagram @tmski

Rappler Talk: Meet the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:10 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to two ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes on Rappler Talk at 8 pm Tuesday August 8 Bookmark this page to watch the interview

TIMELINE: Agreements, challenges in ASEAN

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The regional bloc's unity and mettle have been put to the test over the last 5 decades

Southeast Asian leaders wrestle over China at summit

Apr 29, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Other ASEAN leaders seek to toughen up President Rodrigo Duterte s statement on Chinese expansionism according to diplomats

ASEAN 50TH. Association of the Southeast Asian Nations leaders pose for a family photo at the Coconut Palace on Saturday, April 29.

PH-Indonesia RoRo first to sail on new shipping route

Apr 28, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The new route within the BIMP EAGA will open on April 30 and is expected to boost trade and relations between PH and Indonesia

NEW ROUTE. The new shipping route between the Philippines and Indonesia is expected to boost trade and relations between the two countries.

Southeast Asia's leaders steer away from democracy – activists

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:22 PM

Human rights is in a precipitous downward spiral in every ASEAN country except perhaps Myanmar and that’s only because military rule in that country was so horrible for so long says Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

Sultan Bolkiah wants PH-Brunei cooperation vs drugs

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The Brunei leader and President Duterte witness the signing of deals on halal industry development and cultural cooperation

SULTAN'S STATE VISIT. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and President Rodrigo Duterte prepare to witness the signing of deals inside Malacañang Palace. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

How much does a Big Mac cost in ASEAN countries?

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:14 PM

Aside from being a global favorite the staple fast food item is a tool used to measure the purchasing power of a country’s currency

TASTY. The Economist's Big Mac Index uses the tasty McDonald's staple to measure the value of different currencies.

Brunei's Sultan Bolkiah arrives in Manila for state visit

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is also in the Philippines to attend the 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings

ARRIVAL. Brunei Darussalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is given a warm welcome upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on April 26, 2017 for his State Visit to the Philippines and his attendance to the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Ace Morandante/ Presidential Photo

ASEAN leaders to avoid direct China criticism in summit

Apr 26, 2017 - 4:29 PM

The chairman s statement at the 30th ASEAN Summit will merely hint at China s island building in the sea without mentioning it by name a draft shows

#ASEAN2017. A worker waters the grounds around an ASEAN logo outside the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), venue for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila on April 25, 2017. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Pia Wurtzbach's manager on Brunei issue: Everything is okay

Apr 24, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Jonas Gaffud Pia s manager says he and Filipino businesswoman Kathelyn Dupaya already smoothed over the issue Dupaya apologized over the misunderstanding

Indonesia's Widodo, Brunei Sultan to visit PH in April

Apr 19, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The visits of President Widodo and Sultan Bolkiah coincide with the 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings

VISITORS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) and Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei will visit the Philippines in April 2017

QUIZ: How well do you know the ASEAN member countries?

Apr 18, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Test your knowledge on the 10 countries making up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

ASEAN MEMBERS. Cars and tuk-tuk ride past a row of ASEAN member countries' flags in the Laos capital of Vientiane on July 23, 2016. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Max's Group to bring Yellow Cab Pizza to Brunei, Malaysia

Mar 21, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The Philippines largest casual dining operator will open at least 10 Yellow Cab Pizza stores in Brunei and Malaysia within 5 years

Duterte's choice as Brunei envoy declines post

Dec 06, 2016 - 3:04 PM

The appointment of lawyer James Lao who said he wants to spend more time with his ailing wife was earlier deferred by the Commission on Appointments

CHIEF DIPLOMAT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) needs to pick a new ambassador to Brunei after his original nominee declined the post. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Brunei to help PH tap trillion dollar halal market

Oct 17, 2016 - 8:08 PM

The Philippines also seeks to revive the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area BIMP EAGA initiative

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Duterte to Filipinos in Brunei: I love my country

Oct 16, 2016 - 10:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says patriotism drives him to go after drug lords and drug pushers

Duterte cancels Brunei trip after Davao City blast

Sep 03, 2016 - 10:38 AM

UPDATED Filipinos in Brunei are told that Duterte s visit has been postponed

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) arrrives at the site of an explosion at a nigth market in Davao City in southern island of Mindanao early September 3, 2016. At least 10 people died and dozens were injured when an explosion rocked Duterte's home city of Davao on September 2, 2016 night, police told AFP. The explosion occurred in a bustling part of the city and close to one of its top hotels that is popular with tourists and business people, city spokeswoman Catherine dela Rey said. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO

US vows 'action' if China builds new South China Sea structures

Jun 04, 2016 - 10:38 AM

3rd UPDATE Unfortunately if these actions continue China could end up erecting a Great Wall of self isolation says US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

SOUTH CHINA SEA. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter delivers his speech during the First Plenary Session of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 15th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, June 4, 2016. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

China using 'coercive tactics' in maritime claims – Pentagon

May 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

In an annual report to Congress the Defense Department outlines China s rapid military growth and describes how it is assertively defending sovereignty claims across the contested East China Sea and South China Sea

EAST CHINA SEA. A file picture dated April 27, 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. File photo by Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

US warship sails by South China Sea reef, irking Beijing

May 10, 2016 - 7:29 PM

UPDATED It is Washington s third freedom of navigation operation in the disputed waters launched in recent months after China built several artificial islands as it asserts claims to nearly all the sea

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China warns Southeast Asia over maritime dispute

Apr 28, 2016 - 9:05 PM

Any sort of arbitration goes against the Declaration on the Conduct DOC of Parties in the South China Sea signed between 10 nations from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN and China in 2002 says Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin

LIU ZHENMIN. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin speaks to reporters during a press briefing at the 11th ASEAN-China Senior Officials meeting at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore, April 28, 2016. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA