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Cambodian journalists charged with espionage for filing news to U.S.

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The journalists — Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin — now face up to 15 years in jail for allegedly running an illegal media studio from a guesthouse in Phnom Penh

U.S. calls on Cambodia to 'undo' opposition party ban

Nov 17, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Washington hits out after Cambodia's Supreme Court outlaws the Cambodia National Rescue Party and banned more than 100 of its politicians in a ruling blasted by a rights groups as the 'death' of the nation's democracy

HUN SEN. This handout photo taken and released on April 4, 2016 shows Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking during a meeting at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh.  Photo by Cambodia National Assembly/AFP

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

Cambodian opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:49 PM

The verdict was widely expected from a justice system heavily warped by the influence of long-standing premier Hun Sen, who is accused of ruthlessly targeting rivals in the run-up to 2018 polls

PARTY'S OVER. Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) sit at CNRP headquarters in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2017. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

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

What DongYan fans should know about Cambodia PM Hun Sen

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:17 PM

Hun Sen's 32-year rule is seen as essentially authoritarian in a government accused of fraud, corruption and human rights violations

DONGYAN MEET HUN SEN. Actors and couple Marian Rivera and Dingong Dantes are invited by Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen to the welcome dinner for leaders attending the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo from Dingdong Dantes' Facebook page

LOOK: 10 years after chairing ASEAN, Arroyo keeps it presidential

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:15 PM

With President Duterte still in Vietnam, his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hosts the welcome dinner for Cambodia's Hun Sen and Myanmar's Suu Kyi

PRESIDENTIAL. Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo looks every bit presidential in the welcome dinner she hosted for Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. All photos are screengrabs from RTVM feed

World leaders start arriving for ASEAN Summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) Cambodia's Hun Sen and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi are the first two leaders to land in the Philippines for the biggest ASEAN event this year

ASEAN LEADER. Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is one of two world leaders to arrive in the Philippines on November 11, 2017, for the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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.

Family, friends mark 21st death anniv of Jesuit martyr

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:12 PM

Brother Richie Fernando, who died saving students in Cambodia in 1996, is the 26-year-old Filipino Jesuit seminarian now on the road to sainthood

ROLE MODEL. Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando, 26, is remembered for trying to stop his student from releasing a grenade in a school for the handicapped in Cambodia. Photo from sjapc.net

PH can be ASEAN model for migration policies – World Bank

Oct 09, 2017 - 2:22 PM

A new World Bank study says ASEAN countries should reform their migration policies to boost labor mobility and promote the welfare of migrant workers in the region

MIGRATION. OFWs ready to leave the Philippines for better income opportunities. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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

Half of Cambodia's opposition have fled crackdown, MP says

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Many leave for the US or European countries where they have family or dual citizenship

Cambodia opposition leader charged with treason, espionage – court

Sep 05, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The case comes as opponents of Cambodia s strongman premier as well as NGOs and the critical press have increasingly been smothered by court cases and threats ahead of a crunch general election next year

UNDER ARREST. Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) is escorted by police at his home in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Cambodian paper to close as opposition leader arrested for treason

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:41 PM

The Cambodia Daily one of the country s few remaining independent newspaper is facing a multi million dollar tax bill

Saving Angkor: Yoshiaki Ishizawa’s work in reviving Cambodian heritage

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Yoshiaki Ishizawa wins the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2017 for his decades long work conserving Angkor Wat and reviving Cambodia s sense of culture and identity

Tearful Alora still unable to overcome Cambodian rival but has no regrets

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The Filipino Rio Olympian wins a silver but knowing she was unable to overcome this same foe on her fourth try overwhelms her

NO REGRETS. Taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora is tearful as she talks to the media later on after yet another loss to her Cambodian rival in the 2017 SEA Games. But she says she did her best, and she has no regrets. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Philippines upsets Cambodia in SEAG men's football opener

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:26 AM

The Philippine women s team also wins 2 1 over Malaysia

UPSET. Philippines has earned its first victory over Cambodia since the 2005 SEA Games

Cambodian political commentator jailed for 18 months

Aug 10, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Political analyst Kim Sok is charged with defamation and inciting unrest for comments in a radio interview suggesting links between the ruling Cambodia People s Party and the shooting of government critic Kem Ley

Rappler Talk: Meet the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:10 PM

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Southeast Asian nations feud over China sea claims

Aug 06, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED Southeast Asian nations fight to find a compromise on how to deal with Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. ASEAN foreign ministers take part in a meeting of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on August 5, 2017. Erik de Castro/AFP

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

Killed Filipino Jesuit in Cambodia on road to sainthood

Jul 31, 2017 - 12:10 AM

UPDATED Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando could become the first Filipino saint born in the 20th century

ROLE MODEL. Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando, 26, is remember for trying to stop his student from releasing a grenade in a school for the handicapped in Cambodia. Photo from sjapc.net

Southeast Asian nations torch $1-B of seized drugs

Jun 26, 2017 - 2:41 PM

The burnings to mark the UN s world anti drugs day follow another year of record seizures of narcotics from the remote borderlands of Myanmar Laos southern China and northern Thailand

FOR DISPOSAL. Employees from the Food and Drug Administration puts bags of methamphetamines into a vat before their incineration during the 47th Destruction of Confiscated Narcotics event by the Thai Government at Bang Pa-In Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya on June 26, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Top Khmer Rouge leader denies genocide at close of UN-backed trial

Jun 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Khieu Samphan one of the Khmer Rouge s few public faces as its head of state claims he was not part of the killing machine that decimated nearly a quarter of Cambodia s population

Local Cambodia polls test strongman's popularity

Jun 04, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Sunday s vote in more than 1 600 communes – village clusters – is seen as a warm up to next year s crunch national elections

In this file photo, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attends the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, April 2017. File photo

Cambodia wielding 'courts of injustice' ahead of polls

May 30, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Authorities have embarked on what Amnesty International described as a systematic campaign using the criminal justice system to harass and intimidate opponents

Supporter of Cambodian People Party (CPP) ride their motorbikes during the Commune Election Campaign in Phnom Penh on May 21, 2017. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Honeylet and Kitty in Phnom Penh

May 12, 2017 - 10:55 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s family members go on a hospital visit and a tour of several attractions in the Cambodian capital

While President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ASEAN 2017 at the Sokha Hotel, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 11, 2017, his First Lady Honeylet and their daughter Veronica take time to show their compassion to the ailing children of the Kantha Bopha IV Children's Hospital. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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May 11, 2017 - 9:19 PM

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Duterte set to visit Cambodia, Hong Kong, Beijing

May 08, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017 in Cambodia meet with Filipinos in Hong Kong and join the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

A race to kill democracy

May 03, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Leaders in two Southeast Asian countries the Philippines and Cambodia have used a startlingly similar playbook to undermine the opposition and subvert democracy

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

Dutchman held in Cambodia with thousands of child porn photos

Apr 19, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Evrard Nicolas Sarot is detained on Tuesday in Siem Reap province with pictures on his iPad and a digital camera of naked boys aged between 11 and 15 according to police

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

Ceres, Global win big in AFC Cup with highlight goals

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Pinoy football clubs shone on Tuesday Can this success help boost the upcoming national league?

Iain Ramsay's superb goal was the pick of the bunch on Tuesday night. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Gunman called 'Meet to Kill' admits murdering Cambodian critic

Mar 01, 2017 - 5:38 PM

Oeuth Ang a former soldier who had little steady work shoots Kem Ley in the head while his victim was having a morning coffee at a Phnom Penh gas station in July

Man jailed for Facebook threat to Cambodian PM Hun Sen

Feb 24, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Ven Sopheap a resident of eastern Prey Veng province is given a two year prison sentence for issuing a death threat and inciting discrimination

This handout photo taken and released on April 4, 2016 by the Cambodia National Assembly shows Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking during a meeting at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh.  Cambodia's parliament on April 4 approved a rare cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Hun Sen, a move he described as a "neccessary measure" as the under pressure strongman gears up for a tough election fight in 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CAMBODIA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CAMBODIA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Angelina Jolie unveils Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia

Feb 19, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Angelina presents her second film First They Killed My Father based on the memoirs of Loung Ung

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (1st-L) speaks as her children and actors of her new film stand on a stage during the premiere of Jolie's new film "First They Killed My Father" at the Elephant Terrace inside the Angkor park in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP PHOTO / STR

ASEAN lawmakers: PH will lose int'l credibility if death penalty returns

Feb 15, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Just because an issue is popular it doesn t make it morally right or effective says anti death penalty Malaysian parliamentarian Kasthuri Patto

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. From left to right: Representatives Lawrence Fortun, Ramon Rocamora, Tom Villarin, Cambodian Parliamentarian Mu Sochua, Malaysian Parliamentarian Kasthuri Patto, Philippine Representatives Edcel Lagman and Yul Servo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Cambodia to arrest 3 suspects behind photoshopped image of king

Jan 02, 2017 - 3:48 PM

UPDATED The suspects supposedly used a photo editing software to put King Norodom Sihamoni in a gay porn scene

RESPECTED. King Norodom Sihamoni is largely respected in Cambodia. File photo by Ace Moradante/Malacañang Photo

Cambodian court convicts exiled opposition leader

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:48 PM

In an email to Agence France Presse Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy slams the verdict saying his conviction was reached by a kangaroo court

CONVICTED. In this file photo, Cambodia's main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy arrives at a conference room to speak to the press in Tokyo on November 10, 2015. File photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

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Dec 16, 2016 - 11:44 AM

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