Cambodian parliament launches era of one-party rule

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Parliament will reconvene on Thursday for the formality of voting Hun Sen back in as prime minister, extending his 33-year rule over the country by another 5 years.

CAMBODIA'S PARLIAMENT. This handout photo taken and released by the National Assembly on September 5, 2018 shows lawmakers meeting at the National Assembly during the opening ceremony of the parliament in Phnom Penh. Photo by Cambodia National Assembly/AFP

‘To forget is a crime’: Genocide survivor helps heal Cambodia’s wounds

Sep 01, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Youk Chhang receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018 for his work gathering and preserving evidence of the Khmer Rouge abuses

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cambodia king pardons jailed opposition lawmaker

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:57 PM

In an interview with government-aligned media, Um Sam An says his newfound freedom was a chance to 'reconcile the nation'

PARDONED. Former Cambodian opposition lawmaker Um Sam An (R) speaks to media at a pagoda after he was released by royal pardon in Phnom Penh on August 25, 2018. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia opposition leader denied bail again

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Kem Sokha's supporters earlier hoped he would be freed once the election result is beyond dispute

KEM SOKHA. Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) is escorted by police at his home in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017. File photo by AFP

Cambodia frees activist, bails journalists after flawed election

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Cambodia's king pardons land campaigner Tep Vanny at the request of strongman prime minister Hun Sen, days after he officially extended his 33-year grip on power

TEP VANNY. Cambodian land activist Tep Vanny speaks to journalists outside Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on August 21, 2018 after she was released by a Royal pardon on August 20. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

[OPINION] Finding a way forward for Cambodia after sham elections

Aug 21, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The Prime Minister is treating Cambodia as a personal fiefdom that can one day be handed over to one of his sons

Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The dissolved opposition is planning on ramping up efforts with governments abroad to put more pressure on Cambodian leader Hun Sen

HUN SEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. AFP PHOTO

Cambodia PM Facebook hacked to 'give away parliament seats'

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Hackers break into Hun Sen's official Facebook page and say the Cambodian People's Party would give away 4 seats to other parties

HUN SEN HACKED. Image of Hun Sen from via Wikipedia

Cayetano defends why PH hailed controversial Cambodia polls

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:51 PM

'The Western countries sometimes have their standard of what elections should be,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

CAMBODIA POLLS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano explains why the Philippines congratulated Cambodia on its recent elections. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen swears to die if vote numbers inflated

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party claims it won all 125 parliamentary seats in the deeply flawed July 29 poll, cementing the country as a one-party state and extending his 33-year grip on power

DIE BY THE NUMBERS. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) waves at supporters during a campaign rally in Phnom Penh on July 27, 2018.  Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

PH hails globally condemned Cambodia elections

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines says the Cambodian elections were 'successful' – a far cry from the chorus of condemnation from the United States, Australia, and the European Union

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands during their meeting at the Peace Palace in Cambodia on December 14, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

The week in photos: July 28-August 3, 2018

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:54 PM

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

VIETNAM ATTRACTION. Visitors walk along the 150-meter long Cau Vang "Golden Bridge" in the Ba Na Hills near Danang on July 31, 2018.  Photo by Linh Pham/AFP

Cambodia ruling party claims 'huge victory' in vote decried as 'sham'

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:48 AM

(UPDATED) Unopposed strongman Hun Sen is set to extend his term once more as Cambodia's longest-serving head of government

POLLS OPEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) casts his vote during the general elections as his wife Bun Rany (center L) looks on in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2018. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Without an opposition, Hun Sen vows runaway win in Cambodia polls

Jul 27, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The only serious challenger to the ruling Cambodian People's Party was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November

RIVALS ELIMINATED. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (center) waves at supporters during a campaign rally in Phnom Penh on July 27, 2018. Photo bt Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Floods from Laos dam collapse force evacuations in Cambodia

Jul 26, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Twenty-seven people are confirmed dead, with 131 still missing, after the Xe-Namnoy dam collapsed on Monday in a remote southern corner of Laos, leaving villagers with little time to escape

LAOS FLOODING. This handout photo taken on July 25, 2018 and released to AFP on July 26 by Mime Phousavanh shows an aerial view of the flooded area in Sanamxai, in Attapeu province after a dam collapsed on July 23. Courtesy of Mime Phoumsavanh/AFP

PH's Howard Dee, 5 others named 2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Other awardees of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize are Youk Chang of Cambodia, Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz of East Timor, Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk of India, and Vo Thi Hoang Yen of Vietnam

RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARDEE. Former Ambassador Howard Dee is honored for his contributions to peace and social justice. Photo from

'Battery of Asia': Laos's controversial hydro ambitions

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:01 AM

The dam collapse this week in southern Laos that left at least 26 dead and scores missing has shed light on the perils of the country's big bet on hydropower

'BATTERY OF ASIA.' The entrance of Houay Ho Hydropower Plant is seen in Sanamxai, Attapeu province on July 25, 2018. Photo by  Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Cambodia finds 33 surrogate mothers in raid on illegal business

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Five people, including a Chinese national, were arrested during the operation in the capital late Friday

DETAINED. Australian national Tammy Davis-Charles (2nd L), seen with other detainees on August 3, 2017, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sourcing clients for a surrogacy clinic in the impoverished kingdom, as authorities crackdown on 'womb for rent' businesses. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP

Cambodian prince injured, wife killed in head-on road crash

Jun 17, 2018 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) A member of the royalist Funcinpec party confirms the wife's death but says Prince Norodom Ranariddh is expected to recover

ROYAL. Cambodia's Prince Norodom Ranariddh (C), leader of the royalist FUNCINPEC party, speaks to media after a meeting at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh on November 27, 2017. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Fears as Cambodia's 'last independent' newspaper sold to Malaysian investor

May 06, 2018 - 6:09 PM

The sale swiftly raised concerns about a contracting space for independent media in a country that lost its other main English newspaper in 2017

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

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

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

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

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