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Massive beach cleanup for Hong Kong sea turtles

May 27, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Authorities and environmentalists blame southern mainland China for the increasing amount of garbage in Hong Kong waters

China, Burkina Faso establish ties following Taiwan snub

May 26, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Taiwan can now claim only one ally in Africa, Swaziland

Panda cub makes first public appearance at Malaysia zoo

May 26, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The fluffy little cub is born to Liang Liang, who has been on a loan to Malaysia since 2014

CUB. A 4-month old female giant panda cub, the second offspring of parents Liang Liang and Xing Xing who are on loan from China, is unveiled for the first time inside the panda enclosure at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on May 26, 2018. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

China deploys new weapons systems to Paracel Islands

May 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Nearby, the Philippines begins 'long-delayed repairs' to its runway on the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe  NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

More than 1,600 Chinese structures in South China Sea

May 25, 2018 - 9:51 PM

From basketball courts to buildings with radar equipment, nearly 800 of these Chinese structures can be found in the West Philippine Sea

SUBI REEF. This photo shows the artificial island on Subi Reef in the West Philippine Sea as of December 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Iran nuclear deal signatories meet for first time since U.S. pullout

May 25, 2018 - 3:22 PM

The 5 signatories still committed to the agreement have said they want Iran to stay in the deal

Merkel, Chinese premier defend Iran deal, free trade

May 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang show a united front on Iran and free trade during their meeting at the opulent Great Hall of the People in Beijing

IRAN DEAL & TRADE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 24, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Xiaomi Redmi S2 arriving on June 4 for P7,990

May 24, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Xiaomi makes its official announcement regarding the Redmi S2 for the Philippine market just a little over a week after its unveiling in China

REDMI S2. Xiaomi releases its second-cheapest phone next to the Redmi 5A. All photos from Xiaomi


Malacañang: Blacklisted Chinese firms deserve second chance

May 24, 2018 - 1:25 PM

This time, there will be 'no collusion' between the Chinese firms and local companies, says Marawi rehabilitation task force chief Eduardo del Rosario

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Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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May 23, 2018 - 11:27 AM

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Duterte's joke to Navy: One day, Philippines will invade other nations

May 22, 2018 - 8:20 PM

With an improved naval force, 'maybe we can start invading other nations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Navy during its anniversary

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May 22, 2018 - 6:57 PM

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Duterte insists war only alternative to dealing with China

May 22, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Yet various experts say there are other options aside from war and 'subservience' to China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Carpio, Del Rosario urge PH to protest Chinese bombers

May 22, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio warns the Duterte administration against 'handing over to China on a silver platter the West Philippine Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urge the Duterte administration to file a diplomatic protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo alarmed over Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 22, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo, however, erroneously says the Chinese bombers landed on Philippine territory. The Philippines is not claiming ownership of the Paracel Islands, where the bombers landed.

CALL FOR DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo once again urges the DFA to file a diplomatic protest against China over its increase militarization of the South China Sea. File photo by OVP

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May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

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Unlike Philippines, Vietnam condemns Chinese bombers

May 22, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Vietnam 'demands that China stop these activities' and 'cease militarization' of the South China Sea, even as Manila won't publicly condemn Beijing

VIETNAMESE DIPLOMACY. Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang takes questions during a press conference in Hanoi on August 3, 2017. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Beijing denies 'militarization' of South China Sea

May 21, 2018 - 10:05 PM

'The South China Sea islands are Chinese territories,' says China foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, adding this is 'part of the normal training for the Chinese military'

CHINA BOMBERS. This handout photograph taken and released on May 11, 2018 by Taiwan's Defense Ministry shows a Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft (left) flying alongside a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K bomber that reportedly flew over the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and over the Miyako Strait, near Japan's Okinawa Island, in a drill.  AFP/Taiwan   Defense Ministry/ Handout

AFP won't comment on China bombers, but says 'we are doing our mandate'

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'We can assure our people that your armed forces will never renege in its constitutional obligation to help secure and defend the territorial integrity of our nation,' says the AFP

SILENCE. AFP Spokesperson Colonel Edgard Arevalo says they have conducted patrols for the China bombers but declines to reveal their findings. Rappler file photo

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May 21, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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[OPINION] On the South China Sea: Let us help our President

May 21, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'As we had previously said, we are opposed to war – as we should be. But if threatened by the use of force, we should be ready to inflict, at the very least, a bloody nose on any attacker who is out to harm us.'

Tackle graft, governance to stem 'Golden Triangle' meth trade – UNODC

May 21, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Worth an estimated $40 billion a year, huge volumes of meth pass through the Golden Triangle – a wedge of land which intersects China, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar – waved through by corrupt law enforcement and border controls

YABA. Yaba tablets which contain methamphetamine and caffeine. Image from Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ya_ba

PH to raise Chinese bombers during next talks with China

May 21, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte still does not consider China a threat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a garland upon his arrival at the Golden Coast Hotel in Boao, Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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May 21, 2018 - 12:38 PM

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CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

DFA won't publicly condemn China over bombers

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is no longer the Philippines' strategy to file diplomatic protests against China at every opportunity it has. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Geopolitics, Duterte-style

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Duterte wants us to believe that China will intervene to keep him in power. What is troubling with Duterte’s empty boast is it unmasks his provincial view of regional security and his malnourished understanding of sovereignty.

Young Filipino ballers impress Sacramento Kings center, WNBA legend

May 20, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein and Sheryl Swoopes take charge in coaching and selecting the members of the 2018 Jr NBA Philippines All-Star squad

SHANGHAI-BOUND. The selected All-Star team are rewarded with a trip to Shanghai for the NBA China Games 2018. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S., China back off on tariffs, easing trade tensions

May 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(UPDATED) 'The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other,' says China's Vice Premier Liu He

Duterte pivots to China but his military turns to Australia, Japan

May 20, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'I think the Philippines has not entirely bowed down in the face of China. The political relationship clearly has been changed under President Duterte, but it’s more complicated than that,' says security analyst Euan Graham of the Australian think tank Lowy Institute

ENEMIES-TURNED-ALLIES. A P-1 patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and a Beechcraft C-90 of the Philippine Navy fly over the West Philippine Sea for Exercise Balikatan 2018. Photo courtesy of JMSDF

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

PH-U.S. relations shine as China concerns sidelined in Balikatan 2018

May 18, 2018 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines and the United States want to focus on their preparation for threats beyond China in Balikatan 2018

Philippines and US soldiers closed the Balikatan Flag to formaly closed the Armed Forces of the Philippines-United States Armed Forces Exercise Balikatan 34-2018 Closing Ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on May 18, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

For family, Vernon Macklin leaves Magnolia to play in Chinese league

May 16, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The former NBA player will play his last game for the Hotshots before heading to China for the National Basketball League

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE. Vernon Macklin (right) is averaging 21.0 points and 12.6 rebounds in his 3 games with the Magnolia Hotshots. File photo by PBA Images


Duterte: 'Remain meek, humble' to get 'mercy' of China's Xi

May 16, 2018 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says China's Xi Jinping is proposing a 'bigger share' for the Philippines in a joint development of the West Philippine Sea

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte says China's Xi vowed to protect him from ouster

May 15, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'We will not allow you to be taken out from your office,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recalls Chinese President Xi Jinping telling him

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

AFP chief careful, quiet on West PH Sea

May 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

'I'm sorry, I can't make statements,' Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr tells reporters, but gives assurances 'the AFP is doing its best' to protect Philippine territory

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr says only the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of National Defense may issue statements on the West Philippine Sea

Furious China calls Hong Kong student leader 'enemy of the people'

May 14, 2018 - 8:33 PM

The vilification of the 21-year-old Alice Cheung comes as concern grows there is no longer room for open political debate in Hong Kong under pressure from Beijing

ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. This undated handout photo taken by Tou Man and provided by Alice Cheung on May 14, 2018, shows Alice Cheung, head of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, posing in Hong Kong. Photo by Tou Man / AFP

Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea opened for barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The military says all 174,000 precincts opened by 11:30 am on Monday, May 14, including isolated islands in the West Philippine Sea and Palawan

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys. File photo from the Philippine military

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May 14, 2018 - 7:51 PM

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China firms in Marawi rehab once blacklisted by World Bank

May 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

These two Chinese firms are now part of the Bangon Marawi Consortium, a group of Chinese and Filipino companies tapped to rebuild areas hit by the Marawi siege

BLACKLIST. China State Construction Engineering Corporation and China Geo Engineering Corporation were sanctioned by the World Bank's anti-corruption unit in 2009.

Beijing urges ceasefire after deadly Myanmar border clashes

May 13, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Observers believe Beijing holds significant sway over the ethnic rebels near its border and is a key player in a faltering peace process steered by Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi

UNREST. Internally displaced people set up a campfire for warmth outside a temporary shelter in Danai, Kachin state, on May 12, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

China marks 10th anniversary of devastating earthquake

May 12, 2018 - 6:12 PM

With no live broadcast, state broadcaster CCTV chose to focus on live images showing newly reconstructed schools and apartment blocks while largely eliding any reference to the injured or dead, some of whom still lay beneath the new buildings

ANNIVERSARY. Flowers are placed in front of a memorial for victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in Beichuan, in China's southwestern Sichuan province on May 12, 2018. AFP photo

'Kung Fu' red pandas settle into new Laos sanctuary

May 11, 2018 - 11:36 PM

The 3 animals, nicknamed Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Peace, were among six found stuffed into crates during a random check of a van traveling from China over the border into northern Laos in January

RED PANDA. This picture taken on May 8, 2018 shows one of the three red pandas, once destined for the exotic wildlife trade, in a sanctuary in Luang Prabang. Photo by Joe Freeman / AFP

Zhu Jinqiang, China's celebrity earthquake pig, exposes sensitivities

May 10, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The heavy police presence around 'Zhu Jianqiang' (Strong Pig) shows how sensitive the earthquake remains 10 years after the massive temblor left 87,000 dead or missing, including thousands of children killed

SPECIAL PIG. This picture taken on April 25, 2018 shows a pig known as "Zhu Jianqiang", who became a national icon after it survived the devastating earthquake 10 years ago, sitting in its enclosure at a museum in Anren, Sichuan province. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

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VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

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