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Shunned by Chinese tourists, Thailand's Phuket braces for rare slump

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Chinese tourists are usually present even during Phuket's low season, but that is 'not the case this year'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 02, 2019, a couple sit at a restaurant on Raway beach on Phuket island. - Hotels in Thailand's most popular holiday island have been forced to slash prices with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as tourist chiefs struggle with a plunge in visitors from China caused by the US trade war and stronger baht. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Lorenzana: ‘Nothing wrong’ with deal between China-backed telco and military

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:40 AM

The defense chief says he 'most probably will sign' the agreement between the military and Dito Telecommunity, but holds off while the Senate reviews its security implications

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin Lorenzana at a Senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agencies. September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Angeles City shuts down Chinese-operated POGO firm

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

City Hall closes a POGO company which had no business permit and was not paying business taxes

PAGE 2019 (the Phil-Asian Gaming Expo) at SMX Convention Center in Pasay on July 12-14, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Cebu Pacific launches direct Clark-Guangzhou flights

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Cebu Pacific says the new route will cater to the increasing demand for leisure and business travel and will boost investments in the special economic zones in Central Luzon

CEBU PACIFIC FLIGHTS. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Number of China's ultra-wealthy dwindles in 2019

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The number of richest Chinese – with holdings worth at least 2 billion yuan ($281 million) – fall to 1,819. Alibaba founder Jack Ma remains at the top of the list.

JACK MA. Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks with reporters following his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Here's where Panda Express is opening in the Philippines

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:19 PM

They didn't say, however, when the first branch is opening

HELLO, PANDA. Panda Express will be opening in the Philippines soon. Photo courtesy of JFC and Panda Express

Jeremy Lin says playing for China 'always on my radar'

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:58 PM

After winning an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors, Jeremy Lin turns his focus on leading the Beijing Shougang Ducks in the Chinese pro league

FRESH START. Former NBA player Jeremy Lin graces the introductory press conference held by his new team Beijing Shougang Ducks. Photo by STR/ AFP/China Out

39 Chinese workers in Cavite hospitalized for 'food poisoning'

Sep 26, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Police say the Chinese workers reportedly complained of 'abdominal pain' after they ate at the 'in-house canteen' of the company where they worked

China plans triumphant 70th anniversary despite headwinds

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The anniversary is meant to showcase China's extraordinary rise from the ravages of war and famine to a modern, powerful nation state whose economic and military muscle is viewed by many with increasing concern

This photo taken on September 8, 2019 shows children painting an image of the emblem of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on a wall in Yangzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province, during an event to celebrate the upcoming anniversary on October 1. STR / AFP

Pasig River bridge grants allow hiring of Chinese blue-collar workers – DPWH

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The DPWH says this arrangement is allowed in the agreement that Manila signed with Beijing in May 2019

GRANT. The grant agreement with China allows the firms to hire Chinese workers for the Pasig River bridge projects. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

China using fishing vessels for surveillance, control of West PH Sea – DND

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Chinese fishing vessels complement Chinese naval and coast guard ships, and could be used for 'asymmetric warfare of sea control and sea denial' against Filipinos, the defense department says in a report to a lawmaker

LONELY OUTPOST. An aerial view shows the BRP Sierra Madre that has been grounded since 1999 to assert the Philippines' sovereignty over Ayungin Shoal. The China Coast Guard constantly patrols the area, the DND says. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

51 Chinese women rescued in Parañaque 'prostitution den'

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Thirty-one Chinese nationals are arrested for managing and transacting at an alleged prostitution den

ARRESTED. Dozens of Chinese men are arrested in a prostitution den masked as a wellness spa. NCRPO photo

Influential U.S. scientist under fire for Xinjiang links

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Calls for Michigan State University to review its research activities in China after a leading computer scientist gave a keynote speech at the country’s largest biometrics conference

FACIAL RECOGNITION. An influential US scientist is taking fire for a presentiation on biometrics at a Chinese conference. Image adapted from work by Gogi Kamushadze.

Police file charges vs 181 illegal Chinese POGO workers in Cebu

Sep 11, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The employees face charges of violating illegal gambling and cybercrime laws

Senators want Chinese ship owner to pay damages to Gem-Ver fishermen

Aug 29, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan welcomes the apology, but does not think it should be taken as a matter of fact. The apology calls Reed Bank part of the Nansha Island Group.

DAMAGED. A damaged F/B Gem-Ver arrived in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lacson: Philippines lost P82 billion in Chinese imports tax in 2017

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'May nakikinabang dito, Customs. So how about automation? Computerized na tayo pero there's no automation,' says the senator

BUDGET. Senator Panfilo Lacson at the briefing by the Development Budget Coordination Committee on the FY 2020 national expenditure program on August 29, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines accepts apology of Chinese ship owner

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Philippines welcomes the acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to the owner of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver

Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Vir, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Reed Bank, towards the shore of Brgy. San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Carpio corrects China ship owner's apology: Recto Bank not part of Spratlys

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Recto Bank is within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, 'beyond the territorial sea of any island in the Spratlys'

GEM-VER. In this photo, the damaged stern of Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver is seen as it arrives back in its hometown of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Unfriendly, not hostile: Navy drafting protocols for warship intrusions

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The Philippine Navy is working on protocols for foreign vessels 'intruding' in territorial waters, following President Rodrigo Duterte's order to enforce sovereignty even through 'unfriendly' ways

FIRST FRIGATE. The BRP Jose Rizal as it was launched in a shipyard in South Korea in May 2019. Expected to join the Philippine Navy fleet in 2020, it will be the country's most powerful warship yet. Photo from the Philippine Navy

Chinese survey ship's brief passage 'OK' – Lorenzana

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials are studying how to enforce President Rodrigo Duterte's order that foreign vessels must get permission before entering Philippine waters

Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad of the Philippine Navy (left) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (right) at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After Chinese vessel sightings, Carpio urges passage of bill defining sea lanes

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the measure would aid in the tracking of foreign ships passing through Philippine waters as it can require ships to turn on trackers

SEA LANES. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says a bill designating sea lanes where foreign ships could pass is needed. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIST: China's incursions in Philippine waters

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:06 AM

As the Duterte administration claims friendlier ties with China, Philippine officials report several sightings of Chinese vessels criss-crossing Philippine waters without due notice

Lorenzana lauds Duterte’s warning to foreign vessels trespassing PH waters

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The defense chief says the license to get compliance from unauthorized vessels even through an ‘unfriendly manner’ gives security forces authority to enforce the law

DEFENSE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Chinese Coast Guard ship spotted near Ayungin Shoal

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The military also reports that Chinese and Vietnamese fishing vessels were sighted around Panata Island in the West Philippine Sea

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

What connects Duterte to Fujian Normal University?

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Why is a college in a Chinese university named after President Rodrigo Duterte's mother? The answer lies in the President's Fujian connection: Chinese tycoon Jose Kho.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Award Rank of Kamagi on businessman Jose Kho during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on May 28, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

120 Chinese workers among 400 dengue cases in Mariveles coal plant

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

A report by the Bataan Provincial Health Office said poor hygiene practices among workers of the GNPower Mariveles coal plant was the reason for the dengue outbreak

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over warships in EEZ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'Drop the diplomatic crap; say it is ours period; they're trespassing,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

De Lima to Duterte: Scrap deals with Chinese firms in key PH islands

Aug 17, 2019 - 3:57 PM

Senator Leila de Lima cites 'claims from no less than our top military officials that Chinese presence in these strategic border islands would pose, if not guarantee, security risks to our country'

CHIQUITA ISLAND. File photo from Wikipedia

Lorenzana wants Duterte to bring up warship incursions during China visit

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Where did they come from? Where are they going? Obviously they are going back to China pero ang mas malaking question, saan sila galing at bakit sila dumadaan sa Sibutu Strait?' asks the defense chief

LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants President Rodrigo Duterte to bring up with China's President Xi Jinping the illegitimate passage of Chinese warships in Philippine waters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military hits 'trespassing' by Chinese warships in Philippine waters

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:15 PM

'Incursions' by Chinese naval vessels in the Sibutu Strait may not have been overtly hostile but the military says they pose a security threat that needs to be addressed

TRESPASSING. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

'Not an act of friendship,' says Panelo on Chinese ships in Sibutu Strait

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The passage of Chinese warships may be the subject of yet another Philippine diplomatic protest, which critics have said are not working

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

5 more Chinese warships spotted in Philippine waters in July, August

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The military says this is in addition to the passage of 4 Chinese vessels earlier this year, all without permission from the Philippine government

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

China demands justice for death of Chinese worker in Las Piñas

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:40 PM

China urges the Philippine government to 'bring to justice' those responsible for the death of a 27-year-old Chinese man in Las Piñas City, believed to have been detained by his Chinese employer

PODCAST: Gem-Ver: The men, the crash, the journey home

Aug 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

It's been 2 months since a Chinese trawler rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. In this podcast, Rappler revisits that harrowing night, and more.

Malacañang will ‘not allow nor tolerate’ abuse vs foreign nationals

Aug 11, 2019 - 2:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders a probe into the death of a Chinese national who was allegedly abused by his Chinese employer

PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte orders an investigation on the death of a Chinese national allegedly abused by his Chinese employer. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Another Chinese survey vessel found operating in PH waters

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Map images show Chinese survey ship 'Dong Fang Hong 3' operating in Philippine waters a day after Chinese ship 'Zhanjian' was seen operating off the country's east coast

VESSEL'S PATH. Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Dong Fang 3' operating inside the Philippines exclusive economic zone. Photo from Ryan Martinson

POGO hubs would protect Chinese workers' rights – Pagcor

Aug 08, 2019 - 5:25 PM

'When we refer to POGO hubs as self-contained communities, what we mean is that these hubs will have all the basic needs of the foreign employees of POGO,' says Pagcor Chairperson Andrea Domingo

Malacañang won't allow abuses vs Chinese workers

Aug 08, 2019 - 2:23 PM

The Palace wants Pagcor to explain its plan to put Chinese POGO workers in self-contained hubs before it comments

China slams Pagcor proposal to place Chinese workers in 'hubs'

Aug 08, 2019 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) China expresses 'grave concern' over the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s plan to place Chinese workers in 'self-contained' communities to limit their interaction with locals

Police release 3 alleged Chinese kidnappers after victim left PH

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The victim, 24-year-old Lei Kun, already left the country, according to the Chinese consulate

China survey vessel in PH waters? Not until AFP says so – Locsin

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's not happening until I hear from the Armed Forces,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the reported presence of a Chinese vessel in the country's exclusive economic zone

MILITARY INFO ONLY. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said he would only rely on military information regarding a Chinese survey vessel supposedly operating in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

LOOK: Chinese survey ship found operating in PH waters

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Zhanjian' operating 80 nautical miles off the east coast of the Philippines

VESSEL'S PATH. Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Zhanjian' operating inside the Philippines exclusive economic zone. Photo from Ryan Martinson

Philippine military warns on Chinese investment in key islands

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the government should study the security implications of handing over the islands to foreign entities

CHIQUITA ISLAND. Military spokesman Brigadier-General Edgard Arevalo says the government should study the security implications of handing over the 3 islands to foreign entities. File photo from Wikipedia

Visa-upon-arrival scheme for Chinese to be ‘tightened,’ not scrapped

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:48 PM

One proposal considered at the August 5 Cabinet meeting is ‘automatic blacklisting’ of Chinese nationals who overstay after benefiting from the VUA scheme

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP hits 'deception' in China warships' passage

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels

CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China's southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently spotted conducting a massive naval drill with dozens of vessels in the South China Sea, according to satellite images released on March 30. Photo by Planet Labs Inc/AFP

PH 'refining' visa on arrival for Chinese due to overstaying issues

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Triggered by statements of concern on the influx of illegal Chinese workers, the Bureau of Immigration is also now considering the possibility of scrapping the scheme altogether

Duterte to study removal of 'visa on arrival' privilege for foreigners

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the suggestion after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr raised security concerns over the surge in the number of Chinese working in the Philippines

PHILIPPINE GATEWAY. Tourists head to Philippine immigration officials upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jae Maryanol  STRICTER RULES. The Bureau of Immigration has imposed stricter work permit requirements for foreigners. Photo by Jae Maryanol

Esperon sees influx of illegal Chinese nationals as 'threat'

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:28 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says he's concerned when any one nationality comes to the Philippines in droves 'and their intent is not clear'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Chinese tourists accosted for taking photos of naval facility in Palawan

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Taking pictures is generally prohibited in most military facilities because it risks giving away valuable tactical information

CORDONED OFF. The Philippine Navy has sought to cordon off a portion of a tourist area in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where a naval facility can be viewed and photographed. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Nearly 400 Chinese detained in record Vietnam gambling bust

Jul 28, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Chinese and Taiwanese groups use Vietnam as a venue for online betting rings in recent years