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PH to North Korea: Stop ‘provocative’ missile tests, start peace talks

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippine embassy in Tokyo and the Consulate General in Osaka are closely monitoring Filipinos working in Japan

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano conveys the ASEAN position on North Korea's missile tests to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in a meeting on August 7, 2017. File photo from DFA

Cayetano hits UN rights chief for 'deliberate misinformation' on PH

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano wants the UN rights chief to use a Philippine report in May when the UN official was citing Kian delos Santos death in August

HUMAN RIGHTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits the UN human rights chief for using not only facts from the Philippine government. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH to bring home 200 Filipinos affected by Hurricane Irma

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says more than 200 Filipinos from parts of the Caribbean have sought repatriation after Hurricane Irma

AFTER IRMA. A handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defense (MOD) on September 12, 2017, shows the devastation of the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands on September 11, 2017, following the passing of Hurricane Irma. Photo by AFP/Crown Copyright 2017/MOD/CPG George Eatwell

#WalangPasok: Gov't offices, courts in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:05 AM

4th UPDATE Malacañang and the Supreme Court both announce work suspensions for Tuesday September 12 as Tropical Depression Maring brings heavy rain

U.S. commits P102M to reduce drug demand in PH

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:31 PM

We look forward to working with the Philippine government US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

PH-US COOPERATION. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Ambassador Sung Kim sign the 5th amendment to the Philippine-US letter of agreement on narcotics control and law enforcement on September 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano on public safety: PH 'far from Singapore'

Sep 08, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano denies that he once said the Philippines seems as safe as Singapore because of the Duterte administration

'SAFER' PHILIPPINES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says on September 8, 2017, that the Philippines is 'a little bit safer' now, 'but still far from being Singapore or Japan.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

10,000 Filipinos face U.S. deportation as Trump ends amnesty

Sep 06, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Prepare for the worst Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says after US President Donald Trump ended the DACA amnesty for young immigrants

OPPOSING TRUMP. Immigrants and supporters stage a rally and march in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to end DACA on September 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, USA. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

DFA warns 153,000 Filipinos in the path of Hurricane Irma

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano advises affected Filipinos in the US to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety

PREPARING FOR IRMA. Costco runs out of water as people shop to prepare for Hurricane Irma on September 5, 2017 in North Miami. Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP

DFA opens passport courtesy lane to first-time OFWs

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also removes the 1 200 slots a day that used to be reserved for travel agencies

MORE SLOTS AVAILABLE. Thousands of passport appointment slots have opened after the Department of Foreign Affairs after it removed preferential accommodation for clients of travel agencies and relatives of DFA employees. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano inspects the passport processing area in ASEANA in this file photo. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

PH hits North Korea over 'provocative' H-bomb test

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:05 PM

UPDATED The Department of Foreign Affairs assures Filipinos in Seoul that it is ready to help with evacuation if the situation further escalates

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PH hails benefits for 50,000 Filipino helpers in Qatar

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:05 PM

A new law in Qatar limits household staff to a maximum of 10 working hours a day and entitles them to an annual 3 week leave

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PH slams North Korea for missile over Japan

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano urges North Korea to halt these dangerous and provocative actions which heighten tensions increase instability and the risk of miscalculation and could possibly endanger lives

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano conveys the ASEAN position on North Korea's missile tests to to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in a meeting on August 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of DFA

7-year-old Filipino boy confirmed dead in Barcelona terror attack – DFA

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The boy was earlier listed as among the missing after a van plowed through a pedestrian filled boulevard in the city center

IN SOLIDARITY. People stand next to flowers, candles and other items set up on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona as they pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, three days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 14 persons and injuring over 100 on August 20, 2017. Javier Soriano/AFP

Filipina's 7-year-old son missing after Barcelona attack

Aug 19, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The mother and son were in Barcelona to attend the wedding of a cousin when the Barcelona terror attack happened DFA says

TRIBUTE. People sit next to flowers, messages, stuffed toys and others items displayed on the Rambla boulevard on August 18, 2017, to pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, a day after a van ploughed into the crowd. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

4 Filipino-Irish family members hurt in Barcelona attack

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Two members of the family have been released from the hospital while the other two are still under observation says Philippine Honorary Consul to Barcelona Jordi Puig Roches

BARCELONA ATTACK. The van that ploughed into a Barcelona crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others, is towed away from the Rambla on August 18, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Alejano: Does PH have 'strategy of silence' in West Philippine Sea?

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Have we already adopted the strategy of silence inaction and subservience in West Philippine Sea so as not to offend China? asks opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano

WHAT'S THE POLICY? Opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano criticized DFA secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over recent statements made concerning the West Philippine Sea. File photo

DFA raises alert level 1 in Guam, Northern Marianas

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:11 PM

This alert level covers nearly 70 000 Filipinos in Guam and the Northern Marianas a group of islands that includes Saipan

ALERT LEVEL 1. DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the the Philippines has placed Guam and the Northern Marianas under crisis alert level 1 as tensions rise in the Korean Peninsula. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No Filipino hurt in violent Virginia protests – DFA

Aug 13, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Philippine embassy in Washington DC calls on Filipinos in Charlottesville and neighboring areas to stay indoors and avoid large gatherings

VIOLENCE. A vehicle plowed into a crowd of people at a Virginia rally, where violence erupted between white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protesters, witnesses said, causing an unclear number of injuries. Photo by Paul J Richards/AFP

DFA defends Cayetano claim on China reclamation

Aug 11, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The DFA says the Philippines position on the South China Sea dispute is always based on the latest intelligence we have on the ground

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the closing ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo courtesy of ASEAN Media Pool

Photos prove Cayetano, Wang wrong on China reclamation

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:50 AM

CSIS releases photos that show China didn t stop its reclamation activities in 2015 as claimed by Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Don't tell us what to do, PH tells countries on sea dispute

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The problem of territorial disputes between China and the Philippines is between China and the Philippines says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

SEA ROW. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano holds a press conference on August 8, 2017, that tackled a range of topics including the Philippines' dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH admits not pushing ASEAN to hit China island building

Aug 08, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says he didn t want to include China s aggressive behavior in the ASEAN foreign ministers joint statement

ISLAND BUILDING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines did not push ASEAN to include China's island building activities in their recently issued statement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima asks DFA to invite UN expert to probe Marawi humanitarian crisis

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The opposition senator says the government has the duty to pursue an impartial investigation by an independent commission

An elderly Maranao woman is flanked by her grandchildren in Al-Qayriya Madrasa, an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. 60 days after the Marawi siege started, the Internally Displaced are still not sure if they have a home to return to. Government forces are still fighting the IS-linked Maute group in Marawi city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Top China diplomat Wang Yi to visit Philippines

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making a rare official trip to the Philippines

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on June 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

West PH Sea worth more than $24B from China – Carpio

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The value of resources in the West Philippine Sea is much much higher than the Philippines 24 billion package from China SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says he is sure the value of the West Philippine Sea's riches 'is much, much higher' than the Philippines' $24-billion package from China. Photo courtesy of Stratbase-ADRI

Rally world around Hague ruling, experts tell PH

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

We just dropped the ball after the ruling came out so how can you expect the world to support us? says SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

HAGUE RULING. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (4th from left) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (5th) lead the group of panelists at a forum on July 12, 2017, the first anniversary of the historic hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Stratbase-ADRI

Talk to China or go to war? 'False option,' Carpio says

Jul 12, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Those who raise the issue of war with China either do not understand the 3 warfare strategy of China or simply are scaring Filipino people to make them submit to China says SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WAR THREAT? Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says on July 12, 2017, that China 'does not want war' over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Rappler photo   WAR THREAT? Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says on July 12, 2017, that China 'does not want war' over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Rappler photo

Justice Carpio hits Duterte policy after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2017 - 5:59 PM

I do not at all blame the DFA for this because the chief architect of our foreign policy is not the DFA but the President SC Senior Associate Justice Carpio says

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio criticizes the Duterte administration's policy on the West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

PH urged to 'reassume leadership' a year after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Even today countries hope for us to lead from our position of strength says ex DFA chief Albert del Rosario

ICON OF DIPLOMACY. Albert del Rosario, 76, formally steps down as the Philippines' foreign affairs chief on March 7, 2016, after 5 years in service. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH hails ties with China on year 1 of Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Philippines calls itself a regional peacemaker after adopting positive neighborly relations with China

WARMER TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Philippine leader's visit to China in May 2017. Photo from Presidential Photo

Duterte foreign policy: Independent but isolated

Jun 29, 2017 - 8:00 PM

In disregarding the international ruling on South China Sea We allow ourselves to be bullied but we call it an independent foreign policy an analyst says

CHIEF DIPLOMAT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reviews inside the ASEM Villa for the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on September 6, 2016. Malacañang file photo

Philippines condemns attack near UK mosque

Jun 20, 2017 - 3:02 PM

No Filipino is reported injured in the attack near the Finsbury Park Mosque in London the Philippines says as it reaffirms its solidarity with the UK

TERROR ATTACK. People gather to attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the scene of a van attack in Finsbury Park, north London on June 19, 2017. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

Missing Filipina in London fire presumed dead – embassy

Jun 18, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The remains of Ligaya Moore have yet to be found since the massive blaze engulfed the Grenfell Tower on June 14

CASUALTY. The Metropolitan Police has listed Filipina Ligaya Moore as those presumed dead in the massive fire that hit Grenfell Tower in London. Photo from the Facebook Page of the Philippine Embassy int he United Kingdom  CASUALTY. The Metropolitan Police has listed Filipina Ligaya Moore as those presumed dead in the massive fire that hit Grenfell Tower in London. Photo from the Facebook Page of the Philippine Embassy int he United Kingdom

Philippines to appeal Malaysia death sentence on 9 Filipinos

Jun 16, 2017 - 4:38 PM

The 9 Filipinos face Malaysia s death row over the Sabah standoff that killed at least 70 people in 2013

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines will appeal the death sentence imposed on 9 Filipinos in Malaysia. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Search on for missing Filipina after London fire

Jun 16, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Missing Filipina Ligaya G Moore is at least 60 years old a member of the Jesus Is Lord JIL church and a resident of Grenfell Tower in London

MISSING FILIPINA. Ligaya Moore, a Filipina, remains missing after the Grenfell Tower on July 14, 2017, killed at least 17 people in London. Photo of Moore from the Philippine embassy in London; photo of Grenfell Tower from AFP

Philippines lifts moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar

Jun 15, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Philippine labor attaché David Dicang says the situation in Qatar has normalized

SITUATION NORMALIZED. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III lifts the moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Malacañang

DOJ moves to cancel Lascañas' passport

Jun 15, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Arturo Lascañas is facing murder and frustrated murder charges over his confession of operating to kill radio man Jun Pala

SELF-CONFESSED HITMAN. Retired police SPO3 Arturo Lascañas during a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cayetano to diplomats: 'No abuses' under martial law

May 30, 2017 - 7:28 PM

For the first time Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano briefs up to 97 diplomats about President Rodrigo Duterte s declaration of martial law in Mindanao

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks to reporters on May 30, 2017, after briefing the diplomatic corps about martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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May 24, 2017 - 12:25 AM

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Cayetano to scrap passport appointment system

May 23, 2017 - 3:12 PM

Our goal is that when you walk in you will be able to apply for your passport Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

PRIORITY AT DFA. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano inspects the DFA's passport processing area in ASEANA, Parañaque City, on May 19, 2017, his first full day as DFA chief. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

DFA urged to file protest over China's war threat

May 21, 2017 - 7:05 PM

This comes after China reportedly threatened the Philippines with war if it forces the issue of the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. New DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is urged to file a diplomatic protest against China for its war threat. Rappler photo

PH to 'boycott' conditional aid from 'all countries'

May 19, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also praises China and Japan for helping the Philippines without conditions

FIRST DAY. Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano visits DFA's passport processing area in ASEAN on his first day as top diplomat. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cayetano wary of 'legally binding' rules in South China Sea

May 19, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The Code of Conduct in the South China Sea should be a non legally binding gentleman s agreement Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

NEW DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says on May 19, 2017, that he is wary of a 'legally binding' Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

VLOG: Cayetano, bumisita sa passport center sa unang araw sa DFA

May 19, 2017 - 5:57 PM

What did Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano do on his first day on the job? Watch it here

FIRST DAY. Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano visits the DFA passport processing area in ASEANA, Parañaque City, on May 19, 2017.  Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

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ASEAN, China agree on sea code framework

May 18, 2017 - 10:02 PM

The Philippines welcomes the completion of the drafting of the framework of the Code of Conduct the DFA says

MISCHIEF REEF. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef in the disputed South China Sea on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Cayetano takes oath as Philippines' top diplomat

May 18, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is set to begin his first full day in office by visiting the DFA passport processing area in Parañaque City

NEW DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (4th from left) makes the trademark Duterte gesture, along with President Rodrigo Duterte (3rd) and members of his family, after he took his oath as Philippine foreign secretary. Malacañang photo

DFA, NEDA clueless as PH rejects new EU grants

May 18, 2017 - 5:15 PM

UPDATED If DFA is unaware then there is again a disturbing display of dysfunction in the conduct of our foreign policy says a former ambassador

WATCH: Past is past for Grace Poe, Nancy Binay, Cayetano?

May 17, 2017 - 10:17 PM

Should there be a state visit to the US Senator Grace Poe jokes she and incoming Foreign Affairs chief Alan Peter Cayetano should be there together

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler