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2 Filipinas hurt, 41 rescued in Hong Kong due to Mangkhut

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:48 AM

A Filipina tourist in Hong Kong undergoes leg surgery after she is hit by flying debris, while another Filipina is also hit by debris due to Typhoon Mangkhut

TYPHOON MANGKHUT. People walk through a flooded shopping mall in Heng Fa Chuen district during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

DFA tells Filipinos in Hong Kong: Prepare for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 15, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs calls on Filipinos in Hong Kong to 'take precautions in view of the expected onslaught...of Typhoon Mangkhut'

PH visit of China's top diplomat rescheduled over Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was supposed to be in the Philippines from September 16 to 18 for talks on the proposed joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea

CLOSE TIES. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a meeting in China on August 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Chinese foreign ministry

Australia, Japan offer Typhoon Ompong assistance

Sep 15, 2018 - 12:08 PM

(UPDATED) The United States also says it is ready to help the Philippines deal with Typhoon Ompong's effects

SEEKING SHELTER. Families set up temporary sleeping areas inside classrooms of the Delpan Evacuation Center in Manila as they voluntarily leave their homes due to strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Ompong on September 15, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DFA suspends consular services in NCR on September 15

Sep 15, 2018 - 9:23 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs suspends operations in all consular offices in Metro Manila due to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017

DFA giving P5,000 aid for OFWs stranded due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Claims will be processed starting Saturday, September 15, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Clark International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and Davao International Airport

STRANDED. Around 600 passengers stranded in Dumaguete port were brought to Dumaguete City High School that serves as an evacuation center. LTFRB Photo

150,000 Filipinos warned of Hurricane Florence in U.S.

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Filipinos in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina can be affected by Hurricane Florence. Take note of the hotline in case of emergencies there.

TROPICAL STORMS. This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 13:30 UTC on September 9, 2018, shows (L-R) Tropical Storm Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac, and Tropical Storm Helene in the Atantic Ocean. Photo by NOAA/AFP

Prepare to evacuate, DFA tells 3,500 OFWs in Libya

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano raises Alert Level 3 in Libya, which entails voluntary repatriation

ALERT LEVEL 3. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano raises Alert Level 3 in Libya. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano says he protested China radio warnings

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

In China, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano makes a 'nonconfrontational' protest in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

'NONCONFRONTATIONAL' PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a meeting in China on August 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Chinese foreign ministry

Cayetano defends SEA Games logo as 'work in progress'

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:47 PM

'In one sense it worked by gaining interest,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, organizing committee chair of the 30th SEA Games

SEA GAMES. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, organizing committee chair of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, says the logo for the event is a 'work in progress.' Cayetano photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Total fakery,' Hontiveros says of '50-100' protests vs China

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano gave 'vague, evasive, and fallacious' answers about these '50-100' diplomatic protests, says Senator Risa Hontiveros

GRILLING. Senator Risa Hontiveros (right) grills Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) about the West Philippine Sea, during a budget hearing at the Senate on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'50-100' protests vs China? Cayetano now says 'we haven't counted'

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'In a purpose-driven foreign policy, how many doesn't really matter,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano as he is grilled by Senator Risa Hontiveros

DIPLOMATIC PROTESTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is grilled about the Philippines' diplomatic protests against China, as he faces senators in a budget hearing on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DFA to open 14 embassies, consulates in 5 years

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs plans to open embassies in Sweden, Ireland, and Colombia, and consulates general in Barcelona, Nagoya, and Melbourne

FACING SENATORS. The Department of Foreign Affairs, led by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, faces senators during their budget hearing at the Senate on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

DFA eyes scrapping oath-taking fee for dual citizens

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:10 PM

'This is one of the disincentives for our compatriots to become Filipino citizens,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

BUDGET HEARING. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the budget hearing of the Department of Foreign Affairs at the Senate on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

DFA checking if Filipinos among those affected by Iran quake

Aug 26, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Philippine Embassy in Tehran is coordinating with two Filipino-Iranian families in Kermanshah province, near the reported epicenter

No Filipinos severely affected by Hurricane Lane in Hawaii – DFA

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs continues to check on the situation of the 375,000-strong Filipino community in Hawaii

HURRICANE LANE. A large home on the coast is hit by waves from Hurricane Lane on August 24, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kat Wade/Getty Images/AFP

DFA releases P4.8M to help OFWs stranded due to Xiamen Air

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:11 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs extends financial assistance to hundreds of affected overseas Filipino workers

WAITING. Passengers flock NAIA Terminal 1 Departure to wait for or rebook their canceled flights on August 20, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte promotes 51 foreign service officers

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:54 AM

Do you have relatives or friends among them?

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc National Convention at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on August 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

DFA to help OFWs stranded due to Xiamen Air

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Philippine embassies can issue certifications 'to explain to foreign employers the delay in the arrival of their Filipino employees'

RUNWAY MISHAP. Stranded passengers crowd NAIA Terminal 1 on August 17, 2018, following the accident of a Xiamen Air plane in a NAIA runway. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines condemns Kabul school terror attack

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'The Philippines joins the international community in the call for all parties in Afghanistan to 'adhere to and respect humanitarian principles,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Cayetano denies saying PH should put aside 'claim' vs China

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:06 PM

But video taken by Rappler, and the official transcript by the Department of Foreign Affairs, contradict Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano's statement

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (R) after signing the guestbook in Manila on July 25, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte to make historic Israel trip September 2-5

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:02 PM

This is the first trip of a Philippine president to Israel since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1957

PHILIPPINES-ISRAEL TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and outgoing Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau exchange pleasantries after the President conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu on the Israeli ambassador, who paid a farewell call on the President in Malacañang on August 6, 2018. Malacañang photo

Ex-acting DFA boss Manalo named ambassador to Germany

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Manalo, who served under 3 presidents as foreign undersecretary for policy, is now taking up another overseas post

PH to 'put aside' rights in joint development with China

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:25 PM

While open to a '60-40' scheme with the Philippines, China is not backing down from its claim that it has 'indisputable' rights over the West Philippine Sea

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

3 Filipino families affected by tanker blast in Italy

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:08 PM

The apartment units of these 3 Filipino families 'were damaged by the blast,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

EXPLOSION. A firefighter walks at the site where a tanker truck exploded on a motorway just outside Bologna, northern Italy, on August 6, 2018. Photo by 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

Cayetano 'a political snake' amid China row – Trillanes

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is 'pretending to be blind and deaf' over his role as China backchannel negotiator

'POLITICAL SNAKE.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV turns the tables on Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over the Philippines' strategy during the 2012 Panatag Shoal standoff. File photos by Rappler

Aquino to Cayetano: Would you give PH's playbook to China?

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Answering DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano's questions to 'prove' the Aquino administration's transparency in its dealing with China would only 'make the Philippines predictable,' says former President Benigno Aquino III

Aquino hits Cayetano: 'I hope your politics is as transparent as our hair'

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:25 PM

On the maritime dispute with China, former president Benigno Aquino III says transparency was the hallmark of his administration

TRANSPARENCY. Former president Benigno Aquino III hits his former ally, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. Photos by Angie de Silva and Darren Langit/Rappler

Former ambassador Jun Lozada dies

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:52 AM

The late Jose Apolinario 'Jun' Lozada Jr is former ambassador to the Holy See, Austria, and Palau, and also former representative of Negros Occidental

DIPLOMAT, LAWMAKER. Former ambassador Apolinario 'Jun' Lozada Jr at the Wednesday Roundtable at Lido Cocina Tsina in 2017. Screenshot from Wednesday Roundtable @Lido/Areopagus Communications

Philippines backs 'long-overdue' UN migration pact

Jul 14, 2018 - 2:23 PM

United Nations member-states approve the final text of the Global Compact for Migration, upholding the rights of refugees and migrants. The United States has pulled out of the pact, citing its inconsistency with its 'America First' policy.

MIGRATION. DFA Undersecretary Sarah Arriola speaks at the closing rounds of negotiation on the UN Global Compact on Migration on July 13, 2018. DFA Photo

HOAX: Alan Peter Cayetano 'resigns' as DFA Secretary

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The Foreign Affairs secretary is still part of Duterte's Cabinet

2 Filipinas rescued after abduction in Iraq – DFA

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:42 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano thanks Iraqi authorities for the rescue of two Filipinas abducted in Iraq

Diplomacy in metaphors: PH, China in Duterte Year 2

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano views the Philippines and China as husband and wife – and what a relationship this is, as President Rodrigo Duterte marks his second year in office

Illustrations by Alejandro Edoria

DFA: July-September passport appointment slots still available

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

'Please click refresh as online appointments become available from time to time,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

PH, U.S. reaffirm, reinforce alliance in top diplomats' first meeting

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, delivers a personal letter from President Rodrigo Duterte congratulating US President Donald Trump for the successful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

PH-US ALLIANCE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the US Department of State on June 21, 2018.  Photo from the Philippine Embassy in Washington

No Filipinos hurt after strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan – DFA

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'We express our condolences to the government of Japan over the loss of lives in this morning's earthquake in the Kansai Region,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after a magnitude-5.3 earthquake in Osaka, Japan

OSAKA EARTHQUAKE. Police check a collapsed road following an earthquake in Takatsuki, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. Photo by STR/Jiji Press/AFP

PDP-Laban offers to help improve PH-North Korea ties

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The ruling party also plans to send a delegation to Pyongyang 'to meet with their counterparts from the Workers' Party of Korea'

DFA launches ePayment for passport applications

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says its ePayment portal will significantly reduce no-shows for passport appointments in its consular offices

EPAYMENT. A passport applicant tries out the ePayment portal of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Market! Market! on June 14, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

DFA to open 100,000 passport appointment slots on June 14

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:45 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Department of Foreign Affairs will open 50,000 slots at noon and 50,000 more slots at 9 pm on Thursday, June 14

Did Cayetano admit China can apprehend Filipinos in Panatag Shoal?

Jun 14, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) Referring to giant clams in Panatag Shoal, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says, 'If Filipinos or Chinese or Vietnamese take any of these, they will really be apprehended.' But by whom?

PANATAG SHOAL. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says Filipino fishermen can be apprehended if taking giant clams in Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Malacañang file photo

Why Philippines should protest vs China bombers in Paracels

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Former DFA chief Albert del Rosario says a protest by the Philippines will 'galvanize the support of countries' opposing the militarization of the South China Sea

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges the Philippine government to file a protest against China's bombers in the Paracels to galvanize international support against China's militarization of the South China Sea. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DFA says Duterte admin made '85 diplomatic actions' – on what?

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

This comes after Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano criticized Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano for supposedly filing only one protest against China

'DIPLOMATIC ACTION.' The Department of Foreign Affairs says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has undertaken 35 of 85 'diplomatic actions' since the Duterte administration began. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano says PH can't file protest vs China bombers

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is 'ridiculous' to protest about an action beyond Philippine shores. 'Paano tayo magpo-protest sa hindi natin territory?'

NO PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines cannot file a protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cayetano conceals details of note verbale vs China

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:22 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also hits Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano for informing Filipinos about a China chopper harassing a Philippine navy rubber boat in Ayungin Shoal

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano appears at a House of Representatives hearing on May 30, 2018, about the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of DFA

Experts urge Philippines to publicize protests vs China

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:42 AM

'Quietly passing notes to Beijing and refusing to acknowledge Chinese harassment publicly' doesn't help in increasing international pressure on China, says Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano addresses reporters in an ambush interview on the sidelines of a congressional hearing on May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines silently files note verbale against China

May 31, 2018 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) China also filed a diplomatic note against the Philippines after their second bilateral consultation mechanism meeting in February, insiders tell Rappler

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano addresses reporters in an ambush interview on the sidelines of a congressional hearing on the West Philippine Sea on May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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May 29, 2018 - 12:02 PM

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Cayetano lectures career diplomats about diplomacy

May 28, 2018 - 8:49 PM

A politician-turned-diplomat, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano uses metaphors, such as a neighborhood squabble, to teach diplomacy to veterans in the foreign service

LECTURING DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano lectures career diplomats about diplomacy at the Department of Foreign Affairs' flag-raising ceremony on May 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of MJ Roldan/DFA

No Filipino casualties in Oman due to Cyclone Mekunu – DFA

May 27, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Cyclone Mekunu triggers massive floods in Oman, where 49,000 Filipinos live and work

A picture taken on May 26, 2018, shows a car stuck in a flooded street in the southern city of Salalah as the country prepares for landfall of Cyclone Mekunu. Cyclone Mekunu was downgraded further to a deep depression Saturday, a day after lashing the southern coast of Oman and killing at least two people, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED MAHJOUB / Oman OUT