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Locsin says media should verify China weather stations

Nov 15, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr thumbs down the filing of diplomatic protests, because if no one responds, 'it is banging your head against the wall'

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr answers questions from the press after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Return of Balangiga Bells: 'Time of solemn remembrance'

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:33 AM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis formally announces that the US is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is soon returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo by Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

Acquitted OFW Dalquez receives P100,000 aid from DFA

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Jennifer Dalquez says she plans to start a small business in General Santos City

LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE. Jennifer Dalquez, who stayed in a jail in the UAE for 4 years, receives the finance aid from Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, upon instructions from President Rodrigo Duterte, on November 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of the DFA

FULL TEXT: DFA chief Locsin on Duterte foreign policy

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'Friends to friends, enemies to enemies, and worse enemies to false friends,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

SOLEMN OATH. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr takes his oath before President Rodrigo Duterte on October 17, 2018. Malacañang photo

Locsin tweaks policy: 'Friends to friends, enemies to enemies'

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:28 PM

It was 'friends to all, enemies to none' under Alan Peter Cayetano. Now Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin is making a 'refinement.'

CHEERS. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr and papal nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, dean of the diplomatic corps, exchange toasts at the vin d’honneur held at the Department of Foreign Affairs on November 7, 2018. Photo by Clark Galang/DFA

FAST FACTS: Who is DFA chief Teddyboy Locsin?

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Philippines' new foreign secretary, Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr, is a lawyer, media personality, and diplomat rolled into one

TOP DIPLOMAT. The Philippines' new foreign secretary, Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr, attends the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit and EU-ASEAN Leaders' Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on October 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

Death of OFW under investigation in Saudi Arabia

Nov 04, 2018 - 8:30 PM

There are allegations that Filipina worker Emerita Gannaban, who reportedly died of poisoning, had been maltreated

DFA to help OFWs affected by Typhoon Yutu in Saipan

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Some Filipinos in Saipan lost their houses due to Typhoon Yutu, known in the Philippines as Rosita, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

TYPHOON YUTU. This photo taken on October 25, 2018, shows a resident (C) clearing up in Saipan after Super Typhoon Yutu caused widespread destruction across the islands of Saipan and Tinian. Photo by Jon Perez/AFP

Saudi Arabia turns over OFWs arrested in Halloween party raid

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:04 PM

The 19 overseas Filipino workers, all females, were turned over to Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

TURNED OVER. Saudi Arabia has released 19 overseas Filipino workers arrested in a Halloween party raid in Riyadh. Photo courtesy of DFA

U.S. ambassador pays courtesy call on DFA chief Locsin

Nov 01, 2018 - 11:12 AM

'I very much look forward to working closely together,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim after meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

COURTESY CALL. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim pays a courtesy call on Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr at the Department of Foreign Affairs on October 31, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ambassador Kim

Locsin: Independent foreign policy not simply switching masters

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:10 PM

'Independent foreign policy means getting off your knees, on your feet to stand up for our country,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr answers questions from the media after his meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

7 Filipino seafarers freed a month after Nigeria abduction

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs welcomes the release of the 7 overseas Filipino workers kidnapped aboard the Swiss vessel MV Glarus

Wang Yi: Duterte 'the most respected friend' of Xi Jinping

Oct 29, 2018 - 1:35 AM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says 'facts have proven' that President Rodrigo Duterte's 'friendly policy toward China' is the way forward

IN BARONG. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi wears the Philippines' native barong to show he is a 'member' of the Filipino family. Screenshot from RTVM

China's top diplomat attends Cayetano birthday party

Oct 29, 2018 - 1:10 AM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi praises former Philippine foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano as 'a great political leader' and 'a very successful diplomat'

BIRTHDAY GIFT. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi gives a basketball jersey signed by Yao Ming as a birthday gift to former Philippine foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. Screenshot from RTVM

Wang Yi arrives in Davao amid joint exploration talks

Oct 28, 2018 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) This is the second time Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making an official trip to the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch

TOP DIPLOMAT. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd from right) is welcomed by Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Enrique Manalo (3rd) in Davao City on October 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

Wang Yi trip is Locsin's debut in Philippines as DFA chief

Oct 28, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Welcoming Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is the first major event of Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr in the Philippines as foreign secretary

WARMING TIES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the recently concluded Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in Brussels. Photo from Locsin's Twitter account

A new customs chief, DFA chief, spokesman a year for Duterte

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Less than 3 years in power, President Rodrigo Duterte has already had 3 BOC commissioners, 3 presidential spokesmen, and 3 foreign secretaries

China's top diplomat to visit PH, hold meetings in Davao

Oct 26, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to meet with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown of Davao

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chat on the sidelines of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photo from Locsin's Twitter account

China's top diplomat congratulates new foreign secretary Teddyboy Locsin

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:16 AM

'I am willing to establish a good working relationship and a close personal friendship with you,' Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells new Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

OFFICIAL VISIT. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a joint press conference with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taguig City on July 25, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines wins seat at U.N. Human Rights Council

Oct 13, 2018 - 12:51 AM

'We won!' says the Department of Foreign Affairs, noting that its delegation to the United Nations is led by incoming foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

'WE WON!' The Philippine Delegation to the United Nations led by Permanent Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr with Maria Fernanda Espinosa, president of the UN General Assembly, after the Philippines won its bid for a seat in the UN Human Rights Council during elections in New York on October 12, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India to come home to Manila

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:12 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says manning agency EVIC Human Resource Management Inc has booked the tickets of the seafarers who were abandoned by their employers for more than 3 months

Duterte offers Teodoro Locsin Jr foreign secretary post

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines' representative to the United Nations has agreed to replace Alan Peter Cayetano as the country's top diplomat

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is accompanied by Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations Teodoro Locsin Jr. during their arrival at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City, USA for their attendance to the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA) on September 24, 2017 Philippine time. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cayetano: ‘Time to come home to Taguig, Pateros’

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:18 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says he will serve President Rodrigo Duterte 'in a different capacity'

COMING HOME. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says he will make a 'possible return to Congress,' as it is time 'to come home to Taguig and Pateros.' Malacañang file photo

Resignation? Cayetano posts cryptic photo with Duterte

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:41 PM

'God works in mysterious ways!' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano a day before President Rodrigo Duterte announced Cayetano will run for Congress

MEETING DUTERTE. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano posts this photo on Facebook on October 8, 2018, a day before President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he is resigning. Photo courtesy of Secretary Cayetano

21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:12 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs is sending consular officers to Kakinada Port, more than 1,800 kilometers from New Delhi, to assist the Filipinos abandoned by their employer

DFA finds missing Filipino inmate after Indonesia earthquake

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:25 PM

A native of Sulu, the Filipino inmate says he 'had permission from the warden...to seek refuge at his friend's place after the prison wall collapsed'

Cayetano slams BBC for 'unfair depiction of democracy in PH'

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says a recent BBC documentary on the Philippines 'amounts to nothing more than anti-Duterte propaganda'

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano explains in a Senate hearing the Philippines' dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 Filipino missionaries safe after latest Indonesia earthquake

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:11 PM

In an earlier earthquake, a Filipino detainee 'is reported to have joined the mass jailbreak after the prison was damaged,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

20 Saudi OFWs protest unpaid wages, get ejected from home

Oct 02, 2018 - 12:29 PM

The 20 overseas Filipino workers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, refuse to work due to two months' worth of unpaid salaries and food allowances

DFA vows justice for Filipina killed in Sweden

Sep 30, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is assisting the family of Mailyn Conde Sinambong, whose husband is a suspect in her murder

PH sends condolences to Indonesia after earthquake, tsunami

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia says the only Filipino in the quake-struck area is safe

AFTERMATH. Residents make their way along a street full of debris after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. Photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

Saudi OFW shot, killed after allegedly stabbing manager

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The overseas Filipino worker allegedly stabbed his Saudi manager and Pakistani coworker, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

5 other Filipinos spared from Nigeria kidnapping

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The search is on for the missing 7 Filipinos kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

PH to help OFWs hit by proposed green card restrictions

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We'd like to work with the US. We have a special relationship,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

TOP OFFICIALS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (center) and his undersecretaries, Jose Luis Montales (left) and Sarah Lou Arriola (right), attend a congressional budget briefing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. diplomat's visit to Trillanes, Sotto is 'regular' – Cayetano

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, a former senator, says it is 'usual' for diplomats to visit lawmakers

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at a congressional budget briefing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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