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One more mission for DFA’s Generoso Calonge

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:20 PM

With a career that spans over 3 decades in the foreign service, DFA Assistant Secretary Generoso Calonge now leads the Maritime and Ocean Affairs office as a quiet guard of Philippine waters

CAREER DIPLOMAT. Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Generoso Calonge latest post sees him leading the DFA's Maritime and Ocean Affairs Office. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DFA to Filipinos in Lebanon: Stay away from protests

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:23 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also urges Filipinos to contact the Philippine Embassy in Beirut hotline at (+961-3) 859-430 for any assistance

PROTESTS. A Lebanese activist sweeps soot on a main road in downtown Beirut on October 19, 2019 as hundreds continued to gather in Lebanon for a third day of protests against tax increases and alleged official corruption after the security forces made dozens of arrests. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

DFA says Samantha Lo has no record in PH passport database

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:29 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it received reports that the beauty queen 'was unable to continue her journey to Caracas due to alleged issues with her passport'

Locsin wants DreamWorks boycott over 'Abominable' movie

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:36 AM

'Call a universal boycott...from here on,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says after the animated DreamWorks film showcased a map depicting China's 9-dash line in the South China Sea

BOYCOTT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr expresses his opposition against a DreamWorks animated film which depicted China's 9-dash line. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DFA urges Filipinos going to Saudi Arabia: Follow rules on public decency

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Saudi Arabia's new regulations on public decency involve 19 offenses which are punishable by fines

NEW RULES. Saudi Arabia imposes new rules on public decency, with violations punishable by fines. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

PH bans deployment to South Sudan

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:41 PM

This follows the raising of Alert Level 4 by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which means 'evacuation/mandatory repatriation' of Filipinos

Chinese vessels in Philippine waters: Who’s keeping score?

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:48 PM

As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?

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

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over ships near Ayungin shoal

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:34 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the statement after Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff Noel Clement told senators of the Chinese ships' presence near Ayungin Shoal

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr order a diplomatic protest to be filed against China over Chinese vessels near Ayungin Shoal. Malacañang photo

Locsin: U.N. ‘not free to interfere’ when a country goes tough vs crime

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'The nations here in United [Nations] should not let this platform be used to threaten others with accountability for taking a tough approach to crime,' says DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin, Jr

'NOT FREE TO INTERFERE.' Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2019. Screenshot from UN Web TV

U.N. report on attacks vs PH rights groups is 'shoddy work' – Locsin

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'The UNHRC report reads like it was written by the accusers...Ignore it,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

THREATS. Human rights defenders urge the Philippine government to stop persecuting human rights activists. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

7 Filipinos safe from Maldives buildings fire – DFA

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:18 PM

The Philippine Embassy in Bangladesh is 'closely monitoring' the aftermath of the blaze in Malè City, Maldives

DFA requests additional funds to issue, upgrade more passports

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says only P647 million of the P5.61 billion it requested was approved by the Department of Budget and Management

At DFA budget hearing, Locsin appeals for more DND funds

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr calls for a higher budget for another agency: the Department of National Defense

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr presents the Department of Foreign Affairs' proposed 2020 budget at the Seante on September 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Foreign embassies required to get DFA clearance before donating to BARMM

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr warns 'there'll be hell to pay' if foreign embassies bypass the Department of Foreign Affairs

BANGSAMORO REGION. In January 2019, majority of voters in the Bangsamoro region voted to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

DFA opens new authentication center in Cebu

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:05 PM

With the new center now open at the DFA's Consular Office in Cebu, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the nationwide rollout of authentication services is complete

SERVICE AVAILABLE. Authentication services will now be available at the DFA's Consular office in Cebu. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Syrian court finds Joanna Demafelis' employer guilty of murder

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'There you go. Judge didn't buy the defense,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in response to the verdict over the gruesome murder of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis

JOANNA'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, broke down upon seeing the crate containing her sister's body as it arrived at the cargo terminal of NAIA on February 16, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Locsin: DFA has filed 60 diplomatic protests vs China since 2016

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:15 PM

'Even if I believe that filing diplomatic protests is like throwing paper at a brick wall, I do it,' the Philippines' top diplomat Teodoro Locsin Jr tells a panel of lawmakers

60 PROTESTS FILED. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the government protested China's incursions "at every turn." Photo of Locsin at the Senate on November 28, 2018, by Angie de Silva

[PODCAST] May silbi ba ang diplomatic protest laban sa China?

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:31 PM

May ngipin ba ang mga diplomatic protest laban sa mga aksyon ng China? Alamin sa talakayan nina foreign affairs reporter Sofia Tomacruz at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

2 Filipino seafarers killed in Mexico bar fire

Aug 30, 2019 - 3:21 PM

The two Filipinos were among the 26 killed when gunmen barged into a bar at the Port of Coatzacoalcos, shot at customers, and set the place on fire, says the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs

AFTERMATH. People gather outside a bar where at least 26 people were killed by a fire in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angel Hernandez/AFP

China ship owner apologizes for PH boat sinking

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The apology is coursed through the Guangdong Fishery Mutual Insurance Association and comes the same day President Duterte is set to leave for China where he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping

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

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

Locsin eyes ‘universal ban’ on foreign marine surveys in PH waters

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'Exceptions invite bribe$,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says in a tweet as he announces a 'universal ban' on marine scientific surveys

NOT ALLOWED. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. says he is eyeing a ban on foreign vessels conducting marine research in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

Philippines files another diplomatic protest vs China

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:22 AM

'Got it, General. DFA firing off diplomatic protest,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza urged the government to ask China why its ships were in Philippine waters

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr announces another diplomatic protest has been fired off against China over its survey ships and warships' presence in Philippine waters. Malacañang Photo

No Filipino harmed in Bangkok bombing – DFA

Aug 03, 2019 - 7:15 AM

'Filipinos staying and traveling in Thailand are urged to remain calm, but take extra precautions,' the Department of Foreign Affairs says

BOMB SITE. A policeman conducts an investigation at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on August 2, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Locsin: 'Diplomatic protest fired off' vs China

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says a protest against China has been filed over the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

DFA to accept postal IDs for passport applications by August 2019

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Starting August 1, postal IDs will be included in the list of valid IDs for passport applications

REQUIREMENT. Postal IDs will be accepted as valid ID requirements for passport application starting August 1, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

2 Filipinos missing at Phuket beach

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the two Filipinos were reportedly playing in the sea when they were swept away by waves during a heavy storm

Duterte-Xi fishing deal 'cannot be enforced' – Locsin

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:59 AM

'It's not policy,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the verbal agreement is legally binding

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by Chinese President Xi Jinping inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on April 25, 2019. Malacañang photo

Locsin defends canceling courtesy diplomatic passports

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'Hey boba,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr tells Vice President Leni Robredo after she criticized the cancellation of courtesy diplomatic passports

DENIED ENTRY. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario shows his passport as he arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on June 21, 2019, after he was denied entry by Hong Kong. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DFA cancels all courtesy diplomatic passports after Del Rosario incident

Jun 22, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario was himself carrying a courtesy diplomatic passport when Hong Kong barred his entry

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario arrives in NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City after he was denied to enter Hongkong on June 21, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/RAPPLER

2 Filipinos killed, 3 injured in New Zealand car-train crash

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:17 PM

The Philippine embassy in New Zealand 'stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to the Filipinos and their families'

DFA replaces 'red ribbons' to authenticate documents

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says 'Apostille certificates,' which are recognized by signatories of the Apostille convention will replace authentication certificates

CERTIFY DOCUMENTS. The DFA says philippine embassies and consulates general had already stopped affixing red satin ribbons to certificates of authentication as of June 15, 2019 after the Apostille Convention took effect in May 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

After Locsin says 'fuck int'l community,' PH runs to U.N. agency

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:42 AM

At the International Maritime Organization, the Philippines slams a Chinese vessel that sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr downplays the need for the Philippines to seek support from the international community after the Philippine boat sinking incident at Recto Bank. File photo from DFA

DFA Davao to offer red ribbon services starting June 17

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs' consular office in Davao City can now authenticate documents for Mindanaoans set to work overseas

Locsin on PH boat sinking: 'Fuck the international community'

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'This is our fight and in the end ours alone,' says foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after a Chinese vessel sank a Philippine boat in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr appears at a congressional briefing on the passport processing system on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Locsin hits 'collision' of Philippine, Chinese vessels

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:36 PM

'What is contemptible and condemnable is the abandonment of the crew to the elements' in the West Philippine Sea, says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr faces the Commission on Appointments on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EU required to get DFA clearance before donating to PH

Jun 02, 2019 - 10:40 AM

This comes after the Philippines said donations of the European Union have found their way into the hands of alleged fronts of the communist New People's Army

CLEARANCE NEEDED. Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin during congress briefing by the DFA on passport processing system in Congress on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

15 more Filipinos repatriated from Libya – DFA

May 29, 2019 - 9:45 PM

This biggest batch of Filipino repatriates from Libya includes 5 minors and 2 Islamic scholars, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

FLEEING LIBYA. The Philippine embassy in Tripoli sends off the latest batch of 15 Filipinos to be repatriated from Libya on May 29, 2019. The repatriates, who include five minors and two students from the Islamic Call College, will arrive in Manila on May 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of DFA

Locsin says 'departure' of Canada garbage on May 30

May 28, 2019 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr praises President Rodrigo Duterte 'for pushing the right button' and Canada 'for fully cooperating to get it done as he wanted'

GARBAGE ROW. The EcoWaste Coalition stages a protest on April 29, 2019, calling on Canada to take back its garbage dumped in the Philippines. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Philippines recalls envoys after Canada misses deadline for garbage shipment

May 16, 2019 - 8:52 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines will 'maintain a diminished diplomatic presence' in Canada until its garbage is removed from the Philippines, says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Canada to pay for shipping out 69 container vans of trash – Malacañang

May 07, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gives Canada until May 15 to start transporting the illegally-shipped garbage out of the Philippines

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DFA orders evacuation of Filipinos in Tripoli

May 01, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr raises Alert Level 4 in Tripoli and surrounding areas 'due to increased threats' faced by more than 1,000 Filipinos there

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

DFA warns Duterte gov't vs Huawei amid warming ties with China

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:14 PM

EXCLUSIVE: In an internal memorandum obtained by Rappler, the Department of Foreign Affairs warns the NSC, NICA, and DICT about working with Huawei

WARNED. The Department fo Foreign Affairs warns the Duterte government about working with Huawei as France and Czech Republic clamped down on the tech giant.

[OPINION] Remembering ‘Amba’ Rod Severino

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Former ASEAN secretary-general Rodolfo Severino Jr passes away on April 19, 2019, at the age of 82. Here's how I remember him.

DFA begins evacuating Filipinos from Libya

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Of the over 1,000 Filipinos in the Libyan capital, only 20 have so far requested to be repatriated

PH eyes 'legal action' vs China giant clam harvest

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippines protested the alleged mass harvesting of giant clams by Chinese vessels in Scarborough Shoal

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) arrive for a press conference at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 20, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Philippines says Chinese ships near Pag-asa Island 'illegal'

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Such actions when not repudiated by the Chinese government are deemed to have been adopted by it,' says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Locsin: I 'fired off salvo of diplomatic notes' vs China

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:40 PM

But asked if the supposed diplomatic protest against China will be made public, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says, 'No way, José'

DIPLOMATIC NOTES. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says he has filed diplomatic notes against China over Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Locsin thanks Canada for sheltering Filipina 'Snowden refugee'

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Thank you, Canada, we owe you big time,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Canada gave asylum status to Filipina Vanessa Rodel

'SNOWDEN REFUGEE.' Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after she and her daughter Keana arrived in Toronto, Canada, on a flight from Hong Kong, on March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

163 Filipino crew of stricken cruise ship in Norway 'all safe'

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A Philippine embassy official was told that 'passengers have praised the efficiency and helpfulness of the ship's Filipino crew in the evacuation,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

The cruise ship Viking Sky is pictured on March 23, 2019 near the west coast of Norway at Hustadvika near Romsdal. - Emergency services said on March 23, 2019 they were airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship sent an SOS message due to "engine problems in bad weather", southern Norway's rescue centre said on Twitter, while police reported the passengers would be evacuated by helicopter. (Photo by Odd Roar LANGE / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT