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Beyond tweets: Peeling layers of DFA's passport mess

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Twitter rhetoric of Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr draws eyeballs to a multilayered controversy facing the Department of Foreign Affairs

Germany summons PH envoy over Locsin's Hitler remarks

Feb 22, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'I myself said the same thing before he even said it,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says in an interview in Germany, while defending President Rodrigo's controversial remarks on Adolf Hitler

BERLIN. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new chancery in Berlin, with ad interim Philippine Charges d'affaires Lilibeth Pono (Center Left). Photo from Philippine Embassy in Germany

PH appeals to Israel over deportation of Filipino kids, mothers

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The Philippines requests that Israel deport overstaying Filipinos 'in an orderly and benignant manner, especially since children may be involved'

ISRAEL TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte strikes his signature pose with the members of his Cabinet as they meet with the Filipino community in Israel at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem on September 2, 2018. Malacañang file photo

3 Filipino tourists imprisoned in Hong Kong over bank scam

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The Filipino tourists, all call center employees, 'were sentenced to 5-month imprisonment,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

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OFW's execution in Saudi shows PH can't adopt death penalty – Locsin

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Reimposing the death penalty will make the Philippines 'lose the argument of respecting our culture,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

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

DFA won't investigate passport deal, says Locsin

Jan 30, 2019 - 7:40 PM

'We're waiting for other bodies to do it,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

HOUSE PROBE. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr speaks during a congressional briefing by the Department of Foreign Affairs on the passport processing on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. declares Philippines ineligible for H-2A, H-2B visas

Jan 22, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The Philippines says it is open to working with the United States to address the visa concerns

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DFA to privacy commission: We're in control of passport data

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs tells the National Privacy Commission that 'all passport data is safe'

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

Trillanes advises Locsin: Spend less time on Twitter

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'It can consume him,' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says of Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr's active presence on Twitter, where he first spoke about the passport data issue

UNSOLICITED ADVICE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV urges Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr that he should spend less time on social media. File photo from Senate PRIB

DFA: 'No assurances on safety' of some passport data

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'Only a Senate investigation will assure the public that there was no breach or loss of data,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

Newly-appointed Foreign Affairs Secretary and concurrent Representative to the United Nations Teodoro Locsin Jr. represents President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit and EU-ASEAN Leaders' Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on October 18 Central European Summer Time. ASEM, a platform for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe, is expected to reinforce its role as a catalyst for effective alliance of countries pursuing common goals as well as to bring out the pillars of partnership including peace and security, trade and investment, sustainable development, and people-to-people ties. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

Locsin scraps birth certificates for passport renewals

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says showing an old passport 'is more than sufficient' to have this travel document renewed

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

Locsin now says no runaway of passport data

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:11 AM

This comes a week after Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr said a former government contractor 'took all' passport data

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

Newlyweds from Laguna drown while on Maldives honeymoon

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The wife was 29 while the husband was 30, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

TRAGIC HONEYMOON. The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is ready to help the family of newlyweds who drowned to death in the Maldives. Images from Shutterstock

Yasay refutes Locsin, says passport data not stolen

Jan 14, 2019 - 3:32 PM

It 'is completely false and malicious' to say that former contractor Oberthur 'ran away with the data,' asserts former foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr

PASSPORT ISSUES. Former foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr appears at a congressional hearing at the House of Representatives on March 6, 2018, about delays in passport processing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate probe sought into DFA passport data loss

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros files a resolution calling for an investigation, saying that the implications of the controversy are 'vast'

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017

DFA passport data loss 'national security threat' – PNP

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:19 AM

'Not only is it a threat to national security but also a threat to our identities,' says Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

SECURITY THREAT. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says the police is ready to assist the DFA in its probe on the alleged data theft. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo, senators: Probe DFA passport data mess

Jan 13, 2019 - 4:50 PM

'The Department of Foreign Affairs owes the entire country an explanation,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

DATA PRIVACY. National Privacy Commission will summon the Department of Foreign Affairs, other concerned government agencies, and the alleged contractor for a possible data privacy issue on the data of Philippine passport holders. Rappler file photo

Locsin blames 'Yellows' for passport data loss

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:43 AM

(UPDATED) 'l will autopsy the Yellows who did the passport deal alive,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

WHO'S TO BLAME? DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin gestures during a press briefing on the sidelines of the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Singapore on November 15, 2018. File photo by Malacañang

PH privacy commission to probe passport data loss

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The National Privacy Commission demands an explanation 'to the satisfaction of the law' after it was revealed that a former DFA contractor 'took away' Philippine passport holders' data

DATA PRIVACY. National Privacy Commission will summon the Department of Foreign Affairs, other concerned government agencies, and the alleged contractor for a possible data privacy issue on the data of Philippine passport holders. Rappler file photo

Ex-DFA contractor 'took off' with passport data, says Locsin

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says his agency is 'rebuilding files from scratch' because of the incident and assures the public that 'it won't happen again'

PH'S TOP DIPLOMAT. In this file photo, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr engages in a discussion with the Filipino community during a meeting at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Belgium on October 19, 2018. Presidential photo

[OPINION] DFA foils oil exploration with China – for now

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr emaciates Beijing's MOU to start joint development by making it an 'agreement to negotiate'

DFA tells Filipinos in Libya to be vigilant after bombing

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Filipinos are also advised to 'restrict their movement' following an attack on the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A picture taken on December 25, 2018 shows ambulances, paramedics, and security officers at the scene of an attack outside the Libyan foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tripoli. - At least one person was killed on December 25 as attackers stormed Libya's foreign ministry after a car bomb exploded in front of the building and a suicide bomber then struck inside, a security source at the scene told AFP. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Locsin, U.S. counterpart Pompeo meet in DC

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo tackle terrorism, the Korean Peninsula, and the South China Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Tocsin Jr at the US Department of State, December 20, 2018. Photo by US State Department

Drilon questions inclusion of P7.5-B SEA Games budget in DFA

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:50 PM

It was former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who requested it, but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon points out that sports development is not a task for the Department of Foreign Affairs

Senator Franklin Drilon at the senate hearing on the budget of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Photo by Angie de Silva

Teddyboy Locsin confirmed as Philippine foreign secretary

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:19 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr defends the Duterte administration's foreign policy before the Commission on Appointments

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

LIVE: Confirmation hearing of DFA chief Teddyboy Locsin

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:24 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr is set to appear before the powerful Commission on Appointments, which screens the President's appointees

Gov't to release 'all pertinent information' on Xi state visit – Panelo

Nov 21, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The Palace says no copies of signed agreements have been released because the office in charge, the Department of Foreign Affairs, has been busy with Chinese President's Xi Jinping's second day of activities

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

PH quietly prepares joint exploration deal with China for Xi visit

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) The framework for joint exploration of South China Sea's oil and gas resources could be the highlight of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the Philippines


CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

PH officials checking condition of Filipinos in wildfire-hit California

Nov 18, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Henry Bensurto Jr says at least one Filipino in Butte County lost his home

SEARCHING FOR THE DEAD. Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains at a burned residence in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

15 Filipino seafarers stranded in India now back in PH

Nov 18, 2018 - 12:50 PM

There are 6 other Filipino crew members still in India who will be repatriated 'as soon as their exit clearances are issued'

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