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'One country, two systems': Hong Kong's special status

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The 'one country, two systems' deal is at the center of the row between London and Beijing

A woman places signs on a fence next to the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on July 4, 2019. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

China, Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt 'seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs'

Graffiti and umbrellas are seen outside the main chamber of the Legislative Council during a media tour in Hong Kong on July 3, 2019, two days after protesters broke into the complex. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

UK warns China of consequences over Hong Kong freedoms

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'Hong Kong is part of China and we have to accept that. But the freedoms in Hong Kong are enshrined in a joint declaration' signed with former colonial ruler Britain, says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Hong Kong's colonial flag (C) is held up during a protest march in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule. China's President Xi Jinping warned July 1 that any challenge to Beijing's control over Hong Kong crossed a "red line", as thousands calling for more democracy marched through the city 20 years since it was handed back by Britain. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

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

Cayetano still has Duterte's 'full trust and confidence' – Malacañang

May 03, 2018 - 12:46 PM

'As far as the Palace is concerned, there is no reason for him to resign,' says Malacañang in response to calls for Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to resign over the deterioration of the diplomatic row with Kuwait

Foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano responds to media during a press conference on the arrival of Philippine ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa at the Naia on May 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH 'aggressively' pursuing joint exploration with China

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is looking to a precedent deal from 2005, actually still being challenged before the Supreme Court

SEA DISPUTE. The Philippines and China discuss their sea dispute in the second meeting of their bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea, held in Manila on February 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of 'direct aggression'

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Riyadh accuses Tehran of supplying ballistic missiles to the Huthi rebels in Yemen. Iran denies the allegation

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

News Briefs: March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday March 24

Enrique Manalo: Son of envoys, now father of DFA

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo who grew up in a household of ambassadors now leads the department that his parents served

SON OF AMBASSADORS. Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo goes through documents after his Rappler Talk interview on March 10, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Meet PH's new top diplomat, Enrique Manalo

Mar 10, 2017 - 6:33 PM

In his first one on one interview as DFA chief acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo talks about geopolitics and what s it like to be reared at home by diplomats

Lawmakers told Duterte: Yasay 'cannot be saved anymore'

Mar 09, 2017 - 8:54 PM

When the President s Congress allies meet him in Malacañang on the eve of Perfecto Yasay Jr s confirmation hearing they prepare him for the inevitable

OLD FRIENDS. President Rodrigo Duterte and former Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr prepare to depart for Singapore. Photo by Robinson Niñal/PPD

New Foreign Secretary Manalo: DFA will continue to serve

Mar 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Yesterday is history acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says a day after the Commission on Appointments rejected his predecessor Perfecto Yasay Jr

NEW TOP DIPLOMAT. Seasoned career diplomat Enrique Manalo replaces lawyer Perfecto Yasay Jr as head of the Department of Foreign Affairs. File photo from www.fsi.gov.ph

Enrique Manalo is acting foreign secretary

Mar 09, 2017 - 9:59 AM

UPDATED The foreign affairs undersecretary for policy will head the Department of Foreign Affairs until President Rodrigo Duterte appoints a new secretary says Malacañang

DUTERTE'S PICK. DFA Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo is the Acting Foreign Secretary. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Duterte to name acting foreign secretary on March 9

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:14 PM

The Office of the Executive Secretary will submit the name of the official to the Department of Foreign Affairs by 8 am on Thursday March 9

FOREIGN RELATIONS. President Duterte meets with Chinese officials in Malacañang. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Why Yasay can't nullify U.S. citizenship on his own

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:02 AM

Immigration lawyers sought by Rappler say one cannot unilaterally declare through an affidavit that one s US citizenship is nullified as Perfecto Yasay Jr did

Palace defends Yasay: He has been 'open, transparent'

Mar 07, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Malacañang stands by what it calls Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr s logical and credible assertion that he was never a US citizen

STANDING BY YASAY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr welcome ambassadors to Malacañang during the Vin D'Honneur on January 11, 2017. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Aquino looking at 4 candidates for DFA chief

Feb 18, 2016 - 3:47 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario is leaving tough shoes to fill

‘BIG SHOES TO FILL.’ President Benigno Aquino III (right) looks at a document prepared by Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario for the 7th BIMP-EAGA Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 8, 2011. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

With Del Rosario out, hopes high for better ties with China

Feb 11, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Like what other Southeast Asian countries are doing the Philippines should not unnecessarily choose one between two competing powers: US or China

Hague court begins hearing on PH case vs China

Nov 24, 2015 - 11:28 PM

An international tribunal based in The Hague commenced the hearing on the merits and remaining issues of jurisdiction and admissibility says a statement

US eyes top equipment for PH amid China row

Apr 15, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Courting US support Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario will visit key US officials in Washington DC

Jolie, Hague mobilize global action vs rape in war

Jun 11, 2014 - 8:16 AM

It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict says Angelina Jolie It has nothing to do with sex everything to do with power

Rappler Newscast | May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Philippines to Filipinos in Thailand: prepare for evacuation Napoles asks to extend hospital stay Sen Enrile unfazed over pork barrel allegations

Prepare to evacuate, Filipinos in Thailand told

May 20, 2014 - 5:14 PM

Presient Benigno Aquino III orders the foreign affairs department to ensure the safety of Filipinos in Thailand after the Thai army declared martial law

UK to get more scholars from PH

Jan 31, 2014 - 1:08 PM

The UK a subtle superpower wants to strengthen ties with the country that has the potential to be one of Asia Pacific s great success stories

Angelina Jolie fights war zone rape

Mar 26, 2013 - 8:33 AM

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie joins UK Foreign Secretary William Hague in condemning war zone rape and sexual violence

JOINING FORCES. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie want to end sexual violence in conflict zones. Photo from the William Hague Facebook page

Ex-DFA chief supports legal track on WPS

Feb 06, 2013 - 6:29 PM

I personally believe that that is the right approach says former top diplomat Alberto Romulo

FORMER DFA CHIEF. Alberto Romulo was Foreign Secretary from 2004 to 2011. Screenshot from video by Katherine Visconti