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Filipino in Singapore tests positive for coronavirus

Feb 23, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Filipino patient is now in isolation at Singapore's National Centre for Infectious Diseases, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

VIRUS SCARE. Visitors, wearing protective face masks, walk along the Jubilee Bridge in Singapore on February 17, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/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

PH expresses 'strong concern' over missile attacks vs Saudi Arabia

Dec 23, 2017 - 10:55 PM

The Philippine government gives an assurance that contingency plans are in place for Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia in case the situation escalates

LOOK: World leaders' spouses tour Cultural Center of the Philippines

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

(UPDATED) The spouses are also treated to lunch at the Manila Hotel where they witnessed a fashion show organized by Filipino designer Randy Ortiz

TREAT. Spouses of world leaders attending the 31st ASEAN Summit are given a tour inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Screengrab from ASEAN pool video

PH 'grieves' with U.S. after Texas mass shooting – DFA

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Secretary Cayetano: 'We are saddened by this unimaginable tragedy in San Antonio that took the lives of many innocent men, women, and children'

CRIME SCENE. Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images/AFP

Cayetano calls Duterte drug war 'rule of law campaign'

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:20 AM

'We refuse to just watch and do nothing as the Philippines becomes a narco-state and as we lose a whole generation to narcotics,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a speech in New York

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter, in his speech during an event at the Asia Society on New York City on September 21, 2017, enumerates the various problems that have hounded the country during the past administration citing that development has been mostly centered in Metro Manila, while issuing authorities of government have the so-called 'incentive attitude' where they fulfill their functions when they receive incentives. He also pointed out that there have been lapses in planning which have led to poor decision-making. The Foreign Affairs Secretary then stated that the main objective of the Duterte administration. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Did Philippines grill China on Benham Rise?

Apr 04, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says it was enough that China said they recognize the Philippines rights over Benham Rise

BENHAM RISE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says it was 'enough' that China said 'they recognize' Philippines' rights over Benham Rise. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Stranded in Istanbul

Jul 16, 2016 - 1:20 PM

A Filipino traveler gets stuck in Istanbul as a coup attempt gets underway

People take streets near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Philippines to raise West PH Sea issue at regional summit

Jul 14, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay will attend the two day Asia Europe Summit in Mongolia along with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay delivers a brief statement at the DFA head office in Pasay City, July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines concerned over 'emerging' terror threat

Jan 14, 2016 - 5:52 PM

Our security forces are well aware of the emerging threat and have been conducting operations to prevent terror acts anywhere in the country says a joint Philippine military and police statement after the Jakarta attacks

BOMB EXPLOSION. A general view shows a police cordon sealing off the scene of a bomb blast in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 14, 2016. Photo by Roni Bintang/EPA

Filipino pilgrim among dead in Mecca stampede

Sep 25, 2015 - 7:47 PM

UPDATED The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs withholds the identity of the victim upon the request of the family The victim is among more than 700 who died

TRAGEDY. Hundreds are dead after a tragic stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage. Photo by AFP

DFA deploys team to assess OFWs' safety in Saudi village

Sep 02, 2015 - 7:40 PM

The village of Dhahran Al Janoub is said to be 13 5 kilometers away from the Saudi Yemen border where OFWs say they ve seen rockets being fired

Protection sought for Filipino workers near Saudi-Yemen border

Aug 26, 2015 - 3:59 PM

About 70 Filipino medical workers construction workers engineers and mechanics – some with their families – are based in Dhahran Al Janoub village

MAP. This map shows a village affected by multilateral efforts to quell the Huthi rebellion in Yemen. Photo from the Blas Ople Center

Fearing job loss, about 100 OFWs stay in strife-torn Yemen

May 13, 2015 - 4:24 PM

I beg you to take into consideration your safety for the sake of your loved ones your families in the Philippines says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

China reclamation meant to 'define' 9-dash line – PH

Apr 15, 2015 - 9:31 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says China wants its artificial islands to undermine Manila s case against Beijing

FUELING CONCERN. New images released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies – such as this photo of Cuarteron Reef – show the extent of China's reclamation activities in the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS

PH won’t fight for Pemberton custody

Dec 18, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Philippine foreign affairs spokesperson Charles Jose says We will not request anymore We will just wait for the court’s advice on when the trial will start

THAT'S IT. Philippine Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Charles Jose says Manila will no longer insist on getting custody over Joseph Scott Pemberton. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

DFA gets add'l P50M to repatriate OFWs from conflict areas

Nov 11, 2014 - 8:58 PM

The P50 million for the repatriation of Filipinos in Libya Syria Iraq and Gaza is on top of the P100 million emergency fund released to the Department of Foreign Affairs last August

POSTPONEMENT REQUEST. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad will appear before the Senate on July 24, Thursday, after requesting for a postponement of the hearing on DAP. File photo from DBM website

Get out of Libya now, Filipinos urged anew

Jul 31, 2014 - 12:21 PM

UPDATED The foreign department said all 13 000 Filipinos there were to be repatriated as clashes between rival militias threaten to tear the country apart

DANGEROUS BLAZE. Black smoke billows from a fuel storage depot near the airport in Tripoli, Libya, 28 July 2014, after it was hit by rocket fire. Stringer/EPA

Flee Libya, Philippines orders nationals

Jul 20, 2014 - 1:45 PM

The Philippines raises alert level 4 mandatory evacuation in the strife torn country

WRECKAGE. Damaged planes and smoke rises following clashes between rival militias at the main airport of Tripoli, Libya, 16 July 2014. Fighting erupted between rival militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli on 18 July 2014 hours after they had reached a truce deal. Photo by EPA

3 Filipinos in downed Malaysia plane

Jul 18, 2014 - 6:01 AM

Malaysia Airlines reports 154 Dutch nationals 43 Malaysians and others were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

DFA: Voluntary repatriation on for Filipinos in Gaza

Jul 13, 2014 - 9:59 AM

From Alert Level 2 Restriction Saturday the DFA raises Gaza to Alert Level 3 Voluntary Repatriation due to the escalating Israel Hamas conflict

ROCKET ATTACK. Smoke rises after Israeli artillery fired shells at the industrial area of Karni, in the East of Gaza City, 12 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

China demands 'immediate' release of PH-detained fishermen

May 08, 2014 - 10:23 AM

China warns the Philippines against taking any provocative actions on the incident which it claims occurred in an area where it has undisputable sovereign rights

Prepare to evacuate, Filipinos in Venezuela told

Mar 07, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs raises crisis alert level 2 in Venezuela because of anti government protests there

MORE PROTESTS. Hundreds of people participates in a protest against Venezuelan government, in Caracas, Venezuela, 04 March 2014. Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Passport services resume in quake-hit Cebu

Oct 17, 2013 - 1:04 PM

The DFA resumes passport and consular services in Cebu after a suspension due to the recent earthquake

Leave Egypt, DFA tells Pinoys amid unrest

Aug 15, 2013 - 1:47 PM

The DFA raises alert level 3 in Egypt because of rising tensions there

File photo. Fayez Nuraldine/AFP

Filipinas held in HK for drug smuggling

Jul 30, 2013 - 4:00 PM

The two women aged 27 and 31 were reportedly carrying P60 million worth of methamphetamine on their way to Clark airport in Pampanga Philippines

File photo by AFP/Pool/Mike Clarke

Filipino death toll from Algeria siege rises to 8

Jan 25, 2013 - 12:28 PM

The 8th Philippine fatality in Algeria is a male the DFA says

A principled Philippine foreign policy

Aug 16, 2012 - 12:15 PM

People from the academe and civil society are welcome to provide their ideas on how our foreign policy can be further grounded in our core principles