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#PHVote2019, Federalism draft, Padre Pio | Evening wRap

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

[OPINION] Food for thought: Hungry for change

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Please, before we say that we should not politicize food, consider this fact: literally everything we put in our mouths is political, and we haven't even started talking about sex

China top diplomat to visit PH for joint exploration talks

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making an official trip to the Philippines at the invitation of Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

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

Navy warship successfully pulled from West PH Sea shoal

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:41 AM

BRP Gregorio del Pilar will be towed to Subic for repairs, says military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

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

Time in Manila bar, Ampatuan, Crazy Rich Asians | Evening wRap

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Galunggong imported from China may come from West Philippine Sea

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'Of course, the prices will be more expensive now when imported, even if that is possibly our fish,' says Fisheries Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona

IMPORTS. A fish vendor sells round scad or galunggong.Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler


LOOK: Netizens poke fun at 30th SEA Games logo

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:43 PM

After drawing flak online, the organizers claim that a final version of the SEA Games logo will be released in November

RIDICULE. The proposed logo for the Philippine hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games has been the subject of ridicule since it came out.


Del Rosario commends rare Duterte tirade vs China

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:51 PM

'We want to respectfully commend President Duterte on his recent remarks about China's aggressive and unlawful behavior in the South China Sea,' says former foreign secretary

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario commends President Rodrigo Duterte for his recent remarks about China's behavior in the South China Sea. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

After Duterte tirade, China asserts right to warn planes

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:58 PM

China 'rebuffed' President Rodrigo Duterte for his criticism of Chinese radio warnings in the South China Sea, according to Reuters

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the launch of Go Negosyo'€™s €˜Pilipinas Angat Lahat€™ program at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on August 14, 2018. Malacañang photo

UK, Australia: Hague ruling binds Philippines, China

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Stressing the need for a rules-based system, the United Kingdom and Australia also 'regret' that the Philippines is leaving the International Criminal Court

AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañang on December 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

Federalism, West Philippine Sea, Donald Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Cayetano denies saying PH should put aside 'claim' vs China

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:06 PM

But video taken by Rappler, and the official transcript by the Department of Foreign Affairs, contradict Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano's statement

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (R) after signing the guestbook in Manila on July 25, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte hopes Beijing can 'temper' warnings in South China Sea

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'You cannot create an island and you say that the air above the artificial island is your own,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a rare statement critical of Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte uses the binoculars to get a closer look on the fleet review of the Philippine Navy's naval surface and air assets during their 120th anniversary at the Coconut Palace of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on May 22, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

GDP, West Philippine Sea, Ginebra | Evening wRap

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Joint development deal may be finalized before Xi visit – Roque

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to fly to the Philippines in late 2018, after he attends the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in November

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH to 'put aside' rights in joint development with China

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:25 PM

While open to a '60-40' scheme with the Philippines, China is not backing down from its claim that it has 'indisputable' rights over the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on June 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Cayetano 'a political snake' amid China row – Trillanes

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is 'pretending to be blind and deaf' over his role as China backchannel negotiator

'POLITICAL SNAKE.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV turns the tables on Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over the Philippines' strategy during the 2012 Panatag Shoal standoff. File photos by Rappler

Aquino to Cayetano: Would you give PH's playbook to China?

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Answering DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano's questions to 'prove' the Aquino administration's transparency in its dealing with China would only 'make the Philippines predictable,' says former President Benigno Aquino III

[OPINION] Loose lips sink ships

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Following the Battle of Marawi, the Armed Forces had enjoyed an immense level of support from the public. A year later, things rapidly went downhill because of the Duterte administration's position on the West Philippine Sea.

Pantaleon Alvarez, ASEAN statement on China, Bong Go movie role | Evening wRap

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

SCHEDULE: Marites Vitug’s ‘Rock Solid’ book launches, talks

Aug 02, 2018 - 3:10 PM

(5th UPDATE) Interested readers can listen to the author, a veteran journalist and Rappler editor-at-large, and buy ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China’ at these events in the Philippines and abroad

PNoy on West Philippine Sea, inflation, Serena Williams | Midday wRap

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

ASEAN to hit China reclamation, hail Trump-Kim talks

Aug 02, 2018 - 10:40 AM

In a draft statement, ASEAN foreign ministers say land reclamations in the South China Sea 'have eroded trust and confidence' and 'increased tensions'

FOREIGN MINISTERS. From L-R: Malaysia's foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Myanmar's Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint, the Philippines' foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Singapore's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan, and Thailand's foreign minister Don Pramudwinai attend the AMM interface with ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Representatives (AICHR) during the ASEAN ministerial meeting in Singapore on August 1, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 6 Chinese ships guarding Panatag Shoal

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Only one Philippine fishing vessel is spotted miles away from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal)

FLYING OVER. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Aquino warns against 60-40 joint exploration in West PH Sea

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:45 PM

'Exclusive ito sa atin, meron ba tayong obligasyon na bahagian sila?' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Photo by Angie de Silva /Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Marites Vitug on significance of 'Rock Solid'

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Listen to discussions with Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug about her new book 'Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China', the first of its kind on Manila's legal victory against Beijing

Del Rosario on China, U.S. Military, Demi Lovato | Midday wRap

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Bea Cupin

[OPINION] Why Duterte should heed Filipinos on China

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:10 AM

The Duterte administration's appeasement policy – even defeatist policy – can only cement China's hold on the West Philippine Sea and lead to a waiver of our sovereign rights that we fought so hard to win under the arbitral ruling

Del Rosario to Duterte: Listen to Filipinos, not China's envoy

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:40 PM

'The President and his men should cast aside their fear of displeasing China,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario at the book launch of 'Rock Solid'

'ROCK SOLID.' Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (1st from left), along with Vice President Leni Robredo (3rd) and Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio (4th), is one of the guests at the launch of 'Rock Solid' by Rappler's Marites Dañguilan Vitug (2nd). Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler editor launches landmark book on Philippines-China case

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rappler editor-at-large Marites Dañguilan Vitug unveils the book 'Rock Solid,' the first of its kind about the Philippines' victory over the South China Sea, at the Ateneo de Manila University

LANDMARK BOOK. 'Rock Solid,' authored by award-winning journalist Marites Dañguilan Vitug, is the first of its kind on the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea. Photo of Vitug by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte vows to defend West Philippine Sea in SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will not 'waver in our commitment to defend our interests in the West Philippine Sea'

STRONGER TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Lessons for Manila from Sri Lanka's 'debt-trap' experience

Jul 22, 2018 - 7:24 PM

We consider the case of Sri Lanka as an illustrative example of the process whereby Chinese debt can translate into strategic concessions

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 16-22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Watch the 'Give Up Tomorrow' documentary, highlights of the Trump-Putin summit, and the report on Pacquiao's heart ailment

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Philippines' legal fees in China case still unpaid

Jul 18, 2018 - 5:09 PM

In a Rappler Talk interview, former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the amount due is 'less than a million dollars'

LEAD COUNSEL. Paul Reichler, known as 'the giant slayer of public international law,' was the Philippines' lead counsel in its case against China over the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of PCA

Bilateral talks with China 'will never work' – Del Rosario

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'They are the elephant in the room, and the only other person in that room with that elephant is you,' says ex-foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on Rappler Talk

EX-DFA CHIEF. Albert del Rosario, former Philippine foreign secretary, says the Philippines 'will obviously get nowhere' by engaging China in bilateral or one-on-one talks. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Albert del Rosario on Duterte gov’t’s refusal to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Watch Rappler's full interview with former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

Going to the ‘heart of Unclos’

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Excerpts from ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China,’ which will be launched on Wednesday, July 18, at the Ateneo de Manila University

4 in 5 Filipinos reject gov't inaction vs China moves – SWS

Jul 15, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Most Filipinos also believe the Duterte administration should strengthen the Philippine military as China militarizes the West Philippine Sea

BOOSTING TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. Malacañang file photo

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Hague ruling anniversary, Duterte's 'Sorry God,' and updates on the Thai cave rescue

[OPINION] China's grand larceny

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:25 AM

What should we now do as a willing victim and an abettor that has fully embraced our big northern neighbor who is clearly acting as a bully, a grand larcenist, and an international outlaw?

The week in photos: July 7-13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIVE LA FRANCE. A France fan cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Hague ruling anniversary, Tulfo audit, Kylie Jenner | Evening wRap

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Duterte 'happily dancing to his master's tune' in West Philippine Sea – groups

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Church leaders, civil rights groups gather in front of the Chinese Embassy in Makati on the second anniversary of the Hauge ruling to denounce Duterte’s appeasement policy towards China

Activists participate on a protest in front of the Chinese Consular office in Manila on July 12, 2018, to mark the second anniversary of a UN-backed tribunal ruling in July 2016 saying there was no basis for China's claims to most of the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague in July 2016 ruled that there was no legal basis for Beijing's claims to much of the South China Sea, embodied in a "nine-dash line" that dates from 1940s maps and stretches close to other countries' coasts, a decision which China angrily rejected. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Malacañang says no need to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and other individuals do not 'fully comprehend the nature of arbitration'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

73% of Filipinos want PH to assert rights under Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes says 'a plurality of Filipinos' believe the Philippines 'should file a diplomatic protest' over China's militarization of the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINES-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte (left), through meetings with China officials led by Chinese President Xi Jinping (right), seeks better ties Beijing. Malacañang file photo

Robredo seeks peaceful protest vs China moves in West PH Sea

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says of the Philippines' victory against China in The Hague on July 12, 2016: 'Sadly, since then, we have lost that advantage'

HAGUE RULING. Vice President Leni Robredo poses with former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario at a forum on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Del Rosario: PH 'a willing victim' 2 years after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

'Before we can hope for help, we must first demonstrate that we are worth helping,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on the second anniversary of the Philippines' South China Sea victory

HAGUE RULING. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario speaks in a forum on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

2 years after winning, Duterte refuses to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The Philippines marks the second anniversary of its victory against China over the South China Sea, still with an 'inexplicable reluctance' to enforce this ruling

EFFORTS WASTED? This is the Philippine team that flew to The Hague, Netherlands, to defend the merits of the Philippines' case against China in November 2015. Photo courtesy of PCA