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Former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr dies at 82

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Much respected diplomat Rodolfo Severino Jr, former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, served the Philippines for over 3 decades

PASSING OF A DIPLOMAT. File photo of Ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr.

Duterte names ex-DFA spokesman as Turkey ambassador

Dec 21, 2018 - 11:47 AM

The President names a new special envoy to Kazakhstan and nominates two others as ambassadors to Poland and Kenya

Jollibee in London shows PH businesses can go global – envoy

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The Philippine embassy says Jollibee, the first Philippine fast food chain to expand to the United Kingdom, is 'blazing the trail for other Philippine businesses'

JOLLIBEE LONDON. Philippine Ambassador to the UK Antonio Manuel Lagdameo and Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III smile as Jollibee snaps a groufie at the first Jollibee store in London. Photo by Stacy Garcia

Lolo Kiko with Nanay Amba: Pope meets new PH envoy to Vatican

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:25 PM

A Bicolana career diplomat, Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis

'NANAY AMBA.' Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis on September 1, 2018. Photo courtesy of Vatican News

Another P1M bonus for Asiad gold winner

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:37 PM

PH ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Wee pledges P1 million to Filipino gold medalists in the 2018 Asian Games

REWARDS. The Philippine delegation is still seeking for its first gold medal. Photos from Asian Games PH media pool

Envoy to UAE gets top award from Quezon province

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

A native of Lucena City and Mauban, incoming Philippine ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana receives the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan

QUEZON NATIVE. Incoming Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana receives the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan on August 16, 2018. Photo from DFA

Former ambassador Jun Lozada dies

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:52 AM

The late Jose Apolinario 'Jun' Lozada Jr is former ambassador to the Holy See, Austria, and Palau, and also former representative of Negros Occidental

DIPLOMAT, LAWMAKER. Former ambassador Apolinario 'Jun' Lozada Jr at the Wednesday Roundtable at Lido Cocina Tsina in 2017. Screenshot from Wednesday Roundtable @Lido/Areopagus Communications

Duterte arrives in South Korea for 3-day official visit

Jun 03, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Ambassador Raul Hernandez says 66,000 Filipinos live in South Korea, and the voters among them 'gave 84% of their votes' to President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE IN SEOUL. President Rodrigo Duterte (center) is welcomed by Ambassador Raul Hernandez (right) and the envoy's wife, Ana (left), as the head of state arrives in South Korea at around 5:20 am on June 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ambassador Hernandez

Cayetano denies Kuwait OFW video was for politicking

May 03, 2018 - 2:10 AM

'Bakit, nandoon ba ako sa video? Kung gagamitin ko sa pulitika eh di ako na ang pumunta do'n, ako na ang nag-rescue,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

OFW RESCUE. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano denies in an interview on May 2, 2018, that he meant to use an OFW rescue video for politicking. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Filipino diplomats face kidnapping charges in Kuwait

May 03, 2018 - 12:40 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano stresses that the diplomats violated no international convention and committed no crime

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Expelled Philippine ambassador to Kuwait arrives in Manila

May 02, 2018 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) Ambassador Renato Villa is received by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano a week after he was expelled from Kuwait

PH 'convinced' OFW rescue in Kuwait a 'rightful exercise of duty' – Cayetano

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the allegedly illegal rescues of abused overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait are 'consistent' with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations

'RIGHTFUL EXERCISE OF DUTY.' DFA Secretary Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano stands by the allegedly illegal rescues of abused OFWs in Kuwait last week. File photo by Malacañang

Duterte to make big announcement on Kuwait crisis

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says this is 'a position that he personally crafted,' and that 'shows really his experience in governance'

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to announce his 'personally crafted' position on the diplomatic crisis between Kuwait and the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Kuwait 'OFW rescue' government's duty, says DOLE's Paras

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:07 PM

Labor undersecretary Jacinto Paras says it was unfortunate that 'someone irresponsible' shared the rescue videos on social media

IT WAS RIGHT. Labor undersecretary Jerome Paras

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INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

'Tokhang' style: How Philippines rescued OFWs in Kuwait

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Tokhang – literally to 'knock and request' – is how the Philippine embassy rescued abused overseas Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video, released by the DFA, shows how the Philippine embassy rescued abused overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

Kuwait issues arrest warrants vs 3 Filipino diplomats

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Philippines confirms that aside from 3 diplomatic personnel facing arrest, 4 of the embassy's Filipino hires remain detained in Kuwait

DIPLOMATIC ROW. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa speaks during a press conference at the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City on April 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

Philippines protests expulsion of Ambassador Villa from Kuwait

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The Philippines, in a diplomatic note, conveys its 'strong surprise and great displeasure' after Kuwait declared Ambassador Renato Villa as 'persona non grata'

KUWAIT ENVOY. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa briefs other government officials on the repatriation efforts for overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait. File photo courtesy of DFA

Philippines 'disturbed' by Kuwait's expulsion of PH ambassador

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'We hope that this development will not lead to further worsening of bilateral ties between the two countries,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

EXPELLED BY KUWAIT. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa speaks during a press conference at the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City on April 21, 2018. File photo by AFP

Kuwait orders Philippine ambassador to leave

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:43 PM

(4th UPDATE) Kuwait declares Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa 'persona non grata,' while the Philippines says Kuwait's action 'is deeply disturbing'

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa is ordered to leave Kuwait, which declared him 'persona non grata.' File photo by AFP

Philippines defends ambassador summoned by Kuwait

Apr 23, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano cites the case of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis: 'Hihintayin pa ba natin na may mangyari pang ganoon bago tayo kumilos?'

UNDER FIRE. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa speaks during a press conference at the Philippines embassy in Kuwait City on April 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

Kuwait arrests 2 Filipinos for urging OFW maids to escape

Apr 23, 2018 - 10:05 AM

This comes after Kuwait's foreign ministry summoned the Philippine ambassador over a video showing the rescue of Filipino domestic workers from Kuwaiti homes

DIPLOMATIC ROW. Philippine Ambassador in Kuwait Renato Villa speaks during a press conference at the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait City on April 21, 2018. A diplomatic row is brewing between the Philippines and Kuwait over the rescue of Filipino maids. Photo by AFP

Kuwait summons PH envoy over alleged OFW rescue

Apr 22, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa says the Philippine embassy will submit an official reply to two protest notes handed by Kuwait

OFWS. Filipino workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on February 18, 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.

GROUNDBRREAKING: A multi-purpose warehouse will be built inside Basa Air Base in Pampanga, the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

CA confirms envoys to Vatican, UAE, 5 other countries

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Lawmakers confirm the nomination of the Philippines' ambassadors to the Vatican, UAE, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic

CONFIRMED ENVOYS. The Commission on Appointments confirms 7 ambassadors on February 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alex Nueva España/PRIB

Philippine envoy to U.S. presents credentials to Trump

Dec 01, 2017 - 7:07 PM

Philippine Ambassador to the US Babe Romualdez and President Donald Trump speak for about 10 minutes at the White House, the envoy's office says

PRESENTING CREDENTIALS. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel 'Babe' Romualdez presents his credentials to US President Donald Trump on December 1, 2017. Photo courtesy of Romualdez's office

Babe Romualdez confirmed as Philippine envoy to U.S.

Aug 23, 2017 - 11:53 AM

This comes less than a month after Malacañang announced that President Duterte had nominated Babe Romualdez as Philippine ambassador to the US

INCOMING AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Duterte has picked Babe Romualdez as the incoming Philippine ambassador to the US. File photo courtesy of Stratbase ADRI

Duterte doesn't 'feel like' sending ambassador to US

Feb 02, 2017 - 5:12 PM

Walang ambassador na pupunta sa US I don t feel like sending one says President Duterte

US-PH TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. Malacañang photo

PH not making 'full pivot' to China – envoy

Jan 13, 2017 - 7:51 PM

It s really seeking a place a balanced relationship between the US and China and Russia Ambassador designate to China Chito Santa Romana tells Rappler

SEEKING BALANCE. Philippine Ambassador-designate to China Chito Santa Romana says in a Facebook Live interview on January 10, 2017, that the Philippines aims to forge 'good relations with all major powers.' Screen grab from Newsbreak's Facebook page

Ex-DFA spokesman named Ambassador of the Year in Korea

Dec 21, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The 60 year old Asia Society hails Ambassador Raul Hernandez for helping boost ties between the Philippines and Korea

HAILED IN KOREA. Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul Hernandez receives the 2016 Ambassador of the Year Award from Asia Society on December 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Philippine embassy in Korea

PH gov’t fence-sitting on LGBTIQ rights at UN

Nov 23, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Our ambassador’s position simply refuses to give due recognition to our domestic realities and trivializes the efforts of government and civil society to ensure that LGBTIQ Filipinos live with dignity

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Duterte names journalist as ambassador to China

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:39 PM

UPDATED The President also nominates Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose as ambassador to Malaysia

ENVOY TO CHINA. Former ABC News Beijing bureau chief Chito Sta. Romana has been nominated as Philippine ambassador to China. Photo courtesy of AIM

Fil-Ams hail Paynor's appointment as PH envoy to US

Oct 03, 2016 - 6:58 PM

Marciano Paynor the immediate past consul general in San Francisco is the epitome of elegant civility with the diplomatic skills and demeanor to navigate a relationship which is undergoing new challenges

Duterte to appoint Palace chief protocol officer Paynor as US ambassador

Aug 29, 2016 - 9:14 PM

UPDATED The President plans to appoint former UN attache and ABS CBN anchor Robert Borje as the new Palace Chief Protocol Officer

NEW US AMBASSADOR. President Duterte answers questions from media on August 29, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Gibo Teodoro declines defense post again – Duterte

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:58 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is also not keen on accepting President Duterte s offer to be ambassador to the United States

NO TO DND. Gibo Teodoro speaks with media in Davao City on June 2, 2016. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH to US: We don't condone unlawful killings

Aug 13, 2016 - 8:59 PM

The DFA answers the US embassy s list of concerns under President Rodrigo Duterte but dodges Duterte s remarks against Ambassador Philip Goldberg

DIPLOMAT TO DIPLOMAT. US Ambassador Philip Goldberg chats with Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr before a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Music Room in Malacanang Palace on July 19, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PND

US releases rare list of concerns under Duterte

Aug 12, 2016 - 4:53 PM

The United States hits President Rodrigo Duterte s gay remarks against Ambassador Philip Goldberg and says it is concerned about extrajudicial killings

PH-US RELATIONS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with US Secretary of State Secretary John Kerry during a courtesy call at the President's Hall of the Malacañang Palace on July 27, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Aquino gives 6 PH envoys additional jurisdictions

Nov 01, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Malacañang also announces new appointments in the DOLE DA DOTC and the DBP Data Center Inc

ADDITIONAL JURISDICTION. President Benigno S. Aquino III gives several Philippine ambassadors additional jurisdictions. File photo by Lauro Montellano Jr/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

In Baguio, remembering the Japanese forces' World War II surrender

Sep 05, 2015 - 2:49 PM

The US embassy commemorates in the Ambassador s Residence in Camp John Hay the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japanese forces during World War II

COMMEMORATION. United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg is flanked by two World war II veterans Graciano Clavano (left) and Sabas Hafalla during the commemoration the 70th anniversary of the surrender of the Japanese forces in the country – in the same room where this photo is taken in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Man of God: PH envoy to Pakistan a 'total diplomat'

May 16, 2015 - 6:45 PM

When he presents his credentials to our Creator he will no doubt be received warmly and with open arms Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says

Manila-New York flights to boost tourism – envoy

Mar 18, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Relaunched on March 15 Philippine Airlines operates these flights via Vancouver Canada 4 times a week

TOURIST DESTINATION. The Statue of Liberty is one of the tourist sites in New York, a new take-off point of flag carrier Philippine Airlines in the United States.

Fil-Ams urged to invest in the Philippines

Jun 01, 2014 - 4:06 PM

A business delegation says Filipino Americans can help maintain the Philippine economy s upward trajectory

BUSINESS FORUM. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and other members of the private-sector delegation from Manila led by noted economist Bernardo Villegas during the business forum of the 3rd Philippine Investment Mission business forum at the UPS auditorium in Atlanta. Photo by Lilibeth Almonte-Arbez/Philippine Embassy

Obama to arrive in Manila April 28

Apr 11, 2014 - 2:19 PM

US President Barack Obama will leave the Philippines the next day

Aquino talk with Chinese envoy 'cordial'

Apr 08, 2014 - 5:43 PM

Malacañang says Manila s maritime dispute with Beijing is just one aspect of its relationship with the economic giant

Ambassador as tour guide: 112 Malaysians discover PH

Nov 24, 2013 - 9:36 AM

Tours organized by ambassadors have been done for years for the US and Canada This is the first time it is done for a Southeast Asian neighbor

HELLO PHILIPPINES. Capt. Manuel Vergara, some members of his family, and other tourists pose for a photo with Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya upon their arrival at NAIA 3. Photo provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs

Aquino: China's plan defies int’l law

Nov 30, 2012 - 4:13 PM

President Aquino says China s plan to board and expel ships illegally entering the South China Sea contradicts its support of freedom of navigation

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Nov 08, 2012 - 8:49 PM

The head of China’s Communist Party calls for reform as the party’s leadership transitions Chinese President Hu Jintao says China should become a maritime power The Philippine Ambassador to the United States says Washington supports a code of conduct to settle disputes in the South China Sea

Ailing PH envoy to China 'may be replaced'

Aug 25, 2012 - 3:46 PM

But the Palace says it should also consider the thoughts and opinions of Philippine ambassador to China Sonia Brady

PNoy to name new envoy to China

Apr 19, 2012 - 2:03 PM

UPDATED Rejected thrice by the Commission on Appointments Ambassador designate Domingo Lee asks the President to withdraw his nomination