Philippine foreign policy - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine foreign policy


PH urged to find 'middle ground' between U.S., China

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:37 AM

‘We’re like a pendulum. We cannot keep swinging from one extreme to the other,’ says Aileen Baviera, professor and former dean of UP’s Asian Center

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between US, China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

[OPINION] Future challenges of our foreign policy

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The government needs to listen to our people. China needs to hear from our people.

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

Arroyo backs Duterte: PH friendship with China 'just right'

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'Hindi ba karapat-dapat lamang na maging kaibigan natin ang China?' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

PIVOT TOWARDS CHINA. Speaker Gloria Arroyo claps her hands as President Rodrigo Duterte receives the replica of the Marawi Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome from Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc on August 14, 2018. File photo form Malacañang

DFA refutes Duterte, says 'no new offer' of money from UK

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:54 PM

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte falsely claimed that he has refused an offer of '$18-20 million' from the UK

OFFER FROM UK? President Rodrigo Duterte claims in a speech on October 13, 2017, that he has refused an offer of '$18-20 million' from the UK. Malacañang photo

Change is wanting: Dutertenomics and foreign policy

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Despite positive efforts the President has also tried but failed to recalibrate our dependent neocolonial relations with the US and appears intent on merely replicating the same with China and Russia

Palace to Carpio: Confrontation with China not in PH best interest

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to protect the country’s rights in the West Philippine Sea while avoiding a conflict with China

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella answers queries from members of the media during a press briefing in Malacañang on April 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

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

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

Russia warns 'traditional' PH partners: Don't interfere

Jan 04, 2017 - 8:00 PM

I think it s time to get rid of outdated leashes It s time to get rid of prejudices says Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev

SIGN OF FRIENDSHIP. Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev (seated, 1st from left) holds a news conference aboard the Russian anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs on January 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

De Lima: Duterte changing PH foreign policy to serve his ego

Dec 18, 2016 - 9:30 PM

There is so much at stake here – the Filipino people s lives well being security and even our very sovereignty says Senator Leila de Lima

Duterte tells worried foreign businesses to go

Oct 25, 2016 - 6:32 PM

UPDATED The Philippine leader slams comments made by the top US envoy to Asia that his fiery rhetoric and crime war were bad for business

TOUGH TALK. President Rodrigo Duterte spares time to accommodate queries from members of Japanese media on October 24, 2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Duterte says he will not sever U.S. ties

Oct 22, 2016 - 12:38 AM

On whether or not his separation will affect defense agreements with the US Duterte says maybe and that he plans to consult with military officials first

DUTERTE. This file photo taken on October 16, 2016 shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he gestures delivering his speech prior to departing for a visit to Brunei and China at Davao airport. File photo by Manman Dejeto/ AFP

#AnimatED: ‘Go away, EU, US!’ Now what’s the plan?

Oct 10, 2016 - 11:06 AM

We cannot stand on an empty boast in the face of a globalized economy and the realness of our poverty

Robredo on Duterte's rants: What we say taken as policy, be careful

Oct 05, 2016 - 2:42 PM

UPDATED The Vice President emphasizes how good foreign relations are crucial for the Philippines and its anti poverty program

FOREIGN ASSISTANCE. Vice President Leni Robredo (2nd from left) highlights the importance of good foreign relations from the perspective of the anti-poverty sector in a news conference on October 5, 2016.  Photo by Patty Pasion/RapplerÂ

'Crossing Rubicon' with US? Duterte wanted 'to dramatize'

Sep 27, 2016 - 2:07 PM

I do not think personally that he meant it in the context of veering away from our commitments to the United States Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

EXPLAINING DUTERTE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks during a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) headquarters on September 15, 2016 in Washington DC. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Duterte to Russia: I'm about to 'cross Rubicon' with US

Sep 26, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The change in policy with the US will be accompanied by more alliances with China and Russia says President Duterte

DUTERTE'S FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte sits beside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the gala dinner during the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Senator wants inquiry into Duterte's 'conflicting' foreign policy

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says the government should clarify its position on foreign affairs given its conflicting statements

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Dear Digong: Time for a new Philippine foreign policy

Jun 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM

In light of the festering disputes in the West Philippine Sea with the Philippines’ arbitration case against China expected to bear fruit in coming weeks foreign policy issues will figure dominantly in coming weeks and months

Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

'Binay's joint venture with China must be corruption-free'

Jul 10, 2015 - 2:03 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says Vice President Binay s proposed joint venture with China is allowed under international law but must be corruption free

AVOID SCANDAL. Professor Jay Batongbacal says Vice President Binay's proposed joint venture with China is allowed under international law but must be corruption-free. File photo by Rob Reyes

Bakit walang galang sa Filipinas ang ibang bansa?

Jun 20, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Lantaran walang takot at sabay sabay tayong sinasamantala ng Tsina Malaysia Vietnam Hapon at Taiwan dahil mahina tayo

After Obama, let's welcome Xi Jinping!

Apr 29, 2014 - 9:10 AM

The Philippines would have to accept the fact that it is just a pawn in the larger scheme of things between US and China relations

Miriam: PH should be neutral on Crimea

Mar 21, 2014 - 2:15 PM

Santiago urges the Philippines to be neutral on the issue of recognizing Crimea citing the absence of customary international law on the subject

Miriam: PH-US military deal needs Senate OK

Mar 14, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Senate foreign relations committee chairperson Miriam Defensor Santiago says the Philippine US military bases access deal should be considered a treaty

Time to rethink our foreign policy

Nov 04, 2012 - 12:50 PM

As the Philippines continues its delicate and difficult balancing act in the international arena its leaders should take foreign policy seriously if they are resolute in protecting our interests as a nation

Julio S Amador III.