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LOOK: PH lawmakers' 'very cordial' meeting with Malaysian PM Mahathir

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:10 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says Filipino legislators sought Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's advice on economic affairs

COURTESY CALL. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III pose for a picture with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. All photos courtesy of Arroyo's office

Mahathir sees Bangsamoro region boosting PH-Malaysia economic ties

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tells Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he expects the new Bangsamoro region to spur growth and development

Malaysian PM Mahathir warns Philippines vs foreigner influx

Mar 07, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Mahathir Mohamad, who has suspended several of his nation’s major projects with China, says 'foreign direct investment should not involve bringing huge numbers of foreigners to live in the country'

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on October 25, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir arrives in Manila for official visit

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:47 PM

The world's oldest statesman begins his two-day visit to the Philippines, which includes a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte

This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with AFP at his office in Putrajaya. Malaysian ruling party icon Mahathir Mohamad has accused current leader Najib Razak of "destroying" the country by clinging to power despite a corruption scandal, and vowed to campaign vigorously for the opposition in coming elections. In an interview with AFP, the 91-year-old former prime minister excoriated Najib over the sensational graft allegations swirling around the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund.  / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY MALAYSIA-POLITICS-CORRUPTION-NAJIB-1MDB-MAHATHIR,INTERVIEW BY M. JEGATHESAN

Pompeo warns PH of 'security risks' posed by Huawei

Mar 01, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The US Secretary of State says US equipment won't be allowed to operate anywhere where Huawei technology is present

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference with Philippines' Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr at the foreign affairs office in Manila on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Pompeo raises importance of free press, rights of 'all Filipinos' with Locsin

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'We never forget the importance of human rights, rule of law, transparency, justice wherever it is that we go,' says the visiting US official but refrains from publicly citing specific attacks on free speech and human rights in his host country

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to Philippines' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin (L) speak at a news conference at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs Home Office in Manila on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)

Locsin: No need to review PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:09 PM

'In vagueness lies the best deterrence,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the 68-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty

ANOTHER LOOK? Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) weighs in on efforts to review the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP/Pool

South China Sea covered by PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty – Pompeo

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'Any armed attack on any Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assures Manila

Duterte meets U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo

Feb 28, 2019 - 9:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discuss counterterrorism and North Korea during their meeting

OFFICIAL HANDSHAKE. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Villamor Air Base in the evening of February 28, 2019. Malacañang Press Corps pool photo

Malaysia's Mahathir to visit Philippines, meet Duterte

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:39 PM

This will be the 93-year-old Mahathir Mohamad's first visit to the Philippines since he returned as Malaysia's prime minister in 2018

MALAYSIA'S LEADER. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's Office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

Like China counterpart, Japan's top diplomat to visit Davao

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City months after a similar trip by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

TOP DIPLOMAT. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is set to visit Davao City from February 9 to 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

Sri Lanka President Sirisena praises Duterte drug war as 'example to world'

Jan 17, 2019 - 2:28 PM

'I feel that we should follow your footsteps to control this hazard,' Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena tells President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena offer a toast to each other during the State Banquet at the Malacañan Palace on January 16, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, Sri Lanka President Sirisena boost defense, agri ties during visit

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:45 AM

The Philippines and Sri Lanka sign deals to increase exchanges of military delegations, cooperate in agriculture and fisheries, and boost cooperation in higher education

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes the hand of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena as he is welcomed during the latter's arrival at the Malacañan Palace on January 16, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Newsbreak Chats: Xi Jinping's state visit, Rappler's Fact Check Project

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The team discusses on Thursday, November 29, Xi Jinping's state visit and Rappler's efforts to combat disinformation

DOCUMENTS: PH-China deals signed during Xi Jinping visit

Nov 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Malacañang releases 7 of the 29 agreements signed between the Philippines and China during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit. See the released documents here.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: At tayo’y ibinugaw sa bisita ni Tatay

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:58 AM

Saglit na panahon pa, mamamahinga na rin si Tatay. At tayong malakas pa ang magpapasan ng bunga ng pagbubugaw niya sa sambahayan.

Carpio, Del Rosario say PH 'safe' with China oil deal

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Ambassador Albert del Rosario agree that 'nothing is being given away' in the oil deal between the Philippines and China

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at a West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forum in Makati on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Xi’s Manila visit ‘more optics than substance’

Nov 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

It's only a reprieve. Critics warn against the implementation of the planned oil and gas deal that commits Manila to a cooperation scheme with Beijing in the West Philippine Sea.

LEISURELY DISCUSSION. Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) gestures as Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) looks on during a state banquet at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mark Cristino/PoolAFP

LIVE: Forum on maritime disputes in the South China Sea

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The forum – Maritime Disputes in the South China Sea: Navigating the Diplomatic Waters – brings together high-level officials, diplomats, and experts on the issue

‘No meaning’ in Palace displaying only Chinese flag during Xi visit, says Lorenzana

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:46 PM

‘They are in our land. This is our country. Perhaps that was just a show of respect to the guest,’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MISSING. The Philippine Presidential Flag is missing during the review of honor guards by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte. Screenshot from RTVM

'Forces' in gov't pushed for PH-China oil deal – Locsin

Nov 22, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the oil and gas deal with China 'wasn't being pushed' by President Rodrigo Duterte himself

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr holds a press briefing on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

Locsin bares parts of Philippines' oil deal with China

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says he needs China's permission to release the complete oil deal signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (left) and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi share a light moment during the latter's official visit to Davao City, Philippines, on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

A big neighbor comes to visit: Highlights of Xi’s PH trip

Nov 22, 2018 - 8:33 AM

The Chinese President's visit leaves Filipinos with more questions than answers

China's President Xi Jinping (R) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Who came to see Xi Jinping at Shangri-La?

Nov 21, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Politicians and businessmen make their way in to see Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials at the posh hotel in Taguig City

COURTESY CALL. Lawmakers from the Senate and House of Representatives meet with President Xi Jinping and Chinese officials. Photo courtesy of Arroyo's office

VLOG: Si Xi Jinping, Duterte, at Rizal

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Sa pagbisita niya sa Pilipinas, inihahalintulad ni Xi Jinping si Rodrigo Duterte kay Jose Rizal

STATE VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacañang photo

Breach in protocol over PH presidential flag during Xi's state visit

Nov 21, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The lone presence of the Chinese flag during the welcome ceremony and review of the guards by the 2 presidents is unlike any other state visit

What can bring Cayetano and Arroyo together? Xi Jinping

Nov 21, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appear to be friendly after the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping

ALL SMILES. Once rivals, former foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano greets House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Infra projects move forward after Xi Jinping's visit to PH

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Cooperation arrangements between the Philippines and China are outlined for the Davao City Expressway and Mindanao Railway projects

Sara Duterte on welcoming Xi: Painful heels worth the honor

Nov 21, 2018 - 4:36 PM

Wardrobe pains aside, President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest daughter says she was happy to have a chance to personally thank Chinese leader Xi Jinping for visiting the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte accompanies President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China as the latter is accorded foyer honors upon his arrival at the Malacañan Palace for his state visit to the Philippines on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

Gov't to release 'all pertinent information' on Xi state visit – Panelo

Nov 21, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The Palace says no copies of signed agreements have been released because the office in charge, the Department of Foreign Affairs, has been busy with Chinese President's Xi Jinping's second day of activities

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

PH-China deal on oil, gas dev't creates body to study joint exploration

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Up to the last minute, uncertainty clouded what kind of oil and gas deal would come out of Xi's state visit. The MOU appears to be a softer version of the framework earlier prepared.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) react after a joint press statement at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

WATCH: Xi Jinping's state visit to the Philippines

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Watch highlights of Chinese President Xi Jinping's 2-day state visit on Rappler

Del Rosario calls for 'full transparency' in PH-China oil deal

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

'It behooves our negotiators to ensure that our Constitution is not violated,' former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario tells Rappler

FULL TRANSPARENCY. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario calls on Filipinos to seek 'full transparency' about possible oil and gas development in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

Robredo on China deals: Don't compromise PH sovereignty

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'Our interests should always come first when we deepen relations with other nations,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed the members of Zonta Club of Metro Rizal as the organization celebrated its 27th anniversary, held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. In her remarks, VP Leni called on the Zonta Club members to create networks that will push for wider spaces for women participation. She also urged them to “fight for the most vulnerable and bravely speak up against misogyny, discrimination, and abuse.” (Photo by OVP)

How are PH-China deals affecting Filipino communities

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:17 PM

While Xi Jinping was walking along the red carpet in Malacañang, a crowd at the Chinese Consulate in Makati City was denouncing his visit to the Philippines

NOT WELCOME. Protesters gather in front of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City to denounce the state visit of President Xi Jinping to the Philippines. Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

#XiJinPooh: Filipinos troll Xi Jinping via Winnie the Pooh memes

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:16 PM

It's not been a red-carpet welcome for the Chinese leader online

Xi Jinping invites Duterte to visit China a 4th time

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has visited China every year of his presidency, while he refuses to visit the United States

GIFT FROM XI. President Rodrigo Duterte receives a token from President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China following the successful expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacañang photo

From Michael Yang to Dennis Uy: Who's who at Xi Jinping state banquet

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Lawmakers like Arthur Yap and Sonny Belmonte, leaders of Filipino-Chinese groups, and even a reporter from a Chinese television station are guests at the state dinner

Taho ice cream, abalone soup in Xi Jinping's state dinner

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:12 PM

President Duterte, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and guests cap off the first day of state visit with a 4-course meal

DINNER. A state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping features a mix of Filipino and Chinese Cuisine. Screenshot from RTVM

Duterte and Xi tackle drugs, Marawi, infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says China will give another 50 scholarships for Filipinos, and donate 10,000 tons of rice for typhoon-stricken communities

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China meet in Malacañang on November 20, 2018, as Xi makes a state visit to the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Duterte, Xi 'elevate' PH-China ties, 'manage' sea row

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says there is wisdom in the saying, 'All creatures may grow together without harming each other'

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

LIST: Deals signed during Xi Jinping's trip to Philippines

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping witness the exchange of 29 documents – a mix of memoranda of understanding, letters, and commercial contracts

STATE VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte accompanies President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China as the latter is accorded foyer honors upon his arrival at the Malacañang for his state visit to the Philippines on November 20, 2018. Malacanang photo

PH, China sign deal on oil, gas development in West PH Sea

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Philippine and Chinese officials exchange 'memorandum of understanding on oil and gas development' during Xi Jinping's historic state visit

China's President Xi Jinping (centre L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (C) walk to their bilateral meeting after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Xi Jinping: Friendship, cooperation 'only correct choice' for PH, China

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:11 PM

President Duterte says the Philippines is ready for a 'new chapter of openness' but emphasizes that the relationship with China must be in the spirit of 'respect for sovereign equality'

Chinese President Xi Jinping trooping the line with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace grounds on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mary Grace dela Serna/Rappler

Xi Jinping honors Rizal, Filipino hero with Chinese roots

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese President Xi Jinping praises Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 'for taking on Jose Rizal's mantle'

WREATH LAYING. Chinese President Xi Jinping honors Filipino national hero Jose Rizal through a wreath-laying ceremony on November 20, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Red-carpet PH welcome for Xi Jinping amid protests

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Filipino-Chinese families gather outside President Xi Jinping's hotel to catch a glimpse of the visiting leader as cops in riot gear guard the streets to deter protests

EXCTIED. Chinese-Filipinos stand outside the Shangrila Hotel at Bonifacio Global City to try and see Chinese President Xi as he arrives. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz

FAST FACTS: China's Belt and Road Initiative

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:23 PM

(UPDATED) China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative is a revival of the ancient silk road trading route that would link Asian markets with economic circles in Europe

CHINA'S LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past honor guards along with Philipine military chief Carlito Galvez (R) shortly after arriving at Manila international airport on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Groups to Xi Jinping: 'Stay out of West PH Sea'

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Various groups gather outside the Chinese Embassy in Makati City on the first day of President Xi Jinping's Manila visit to assert the Philippines' sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

FOR THE PHILIPPINES. Men in masks make their own statement during a protest at the Chinese Consulate in light of Xi Jinping's PH state visit on November 20, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Carpio fact-checks Xi Jinping on 14th-century Chinese explorer

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says that Chinese explorer Zheng He 'never visited the Philippines' as Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum' on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang: Other countries should assert Hague ruling

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Malacañang sees the value in pressuring China to abide by the 2016 Hague ruling even as President Rodrigo Duterte himself has said that doing so would only provoke 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