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VFA termination suspended due to pandemic, geopolitics – Locsin

Jun 03, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippines looks forward to continuing its 'strong military partnership' with the United States while reaching out to regional allies

ALLIES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr delivers a quick statement at the Department of Foreign Affairs on June 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH to lift deployment ban on health workers with existing contracts

Apr 13, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The President still needs to approve the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases' resolution allowing nurses and other health workers with existing contracts to leave

FRONTLINERS. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow front-liners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Locsin vows to fight deployment ban on health workers

Apr 11, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the new policy violates the Constitution

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr answers questions from the media after his meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Davao City on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Chinese experts arrive in PH to help in coronavirus response

Apr 05, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the doctors and public health experts bring 'invaluable firsthand experiences to share on fighting and containing' COVID-19

'LABAN PILIPINAS'. A team of experts from China, holding a banner with the text 'Laban Pilipinas!' (Philippines, fight!) in Filipino and Chinese, arrive in the Philippines on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Photo from Twitter/@teddyboylocsin

On letting foreigners leave via Cebu: Gwen says Locsin does not 'need to beg'

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:29 PM

'I am trying to spare the Philippine tourism from a justifiable retaliation in the future,' the DFA secretary says

PLEADING. DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin 'begs' Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia to let foreigners pass through Cebu to leave the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler and the Office of Gwen Garcia

Travel restrictions leave over 4,000 tourists stranded in PH

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:10 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says a proposed solution being considered is to observe a 24-hour window 'until the last foreign tourist is out'

DESERTED. The usually bustling Rizal Park in Manila is temporarily closed for visitors while the Luzon lockdown remains in place until April 12, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Philippines bans entry of foreigners due to coronavirus outbreak

Mar 19, 2020 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) Only visas already issued to Filipinos’ foreign spouses and children remained valid

SUSPENDED. In this photo, travelers are seen lining up at immigration counters in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

PH considers suspending visa issuances worldwide due to coronavirus threat

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:27 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Department of Foreign Affairs is also considering the suspension of visa-free privileges for countries except those in Southeast Asia

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

China to donate more coronavirus testing kits, protective equipment to PH

Mar 18, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says China has pledged to donate 100,000 testing kits, 10,000 N95 masks, 10,000 personal protective equipment sets, and 100,000 surgical masks

PROTECTIVE GEAR. The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office demonstrates to barangay first responders how to use personal protective equipment on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Locsin locked out of Twitter after violent tweet vs Bayan

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) 'Lighten up my friend,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after he is allowed to access his account again

LOCKED OUT. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. during the Senate hearing on the withdrawal/termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement on February 6, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Stop whining,' Locsin says after PH sends notice of VFA termination

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:23 PM

'Time to grow up,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

DFA CHIEf. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr during a Senate hearing on the Philippines-United States Visiting Forces Agreement  on February 6, 2020. Photo by Voltaire F Domingo/Senate PRIB

PH notice of VFA termination to have 'significant implications' on relations, says U.S.

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The United States says it will 'carefully consider' its next moves as it 'remains committed' to its friendship with the Philippines

BALIKATAN. Philippine and US soldiers hold an amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise in Zambales on April 11, 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

No order from Duterte yet to terminate VFA – Lorenzana

Feb 08, 2020 - 4:57 PM

'This is fake news,' says the defense secretary about Salvador Panelo's claim that the President has taken steps to instruct Foreign Secretary Locsin to send the notice of termination to the US

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the Senate hearing on the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Despite risks, Duterte orders Locsin to terminate VFA

Feb 07, 2020 - 9:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte ignores the calls of top security and foreign officials to first review the defense agreement

TERMINATE VFA. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed government officials at Malacañang on February 6, 2020. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

FULL TEXT: Locsin on impact assessment of VFA termination

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:16 PM

What is at stake and is the Philippines ready to terminate the VFA?

DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. during the Senate hearing on the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locsin: Risky for PH to terminate visiting forces agreement with U.S.

Feb 06, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the 'continuance of the agreement is deemed to be more beneficial' to the country

DFA CHIEF. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. during the Senate hearing on the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No termination yet: Locsin instead wants 'vigorous review' of VFA

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr admits he and defense chief Delfin Lorenzana were not consulted before President Duterte announced his order to terminate the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement

REVIEW FIRST. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr wants more discussions on the Visiting Forces Agreement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto shows video on coronavirus conspiracy theory at Senate hearing

Feb 04, 2020 - 4:34 PM

'Meron tayong kasabihan eh. If you want to defeat an enemy, know the enemy. Ano ba itong virus na ito?' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III before showing the video that does not cite any official information or sources

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. Senate President Vicente Sotto III at the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the 2019 novel coronavirus on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locsin heeds Duterte, starts 'terminating' VFA

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr eagerly puts President Rodrigo Duterte's words in motion after the Philippine chief warned the US government it had one month to 'correct' Senator Ronald dela Rosa's canceled visa

DUTERTE'S ALTER EGO. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in Malacañang on January 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

'Good move': Locsin hails Duterte's threats to scrap VFA

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:09 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to 'terminate' the Philippines-US Visiting Forces Agreement tests the countries' decades-old military alliance

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr supports the move of President Rodrigo Duterte to consider scrapping the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to arrive in Manila on January 15

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the 13 Filipinos are coming from Baghdad and Erbil

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

'Bugbugin mo ako!': Locsin faces off with protesters at DFA

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Confrontation between Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and protesters cools down after a woman pleads with Locsin to bring her sister home

FACE-OFF. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. confronts protesters outside the Department of Foreign Affairs building in Pasay City on January 10, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Japan to provide additional P2B to fortify Metro Manila bridges vs earthquakes

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Fresh funds will go to the strengthening of the Lambingan and Guadalupe bridges

PH-JAPAN TIES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (center) pose for a photo after the exchange of diplomatic notes. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PH, Japan to boost cooperation on security, maintaining rule of law in region

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The two countries, both with territorial disputes with China, 'agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in wide areas including security and enforcement of the laws of the seas,' says Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu

DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu exchange notes during Motegi's first official visit to the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Locsin, new China envoy ring in 2020 together

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian start the New Year with a resolution to 'seize the day and live life to the full'

2020. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr celebrates the new year with newly appointed China Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian. Photo from Chinese Embassy in Manila

Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu to make 1st official visit to PH

Jan 03, 2020 - 1:41 PM

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is scheduled to visit the Philippines from January 8 to 9

OFFICIAL VISIT. Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is scheduled to make his first official visit to the Philippines in January 2020. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Locsin downplays U.S. ban on De Lima accusers

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:52 PM

'Sovereignty is indivisible. Give up one aspect – like a judicial trial... you may as well give up national security to China,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

PH AUTHORITY. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. downplays US sanctions vs Philippine officials involved in Senator Leila de Lima's detention. Photo by Angie de Silva

Locsin throws shade at U.N. court hearing on Myanmar genocide case

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:11 PM

'Judge Myanmar against the template of European pogroms, the Europe wide Holocaust,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

DEFENSE. Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi stands before UN's International Court of Justice on December 10, 2019, in the Peace Palace of The Hague, at the start of a three-day hearing on Rohingya genocide case. Photo by Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

Locsin: Stamp with PH EEZ to be used on all foreign passports

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'Full Extent of Our Sovereignity. Full stop,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

FRONTLINES. Bureau of Immigration personnel are the country's frontlines in securing its borders. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

How to shut down a mature adult who's behaving badly? 'Ok boomer'

Nov 07, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Gen YZ's new put-down for the out of touch and close-minded adult over 50

Despite criticism, Locsin demands apology from Inquirer reporter

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:21 PM

'Say sorry. Now,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr is slammed for cursing at an Inquirer journalist. Photo by Angie de Silva

Locsin slammed for blasting expletives at Inquirer reporter online

Nov 06, 2019 - 1:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippine Daily Inquirer says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr's tweet to its reporter is 'profane and insulting'

ASEAN SUMMIT. In this photo, President Rodrigo Duterte is seen with (R-L) Socioeconomic Secretary Ernesto Penia, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, Finance Carlos Dominguez III, among others. Malacañang photo

Locsin refuses to call out China ship harassment in West Philippine Sea

Nov 04, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the presence of Chinese vessels near Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Locsin wants DreamWorks boycott over 'Abominable' movie

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:36 AM

'Call a universal boycott...from here on,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says after the animated DreamWorks film showcased a map depicting China's 9-dash line in the South China Sea

BOYCOTT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr expresses his opposition against a DreamWorks animated film which depicted China's 9-dash line. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Chinese vessels in Philippine waters: Who’s keeping score?

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:48 PM

As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over ships near Ayungin shoal

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:34 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the statement after Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff Noel Clement told senators of the Chinese ships' presence near Ayungin Shoal

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr order a diplomatic protest to be filed against China over Chinese vessels near Ayungin Shoal. Malacañang photo

Locsin: U.N. ‘not free to interfere’ when a country goes tough vs crime

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'The nations here in United [Nations] should not let this platform be used to threaten others with accountability for taking a tough approach to crime,' says DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin, Jr

'NOT FREE TO INTERFERE.' Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2019. Screenshot from UN Web TV

U.N. report on attacks vs PH rights groups is 'shoddy work' – Locsin

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'The UNHRC report reads like it was written by the accusers...Ignore it,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

THREATS. Human rights defenders urge the Philippine government to stop persecuting human rights activists. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Locsin says loans, grants from countries hitting PH drug war 'small time'

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We don't need the money,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, following the Palace decision to suspend talks on loans and grants from 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution

INVESTIGATE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings hold a protest against killings in the government's campaign against illegal drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Locsin says 'we will lose' if PH brings up Hague ruling at U.N.

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:08 PM

'Such is life,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says as he claims the Philippines will be outnumbered by countries grateful to China for its development aid

STATUS QUO. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippines won't bring up the Hague Ruling at UN General Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locsin warns PH will be 'deeply' affected by Saudi oil attacks

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Meanwhile, energy officials give assurances oil supplies in the country remain sufficient and that the impact of the incident on the Philippines is still 'premature'

DRONE ATTACKS. Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq about 60 kilometers southwest of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on September 14, 2019. Photo by AFP

At DFA budget hearing, Locsin appeals for more DND funds

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr calls for a higher budget for another agency: the Department of National Defense

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr presents the Department of Foreign Affairs' proposed 2020 budget at the Seante on September 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Locsin says arbitral ruling 'unnecessary' in joint exploration with China

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says this is because the memorandum of understanding is clear the venture will be done without prejudice to Manila and Beijing's claims in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. In this file photo, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) arrive for a press conference at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 20, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Syrian court finds Joanna Demafelis' employer guilty of murder

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'There you go. Judge didn't buy the defense,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in response to the verdict over the gruesome murder of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis

JOANNA'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, broke down upon seeing the crate containing her sister's body as it arrived at the cargo terminal of NAIA on February 16, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Xi says China not required to seek permission for ships' passage – Lorenzana

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says China 'wants to ask permission' for its ships' passage

DUTERTE AND XI. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

Locsin: DFA has filed 60 diplomatic protests vs China since 2016

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:15 PM

'Even if I believe that filing diplomatic protests is like throwing paper at a brick wall, I do it,' the Philippines' top diplomat Teodoro Locsin Jr tells a panel of lawmakers

60 PROTESTS FILED. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the government protested China's incursions "at every turn." Photo of Locsin at the Senate on November 28, 2018, by Angie de Silva

Locsin breaks through 'Great Firewall' of China

Aug 29, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr initially bids farewell to Twitter before leaving for China, where the social media platform is blocked. But the silence doesn't last long.

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr answers questions from media after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Locsin hits U.S. over sea convention

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'If only the greatest power on earth led by the example of subscribing to UNCLOS, it would be a safer world,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMATS. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr meets with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at the Department of State, December 20, 2018. File photo courtesy of US State Department

LIST: China's incursions in Philippine waters

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:06 AM

As the Duterte administration claims friendlier ties with China, Philippine officials report several sightings of Chinese vessels criss-crossing Philippine waters without due notice