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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

PH to show ‘Quezon’s Game’ in Israel after deportation of Filipinos

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:47 PM

'It will be done,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr assures senators, who suggest reminding Israel of former Philippine president Manuel Quezon's efforts to save Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi regime

OPEN PH DOORS. In an untold story of Philippine History, Manuel Quezon tries to save many Jews from World War 2 by allowing them to enter the Philippines. Photo from YouTube Screenshot/ABS-CBN Star Cinema

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over warships in EEZ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'Drop the diplomatic crap; say it is ours period; they're trespassing,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Locsin backtracks on ban vs foreign marine surveys

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr now says he was 'reliably informed' that under international law, countries cannot ban marine surveys

FOR ALL. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says marine surveys in Philippine waters would be open to all countries as long as they seek permission from the Philippines. Presidential Photo

Locsin eyes ‘universal ban’ on foreign marine surveys in PH waters

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'Exceptions invite bribe$,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says in a tweet as he announces a 'universal ban' on marine scientific surveys

NOT ALLOWED. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. says he is eyeing a ban on foreign vessels conducting marine research in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

U.S. 'ready to assist' in search for missing plane, pilot in Aurora

Aug 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

'We've been in touch with Philippine authorities to determine what assistance is needed and how we can help,' the embassy says

SEARCH FOR PLANE. Foreign Secretary Teddyboy Locsin gets help from the United States in the search of a missing plane and its pilot in Aurora. Background photo of Baler, Aurora from Shutterstock

China survey vessel in PH waters? Not until AFP says so – Locsin

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's not happening until I hear from the Armed Forces,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the reported presence of a Chinese vessel in the country's exclusive economic zone

MILITARY INFO ONLY. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said he would only rely on military information regarding a Chinese survey vessel supposedly operating in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

Robredo won't dignify Locsin's 'rude' remark against her

Jun 25, 2019 - 6:48 PM

'Ever since, hindi ako pumatol kapag usapang bastusan. Hindi naman ako nababawasan noon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

NON-ISSUE. Vice President Leni Robredo is not provoked by DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin calling her stupid. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

[OPINION] Mitraydor na gyud ka’g maayo, Mayor!

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Nganong anaon man intawon ninyo nang mga pobreng mananagat Mayor? Abi nako mulaban ka sa mga Pinoy? Imbis kana ang imong gibuhat, imo hinuong gipasakitan sila sa pinaagi sa mga insulto ni Locsin ug ni Panelo.

After Locsin says 'fuck int'l community,' PH runs to U.N. agency

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:42 AM

At the International Maritime Organization, the Philippines slams a Chinese vessel that sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr downplays the need for the Philippines to seek support from the international community after the Philippine boat sinking incident at Recto Bank. File photo from DFA

Locsin on PH boat sinking: 'Fuck the international community'

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'This is our fight and in the end ours alone,' says foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after a Chinese vessel sank a Philippine boat in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr appears at a congressional briefing on the passport processing system on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EU required to get DFA clearance before donating to PH

Jun 02, 2019 - 10:40 AM

This comes after the Philippines said donations of the European Union have found their way into the hands of alleged fronts of the communist New People's Army

CLEARANCE NEEDED. Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin during congress briefing by the DFA on passport processing system in Congress on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Locsin says 'departure' of Canada garbage on May 30

May 28, 2019 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr praises President Rodrigo Duterte 'for pushing the right button' and Canada 'for fully cooperating to get it done as he wanted'

GARBAGE ROW. The EcoWaste Coalition stages a protest on April 29, 2019, calling on Canada to take back its garbage dumped in the Philippines. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Del Rosario to Duterte gov't: 'Unshelve' Hague ruling

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:03 AM

'Now is the best time' to address the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing over the West Philippine Sea, says foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges the Duterte government to 'unshelve' the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locsin: I 'fired off salvo of diplomatic notes' vs China

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:40 PM

But asked if the supposed diplomatic protest against China will be made public, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says, 'No way, José'

DIPLOMATIC NOTES. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says he has filed diplomatic notes against China over Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Locsin thanks Canada for sheltering Filipina 'Snowden refugee'

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Thank you, Canada, we owe you big time,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Canada gave asylum status to Filipina Vanessa Rodel

'SNOWDEN REFUGEE.' Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after she and her daughter Keana arrived in Toronto, Canada, on a flight from Hong Kong, on March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

Locsin hits West, praises China in 1st Beijing trip

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:37 PM

'I speak for my country which wants to see much to hope for, and nothing to fear from the rise of a new power,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

Lorenzana-Locsin clash over Mutual Defense Treaty heats up

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana fears 'being involved in a war that we do not seek and do not want' when the Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty kicks in

MUTUAL DEFENSE TREATY. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is pushing for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the United States. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Germany summons PH envoy over Locsin's Hitler remarks

Feb 22, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'I myself said the same thing before he even said it,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says in an interview in Germany, while defending President Rodrigo's controversial remarks on Adolf Hitler

BERLIN. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new chancery in Berlin, with ad interim Philippine Charges d'affaires Lilibeth Pono (Center Left). Photo from Philippine Embassy in Germany

OFW's execution in Saudi shows PH can't adopt death penalty – Locsin

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Reimposing the death penalty will make the Philippines 'lose the argument of respecting our culture,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr attends a congressional briefing on the e-passport system on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DFA won't investigate passport deal, says Locsin

Jan 30, 2019 - 7:40 PM

'We're waiting for other bodies to do it,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

HOUSE PROBE. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr speaks during a congressional briefing by the Department of Foreign Affairs on the passport processing on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DFA to privacy commission: We're in control of passport data

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs tells the National Privacy Commission that 'all passport data is safe'

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddybooy' Locsin Jr faces the Commission on Appointments, November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recent Twitter mishaps by officials: Be careful

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:40 AM

What happens when public officials mistweet or overtweet?

Trillanes advises Locsin: Spend less time on Twitter

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'It can consume him,' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says of Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr's active presence on Twitter, where he first spoke about the passport data issue

UNSOLICITED ADVICE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV urges Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr that he should spend less time on social media. File photo from Senate PRIB

Locsin scraps birth certificates for passport renewals

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says showing an old passport 'is more than sufficient' to have this travel document renewed

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr faces the Commission on Appointments on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locsin now says no runaway of passport data

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:11 AM

This comes a week after Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr said a former government contractor 'took all' passport data

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr faces the Commission on Appointments on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Yasay refutes Locsin, says passport data not stolen

Jan 14, 2019 - 3:32 PM

It 'is completely false and malicious' to say that former contractor Oberthur 'ran away with the data,' asserts former foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr

PASSPORT ISSUES. Former foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr appears at a congressional hearing at the House of Representatives on March 6, 2018, about delays in passport processing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo, senators: Probe DFA passport data mess

Jan 13, 2019 - 4:50 PM

'The Department of Foreign Affairs owes the entire country an explanation,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

DATA PRIVACY. National Privacy Commission will summon the Department of Foreign Affairs, other concerned government agencies, and the alleged contractor for a possible data privacy issue on the data of Philippine passport holders. Rappler file photo

Locsin blames 'Yellows' for passport data loss

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:43 AM

(UPDATED) 'l will autopsy the Yellows who did the passport deal alive,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

WHO'S TO BLAME? DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin gestures during a press briefing on the sidelines of the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Singapore on November 15, 2018. File photo by Malacañang

Ex-DFA contractor 'took off' with passport data, says Locsin

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says his agency is 'rebuilding files from scratch' because of the incident and assures the public that 'it won't happen again'

PH'S TOP DIPLOMAT. In this file photo, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr engages in a discussion with the Filipino community during a meeting at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Belgium on October 19, 2018. Presidential photo

[OPINION] DFA foils oil exploration with China – for now

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr emaciates Beijing's MOU to start joint development by making it an 'agreement to negotiate'

Amid calls for sobriety, Locsin says beat the Ateneo bully

Dec 21, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The bully 'should be beaten senseless,' says the Philippines' top diplomat Teodoro Locsin Jr, even as senators call for a prudent response

BULLYING. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the abuser in the Ateneo bullying incidents 'should be beaten senseless.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler