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U.S. denies Mina Chang is next ambassador to Philippines

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:51 PM

US President Donald Trump wants instead to nominate Mina Chang as assistant administrator of the US Agency for International Development

RUMOR. Mina Chang is the US State Department official rumored to be the next ambassador to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of US State Department

[ANALYSIS] Your fish is your future

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Ensuring the health of Philippine fisheries – and the country's economy – will not just require robust law enforcement and improved science

[OPINION] Philippines-U.S. friendship rings stronger in 2018

Dec 22, 2018 - 6:03 PM

Undoubtedly, the biggest success was the return of the 3 Balangiga Bells

[OPINION] Returning the Bells

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

As the Balangiga bells arrive in Manila today, we do not focus on looking back or relitigating a painful chapter in our past but investing in our shared future

Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, is named as ambassador to Saudi Arabia

ARLINGTON,VA - FEBRUARY 28: Retired Gen. John Abizaid, Defense Health Board subcommittee chair conducts a briefing about the Dover Port Mortuary Independent Review Subcommittee Report at the Pentagon February 28, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. In the report it is noted that small portions of unidentified human remains recovered from the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Pentagon and from the impact site of United flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, were incinerated and subsequently dumped in a landfill, the Defense Department acknowledged Tuesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

U.S. ambassador pays courtesy call on DFA chief Locsin

Nov 01, 2018 - 11:12 AM

'I very much look forward to working closely together,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim after meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

COURTESY CALL. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim pays a courtesy call on Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr at the Department of Foreign Affairs on October 31, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ambassador Kim

U.S., France slam Basilan car blast as terror act

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'We join the Philippine government in condemning this terrorist act in the strongest terms,' says United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

COUNTERTERRORISM. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim speaks in a press conference on September 26, 2017, about a counterterrorism drill with the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 U.S. carrier visits to Philippines show America cares – envoy

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The carrier visits show 'we care about developments in the South China Sea,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim as America celebrates its 242nd Independence Day

'AMERICA CARES.' The visits to the Philippines of 3 US carriers, including USS Ronald Reagan (in photo), show that America cares about developments in the South China Sea, says US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. Photo from US Indo-Pacific Command

U.S. and Philippines: Friends, partners, and allies

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:38 AM

The US-Philippine friendship is built on shared sacrifices, shared values, and people-to-people ties

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U.S. envoy to Philippines leads preparations for Trump, Kim meeting

May 28, 2018 - 2:05 PM

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is a former nuclear negotiator with North Korea and former ambassador to South Korea

VETERAN DIPLOMAT. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is leading preparations for a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. pledges P182 million more for displaced Marawi residents

May 03, 2018 - 8:37 PM

This brings to nearly P1.4 billion the total US government contributions to humanitarian aid in Marawi City, says US Ambassador Sung Kim

MARAWI REHABILITATION. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on May 3, 2018, announces an additional pledge of P182 million for Marawi humanitarian response. Photo courtesy of US embassy

Malacañang summons U.S. envoy over intel report

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:29 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim meets with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea over the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Duterte a 'regional threat'

SUMMONED. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is summoned to Malacañang to explain the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Rodrigo Duterte a 'regional threat.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. denies CIA backing destabilization vs Duterte

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:55 PM

'President Duterte won a very impressive election. We respect his election, and are in fact working very well together with this administration,' says US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

DESTABILIZATION PLOTS? US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim denies that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is backing destabilization plots against the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. crucial to beating IS in Philippines, says ambassador

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Ambassador Sung Kim highlights American intelligence, urban warfare training, and drones as among the factors that helped end the conflict in Marawi City

Philippines, U.S. simulate hijacking in counterterrorism drill

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The exercises 'simulated a scenario involving a real commercial airliner filled with over 150 actors who played hostages,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

TEMPEST WIND. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim shake hands after a joint press conference on September 26, 2017, about Tempest Wind, a counterterrorism drill between the Philippines and the US. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. envoy says killings of teens Kian, Carl 'a tragedy'

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:08 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim calls for a probe into the deaths of two teenagers – Kian delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz – at the hands of the Caloocan City police

'TRAGIC' DEATHS. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim describes the deaths of Kian Loyd delos Santos, 17, and Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, as 'a tragedy.' Screen grab from Rappler video

U.S. donates P730 million to help rebuild Marawi

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:41 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim describes the Marawi crisis as the most urgent challenge facing the decades long ties between Manila and Washington

Trump announces ambassador picks to Germany, India

Sep 02, 2017 - 11:54 PM

Trump also plans to nominate an ambassador to Angola Career diplomat Nina Fite currently the principal officer at the US consulate in Montreal is set to become the new US envoy to the African oil exporting nation

DONALD TRUMP'S AMBASSADORS. US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One on September 2, 2017, at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. calls for 'full accountability' in Kian delos Santos killing

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:10 PM

My condolences go out to the family and friends of Kian US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says of slain 17 year old student Kian delos Santos

NO TO KILLINGS. Protesters stage a rally to demand justice for slain 17-year-old student Kian delos Santos as well as other victims of drug-related killings. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte picks Babe Romualdez as PH ambassador to U.S.

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The appointment of a new United States ambassador comes at a time of tension in Philippines US ties

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office for Presidential appointees and officials from various agencies at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte asks US envoy, 'Why didn't you stop China?'

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:41 PM

In the same speech the usually antagonistic President says We remain friends with America

'STILL FRIENDS.' President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US Ambassador Sung Kim in Davao City. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

U.S., China envoys compete for attention on eve of Duterte birthday

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Both ambassadors discuss security concerns with the Philippine President Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua also gives Duterte a birthday gift

DIPLOMAT'S GIFT. President Rodrigo Duterte examines the birthday gift of Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jian Hua at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on March 27, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

U.S. envoy on drugs: As ex-prosecutor, I understand Duterte

Jan 28, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Still US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim pushes for an investigation of recent extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

EX-PROSECUTOR, TOO. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim holds a media roundtable with Filipino journalists on January 24, 2017, in Makati City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Important to punish Korean's murderers, U.S. envoy says

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:25 AM

This is a horrible case of a South Korean businessperson being murdered US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

'HORRIBLE CASE.' US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on January 24, 2017, stresses the need to punish the murderers of a South Korean businessman in the Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. under Trump: We would be foolish not to engage Asia

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:56 PM

I am confident that the President and his advisers will continue our engagement in the Asia Pacific region US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

MEDIA ROUNDTABLE. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim holds a roundtable with select Filipino journalists on January 24, 2017, in Makati City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S.: We won't ask Philippines to be our proxy

Jan 24, 2017 - 5:28 PM

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim agrees with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that the Philippines should not be a proxy for anybody

PH-US relations. US Ambassador Sung Kim  addresses questions at a media roundtable on January 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte has 'productive' meeting with US ambassador – Palace

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US Ambassador Sung Kim meet for 45 minutes in Davao City discussing military and law enforcement cooperation among others

Duterte rants about U.S. 'insult' in front of new envoy

Dec 19, 2016 - 10:24 PM

New US Ambassador Sung Kim manages to keep a straight face during Duterte s tirade

ON THE SPOT. US Ambassador Sung Kim listens to President Duterte's speech during a Go Negosyo Christmas Town Hall on December 19, 2016. Screenshot from RTVM

Trump taps China-friendly governor as ambassador to Beijing

Dec 08, 2016 - 1:14 AM

The transition team says the governor had accepted the position chosen for his experience in public policy expertise on trade issues and tremendous understanding of China and Chinese people

TERRY BRANSTAD. This file photo taken on January 23, 2015 shows Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. File photo by Scott Olson/ Getty Images/ AFP

U.S. ambassador presents credentials to Duterte

Dec 06, 2016 - 6:01 PM

UPDATED Thanks to President Duterte for the warm welcome US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says as he officially begins his work

PRESENTING CREDENTIALS. US Ambassador Sung Kim presents his credentials to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on December 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of US embassy

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Dec 02, 2016 - 12:47 PM

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New U.S. envoy arrives in Manila: 'Wish me luck'

Dec 01, 2016 - 10:51 PM

In his arrival speech US Ambassador designate Sung Kim praises the deep bond and the extraordinary warmth between Filipinos and Americans

US ENVOY. US Ambassador-designate to the Philippines Sung Kim praises the 'deep bond' between Americans and Filipinos. File photo courtesy of US State Department

New U.S. envoy arriving in Manila on December 1

Nov 29, 2016 - 4:40 PM

US Ambassador designate to the Philippines Sung Kim is replacing Philip Goldberg the subject of consistent tirades from President Rodrigo Duterte

US ENVOY. Incoming US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and his wife, Jae Eun, look on as US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at a swearing-in ceremony for Kim on November 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of the US State Department

Trumps picks women, including a critic, for cabinet

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED Donald Trump begins to broaden the base of his future cabinet nominating two conservative women including a critic after his earlier picks rewarded campaign loyalists

NIKKI HALEY. This file photo taken on November 18, 2016 shows South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley during the 2016 National Lawyers Convention sponsored by the Federalist Society in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

PH hails US for naming 'Asian' envoy to Manila

Nov 05, 2016 - 2:46 PM

I m sure it s some form of signal that they want to be on a better cultural footing Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

US ENVOY. Incoming US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and his wife, Jae Eun, look on as US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at a swearing-in ceremony for Kim on November 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of the US State Department

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Nov 04, 2016 - 10:13 PM

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New US ambassador, Manny Pacquiao, Park Geun-Hye | 12PM wRap

Nov 04, 2016 - 12:26 PM

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New U.S. ambassador to the Philippines sworn in

Nov 04, 2016 - 7:39 AM

There is no one better qualified than Sung Kim to be our ambassador to the Philippines at this point in time US Secretary of State John Kerry says

NEW US ENVOY. Ambassador Sung Kim poses for a photo with Philippine Chargé d’Affairés to the US Patrick Chuasoto and State Department Counselor Kristie Kenney before being sworn in as the new US Ambassador to the Philippines by US Secretary of State John Kerry on November 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of US State Department

Cayetano: Nothing 'fishy' about trip to China in June

Oct 28, 2016 - 5:59 PM

The senator says he is asking Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr to protest the actions of US Ambassador Philip Goldberg who first claimed he made the China trip

AT DUTERTE'S SIDE. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano accompanies President Rodrigo Duterte during his state visit to China in October 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

US envoy leaving: 'I've never met warmer people than in PH'

Oct 23, 2016 - 8:00 AM

On tirades against him by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte US Ambassador Philip Goldberg says I m a diplomat

STRONG TIES. US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg visits graves at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines after the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29, 2016. File photo from the US embassy’s Facebook page

Duterte rhetoric causes 'head-scratching' in US – envoy

Oct 22, 2016 - 11:40 PM

In a Rappler Talk interview US Ambassador Philip Goldberg also says a perceived anti US sentiment is affecting the Philippines global image

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Chinese businessmen at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing, China on October 21, 2016, before leaving for Davao City. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

PH-China ties 'shouldn't be at expense' of U.S. – envoy

Oct 22, 2016 - 2:18 PM

In a Rappler Talk interview with Maria Ressa US Ambassador Philip Goldberg also says the US will keep its friendship with the Philippines – if it can

STILL FRIENDS. US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg says the US is maintaining its friendship with the Philippines even after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to cut ties with Washington. Screen grab from Rappler video

Rappler Talk: US Ambassador Goldberg on PH pivot to China

Oct 20, 2016 - 2:54 PM

As he approaches the end of his term Ambassador Goldberg weighs in on Manila s pivot to China

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

Duterte: I will not apologize for Goldberg comment

Aug 12, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Duterte says he is still smarting from Goldberg s comments during elections and expects an apology from the diplomat

THE PRESIDENT'S LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte reveals the names of government officials who are allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade during his speech at the wake of 4 soldiers held at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario (NFSA) in Panacan, Davao City on August 7. KARL ALONZO/PPD

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Aug 11, 2016 - 12:07 PM

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After Goldberg comment, Duterte reiterates ‘strong alliance’ with US

Aug 10, 2016 - 6:16 PM

The President also defends his remarks insisting he was only telling the truth

DUTERTE'S TRUTH. President Rodrigo Duterte visits a military camp on Catbalogan, Samar on August 8, 2016. File photo by Presidential Photographers Division

Duterte on US Ambassador Goldberg: 'Buwisit ako diyan'

Aug 06, 2016 - 12:11 AM

Kasi nag away kami ng ambassador niya yung ambassador yung bakla Putangina buwisit ako diyan the Philippine President says about US Ambassador Philip Goldberg

CIVIL MOMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets US Ambassador Philip Goldberg in Malacañang Palace on July 19, 2016. Photo by Presidential Photographers Division

US, UK, German envoys visit Duterte in Davao

Jun 13, 2016 - 5:47 PM

3rd UPDATE Courtesy call lang po Duterte aide Christopher Bong Go says when asked about the general agenda of the meetings on June 13

Obama nominates next US envoy to the Philippines

May 19, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Sung Kim is the US Special Representative for North Korea Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State

US AMBASSADOR. Sung Kim, US special representative for North Korea policy, is set to be the next US envoy to the Philippines. Photo by Wu Hong/EPA