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Duterte belittles ASEAN-Australia event: What will they feed us, kangaroo?

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against criticism that he was 'lazy' for skipping events at the recent ASEAN Summit in Singapore

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 14, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Filipino online community: will Imelda go to jail or not? | Midday wRap

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:19 PM

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U.S. urges sustained sanctions pressure on North Korea

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM

In remarks at the opening of a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders, Vice President Mike Pence says America's regional 'partnership also includes our pressure campaign regarding' the North

Duterte at ASEAN Summit: 'What's wrong with my nap?'

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:51 AM

(UPDATED) The 73-year-old Philippine leader says his power naps were 'not good enough' but would get him through the last ASEAN events

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares to deliver the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Common Statement during the 3rd ASEAN-China Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 14, 2018. Assisting the President is Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Borje Malacañang Photo

Duterte to China: 'Tell us route to take' in sea row | Evening wRap

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:16 PM

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Duterte skipped ASEAN events to take 'power naps' – Malacañang

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will also not attend the gala dinner in order to 'rest,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with the members of his cabinet upon his arrival at a hotel in Singapore on November 12, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Singapore deploys 'robocop' for ASEAN summit 2018

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:01 PM

The white, four-wheeled buggy, measuring about 5-feet high, patrolled around the perimeter of a convention center, providing additional security

ROBOCOP. A 'police robot' patrols at the Suntec City convention and exhibition center during the 33rd ASEAN summit in Singapore.  Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

U.S. VP Mike Pence criticizes Suu Kyi over Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Pence adds to the pressure on Suu Kyi, who this week has had an Amnesty International honor revoked and faced sharp words from Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad

US Vice President Mike Pence (R) listens to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 14, 2018.  Bernat Armangue / POOL / AFP

Duterte skips 4 ASEAN events in Singapore

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:48 AM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr shows up in place of President Duterte at the ASEAN-Australia Informal Breakfast Summit, ASEAN-Korea Summit, working lunch, and RCEP Summit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a selfie with his supporters on the sidelines of his attendance at the opening ceremony of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 13, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Filipina autism awareness advocate wins first-ever ASEAN Prize

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Erlinda Uy Koe's achievement has brought 'tremendous pride and great honor' to the Philippines, says Malacañang

ASEAN trade leaders sign pact to grow e-commerce

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:04 AM

The 10 Southeast Asian nations agree to work together to make online shopping and other electronic transactions safer and more efficient

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez provides updates following his meeting with his counterparts from other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 13, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Suu Kyi beckons investors to Myanmar despite troubles

Nov 12, 2018 - 8:58 PM

In a side event of the ASEAN summit, Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar is 'Southeast Asia's final frontier market... we have land, we have (a) good young working population, we have unexplored resources'

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Duterte arrives in Singapore for ASEAN Summit

Nov 12, 2018 - 8:31 PM

Southeast Asian leaders are expected to discuss the code of conduct for the South China Sea, a few weeks before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manila

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and other heads of states from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries pose for a photo during the opening ceremony of the 32nd ASEAN Summit at the Shangri-la Hotel on April 28, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls for Southeast Asian companies to invest more in each others' markets and be more open to foreign competition

LEE HSIEN LOONG. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Navy team returns triumphant from sea drills held in China

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The Philippine Navy team stands out in the communication drill despite bringing a logistics vessel, 'BRP Dagupan City,' whose technology was inferior to the frigates brought in by the other countries

Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

17 ASEAN schools in top 100 QS Asian university rankings for 2019

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Only Singapore has schools in the top 10, while Malaysia has the most number of schools in the top 100

U.S., China back military air rules to avoid mishaps

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreeS to guidelines on managing air encounters at the annual meeting of the 10-member bloc's defense ministers

SECURITY. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe during a meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) security summit in Singapore on October 18, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

China, ASEAN to hold maritime drill to ease tensions

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The navies of China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations are set to hold their first joint drills, which will take place in the South China Sea

China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi Jinping. China's national defence ministry had said the Liaoning, named after a northeastern Chinese province, was part of a flotilla on a "routine training mission" and would make a port of call in the former British colony. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Faster, bigger: Alab Pilipinas raring to start ABL title defense

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Two-time reigning local MVP Ray Parks is set to return with the squad along with Defensive Player of the Year and former NBA player Renaldo Balkman

KEY PLAYER. 8th ASEAN Basketball League Defensive Player of the Year Renaldo Balkman returns to reinforce the squad. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

PH on course for top 3 2020 ASEAN Para Games finish

Oct 15, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Team Para Philippines is now at 4th place behind Southeast Asian powerhouses Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia

GOLDEN MAN. Ernie Gawilan bags 3 golds and 2 silvers to emerge as the most bemedalled athlete from the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Para Games. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio/ Philippine Sports Commission

Renaldo Balkman returns as Alab boosts ABL title-retention bid

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The do-it-all import will be teaming up with fellow Puerto Rican and 7-foot-3 PJ Ramos

CHAMP. Renaldo Balkman looks to bring in his championship pedigree for defending ABL titlist Alab Pilipians. Photo from ABL's official website


Duterte to visit Bali for October 11 meeting with ASEAN leaders

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to have a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bali, Indonesia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Indonesia President Joko Widodo engage in a conversation prior to the signing ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on April 28, 2017 following a successful bilateral meeting. Malacañan Photo

Other ASEAN citizens live longer than Filipinos

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Despite investments in health care, Filipinos’ health is below average in terms of average life expectancy, maternal mortality ratio, mortality rate for children under 5 years old, and tuberculosis

BELOW AVERAGE. Filipinos lag behind their peers in Southeast Asia when it comes to health.

Fil-Am Joshua Munzon eyes PH as next stop

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:50 PM

After spending two years in the ABL as a heritage import, the Filipino-American sees himself playing in the country in the future

WEIGHING OPTIONS. Joshua Munzon is weighing options whether to join the Pampanga Lanterns in the MPBL or join the PBA D-League. Photo from Power Sport Images


Sarah Geronimo to perform in music festival in Japan

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:32 PM

Sarah will be performing with other artists from around the region

SARAH GERONIMO. The pop star is representing the Philippines in the ASEAN-Japan Music Festival. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

China should be 'Big Uncle' to ASEAN, says Arroyo

Sep 09, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'In my humble view, the ideal approach is for China to think of itself as the Big Uncle to many nephews in the family,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

CHINA ALLY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers the keynote speech at the China-ASEAN Mayors' Forum on September 8, 2018. Photo from Arroyo's office

[ANALYSIS] Why is Philippine inflation now the highest in ASEAN?

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:35 AM

Inflation expectations matter because they change how people behave. It’s in government’s interest to manage these expectations from time to time.

Deal on China-backed mega free trade pact likely in November – Singapore

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will become the world's biggest free trade pact if an agreement is reached

MEETING. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (9th from left) poses with the ASEAN economic and trade ministers at the opening of 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings in Singapore on August 29, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

ASEAN-Korean Centre announces short film competition

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Calling all budding filmmakers!

Ceres loses AFC Cup ASEAN crown to Home United

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The Singaporean club exacts revenge on Ceres in the zonal final rematch

DETHRONED. An undermanned Ceres-Negros FC falls to Home United finishing at 2nd place in the 2018 AFC Cup ASEAN Zone. File Photo from Ceres-Negros FC

Asian countries denounce 'real threat' of global trade war

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Some ministers have called for the early conclusion of talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a 16-nation pact poised to become the world's largest free-trade agreement

SUMMIT. Participating foreign ministers pose for a group photograph at the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers'€™ Meeting, during the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in Singapore on August 4, 2018. Leaders, ministers and representatives are meeting in the city-state from August 1 to 4 for the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM). Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Pantaleon Alvarez, ASEAN statement on China, Bong Go movie role | Evening wRap

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:50 PM

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China wants military drills with ASEAN in disputed sea, excluding U.S.

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Beijing's suggestions are part of efforts to expand its influence in the South China Sea, which it claims almost entirely, and push back at Washington which has backed countries with overlapping claims to the waters

ASEAN INFLUENCE. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C) listens to questions from journalists as he leaves a press conference during the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore on August 2, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Cayetano invites Iran to join 'Build, Build, Build'

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano meets with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on the sidelines of an ASEAN meeting in Singapore

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano meets with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on August 2, 2018, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore. Photo courtesy of DFA

ASEAN to hit China reclamation, hail Trump-Kim talks

Aug 02, 2018 - 10:40 AM

In a draft statement, ASEAN foreign ministers say land reclamations in the South China Sea 'have eroded trust and confidence' and 'increased tensions'

FOREIGN MINISTERS. From L-R: Malaysia's foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Myanmar's Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint, the Philippines' foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Singapore's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan, and Thailand's foreign minister Don Pramudwinai attend the AMM interface with ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Representatives (AICHR) during the ASEAN ministerial meeting in Singapore on August 1, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Ceres-Negros FC settles for draw vs Home United

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:34 PM

A frustrated Busmen side needs to bounce back and score away goals in the second leg of the AFC Cup 2018 ASEAN Zonal Final

U.S. to urge pressure against North Korea at Asia talks

Aug 01, 2018 - 3:02 PM

A US official says Washington is 'concerned' by North Korean violations of UN-approved sanctions, including illegal shipments of oil by sea

ASEAN. A man walks past a banner ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Singapore on August 1, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Can a shorthanded Ceres Negros capture the ASEAN Zonal title?

Jul 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Minus Bienve Marañon – and possibly Stephan Schröck – the PFL champs face a two-legged challenge against Singapore's Home United

Ceres midfielder Manny Ott. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PH completes ASEAN Schools Games basketball sweep

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The Philippine boys and girls' basketball teams overwhelm their opponents in the regional competition for student-athletes

UNBEATEN. The Philippine boys team represented by the National University Bullpups cap their perfect run with a 22-point rout of host Malaysia in the final. Photo from Nazareth School-NU Bullpups Facebook page

PH table tennis star Nayre claims ASEAN School Games gold

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Jann Mari Nayre wins the boys' singles table tennis tournament in the 10th ASEAN School Games

RISING STAR. Jann Mari Nayre bags another gold medal for the country. Photo from PTTF

PH picks up 4 ASEAN Schools Games golds

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Four members of the Philippine athletics girls’ team deliver in the opening weekend of the regional competition for student-athletes

RECORD-BREAKER. Evangelene Caminong  sets a new Philippine junior record in high jump. Photo from PH girls coach Addy Arca's Facebook account

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Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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COA flags anomalies in PCOO procurement for ASEAN events

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:15 AM

The PCOO awards ASEAN contracts to suppliers that went beyond the allocated budget and wastes P2.5 million by not awarding contracts to the lowest bidders, says the COA in its audit report

The Int’l Media Center for the ASEAN 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NU Bullpups target ASEAN School gold

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Bannered by 3 Batang Gilas members, the Bullpups vie to rule the boys' basketbal tournament

KEY COG. Carl Tamayo hopes to lead better after his FIBA World Cup Under-17 stint.

Where Duterte, Mahathir stand on pressing ASEAN issues

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:52 PM

One embraces China investments with open arms, the other shows more caution. One sees US President Donald Trump as a 'friend,' the other calls him an 'international bully.'

Duterte expenses up by 500%: Choppers, consultants, intel

Jul 06, 2018 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) Here's what the Office of the President spent on in 2017

HUGE INCREASE. Cost of the ASEAN Summit, financial assistance to soldiers, maintenance of presidential choppers and billions of intelligence funds make up the P500% increase in the Office of the President's expenses for 2017.

Duterte’s office has P5.8M unliquidated cash advances – COA

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Of the amount, P345,000 is considered disallowed but has yet to be refunded

The Int’l Media Center for the ASEAN 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2018 ASEAN-Korea Youth Network workshop to be held in Korea, PH

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:28 PM

This year's workshop will be participated by around 70 youth from the 10 ASEAN Member States, Korea, China, and Japan

PH rules blitz chess, but Vietnam reclaims overall ASEAN crown

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The Philippines collects 55 gold medals against Vietnam's 70 in the regional age group competition

WHIZ KID. Philippine bet Daniel Quizon rules the under-14 rapid and blitz events. File photo

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy arrives in Hawaii for world's largest naval exercises

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) includes disaster response, maritime security operations, sea control, and complex warfighting

Photo from naval public affairs office