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Nearly 400,000 undocumented OFWs warned of Malaysia crackdown

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:13 PM

'We request our kababayans to exercise due prudence and to ensure they carry their legal documents at all times,' says Ambassador Charles Jose

MALAYSIA CRACKDOWN. Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose warns undocumented Filipinos about Malaysia's crackdown beginning August 31, 2018. File photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Malaysia

ASEAN Summit in Manila to tackle West PH Sea

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:21 PM

New DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the upcoming ASEAN Summit will also be a chance to show the best of the Philippines

NEW SPOKESMAN. Veteran diplomat Robespierre Bolivar, the new Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman, says the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Manila will tackle the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute among other issues. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

SC's Carpio warns vs China station on Scarborough

Mar 18, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says that China s planned environmental monitoring station is a radar station that will enable it to enforce an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea

WEST PH SEA. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio of the Philippine Supreme Court warns against China's reported plan to install an environmental monitoring station on Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

China to build on Scarborough Shoal – reports

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Monitoring stations were being built on 6 islands and reefs including Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines the Associated Press reports

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL. A screen shot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard on August 5, 2016, shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the disputed shoal. Screen shot courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

DFA hopes new evidence will save Jennifer Dalquez

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The government says they are already doing everything they can to overturn a UAE court s death sentence on OFW Jennifer Dalquez

PH asks Malaysia for proof 5 ISIS-linked suspects are Filipinos

Mar 14, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The Philippines is also investigating the supposed links of the 5 suspects to militants in Mindanao

PANOORIN: Foreign ministers ng ASEAN, magmimiting sa Boracay

Feb 20, 2017 - 4:41 PM

Pag uusapan ng ASEAN foreign ministers ang iba t ibang regional issues tulad ng sigalot sa West Philippine Sea

Lascañas, peace talks, South China Sea | Midday wRap

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:50 PM

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ASEAN, China 'working very hard' for sea pact – PH

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:55 AM

ASEAN and China bank on a fresh momentum for a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea the Philippines says

COC PUSHED. Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose says ASEAN and China 'are working very hard' for a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

PH to help OFW jailed in Kuwait for joining ISIS

Dec 27, 2016 - 2:48 PM

Our embassy is prepared to extend legal and consular assistance to make sure that she gets due process and her rights are not violated says Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose

HELP. The Philippine government is ready to provide legal and consular assistance to the Filipina jailed in Kuwait for joining the Islamic State group or ISIS. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Marcos burial, William Brownfield, Donald Trump | 12PM wRap

Nov 15, 2016 - 2:04 PM

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DFA: No 'calamitous impact' on Filipino migrants in US despite Trump win

Nov 15, 2016 - 11:17 AM

UPDATED The Philippines says majority of Filipinos in the US have legal residency or citizenship status pay their taxes and generally obey American laws

UNDOCUMENTED, UNAFRAID. Students, faculty, and supporters gather for a walkout protest against US President-elect Donald Trump at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington on November 14, 2016. Photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

UN probe on Philippine killings still can't begin

Nov 08, 2016 - 3:54 PM

DFA spokesman Charles Jose says UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard has not answered the Philippines invitation even informally

WAR ON DRUGS. In this picture taken on September 24, 2016, relatives grieve their lost one, a drug suspect gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China to avoid 'divisive' sea ruling during Duterte trip

Oct 14, 2016 - 5:55 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte s trip to China will be focusing on the things that unite us Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says

CHINA TRIP. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during a media forum in Quezon City on Friday, October 14. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Businessmen for Duterte, Dick Gordon, Nobel Prize | 6PM wRap

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:48 PM

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Duterte names journalist as ambassador to China

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:39 PM

UPDATED The President also nominates Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose as ambassador to Malaysia

ENVOY TO CHINA. Former ABC News Beijing bureau chief Chito Sta. Romana has been nominated as Philippine ambassador to China. Photo courtesy of AIM

ASEAN 2016: Duterte to explain PH war on drugs

Sep 02, 2016 - 4:11 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will also push for a drug free ASEAN DFA spokesman Charles Jose says

WAR ON DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte will explain his government's campaign against illegal drugs before the ASEAN and its dialogue partners at the Laos Summit in September 2016. File Photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

Duterte declines meeting with UN chief

Sep 02, 2016 - 8:54 AM

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says they tried to set a time for a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN forum in Laos next week but that no time could be agreed upon

NO MEETING. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has declined a request to meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Stranded in Istanbul

Jul 16, 2016 - 1:20 PM

A Filipino traveler gets stuck in Istanbul as a coup attempt gets underway

People take streets near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Miriam Santiago, Duterte on Xi, ‘Cursed Child’ | 6PM wRap

Jun 01, 2016 - 8:20 PM

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DFA Robinsons soon exclusive for OFWs

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:38 AM

The DFA is also offering a courtesy lane exclusively for migrant workers as a way of giving importance to OFWs

OFW SERVICES. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose says the DFA is extending new services to help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) applying for passports. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

DFA warns applicants who miss passport appointments

May 31, 2016 - 5:18 PM

The Department of Foreign Affaris imposes a new rule after finding out that 47 of passport applicants end up as ‘no shows’ every day

Taiwan gives tour of disputed island, says PH providing 'wrong' info

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Filipino lawyers have provided wrong information misleading the world so we feel we have to come out to rebuff their claims says Taiwan s president

A member of Taiwan's coast guard speaks as he guides visiting journalists on Taiping island in the Spratlys chain in the South China Sea on March 23, 2016. Taiwan on March 23 gave its first ever international press tour of a disputed island in the South China Sea to boost its claim, less than two months after a visit by its leader sparked protests from rival claimants.  / AFP / SAM YEH

Philippines says defense stronger under US 'rotational' deal

Mar 20, 2016 - 4:46 PM

The agreement between the two close allies comes as the Philippines and other countries are embroiled in a tense dispute with China over conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea

TALKING ABOUT EDCA. US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg (top-C) answers questions from the media during a forum in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, Philippines, February 3, 2016. File Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

Philippines condemns Jakarta bombings; no Filipino hurt

Jan 14, 2016 - 2:37 PM

UPDATED Jakarta is the site of another explosion in 2000 that wounded then Philippine ambassador Leonides Caday

JAKARTA BLASTS. A general view shows the scene of a bomb blast at a police station in front of a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 14, 2016. Photo by EPA

Philippines to protest China's test-flight on Spratlys

Jan 03, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Manila will protest Beijing s test flight of a civilian aircraft on an airstrip it built in the artificial island of Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea

FIERY CROSS. Satellite imagery shows changes to Fiery Cross Reef between February and March 2015, including the beginning of an airfield installation. Image courtesy: CNES 2015, Distribution Airbus DS/Spot Image/IHS

35-year-old Filipino executed in Saudi Arabia

Dec 29, 2015 - 3:13 PM

2nd UPDATE A father of two Joselito Lidasan Zapanta is executed in Saudi Arabia because of a case of murder with robbery

BLOOD MONEY. Joselito Zapanta's children earlier appealed for 'blood money' to save their father. File photo by Migrante International

APEC vs terrorism, maritime dispute, Ronda Rousey | 6PM wRap

Nov 19, 2015 - 6:42 PM

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PH amid APEC Summit: South China Sea? Next question, please

Nov 19, 2015 - 1:27 PM

DFA spokesman Charles Jose says: Pag inumpisahan ko ‘to tuluy tuloy na ‘to eh Huwag na nating umpisahan ang South China Sea

‘PERFECT HOST.’ Philippine President Benigno Aquino (R) shake hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping upon arrival ahead of a welcome dinner for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders in Manila on November 18, 2015. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Obama, 11 leaders to meet in Manila on TPP

Nov 13, 2015 - 3:28 PM

UPDATED This will be the first time that the leaders of the various TPP countries will be able to come together since the completion and publication of the text a US security official says

TRUMPETING TPP. US President Barack Obama meets with agriculture and business leaders on the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for American business and workers, at the Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, USA, on October 6, 2015. Photo by Martin H. Simon/Pool/EPA

2 diplomats held in deadly Cebu shooting flown to China

Oct 24, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Chinese embassy spokeswoman Li Lingxiao says she has no comment to make on the Filipino government s announcement over the transfer of custody

CHINESE SUSPECTS. Two Chinese nationals, a consular officer (L) and her husband (R, with handcuffs), suspects in the shooting of Chinese consul general Song Ronghua at a restaurant, talk to an interpreter (C) at a police station in Cebu City, central Philippines on October 21, 2015. Photo by AFP

PH: 2 Chinese in Cebu killings have diplomatic immunity

Oct 22, 2015 - 5:45 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose says the shooting was an extreme act of a relative of a staff of the consulate general

DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY? Filipinos pass by the car allegedly belonging to the Chinese consulate parked outside a restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines, October 21, 2015. Photo by Jay Rommel Labra/EPA

Typhoon Lando, Leyte's hospital supplies, PH vs China | 12PM wRap

Oct 20, 2015 - 12:58 PM

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Philippines hits out at Chinese lighthouses in disputed sea

Oct 19, 2015 - 8:32 PM

These actions are obviously intended to change actual conditions on the ground and aimed at bolstering China s territorial claim in the South China Sea the Philippines foreign affairs department says

CHINA’S RECLAMATION. The Philippines releases this photo in May of China’s alleged reclamation in Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, warning it may be building an airstrip. Photo courtesy: Department of Foreign Affairs

Australia in talks with Philippines to resettle refugees

Oct 09, 2015 - 11:35 AM

UPDATED Under Australia s hardline policy to stop asylum seeker boats reaching its shores those arriving by sea are denied resettlement in Australia even if found to be genuine refugees

JULIE BISHOP. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivers her address during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit at United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, September 27, 2015. Photo by Matt Campbell/EPA

Philippines raises alert level 1 over Thailand

Aug 19, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The Philippines also identifies the places Filipinos should avoid in Thailand as a Filipina suffers an injury due to the Bangkok blast

DAMAGED ICON. Damage is seen on an iconic Brahma statue after a bomb was detonated on August 17, 2015, at Thailand’s sacred Erawan Shrine, as it reopens to the public in central Bangkok on August 19, 2015. Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

PH confirms Filipina injured in Bangkok blast

Aug 18, 2015 - 5:10 PM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says the Filipina who works for a foreign family suffered a hearing injury

EXPLOSION SITE. Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Thai forensic police officers on August 18, 2015, inspect the scene of the bomb explosion at the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Philippines condemns Bangkok blast as act of terror

Aug 18, 2015 - 1:05 PM

The Philippines is still verifying the reported Filipino casualty in the Bangkok bombing that left around 21 people dead

CHARRED. Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17, 2015 killing at least 10 people and wounding scores more. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

China on talks with PH: No need to drop case

Jul 11, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says dropping the case is not a precondition to talks but it seems the Philippine side itself shut the door to secure that they have a strong position at the tribunal

'LET'S TALK.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippine Zhao Jianhua (L) presents his credentials to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the Philippine presidential palace on April 8, 2014. File photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy

Philippines expects to win UN South China Sea case

Jul 04, 2015 - 12:59 PM

We believe the tribunal will look at our case with favor We are confident of the Philippine position on this matter says a presidential spokesperson

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. File photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

Filipinos file new appeal vs China before UN bodies

Jun 25, 2015 - 8:36 AM

This new appeal comes as the Philippines prepares for oral hearings in its historic case against China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague The Netherlands

OFF TO SEA. Filipino fishermen wave from their fishing boat as they sail off from the port of Masinloc town, Zambales province, north of Manila on May 10, 2012, for a fishing expedition near Scarborough Shoal. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Poe overtakes Binay, transportation woes, maritime dispute | 12PM wRap

Jun 18, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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China ignored new deadline in sea case – PH

Jun 17, 2015 - 6:17 PM

This comes as the Philippines airs its serious concern over China s island building in the disputed South China Sea

PH still mulling fisheries deal with Taiwan amid sea row

Jun 17, 2015 - 4:41 PM

While the proposed deal will not define borders it will set protocols on the arrest and detention of fishermen

TAIWANESE IN BATANES. Batanes residents regularly spot Taiwanese boats entering Batanes, a group of islands in northern Philippines. Photo courtesy of Byron Peralta

PH alarmed as China soon completes island building

Jun 17, 2015 - 3:32 PM

We continue to urge China to desist from its reclamation and planned construction activities the Philippines says

On Independence Day, PH launches docu on sea row

Jun 11, 2015 - 5:44 PM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says the documentary on the South China Sea doesn t aim to agitate Beijing

LIVES AT STAKE. Elementary student wave flags as they welcome Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr on his visit to Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Filipina among fatalities in Malaysia quake

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Filipina Karyl Mitzi Higuit Matahom 12 years old is among the Tanjong Katong Primary School students on their excursion in Malaysia s Mount Kinabalu when a 6 0 magnitude quake hit

RESCUE. A Singaporean student is being carried by local people during a rescue mission for more than 130 climbers stranded by an earthquake that rocked Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu. Photo from EPA/MALAYSIA INFORMATION MINISTRY OF SABAH

Roxas Negros campaign, Malaysia Airlines, quake response | 6PM wRap

Jun 01, 2015 - 6:18 PM

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Pemberton admission, Rohingya asylum, prison boxing | 12PM wRap

May 20, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Building in Spratlys? PH 'can't even fix Manila airport'

May 01, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Denying China s claims the Philippines says it simply wants to undertake some repairs and maintenance on its existing runway in the South China Sea

DAMAGED FACILITIES. The Philippines' Rancudo Air Field on Pag-asa Island (left) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila (right) both need repairs. File photo of NAIA by Agence France-Presse