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Southeast Asia's poorest mostly Filipinos, Indonesians – ASEAN report

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The report notes, however, that extreme poverty in the region dropped to 7% as of 2013 from a high of 17% in 2005

A man living under the Estero de Vitas bridge washes clothes at his home in Tondo in Manila on July 16, 2017. The Philippine economy has sustained one of the fastest growth rates in Asia, official data showed on May 18, 2017 which analysts said signalled strong economic leadership from President Rodrigo Duterte even as he wages a deadly drug war. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Laura Lehmann reflects on her Miss World 2017 journey

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:15 PM

'What’s important is that we live our lives with a smile and with a heart, because we are so lucky,' says Laura after failing to advance to the Top 15

China to help resolve Rohingya crisis – Bangladesh

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:51 AM

No details were given on what concrete steps Beijing might take

HELP ON THE WAY? Rohingya people are escaping their own land due to alleged state violence. File photo by Mahmood Noor/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Megan Young hosts Miss World 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:47 PM

Megan returns as co-host of the pageant for the 4th straight year

FULL LIST: The winners at Miss World 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:42 PM

India's Manushi Chhillar is Miss World 2017

PH's Laura Lehmann ends her journey in Miss World 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Laura does not make it to the top 15

China, North Korea talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:44 PM

A brief report by North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency says China wants to 'develop the traditional friendly relations between the two parties and countries'

Premier Li tells Philippine media, China welcomes you

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:39 AM

In his visit to Manila, Premier Li Keqiang asks Filipino reporters to make a 'historic contribution' by writing positive things about China-Philippine relations

People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang reacts while discussing matters with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the members of his cabinet during the expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 15, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH, Bank of China seal deal for $200-M 'Panda bond' offering

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The Philippine government will be the issuer while the Bank of China will be the lead underwriter in a 1.2 billion RMB offering aimed at Chinese investors

A region in panic: ASEAN doubles down against ISIS threat

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East

URBAN WARFARE. The war in Marawi City challenged Filipino troops used to fighting in the jungles. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: Laura Lehmann speaks up on cyberbullying in Miss World challenge

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

If Laura wins this challenge, she will immediately have a spot in the Top 40

China's futuristic library: More fiction than books

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Readers expecting to pluck tomes from most of the terraced shelves are in for a surprise – most books are in other rooms with more classic library bookshelves

FUTURISTIC. This picture taken on November 14, 2017 shows people visiting the Tianjin Binhai Library. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

ASEAN on China, Solano on Castillo, Da Vinci painting sold for $450M | Evening wRap

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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China wins vs U.S. at ASEAN Summit but loses on publicity

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

China gets things done in areas that matter – trade and security. It champions free trade and practically silences protests over its aggression in the South China Sea.

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacañang photo

New Coast Guard vessels from Japan to fight piracy, patrol West PH Sea

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:39 PM

'The sea around Southeast Asia...is one of the most important areas for world maritime transportation but unfortunately the threat of international terrorism, piracy and so on is present,' says Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, during a visit to the Philippine Coast Guard

BOATS FROM JAPAN. The Philippine Coast Guard receives 3 high speed Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats from Japan, which it showcased at the 15th Maritime Law Enforcement Exercise on November 16, 2017. Photo from PCG

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. college players released by China thank Trump

Nov 16, 2017 - 1:53 PM

All 3 UCLA players LiAngelo Ball – the younger brother of LA Lakers rookie star Lonzo Ball – Cody Riley and Jalen Hill admit guilt and thank US President Donald Trump for helping secure their release

GRATEFUL. This file photo taken on February 23, 2017 shows LiAngelo Ball #3 while he was still playing for Chino Hills High School. Photo by Josh Lefkowitz / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Philippines overtakes China in economic growth again

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:45 PM

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, the Philippine economy's 6.9% growth performs better than China and neighboring ASEAN countries

PH GDP Growth, Mocha on Trudeau, Duterte and Li | Midday wRap

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:33 PM

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ASEAN avoids hitting China in Chairman's Statement

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:30 PM

ASEAN evades reference to China's militarization of the South China Sea, as it hails the 'positive momentum' in Southeast Asia's ties with China

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the 31st ASEAN Summit, where Southeast Asian leaders avoid directly criticizing China over its militarization of the disputed South China Sea. Malacañang photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 16, 2017

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN GALA Dinner  Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Trump defends Asia trip, vows 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Trump and his supporters are fighting a rearguard action against suggestions that the trip was a failure

ENTOURAGE. US President Donald Trump during the ASEN-US Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

LOOK: Chinese-Filipino cuisine, playlist at state banquet for Li

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Crispy fish skin and sliced suckling pig are served with hototay soup and coconut milk pudding at the dinner for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

GRAND DINNER. President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña sit at the presidential table with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the state banquet held in his honor. RTVM screenshot

Li says PH-China ties as warm as Manila temperature

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that he hopes to 'reciprocate' China's generosity one day

LIST: 14 deals signed during Chinese Premier Li's Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Li and Duterte also witness the launching of two bridges and a Mindanao drug rehabilitation center covered by a previously signed deal

China to donate P1.1 billion for Marawi rehabilitation

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:12 PM

The agreement for the provision of the grant is signed during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's official visit to the Philippines

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

WATCH: Laura Lehmann's Beauty with a Purpose video is among Top 20

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Laura is working to raise funds for the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center's first milk bank

China tops world supercomputer rankings, bests U.S. again

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Over the past 6 months, the number of supercomputers in China grows from 160 to 202 while US systems decline from 169 to 143


Duterte and Trump on South China Sea, Trudeau at ASEAN, Arms cache in Marawi | Evening wRa

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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Pangilinan still optimistic over oil hunt in West Philippine Sea

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:15 PM

As ASEAN countries and China prepare to craft a Code of Conduct, Filipino tycoon Manuel Pangilinan is hopeful potential oil and gas reserves in the disputed waters can eventually be tapped

HOPEFUL. 'We are quite optimistic that something could happen, but that is entirely beyond our control,' PXP Energy chief Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte, Trump hit South China Sea 'militarization'

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:08 PM

The Philippines and the US stress 'the importance of peacefully resolving disputes in the South China Sea, in accordance with international law'

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on November 13, 2017, on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Photo by AFP

Trump-Duterte meeting, ASEAN on South China Sea, Iran-Iraq quake | Evening wRap

Nov 13, 2017 - 9:55 PM

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ASEAN, China announce start of Code of Conduct talks

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

This is the biggest milestone for the past 15 years in crafting a Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea

ASEAN-CHINA SUMMIT. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang joins members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the 20th ASEAN-China Summit on November 13, 2017. Photo from ASEAN Media Pool

ASEAN, China: We can't take 'calmer' seas 'for granted'

Nov 13, 2017 - 2:43 PM

'While the situation is calmer now, we cannot take the current progress for granted,' ASEAN and China say in a draft statement

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacanang photo

ASEAN, China aim to start negotiations on sea code

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:26 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to hold a meeting with other ASEAN leaders and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

ASEAN SUMMIT. The Philippines is hosting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this year, attended by ASEAN countries and also dialogue partners such as China.

Griping? Duterte says he waited 2 hours for meeting with Xi

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he got the last slot for a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping to the at the Crowne Plaza Da Nang in Vietnam prior to their bilateral meeting on November 11, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH thanks Trump for offer to mediate in sea row

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'It's a very kind, generous offer, because he is a good mediator. He is the master of the art of the deal,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

IN HANOI. US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Luong Thai Linh/Pool/AFP

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Trump's surprise proposal to insert himself into the decades-long row risks a backlash from China

TRUMP IN HANOI. US President Donald Trump, accompanied by his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang, attends a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Kham/Pool/AFP

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN likes, but also fears, China's economic weight

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Recent analyses make the case for why ASEAN's 10 member countries need to work on deepening trade and investment ties among themselves

Duterte says Xi downplayed sea militarization in meeting

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:16 AM

The Chinese leader also supposedly assures President Rodrigo Duterte that Beijing respects other countries' rights to free passage in the disputed South China Sea

LOOK: Duterte, other leaders pose for family photo at APEC 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and 20 other world leaders attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam

FAMILY PHOTO. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins his fellow leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries as they pose for the family photo at the Intercontinental Da Nang Resort in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. All photos by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

Feng Shanshan is China's first world number 1 golfer

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:52 PM

Feng Shanshan is also the China's first winner in the LPGA Tour

NUMBER ONE. Feng Shanshan is on her way to become the first number one golfer from China.

China Premier's visit to Philippines is first in 10 years

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It's also the first overseas trip of Chinese Premier Li since President Xi introduced him in October as part of a team of new leaders who will usher in a 'new era' for China

Trump praises Philippines for closing gender gap

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:47 AM

US President Donald Trump makes these remarks ahead of his trip to the Philippines for ASEAN 2017

TRUMP IN VIETNAM. US President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/Pool/AFP

Aquino posts bail, Duterte meets Putin, Trump on South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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Trump rejects militarization of South China Sea

Nov 10, 2017 - 5:00 PM

US President Donald Trump in China 'raised concerns about the construction and militarization of outposts in the South China Sea,' US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad says

CLOSE CHAT. In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Defiant Hong Kong football fans boo Chinese anthem

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Fans unfurl a large Hong Kong regional flag in the stands of Mong Kok Stadium while loud booing was heard during the broadcast of the Chinese national anthem. Some supporters turn their backs on the field.

DEFIANT. A Hong Kong fan makes a gesture and turns his back during the Chinese national anthem before an international friendly football match between Hong Kong and Bahrain at Mong Kok Stadium in Hong Kong on November 9, 2017. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Tropical Cyclone Salome, Duterte appoints Aranas to GSIS, Trump praises Xi | Midday wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 1:32 PM

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Duterte to push for sea code of conduct in meeting with Xi

Nov 10, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine leader plans to relay to the Chinese president the worry of ASEAN nations over militarization in the South China Sea

PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO