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2 Filipinos killed, 3 injured in New Zealand car-train crash

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:17 PM

The Philippine embassy in New Zealand 'stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to the Filipinos and their families'

DFA replaces 'red ribbons' to authenticate documents

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says 'Apostille certificates,' which are recognized by signatories of the Apostille convention will replace authentication certificates

CERTIFY DOCUMENTS. The DFA says philippine embassies and consulates general had already stopped affixing red satin ribbons to certificates of authentication as of June 15, 2019 after the Apostille Convention took effect in May 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

DFA Davao to offer red ribbon services starting June 17

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs' consular office in Davao City can now authenticate documents for Mindanaoans set to work overseas

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

Locsin hits 'collision' of Philippine, Chinese vessels

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:36 PM

'What is contemptible and condemnable is the abandonment of the crew to the elements' in the West Philippine Sea, says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

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

15 more Filipinos repatriated from Libya – DFA

May 29, 2019 - 9:45 PM

This biggest batch of Filipino repatriates from Libya includes 5 minors and 2 Islamic scholars, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

FLEEING LIBYA. The Philippine embassy in Tripoli sends off the latest batch of 15 Filipinos to be repatriated from Libya on May 29, 2019. The repatriates, who include five minors and two students from the Islamic Call College, will arrive in Manila on May 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of DFA

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

Philippines recalls envoys after Canada misses deadline for garbage shipment

May 16, 2019 - 8:52 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines will 'maintain a diminished diplomatic presence' in Canada until its garbage is removed from the Philippines, says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Canada to pay for shipping out 69 container vans of trash – Malacañang

May 07, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gives Canada until May 15 to start transporting the illegally-shipped garbage out of the Philippines

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DFA warns Duterte gov't vs Huawei amid warming ties with China

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:14 PM

EXCLUSIVE: In an internal memorandum obtained by Rappler, the Department of Foreign Affairs warns the NSC, NICA, and DICT about working with Huawei

WARNED. The Department fo Foreign Affairs warns the Duterte government about working with Huawei as France and Czech Republic clamped down on the tech giant.

[OPINION] Remembering ‘Amba’ Rod Severino

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Former ASEAN secretary-general Rodolfo Severino Jr passes away on April 19, 2019, at the age of 82. Here's how I remember him.

DFA begins evacuating Filipinos from Libya

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Of the over 1,000 Filipinos in the Libyan capital, only 20 have so far requested to be repatriated

Philippines says Chinese ships near Pag-asa Island 'illegal'

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Such actions when not repudiated by the Chinese government are deemed to have been adopted by it,' says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

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

163 Filipino crew of stricken cruise ship in Norway 'all safe'

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A Philippine embassy official was told that 'passengers have praised the efficiency and helpfulness of the ship's Filipino crew in the evacuation,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

The cruise ship Viking Sky is pictured on March 23, 2019 near the west coast of Norway at Hustadvika near Romsdal. - Emergency services said on March 23, 2019 they were airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship sent an SOS message due to "engine problems in bad weather", southern Norway's rescue centre said on Twitter, while police reported the passengers would be evacuated by helicopter. (Photo by Odd Roar LANGE / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT

Libya acquits 7 Filipino seafarers in fuel smuggling case

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The Libyan High Court overturns an earlier ruling sentencing the 7 Filipino seafarers to 4 years in prison 'for allegedly attempting to smuggle fuel'

24-year-old Filipino student drowns in Australia

Feb 28, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The victim is a student of Queensford College in Brisbane and is the fifth Filipino to drown overseas this year.

Beyond tweets: Peeling layers of DFA's passport mess

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Twitter rhetoric of Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr draws eyeballs to a multilayered controversy facing the Department of Foreign Affairs

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

PH appeals to Israel over deportation of Filipino kids, mothers

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The Philippines requests that Israel deport overstaying Filipinos 'in an orderly and benignant manner, especially since children may be involved'

ISRAEL TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte strikes his signature pose with the members of his Cabinet as they meet with the Filipino community in Israel at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem on September 2, 2018. Malacañang file photo

3 Filipino tourists imprisoned in Hong Kong over bank scam

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The Filipino tourists, all call center employees, 'were sentenced to 5-month imprisonment,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

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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

U.S. declares Philippines ineligible for H-2A, H-2B visas

Jan 22, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The Philippines says it is open to working with the United States to address the visa concerns

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House panel OKs bill to lower age of criminal liability to 9 years old | Evening wRap

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:21 PM

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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

DFA: 'No assurances on safety' of some passport data

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'Only a Senate investigation will assure the public that there was no breach or loss of data,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

Newly-appointed Foreign Affairs Secretary and concurrent Representative to the United Nations Teodoro Locsin Jr. represents President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit and EU-ASEAN Leaders' Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on October 18 Central European Summer Time. ASEM, a platform for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe, is expected to reinforce its role as a catalyst for effective alliance of countries pursuing common goals as well as to bring out the pillars of partnership including peace and security, trade and investment, sustainable development, and people-to-people ties. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

DICT probes DFA passport data mess

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology reminds the Department of Foreign Affairs to comply with cybersecurity provisions

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

Passport data intact, accessible to DFA – PH contractor

Jan 15, 2019 - 8:06 AM

APO Production Unit Inc chairman Michael Dalumpines says Philippine passport data is being kept intact at APUI's plant in Batangas, with DFA officers having 'full access' to it

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017

Yasay refutes Locsin, says passport data not stolen | Evening wRap

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:32 PM

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Newlyweds from Laguna drown while on Maldives honeymoon

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The wife was 29 while the husband was 30, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

TRAGIC HONEYMOON. The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is ready to help the family of newlyweds who drowned to death in the Maldives. Images from Shutterstock

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

Locsin blames 'Yellows' for passport data loss | Midday wRap

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:01 PM

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Senate probe sought into DFA passport data loss

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros files a resolution calling for an investigation, saying that the implications of the controversy are 'vast'

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017

DFA passport data loss 'national security threat' – PNP

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:19 AM

'Not only is it a threat to national security but also a threat to our identities,' says Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

SECURITY THREAT. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says the police is ready to assist the DFA in its probe on the alleged data theft. 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

PH privacy commission to probe passport data loss

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The National Privacy Commission demands an explanation 'to the satisfaction of the law' after it was revealed that a former DFA contractor 'took away' Philippine passport holders' data

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

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'

DFA tells Filipinos in Libya to be vigilant after bombing

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Filipinos are also advised to 'restrict their movement' following an attack on the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A picture taken on December 25, 2018 shows ambulances, paramedics, and security officers at the scene of an attack outside the Libyan foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tripoli. - At least one person was killed on December 25 as attackers stormed Libya's foreign ministry after a car bomb exploded in front of the building and a suicide bomber then struck inside, a security source at the scene told AFP. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Locsin, U.S. counterpart Pompeo meet in DC

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo tackle terrorism, the Korean Peninsula, and the South China Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Tocsin Jr at the US Department of State, December 20, 2018. Photo by US State Department

Teddyboy Locsin confirmed as Philippine foreign secretary

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:19 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr defends the Duterte administration's foreign policy before the Commission on Appointments

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

PH officials checking condition of Filipinos in wildfire-hit California

Nov 18, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Henry Bensurto Jr says at least one Filipino in Butte County lost his home

SEARCHING FOR THE DEAD. Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains at a burned residence in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

15 Filipino seafarers stranded in India now back in PH

Nov 18, 2018 - 12:50 PM

There are 6 other Filipino crew members still in India who will be repatriated 'as soon as their exit clearances are issued'

Locsin says media should verify China weather stations

Nov 15, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr thumbs down the filing of diplomatic protests, because if no one responds, 'it is banging your head against the wall'

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr answers questions from the press after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Return of Balangiga Bells: 'Time of solemn remembrance'

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:33 AM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis formally announces that the US is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is soon returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo by Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC