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DFA convenes emergency meeting on global spread of coronavirus

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs gives assurances its embassy and consulates general in China are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak

TAKE CAUTION. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors  passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of  the 2010 novel coronavirus from China was spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Repatriated OFWs from Middle East may be redeployed to other countries – DOLE

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also admits its difficulty in convincing OFWs in the Middle East to come home, as their top concern remains to be job security

REPATRIATION. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs repatriated from the Middle East may be sent to other countries to work instead. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DFA suspends consular services in Batangas on January 14

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:11 AM

Consular services in Metro Manila and Central Luzon will resume operations

SUSPENDED. The town of Agoncillo, Batangas is covered in ash on January 13, 2020, following the eruption of the Taal Volcano. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

DFA suspends consular services in NCR, Calabarzon, Central Luzon on January 13

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Applicants in affected areas with confirmed appointments will be accommodated until February 13, 2020

SUSPENDED. The DFA suspends consular offices in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon on January 13, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'A man of vision and foresight': PH gov’t mourns passing of Oman leader

Jan 11, 2020 - 7:42 PM

'Sultan Qaboos was a man of vision and foresight who transformed his country into a modern and stable nation it is known today,' the palace writes of the Arab world's longest-serving leader, who died on January 10

SULTAN QABOOS. In this file photo taken on November 3, 2004, Oman's late ultan Qaboos attends the funeral of Emirati president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan in Abu Dhabi. - Sultan Qaboos, who ruled Oman for almost half a century, has died at the age of 79, the Omani news agency said January 11, 2020. Photo by Rabih Moghrabi/AFP

DFA raises Alert Level 2 in Lebanon, urges Filipinos to remain vigilant

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says overseas Filipino workers with existing employment contracts and those who are registered under the Balik Manggagawa Program may still return to Lebanon

'Bugbugin mo ako!': Locsin faces off with protesters at DFA

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Confrontation between Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and protesters cools down after a woman pleads with Locsin to bring her sister home

FACE-OFF. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. confronts protesters outside the Department of Foreign Affairs building in Pasay City on January 10, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Philippines orders evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:53 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Foreign Affairs says Alert Level 4 calling for mandatory evacuation has been raised in the country

DFA urges Filipinos to cancel all travel to Iraq after U.S. killing of top Iran general

Jan 03, 2020 - 11:05 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also urges Filipinos in Iraq to stay in close coordination with their employers and the Philippine embassy should mandatory evacuation become necessary

PH closely monitors kidnap of 2 Filipino sailors in Cameroon

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:22 PM

The Filipino seamen are among 8 crew members of a Greek oil tanker abducted in a port in Cameroon on New Year's Eve


Locsin throws shade at U.N. court hearing on Myanmar genocide case

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:11 PM

'Judge Myanmar against the template of European pogroms, the Europe wide Holocaust,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

DEFENSE. Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi stands before UN's International Court of Justice on December 10, 2019, in the Peace Palace of The Hague, at the start of a three-day hearing on Rohingya genocide case. Photo by Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

LIST: DFA consular operations suspended on December 6, 7

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:41 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs advises the public to take note of the schedules of its consular offices in Zamboanga, Pampanga, Metro Manila, and Baguio City

Hong Kong gov't drops case vs OFW arrested near protest site

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the Hong Kong government dropped its case of unlawful assembly against a Filipino national who was arrested by police after passing a protest site in August

UNREST. Hong Kong has been gripped by continuing protests now in its 5th month. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Online rescheduling of passport appointments 'temporarily unavailable'

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says this is due to an upgrade in their online appointment system

China control of NGCP 'cause for concern' – Carpio

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio warns this is especially the case if the Chinese themselves handle the maintenance of the Philippines' power supply

CONCERN. Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine government should look into China's stake in the NGCP. Rappler Screenshot

DFA: No need to evacuate Filipinos in Hong kong 'at this time'

Nov 16, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs assures the public that Filipinos 'remain safe and largely unaffected' by the Hong Kong protests

5 MONTHS AND COUNTING. Protesters stand in front of a burning barricade at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), in Hong Kong early on November 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

DFA opens new consular office in Cavite

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs' new consular office is located in SM City Dasmariñas and is open 10 am to 5 pm, from Mondays to Saturdays

NEW CONSULAR OFFICE. Foreign Undersecretary Brigido Dulay leads the inauguration of the new Department of Foreign Affairs Consular office at SM City Dasmarinas in Cavite on November 4, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DFA warns Filipinos against using fake Korea visa services

Nov 04, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also asks the public not to share social media posts advertising the fake visa schemes

DFA verifying Chinese ship harassment of Filipino-crewed ship in West PH Sea

Nov 02, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'We will verify the facts of the incident then relevant offices will make the appropriate recommendations,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Ship captain Manolo Ebora speaks to the crew of a "Chinese warship" on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura past Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

DFA closed on November 2019 holidays

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Individuals unable to avail of scheduled appointments for consular services from 12 noon onwards on October 31 will be accommodated on any working day until November 29

DFA: Renew passports 1 year before expiration

Oct 31, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs announces extensions for the validity of e-Passports will no longer be allowed, in compliance with standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization

RENEWAL. The DFA urges passport holders to renew their passports 1 year before it expires. Photo from Shutterstock

Ramos-Shahani resigns as UNESCO Philippines secretary-general

Oct 23, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Lila Ramos-Shahani will also no longer serve as Department of Foreign Affairs assistant secretary

Photos of Lila Ramos-Shahani, UNESCO site from UNESCO Philippines website

One more mission for DFA’s Generoso Calonge

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:20 PM

With a career that spans over 3 decades in the foreign service, DFA Assistant Secretary Generoso Calonge now leads the Maritime and Ocean Affairs office as a quiet guard of Philippine waters

CAREER DIPLOMAT. Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Generoso Calonge latest post sees him leading the DFA's Maritime and Ocean Affairs Office. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DFA says Samantha Lo has no record in PH passport database

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:29 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it received reports that the beauty queen 'was unable to continue her journey to Caracas due to alleged issues with her passport'

Locsin wants DreamWorks boycott over 'Abominable' movie

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:36 AM

'Call a universal boycott...from here on,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says after the animated DreamWorks film showcased a map depicting China's 9-dash line in the South China Sea

BOYCOTT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr expresses his opposition against a DreamWorks animated film which depicted China's 9-dash line. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DFA urges Filipinos going to Saudi Arabia: Follow rules on public decency

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Saudi Arabia's new regulations on public decency involve 19 offenses which are punishable by fines

NEW RULES. Saudi Arabia imposes new rules on public decency, with violations punishable by fines. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

PH bans deployment to South Sudan

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:41 PM

This follows the raising of Alert Level 4 by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which means 'evacuation/mandatory repatriation' of Filipinos

Chinese vessels in Philippine waters: Who’s keeping score?

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:48 PM

As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over ships near Ayungin shoal

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:34 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the statement after Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff Noel Clement told senators of the Chinese ships' presence near Ayungin Shoal

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr order a diplomatic protest to be filed against China over Chinese vessels near Ayungin Shoal. Malacañang photo

Locsin: U.N. ‘not free to interfere’ when a country goes tough vs crime

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'The nations here in United [Nations] should not let this platform be used to threaten others with accountability for taking a tough approach to crime,' says DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin, Jr

'NOT FREE TO INTERFERE.' Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2019. Screenshot from UN Web TV

U.N. report on attacks vs PH rights groups is 'shoddy work' – Locsin

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'The UNHRC report reads like it was written by the accusers...Ignore it,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

THREATS. Human rights defenders urge the Philippine government to stop persecuting human rights activists. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Locsin warns PH will be 'deeply' affected by Saudi oil attacks

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Meanwhile, energy officials give assurances oil supplies in the country remain sufficient and that the impact of the incident on the Philippines is still 'premature'

DRONE ATTACKS. Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq about 60 kilometers southwest of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on September 14, 2019. Photo by AFP

DFA requests additional funds to issue, upgrade more passports

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says only P647 million of the P5.61 billion it requested was approved by the Department of Budget and Management

At DFA budget hearing, Locsin appeals for more DND funds

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr calls for a higher budget for another agency: the Department of National Defense

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr presents the Department of Foreign Affairs' proposed 2020 budget at the Seante on September 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Foreign embassies required to get DFA clearance before donating to BARMM

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr warns 'there'll be hell to pay' if foreign embassies bypass the Department of Foreign Affairs

BANGSAMORO REGION. In January 2019, majority of voters in the Bangsamoro region voted to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

DFA opens new authentication center in Cebu

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:05 PM

With the new center now open at the DFA's Consular Office in Cebu, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the nationwide rollout of authentication services is complete

SERVICE AVAILABLE. Authentication services will now be available at the DFA's Consular office in Cebu. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Syrian court finds Joanna Demafelis' employer guilty of murder

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'There you go. Judge didn't buy the defense,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in response to the verdict over the gruesome murder of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis

JOANNA'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, broke down upon seeing the crate containing her sister's body as it arrived at the cargo terminal of NAIA on February 16, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Locsin: DFA has filed 60 diplomatic protests vs China since 2016

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:15 PM

'Even if I believe that filing diplomatic protests is like throwing paper at a brick wall, I do it,' the Philippines' top diplomat Teodoro Locsin Jr tells a panel of lawmakers

60 PROTESTS FILED. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the government protested China's incursions "at every turn." Photo of Locsin at the Senate on November 28, 2018, by Angie de Silva

China ship owner apologizes for PH boat sinking

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The apology is coursed through the Guangdong Fishery Mutual Insurance Association and comes the same day President Duterte is set to leave for China where he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping

APOLOGY ISSUED. Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Ver, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Recto  Bank, towards the shore of Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over warships in EEZ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'Drop the diplomatic crap; say it is ours period; they're trespassing,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Locsin eyes ‘universal ban’ on foreign marine surveys in PH waters

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'Exceptions invite bribe$,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says in a tweet as he announces a 'universal ban' on marine scientific surveys

NOT ALLOWED. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. says he is eyeing a ban on foreign vessels conducting marine research in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

Philippines files another diplomatic protest vs China

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:22 AM

'Got it, General. DFA firing off diplomatic protest,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza urged the government to ask China why its ships were in Philippine waters

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr announces another diplomatic protest has been fired off against China over its survey ships and warships' presence in Philippine waters. Malacañang Photo

Locsin: 'Diplomatic protest fired off' vs China

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says a protest against China has been filed over the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island

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

DFA to accept postal IDs for passport applications by August 2019

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Starting August 1, postal IDs will be included in the list of valid IDs for passport applications

REQUIREMENT. Postal IDs will be accepted as valid ID requirements for passport application starting August 1, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

2 Filipinos missing at Phuket beach

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the two Filipinos were reportedly playing in the sea when they were swept away by waves during a heavy storm

Duterte-Xi fishing deal 'cannot be enforced' – Locsin

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:59 AM

'It's not policy,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the verbal agreement is legally binding

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by Chinese President Xi Jinping inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on April 25, 2019. Malacañang photo

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