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#WalangPasok: Gov't offices, courts in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:05 AM

4th UPDATE Malacañang and the Supreme Court both announce work suspensions for Tuesday September 12 as Tropical Depression Maring brings heavy rain

ISIS holds 11,100 blank Syrian passports – report

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:23 PM

The stolen passports are genuine identity papers making them a valuable tool for forgers

DFA opens passport courtesy lane to first-time OFWs

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also removes the 1 200 slots a day that used to be reserved for travel agencies

MORE SLOTS AVAILABLE. Thousands of passport appointment slots have opened after the Department of Foreign Affairs after it removed preferential accommodation for clients of travel agencies and relatives of DFA employees. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano inspects the passport processing area in ASEANA in this file photo. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 3, 2017

Aug 03, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Grab and Uber, Duterte, Faeldon | Evening wRap

Aug 02, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Duterte signs laws extending passport, driver's license validity

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:03 PM

The law extending driver s license validity also imposes stricter measures on the issuance of licenses to ensure only deserving applicants get them

Manchester blast, Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte in Russia | Evening wRap

May 24, 2017 - 12:25 AM

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Cayetano to scrap passport appointment system

May 23, 2017 - 3:12 PM

Our goal is that when you walk in you will be able to apply for your passport Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

PRIORITY AT DFA. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano inspects the DFA's passport processing area in ASEANA, Parañaque City, on May 19, 2017, his first full day as DFA chief. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

VLOG: Cayetano, bumisita sa passport center sa unang araw sa DFA

May 19, 2017 - 5:57 PM

What did Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano do on his first day on the job? Watch it here

FIRST DAY. Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano visits the DFA passport processing area in ASEANA, Parañaque City, on May 19, 2017.  Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Cayetano takes oath as Philippines' top diplomat

May 18, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is set to begin his first full day in office by visiting the DFA passport processing area in Parañaque City

NEW DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (4th from left) makes the trademark Duterte gesture, along with President Rodrigo Duterte (3rd) and members of his family, after he took his oath as Philippine foreign secretary. Malacañang photo

PH one step closer to 10-year passport validity

May 15, 2017 - 4:55 PM

With the bill extending passport validity approved by the Senate it now goes to the bicameral conference committee

TEN-YEAR VALIDITY. The Senate and House of Representatives are set to convene a bicameral conference committee, after both chambers passed the bill extending passport validity from 5 to 10 years. File photo from Malacañang

Global opportunities in the palm of entrepreneurs’ hands

Apr 16, 2017 - 8:44 AM

Impact Hub Manila provides opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs to go abroad

WOMEN TECHPRENEURS. Winners of the eSkills4Girls from Manila – Jeepneed and Aurelia & Amelia – with founders of Impact Hub Manila. Photo from Impact Hub Manila

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 9, 2017

Mar 09, 2017 - 9:30 AM

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Mighty Corporation, Yasay, Abad | Evening wRap

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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Did Yasay run for Philippine VP as an American?

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Perfecto Yasay Jr relied on implicit evidence that he was not a US citizen when he chaired SEC and ran for senator as well as vice president

CITIZENSHIP WOES. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr is under public scrutiny for denying he was ever a US citizen. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Yasay, Matobato, Madam Secretary | Midday wRap

Mar 07, 2017 - 1:10 PM

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Lascanas, Yasay, Napoles | Evening wRap

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:06 PM

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Yasay lied under oath, now admits owning U.S. passport

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Is the Philippines foreign secretary an American citizen? Perfecto Yasay Jr backtracks on his earlier statements – one of these under oath – that he never owned a US passport

EARLIER DENIAL. This screen shot comes from a Rappler video on November 28, 2016, where Foreign Secretary Yasay Jr denied ever owning a US passport. Months later, he admits used to have one. Photo by Rappler

Refuting Yasay: No oath of allegiance for green card holders or NY Bar passers

Mar 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

To be clear taking an oath of allegiance to the United States is not a requirement to obtain LPR green card status But it is a requirement to become a naturalized citizen of the US

Yasay to submit 'proof' to CA he was never a U.S. citizen

Feb 22, 2017 - 11:48 AM

UPDATED At his confirmation hearing Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr urges those who have questions about his citizenship to go to court

DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr faces the Commission on Appointments on February 22, 2017. Photo by Rappler

10-year passport validity gets House approval

Feb 13, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The House foreign affairs committee says extending the validity of passports will ease the burden of OFWs and the traveling public

EXTENSION. If passed into law, HB 4767 will extend the validity of passports to 10 years. File photo of House plenary by Rappler

U.S. lists Yasay among former American citizens

Feb 10, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The name Perfecto Rivas Yasay Jr appears in the US government s Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate

Yasay, Alvarez, Gaviria | Evening wRap

Feb 08, 2017 - 9:18 PM

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'Conspiracy' behind Hajj passport scam – NBI

Feb 04, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Recruiters of at least 177 Indonesians cannot facilitate the issuance of passports without the knowledge approval consent indispensable cooperation and participation of gov t officials according to an NBI report

SSS pension hike, 2017 inflation, Dana White | Evening wRap

Jan 10, 2017 - 7:56 PM

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U.S. citizenship issue hounds Yasay ahead of CA confirmation

Jan 10, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Nagging issues against Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr include the pending criminal charges filed against him by BSP and his flip flopping statements

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks during a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies headquarters on September 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Passport applicant? Here's where you can 'walk in' – for now

Nov 30, 2016 - 1:47 PM

No need for a passport appointment at the DFA satellite office in Robinsons Novaliches until further notice DFA Assistant Secretary Frank Cimafranca says

NEW DFA OFFICE. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (2nd from left) and Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfredo Vargas III (1st) lead the inauguration of the Department of Foreign Affairs' satellite office in Robinsons Novaliches on November 29, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

DFA employee probed over Hajj passport scam

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Hajj passports a form of accommodation for Muslim Filipinos had been exploited by unscrupulous people a Philippine foreign affairs official says

[DASH of SAS] Brown is the color of my skin and passport

Oct 29, 2016 - 7:31 PM

My passport may dictate which countries I can freely enter but it will never ever dictate how far I will go

So I'm changing citizenship – it doesn't mean I'm not Indonesian

Sep 26, 2016 - 4:48 PM

For me choosing a nationality is a privilege and a blessing considering not everybody can do it It is not about not loving your country

BEING INDONESIAN. A woman argues that being Indonesian is not defined by citizenship. File photo by EPA/MAST IRHAM

5,500 UK-based finance firms could lose EU 'passporting' rights – regulator

Sep 22, 2016 - 11:02 AM

The passport rights allowing 5 500 British based financial firms to operate freely across the European single market are at stake in the fallout from Brexit posing a significant risk to the finance sector

Canary Wharf, the London financial district, and the river Thames is seen in London on June 24, 2016. Leon Nea/AFP

Maria Ozawa cries foul over passport, ID photo leak

Sep 15, 2016 - 10:18 PM

Maria Ozawa calls out an immigration employee who posted a photo of her passport and her picture on Facebook

MARIA OZAWA. The Japanese actress cries foul over an immigration worker who leaked a photo of her passport and ID picture. Screengrab from Instagram/maria.ozawa

Philippines suspends issuance of hajj passports

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:23 AM

The use of these kinds of passports has been abused ’ Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims circumvent around the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, Islam's holiest site, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, September 20, 2015. File photo by Amel Pain/EPA

How 177 Indonesians obtained fake Philippine passports

Aug 23, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Illegal travel agencies forged documents and alleged police involvement – here s how some Indonesian Muslims attempt to unlawfully perform the Hajj

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims circumvent around the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, Islam's holiest site, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, September 20, 2015. File photo by Amel Pain/EPA

PH to issue new 'high-security' passports at 'faster' pace

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the new printing system for Philippine passports increases production speed by 35

HIGH SECURITY. Added security features have been placed, such as upgraded security feature of microchip to capture the personal data of the applicant. Photo from Presidential Communications Office

The pet bills of President Duterte

Aug 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Duterte did not mention in his first SONA two bills that his top allies in the 17th Congress declared they would prioritize: the reimposition of the death penalty and the lowering to 15 years the minimum age of criminal responsibility

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address, as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listen. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

SONA 2016: Lawmakers happy Duterte supports their bills

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:34 PM

UPDATED Some lawmakers have filed bills on tax reform passport validity and universal health care even before President Rodrigo Duterte mentions them in his SONA

1ST SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while delivering his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. PHoto by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Extend passport validity, Duterte says in SONA 2016

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte recounts seeing passport applicants having a hard time: Nasasaktan talaga ako

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS. Filipino immigration officials examine the passports of arriving passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on May 6, 2009. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Duterte's 1st order to DFA: Improve OFW services

Jul 04, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr also wants the passport application process to be cut to the minimum in terms of red tape

NEW PRESIDENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a visit to the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on July 1, 2016. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

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

PH passport ranks 76, lowest score in a decade

Oct 26, 2015 - 3:01 PM

Study on visa restrictions finds that Filipinos can now travel visa free to 60 destinations

Tetap eksis di pasar Indonesia, BlackBerry luncurkan 3 produk anyar

Oct 22, 2015 - 4:49 PM

Perusahaan asal Kanada meluncurkan BlackBerry Leap BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition dan BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983

Notes on crossing the border

Sep 17, 2015 - 7:41 AM

I have learned that it s easy to judge others for their decision to leave the Philippines from one s corner where they belong where everything is familiar and where they can coast and survive I was one of them until I had to be on the other side

6 APEC economies sign up for Asia Regional Funds Passport

Sep 11, 2015 - 5:03 PM

The Asia Regional Funds Passport is seen to generate savings of 20 billion annually in fund management costs and create 170 000 jobs in APEC economies within 5 years

SIGNED. Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines sign the Statement of Understanding on the Asian Regional Funds Passport which, once implemented, will pave the way for a multilateral arrangement that will facilitate the cross-border marketing of managed funds among participating economies. Photo from the Department of Finance

Philippines to extend passport validity for free

Aug 19, 2015 - 1:35 PM

Extensions shall be processed and released within the same day the Department of Foreign Affairs says as it faces a huge passport backlog

OFWs sa Qatar puwede nang magpa-deliver ng passports

Aug 13, 2015 - 7:48 PM

Kinontrata ng embahada ng Filipinas sa Doha ang Qatar Postal Services Company QPost para sadyain sa tanggapan o tirahan ng OFWs ang mga luma nilang pasaporte at ihatid ang kapalit ng mga ito

OFWs in Qatar can have renewed passports mailed

Aug 13, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Qatar Postal Services signs a deal with the Philippine Embassy in Doha Qatar to handle passport deliveries for Filipinos workers

PH eyes active participation in Asia Region Funds Passport by 2016

Jul 24, 2015 - 8:28 PM

If all goes well the country could market investments from across participating Asian economies and allow local investment product providers to sell to the regional mart by mid 2016