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[OPINION] The visa nightmare and Filipinos' need for stronger passports

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:00 AM

What’s the use of having 4 Miss Universe crowns when Filipinos cannot even freely explore the world we live in?

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

Locsin defends canceling courtesy diplomatic passports

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'Hey boba,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr tells Vice President Leni Robredo after she criticized the cancellation of courtesy diplomatic passports

DENIED ENTRY. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario shows his passport as he arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on June 21, 2019, after he was denied entry by Hong Kong. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DFA cancels all courtesy diplomatic passports after Del Rosario incident

Jun 22, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario was himself carrying a courtesy diplomatic passport when Hong Kong barred his entry

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario arrives in NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City after he was denied to enter Hongkong on June 21, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/RAPPLER

Kiev will not recognize Russian passports from rebel areas – PM

May 08, 2019 - 9:43 PM

'We will never recognize any citizenship that was issued by the aggressor state. This is like Nazi Germany issuing Ausweis (identity document) for certain people,' says Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

UKRAINE. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman gives a speech at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum in Berlin on November 29, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

UK starts issuing passports without 'European Union' on cover

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Brexit backers are thrilled by the highly symbolic change, while those who support remaining in the bloc have mocked their excitement

BREXIT. In this file photo, a European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a special meeting of the European Council to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and to approve the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations on November 25, 2018 in Brussels. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

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

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

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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DFA to privacy commission: We're in control of passport data

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs tells the National Privacy Commission that 'all passport data is safe'

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

Locsin scraps birth certificates for passport renewals | Evening wRap

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:06 PM

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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

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Jan 15, 2019 - 12:17 PM

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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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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

Malacañang frowns upon birth certificate requirement for passport renewal

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The Palace says it treats the alleged passport data loss as a 'serious and grave matter,' as it slammed the current birth certificate requirement in passport renewal as a form of red tape the administration won't tolerate

DATA BREACH. Government is scrambling to get to the bottom of a supposed passport data breach. File photo by  LeAnne Jazul/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

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

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Oct 10, 2018 - 9:39 PM

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Japan has the world's 'strongest' passport, according to this index

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Guess where the Philippines ranks? Spoiler alert: We aren't in the top 10, or even the top 50.

'STRONGEST' IN THE WORLD. Japanese passport holders have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to the most countries around the world. Shutterstock image

DFA: July-September passport appointment slots still available

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

'Please click refresh as online appointments become available from time to time,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 11-17, 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:26 PM

From the historic Trump-Kim summit to President Duterte being heckled on Independence day to Sereno at Tindig Pilipinas

PH-China, SC justice applicants, Passport slots | Evening wRap

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:53 PM

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DFA launches ePayment for passport applications

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says its ePayment portal will significantly reduce no-shows for passport appointments in its consular offices

EPAYMENT. A passport applicant tries out the ePayment portal of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Market! Market! on June 14, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

DFA to open 100,000 passport appointment slots on June 14

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:45 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Department of Foreign Affairs will open 50,000 slots at noon and 50,000 more slots at 9 pm on Thursday, June 14

DFA to open new passport offices in Ilocos Norte, Isabela

May 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The new DFA passport offices in northern Luzon, both in Robinsons malls, will operate from Monday to Saturday

PASSPORT PROCESSING. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano inspects the passport processing area in Aseana, Parañaque City, in this file photo. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

DFA to open passport appointment slots for July to September

May 01, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The new passport appointment slots will be for all consular offices in the Philippines, except for the DFA's Aseana office in Parañaque City

PASSPORT APPOINTMENTS. The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is now opening passport appointment slots for July to September 2018.

Why DFA hasn't opened passport appointment slots beyond June

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:41 PM

In a public advisory, the Department of Foreign Affairs says this is because it is still testing its ePayment system, which will be launched on a still unspecified date

NEW PASSPORTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hands out new passports with a 10-year validity during a launch at DFA ASEANA in Parañaque City on January 12, 2018. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Need a passport? The PBA just might help you

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The pro league partners with the Department of Foreign Affairs for the 'Passport On Wheels Services'

A year after CA rejection, Yasay says PH passport issue 'resolved'

Mar 08, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says his life is 'much, much better' a year after the Commission on Appointments rejected him

EX-DFA CHIEF. Former foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr appears at the House of Representatives hearing on passport application delays on March 6, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DFA eyes online passport renewal – via selfies – by 2019

Mar 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

'We're preparing the technology,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, as the Department of Foreign Affairs draws flak for delays in passport applications

NEW PASSPORTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hands out new passports with a 10-year validity during a launch at the DFA ASEANA in Parañaque City on January 12, 2018. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DFA opens Aseana office for Saturday passport appointments

Feb 02, 2018 - 10:28 PM

The DFA says its Aseana office 'shall be open to passport applications every Saturday, starting February 10, 2018, from 8 am to 5 pm'

PHILIPPINE PASSPORTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hands out new passports with a 10-year validity during a launch at DFA Aseana in Parañaque City on January 12, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines probes sale of passport endorsements

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'Some people are selling endorsements from government agencies. That's the sad reality,' says Foreign Undersecretary Jose Luis Montales

NEW PASSPORTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hands out new passports with a 10-year validity during a launch at DFA ASEANA in Parañaque City on January 12, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FlySpaces launches FlySpaces Passport

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:16 AM

FlySpace’s new product allows work mobility and flexibility, from solo entrepreneurs to company employees

DFA opens 100,000 new slots for passport appointments

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Heeding online hubbub about the shortage of slots and complaints about fixers selling slots, the Department of Foreign Affairs opens additional ones until June

NEW SLOTS. The DFA opens 100,000 new slots for appointments. Image from Facebook.

Thai cops nab Pakistani passport forger with ISIS links

Jan 19, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Mohammad Iqbal is arrested on January 14 in a Bangkok suburb in possession of Singaporean and Indian fake passports as well as plates and laminates to forge entry visas to France, Italy and Spain

LIST: 63 countries where Filipinos can travel visa-free

Jan 13, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Filipinos can visit these 63 countries and territories without securing a visa

VISA-FREE.

Taiwan passports recalled over picture mix-up

Dec 28, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The costly design blunder mistakenly swaps an image of an airport in Washington DC for the island's main airport

VISIT TAIWAN. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

10-year passport validity begins January 2018

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:18 PM

The new Philippine passports will cost P950 ($18), the price of the current passports that have a 5-year validity

PASSPORT CENTER. 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. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

#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