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PH embassy releases contingency plan as Korea tensions rise

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Here is the full text of the contingency plan of the Philippine embassy in South Korea which includes information on when and how to evacuate

H-BOMB TEST. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the situation in the Korean Peninsula with Ambassador to Seoul Raul Hernandez and Foreign Assistant Secretary Millicent Cruz-Paredes. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Ex-Sorsogon gov convicted of graft over fertilizer fund scam

Aug 18, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Former governor Raul Lee is sentenced to 24 to 40 years in prison

Ex-DFA spokesman named Ambassador of the Year in Korea

Dec 21, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The 60 year old Asia Society hails Ambassador Raul Hernandez for helping boost ties between the Philippines and Korea

HAILED IN KOREA. Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul Hernandez receives the 2016 Ambassador of the Year Award from Asia Society on December 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Philippine embassy in Korea

Miriam quizzes envoys on China, OKs confirmation

Mar 12, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The Commission on Appointments confirms the ad interim appointment of 8 ambassadors including DFA Spokesperson Raul Hernandez

PH warned about backlash from China

Mar 06, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines says we have to be ready for the consequences of the historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

China on 'offer' to PH: 'Sheer fabrication'

Mar 03, 2014 - 1:38 PM

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denies that China proposed the mutual withdrawal of ships from Scarborough Shoal to derail a historic case filed by the Philippines

China offers PH 'carrot' to quit case

Feb 26, 2014 - 8:53 AM

China wants to stop the Philippines from filing its written pleading in the case sources say The rising superpower says it has no information about this

'Even during storms, China harassed Filipinos'

Feb 25, 2014 - 3:23 PM

China has harassed Filipino fishermen for 10 times since 2013 the DFA says

Filipino 'abused' in Malaysia won't press charges

Jan 28, 2014 - 7:09 PM

The reported abuse comes as nearly 2 000 Filipinos flee Malaysia in the face of a crackdown on illegal workers

DFA's Hernandez is new ambassador to South Korea

Jan 24, 2014 - 4:07 PM

Aside from the DFA spokesman 3 others have been nominated by the President as ambassadors to Argentina Canada and Singapore

BEHAVE. Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez issues a statement following China's deployment of its aircraft carrier to the South China Sea, some parts of which are disputed territories. File Photo by Carlos Santamaria

PH warns vs traveling to Thailand

Jan 14, 2014 - 7:13 PM

The Philippines also warns its nationals in Thailand to exercise vigilance

WAVING THE FLAG. A Thai anti-government protester waves national flags during a mass rally blocking a main road in Bangkok, Thailand, 12 January 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Filipina hurt in Beirut blast; 6 dead

Dec 27, 2013 - 10:56 PM

The explosion in Beirut Lebanon kills 6 people including an influential member of a coalition opposed to the Syrian regime

On Christmas, PH brings home 11 from South Sudan

Dec 25, 2013 - 5:27 PM

This group of male repatriates will arrive in the Philippines in time for Christmas

PH tells Filipinos to leave South Sudan

Dec 23, 2013 - 4:14 PM

The Philippines joins other countries in evacuating nationals from South Sudan which faces the threat of civil war

SEEKING REFUGE. Civilians fleeing fighting that broke out in recent days and seeking refuge wait outside a compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Bor, 18 December 2013. UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

'China threatening status quo' - DFA

Nov 27, 2013 - 6:45 PM

With China sending its aircraft carrier into disputed waters the DFA tells its big neighbor to behave

BEHAVE. Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez issues a statement following China's deployment of its aircraft carrier to the South China Sea, some parts of which are disputed territories. File Photo by Carlos Santamaria

Foreign aid: Process from donor to beneficiaries

Nov 15, 2013 - 5:54 PM

The government puts up a one stop shop to cater to all incoming assistance

TO TACLOBAN. US Marine Corps, Marines board a KC-130J Hercules aircraft on November 10, 2013 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, moments before departing for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Photo by AFP/USMC/Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey


DFA: Most int'l aid won't be passing through gov't

Nov 13, 2013 - 4:22 PM

The DFA says most of the international aid they reported will be coursed through relief organizations

EXODUS. Survivors of the super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, board a C-130 military plane bound for Cebu at Tacloban airport, Leyte, on November 12, 2013. AFP/Ted Aljibe

Saudi Arabia bans deported OFWs from returning

Nov 06, 2013 - 3:33 PM

The Philippine Embassy urges Filipinos in Saudi to to familiarize themselves with the new rules

OFWs' indecision blamed for delayed return from Saudi

Nov 05, 2013 - 6:25 PM

The Philippines says Saudi s sluggish process worsened the problem

PH asks US to probe Filipino oil worker's death

Nov 01, 2013 - 12:32 PM

Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr makes this appeal to the US Interior Department s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

DEADLY BLAST. Commercial vessels spray water to extinguish a platform fire on board the West Delta 32 oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico off Grand Isle, Louisiana on November 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO / HNADOUT / US COAST GUARD

2nd deadliest US industry kills another Filipino

Oct 30, 2013 - 7:24 PM

Peter Jorge Voces belonged to a deadly industry that killed 3 Filipinos before him

DEADLY BLAST. Commercial vessels spray water to extinguish a platform fire on board the West Delta 32 oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico off Grand Isle, Louisiana on November 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO / HNADOUT / US COAST GUARD

PH seeks reprieve for illegal Saudi workers

Oct 30, 2013 - 1:54 PM

For the second time the Philippines asks Saudi Arabia to extend its deadline for illegal Filipino workers to legalize their status

DEADLINE NEAR. Foreign illegal laborers wait in a queue at the Saudi immigration offices at al-Isha quarter in al-Khazan district west of Riyadh on June 30, 2013. Photo by AFP/Fayez Nureldine

PH braces for Saudi sanctions vs illegal workers

Oct 29, 2013 - 8:03 PM

Philippine officials fly to Saudi to assist almost 5 000 illegal Filipino workers who face imprisonment

Saudi deadline near; 5k Pinoys not repatriated

Oct 17, 2013 - 3:56 PM

Two weeks before the deadline the Philippines repatriates only 4 000 from Saudi

BEATING DEADLINE. Foreign illegal laborers wait in a long queue outside the Saudi immigration offices at the Al-Isha quarter of the Al-Khazan district, west of Riyadh, on May 28. File photo from AFP/Fayez Nureldine

PH, Korea to sign defense MOU

Oct 14, 2013 - 11:05 PM

President Benigno Aquino III will also try to attract Korean business investors as well as visit the Filipino community

DEPARTURE HONORS. President Benigno Aquino III, accompanied by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, reviews the honor guard during the send-off ceremony at the NAIA terminal 2. Photo by Rolando Mailo / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Repatriation set for Pinoys killed in Dutch sea crash

Oct 11, 2013 - 5:31 PM

Two Filipinos die in a sea collision off the coast of the Netherlands and Denmark

Will he be 'rude' again? Aquino backs peace at ASEAN Summit

Oct 02, 2013 - 5:49 PM

President Aquino will be attending the 23rd ASEAN Summit in Brunei on October 9 and 10

Why 3,300 Pinoys refuse to leave Syria

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:03 PM

Higher wages hold back potential repatriates the DFA says

Flee Syria, Pinoys warned amid planned attack

Sep 02, 2013 - 5:55 PM

Get out of harm s way DFA tells Filipinos in Syria

Aquino rejects 'unusual' conditions for China trip

Sep 02, 2013 - 3:32 PM

The trade off for the President s trip to China is absolutely inimical to our national interest the DFA says

PH sends senior diplomat to Syria amid planned US attack

Aug 30, 2013 - 11:26 PM

The Philippines aims to speed up repatriation of up to 3 000 remaining Filipinos there

China cancels invite to Aquino

Aug 29, 2013 - 4:28 PM

Aquino is not going to China after all

Leave Egypt, DFA tells Pinoys amid unrest

Aug 15, 2013 - 1:47 PM

The DFA raises alert level 3 in Egypt because of rising tensions there

File photo. Fayez Nuraldine/AFP

Is Aquino going to China?

Aug 14, 2013 - 6:14 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says President Aquino is interested in going to Nanning for the China ASEAN Expo but has not yet confirmed his visit

Graphic by Rappler.com

DFA warns OFWs in Saudi 'arson attempt'

Jul 26, 2013 - 4:35 PM

Violence will not solve the problem the DFA tells OFWs who planned to burn the Philippines Saudi consulate

OFW in Saudi death row a step closer to release

Jul 25, 2013 - 10:45 PM

Judged and the victim s family in Saudi Arabia sign documents that will secure the release of Filipino Dondon Lanuza

SPARED OFW. The Saudi government ransoms Filipino national Rodelio 'Dondon' Lanuza, who was on death row. Photo from Migrante International's website

Protect Saudi 'violators,' PH embassy told

Jul 11, 2013 - 10:26 PM

The group Migrante blames the Philippine embassy after the Saudi police allegedly committed abuses against stranded OFWs

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers set up camp outside the Philippine consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. File photo by Migrante-Jeddah

Group asks gov't to recall embassy officials in Riyadh

Jul 07, 2013 - 5:26 PM

Migrante starts an online petition to recall the embassy officials in Saudi for facilitating the brutal dispersal and arrest of undocumented OFWs

Photo by AFP/Fayez Nureldine

18 Pinoys arrested over Saudi protest

Jul 04, 2013 - 6:48 PM

The DFA advises Filipinos to respect Saudi s laws so as not to jeopardize their repatriation

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers set up camp outside the Philippine consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. File photo by Migrante-Jeddah.

8 more envoys coming home for probe

Jun 20, 2013 - 4:12 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it wants to be as thorough as possible in addressing sex related offenses

Illegal OFWs to miss Saudi’s amnesty deadline

Jun 17, 2013 - 6:16 PM

The 3 month grace period for illegal workers in Saudi to clarify their status will end on July 3

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers set up camp outside the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Migrante-Jeddah.

PH refutes US, UK, Australia warnings

May 30, 2013 - 4:54 PM

The military and police monitor no specific threats in Mindanao the DFA says

FALLEN COMRADE: Philippine Marines honor comrades slain in Sulu  as the remains arrive in Manila

More Pinoys in Saudi to be deported

May 22, 2013 - 5:21 PM

The Philippine embassy and consulate in Saudi Arabia continue to endorse more undocumented Filipinos for deportation

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers set up camp outside the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Migrante-Jeddah.

No Pinoy casualty in Oklahoma - DFA

May 21, 2013 - 6:46 PM

DFA spokesman Hernandez confirms there is no Filipino casualty in Oklahoma

LIFE IN RUINS. Kasey Clark sorts through the debris of her grandmother-in-law Thelma Cox's mobile home after it was destroyed by a tornado May 20, 2013 near Shawnee, Oklahoma. Brett Deering/Getty Images/AFP

30 Chinese vessels, 1 warship sighted in Palawan

May 21, 2013 - 6:01 PM

The government has already filed a diplomatic protest with the Chinese Embassy in Manila

PH: Be cautious on 'comfort women' issues

May 15, 2013 - 5:15 PM

DFA Spokesman Raul Hernandez reminds Japanese authorities to be more circumspect after Osaka Mayor Hashimoto said that comfort women was necessary during the war

No suspension yet for Consul Ampeso

May 02, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Ampeso is set to face a fact finding panel that will decide whether he should be suspended from service

DRUNK? An OFW from Canada says Ampeso was drunk and loud during office hours. Screenshot from Youtube video.

Most Pinoys reject consulate's offer of shelter in Jeddah

Apr 25, 2013 - 7:23 PM

Only 7 women and their 7 children have so far signed up for the offer

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers set up camp outside the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Migrante-Jeddah.

PH to push for Code of Conduct at ASEAN Summit

Apr 17, 2013 - 5:05 PM

Manila insists the time is ripe for a Code of Conduct on the West Philippine Sea

CENTRALITY. President Benigno Aquino III attends the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on November 18. Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

LP bets 'billeted' in Sandakan set to be released

Apr 10, 2013 - 5:04 PM

President Aquino directed Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario to facilitate their immediate release