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U.S. ambassador pays courtesy call on DFA chief Locsin

Nov 01, 2018 - 11:12 AM

'I very much look forward to working closely together,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim after meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

COURTESY CALL. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim pays a courtesy call on Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr at the Department of Foreign Affairs on October 31, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ambassador Kim

Korean dies on beach inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:58 PM

SBMA Law Enforcement Department says morning joggers found Park Jin Sung sprawled on the beach

Photo from Zambales Herald

Lone PH bet Ronildo Palmera bags medals in Nomad Games

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:08 PM

The country may not be well-represented in the biennial meet but Palmera made sure to return home with not one, but two medals

WINNER. Ronildo Palmera triumphs in the third edition of the World Nomad Games. Photo from Palmera's Facebook account


Duterte not impressed by Pompeo, Mattis letter on U.S. equipment

Aug 23, 2018 - 10:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte slams a letter from 3 United States Cabinet members urging the Philippines to purchase defense equipment from America

U.S. gives P807-million surveillance system to Philippines

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:20 PM

'We can use this for surveying areas devastated by typhoons, before and after, so that we can assess the damage,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

SABIR SYSTEM. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana join representatives of the Philippine Air Force and Joint US Military Assistance Group with the newly-transferred Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) system. Photo courtesy of US embassy

U.S., France slam Basilan car blast as terror act

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'We join the Philippine government in condemning this terrorist act in the strongest terms,' says United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

COUNTERTERRORISM. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim speaks in a press conference on September 26, 2017, about a counterterrorism drill with the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Online reality show hopes to train the next Filipino K-pop idol

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Viu original reality show 'Hello K-Idol' will feature 10 Filipino trainees who will go through a 10-week challenge

HELLO K-IDOL. The 10 Filipino trainees pose with Korean singers Jung Joon-young and Yook Sung-jae at the launch of Hello K-Idol on Friday, July 13. Rappler screenshot

Jung Joon-young, Yook Sung-jae on what it takes to be a K-pop idol

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The two singers also answer the question: Can Filipinos become K-pop idols?

K-POP. Korean stars Jung Joon-young and Yook Sung-jae talk about being part of the K-pop industry on Friday, July 13. Rappler screenshot

3 U.S. carrier visits to Philippines show America cares – envoy

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The carrier visits show 'we care about developments in the South China Sea,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim as America celebrates its 242nd Independence Day

'AMERICA CARES.' The visits to the Philippines of 3 US carriers, including USS Ronald Reagan (in photo), show that America cares about developments in the South China Sea, says US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. Photo from US Indo-Pacific Command

U.S. and Philippines: Friends, partners, and allies

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:38 AM

The US-Philippine friendship is built on shared sacrifices, shared values, and people-to-people ties

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3 looks to cop from your favorite Korean style icons

Jun 30, 2018 - 8:20 AM

Get into the K-fashion bandwagon for less with these style icon-approved looks

Yook Sung-jae of 'Goblin' and BTOB is coming back to Manila

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:06 PM

He'll be meeting fans on July 13 at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent in Quezon City

HE'S BACK. Yook Sung-Jae returns to Manila for a fan greet. Image courtesy of Viu Philippines

Malacañang on Calida, Land Management Bureau fire, Sung Kim on U.S.-North Korea summit | Evening wRap

May 28, 2018 - 10:06 PM

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U.S. envoy to Philippines leads preparations for Trump, Kim meeting

May 28, 2018 - 2:05 PM

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is a former nuclear negotiator with North Korea and former ambassador to South Korea

VETERAN DIPLOMAT. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is leading preparations for a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. pledges P182 million more for displaced Marawi residents

May 03, 2018 - 8:37 PM

This brings to nearly P1.4 billion the total US government contributions to humanitarian aid in Marawi City, says US Ambassador Sung Kim

MARAWI REHABILITATION. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on May 3, 2018, announces an additional pledge of P182 million for Marawi humanitarian response. Photo courtesy of US embassy

SWS Survey, Casino operator on Boracay, Sung Kim on EDCA | Midday wRap

Apr 18, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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U.S. vows to give PH full control of military facilities

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'All EDCA facilities are under complete control of the Philippines. They are all [inside] Philippine bases,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

GROUNDBREAKING. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim lead the groundbreaking ceremony for EDCA in Basa Air Base on April 17, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.

GROUNDBRREAKING: A multi-purpose warehouse will be built inside Basa Air Base in Pampanga, the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

U.S., Australia, Japan navies sail in PH as China parades might

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Australian long range guided missile frigate HMAS Anzac, and Japanese destroyer JS Akizuki arrive in the Philippines for port visits as China holds a large naval parade in the South China Sea

RECEPTION. Ambassador Sung Kim holds a reception aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt for 300 guests on April 13, 2018

How are PH-U.S. ties under Duterte? 'Terrific,' says envoy

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'This is really a strong partnership. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship for both countries,' says US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim after turning over 6 ScanEagle reconnaissance drones to the Philippine Air Force

Malacañang summons U.S. envoy over intel report

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:29 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim meets with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea over the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Duterte a 'regional threat'

SUMMONED. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is summoned to Malacañang to explain the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Rodrigo Duterte a 'regional threat.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. denies CIA backing destabilization vs Duterte

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:55 PM

'President Duterte won a very impressive election. We respect his election, and are in fact working very well together with this administration,' says US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

DESTABILIZATION PLOTS? US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim denies that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is backing destabilization plots against the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines, U.S. simulate hijacking in counterterrorism drill

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The exercises 'simulated a scenario involving a real commercial airliner filled with over 150 actors who played hostages,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

TEMPEST WIND. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim shake hands after a joint press conference on September 26, 2017, about Tempest Wind, a counterterrorism drill between the Philippines and the US. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: September 16-22, 2017

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BULLSEYE. Children play around a protest banner during an anti-government rally in Luneta on September 21, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duterte and Kim, Avancena, Nuclear weapons ban | Midday wRap

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:09 AM

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Duterte defends drug war in meeting with U.S. ambassador

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:11 AM

To US Ambassador Sung Kim, President Rodrigo Duterte explains he had nothing to do with lawmakers initially slashing the Commission on Human Rights' 2018 budget

ROLANDO MAILO2, 3 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on July 3, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. commits P102M to reduce drug demand in PH

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:31 PM

We look forward to working with the Philippine government US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

PH-US COOPERATION. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Ambassador Sung Kim sign the 5th amendment to the Philippine-US letter of agreement on narcotics control and law enforcement on September 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. envoy says killings of teens Kian, Carl 'a tragedy'

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:08 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim calls for a probe into the deaths of two teenagers – Kian delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz – at the hands of the Caloocan City police

'TRAGIC' DEATHS. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim describes the deaths of Kian Loyd delos Santos, 17, and Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, as 'a tragedy.' Screen grab from Rappler video

Dela Rosa, Supreme Court, Bangsamoro Basic Law | Evening wRap

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:00 PM

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U.S. donates P730 million to help rebuild Marawi

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:41 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim describes the Marawi crisis as the most urgent challenge facing the decades long ties between Manila and Washington

PNP autopsy, impeachment complaint, Trump | Evening wRap

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:25 PM

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Pimentel, Leyte earthquake, Sung Kim | Midday wRap

Aug 23, 2017 - 2:00 PM

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U.S. calls for 'full accountability' in Kian delos Santos killing

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:10 PM

My condolences go out to the family and friends of Kian US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says of slain 17 year old student Kian delos Santos

NO TO KILLINGS. Protesters stage a rally to demand justice for slain 17-year-old student Kian delos Santos as well as other victims of drug-related killings. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

‘Weightlifting Fairy’ couple Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk split

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:31 PM

In the popular K drama the actors played childhood friends who fall in love

WEIGHTLIFTING FAIRY. The on-screen and off-screen couple end their relationship, breaking the hearts of millions of fans. Photo from Instagram.com/heybiblee

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Jul 28, 2017 - 1:41 PM

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PH Air Force gets new surveillance planes from U.S.

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:32 PM

For this kind of surveillance plane it s the most modern that we have says Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

NEW TOYS. The Cessna planes will be based in Zamboanga City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: BTOB member, 'Goblin' actor arrives in Manila

Jul 07, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Yook Sung jae who played Yoo Deok hwa in Goblin is in Manila

YOOK SUNG-JAE. The Korean actor and band member arrives in Manila. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera

Hero's welcome in Pyongyang for North's missile developers

May 19, 2017 - 3:53 PM

People s enthusiastic welcome for defense science warriors says a front page headline in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper

HERO'S WELCOME. This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 19, 2017 shows developers of the ground-to-ground medium-to-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 waving to people on their arrival in Pyongyang on May 18. File photo by KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

U.S. says Balikatan a 'most important exercise'

May 08, 2017 - 1:37 PM

We are honored to participate in this most important exercise with this great ally of nearly 70 years the Philippines says US Marines Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson during the opening ceremony for Balikatan 2017

Kim oversees North Korea display of military strength

Apr 15, 2017 - 9:56 PM

After inspecting an honor guard Kim Jong Un in a black suit watches the parade pour into Kim Il Sung Square accompanied by top military and party leaders

LEADER. Kim Jong-Un oversees a parade during an event that marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of North's founder Kim Il-Sung. File photo by AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 30, 2017

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates in his speech during the People's Day celebration at Barangay Batong Dalig, Socorro town in Oriental Mindoro on March 29, 2017 that he has to have a friendly approach in addressing the territorial dispute with China to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Duterte asks US envoy, 'Why didn't you stop China?'

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:41 PM

In the same speech the usually antagonistic President says We remain friends with America

'STILL FRIENDS.' President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US Ambassador Sung Kim in Davao City. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

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U.S., China envoys compete for attention on eve of Duterte birthday

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Both ambassadors discuss security concerns with the Philippine President Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua also gives Duterte a birthday gift

DIPLOMAT'S GIFT. President Rodrigo Duterte examines the birthday gift of Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jian Hua at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on March 27, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

US envoy honors PH defense chief Lorenzana

Mar 18, 2017 - 7:30 AM

US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim confers the inaugural Major General Albert Jones Memorial Award on Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana

IN PHOTOS: PH officials aboard USS Carl Vinson in South China Sea

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:45 AM

UPDATED The United States Navy gives a tour of the massive aircraft carrier as it conducts routine operations in the disputed waters

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Aktor Taiwan akan berikan warisan ratusan juta rupiah bagi TKI yang merawatnya

Feb 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Seorang caregiver bernama Yule akan diberi harta warisan senilai NT 2 juta atau setara Rp 858 juta

AMBIL FOTO. Tower 101, ikon kota Taiwan tengah diabadikan oleh seorang turis pada 25 Februari 2013. Foto oleh Mandy Cheng/AFP

U.S. envoy on drugs: As ex-prosecutor, I understand Duterte

Jan 28, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Still US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim pushes for an investigation of recent extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

EX-PROSECUTOR, TOO. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim holds a media roundtable with Filipino journalists on January 24, 2017, in Makati City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler