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No new progress reported in U.S.-Canada trade talks

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tells reporters negotiations had been 'continuous' and 'constructive' but in contrast to previous encounters over the past month she refrained from saying the sides had made progress

CHRYSTIA FREELAND. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) speaks prior to her meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

'More work' to get a continental trade deal – Trudeau

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Negotiators have been in talks nearly non-stop for a month as they try to overcome hurdles and agree on a NAFTA rewrite

NAFTA. In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 9, 2018. File photo by Lars Harberg/AFP

Senate to detain importer for lying in P6.8-B smuggled shabu hearing

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Senator Richard Gordon cited in contempt Marina Signapan, owner of SMYD Trading, refusing to believe her claim that she was merely paid to be the consignee of the illegal drugs shipment

DETAINED. Marina dela Cruz Signapan, owner of SMYD Trading, was cited with contempt by Sen. Gordon at the senate inquiry on P6.4 billion shabu shipment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump accuses China of election meddling

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The allegation adds an explosive new element to a tense situation after Trump pulled the trigger on 10% tariffs against another $200 billion in Chinese goods from next week, with a threat of more tariffs on another $267 billion

TRADE WARS. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds up a pair of pliers as he speaks during a Made in America event with US manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Canada working on World Trade Organization reform – sources

Sep 15, 2018 - 12:57 PM

A small group of like-minded trade ministers will gather in Ottawa October 24-25 'to discuss WTO reform,' a Canadian government source says, requesting anonymity given the sensitivity of the discussions

THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S.-Canada trade deal 'imminently possible,' Freeland says

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:54 AM

US President Donald Trump has raised pressure on Ottawa, threatening to impose duties on Canadian auto imports, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says would be 'devastating' for the Canadian auto sector

US-CANADA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) is greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. File photo by Ludovic MARIN/AFP

Trade deficit balloons by 171% in July 2018

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Imports accelerate by 32%, while exports languish at 0.3%

Duterte wants ancient barter trade to tame inflation

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Barter trade is one of the most ancient economic activities, where goods are exchanged without the use of cash

RICE WOES. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to revive barter trade with Sabah to bring rice prices down. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


Trump in Pennsylvania on 9/11 to honor Flight 93 heroes

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The White House says Trump will put the emphasis on 'remembering that horrific day... and certainly honoring the individuals who were not only lost that day, but also put their lives on the line to help in that process'

9/11. The Tower of Voices stands above visitors, dignitaries and family members of the victims of Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 9, 2018 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP

Workers still search for 9/11 remains, 17 years on

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:24 PM

In a New York lab, a team is still avidly working to identify the remains of than 1,000 victims of the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center

MISSING. In this file photo taken on May 26, 2014, Sally Regenhard, who lost her son on 9/11, speaks at a news conference with other family members on the steps of City Hall to criticize the placement of unidentified human remains beneath the newly opened National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/AFP

Apple faces Trump’s ire after company says tariffs would hurt products

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The tariffs are top of mind for Apple chief executive Tim Cook, who has personally lobbied Trump for months on issues of taxes and trade

APPLE. In this file photo taken on September 9, 2015 a reporter walks by an Apple logo during a media event in San Francisco, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Customs alerted on Korean scrap truck smugglers at Davao port

Sep 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry and a Davao-based truck dealer say the trucks were smuggled from Korea without the proper registration

SMUGGLING. Used trucks were allegedly smuggled into the Port of Davao from Korea. Photo of the Port of Davao from Wikipedia

Trump turns up the heat in trade conflict with China

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:23 AM

President Donald Trump threatened to slap another more tariffs on all imported Chinese goods, says another $200 billion 'could take place very soon'

Negros Trade Fair: ‘Bayanihan, the Ilonggo way’

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The longest running trade fair owes its success to Negrense unity

COMMUNITY. Negrenses come together again for the 33rd Negros Trade Fair. From left to right: Joey Gaston (Hacienda Crafts), Banj Claparols (Creative Definitions), Mariel San Agustin (Domesticity), Nena Vargas Tantoco, Ina Gaston (Hacienda Crafts), Merry Ann Colmenares (Artisana Island Crafts), Cata Ereñeta-Manaloto (Ereñeta-Manaloto Chorizo) and Michael Claparols (Creative Definitions). All photos courtesy of Negros Trade Fair

U.S., Canada to try to salvage 3-country NAFTA

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Legislators and trade law experts have warned that Donald Trump does not have the authority to supplant the 3-nation NAFTA with a bilateral pact with Canada

NAFTA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon arrival outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

PH among 'top performers' in Asia on sustainable trade

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:06 PM

The Philippines 'outperforms' Malaysia and Thailand due to a major improvement in its social pillar, boasting the 'most educated population' among all low income countries

TOP PERFORMER. According to the Sustainable Trade Index 2018 report, the Philippines is a top performer across Asian countries in sustainable trade. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trump threatens to exclude Canada from new NAFTA deal

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:27 AM

Trump's tweet seems designed to greatly ramp up the pressure on Canadian negotiators

TIT FOR TAT. In this file photo taken on June 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. presses ahead with Mexico trade pact, talks with Canada resume next week

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says that a 'win-win-win agreement is within reach' among the 3 countries

US President Donald Trump speaks during a phone conversation with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018.  President Donald Trump said Monday the US had reached a "really good deal" with Mexico and talks with Canada would begin shortly on a new regional free trade pact."It's a big day for trade. It's a really good deal for both countries," Trump said."Canada, we will start negotiations shortly. I'll be calling their prime minister very soon," Trump said.US and Mexican negotiators have been working for weeks to iron out differences in order to revise the nearly 25-year old North American Free Trade Agreement, while Canada was waiting to rejoin the negotiations.  / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Roadblocks remain as U.S.-Canada NAFTA talks go down to the wire

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:50 PM

With the US deadline to get an agreement by Friday, there are reports the sides were struggling to find compromise on the NAFTA mechanism for resolving trade disputes and on Canada's managed dairy market

NAFTA DEAL. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) speaks prior to her meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

'Shape up or we'll quit', Trump tells WTO

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:49 PM

'If they don't shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,' Trump says, describing the agreement to set the organization up as 'the single worst trade deal ever made'

THREATENING TO QUIT. US President Donald Trump doesn't want to invite Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Golden State Warriors for an official White House visit. AFP Photo

U.S., Canada agreement on NAFTA 2.0 appears to be in reach

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is a possibility of getting to a good deal for Canada by Friday,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

NAFTA TALKS. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2017 US President Donald Trump (R) welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Mexico president-elect wants Canada in new NAFTA

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The ball is now in Canada's court after the United States and Mexico reached an agreement on Monday, August 27

NAFTA. In this file photo, Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

U.S., Mexico finalize trade pact; Canada to rejoin talks August 28

Aug 28, 2018 - 7:44 AM

The uncertainty around the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement now revolves around whether it can remain a 3-nation deal, as President Donald Trump suggests he could cut Ottawa out

NAFTA. US President Donald Trump speaks during a phone conversation with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mexican president sees 3-way NAFTA deal 'this week'

Aug 28, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The United States and Mexico had been holding two-way talks to iron out lingering issues, before bringing Canada back to the table

NAFTA DEAL. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers a special message to the media pledging to strengthen mechanisms to guarantee the safety of journalists, at the Los Pinos Residence in Mexico City, on May 17, 2017.  Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Trump hints U.S., Mexico on verge of trade agreement amid NAFTA renegotiation

Aug 26, 2018 - 12:46 PM

'Our relationship with Mexico is getting closer by the hour,' tweets United States President Donald Trump

TRADE TALKS. US President Donald Trump says the trade agreement between his country and the Mexico may be happening soon. File photo by AFP

Trump: Trade deal with Mexico 'could be happening soon'

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:26 PM

His tweet follows a similarly optimistic message from Mexico's economy minister who said that Canada was set to rejoin talks as soon as they were called

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during the swearing-in of the White House senior staff at the White House on January 22, 2017, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

DENR seizes P300,000 worth of threatened plant species in Quezon

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The environment department confiscates 34 sacks of the threatened Philippine bantigue

Mexico, U.S. close to a deal on NAFTA overhaul

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said he hoped to conclude 'in the next few hours or days' bilateral talks with US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer

NAFFTA TALKS. Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo answers journalists questions as he leaves the Office of the US Trade Representative after a day of meetings on the NAFTA treaty on August 22, 2018 in Washington DC. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

U.S., China swap tariffs on billions in goods as sides hold talks

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM

The latest action completes the first round of $50 billion in Chinese products that President Donald Trump targeted with Beijing striking back at American products dollar-for-dollar at each step

TRADE WARS. In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Lawyers lose contact with Peter Lim

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The lawyers of Peter Lim say their client has not communicated with them since drug charges were filed against him

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makati court bars Peter Lim from leaving PH

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Lim and his lawyer are a no-show in the Makati RTC hearing

NO SHOW. File photo of alleged drug lord Peter Lim when he went to the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

China, U.S. to resume trade talks in late August

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The two countries are expected to launch a new round of tit-for-tat tariffs on $16 billion worth of goods from each country on August 23

China blasts U.S. solar tariffs, takes WTO action

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:33 PM

China's commerce ministry accuses Washington of erecting trade barriers while subsidizing its domestic industry

WTO. The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters are seen in Geneva on April 12, 2018. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Makati court orders arrest of Peter Lim

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Lim's co-accused Kerwin Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan are also covered by the order

APPEARANCE BEFORE NBI. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ wants hold departure order vs Peter Lim

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The businessman, who is accused of involvement in the drug trade, never attended a hearing during the Department of Justice's reinvestigation

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Trump endorses call for boycott of Harley-Davidson motorcycles

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The US President is mad that the Wisconsin-based manufacturer – once a presidential favorite – announced it is moving some production out of the US

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: A Harley-Davidson logo adorns a bike outside of the Harley-Davidson of New York City showroom store, June 25, 2018 in the Queens borough of New York City. The American motorcycle company announced on Monday that it will shift production of some of its bikes overseas in order to avoid retaliatory tariffs by the European Union in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from the EU. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP  Drew Angerer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

U.S. congressman charged with insider trading ends re-election bid

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:53 PM

New York Representative Chris Collins has initially said he would seek to clear his name and continue his bid to keep his seat in the November midterm elections

CHRS COLLINS. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2016 Chris Collins (R-NY) delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

After shabu shipment bust, Lapeña asks PDEA, PNP to share intel

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says PDEA only informed the Bureau of Customs about the P6.8-billion shabu shipment almost a month after it slipped past authorities at the Manila International Container Port

'TIMELY INTEL SHARING.' Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena speaks at a press conference on August 11, 2018, about the ongoing investigation of the intercepted shabu shipment at the MICP. Photo from BOC Public Information & Assistance Division

Canada asks for help in Saudi dispute

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is reportedly in backchannel talks with her counterparts in countries that were also targets of Saudi backlashes for calling out the kingdom for human rights abuses

BACKCHANNEL TALKS. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is said to be in backchannel talks to solve Canada's diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia. Photo from the Twitter account of Chrystia Freeland

China set to respond to new round of U.S. tariffs

Aug 09, 2018 - 12:16 AM

China's levies will come into force at 12:01 on August 23, according to a statement on the finance ministry's web site

US congressman Chris Collins indicted for insider trading

Aug 08, 2018 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) Lawyers for the congressman insist he has done nothing wrong and will be 'completely vindicated'

CHRS COLLINS. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2016 Chris Collins (R-NY) delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Weak peso fails to lift Philippine exports in June 2018

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority says the country posted a wider year-on-year trade deficit in June after imports rose to their fastest pace

TRADE GAP. The Philippines posts a wider year-on-year trade deficit in June. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Customs bureau files cases vs more 'ukay-ukay' importers

Aug 05, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'This is to show our unrelenting drive to run after the smugglers who are trying to cheat the government,' says Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña

FIGHTING SMUGGLING. Customs officials file smuggling cases against 5 trading companies on August 3, 2018. Photo by Bureau of Customs

Asian countries denounce 'real threat' of global trade war

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Some ministers have called for the early conclusion of talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a 16-nation pact poised to become the world's largest free-trade agreement

SUMMIT. Participating foreign ministers pose for a group photograph at the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers'€™ Meeting, during the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in Singapore on August 4, 2018. Leaders, ministers and representatives are meeting in the city-state from August 1 to 4 for the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM). Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

China says tariff threat against U.S. 'justified'

Aug 04, 2018 - 4:23 PM

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the threat of retaliatory tariffs against the United States was a measure taken to 'uphold the interests of the Chinese people'

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C) listens to questions from journalists as he leaves a press conference during the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore on August 2, 2018. Leaders, ministers and representatives are meeting in the city-state from August 1 to 4 for the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM). / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

China threatens new tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:03 PM

(UPDATED) The commerce ministry issues a statement saying the new duties would be applied if Washington pulls the trigger on President Donald Trump's threat to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods

TRADE WAR FEARS. Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the opening bell, August 2, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

CA affirms decision clearing Roberto Ongpin of insider trading

Aug 02, 2018 - 10:27 PM

The five-page resolution of the Court of Appeals denies a motion for reconsideration filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Enforcement and Investor Protection Department

ROBERTO ONGPIN. The Court of Appeals affirms an earlier decision clearing Roberto Ongpin of insider trading. Rappler File photo

New Zealand PM returns to work from maternity leave

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:37 PM

(UPDATED) New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will 'hit the ground running' as she returns to office after 6 months of maternity leave

NEW MOM. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017 then New Zealand's Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern receives applause as she is welcomed to her first caucus meeting as Prime Minister-elect at Parliament in Wellington. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Trump, EU's Juncker agree to ease trade tensions

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:58 AM

(UPDATED) The leaders agree to 'launch a new phase' in the relationship and 'to work together towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods'

TRADE. US President Donald Trump meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China's Xi says 'no winner' in any trade war

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:02 PM

'Unilateralism and protectionism are mounting, dealing a severe blow to multilateralism and the multilateral trading regime,' Chinese President Xi Jinping says, without mentioning the United States by name

XI JINPING. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on June 21, 2018. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP