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Pope Francis kicks off Asia tour with Buddhist temple visit

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The 82-year-old Pope is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend 4 days before setting off to Japan

Pope Francis (C) waves as he leaves St. Louis Hospital in Bangkok on November 21, 2019. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

'Heart' of Catholicism in Thailand fired up for Pope Francis

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:31 AM

A Catholic holdout in a sea of Buddhist temples, St. Joseph's Church in Ayutthaya survived hardship, occasional hostility and war

In this photo taken on November 17, 2019, peope walk past St. Joseph church in Ayutthaya. Setting foot in a powerful Buddhist kingdom more than three centuries ago, fearless European missionaries built a church on the banks of a river - the birthplace of a Catholic community in Thailand which eagerly awaits the arrival of Pope Francis on November 20. PANUPONG CHANGCHAI / AFP

‘Humiliating’ treatment of Duterte at Japan enthronement rites? Not quite

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:33 PM

How credible are the claims of a viral post alleging that President Rodrigo Duterte was given humiliating treatment at the Japanese Emperor's enthronement?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, arrive at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan to witness the Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito on October 22, 2019. Malacañang Photo

'Unbearable' back pain forces Duterte to cut short Japan trip

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:04 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to see his neurologist after 'unbearable pain in his spinal column' prompts him to use a cane at the Japanese Emperor's enthronement ceremony and fly home right after

DUTERTE'S PAIN. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) arrives to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on October 22, 2019. (Photo by Carl Court/AFP

Duterte flies to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine leader, bringing a supposedly ‘leaner’ delegation, will also attend the Emperor’s Banquet and Prime Minister's Banquet

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Golden Topper Corporate Launch at the Aseana Business Park in Parañaque City on September 25, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind unveils Mahatma Gandhi bust in Miriam College

Oct 20, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The Gandhi bust is a gift by the Indian government, marking the 150th birth anniversary of the revered political icon

PH, India sign maritime security deal during Kovind visit

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:08 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte hosts Indian leader Ram Nath Kovind, the Philippine Coast Guard and Indian Navy sign a memorandum of understanding on sharing information about the movement of non-military commercial vessels

President Ram Nath Kovind of India is accompanied by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno during wreath laying ceremony in Rizal monument, Manila on October 18, 2019. Phoo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Indian President Kovind arrives in Manila

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:59 PM

President Ram Nath Kovind will meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang, address Filipino and Indian businessmen, and unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi during his visit

STATE GUEST. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on October 17, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Indian president to visit Philippines October 17-21

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The state visit comes as the Philippines and India commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries

STATE VISIT. In this file photo, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind delivers a speech at the Muensterplatz in Bern during his state visit to Switzerland, on September 13, 2019 at the Muensterplatz in Bern, Switzerland. Photo by Peter Schneider/Pool/AFP

Robin Padilla defends Cesar Montano, Phillip Salvador's inclusion in Duterte's Russian trip

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:27 PM

'Mukha ba kaming walang pera? May pera po kami at yung perang 'yan ay gift sa amin 'yan ng mga taong sumusuporta sa amin'

Duterte receives honorary degree in foreign diplomacy from Russian university

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gets his first honorary degree from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University, Russia's premier school for international relations which is run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONORARY DEGREE. President Rodrigo Duterte gets an honorary degree in foreign diplomacy from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University on October 5, 2019. Photo from PTV Facebook page

Duterte rants about 'U.S. and the West' at Russian forum

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The President hits traditional western powers for supposedly encumbering his war on drugs that has killed thousands of Filipinos

FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the plenary session of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi, Russia on October 3, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte at Valdai forum: Long tirade vs drugs, joke about 'killing girls'

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Hosts repeatedly ask the verbose Philippine leader to wrap up his long answers, in which he rants about the US, justifies his drug war, and even jokes about 'killing girls'

DUTERTE'S VIEWPOINT. President Duterte answers questions at the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club forum in Sochi, Russia, on October 3, 2019. Among the others in the panel are (L-R) Jordanian King Abdullah II, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Malacañang Photo

Duterte trumpets 'remarkable progress' of PH-Russia ties in Putin meeting

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) 'President Duterte told President Putin the remarkable progress of Philippines-Russia relations after he sought the rebalancing of traditional partnerships and the deepening of relations with non-traditional partners,' says Malacañang

PH-RUSSIA TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his delegation hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his officials in Sochi, Russia, on October 3, 2019. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo

‘Drunk chap’: Duterte twitted for ‘unkempt’ look in meeting with Russian PM

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Philippine President's loose tie and crumpled-looking collar during a bilateral meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raises some eyebrows on Twitter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev pose for posterity prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte meets with CEO of Russian oil firm Rosneft

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Rosneft is the same oil company helping Vietnam drill oil in waters being claimed by China. Beijing has issued warnings against Rosneft's operations.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with the officials of Rosneft Oil Co. led by its CEO Igor Sechin who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow, Russia on October 2, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH eyes labor agreement with Russia as Duterte makes second visit

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta says the labor agreement is envisioned to grant Filipinos working in Russia 'legal status'

DUTERTE IN RUSSIA. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Presidential Photo

Duterte arrives in Russia for second visit

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:09 AM

The Philippine leader and several Cabinet members will visit Sochi and Moscow from October 2 to 5

DUTERTE IN RUSSIA. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by from Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev upon his arrival at the Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Presidential Photo

Duterte's Russia activities: Speeches at think tank forum, institute for Russian diplomats

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The Philippine leader will attend the Valdai Forum in Sochi and speak to students of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations

Duterte returns to Russia in October

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:43 PM

The Philippine President accepts the invitation of his 'idol' Russian President Vladimir Putin, for another visit to Russia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2017 prior to his return to the Philippines. President Duterte opted to skip his scheduled engagements and cut his official visit to the Russian Federation short as he decided to fly back to the Philippines after declaring a state of Martial Law in Mindanao due to the terror crisis in Marawi City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines, Singapore sign 8 deals as Duterte meets Halimah

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Signed during Singaporean President Halimah Yacob's state visit to the Philippines, the memoranda of understanding involve agriculture, infrastructure, and education cooperation

Duterte knew raising Hague ruling with Xi was futile

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte admits having no plan to assert Philippine rights using the Hague ruling, apart from mentioning it in a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Hailee Steinfeld to meet Filipino fans on September 6

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The singer and actress returns to the Philippines

HAILEE STEINFELD. The actress and singer is heading to Manila. Screenshot from

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Duterte, Xi beyond the hype

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:54 AM

As he enters the last phase of his term, can Duterte afford to appear and sound like a wimp alongside his fellow Southeast Asian leaders? And for what? For China’s empty promises and intrusions into our territories?

Duterte's pitch to Chinese businessmen: I'll make corrupt officials eat money

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Some 300 Chinese and Filipino businessmen attend a business forum organized for President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to China

SALES PITCH. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the Philippines-China Business Forum at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing on August 30, 2019. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

Duterte tells Xi of 'deep concern' over Chinese warships intrusion

Aug 30, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The Philippine President wants Chinese warships to abide by laws on innocent passage, saying not doing so runs counter to their efforts at managing the sea row

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

China to import more Philippine agricultural goods, Xi tells Duterte

Aug 30, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Philippine trade chief Ramon Lopez says China also intends to import industrial goods

Workers files stock of round shape fruits at the Balintawak Market on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, six days before the Buena Noche to welcome the New Year. The Filipinos welcome the New Year's Eve by serving 12 kinds of round fruits on the table during Buena Noche, believed to welcome prosperity and abundance for the household. The 12 kinds of round fruits on the table represents each month in a year. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Duterte meets Jackie Chan in China

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:42 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte and his ever-present former aide Senator Bong Go pose with Jackie Chan for photos while on an official trip in China

Xi refuses to recognize Hague ruling after Duterte brings it up

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:40 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells Xi Jinping that the arbitral ruling is 'final' and 'binding' but the Chinese leader says his country is 'not budging' from its position

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Locsin breaks through 'Great Firewall' of China

Aug 29, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr initially bids farewell to Twitter before leaving for China, where the social media platform is blocked. But the silence doesn't last long.

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr answers questions from media after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

In Xi meeting, Duterte sees 'stronger momentum' in PH-China ties

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Despite 'challenges,' the Philippines and China remain true to their 'friendship,' says President Rodrigo Duterte during the portion of his meeting with Xi Jinping open to the media

'DESPITE CHALLENGES.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping before the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

LIST: 6 agreements signed during Duterte-Xi August 29 meeting

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:20 PM

One of the deals is a loan agreement covering a project management consultancy contract given to a Chinese firm for the PNR South Long Haul railway project

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a warm welcome upon his arrival at a hotel in Beijing, People's Republic of China on August 28, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ex-adviser Michael Yang hosts private lunch for Duterte in China

Aug 29, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Only select Philippine officials are invited to lunch at a roast duck restaurant, an activity which does not appear on President Duterte's official China schedule

CONSULTANT.' President Rodrigo Duterte and adviser Michael Yang sit beside each other. Photo from Philippine Full Win Group of Companies website

Duterte arrives in China to tackle sea row, economic pledges with Xi

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:32 PM

The Philippine President lands in China for his awaited fifth visit where he will raise West Philippine Sea issues and call for the fast-tracking of big-ticket Chinese projects

CHINA-BOUND. President Rodrigo Duterte boards a plane bound for the People's Republic of China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on August 28, 2019. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential photo

When Duterte meets with Xi: What West PH Sea deals were reached in past talks?

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Here's a compilation of key agreements on the West Philippine Sea reached during bilateral meetings between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Duterte has to do more than ‘raise’ Hague ruling with Xi – Carpio

Aug 26, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The Philippine President has to gather support from the international community and take action in the West Philippine Sea, or China may just ignore him, maritime law experts say

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) raise a toast during a state banquet at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/PoolAFP

Duterte postpones Fujian leg of China trip

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte is supposed to inaugurate a building at the Fujian Normal University built in honor of his mother, Soledad Roa Duterte

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte will go on his 5th trip to China as Philippine chief on August 28, 2019. Malacanang Photo

Lorenzana wants Duterte to bring up warship incursions during China visit

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Where did they come from? Where are they going? Obviously they are going back to China pero ang mas malaking question, saan sila galing at bakit sila dumadaan sa Sibutu Strait?' asks the defense chief

LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants President Rodrigo Duterte to bring up with China's President Xi Jinping the illegitimate passage of Chinese warships in Philippine waters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. aircraft carrier visits Manila amid heightened rhetoric vs China

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:18 AM

The US Navy's presence in the West Philippine Sea affirms a treaty alliance that provides a layer of deterrence against an increasingly aggressive China

MILITARY MIGHT. The USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft carrier is seen anchored Manila bay on 7 August 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte to 'invoke' Hague ruling in next China visit

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to discuss the proposed joint exploration for oil and gas with Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Iraq officially invites Pope to visit

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:33 PM

'I am honored to officially extend an invitation to Your Holiness to visit Iraq – the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of Abraham, the father of the faithful and messenger of the divine religions,' says President Barham Saleh

IRAQ INVITES POPE. In this file photo, Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane upon his departure for a three-day trip to Romania, on May 31, 2019 at Rome's Fiumicino airport . File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

China's Xi to visit North Korea this week ahead of G20

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:33 PM

The timing is likely to raise eyebrows at the White House as it comes one week before the G20 summit in Japan, where US President Donald Trump expects to meet with Xi Jinping to discuss their trade war

KIM AND XI. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018, shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing on March 27, 2018. AFP FILE PHOTO / CCTV

Prince Charles' climate change passion wows Trump

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:44 PM

'He wants to have a world that is good for future generations and I want that too,' Donald Trump says

CLIMATE CHANGE PASSION. US President Donald Trump (R) raises a glass to toast with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during a dinner at Winfield House on June 4, 2019. Photo by Chris Jackson/AFP

Trump vows 'phenomenal' trade deal with outgoing British PM

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:02 PM

(UPDATED) With the US increasingly isolated from its traditional allies, Donald Trump talks up the 'special relationship' with Britain during a joint press conference with Theresa May

TRUMP ON BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump make their way to the Foreign and Commonwealth office for a press conference in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump turns from pomp to politics with Britain's May

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Trump's 3-day visit is technically centered around Wednesday's D-Day 75th-anniversary commemorations on the south shore of England, but it comes at an especially chaotic time for the UK

TRUMP IN THE UK. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) raises a glasses with US President Donald Trump during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/AFP

Duterte slams climate change conferences for accomplishing 'nothing'

May 31, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The Philippine leader says United Nations climate conferences are a 'waste of time and money'

Honeylet Avanceña offers touching tribute to OFWs

May 31, 2019 - 12:18 PM

In a rare speech, the woman President Duterte calls his 'First Lady' speaks of her own experience as a migrant worker in the United States

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds while witnessing the program proper during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 30, 2019. Also in the photo is the President's long-time partner Cielito Avanceña. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: I've kept all my promises

May 31, 2019 - 11:10 AM

As his term nears the halfway mark, President Rodrigo Duterte reminds Filipinos that their choice of the next president will determine if the gains of his administration will continue

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 30, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte implies being gay is a disease

May 31, 2019 - 10:04 AM

'Nagamot ko ang sarili ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after saying he used to be gay

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte responds to the discussions during the meeting with the Japanese tourism partners at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 29, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO