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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

These PH celebs performed during Duterte's meeting with the Filipino community in Japan

May 30, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Rodjun Cruz, Dianne Medina, and Michael Pangilinan are among those who entertain the Filipino community during Duterte's Japan visit

#DuterteLive: With the Filipino community in Japan

May 30, 2019 - 7:21 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2019. The President is set to participate in the 25th Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte promises Japanese businessmen he'll 'kill' their problems

May 29, 2019 - 5:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls for an enhanced Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and greater access to Japanese markets for Philippine bananas and other products

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2019. The President is set to participate in the 25th Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIST: 26 deals signed during Duterte's 2019 Japan trip

May 29, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The deals, a mix of agreements and letters of intent from Japanese companies, are expected to bring in P289 billion worth of investments if they are implemented

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect to a member of the reception party upon his arrival at a hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan trip not post-elections 'reward' for Duterte Cabinet – Malacañang

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says Philippine Ambassador Jose Laurel V was 'misinformed' when he described the trip as President Rodrigo Duterte's 'pabuya' to Cabinet members

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez upon his arrival at a hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte arrives in Japan for forum, meeting with Abe

May 28, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to deliver a speech at Nikkei's prestigious International Conference on the Future of Asia

Trump bids Japanese emperor farewell, tours U.S. navy base

May 28, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Tricky negotiations over Washington's insistence that Japan open markets to more US products or face steep auto tariffs have been all but set aside until after elections here in July

TRUMP IN JAPAN. US President Donald Trump (R) salutes as he arrives aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) to participate in a Memorial Day event in Yokosuka on May 28, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Dovish Trump says not targeting regime change in Iran

May 27, 2019 - 9:59 PM

'I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal. I think that's very smart of them and I think there's a possibility for that to happen also,' US President Donald Trump says

TRUMP IN JAPAN. US President Donald Trump smiles during a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 27, 2019. Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Pool/AFP

DTI expects $5 billion in signed deals from Duterte's Japan trip

May 27, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry also says the deals could generate around 80,000 jobs for Filipinos

BULLISH OUTLOOK. Having secured $1.24 billion in pledges last month and looking to bag another $5 billion in business deals, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that Japan remains bullish on the Philippines' growth.

Trump arrives in Japan for sumo summit with Abe

May 25, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Japanese and US officials hail as 'unprecedented' the relationship between Trump and his 'golf buddy', Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the pair will again find time for a round to cement their diplomatic bromance

SUMO SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump waves next to First Lady Melania Trump upon their arrival at Haneda international airport in Tokyo on May 25, 2019. Photo by Koji Sasahara/Pool/AFP

Duterte headed to Japan end of May

May 16, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will speak at the Nikkei-organized Future of Asia forum in Tokyo. Business-to-business deals are expected to be signed on the sidelines of the trip.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 122nd Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on March 21, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

19 deals with Chinese businesses signed during Duterte's China trip

Apr 26, 2019 - 8:47 PM

If all the agreements are implemented by the Filipino and Chinese companies, they could bring in $12.2 billion worth of investments, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is greeted by one of the leaders in attendance during the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte, Xi agree to resolve Pag-asa Island row through talks

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:40 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasizes 'good neighborliness,' while Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says allies should strengthen, 'not destroy,' each other

PH–CHINA REAFFIRM FRIENDSHIP. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping reaffirm their friendship and commitment to a stronger development partnership as they hold a bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 25, 2019 ahead of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Malacañang photo

Duterte tells Xi: Belt and Road Forum chance to affirm valued ties

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping witness the signing of agreements on investment cooperation and funding for drug rehabilitation centers

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 Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 25, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte flies to China amid West PH Sea controversies

Apr 24, 2019 - 4:02 PM

This is President Rodrigo Duterte's fourth visit to China since he assumed office in 2016

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

Trump to host Brazil's far-right president Bolsonaro

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed 'South America's Trump', has vowed to forge close ties with Washington

'TROPICAL TRUMP.' Jair Bolsonaro has been in line with Donald Trump in key international stands. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

LOOK: PH lawmakers' 'very cordial' meeting with Malaysian PM Mahathir

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:10 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says Filipino legislators sought Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's advice on economic affairs

COURTESY CALL. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III pose for a picture with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. All photos courtesy of Arroyo's office

Mahathir sees Bangsamoro region boosting PH-Malaysia economic ties

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tells Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he expects the new Bangsamoro region to spur growth and development

Malaysian PM Mahathir warns Philippines vs foreigner influx

Mar 07, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Mahathir Mohamad, who has suspended several of his nation’s major projects with China, says 'foreign direct investment should not involve bringing huge numbers of foreigners to live in the country'

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on October 25, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir arrives in Manila for official visit

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:47 PM

The world's oldest statesman begins his two-day visit to the Philippines, which includes a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte

This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with AFP at his office in Putrajaya. Malaysian ruling party icon Mahathir Mohamad has accused current leader Najib Razak of "destroying" the country by clinging to power despite a corruption scandal, and vowed to campaign vigorously for the opposition in coming elections. In an interview with AFP, the 91-year-old former prime minister excoriated Najib over the sensational graft allegations swirling around the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund.  / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY MALAYSIA-POLITICS-CORRUPTION-NAJIB-1MDB-MAHATHIR,INTERVIEW BY M. JEGATHESAN

Pompeo warns PH of 'security risks' posed by Huawei

Mar 01, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The US Secretary of State says US equipment won't be allowed to operate anywhere where Huawei technology is present

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference with Philippines' Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr at the foreign affairs office in Manila on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Pompeo raises importance of free press, rights of 'all Filipinos' with Locsin

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'We never forget the importance of human rights, rule of law, transparency, justice wherever it is that we go,' says the visiting US official but refrains from publicly citing specific attacks on free speech and human rights in his host country

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to Philippines' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin (L) speak at a news conference at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs Home Office in Manila on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)

Locsin: No need to review PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:09 PM

'In vagueness lies the best deterrence,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the 68-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty

ANOTHER LOOK? Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) weighs in on efforts to review the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP/Pool

South China Sea covered by PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty – Pompeo

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'Any armed attack on any Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assures Manila

Duterte meets U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo

Feb 28, 2019 - 9:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discuss counterterrorism and North Korea during their meeting

OFFICIAL HANDSHAKE. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Villamor Air Base in the evening of February 28, 2019. Malacañang Press Corps pool photo

Malaysia's Mahathir to visit Philippines, meet Duterte

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:39 PM

This will be the 93-year-old Mahathir Mohamad's first visit to the Philippines since he returned as Malaysia's prime minister in 2018

MALAYSIA'S LEADER. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's Office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

Like China counterpart, Japan's top diplomat to visit Davao

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City months after a similar trip by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

TOP DIPLOMAT. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is set to visit Davao City from February 9 to 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

Pope Francis announces Japan visit in November

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The pope has made two trips to Asia since his election 5 years ago, visiting the Philippines and Sri Lanka in 2014, followed by Myanmar and Bangladesh in 2017

JAPAN VISIT. Pope Francis announces his plan to visit Japan in November 2019. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Sri Lanka President Sirisena praises Duterte drug war as 'example to world'

Jan 17, 2019 - 2:28 PM

'I feel that we should follow your footsteps to control this hazard,' Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena tells President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena offer a toast to each other during the State Banquet at the Malacañan Palace on January 16, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, Sri Lanka President Sirisena boost defense, agri ties during visit

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:45 AM

The Philippines and Sri Lanka sign deals to increase exchanges of military delegations, cooperate in agriculture and fisheries, and boost cooperation in higher education

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes the hand of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena as he is welcomed during the latter's arrival at the Malacañan Palace on January 16, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Factory tour for North Korea's Kim on secretive Beijing visit

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The unannounced trip has been largely shrouded in secrecy. Beyond confirming Kim Jong-un's presence in Beijing, there has been no detail provided from either the North Korean or Chinese side on his schedule.

BEIJING VISIT. This picture taken on April 9, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 10 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

Newsbreak Chats: Xi Jinping's state visit, Rappler's Fact Check Project

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The team discusses on Thursday, November 29, Xi Jinping's state visit and Rappler's efforts to combat disinformation

DOCUMENTS: PH-China deals signed during Xi Jinping visit

Nov 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Malacañang releases 7 of the 29 agreements signed between the Philippines and China during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit. See the released documents here.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: At tayo’y ibinugaw sa bisita ni Tatay

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:58 AM

Saglit na panahon pa, mamamahinga na rin si Tatay. At tayong malakas pa ang magpapasan ng bunga ng pagbubugaw niya sa sambahayan.

From Abe to Xi: Comparing leaders' PH visits under Duterte

Nov 24, 2018 - 8:42 PM

Starting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe's official visit, President Duterte has hosted 4 other leaders, including Xi Jinping. How do these visits compare to one another?

The week in photos: November 17-23, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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

RAINY DEPARTURE. China's President Xi Jinping carries an umbrella while walking up a set of stairs to his plane as he departs from Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 21, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Carpio, Del Rosario say PH 'safe' with China oil deal

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Ambassador Albert del Rosario agree that 'nothing is being given away' in the oil deal between the Philippines and China

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at a West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forum in Makati on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Xi’s Manila visit ‘more optics than substance’

Nov 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

It's only a reprieve. Critics warn against the implementation of the planned oil and gas deal that commits Manila to a cooperation scheme with Beijing in the West Philippine Sea.

LEISURELY DISCUSSION. Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) gestures as Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) looks on during a state banquet at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mark Cristino/PoolAFP

LIVE: Forum on maritime disputes in the South China Sea

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The forum – Maritime Disputes in the South China Sea: Navigating the Diplomatic Waters – brings together high-level officials, diplomats, and experts on the issue

‘No meaning’ in Palace displaying only Chinese flag during Xi visit, says Lorenzana

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:46 PM

‘They are in our land. This is our country. Perhaps that was just a show of respect to the guest,’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MISSING. The Philippine Presidential Flag is missing during the review of honor guards by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte. Screenshot from RTVM

'Forces' in gov't pushed for PH-China oil deal – Locsin

Nov 22, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the oil and gas deal with China 'wasn't being pushed' by President Rodrigo Duterte himself

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr holds a press briefing on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Malacañang photo