Senator Imee Marcos, chairperson of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chided the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for sending “too many” diplomatic protests against China for incursions and harassments against Philippine Coast Guard and Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
A United States congressman banned by former President Duterte for showing support to detained former Senator Leila de Lima is leading the delegation here in Manila, the US Embassy in Manila has confirmed.
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Manila Friday night amidst a growing tension between the US and China in Taiwan Strait following the controversial visit of US Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will soon hammer out the most contentious provisions of the mechanics for the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, a senior Philippine diplomat said.
TWO Filipino teenagers—a Marawi siege survivor and a two-time medalist—capped their recent campaign in the 63rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) with a podium finish.
Another Filipino seafarer is declared missing while on board his ship in the high seas, reports reaching the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.
GERMANY is opening its doors to more Filipino nurses and other health care professionals like physiotherapists, radiographers, occupational therapists.
For the nth time, Beijing merely shrugged off Philippine protest of China’s imposition of a unilateral fishing moratorium in the South China Sea (SCS).
A Filipina data scientist based in Singapore claimed she got a “pre-shaded” ballot when she voted Monday at the Philippine Embassy in the city-state.
THE Department of Foreign Affairs has identified three recruitment agencies involved in spreading “misinformation” among applicants for authentication of public documents, which is believed to have caused the influx of 800 people, mostly overseas Filipino workers, camping outside the DFA Aseana Business Park building in Parañaque City Tuesday night.
TWELVE days after Russia invaded Ukraine, the Department of Foreign Affairs has ordered the mandatory evacuation of all remaining Filipinos in the Central European state.
Aside from the 21 rescued seafarers in Chornomorsk in southwestern Ukraine, there are around 200 Filipino seafarers who are stranded in various ports in Ukraine near the Black Sea, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
By Malou Talosig-Bartolome
PARTIDO Demokratiko-Sosyalista ng Pilipinas standard-bearer Norberto Gonzales said the Philippines should draw lessons from the Russian invasion of Ukraine on managing tension in the West Philippine Sea.
Gonzales observed that Russian forces slowed down their advancement into Ukraine last week after seeing Ukrainian civilians also fighting alongside their military forces.
A day after Russian troops invaded the capital Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ordered the general mobilization of its population. All conscripts and reservists were also instructed to wait for activation in the next 90 days to defend Ukraine.
The presidential aspirant said changing the mindset of Filipinos to be nationalist and willing to be trained to fight for the country can also be a good deterrent against foreign aggressors.
“Bago tayo humanap ng tulong sa kapitbahay o sa ibang bansa, palakasin muna ang character at quality ng ating sambayanan. I was advocating for a National Mobilization (program),” Gonzales said at the CNN Philippines Presidential Debate Sunday night at the University of Santo Tomas.
Gonzales said weapons alone will not win a war, but the “quality of its people,” citing the Vietnam War when the US lost the war from ill-equipped yet gallant Vietnamese people.
“Hindi tayo maghahamon ng gyera. Dapat ipakita natin, mga Pilipino nagsanay. Handang tumindig sa ating pinaglalaban. Kung China mahal nila ang kanilang bayan, tayo rin mahal natin ang ating bayan. Kung gusto nila mag-giyera, handa nating harapin yan kahit kulang tayo ng armas,” he explained.
If elected as the country’s chief executive in May 2022, Gonzales said he will initiate an overhaul of the 1987 Constitution in his first year in office.
His vision is to be consultative with all stakeholders in drawing up plans for the country’s future, starting with convening a body to review the political structures which he felt are the root cause of the country’s problems. He will be open to a change from presidential system to parliamentary, federalism and conversion of all regions into autonomous regimes.
“Ang pinakaimportante: makumbinse buong sambayanan para sa pananaw sa bukas. Lahat ng magagaling isasama natin,” he said.
The former defense secretary during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is opposed to the neutrality stance of the Philippine government to Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Chris Lopez, 33, was excited when he learned the news that Taiwan will open again its doors for Filipino workers effective Tuesday, February 16.
India’s Minister of External Affairs Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar flew to Manila after meeting his counterparts from the United States, Japan, and Australia known as Quad or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue in Melbourne.
THE law that creates a separate department dedicated solely for seven million overseas Filipinos took effect on Thursday (Feb. 3), and President Duterte is expected to name the Cabinet secretary who will head it.
Ever wondered why Philippine-made products are scantily featured in international trade exhibits and fairs abroad?
Travelers from the Philippines to the US are now required to present a negative viral test from Covid-19 taken within 24 hours before flight and because of that, they should ensure with their testing provider first if they can commit to deliver to release the results hours before their flight, the US Embassy in Manila announced on Wednesday.
THE US State Department has scrutinized anew China’s claim over the South China Sea and found, as the United Nations arbitral tribunal did, that China’s assertions are “unlawful” and the claim “gravely undermines the rule of law” in the oceans.
ONLY 3,000 passengers a day can be accommodated at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila starting yesterday (January 12), the Civil Aeronautics Board said.
Filipino workers in Kazakhstan are safe and so far, no one was reported hurt, although a number were “traumatized” having witnessed the violence during the chaotic anti-government protests during the past few days.
Some personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have been infected by the highly transmissible Covid-19 Omicron variant, necessitating the temporary closure of 25 consular offices and mall sites, including the main office at the Aseana Business Park in Parañaque City.
The United Nations, Red Cross and other foreign nongovernment organizations have sent teams to provinces hit hardest by Typhoon Odette over the weekend.
Simbang Gabi, the Filipino tradition of nine-day novena mass leading to Christmas Eve, has begun not only here in the Philippines but across the globe—from Italy and Vatican City to the Middle East, Asia, Australia and North America.
THE US State Department has extended the invitation for President Duterte to attend the “special” US-Asean Summit in Washington DC next month.
Manila is stepping up its defense diplomacy with Washington, D.C., and Tokyo early next year by holding high-level talks among their respective foreign affairs and defense secretaries in the light of the increasing tension with China in the South China Sea and East China Sea.
TRAVELERS from France are barred from entering the Philippines starting Monday (December 13) 12:01am until December 15 to curb the spread of Covid-19, Malacañang announced Wednesday.
MEMBER-NATIONS of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), including the Philippines, were largely silent on Tuesday as the bloc’s recalcitrant member Myanmar convicted their former leader Aung San Suu Kyi for inciting dissent and breaking Covid rules.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) showed off the patrol vessel donated by the Japanese government that can fire water cannon at any foreign vessel tresspassing the West Philippine Sea (WPS) or Philippine Rise.
REMEDIOS Ilagan, a 58-year-old housekeeper of an African diplomat in Brussels, was excited to fly back to the Philippines. Her years of hard work abroad was finally paying off. Her son is graduating at the AFP Officer Candidate School this December 20.
Chinese warships are passing through the Balabac Strait at the south of Palawan without giving prior notice to the Philippine government, former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio revealed.
Six of 29 Filipino fishermen stranded at sea since August arrived safely Thursday in Manila after months of negotiations with their Chinese employer and Chinese port authorities, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
A 20-YEAR-OLD Filipino-American student died after participating in an amateur boxing “fight night” in Las Vegas.
THE Saudi labor ministry claimed that it has resolved the labor case between a retired Saudi general and his Filipino maids.
PANDEMONIUM marked the arrival area at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 Monday night as OFWs from Green List countries were surprised with sudden quarantine requirements in Manila. This, as authorities carried out measures to reduce risks of the Covid-19 Omicron variant entering the country.
China was unapologetic in the face of scathing remarks by Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. for blocking and firing water cannon at two Philippine boats carrying food supply to Filipino soldiers in Ayungin Shoal in West Philippines.
US federal prosecutors have filed sex and children trafficking charges against President Duterte’s long-time friend and spiritual adviser Pastor Quiboloy for coercing girls as young as 12 years old into having sex with him under threats of “eternal damnation.”
SENATORS slammed the latest act of aggression by Chinese state forces against Philippine Coast Guard boats on a resupply mission in the Ayungin Shoal.
THE United States and the Philippines are keen to add more facilities to preposition US forces and defense materiel in the Philippines, the foreign and defense ministries of both countries said in a joint statement.
ONLINE passport application experienced another systems glitch as confirmation for payment of passports could not be sent back to the applicants to confirm their appointments.
PASSPORT applicants may now monitor again the status of their passport application on the same website where they have applied online.
FILIPINO workers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Japan cheered the latest pronouncement by the Philippine government putting the five countries under the “green list” category.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) opened more slots for passport applicants for November and December 2021 before noon on Friday.
THE Senate approved Thursday night the Department of Foreign Affairs budget for 2022 amounting to P21.916 billion during a hybrid plenary session.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is suspending the passport tracking system as it investigates a potential data breach of their passport applicants.
The US Embassy in Manila said American citizens in the Philippines and Filipinos with lawful permanent residency status are not required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 when they fly to the US.
Eighteen months after the outbreak of Covid-19, the United States opened its borders on Monday to all international travelers as long as they are fully vaccinated.
Eighteen months after the outbreak of COVID-19, the United States opened its borders today (Monday US time) to all international travelers as long as they are fully vaccinated.
SAID DATU is only 21 years old and yet he has been used to hearing gunshots as part of everyday living in Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao. He had to stop his studies and grow up like his community doing farming. Now, he worries if his son will suffer the same fate. “My dream is to move my family away, to a place without war,” Datu told volunteers of the International Committee of The Red Cross.
FILIPINOS in Ethiopia have been advised to be vigilant and to refrain from going out of their homes amid an escalating civil war in the African nation.
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THE US 7th Fleet has confirmed that one of their nuclear-powered submarines hit an underground “mountain” in the South China Sea last month.
LEONARDO Sumaylow, a 43-year old power plant operator in Baghdad, heaved a sigh of relief when he saw the news—the Philippine government is now allowing OFWs in Iraq like him to come home for vacation and return to Iraq without hassle.