Encouraged by the apparent success of his trip, President Duterte announced his separation from the United States on Thursday, declaring it had “lost” and he had realigned with China. More »


Duterte says he wont sever ties with US

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he did not mean he would cut off ties with the United States when he said in China that he was separating from the

Duterte announces PH separation from US

BEIJING—For agreeing to return to the negotiating table to settle a dispute in the South China Sea, the Philippines is getting $9 billion in soft loans from China, part of $13.5 billion

Cabinet members scramble to interpret Duterte’s words

BEIJING—Amid the diplomatic firestorm created by President Rodrigo Duterte after he declared his decision to initiate a “separation” from the United States, members of his Cabinet scrambled to explain and interpret his

‘Senate nod needed to end treaties’

MANILA – Lawmakers yesterday expressed apprehension over President Duterte’s foreign policy statements, particularly on cutting ties with long-time ally the United States. Senators Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Leila de Lima

Russia tempts Du30

MANILA – As President Rodrigo Duterte flew home from a historic trip to China, Russia declared its readiness to assist the Philippines, saying Manila just has to formulate its “wish list” to

Makabayan solons laud Duterte for breaking up with US

MANILA — Makabayan lawmakers have lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for his declaration of independence from the United States while shifting the country’s alliance to major global players China and Russia. In a

China offers $3B in infra deals

BEIJING—China Railway Group Ltd., a state-owned infrastructure firm, is keen to invest as much as $3 billion in Philippine infrastructure projects in the next few years. The prospective investment commitment from China

Con-Ass gains traction in House

MANILA — The House committee on constitutional amendments approved Wednesday a measure calling on Congress to convene itself into a constituent assembly (Con-ass) to amend the 1987 Constitution, defeating the calls for

House probe report a sham, says De Lima

MANILA — Sen. Leila de Lima scored on Wednesday the House committee report on the Bilibid drug trade as a “sham conclusion,” citing the irony of deciding not to recommend her prosecution

Pimentel urges probe on violent US Embassy rally dispersal

MANILA — Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Thursday called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to look into the violent dispersal of a rally at the US embassy, describing as

Super typhoon ‘Lawin’ smashes northern Luzon

MANILA — One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines destroyed houses, tore roofs off schools and ripped giant trees out of the ground on Thursday, but there were

Abus seize South Korean captain, crewman

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants hijacked a South Korean cargo ship and seized the captain and its crew off Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on Thursday. Western Mindanao Command spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan

Cash, food aid sought for Typhoon Lawin victims

MANILA – Senators yesterday called for immediate budgetary assistance and food aid to farmers and other victims of Super Typhoon Lawin. Sen. Francisco Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate committee on agriculture and

PH trade with China can grow to $60B in 5 years – trade chief

BEIJING — The Philippines is bringing home around $13.5 billion worth of investment and financing deals from China following a historic state visit that rekindled ties with the economic superpower, according to

China lifts ban on banana, mango exporters

MANILA – The country’s improving relationship with China has immediately taken effect on local fruit exporters. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Chinese President Xi Jinping has lifted the suspension of 20 banana

China trip bags $24B deals

EIJING—The pot sweetened for the Philippines on Friday as President Duterte wrapped up a state visit to China, securing investment and credit line pledges amounting to $24 billion, or nearly double the

Del Rosario warns of China alliance

MANILA — Former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario said President Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign policy seems to have gone off-track, and warned that forging a stronger alliance with China could have adverse

Trillanes calls Duterte a communist

MANILA — If he thinks and talks like a communist, then he must be a communist. This was how Senator Antonio Trillanes IV reacted on Friday to President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that

Duterte assails US for strict visa policy

BEIJING—President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday slammed the United States for its restrictive visa policy for Filipinos. Speaking to the Filipino community in Beijing, Mr. Duterte also hit the United States for its

Split with US unwise – Del Rosario

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement of separating from the United States is unwise and is a national tragedy that should not happen, former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Friday.

Duterte’s remarks on cutting ties baffles US officials

WASHINGTON — Officials in Washington, DC, seemed puzzled by the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte that he had decided to cut economic and military ties with the United States, according to a