Philippines Morning News For May 16

Philippines Morning News For May 16

Philippines morning news

International court may be next for Duterte
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged Tuesday that allegations he induced extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs could be raised to the International Criminal Court (ICC) after an impeachment case failed in the House of Representatives.
– Bangkok Post/ AP

Philippines’ Duterte says Turkey, Mongolia could join ASEAN
Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he would push for the inclusion of Turkey and Mongolia in a grouping of Southeast Asian nations, dismissing concerns about their geographic location.
– The Daily Star

Duterte: Talks on disputed waters won’t affect PH-China agreements
President Duterte assured that the start of the bilateral consultative mechanism on the disputed South China Sea between the Philippines and China will not affect the different agreements signed between the two countries.
– Manila Bulletin

Duterte meets Chinese traders, gives 3 vows
President Duterte gave his contact number to Chinese businessmen interested in pouring investments in the country for any concerns or complaints.
– Tempo

Philippines, China vow closer ties, management of disputes
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he and Chinese President Xi Jinping resolved to strengthen their countries’ friendship during their meeting in Beijing, while China pledged to speed up infrastructure projects it is funding in the Philippines.

12M new jobs in next 6 years
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said there would be 12 million new jobs by the end of the Duterte administration in light of the government’s infrastructure development program.
– Philippine Daily Inquirer

Recto cautions Duterte vs $500-M arms loan from China
‘There is no need to borrow from China. It is cheaper to produce and maintain [defense equipment] locally than to import them,’ says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto
– Rappler

Controversial trader to supply weapons to PH
Poly Technologies Inc., a controversial Chinese arms trader, will provide military equipment to the Philippines under a $500-million loan agreement between Beijing and Manila, according to the Philippines’ Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
– Philippine Daily Inquirer

Emperador approves $100.6m share buyback
Philippine liquor maker Emperador Inc is seeking to raise up to $100.6 million (P5 billion) through a two-year share repurchase program.
– Deal Street Asia

Tourism exec: Better opportunities for growth under NTDP
TOURISM Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre said the Department of Tourism sees better opportunities for growth as the national government continues to roll out programs under its National Tourism Development Plan.
– SunStar

Nickel production outlook for PHL steady at 2.4% until 2021
BMI Research, the research arm of Fitch Group, has kept its outlook on the country’s nickel ore production at an average of 2.4 percent from 2017 to 2021.
– Philippine News Agency

Vista Land nets P2.3B
Villar group-led property developer Vista Land & Lifescapes (VLL) grew its first quarter net profit by 11 percent year-on-year to P2.3 billion as revenues from residential development and leasing expanded at a double-digit pace.
– Philippine Daily Inquirer

Republic Cement eyes $300M expansion
Republic Cement and Building Materials Inc., the cement-making joint venture between Aboitiz and European cement firm CRH, plans to invest $250 million to $300 million to boost its annual domestic production capacity by one million tons.
– Philippine Daily Inquirer




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John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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