Philippines suffers PHP220bn annual loss from child under-nutrition: UNICEF report
Widespread child under-nutrition causes the Philippines an annual loss of PHP220bn, according to a new UNICEF report.
— Food Navigator-Asia
No checks, no balances in the Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is gradually tightening the noose on his sundry critics, in moves critics see as textbook vindictive politics. Buoyed by historic-high approval ratings, the Filipino strongman is chipping away at democratic institutions with force and speed.
— Asia Times
Massive infra projects start rolling this year – DOF
The Duterte administration’s massive infrastructure program is expected to be in full swing this year following the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
The Philippines’ Chinese FDI boom: more politics than geopolitics
When President Rodrigo Duterte visited Beijing in October 2016, he came home with an agreement that earmarked US$24 billion worth of Chinese foreign direct investment and aid for the Philippines.
— New Mandala
PHL keen on importing more medicines from India
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is aiming to link local pharmaceutical manufacturers with their Indian counterparts as part of efforts to increase the availability of low-cost medicines in the Philippines, a trade official announced on Wednesday.
Philippines to back US fight vs terror ‘if efforts coincide’
The Philippine defense chief reacted guardedly Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s remarks on fighting terrorism in his first State of the Union address, saying Manila would lend its support whenever the efforts of the two nations coincide.
Philippines Rewards Workers Abroad Who Send Tourists Home
The Philippines is turning to its 10 million citizens living abroad and friendlier ties with China to help boost tourism in a country that lags Southeast Asian neighbors in visitors.
Malaysia rejects proposal by Philippine government committee to claim Sabah as ’13th federal state’
Malaysia on Wednesday (Jan 31) rejected a proposal by a member of a Filipino government committee to amend the Philippine Constitution to include Sabah as the “13th federal state” of the Philippines.
— Channel NewsAsia
Implement suspension order on Carandang or face impeachment – Palace tells Ombudsman
The Office of the Ombudsman must implement the suspension of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang or else risk facing sanctions, including possible impeachment, a Palace official said Monday.
— Manila Bulletin
Davos’ world elite and the Philippines
The presence of US President Donald Trump, known for his protectionist “America First” pronouncements, at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland was a jarring reminder of how fragile words like inclusiveness, liberalization and environment protection are.
Philippines deploys Japanese-donated plane to disputed shoal
The Philippine military deployed a Japanese-donated patrol plane Wednesday to a disputed shoal guarded by China in the South China Sea, and the aircraft did not encounter any Chinese resistance, officials said.
— Washington Post
Philippine anti-graft chief defies Duterte order in standoff
The head of a key Philippine anti-graft agency on Wednesday defied an order by President Rodrigo Duterte’s office to suspend her deputy for allegedly disclosing confidential information to the media about an investigation into Duterte’s alleged undeclared wealth.
— Boston Globe
Philippines: Endorse UN Inquiry into ‘Drug War’ Killings
The Philippine government should urgently support the creation of a United Nations-led investigation into the thousands of killings linked to its “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch said today. A UN-led probe would both help clarify the disparity in official and independent estimates of killings in the anti-drug campaign and facilitate accountability for unlawful deaths.
— Human Right Watch
Philippines hails US rights remarks, denies state-backed murders
Philippine officials on Wednesday welcomed comments by a US official noting what he described as its improving human rights record in the drugs war, but they denied Manila abetted the extrajudicial killing of suspects.
— Saudi Gazette
Suspected Spanish terrorist says he went to Philippines for vacation
Spanish national Addelhakim Labidi Adib said he was on vacation in the Philippines when he was nabbed by government forces as a suspect supporting Islamic State group-linked Abu Sayyaf militants.
POC reelection issue remains unresolved
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco Jr. appears inclined to thwart moves, specifically one ordered by a trial court, for the holding of a special election for the POC’s presidency and chairmanship.
— Manila Bulletin
PHL tagged among those enabling illegal fund flows
THE PHILIPPINES was counted in the upper third of a list of jurisdictions that “contribute to the secrecy that enables illicit financial flows.”
Rappler says it’s a news outfit in DepEd deal, belying court appeal
The website run by ex-CNN Jakarta bureau chief Maria Ressa claims it is not, in its filing before Court of Appeals assailing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) order to revoke its corporate papers for giving a foreign investor veto powers.
— The Manila Times
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