Duterte: Shoot female rebels in their genitals
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn condemnation from human rights watchdogs and women’s groups, after he said that female communist rebels in the country should be shot in their private parts as punishment for fighting the government.
— Al Jazeera
Alibaba steers the Philippines towards a cashless revolution
Alibaba has shaped the digital economy in China. Its finance arm, Ant Financial, leads the digital payment trend. It now sets its sights on the Philippines to usher in a new cashless society.
— Asean Today
Philippines looks to cut dairy imports through increased local production
The Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA) is aiming to cut dairy imports, and has given dairy farmers on the island of Bohol P30m ($580,000) in starter funds.
— Daily Reporter
Philippines Bars Citizens From Working in Kuwait After Body Is Found
The Philippines on Monday barred its citizens from traveling to Kuwait for employment, accusing the oil-rich Gulf state of turning a blind eye to the abuse and even killing of domestic workers and other Filipinos.
— The New York Times
Duterte under the gun of mass murder charges
Could Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte soon face crimes against humanity charges in an international court over his controversial ‘war on drugs’ campaign?
— Asia Times
Philippines banana output up nearly 3 percent in 2017
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the country’s 2017 banana production grew by almost 3 percent to 9.166 million tons, from the 2016 record of 8.903 million tons. Output in the fourth quarter of 2017 alone grew by 3.15 percent to 2.409 million tons (from 2.335 million tons in the same period in 2016).
— Fresh Plaza
Chinese, Philippine officials break ground on 2nd drug rehab center in S. Philippines
Officials from China and the Philippines formally broke ground on Monday on the second Chinese-financed drug rehabilitation center in Agusan Del Sur Province in the southern Philippines.
— Xinhua Net
Philippine govt under fire over church radio permit delay
An application to renew broadcast franchises for at least 29 Catholic radio stations in the Philippines got international support from media group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) this week.
Philippines exceeds foreign direct investments target for 2017
The amount of foreign direct investments (FDIs) coming into the Philippines surged to $8.7 billion during the 1st 11 months of 2017, surpassing the full-year target of $8 billion set by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Philippines may turn to China, Russia after scrapping Canada helicopter deal
The Philippines may turn to non-Western defense manufacturers, including China and Russia, to acquire 16 helicopters after it had to scrap a $233 million deal with Canada, its defense minister said on Monday.
Bangkok-based firm plans initial coin offering in the Philippines
Bangkok-headquartered Global Crypto Hub plans to launch an initial coin offering (ICO) in the Philippines, as it earmarks $1 million worth of investments in the country.
Subway loan deal signed by March
An initial loan agreement for the construction of Metro Manila’ first subway will be signed by the Philippines and Japan next month, the Finance department announced on Monday.
— The Manila Times
Philippines, China set 2nd meeting on maritime row
THE Philippines and China are scheduled to meet in Manila on Tuesday, February 13, to resume its dialogue in relation to the long-standing dispute over the resource-rich South China Sea, Malacañang said on Monday, February 12.
— SunStar Manila
Duterte threatens to sue Boracay execs
President Duterte yesterday threatened to file charges against local officials in the world-famous tourist destination Boracay, which he has described as a “cesspool.”
What a Dead Philippines-Canada Military Helicopter Deal Would Mean
On Monday, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters that he expected a major deal for the Philippines to buy military helicopters from Canada to be canceled later this week following public opposition to the acquisition. Though the dust is still yet to settle on the deal, its impending death bears significance for both the Philippines as well as its partners.
— The Diplomat
Govt okays rice imports after harvest season
TRADERS may have to open their warehouses for inspection and face charges of economic sabotage if they are found hoarding rice, Secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco Jr. said on Monday, as he announced the National Food Authority (NFA) Council’s approval of the importation of 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice.
— The Manila Times
Surbana in tie-up to develop city in Philippines
The 9,450ha New Clark City in the Philippines is envisioned to be a new metropolis that will be bigger than Manhattan when completed in 30 to 40 years’ time, with a population of about two million.
— The Straits Times (paywall)
Aquino, others face malversation and negligence complaints over Dengvaxia
Two groups allied with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday filed criminal raps against former President Benigno Aquino III and his executives over the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.
China named 5 undersea features at PH Rise, says expert
China has successfully named five undersea features at the Philippine Rise, a maritime law expert said on Monday.
— ABS-CBN News
Senate approves Anti-Hazing Act of 2018
Voting 19-0, the Senate approved on third and final reading on Monday the bill that seeks to completely ban all forms of hazing or initiation rites as a prerequisite for admission into a fraternity, sorority or any organization.
— Manila Bulletin
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