Killing prompts return of Philippines workers from Kuwait
As many as 10,000 Filipino workers in Kuwait are expected to take up the Philippines government’s offer of a free flight home after the body of their compatriot was found stuffed in a freezer.
Can the ICC probe end Duterte’s deadly war on drugs?
For the first time in history, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened a preliminary probe against an incumbent Southeast Asian leader.
— Al Jazeera
Philippines resorts given two months to clean up ‘cesspool’ island
Scores of holiday resorts on the Philippines’ famous white-sand island Boracay have been given two months to clean up or face closure, officials said on Wednesday (Feb 14), after President Rodrigo Duterte warned tourists were swimming in waters polluted by faeces.
— Channel NewsAsia
HRW: Gov’t should drop ‘politically-motivated’ charges vs De Lima
Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called on the Philippine government to stop the “politically-motivated” prosecution of Sen. Leila de Lima, one of the most outspoken critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ferocious war on drugs.
£4.8 billion airport upgrade proposal put forward by Philippines consortium
A new, unsolicited proposal has been lodged to rejuvenate, upgrade and then operate the Philippines’ biggest airport for 35 years.
— International Airport Review
Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines lays off 600 employees just weeks after sugar tax introduction
Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines is laying off 600 employees, blaming the move on the “regulatory environment” just weeks after the country introduced its sugar tax.
— Food Navigator-Asia
Philippines objects to China’s naming of undersea features
The Philippine government rejects Chinese names given to some undersea features in a vast offshore region where the Philippines has undisputed sovereign rights, the presidential spokesman said Wednesday in a new tiff despite the Asian neighbors’ mended ties.
Questions abound as Philippine central bank holds fire
The argument for a rate hike in the Philippines is as close to a no-brainer as it gets: 6%-plus economic growth, 4% inflation and rising, amid expectations that recent tax hikes will fuel additional gains in living costs as the year unfolds.
— Nikkei Asian Review
Del Monte Philippines embarks on South East Asia’s largest food and beverage IPO in six years
Del Monte Philippines is to embark on an initial public offering (IPO) in a bid to raise Ps16.72b (about US$324.1m) – South East Asia’s largest for a food and beverage firm since 2012.
— Food Navigator-Asia
Philippines police promise less bloodshed and violence in President Duterte’s drug war with training and body cameras
Philippine police said on Wednesday they have adopted special measures, including body cameras, to reduce violence in anti-narcotics operations as the International Criminal Court investigates allegations of thousands of extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war.
— South China Morning Post
Duterte orders navy to fire on foreign poachers in Philippine waters
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has called on the navy to shoot at foreign ships suspected of extracting natural resources from his country’s exclusive maritime territory.
Government to spend P30 billion for tourism infrastructure program
The public works and tourism departments have allocated P30.9 billion to develop vital tourism infrastructure across 16 regions in the country, as the government seeks to provide ease and comfort on transport for its projected 7.4 million tourists through 2018.
A look back on the cyberattacks that threatened PH businesses
As systems go digital and more high-tech, businesses and organizations around the world have become more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
PH is world leader in social media usage
The Philippines again topped the world in terms of social media usage as the number of internet users in the country hit 67 million people, according to a new report by London, United Kingdom-based consultancy We Are Social.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer
Indonesia Dishonors Rule of Law with Award to Philippines’ Top Cop
The Indonesian government debased the rule of law today by awarding Philippine National Police Director-General Ronald dela Rosa its highest honor, the Medal of Honor.
— Human Right Watch
Death toll from Philippines storm hits 13
The death toll in the Philippines from landslides and flash floods triggered by Tropical Storm Sanba has risen to 13, authorities say.
Beware the Illusion of China-Philippines South China Sea Breakthroughs
Advances at a recent meeting are much more modest than suggested and conceal the significant challenges that remain.
— The Diplomat
Japan warns of China’s militarization in South China Sea anew
China’s military buildup in the South China Sea will lead to an increase of its air force presence and robust naval and maritime enforcement operations in the disputed region, the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) warned in a paper provided to journalists who recently visited Tokyo.
Dengvaxia refund eyed for use of dengue victims
THE Department of Health (DOH) is looking into using part of the P1.4-billion refund given by Sanofi Pasteur for the unused Dengvaxia vaccines to finance their continued assistance to children who were given dengue vaccine shots.
‘We’re wrong for supporting Duterte’ — Mindanao women’s group
A women’s group based in Mindanao, who supported President Rodrigo Duterte during the elections, was incensed by the chief executive’s “utter disrespect” for women.
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