Duterte bans Rappler reporters from presidential palace
The president of the Philippines has ordered that two journalists be banned from entering the presidential palace, an act one Filipino reporters’ rights group described as “appalling and extremely unbecoming” of a president.
— Al Jazeera
Duterte: I invited India to be 3rd PH telco player
President Rodrigo Duterte said he is also inviting India to be the Philippines’ third telecommunications (telco) provider.
— CNN Philippines
Another Marawi possible, MILF chief warns
The chief of the Philippines’ main Muslim rebel group warned on Tuesday, February 20, that jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group (ISIS), flush with looted guns and cash, could seize another Filipino city after Marawi last year.
Philippines Duterte extends term of top cop leading his deadly war on drugs
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would extend the tour of duty of the country’s police chief “a little bit longer” to carry out reforms in a law enforcement agency at the forefront of his war on drugs.
— Channel NewsAsia
Philippines’ Duterte Mocks Condom Use Amid Skyrocketing HIV Rates
The number of new HIV cases reported in the Philippines has surged over the last few years, according the country’s health agency. In 2007, fewer than 400 new cases were reported; in 2017, more than 11,000 new cases were identified.
1,000 jobs available in Saudi, Taiwan, Germany for Filipinos
More than 1,000 job opportunities are available for Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Germany.
— Asia Times
Kuwait, Philippines to ensure maids’ protection in new pact
The Kuwaiti and Philippine governments will sign a new agreement to ensure that Filipino domestic workers are protected and their rights respected in Kuwait.
— Asia Times
Big dip in profits for Fresh Del Monte in 2017
Fresh Del Monte’s turnover rose slightly in 2017. The company closed the year with a turnover of 4,085 billion dollars compared to 4,011 billion dollars a year earlier. The increase is mainly due to higher sales in the ‘other fresh produce’ category
— Fresh Plaza
Energy World to kick off Philippines LNG terminal, plans another
Australia-listed Energy World Corp expects to start up a gas-fired power plant in the Philippines by end-2018, its chief executive said, fed by the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports.
Duterte: China’s South China Sea Installations Aimed at the United States, Not the Philippines
The Philippine president made clear that he does not view China’s South China Sea installations as a direct threat.
— The Diplomat
TRAIN not an excuse to lay off workers–Lopez
The country’s trade chief warned firms not to use the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, which raised excise taxes on sugar- sweetened drinks, as reason to strip workers of their jobs .
Philippines’ hosting of ADB meeting ‘more frugal’ in 2018 than in 2012
Once again, the Philippines is the chosen venue for the high-profile Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual governors’ meeting. But compared to 2012, the government will spend much less this year.
Servile surrender by the Philippines
First as tragedy, then as farce: That axiomatic trajectory all but characterises the Philippine president’s office response to China’s latest moves, not even in the South China Sea where it has erected a formidable foothold via militarised artificial islands, but in Benham Rise, an undisputedly Philippine-owned ocean area in which China has absolutely no business poking its fingers.
— The Nation
Philippine Banks Team Up to Develop Visa Blockchain Payments Platform
Manila-based Union Bank is leading an initiative in the Philippines to promote the adoption of Visa’s blockchain payments platform, the Philippine News Agency reported.
Philippines welcomes report on upbeat consumer outlook
Philippine Presidential Palace welcomed on Tuesday a recent Fitch report that shows consumer outlook of the Philippines remains upbeat.
— Xinhua Net
Frigate Controversy Puts Philippines’ Military Modernization Challenges in the Spotlight
The launch of an inquiry this week once again places scrutiny on the country’s efforts to develop its military capabilities.
— The Diplomat
In the Philippines, political trolling is an industry – this is how it works
Georgina* is a transgender digital marketer for a boutique public relations agency in the heart of Manila’s business district. A resourceful SEO specialist, 28 year-old Georgina spends her office hours driving traffic to her clients’ pages, even skilfully hiding fake ad links to lure clicks.
— Open Democracy
Boracay resort says it hasn’t violated environmental laws
THE management of Boracay West Cove Resort said it has hewed closely to environmental laws, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) even issuing it a certificate of disposal of hazardous waste.
Tourist arrivals to Philippines up 11 pct in 2017
Tourism is booming in the Philippines with 6.62 million tourists visited the Philippines in 2017, an 11 percent growth from last year, Philippine presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua Net
Australian businessman sentenced in Philippines for child sex crimes
An Australian businessman has been sentenced to three life sentences in prison for operating a child cybersex den and exploiting children in the Philippines.
— The Sydney Morning Herald
A single volcano can change world’s atmosphere–expert
A single volcano can change the world’s atmosphere, even permanently, depending on the intensity of the volcanic eruption, a pollution expert said.
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