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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Oct 04 2017

Philippine environment minister wins confirmation; miners optimistic

MANILA Philippine lawmakers confirmed Roy Cimatu as Environment Secretary, giving the former soldier the task of deciding whether to implement reforms spearheaded by predecessor Regina Lopez that led to mine closures - but cost her the job.

Sep 28 2017

Philippines to explore for oil and gas with China near disputed waters

MANILA The Philippines said on Thursday it was pursuing a long-delayed oil and gas exploration project with Chinese state-owned entity CNOOC Ltd and a Canada-listed company in an area near disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Sep 21 2017

Philippine central bank stands pat on rates as inflation remains tame

MANILA The Philippine central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged on Thursday as widely expected, predicting inflation will remain within its comfort range this year and next despite robust economic growth.

Sep 13 2017

Philippine president's Senate foes, allies vow to block budget cut for rights body

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's critics and allies in the Senate vowed on Wednesday to block a lower house move to slash the annual budget of a public-funded human rights agency opposed to his bloody war on drugs to just $20. | Video

Sep 11 2017

Late Philippines strongman Marcos' 100th birthday draws praise, protests

MANILA Supporters of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos gathered on Monday to celebrate his 100th birthday outside his resting place, amid protests against what his foes believe are moves to restore his powerful family's tainted image.

Sep 06 2017

Protesters storm Philippines mining event, demand halt to extraction

MANILA Around 300 protesters clashed with security on Wednesday at a Manila hotel where an annual mining conference was being held, demanding that mineral extraction be halted due to the environmental destruction caused.

Aug 17 2017

Philippines second-quarter GDP growth quickens on construction boom, drugs war poses risk

MANILA The Philippine economy grew at a sizzling pace in the second quarter, topping expectations as a government-led construction boom and an extended rebound in the farm sector took some of the sting off a peso currency wallowing at 11-year lows.

Aug 11 2017

Philippines reports first avian flu outbreak, to cull 200,000 birds

MANILA The Philippines will cull 200,000 chickens, quails and ducks after confirming the country's first outbreak of bird flu, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said on Friday.

Aug 03 2017

Philippine PXP Energy eager to resume South China Sea drilling

MANILA Philippine oil and gas firm PXP Energy Corp expressed eagerness on Thursday to resume exploration in the disputed South China Sea and said any joint venture development would likely involve a Chinese company.

Jul 24 2017

Philippines' Duterte warns miners: 'I will tax you to death'

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he wanted to stop exporting mineral resources and might close the mining sector completely and tax miners "to death" if damage to the environment persisted.

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