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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

Jan 17 2018

Philippine lawmakers worry China Telecom may be a 'Trojan horse'

MANILA Opposition members of the Philippine Congress raised concern on Wednesday that China Telecom Corp Ltd, which may enter the Philippine industry, could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at giving China access to state secrets.

Jan 15 2018

Philippines widens evacuation area as lava spreads around restive volcano

MANILA The Philippines ordered the forced evacuation of people from two more municipalities near a restive volcano on Monday as the chief volcanologist warned of a possible hazardous eruption "within weeks or even within days".

Jan 15 2018

Philippines raises volcano alert level after lava flow

(this story corrects year of most destructive eruption to 1814.)

Jan 08 2018

Philippines VP derides 'self-serving' idea to cancel polls, extend terms

MANILA The Philippines' vice president has joined a chorus of opposition to a possible cancellation of mid-term elections and extensions to terms in office, including that of the president, amid a renewed push for a shift to federalism.

Dec 26 2017

Philippines to sanction firms involved in deadly fire if safety skirted

MANILA The Philippines said on Tuesday it would investigate whether safety regulations were ignored at an office where a fire killed 37 call center employees, and vowed to impose sanctions if firms had not met standards.

Dec 14 2017

Philippine Congress approves much-awaited tax reform bill

MANILA The Philippine Congress approved late Wednesday a tax reform bill President Rodrigo Duterte needs to push ahead with his economic agenda, with the measure expected to raise $1.8 billion in revenues in its first year.

Dec 12 2017

ADB lifts Asia's 2017 growth outlook to 6 percent on firm exports, China

MANILA The Asian Development Bank on Wednesday raised its economic growth estimate for developing Asia to 6 percent for this year from a previous estimate of 5.9 percent, citing stronger than expected exports and China's resilience.

Nov 18 2017

Philippine leader says police to return to drugs war if problem worsens

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday that the police would reassume their lead role in implementing his war on drugs if the narcotics problem worsens and that nobody could stop his campaign, not even U.S. President Donald Trump.

Nov 12 2017

ASEAN signs free trade, investment pacts with Hong Kong

MANILA Hong Kong signed free trade and investment agreements with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday, in what one of the Chinese territory's officials called a "loud and clear" vote against rising regional trade protectionism.

Oct 24 2017

Philippines environment minister hopeful for end to open-pit mining ban

MANILA The Philippines' environment minister said he was hopeful that a ban on open-pit mining would be lifted before the end of the year after a government panel recommended its removal on Tuesday.

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