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Who let the villains out? Philippines crime-busting president red-faced

Sep 11 2019

MANILA The early release of hundreds of convicted rapists, murderers and drug criminals has acutely embarrassed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, with his justice minister saying they were ineligible to be freed because of the severity of their crimes.

Slave to sachets: How poverty worsens the plastics crisis in the Philippines

Sep 03 2019

MANILA Armed with gloves, rubber boots and a rake, "Mangrove Warrior" Willer Gualva, 68, comes to Freedom Island in the Philippines almost every day to stop it being engulfed by trash.

Philippines' Duterte to meet China's Xi over South China Sea arbitration win

Aug 06 2019

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping soon to discuss a 2016 arbitration case over the South China Sea, an aide said on Tuesday, as domestic pressure builds for the firebrand leader to stand up to Beijing.

Philippines' Duterte defends China gambit in annual address

Jul 22 2019

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte launched a spirited defense of his relationship with China on Monday, insisting that his refusal to challenge its maritime assertiveness was not capitulation, but an avoidance of conflict.

Landlords big winners as Philippines bets on Chinese gaming boom

Jul 02 2019

MANILA Tessie, her husband and their adult son recently vacated their home of 37 years in a Manila suburb to make way for some unfamiliar tenants - 20 Chinese nationals.

Philippine inflation picks up in May, but more policy easing seen

Jun 05 2019

MANILA Philippine annual inflation quickened in May for the first time in eight months, but analysts say a slowing economy and lack of price pressures this year will likely mean more policy easing.

UPDATE 1-After rate cut, Philippine c.bank slashes RRR to boost liquidity

May 16 2019

* Cuts to boost liquidity in financial system (Adds details, background, analyst comments)

Policy easing on the cards as Philippine first-quarter GDP growth disappoints

May 09 2019

MANILA The Philippine economy grew at its weakest pace in four years in the first quarter bolstering expectations the central bank will cut rates at its meeting later on Thursday to rev up growth.

Philippines says won't bar Chinese proposals for shipyard takeover

Apr 25 2019

* Eight firms from six countries have shown interest - banker

Eight killed, dozens feared trapped after earthquake hits Philippines

Apr 22 2019

MANILA At least eight people were killed when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the Philippines' main island of Luzon on Monday and officials feared dozens could be trapped in the rubble of a collapsed commercial building.

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