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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

Nov 15 2017

Philippines' Duterte lauds China's help at 'crucial moment' in Marawi battle

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday heaped praise on visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for what he said was China's "critical" role in expediting the end of a five-month war with Islamist insurgents in a Philippine town.

Nov 14 2017

Duterte berates Canada's Trudeau at end of Philippines summit

MANILA Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canada's Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump. | Video

Nov 14 2017

Gala glitz masks Asia's tensions as Trump winds up tour

MANILA Leaders from across Asia joined U.S. President Donald Trump at an extravagant gala dinner in the Philippines' capital on Sunday, a show of amity in a region fraught with tensions that have lurked behind his marathon tour of the continent. | Video

Nov 12 2017

'Dump Trump' protest erupts ahead of Philippines summit

MANILA Riot police used water canon to prevent hundreds of protesters reaching the U.S. embassy in Manila on Sunday, just a few hours before the arrival of President Donald Trump in the Philippines for a regional summit and the last leg of his Asia tour.

Nov 10 2017

Rise of the machines: Philippine outsourcing industry braces for AI

(This version of the Nov 9 story corrects to clarify companies are not clients, but outsourcing service providers or have offshoring operations in paragraph 9)

Oct 25 2017

Philippines' Duterte says he's been 'demonized' over drugs war

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday defended his bloody war on drugs, telling Southeast Asian lawyers he had been "demonized" and denying allegations of state-sponsored killings of drug dealers and users.

Oct 09 2017

Philippines says policy trumps popularity after Duterte ratings dip

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's honeymoon period may be over, but his deadly anti-drugs campaign will not wane, his office said on Monday, after a fall in ratings that his opponents said showed public disillusionment with his rule. | Video

Oct 04 2017

Philippine central bank governor says tax reforms won't require policy response

MANILA The Philippines' plan to overhaul its tax system will only have a modest inflationary impact and will not need a monetary policy response, said the central bank governor, who also brushed off a sharp decline in the peso currency in an upbeat message on the economy.

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 14 2017

Philippines must give foreign investors far more room: planning minister

MANILA The Philippines should "drastically" cut the number of sectors and activities closed or limited to foreign investors to get more of the investment flows into Asia, the economic planning secretary said on Thursday.

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