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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

Sep 19 2018

Philippines spending spree fades as inflation hurts even foreign cash earners

SANTA ROSA VILLAGE, Philippines Liezel Carada, who relies entirely on her husband's earnings as a dishwasher in Italy, has seen her income grow sharply thanks to a plunge in the Philippine peso in recent years. Yet she's having to explain to her three children that they can't afford to go to their favorite eatery anymore.

Aug 07 2018

Philippine inflation accelerates in July, cements rate hike expectations

MANILA Philippine annual inflation accelerated in July and moved further away from the central bank's comfort range, strengthening expectations for further policy tightening this week.

Jul 23 2018

Philippines' Duterte to keep up 'relentless and chilling' drugs war

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to sustain the momentum of his bloody war on drugs, telling the nation in an annual address that the fight would be as "relentless and chilling" as during his first two years in power.

Jul 18 2018

Exclusive: San Miguel to invest $1 billion in new breweries as Philippine beer demand grows

MANILA Philippines conglomerate San Miguel Corp is planning to invest at least $1 billion in the next two years to build 10 breweries inside and outside the country, senior company executives said on Wednesday.

May 31 2018

Inflation in Philippines a faultline for Duterte's 'Build, Build, Build' ambition

MANILA In hundreds of hours of speeches during his nearly two years in office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has rarely talked about the economy, something he says is best left to the "clever guys" in his cabinet.

May 30 2018

Philippine Congress passes autonomy bill for volatile Muslim region

MANILA The Philippines moved a step closer on Wednesday to ending decades of conflict on its resource-rich island of Mindanao, after lawmakers approved a bill that will eventually allow self-rule for the country's Muslim minority.

May 03 2018

ADB chief sees boon for Asia in AIIB collaboration, not competition

MANILA The Asian Development Bank wants to collaborate with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to meet the region's growing investment needs and does not see the emerging China-led lender as a rival, the ADB president said on Thursday.

May 02 2018

ADB to outline future in Asia amid growing Chinese influence

MANILA The Asian Development Bank will look to confront a range of economic challenges at its four-day annual meeting this week, including the future relevance of the organization amid China's increasing presence in infrastructure finance.

Apr 20 2018

Teary-eyed, hundreds search through rubble in devastated Philippines city

MARAWI CITY, Philippines Surrounded by the ruins of homes they fled nearly a year ago, many residents of war-torn Marawi City in the Philippines were in tears when they briefly returned this week and sifted through rubble to salvage any possessions they could find.

Apr 11 2018

After China's massive drill, U.S. patrols disputed South China Sea

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea In a span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, in a powerful display of military precision and efficiency.

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