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More nurses allowed to leave as Philippines eases travel ban

Sep 21 2020

MANILA More than a thousand Philippine health workers will finally be allowed to take jobs abroad following President Rodrigo Duterte decision to ease their travel ban, but they are not celebrating yet and want a total lifting of restrictions.

China-backed telecom firm says won't spy on Philippines

Sep 17 2020

MANILA A new Philippine telecoms firm with Chinese state investment on Thursday described as "truly misplaced" concerns that communications equipment it will install at military camps will be used for spying.

Philippines considers relaxing travel ban for nurses

Sep 17 2020

MANILA The Philippines is considering allowing more nurses and other medical professionals to leave for jobs abroad after banning them from travel so they can fight coronavirus at home, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said on Thursday.

Pandemic 'hero' Filipino nurses struggle to leave home

Sep 16 2020

MANILA From across the Philippines, they gathered to pray by Zoom.

'Developing Asia' to shrink for first time in nearly six decades: ADB

Sep 14 2020

MANILA The coronavirus pandemic will cause economic output in "developing Asia" to shrink for the first time in nearly six decades in 2020 before it bounces back next year, the Asian Development Bank said on Tuesday.

Philippines 30cm distancing rule seen as 'reckless'; deaths hit record

Sep 14 2020

MANILA Experts described as dangerous and premature on Monday the Philippines' decision to cut the social distancing minimum to 30 centimetres (12 inches) on public transport, as the country saw another daily record in newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

Philippines urges amicable approach to Beijing over South China Sea

Sep 11 2020

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday urged a peaceful way out of conflicts with China over the South China Sea and said international law must be followed, amid increased regional friction over military activities by Beijing and Washington.

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