Philippines’ Duterte orders occupation of isles in disputed South China Sea

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Apr 6 : Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte today ordered troops to occupy uninhabited islands and shoals it claims in the disputed South China Sea, asserting Philippine sovereignty in an apparent change of tack likely to anger China. The firebrand leader, who on the campaign trail joked that he would jet ski […]

Philippines’ Duterte says “may” visit disputed S China Sea island

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Apr 6 : Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who on the campaign trail joked that would jet ski to a Chinese man-made island in the South China Sea to reinforce Manila’s claim, said today he may visit a Philippine-controlled island to raise the national flag. Duterte’s plan is unlikely to sit well […]

Filipino youth stage musical against Duterte’s deadly drugs war

By Ronn Bautista and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA, Apr 2 : A Philippine youth theatre club staged a musical at a Manila park today, challenging President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. The 20-minute show features a casket salesman whose funeral parlour is doing brisk business as corpses pile up. But the salesman and his […]

Duterte allies seek to take over Philippine village councils as part of war on drugs

By Martin Petty and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA, Mar 31 : Allies of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte have prepared legislation to postpone elections to the over 40,000 village councils in the country and allow him to choose replacements in what they say is part of the war on drugs. If passed by Congress, the move […]

Philippine keeps rates steady, trims inflation outlook

By Enrico Dela Cruz and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA, Mar 23 : The Philippine central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Thursday, and dampened expectations for an imminent policy tightening after it lowered the outlook on inflation. The policy-making Monetary Board kept the overnight borrowing rate steady at 3.0 percent, saying domestic demand […]

Philippine economy seen growing 6.5-7.0 pct in Q1 – minister

By Karen Lema MANILA, Mar 23 : The Philippine economy is expected to expand between 6.5 and 7.0 percent in the first quarter or faster, the economic planning minister said on Thursday, putting the government on track to meet its full-year target. The Southeast Asian economy is among the world’s fastest growing with gross domestic […]