Duterte economic policy praised

The World Bank has boosted its 2017 growth projection for the Philippines to 6.7 per cent from 6.6 per cent due to booming exports...

Duterte defends dengue decision

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said the previous administration acted in good faith in launching its ill-fated dengue immunisation drive. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Sanofi’s Dengvaxia vaccine...

Fitch upgrades Philippine rating 

Fitch has upgraded the Philippines’ sovereign rating on the back of domestic demand and foreign direct investment which was seen as indicative of strong...

Manila axes child dengue jabs

Thousands of Filipino children have been given a dengue vaccine that may worsen the symptoms of the disease. More than 733,000 elementary schoolchildren in the...

Mines accused of funding Maoists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (pictured) says he will shut down any mine helping Maoist rebels waging a prolonged insurgency.  Duterte’s administration has held stuttering peace...

Trump praises fellow populist 

Donald Trump has hailed his relationship with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, ignoring media questions about human rights and the thousands killed during his host’s bloody...

China unveils island-making ship

In a move that threatens Philippine claims in the South China Sea, Beijing has unveiled a giant dredging ship capable of creating more artificial...

Mindanao at the crossroads 

The southern Philippine island of Mindanao is increasingly being seen as Asean’s frontline in the battle against so-called Islamic State. Unfortunately the Philippines’ president, the...

Trump sets up Duterte meeting

Donald Trump will travel to Asia from November 3 to 14, where he will meet his Philippine soulmate, Rodrigo Duterte, amid rising tensions with North...

‘Most-wanted’ militant killed in Marawi

The last two surviving leaders of the prolonged siege in the southern Philippines, including a principal terror suspect, were reportedly killed in an assault...

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Swiss move to ban palm-oil exports 

The regional parliament of Geneva in Switzerland has passed a resolution to exclude palm oil from free-trade talks with Indonesia and Malaysia. Five other...

Three bombs rock Sittwe

Three pre-dawn bombs exploded in Rakhine State’s troubled capital Sittwe, including one in the compound of the state government secretary's home, although no deaths...

Tourism survives Rohingya crisis 

Myanmar received 3.44 million visitors last year, according to its Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, up 18 per cent from the 2.9 million arrivals...