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...

Duterte threatens to expel envoys

The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has warned the European Union and United Nations that he could expel their ambassadors within 24 hours if they...

Asean’s plastic shame

Multilateral firms are polluting oceans by selling goods packaged in plastic to the Philippines, Indonesia and their neighbours, Greenpeace argues. It singled out Nestle,...

Manila poised to increase rates

With Indonesia and Vietnam both lowering interest rates in the past two months and Thailand under increasing pressure to follow suit, the Philippines is...

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Singapore targets Asean smart cities 

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