Philippines scrambles to solve water shortages

The Philippine Senate is due to conduct a public hearing on March 19 into the water shortages gripping the country, especially Manila and Rizal,...

Asean’s predictable elections could boost growth

Elections are scheduled in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in the next few months, leading to speculation about how political activity will affect Asean’s...

Philippines accused of crushing free speech

The head of Philippine news website Rappler, which has criticised President Rodrigo Duterte, has been freed on bail a day after her controversial arrest...

Philippines ignores US over Huawei

The telecoms sector is providing another example of the growing influence of China across Asean, as its controversial mobile giant, Huawei, prepares to roll...

World Bank ‘doubles’ Philippine disaster relief

The World Bank says it has almost doubled the coverage of its natural disaster risk insurance for the Philippines. The Washington-based institution said the...

Philippines shines in gender equality study

The Philippines remains the Asian country with the narrowest gender wage gap, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report for 2018....

Philippine police jailed for child murder

Three Philippine police officers were found guilty of murdering a teenager during President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Judge Roldolfo Azucena ruled that the...

Duterte yet to justify China policy 

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Manila this week has produced more deals on economic cooperation with the Philippines but analysts are sceptical about...

Xi to discuss South China Sea 

China and the Philippines are due to discuss territorial disputes in the South China Sea, according to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is in...

US hands over Filipino trophies from 1901 massacre 

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has handed (pictured) over three church bells to the Philippines that were taken as war trophies in 1901 after...

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Thailand mulls stimulus to counter political uncertainty 

Amid Thailand’s political uncertainty, Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong has unveiled plans for Bt20 billion (US$629 million) of investment to kickstart the economy.  Growth was expected...

European Parliament condemns Brunei sharia laws

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