‘If it’s cancer, it’s cancer’: Rodrigo Duterte says state of his health is in question

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Philippines president made to undergo second colonoscopy so doctors could get more samples Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has raised questions about his health when he said in a public address that he had gone to a hospital for tests, one day after he missed a cabinet meeting and another event. Duterte has disappeared from public […]


New Destinations for Philippine Workers Are Russia, China

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Source: Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Note: Latest available data as of 2016 With exports faltering and stocks suffering outflows, officials are banking on remittances to help stabilize the peso, Asia’s worst-performing currency this year. The peso has lost more than 4 percent against the dollar in 2018. The Middle East remains the largest destination for […]


Philippine GDP Growth Exceeds 6% for a Ninth Consecutive Quarter

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The Philippine economy grew more than 6 percent for a ninth consecutive quarter, cementing its position as one of the fastest-expanding in the world. Key Points Gross domestic product increased 6.9 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the Philippine Statistics Authority said in Manila Thursday, after expanding a revised 6.7 percent in […]


A place called ‘hope’: the tiny island on the frontline of US-China tensions

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More than 100 Filipinos live 15 miles from one of Beijings most ambitious island bases in the South China Sea On the horizon, the azure sea water stops and the white, concrete structures of the Chinese military base rise up. Sometimes we get nervous because we are only civilians. If they invade the island, they […]


Philippines senator tells UN reports of drug war killings are ‘alternative facts’

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Ally of Rodrigo Duterte employs Trump-speak to deny that presidents policy has resulted in more than 7,000 being killed by death squads and vigilantes There has been no new wave of killings prompted by the Philippines alternative facts, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte has told the UN Human Rights Council. Duterte has received widespread […]