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Ai is a Journalism graduate at a state university in the Philippines who considers "writing" and "enlightening the blind" as her passion.

Malaysia hopeful of US-China trade deal amid heating tensions

Malaysia is hoping for a positive outcome on the United States and China’s year-long trade rift, saying further spat would negatively affect global economies especially the emerging markets. In a statement on Monday, Malaysian Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali underscored that the...

African Swine Fever hits Philippine hogs

THE Agriculture department of the Philippines has confirmed the presence of an African Swine Fever (ASF), following weeks of testing the local hogs for disease. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that out of the 20 blood samples sent to the United Kingdom, 14 have been...

Philippine inflation drops to a three-year low

PHILIPPINES saw inflation rate last month fell to a three-year low as a result of a recently-enacted measure which capped the prices of rice staple. On Thursday, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that inflation fell to 1.7 percent in August from the 2.4 percent...

Philippines’ Metro Pacific Hospital files for P83-billion IPO

Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc. (MPHHI), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), one of Philippines’ largest conglomerates, is seeking to raise P83 billion through an initial public offering. In a copy of the company’s prospectus sent to the media on Wednesday, MPHHI said...

Malaysia, Cambodia sign taxation, tourism deals

Malaysia and Cambodia are set to ink a double-taxation avoidance (DTA) agreement to boost their bilateral trade ties. The agenda is part of Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s agenda during his three-day visit in Cambodia beginning September 2 to 4. It is also the...

Thailand seeks trade boost with Malaysia

Thailand is looking to boost its trade relationship with Malaysia, with efforts to remove hurdles to cross-border trade with the latter in Songkhla's Sadao district. Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said that Thailand is now looking to double the number of immigration...

ASEAN, US to launch maritime drill, fight “wrongdoings”

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has joined forces with the United States in holding maritime exercises which were aimed at preventing other countries’ “wrongdoings.” The US Embassy in Bangkok announced in a statement on Friday that the exercises will be launched on September...

Malaysia Court defers Najib trial to August 26

A Malaysian Court on Monday has deferred one of the five trials of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak over a multi-billion-dollar scam involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).   High Court Collin Lawrence Sequerah, who is presiding over the case, said on Monday that the hearing...

Court allows De Lima of 48-hour furlough

  A Regional Trial Court (RTC) in the Philippines has granted Senator Leila de Lima, a known critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, to be temporarily released to visit her ailing mother. In two separate orders, the Muntinlupa RTC Branches 205 and 256 granted De Lima of...

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