RCEP negotiations set for conclusion in November

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its six trade partners are hoping for the conclusion of the negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Duterte vetos ‘urgent’ worker rights bill

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a measure that would have ended companies' practice of hiring workers on short-term contracts, breaking a campaign promise....

Philippine media trial begins of Duterte critic

In the Philippines, Rappler editor Maria Ressa's libel trial has opened in a case seen as retaliation for reports on President Rodrigo Duterte.The 55-year-old...

Philippine ‘misogynist-in-chief’ signs harassment law

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is notorious for cracking gang rape “jokes” and making inappropriate remarks to female journalists, has signed a law against...

Amnesty demands UN probe into Philippine drug slaughter 

Amnesty International has called for the United Nations to investigate the deaths of thousands of mostly poor Filipinos. Three years after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte...

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