Duterte not to blame for slowdown: analysts

Hong Kong is a major destination for Filipino migrants. Source: Wikimedia  The Philippine economy is suffering amid the global turndown rather than as a reaction...

S’pore couple jailed for starving maid

Singapore is largely dependent on migrant labour. A Singaporean couple, both 47, have been jailed for starving their Filipina maid over a period of...

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...

US U-turns on seized bells

The Philippines has welcomed the announcement by the US Department of Defence to return the colonial-era Balangiga bells, seized after a 1901 massacre by...

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...

Obama to raise South China Sea dispute

US President Barack Obama (pictured) and Asean leaders plan to raise the South China Sea dispute at this weekend’s summit in Kuala Lumpur, according...

Activist to join Duterte cabinet

Environmentalist Gina Lopez. Source: Flickr The Philippines’ president-elect, Rodrigo Duterte, has threatened to cancel mining projects that cause environmental damage after an anti-mining activist accepted...

Asean lacks economic freedom: US think tank

An MRT-3 train in Manila. The Philippines’ infrastructure is holding it back. Source: Wikimedia Out of a study ranking freedom in 178 economies, the Philippines...

US sends arms to Marawi 

Washington has given the Philippines machine guns, pistols and grenade launchers to reportedly battle Islamist insurgents in the besieged southern city of Marawi. "This equipment...

Philippines deploys Japanese plane

The Philippine military says it has deployed a Japanese patrol plane to a disputed Chinese-controlled shoal in the South China Sea or West Philippine...

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Singapore, which has some of the world’s highest diabetes rates, is to become the first country to ban advertising for sugary drinks, according to...

Singapore eases monetary policy for first time in 3.5 years

Singapore’s central bank loosened monetary policy for the first time in three-and-a-half years on Monday, while the trade-reliant economy narrowly dodged recession in the...

Indonesia’s Papuan lies continue

Indonesia has opened its Sorong Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on a 524-hectare site in the troubled province of West Papua.  Speaking at the inaugural ceremony,...