Philippines Bans Foreign Research Ships, Reversing China Deal
The Philippines said it was suspending joint exploration of undersea resources and would chase off foreign ships conducting research in its territorial waters, after an agreement to allow a Chinese vessel to survey an undersea plateau there triggered a nationalist backlash against President Rodrigo Duterte.
— The Wall Street Journal
Duterte’s Drug War in the Philippines: New Campaign, Old Problems
For the third time since 2016, the Philippine government has relaunched the controversial anti-drug campaign, known locally as Oplan Tokhang, amid continuing concern that the police-led operations have led to massive human rights abuses.
— The Diplomat
Philippines: Japanese experts to set up ‘experimental’ garlic farms
The Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) is setting up experimental garlic farms in Ilocos Norte.
— Fresh Plaza
Philippines inks $233M deal with Canada for combat utility helicopters
The Philippines has inked a $233 million deal to purchase 16 combat utility helicopters from Canada for use in “internal security operations” against Maoist rebels and Islamic State allied extremists.
Duterte urged to suspend 13 DOH execs over Dengvaxia
Anti-corruption advocates on Monday asked President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend 13 officials of the Department of Health (DOH) over the controversial anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer
Duterte mulls gov’t audit on telco giants for allegedly hindering entry of 3rd player
The President issued the warning after expressing dismay at how some telco firms have reportedly been making “too many demands” in connection with the entry of a third telco player in the country.
— Manila Bulletin
Foreigners ‘rude’ to immigration officers barred from entering Philippines
Visiting foreigners who are rude and disrespectful towards immigration officers will be barred from entering the country, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente warned on Tuesday.
— The Nation
Asia Minute: Dengue Vaccine Sparks Controversy in the Philippines
It’s been a little more than two years since Hawai‘i Island was hit with an outbreak of dengue fever. While local cases involving the virus have been quiet since then, dengue is at the center of a controversy in the Philippines. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.
— Hawaii Public Radio
Philippine Central Bank Governor Faces His First Big Policy Test
Philippine central bank Governor Nestor Espenilla faces his first major test on Thursday: striking a balance between curbing inflation and calming financial markets.
Canada selling helicopters to Philippines despite human rights concerns
Canada is selling helicopters to the Philippines military just months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voiced concerns over human rights abuses by the country’s security forces.
— The Globe and Mail
Philippine govt. encourages tourism sector to ‘go green’
The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is seeking an 80 percent increase on tourism-related establishments “going green” in the next 10 years, as the agency committed to take part in further promoting sustainable tourism in the country in line with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) tourism goals.
— SAUDI GAZETTE
Del Monte Philippines plans P16.7-billion IPO
Del Monte Philippines Incorporated (DMPI), the local unit of fruit grower and canner Del Monte Pacific Limited Incorporated (DMPL), plans to raise as much P16.7 billion through an initial public offering (IPO).
Cryptocurrency, Casino Hub to Rise in Northern Philippines
The Philippine authorities and a Chinese consortium have signed an agreement to establish a preferential economic zone in the northern tip of the Philippines as a “financial technology (fintech) city” that will be home to a cryptocurrency farm, cryptocurrency exchange, blockchain center, and fintech start-up incubators and cryptocurrency exchange.
Philippines orders 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters under modernization plan
Bell Helicopter has signed a purchase agreement with the Philippines for additional Bell 412EPI helicopters, the company said Tuesday at the Singapore Airshow.
— Defense News
The Philippines Just Flattened A Whole Bunch Of Smuggled Cars With A Bulldozer
The Philippines has had a bit of a problem with people smuggling cars into the country without paying taxes. So to make a point, it just crushed a whole bunch of confiscated cars by driving over them with a bulldozer.
Cash-for-cow program to aid farmers, feed Mayon evacuees
A “cash for cow” scheme will be implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to help farmers displaced by the eruption of Mayon Volcano earn and, at the same time, address the nutritional needs of the evacuees.
— Manila Bulletin
Zero-importation policy eases NFA out of market
The government’s decision to thumb down rice importation has left the National Food Authority (NFA) with virtually no inventory of cheap rice, with the poor in Metro Manila the first to suffer.
Coca-Cola PH to lay off workers
Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines Inc. will reduce its workforce, because of “recent developments within the beverage industry and the business landscape as a whole.”
— The Manila Times
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