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IBON Survey – 7 out of 10 Filipinos see themselves as poor

According to research group IBON’s latest survey, the majority of Filipinos consider themselves poor. Asked what they can say about the situation of their families today, seven out of ten or 70.8% of respondents said they are poor.  Only 25% said they are not poor, while the rest said they don’t know or had no 

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Most Filipinos opposed to more foreign ownership in PH economy – IBON Survey

Research group IBON’s recent survey showed that the majority of Filipinos are against further foreign ownership in the country’s economy. Asked if they favored the proposal to further open up the Philippine economy to foreign ownership of land, natural resources, utilities, educational institutions, companies or corporations and media outfits, majority of the respondents disagreed. In further 

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Duterte to sign EO ​on new ​Bangsamoro Transition Commission

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will be signing the executive order on Monday, Nov. 7 reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission tasked to draft the enabling law that will result to a Bangsamoro government if approved by Congress. The draft of a new enabling law will replace the failed Bangsamoro Basic Law. submitted to 

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Duterte: no more foreign troops in PH in 2 years

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte may abrogate executive military agreements with the United States in a bid to freeing the country of the presence of foreign troops in two years time. The President made the announcement as he addressed the Philippine Economic Forum at the Convention Hall of Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel 

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet on the 
sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in 
Vientiane, Laos on Sept. 6. 
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Duterte Japan trip yields Toyota, Mitsubishi deals in $1.85-B package

TOKYO – President Rodrigo Duterte has secured $1.85 billion in investment pledges from Japanese companies here, including commitments from Toyota Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors to build subcompacts in the Philippines, a Cabinet official said Thursday. The two auto giants’ decision to build Vios and Mirage models will boost Manila’s efforts to revive its automotive 

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RENEWAL OF TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to their bilateral meetings at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. 
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Duterte bringing home $24B worth of deals from China

BEIJING, China (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte and the large business delegation that accompanied him to China may be bringing home around $24 billion worth of deals, said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. “Based on the numbers we are putting together now, in terms of investments, credit facilities opened, $24 billion,” Lopez told reporters on Friday, October 

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HELP OFWS. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz (extreme left) wants President Rodrigo Duterte to help undocumented OFWs in China.  PHOTO: Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte urged: Help 200,000 undocumented OFWs in China

MANILA, Philippines – Days after President Rodrigo Duterte returned from a trip to Beijing, a lawmaker urged the President to help some 200,000 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in China. “‘Yung concern kasi ng sector namin, being the [one] representing OFW, is the legalization muna of the agreements between China and Philippines. Kasi hanggang 

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Environment sec vows moratorium on new mining

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – To the delight of thousands of indigenous and Moro people environment and natural resources secretary Gina Lopez said that her office will no longer entertain new permits for mining companies in the country. “I want you to know, that DENR now, I’m putting a moratorium on all new mining,” Lopez said 

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Independence assertion a first 100 days highlight

End US interference in PH econ affairs, gov’t urged

O​n the eve of the Duterte administration’s 100th day, research group IBON said that the government should not just be open to United States (US) withdrawal of its assistance to the Philippines. The Philippines can unilaterally end so-called programs which interfere in the country’s economic policy-making. This includes the US’s so-called Partnership for Growth (PFG) 

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Many Filipinos had trouble spending on food and services in past three months — IBON Survey

Research group IBON’s most recent survey shows many respondents saying that they had difficulty in buying food and paying for their children’s schooling and health expenses. Asked how their family met food, schooling and health expenses in the past three months, majority answered that they had difficulty in buying food while more respondents had difficulty meeting 

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