Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet on the 
sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in 
Vientiane, Laos on Sept. 6. 
(File photo from ABS-CBNNews.com)

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. 
Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

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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50 injured, 29 nabbed as police disperse protest at US embassy

“Today, we witnessed how even our local security forces are keen on employing violent tactics to quell the dissent of the marginalized and the oppressed.” By DEE AYROSO Bulatlat MANILA – At least 50 protesters were wounded and 29 were arrested by the Manila Police District (MPD) in a violent dispersal of a rally by 

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Journalist Wences Balanquit of Southern Tagalog Exposure. 
PHOTO: Mayday Productions

STATEMENT: AlterMidya condemns illegal arrest, assault of journalists in violent dispersals

ALTERMIDYA, a national network of alternative media groups, strongly condemns the attack on journalists covering the protest at the US embassy Wednesday morning. Close to a thousand protesters, mostly indigenous people, were about to conclude their demonstration when police violently dispersed, mauled and arrested several demonstrators. Among those illegally arrested was Wences Balanquit, a journalist 

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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. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte visit signifies ‘full recovery’ of PH-China relations

BEIJING, China – President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China was successful in restoring the “friendship” between the Philippines and China, according to the Chinese government. “The visit signifies the full recovery of China, the Philippines’ friendship back to the normal level,” said Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin on Thursday, October 20. Liu gave the statement 

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LAKBAYAN 2016 marchers from indigenous communities and their supporters from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao converge in Manila to protest militarization and demand justice and peace.
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National minorities put crime scene yellow tape on mining firms’ gates

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Some 400 members of indigenous people’s groups from Northern Luzon trooped to Makati for a series of picket protests on their first morning in the capital this Thursday, October 13. With many of them in their traditional attire, they recounted their situation which they said the mining and energy 

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