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NEDA chief: Government may borrow more from China, Japan

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As the Duterte administration pivots to neighboring economic giants such as China and Japan that offer financing for infrastructure projects, the share of foreign borrowings may exceed the government’s medium-term program and reach 30 percent of the total, the country’s chief economist said. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia told reporters that the yearly borrowing […]

Posted: May 19th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

PH, China mulling prisoners swap — envoy

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BEIJING — The Philippines and China are eyeing a possible agreement to swap Filipino and Chinese prisoners so that they could serve their sentence in their own respective countries, Manila’s envoy here said Wednesday. “There are some discussions on transfer of sentenced persons. They are trying to reach agreement so if they are sentenced, they […]

Posted: May 17th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Mactan Cebu Airport commences two new Xiamen Airlines flights to China

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GMR-MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC), the private company managing the terminal operations and other related areas of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, welcomes two more China-direct flights this month as Xiamen Airlines launches its Cebu- Jinjiang and Cebu – Fuzhou routes. China-based Xiamen Airlines launched its first scheduled service to Cebu last March 2016 with Cebu […]

Posted: May 8th, 2017 in What's Up | Read More »

Mandaue’s Omaña scores 1st-rd TKO win in China

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BOXER-turned-Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Joseph Omaña scored a big win in China by beating Chinese newcomer Yong Hu in the undercard of Legend King Championships in Zhuhai City last Saturday. The Mandaue City-native Omaña stopped Yong Hu via a first-round technical knockout, said Joeric Calisang of Team Joeric Boxing, who is Omaña’s promoter. The […]

Posted: May 1st, 2017 in Sports | Read More »

Asean leaders wrestle over China at summit

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte faced pushback on Saturday at a regional summit over his efforts to weaken Southeast Asian resistance to Chinese expansionism in the contested South China Sea, diplomats said. Duterte was due to release a chairman’s statement at the end of the one-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) leaders meeting that ignored […]

Posted: April 29th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Unity against coercion

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There can be no discounting the importance of the challenges that confront Southeast Asia today. This week, as Asean leaders converge in Manila for the 30th Asean Summit; the evolving difficulties in the South China Sea will unavoidably be in the backdrop. The report that the Chinese Coast Guard fired shots at Filipino fishermen in […]

Posted: April 24th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Read More »

Taiwan bans consumption, sale of dog and cat meat

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BEIJING — Taiwan’s legislature has explicitly banned the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat and increased the penalty for animal cruelty, underscoring growing awareness of animal welfare in one of Asia’s most prosperous societies. The legislature amended Taiwan’s animal protection law to double the maximum penalty for deliberate harm to animals to two […]

Posted: April 12th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Duterte: China vessels near disputed waters not violating PH sovereignty

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DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte said Chinese vessels sailing near disputed waters off the Philippines did not violate the country’s sovereignty, saying ships from other nations would be welcome to dock in Philippine ports. Mr. Duterte made the statement in reaction to reports the Chinese have been setting up radar and other surveillance installations […]

Posted: March 19th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

China stays mum on its defense budget

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BEIJING — China in recent years has responded to calls for greater military transparency by releasing its defense budget. Not this year, it seems. The defense and finance ministries did not immediately respond to questions about why the government failed to provide a figure for its annual military spending at the opening of its rubber-stamp […]

Posted: March 5th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Duterte urged: Assert PH rights in South China Sea

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Senior officials of a Washington-based think tank group stressed the importance of asserting the arbitral tribunal’s ruling on the South China Sea, expressing skepticism over a code of conduct being pursued by member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). In a press conference on Thursday’s closing reception of the Center for Strategic and […]

Posted: March 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized | Read More »