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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

14 Mar 2018

Duterte to withdraw Philippines from ICC after "outrageous attacks"

MANILA The Philippines said on Wednesday it is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) due to what President Rodrigo Duterte called "outrageous" attacks by U.N. officials and violations of due process by the ICC.

06 Mar 2018

Philippine inflation to ease despite uptick in February: central bank

MANILA The Philippine central bank poured cold water on the prospect of an interest rate hike, maintaining on Tuesday that annual inflation would ease to its target next year, despite the faster rate in February.

28 Feb 2018

U.S. investor transfers interests in Philippine news site to fend off government 'attack'

MANILA An American investor in a Philippine news outlet whose licence was revoked said on Wednesday it was transferring its interests to its local partners to remove an "artificial barrier" being used by the government to stifle its operations.

08 Feb 2018

Philippines has enough buffers to withstand capital outflows - central bank governor

MANILA The Philippines is well protected against capital outflows but the central bank remains prepared to provide liquidity to the financial system if necessary, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla said on Thursday.

07 Feb 2018

A faster pace of U.S. rate hikes could pressure Philippines on outflows

MANILA/HONG KONG The Philippines has drawn kudos and inflows as one of Asia's fastest growing economies, but some economic indicators raise a question of whether it could be a soft spot if U.S. interest rate hikes spur capital outflows from Asia this year.

05 Feb 2018

Philippine lawyers sue Sanofi over dengue vaccine

MANILA A Philippine government agency on Monday filed a lawsuit against French drugmaker Sanofi demanding compensation for the parents of a 10-year-old girl the agency said had died as a result of receiving its controversial anti-dengue vaccine.

29 Jan 2018

Philippines to phase out its beloved cheap but rickety jeepneys

MANILA Jeepneys, the flamboyant passenger trucks of the Philippines, are nearing the end of their reign as the "Kings of the Road", but they're not going down without a fight.

22 Jan 2018

Philippines economy seen ending 2017 on high note as fourth-quarter growth picks up: Reuters poll

MANILA The Philippines' economy was expected to have ended 2017 on a solid footing with growth in the last quarter gathering momentum from strong domestic demand, robust government spending, and a rebound in farm output.

22 Jan 2018

'Fake news' crutch used by SE Asian leaders to control media, critics charge

MANILA/BANGKOK Governments across Southeast Asia have a history of using laws and the judiciary to curb press freedoms - now, they have found a handy crutch to lean on as they intensify clampdowns: U.S. President Donald Trump's "fake news" mantra.

19 Jan 2018

Philippines halts sending workers to Kuwait over deaths, abuse

MANILA The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait on Friday, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said abuse by employers there had driven several domestic helpers to suicide.


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