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Philippines sees South China Sea energy projects unhampered despite dispute

16 Oct 2020

MANILA/BEIJING The Philippines energy secretary said on Friday the government's decision to lift a six-year-old moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea was a unilateral move, as China said it hoped the nations could work together on projects.

Philippine military boss says China telecoms spy risk 'very low'

13 Oct 2020

MANILA The Philippines' armed forces chief gave his assurance on Tuesday that a telecom firm part-owned by a Chinese state company posed no national security threat, and said equipment it will install in army camps will be tightly scrutinised.

Philippine activists say drug war fight not over, despite U.N. 'let down'

08 Oct 2020

MANILA Activists and families of victims of the Philippines' bloody war on drugs on Thursday vowed to keep fighting for justice, after the United Nations Human Rights Council opted to give technical assistance to a government accused of ignoring atrocities.

More nurses allowed to leave as Philippines eases travel ban

21 Sep 2020

MANILA More than a thousand Philippine health workers will finally be allowed to take jobs abroad following President Rodrigo Duterte decision to ease their travel ban, but they are not celebrating yet and want a total lifting of restrictions.

China-backed telecom firm says won't spy on Philippines

17 Sep 2020

MANILA A new Philippine telecoms firm with Chinese state investment on Thursday described as "truly misplaced" concerns that communications equipment it will install at military camps will be used for spying.

Philippines considers relaxing travel ban for nurses

17 Sep 2020

MANILA The Philippines is considering allowing more nurses and other medical professionals to leave for jobs abroad after banning them from travel so they can fight coronavirus at home, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said on Thursday.

Pandemic "hero" Filipino nurses struggle to leave home

16 Sep 2020

MANILA From across the Philippines, they gathered to pray by Zoom.

'Developing Asia' to shrink for first time in nearly six decades: ADB

15 Sep 2020

MANILA The coronavirus pandemic will cause economic output in "developing Asia" to shrink for the first time in nearly six decades in 2020 before it bounces back next year, the Asian Development Bank said on Tuesday.

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