Manuel Mogato

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

21 May 2018

Philippines takes 'appropriate action' over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

MANILA The Philippines expressed "serious concerns" over the presence of China's strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken "appropriate diplomatic action", the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday.

11 May 2018

Philippine Supreme Court removes Duterte 'enemy' judge

MANILA The Philippine Supreme Court voted on Friday to remove its top judge, whom President Rodrigo Duterte called an "enemy" for voting against controversial government proposals, citing violations in the way she was appointed. | Video

26 Apr 2018

Philippines expresses 'great displeasure' as abuse row with Kuwait deepens

MANILA A dispute between Kuwait and the Philippines over reports of abuse of Philippine workers took a turn for the worse on Thursday with the Philippines expressing "great displeasure" about Kuwait's expulsion of its ambassador.

24 Apr 2018

Indonesia investigates reports top Islamic State commander killed

JAKARTA/MANILA Indonesia is investigating reports from Islamic State supporters that the most senior Southeast Asian commander of the militant group was killed by U.S. air strikes in eastern Syria last week, counter-terrorism officials said.

19 Apr 2018

Duterte's drugs war lieutenants get key posts in Philippine police reshuffle

MANILA Police at the helm of the Philippine war on drugs were given top posts in the national force on Thursday, indicating no let-up in a brutal crackdown that has caused international alarm, and defined Rodrigo Duterte's 21-month presidency.

16 Apr 2018

Philippines complains Facebook fact-checkers are biased

MANILA The Philippines government criticized on Monday Facebook's choice of two independent online news platforms to help fight the spread of fake news, saying they are biased against President Rodrigo Duterte.

09 Mar 2018

Philippines seeks 'terrorist' tag for 600 alleged communist guerrillas

MANILA A U.N. special rapporteur, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests are among more than 600 alleged communist guerrillas the Philippines wants declared "terrorists", according to a government petition filed in court.

20 Feb 2018

Philippine leader bans news site from covering his events over 'fake news'

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has "lost trust" in local news site Rappler and barred it from covering his official events, his spokesman said on Tuesday, in the latest blow for an outlet known for its tough scrutiny of his government.

20 Feb 2018

Defeats in Middle East driving Islamic State fighters to Philippines - separatist

MANILA Foreign Islamic State fighters forced out of Syria and Iraq have been arriving in the Philippines with the intent of recruiting, and they have plans to attack two Philippine towns, the head of the country's largest Muslim rebel group said on Tuesday.

06 Feb 2018

Philippines' Duterte reneges on China deal, bans foreign research ships

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has banned all foreign scientific research off the country's Pacific coast and told the navy to chase away unauthorised vessels, despite earlier allowing Chinese oceanographers to operate there.


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