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Philippine central bank gov sees solid 2021 growth, policy support sufficient

The worst is over for the pandemic-hit Philippine economy, and a ‘remarkable rebound’ is expected this year, the central bank chief said on Tuesday (Jan. 12), adding that the current accom...

Philippines seeks 148 million COVID-19 shots this year for 2/3 of population

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is negotiating with seven vaccine manufacturers to procure at least 148 million COVID-19 shots as it seeks to inoculate close to two-thirds of its population this ye...

Global pandemic meets 500th anniversary of 1st global voyage

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Disease, mutinies and uncharted waters nearly sabotaged the global circumnavigation of the expedition led by Portuguese mariner Ferdinand Magellan. Five centuries later, the pandemi...

Philippine president's guards used 'smuggled' COVID-19 vaccines - minister

The Philippine defense minister said on Wednesday (Dec. 30) that unapproved COVID-19 vaccines given to President Rodrigo Duterte’s military security detail had been smuggled into the country, bu...

Taiwan's MOFA responds to Duterte's 'negotiation' tactic for COVID vaccines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to kick out U.S. troops if the archipelago country does not receive American-made COVID-19 vaccines, Ta...

Taiwan police officer awarded prestigious medal in Philippines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila on Saturday (Dec. 26) announced that Jerry Wang (王智勇), the Criminal Investigation Bureau liaison officer in the Ph...

Philippines bans all flights from Britain starting Dec. 24

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has banned all flights from the United Kingdom, his spokesman said on Wednesday, as the European nation battles a more infectious COVID-19 stra...

US provides anti-bomb, sniper's equipment to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. defense chief announced Tuesday the delivery of nearly $30 million worth of weapons to the Philippines, which faces threats from Islamic State group-linked militant...

Duterte rules out Christmas truce with communist rebels

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has ruled out any cease-fire or resumption of long-stalled peace talks with communist guerrillas and renewed a vow to destroy the insurgents in his ...

The Latest: Nobel laureate warns of increased trafficking

UNITED NATIONS — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad says the COVID-19 pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the line.” ...

Asia Today: Vietnam reports 1st local infection in 89 days

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after discovering the country's first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. ...

The Latest: Philippines targets 60 million for vaccination

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials say about 60 million Filipinos are being targeted for vaccination against the coronavirus next year at a cost of more than 73 billion pesos ($1.4 billion) to...

US provides missiles, renews pledge to defend Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration provided precision-guided missiles and other weapons to help the Philippines battle Islamic State group-aligned militants and renewed...

Philippines' Duterte ends overseas travel ban on healthcare workers: Labour minister

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved ending a ban on deploying the nation’s healthcare workers, his labour minister said on Saturday, clearing the way for thousands of nurses to tak...

Southeast Asian leaders begin summit amid 'major power rivalries'

Southeast Asian leaders kicked off a multilateral summit on Thursday (Nov. 12) expected to address tensions in the South China Sea and tackle plans for a post-pandemic economic recovery in a region wh...