Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he plans to name Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista as head of the National Food Authority, the agency tasked with importing rice. A former commander of the president's security group, Bautista is retiring from military service in October. Duterte is scouting for a new head of the agency after a rice shortage pushed prices to a record and spurred inflation to a nine-year high. “In the meantime, while I cannot put you yet in the central bank, maybe you can be with NFA to rationalize, to come up with a plan and make it structural,” Duterte said in a TV command conference in Cagayan, where Typhoon Mangkhut first made landfall. Rice from the National
Typhoon Mangkhut is losing power after making landfall in China and leaving Hong Kong with roads blocked, buildings damaged and low-lying areas flooded. The death toll in the Philippines rose to more than 50. More than 2.45 million people have been relocated and over 48,000 fishing boats returned to ports in China’s Guangdong province as of 5 p.m. on Sunday, when Mangkhut made landfall, according to Xinhua News Agency.
China's Maritime Silk Road, India's Act East, Korea's New Southern Policy and Taiwan's New Southbound Policy all reflect the increasing importance of Southeast Asia in the calculus of Asia's titans. Even the United States considers ASEAN central to its Indo-Pacific strategy. Seen from this vantage point, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's increasing Asian pivot is not a regional outlier, but rather a response to the changing times. During his address as a keynote speaker for the Boao Forum held on Hainan this April, President Duterte said that the “Philippines' destiny is in Asia.” He added that his country “is ready to work with all nations in the region to seek friendship and cooperation.”
Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines said they are not part of any “destabilization plot” against the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. A Catholic bishops' conference official said “if there is such a plan, [church leaders are] not part of it.” “I'm not in the intelligence community, I cannot say if such a plan really exists,” said Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the bishops' public affairs committee. “This is the assurance I can give you, the church has no part in it,” he added. Duterte earlier claimed that political rivals and critics were plotting to oust him from power in October. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana alleged the threat comes from communist rebels
A powerful typhoon is expected to make a landfall in the Philippines’ main Luzon island on Saturday, prompting authorities to place 17 areas on alert and start evacuations. Classified by the Hong Kong Observatory as a super typhoon, Mangkhut accelerated while slightly weakening to maximum winds of 240 kilometers (149 miles) per hour compared with 250 kilometers per hour earlier on Thursday. It’s forecast to make a landfall in Cagayan province on Saturday and lose some more power before heading to Hong Kong and South China.
Filipinos queuing for hours to buy cheap rice from the government. Families eating fewer meals a day to save money. Locals venting their anger against President Rodrigo Duterte on social media. These are the images and stories that have dominated media coverage in the Philippines after inflation soared to more than 6 percent in August, far higher than the rest of Asia. Pressure started at the beginning of the year with higher oil prices and tax increases on fuel, sugary drinks and cigarettes, and quickly moved to rice, the nation's staple food, because of supply shortages. Now, everything from electronic gadgets to haircuts to t-shirts cost at least 10 percent more than a year ago, according
Manila: The head of the primary government agency in charge of Philippines' food security has quit amid concerns over the supply of rice. Jason Aquino, who was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in October 2016 to head the National Food Authority (NFA), has resigned from his post. The move comes amid a controversy that been hounding the official since he assumed his post. He had earlier with the Bureau of Customs. A report by the online news agency, Rappler, implicates Aquino in corruption at the NFA, although other reports said reforms he initiated at the agency led to the sacking of certain officials. Duterte said in a televised interview with Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo that Aquino
By Joseph Santolan 11 September 2018 In late August, a team of high level Philippine officials visited Beijing to discuss expanded Chinese infrastructural investment in the country. Among the delegation were Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, and Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana. At stake in the negotiations were a range of major projects, which are being funded through Chinese loans provided by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Export-Import
Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp is taking its Philippines casino operator public through a backdoor listing in Manila, amid an uncertain political environment for the business in the Southeast Asian nation. Asiabest Group International, an investment holding company listed on the Philippine stock exchange, said on Tuesday its shareholders signed a deal for Universal's subsidiary, Tiger Resort Asia Ltd, to acquire two-thirds of the company for 646.5 million pesos ($12 million). Tiger owns the operator of the $2.4 billion Okada Manila integrated casino-resort.
Apparently, even NBA star Stephen Curry is not immune from being a victim of the Philippines’ fake news machine. You see, one website called Team Pacman Official (named after Manny Pacquiao) published a fake article about Curry on Sept.3 with this scandalous headline: “‘Filipinos are STUPID because they voted a killing president’ says Stephen Curry ... The post Steph Curry did not say Filipinos were ‘stupid’ for voting ‘killing president’ appeared first on Coconuts.
MANILA, Philippines – Criminal complaints have been filed against 43 Muslim militants from two armed groups linked to the Islamic State group for two bomb attacks in the southern Philippines, including a suspected suicide bombing that killed 11 people, police said Monday. Murder complaints were filed against 18 suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf for a powerful blast on July 31 that killed 11 people and wounded several others in Lamitan city on Basilan island, said Director General Oscar Albayalde, the national police chief. A foreign militant who drove the bomb-laden van died in the suspected suicide attack. Among those facing charges is an Abu Sayyaf commander, Furuji Indama, who Albayalde