Dredge report: firm that built China's artificial islands in South China Sea gets PH deal Thu, Oct 27, 2016, 1:42 AM | Agence France-Presse | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, UPDATE, 9:55 A.M.-On the sidelines of President Duterte's China visit last week, a Chinese state-owned company said to have been involved in Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea signed a deal to construct islands in a mega project in Davao.

Beyond being #1 ODA source, Japan to work closely with PH on maritime issues, including the SCS Wed, Oct 26, 2016, 6:22 PM | Japan won't be just the Philippines' top source of official development assistance; it will play a key role as well in helping its Asian neighbor upgrade its maritime security capability, and ensure adherence to rule of law in resolving regional disputes, including in the South China Sea.

THE EMPEROR AND I | Duterte visit puts Japan, PH officials on faux pas alert Thu, Oct 27, 2016, 12:16 PM | Agence France-Presse Protocol-conscious Japanese were on faux pas alert Thursday with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte due to meet Emperor Akihito, the nation's most revered figure.


Philippines still good for investment, looks to Asian ties: minister Philippines still good for investment, looks to Asian ties: minister The Philippines is a good place for foreign investment despite statements from its volatile president attacking the United States and worries about his foreign policy,…

More online services cited as PH moves up in the \ More online services cited as PH moves up in the 'Doing Business' rankings The Philippines climbed four notches to 99th from 103rd in the World Bank and International Finance Corporation's 2017 Doing Business Report, and the NCC chief…

BSP revises rules on dormant accounts, bank fees BSP revises rules on dormant accounts, bank fees The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' policy-making Monetary Board revises the rules and now require banks and non-stock savings and loan associations to implement a monthly…


China to carry out more military drills in South China Sea Wed, Oct 26, 2016, 6:36 PM | Ben Blanchard, Reuters China will carry out military drills in the South China Sea all day on Thursday, the country's maritime safety administration said on Wednesday, ordering all other shipping to stay away.

BILIBID DRUG DEALING | House minority bloc wants De Lima held liable Thu, Oct 27, 2016, 3:20 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon The minority bloc of lawmakers in the House of Representatives argues that the legislative inquiry into drug dealing at National Bilibid Prison shoud recomment the filing of criminal liability on the part of then justice secretary Leila de Lima.

ALL ABOUT ECONOMICS | Duterte assures Japan about China visit but bashes US again Wed, Oct 26, 2016, 1:05 PM| Reuters | Agence France-Presse (UPDATE - 1:55 p.m.) President Rodolfo Duterte gave his assurances to Japan Wednesday that his high-profile visit to rival power China last week was all about economics, but again suggested defense ties with longtime ally Washington may be overhauled.

FACT CHECK | As death toll mounts, a hard look at some dubious data in drugs war Tue, Oct 25, 2016, 10:48 AM| Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall, Reuters President Rodrigo Duterte ended a recent speech in Manila with a now-familiar claim: Two policemen were dying every day in his violent battle to rid the country of illegal drugs. But police statistics have shown that figure to be exaggerated.

Duterte wants US troops out of PH in two years Wed, Oct 26, 2016, 4:31 PM| Agence France-Presse Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he wants US troops out of his country in the next two years and is willing to scrap defense pacts with longtime ally Washington if necessary.

Amid rising threat, Pinoy is ‘amir’ of pro-IS groups in Southeast Asia - study Wed, Oct 26, 2016, 12:37 PM| Agence France-Presse Southeast Asia faces a growing risk of extremist violence as Islamic State group supporters increasingly work together, but law enforcement agencies are unprepared for the new threat, a report warned Tuesday.

WATCH | Cops searching for drug suspect nab dozens in online gaming operations Thu, Oct 27, 2016, 3:25 PM| | With Ivy Bernardo, News5 Police authorities out to arrest a Chinese national for suspected drug offenses stumbled on an allegedly illegal online gambling operation with 60 foreigners - 51 of them Chinese - as employees, mostly bearing only tourist visas when they entered the country.

Erap, GMA: ex-foes now allies in support of National Child Devt Center at PLM Wed, Oct 26, 2016, 3:05 PM| Building on findings that large-scale public preschool programs can substantially boost children’s early learning, Manila's premier state university is teaming up with a national government agency to set up the country’s first National Child Development Center cum Training Laboratory.

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