Philippines Report
Marcos picks diplomat Manalo to head foreign affairs

Marcos picks diplomat Manalo to head foreign affairs

President Marcos has named career diplomat Enrique Manalo as his foreign secretary, a 43-year veteran who had represented Manila in the United Nations and in key missions in Europe, and who is seen ensuring continuity and consistency in the country’s [...]

July 2, 2022 Headlines
Crude Oil Surges Higher; Supply Outages Boost Market

Crude Oil Surges Higher; Supply Outages Boost Market

Oil prices climbed Thursday, ending a gloomy week on a positive note as expectations of further supply tightness outweighed worries about a global economic slowdown. By 9:20 AM ET (1320 GMT), U.S. crude futures traded 2.5% higher at $105.36 a [...]

July 2, 2022 Business, News
World Bank cancels loans for Metro Manila BRT project

World Bank cancels loans for Metro Manila BRT project

Three years after agreeing to disburse the monies, the World Bank has cancelled a $64 million (P3.5 billion) loan for the Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line 1 project. According to local media reports, the World Bank noted that with less [...]

July 2, 2022 News
Marcos starts Day 1 in Palace by attending Holy Mass

Marcos starts Day 1 in Palace by attending Holy Mass

Before officially starting his presidential duties, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. decided to attend a Mass with his Cabinet members before formally starting his first day in office as the country’s new leader, Malacañang said. In a statement, the Palace [...]

July 2, 2022 News
Imee seeks deeper probe into agricultural smuggling

Imee seeks deeper probe into agricultural smuggling

Sen. Imee Marcos called yesterday for a deeper investigation into agricultural smuggling and the prosecution of notorious smugglers within the first 100 days of the administration of her younger brother, President Marcos. She said the actual filing of cases against [...]

July 2, 2022 Headlines
Gilas Pilipinas suffers 46-point beatdown vs New Zealand

Gilas Pilipinas suffers 46-point beatdown vs New Zealand

Gilas Pilipinas absorbed a 46-point blowout to New Zealand, 106-60, in the Fiba World Cup 2023 Asian qualifiers on Thursday at Eventfinda Stadium in Auckland. The Tall Blacks pounced on the undermanned Philippine men’s basketball sweep to complete a four-game [...]

July 1, 2022 News
Salmonella found in world's biggest chocolate plant

Salmonella found in world’s biggest chocolate plant

Salmonella bacteria have been discovered in the world’s biggest chocolate plant, run by Swiss giant Barry Callebaut in the Belgian town of Wieze, the firm said on Thursday. A company spokesman told Agence France-Presse that production had been halted at [...]

July 1, 2022 Business
How Duterte’s time in power shook up the Philippines

How Duterte’s time in power shook up the Philippines

The Punisher. Dirty Harry. Donald Trump of the East. These were nicknames given to President Rodrigo Duterte, a fiery populist who waged a deadly war on drugs in the Philippines. Elected in 2016, he scrambled the country’s international loyalties, shook [...]

July 1, 2022 News
Marcos, Duterte share stage on inauguration

Marcos, Duterte share stage on inauguration

Amid the unpredictable weather, Vice President Sara Duterte attended President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s inauguration at the National Museum on Thursday, June 30, as the tandem starts an administration anchored on the promise of unity and change. Marcos praised Duterte, [...]

July 1, 2022 News
Marcos' economic message leaves businesses wanting for more

Marcos’ economic message leaves businesses wanting for more

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. repeated his calls for “unity” as he promised in his inaugural address to rebuild the economy with his “all-inclusive plan” that, up to this point, remains obscure. In a speech on Thursday that lasted for almost [...]

July 1, 2022 Headlines