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For Andreo Calonzo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Philippine Coast Guard personnel patrol the South China Sea
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Nov 29, 2023
Philippines allows civilian vessels and plans more joint sea patrols
Officials say many countries have expressed an interest in joining the Southeast Asian nation in patrolling contested waters.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 23, 2023
Marcos pitches ‘New Philippines’ plan with nod to father’s rule
The president must steer one of Asia’s best-performing economies amid a bleak global outlook and significant domestic challenges.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 2, 2023
As Asia strives to spur births, Philippines wants fewer babies
The government of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has warned that the country can’t achieve broad economic success without addressing demographic challenges.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 23, 2023
U.S. to gain military access in north Philippines near Taiwan
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Wednesday that the sites will be identified once formalized with the U.S.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 13, 2022
Crumbling nuclear plant may fuel Philippines after 36-year delay
A nuclear plant the size of the one in Bataan operating near peak capacity would have generated about 5% of the Philippinesu2019 power needs last year.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 5, 2022
Nursing shortage sparks bidding war as countries vie for talent
No nation is better prepared to help the world staff up its hospitals and clinics than the Philippines, the single biggest exporter of nurses.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 6, 2022
Billionaire bets on renewables in biggest 2022 Philippine IPO
Enrique Razon made his fortune operating ports and running casinos. His next target is the countryu2019s nascent renewables industry.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 8, 2022
Marcos Jr.’s big promises to Philippines face economic reality
The government lacks the fiscal space to allow tax concessions, or spend big on building bridges, roads and ports after racking up debt to help cushion the impact of the pandemic.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 29, 2022
One woman is trying to prevent the revival of a Marcos dynasty
Leni Robredo is attracting some of the biggest pre-election crowds in decades, but the question is whether the groundswell of support for her is too little, too late.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 19, 2022
Swift end to pandemic threatened by unvaccinated faraway locales
Logistical issues are relentlessly hounding vaccine rollouts in poorer countries, becoming one of the worldu2019s biggest public health challenges.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 2, 2021
Facebook users rewrite Marcos history in race to succeed Duterte
As one of Asiau2019s most free-wheeling and online democracies, the Philippines is particularly vulnerable to misinformation campaigns and hate speech.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Jul 5, 2021
Duterte’s pivot to China yet to deliver promised billions
Most big-ticket projects funded by China have yet to break ground or havenu2019t been approved, with only three under construction.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Jul 1, 2021
Vaccine disinformation spreads in Asia, endangering millions
Despite some of the highest rates of new cases in the world, recent surveys have shown vaccine resistance is prevalent in the region.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 6, 2021
Worst COVID-19 surge in Southeast Asia hammers Philippine hospitals
Daily infections rose to a record last week in the Southeast Asian nation, where one in nearly five COVID-19 tests comes back positive.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 6, 2021
China tests Biden with South China Sea tactic that misled Obama
It appears that Beijing is probing whether Biden will take action after pledging to work with allies to deter Chinese assertiveness.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 23, 2020
Philippines' Duterte gets tough on China in shift back toward U.S.
In recent months, his government has started to shift back toward Washington as Beijing has increased assertiveness in the South China Sea
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 4, 2020
Rodrigo Duterte paying Filipinos to move from Manila to country
The coronavirus pandemic is giving Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte a reason to reduce overcrowding in Manila, which in recent decades has swelled into one of the most heavily populated areas on Earth.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Feb 14, 2020
Philippines' Duterte tests Trump with move to unravel decades-old alliance
Over the years, Rodrigo Duterte's regular rants about the U.S. appeared to amount to little more than bluster. This week the Philippine leader finally moved to dismantle an alliance that has endured since World War II.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 2, 2018
Two years of Rodrigo Duterte: A mixed picture of drug war and economic boom
President Rodrigo Duterte's two years in office in the Philippines have been marred by controversy, but with one big success: A booming economy. The jury is still out if that's because, or in spite, of him.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 17, 2016
Duterte visit to Beijing likely to be heavy on business talks, light on South China Sea
Before he was elected president, Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte promised to use a jet ski to reclaim a disputed reef seized by China. Since taking office in June, he has extended the hand of friendship.

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