Philippines now has worst COVID-19 outbreak in Southeast Asia

Asia Pacific Aug 7, 2020

Philippines now has worst COVID-19 outbreak in Southeast Asia

Despite imposing the longest, strictest lockdown in Southeast Asia, coronavirus cases in the Philippines have now surged to almost 120,000, eclipsing Indonesia to become the region’s biggest outbreak. The country re-imposed this week a second lockdown on Manila and nearby areas to curb infection spread, ...

Philippines losing virus war, doctors warn Rodrigo Duterte

Asia Pacific Aug 1, 2020

Philippines losing virus war, doctors warn Rodrigo Duterte

Dozens of doctors' groups on Saturday warned that the Philippines was losing the coronavirus fight, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten a recently eased lockdown as cases surged and hospitals turned away patients. Eighty medical associations representing tens of thousands of doctors signed the open ...

Typhoon Phanfone wreaks havoc in Philippines on Christmas

Asia Pacific Dec 25, 2019

Typhoon Phanfone wreaks havoc in Philippines on Christmas

Typhoon Phanfone pummeled the central Philippines on Christmas Day, bringing a wet, miserable and terrifying holiday season to millions in the mainly Catholic nation. Tens of thousands were stranded at shuttered ports or evacuation centers at the height of the festive season on Wednesday, and ...

Business Nov 8, 2018

Japan loans Philippines ¥38 billion for Manila railway repairs

Japan and the Philippines signed an agreement Wednesday for up to ¥38 billion ($336 million) in assistance from Tokyo to rehabilitate a mass transit railway in Manila that has fallen into a state of disrepair. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin and Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda ...