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October 17, 2017 8:35 AM Harsh words aside, EU-PH trade robust: Exports to Europe seen to exceed $10B in 2017

MANILA – European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen expects exports from the Philippines to the EU to exceed US$10 billion this year, even as the Philippines has already exported US$4.6 billion worth of products to the EU in the first half of 2017, according to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. These numbers were revealed on Tuesday before 4

October 13, 2017 9:40 AM Malacañang admits Duterte 'being fed wrong info' on EU

While stressing the need 'for correct reportage,' Malacañang fails to acknowledge its responsibility to relay correct information to President Rodrigo Duterte MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang admitted that President Rodrigo Duterte was "being fed the wrong information" after the Chief Executive threatened to expel European diplomats based on the wrong 6

October 12, 2017 6:39 PM Duterte to EU envoys in PH: ‘Don’t f… with us, leave my country in 24 hours’

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday told ambassadors of European Union countries to leave the Philippines after he slammed the EU for being critical towards his administration. “You leave my country in 24 hours. All of you,” Duterte said in a speech during the inauguration of the newly-renovated press briefing room in Malacañang. “Just like that you tell us: ‘You will be excluded 9

October 7, 2017 4:56 AM Duterte returns from 'productive' Brunei trip

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte returned from a “productive” visit to Brunei on Saturday that underscored the two countries’ friendship, Malacañang said. Duterte on Thursday evening left for an overnight visit to Brunei to attend the 50th anniversary of accession to the throne of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson 13

October 5, 2017 8:05 AM Your gilded chariot awaits: Brunei sultan celebrates 50 years in power

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) - Oil-rich Brunei’s absolute ruler marked 50 years in power on Thursday, with elaborate celebrations that included a glittering procession through the capital on a gilded chariot. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 71, is now the world’s second-longest reigning monarch, after ascending the throne in the tiny northeast Borneo nation 2

October 1, 2017 4:18 PM The EU and the Philippines

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and I led a Philippine delegation to the European Union (“EU”) in Brussels, Belgium, last week. We had extensive discussions with EU officials on a range of concerns from the drug war, to ISIS, to GSP+ and the FTA, to President Duterte’s invitation to the UNHRC and EU DROI to open in Manila a human rights monitoring center 1

October 1, 2017 4:18 PM EU to assess PHL eligibility for GSP+ perks

The European Union will begin this October a review of the Philippines’s compliance with 27 international treaties and conventions to determine whether the country can continue enjoying trade perks under the EU-Generalized System of Preferences Plus (EU-GSP+). Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, who came from a visit to the EU Commission in Brussels last week, said he presented 1

September 27, 2017 3:53 PM Rights violations can have consequences on Pinoys’ livelihood – lawyer

MANILA – The Philippines’ dismal human rights record does not just affect the lives of victims and their families, but also the livelihood of thousands of people whose work relates to Philippine products that enjoy greatly reduced or zero tariffs when exported to the European Union. This was underscored by TV5 legal analyst and Far Eastern University 9

September 24, 2017 4:00 PM Top UK trade official in town

MANILA, Philippines — A top UK trade official is visiting the Philippines this week to further boost trade and investment relations between the UK and the Philippines. UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and the ASEAN Economic Community Richard Graham will return to the country for the third time to visit Bataan, Pampanga 7

September 22, 2017 12:12 AM Kim hits back at Trump as U.S. ramps up North Korea sanctions

Kim Jong-Un is keen to show the world that he is not intimidated by Donald Trump's forceful rhetoric UNITED NATIONS – The United States ramped up sanctions aimed at curtailing North Korea's nuclear weapons drive Thursday, September 21, as Kim Jong-Un vowed that Donald Trump's "deranged" threats would only toughen his resolve. The US president unveiled 10