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Philippine ANALYST 2017





    • Business
      PH auto sales surpasses 2016 target

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    • Congresswatch
      Duterte signs EO for RH Law

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    • Economy
      Economy slowed in 4Q2016, but whole year 2016 pace of 6.8% a 3-year high

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    • Infrastructure
      Confusion marks the start of RCOA

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    • Political
      Duterte signs 2017 national budget

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    • The Philippine ANALYST January-February 2017 Issue

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    • Congresswatch
      Congress and Malacañang identify priority bills

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    • Economy
      Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 approved

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    • Infrastructure
      Construction of MRT-LRT common station

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    • Business
      Auto industry seeks lower car tax

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    • Political
      Impeachment complaint filed against Duterte, readied for Robredo

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    • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
      The Philippine ANALYST March 2017 Issue

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    • Business
      DTI implements stricter regulations for steel and cement imports

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    • Congresswatch
      Business groups’ priority bills still pending

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    • Economy
      Budget deficit narrows in 1Q2017

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    • Infrastructure
      Gov’t bares ambitious infrastructure program

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    • Political
      SC orders P81 Mn pay for VP protest

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    • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
      The Philippine ANALYST April 2017 Issue

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      • Business
        Espenilla named as the new BSP governor

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      • Congresswatch
        Legislative Performance of the 17th Congress – 1st Regular Session

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      • Economy
        Consumer confidence at all-time high in 2Q2017

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      • Infrastructure
        Unabated MRT-3 service disruptions

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      • Political
        Impeachment complaint against Duterte junked

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      • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
        The Philippine ANALYST May-June 2017 Issue

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        • Business
          New cigarette tax stamps out by Oct

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        • Congresswatch
          Congress leaders open 2nd Regular Session with priority bills

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        • Economy
          Inflation increases in July 2017

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        • Infrastructure
          EO 30 to speed up implementation of power projects

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        • Political
          Duterte approves 2018 national budget

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        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
          The Philippine ANALYST July-August 2017 Issue

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                Philippine ANALYST 2016



                • Business
                  More foreign banks to enter PH – BSP

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                • Congresswatch
                  Agricultural bills up for PNoy’s signature

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                • Economy
                  PH economy up 5.8% in ’15, slower vs. 6.1% in ‘14

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                • Infrastructure
                  Gov’t infrastructure spending rises in November ‘15

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                • Political
                  Binay,Poe tie for lead in latest survey

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                • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                  The Philippine ANALYST January 2016 Issue

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                  • Business
                    Sustained tourism growth in 2016

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                  • Congresswatch
                    Senate approves bill regulating credit card industry

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                  • Economy
                    Gov’t incurs below-ceiling deficit of P122 Bn in 2015

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                  • Infrastructure
                    In defense of coal

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                  • Political
                    Enhanced deterrence: EDCA and the West Philippine Sea

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                  • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                    The Philippine ANALYST February-March 2016 Issue

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                  • Business
                    Local banks to face stiffer competition

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                  • Congresswatch
                    Departmentof ICT (DICT) Bill Signed Into Law

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                  • Economy
                    Fitch, S&P keep PH rating

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                  • Infrastructure
                    Funding Angat Dam

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                  • Political
                    PNoy signs Customs Modernization and Tariff Act into law

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                  • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                    The Philippine ANALYST April 2016 Issue

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                  • Congresswatch
                    Crucial reform bills that were approved and bypassed by the 16th Congress

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                  • Infrastructure
                    Finally, MRT-7

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                  • Business
                    Fair, efficient market competition in the making?

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                  • Economy
                    PH economy up 6.9% in 1Q16, fastest in Asia

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                  • Political
                    Congress proclaims Duterte, Robredo as new president, VP

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                  • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                    The Philippine ANALYST May 2016 Issue

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                  • Business
                    Reinvigorating the PH investment climate

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                  • Congresswatch
                    Farm Tourism bill signed into law

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                  • Economy
                    Duterte presents 10-point economic agenda

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                  • Infrastructure
                    P10-Bn Cargo Rail Line proposed

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                  • Political
                    Prospects for a federal Philippines

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                  • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                    The Philippine ANALYST June 2016 Issue

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                  • Business
                    PH logistics performance drops

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                  • Congresswatch
                    Aquino signs JobStart Philippines program

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                  • Economy
                    Budget deficit reaches P120 Bn in 1st half

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                  • Infrastructure
                    Addressing Metro Manila’s traffic

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                  • Political
                    Duterte’s 1st State of the Nation Address (SONA): A Statement of the Future

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                  • The Philippine ANALYST July 2016 Issue

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                  • Economy
                    GDP up 6.9% in 1H2016, among Asia’s fastest

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                  • Business
                    Manufacturing grew by 7.2% in 1H2016

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                  • Congresswatch
                    Arroyo, Fernando push for Metro Manila Traffic Crisis Act of 2016 …

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                  • Infrastructure
                    Duterte administration targets 17 PPP projects awarded by end-2017

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                  • Political
                    Duterte enjoys high trust rating

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                  • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                    The Philippine ANALYST August 2016 Issue

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                  • Business
                    Nationwide online processing of business permits eyed this 2016

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                  • Congresswatch
                    Comprehensive Tax Reform Package sent to Congress

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                  • Economy
                    S&P affirms PH credit rating, upgrade unlikely in next 2 years

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                  • Infrastructure
                    Flying High: Improving Philippine Air Transport Infrastructure

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                  • Political
                    Duterte’s net satisfaction rating a ‘very good’ +64

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                  • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                    The Philippine ANALYST September 2016 Issue

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                  • Business
                    Doing business in the PH easier

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                  • Congresswatch
                    Higher car tax proposed

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                  • Economy
                    Peso volatile, fell sharply vs. US dollar

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                  • Infrastructure
                    New $1 Bn LRT Proposed

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                  • Political
                    End of ‘Endo’?

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                  • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                    The Philippine ANALYST October 2016 Issue

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                  • Business
                    High power cost weighs down Ph competitiveness

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                  • Congresswatch
                    Amending the 24-year old Consumer Act

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                  • Economy
                    PH among Asia’s fastest-growing in 1st 3 quarters

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                  • Infrastructure
                    PH Infra Spending on the rise

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                  • Political
                    First 3 months of Duterte administration “very good” – SWS

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                  • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                    The Philippine ANALYST November 2016 Issue

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                  • Business
                    Proposed Investment Priority Plan for 2017-2019

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                  • Congresswatch
                    17th Congress ends 2016 with 2 enacted laws

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                  • Economy
                    Unemployment situation continues to improve

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                  • Infrastructure
                    NEDA approves 16 Infra Projects

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                  • Political
                    Duterte assures businessmen PH will honor contracts

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                  • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                    The Philippine ANALYST December 2016 Issue

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                  Philippine ANALYST 2015





                    • Business
                      More foreign banks to enter PH

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                    • Congresswatch
                      Angara pushes for transparency in granting of tax perks

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                    • Economy
                      PH grows 6.1% in 2014

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                    • Infrastructure
                      OCSP2 offers 17 Hydropower Projects…

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                    • Ephemeral euphoria: An Assessment of the Aquino Administration. By: Peter Wallace

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                    • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                      The Philippine ANALYST January-February 2015 Issue

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                    • Business
                      Alcohol tax stamp, sin tax collection and other updates

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                    • Congresswatch
                      Entrepreneurship and fi nancial literacy program in all educational levels pushed

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                    • Economy
                      Budget deficit well below limit in 2014

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                    • Infrastructure
                      Gov’t unveils P1 trillion-transport plan

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                    • Political
                      VP Binay leads presidential contenders…

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                    • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                      The Philippine ANALYST March 2015 Issue

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                      • Business
                        PH’s tourism industry more competitive – WEF survey

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                      • Congresswatch
                        Senate approves Department of ICT bill on third reading

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                      • Economy
                        PH economy slips to a 5.2% growth in 1Q2015

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                      • Infrastructure
                        PH Gov’t offers bundled airport development projects under PPP

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                      • Political
                        Senator Poe overtakes VP Binay in latest poll

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                      • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                        The Philippine ANALYST May 2015 Issue

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                      • Business
                        Manila more expensive for expat living

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                      • Congresswatch
                        President Aquino signs Anti-trust, Cabotage Law amendments…

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                      • Economy
                        PH 9th largest FDI recipient in East Asia

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                      • Infrastructure
                        Prospective bidders eye Clark Green City

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                      • Political
                        President Aquino endorses Sec. Roxas

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                      • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                        The Philippine ANALYST June 2015 Issue

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                      • Business
                        Port ‘congestion’ still affecting businesses

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                      • Congresswatch
                        Freedom of Information (FOI) bill awaits approval

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                      • Economy
                        6th SONA: President bids good-bye, unofficially starts campaign season

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                      • Infrastructure
                        Renewable energy on the rise…

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                      • Political
                        President Aquino approves P3-Tn national

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                      • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                        The Philippine ANALYST July 2015 Issue

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                      • Business
                        Insurance industry’s premium income up in1H2015…

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                      • Congresswatch
                        Senate approves creation of Credit Fund for Micro and Small Businesses

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                      • Economy
                        Economy up in 2Q, but 1H growth slows from last year’s

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                      • Infrastructure
                        5 groups passed airport PPP projects pre-qualification evaluation

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                      • Political
                        Grace Poe is running

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                      • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                        The Philippine ANALYST August 2015 Issue

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                      • Business
                        The failed launch of the Philippine REIT sector

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                      • Congresswatch
                        Update on law allowing entry of foreign banks in PH

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                      • Economy
                        Fitch gives PH positive outlook

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                      • Infrastructure
                        Online survey rates 3 PH airports among best in Asia

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                      • Political
                        Public satisfaction with President Aquino up

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                      • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                        The Philippine ANALYST September 2015 Issue

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                        • Business
                          APEC members adopt Iloilo initiative on MSMEs

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Congress Approves Department of ICT (DICT) Bill

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                        • Economy
                          PH economy continues pick-up in 3rd quarter

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Weighing options for new airport

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                        • Political
                          Initial Comelec decision disqualifies Poe

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST October-November 2015 Issue

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                        • Business
                          PH auto sales 4th largest in ASEAN

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Speaker Belmonte urges gov’t offices and agencies to promote rainwater harvesting

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                        • Economy
                          Unemployment reached a low in October

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                        • Infrastructure
                          First school PPP project finally completed

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                        • Political
                          VP Binay’s ratings up

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST December 2015 Issue

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                        Philippine ANALYST 2014



                        • Business
                          Metro Manila is Asia’s 4th best property market

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Senate to prioritize anti-corruption, pro-economic bills

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                        • Economy
                          Economy grows 7.2% in 2013

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Infra spending below 2013 target

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                        • Political
                          Businessmen believe corruption still widespread

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST January 2014 Issue

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                        • Business
                          PH tourism misses 2013 target

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Bill amending Anti-Graft Law fi led in Congress

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                        • Economy
                          Updated PH Development Plan takes a different tack

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                        • Infrastructure
                          DOE says power rate hike due to an ‘artifi cial shortage’ in WESM

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                        • Political
                          Gov’t, MILF sign fi nal peace pact

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST February 2014 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Bangsamoro peace deal to attract more investments in Mindanao

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Congress identifies bills to pass before end of 1st regular session….

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                        • Economy
                          Government posts lower-than-limit defi cit in 2013

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                        • Infrastructure
                          PPP Center, DOTC line-up aviation and railway projects for 2014-2016…

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                        • Political
                          SC: Reproductive Health Law Constitutional

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST March 2014 Issue

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                        • Business
                          PH banks need to scale up for ASEAN banking integration

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Senate approves amendments to Sandiganbayan Law

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                        • Economy
                          WB: 7% growth unsustainable, but PH still among Asia’s fastest-growing

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                        • Infrastructure
                          JICA report finds Batangas Port to be less viable

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                        • Political
                          Majority of Filipinos unaware of Cha-Cha move in Congress

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST April 2014 Issue

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                        • Business
                          BOC sets 2014-2015 reform targets

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Sen. Angara pushes for more progressive, equitable tax system

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                        • Economy
                          GDP slows to 5.7% in 1Q14

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                        • Infrastructure
                          DOTC awards design and construction contract for Puerto Princesa Airport Dev’t Project

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                        • Political
                          Ombudsman denies motions for reconsideration in PDAF cases

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST May 2014 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Foreign investment restrictions dampen heightened interest in PH

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                        • Congresswatch
                          President Aquino signs law on entry of foreign banks

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                        • Economy
                          BSP imposes prudential rules on real estate loans

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                        • Infrastructure
                          NEDA approves P140-Bn PPP projects

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                        • Political
                          Supreme Court declares DAP unconstitutional

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST June 2014 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Retail sector growth to remain steady

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                        • Congresswatch
                          FOI among President Aquino’s priority bills

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                        • Economy
                          SONA cites Aquino accomplishments

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                        • Infrastructure
                          DOTC to address project backlogs by 2019

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                        • Political
                          What the SONA wasn’t -again (An analysis of President Aquino’s 5th State of the Nation Address)

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST July 2014 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Aerospace, electric vehicles industry roadmaps revealed

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Senate President Drilon assures passage of economic measures

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                        • Economy
                          GDP picks up in 2Q2014, averages 6% in 1H

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Gov’t pushes PPP Act for sustained infra gains

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                        • Political
                          VP Binay’s ratings drop, still top presidential contender

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST August 2014 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Struggles with port congestion continue

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Bills banning mineral ore exports filed in Congress

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                        • Economy
                          PH now 52nd most competitive economy in the world

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                        • Infrastructure
                          ASEAN integration 2015 requires better infra investments

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                        • Political
                          VP Binay’s rating drops to record low

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST September 2014 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Full entry of foreign banks: Boon or bane?

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Congress sets bills to pass before yearend

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                        • Economy
                          PH Doing Business ranking down in new WB methodology

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Weighing in on the Future of Public-Private Partnerships

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                        • Political
                          PH’s anti-corruption ranking improves

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST October 2014 Issue

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Senate to focus on bills ensuring sustainable economic growth

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                        • Business
                          PH manufacturing’s resurgence key to job expansion and regional integration

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Higher soda taxes threatens sugar industry, beverage companies

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                        • Economy
                          PH economy slows sharply in 3rd quarter

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Prepaid Electric Service (PRES) to Move Forward

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                        • Political
                          The Year 2014 in Retrospect: Political Tribulation, Economic Stability

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST November 2014 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Metro Manila places 8th in Asia-Pacifi c’s best property market list

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                        • Economy
                          Moody’s upgrades PH credit rating

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Big-Ticket Infra Projects in 2015

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                        • Political
                          Binay, Poe, Roxas among top 3 presidentiables in 2016

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST December 2014 Issue

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                        Philippine ANALYST 2013



                        • Business
                          Philippines woos Japanese shipbuilders

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Enactment of key reform bills still pending

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                        • Economy
                          PH economy surpasses expectations, up 6.6% in 2012

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Gov’t meets target, rolls out 8 PPP projects in 2012…

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                        • Political
                          UNA defends Sen. Enrile on cash gifts controversy

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST January 2013 Issue

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                        • Business
                          BSP mandates listing of foreign banks; soon to allow foreign equity in rural banks

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Developers warn about proposed land use act

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                        • Economy
                          2012 budget defi cit seen at P235Bn

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Firms reach compromise on common road for NLEX-SLEX toll ways

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                        • Political
                          Campaign starts; Comelec warns candidates against violations

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST February 2013 Issue

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                        • Business
                          PH gaming sector expected to outshine Singapore

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Bill scrapping taxes on int’l carriers signed into law

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                        • Economy
                          PH gets historic investment-grade rating from Fitch

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                        • Infrastructure
                          ICAO clears PH of aviation safety issues

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                        • Political
                          Senators Legarda, Escudero, Cayetano top Pulse Asia survey

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST March 2013 Issue

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                        • Business
                          IPOPHL amends rules on trademark

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                        • Congresswatch
                          SC denies motion to lift stay order vs RH law

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                        • Economy
                          S&P gives PH investment-grade rating

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Gov’t opts to de-privatize MRT-3

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                        • Political
                          President Aquino maintains high satisfaction ratings

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST April 2013 Issue

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                        • Business
                          SEC finalizes implementing rules on foreign ownership cap

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                        • Congresswatch
                          President Aquino signs bill institutionalizing K+12

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                        • Economy
                          PH economy continues to surprise, grows 7.8% in 1Q13

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Electricity retail and open access scheme soon to operate

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                        • Political
                          Juan Ponce Enrile resigns as Senate President

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST May 2013 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Pres. Aquino creates Task Force on Ease of Doing Business

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Business groups bare priority bills

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                        • Economy
                          Peso falls sharply vs. dollar

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Opening of new gateway to Northern Mindanao is premature – Orochamber

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                        • Political
                          President Aquino backs US and Japan access to PH bases…

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST June 2013 Issue

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                        • Business
                          EU partially lifts PH fl ight ban

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                        • Congresswatch
                          President Aquino bares priority bills during SONA

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                        • Economy
                          Budget defi cit well below ceiling in 1H13

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                        • Infrastructure
                          PH, JICA prepares new Metro Manila road network development plan

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                        • Political
                          President Aquino’s ratings rise

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST July 2013 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Manufacturing key to sustained growth, says ADB

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Freedom of Information approval by yearend

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                        • Economy
                          GDP up 7.6% in 1H13

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                        • Infrastructure
                          DOE backs 600-MW Subic coal power project

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                        • Political
                          President funds different from PDAF – Malacañang

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST August 2013 Issue

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                        • Business
                          PH auto industry roadmap a must amidst ASEAN integration, growing market

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Bill reorganizing PH statistical system signed into law

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                        • Economy
                          PH competitiveness ranking rises further

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Pres. Aquino gives green light to Skyway Stage 3 project

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                        • Political
                          Pres. Aquino orders review of state fi rms linked to pork scam

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST September 2013 Issue

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                        • $33-Bn lower market not yet fully tapped – ADB report

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Speaker Belmonte seeks immediate approval of PH Fair Competition Act

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                        • Economy
                          Moody’s gives PH investment-grade rating

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                        • Infrastructure
                          P178-Bn power projects not enough to support growth

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                        • Political
                          SC declares PDAF unconstitutional

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST October 2013 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Cement sales up in the 1st 9 mos.

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                        • Congresswatch
                          DOF wants incentives only for selected industries

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                        • Economy
                          PH economy up 7.4% in 1st 3 quarters, slows down in 3Q

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                        • Infrastructure
                          PPP back on track after 7 projects get green light

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                        • Political
                          Satisfaction with Aquino admin down

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                        • The Philippine ANALYST November 2013 Issue

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                        • Business
                          PH eyes free trade agreements with EU

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Bill imposing higher tax on sodas filed

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                        • Economy
                          Haiyan recovery and reconstruction cost: P361B

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                        • Infrastructure
                          DOE mulls plan to address tight power situation

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                        • Political
                          President Aquino signs 2014 national budget

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST December 2013 Issue

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                        Philippine ANALYST 2012



                        • Political
                          Prosecution, after blunders, wants rules eased

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                        • Congresswatch
                          House, Senate reveal measures to pass before March adjournment…

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Gov’t lines up more PPP projects in 2012…

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                        • Business
                          PH moves up in Word Economic Freedom ranking…

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert January 2012 Issue

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                        • Political
                          Pres. Aquino blasts TRO on dollar accounts, to ask High Court to reconsider

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                        • Economy
                          PH participates in IMF rescue package for Euro area

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                        • Business
                          PH airline sector suffers from safety, taxation issues

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Airport development is top priority

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Bill creating Dep’t of ICT likely to pass this year

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert February 2012 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Lady luck grins on Asia as PH develops Entertainment City Manila

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Senate approves Data Privacy Bill on 3rd reading

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                        • Economy
                          Budget deficit only 2/3 of ceiling in 2011

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Davao – the main hub of Asean Port Connectivity

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                        • Political
                          73% of Filipinos want CJ convicted

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert March 2012 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Gov’t issues EO 68 to pay P9.3Bn tax credit certificates

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                        • Congresswatch
                          4 bills lined up for signing by President Aquino

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                        • Economy
                          Credit rating upgrade likely this year, but not to investment-grade

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Pres. Aquino: 8 PPP projects to be rolled out in 2012

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                        • Political
                          CJ still liable even if correct 2011 SALn filed

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert April 2012 Issue

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                        • Business
                          ASEAN Single Window to expedite trade operations

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                        • Congresswatch
                          House approves its version of Anti-Cybercrime bill

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                        • Economy
                          Economy grows by 6.4% in 1Q12

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Big-ticket water projects approved

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                        • Political
                          Senate convicts Chief Justice Corona

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert May2012 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Positive outlook for PH’s largest banks

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Pres. Aquino signs AMLA amendments into law

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                        • Economy
                          PH credit rating upgrade seen in 2H12…

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Gov’t prepares WESM for open access regime

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                        • Political
                          SC okays P1.8 Bn PCOS contract

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert June 2012 Issue

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                        • Business
                          PH businessmen: Top 2 in world optimism

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Speaker Belmonte bares priority bills

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                        • Economy
                          1st-half budget defi cit below limit

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                        • Infrastructure
                          North Harbor modernization underway

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                        • Political
                          Gloria Arroyo released on P1-million bail

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert July 2012 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Makati to undergo a P60-billion redevelopment

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                        • Congresswatch
                          President Aquino signs Data Privacy Act

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                        • Economy
                          GDP up 6.1% in 1H12

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Gov’t rolls out 3 PPP projects…

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                        • Political
                          Sereno is the new Chief Justice

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert August 2012 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Japanese investors’ interest rising

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                        • Congresswatch
                          2013 budget approval by yearend

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                        • Economy
                          PH competitiveness up 10 places anew

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Metro Manila flood control master plan gets funding

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                        • Political
                          ‘Trillanes not part of crafting China policies’ – Malacañang

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert September 2012 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Peace accord may bring investment

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Lawmakers file bills amending Cybercrime Prevention Act

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                        • Economy
                          Budget defi cit widens, but still below end- September cap

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                        • Infrastructure
                          PH, China disengage from NorthRail project

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                        • Political
                          Gov’t, MILF forge Bangsamoro deal

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST October 2012 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Private sector advised to get ready for AEC

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Internet voting for OFWs pushed

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                        • Economy
                          PH GDP up 7.1% in 3rd quarter, 6.5% 1st 3 Q’s

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Firms still keen on the PPP program, form partnerships to pursue projects

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                        • Political
                          Court enters not guilty plea for Gloria Arroyo

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST November 2012 Issue

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                        • Business
                          “More fun in the Philippines” falls behind 2012 tourist target

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Pres. Aquino signs 2013 national budget

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                        • Economy
                          Filipinos more upbeat about economic prospects

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                        • Infrastructure
                          PH aviation safety upgrade expected soon

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                        • Political
                          The President signed the RH bill into law on December 21.

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                        • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                          The Philippine ANALYST December 2012 Issue

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                        Philippine ANALYST 2011



                        • Business
                          Electronics exports up 36% in 2010

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                        • Infrastructure
                          PPP projects to expect in 2011

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                        • Economy
                          Economy grows 7.3% in 2010

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                        • Political
                          House prefer constituent assembly and piecemeal Charter amendments

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert January 2011 Issue

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Sen. Santiago files Magna Carta for call center workers

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                        • Infrastructure
                          PPP projects to expect in 2011

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                        • Political
                          House prefer constituent assembly and piecemeal Charter amendments

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                        • Business
                          Electronics exports up 36% in 2010

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Sen. Santiago files Magna Carta for call center workers

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Congress endorses Fiscal Incentives Rationalization Bills

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                        • Business
                          DepEd to introduce 1st phase of K+12 education this year

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                        • Political
                          Lacson returns from hiding, visits Aquino in Palace

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Batman1 revived

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                        • Economy
                          Gov’t issues $1.5Bn in global bonds

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                        • Political
                          Deputy Ombudsman seeks SC order against dismissal

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                        • Congresswatch
                          House approves Data Privacy Bill

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                        • Business
                          Auto firms halt production due to supply disruption from Japan

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Private sector lines up power projects…

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                        • Economy
                          Budget deficit under control in 1Q

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Anti-smuggling bills filed in Congress

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                        • Business
                          PH slips anew in IMD competitiveness ranking

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                        • Political
                          Ombudsman Gutierrez quits, maintains innocence

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Gov’t lines up P12-Bn NAIA cargo terminal for PPP

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                        • Economy
                          Economic growth slows to 4.9% in 1st quarter

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Plans to augment power in Mindanao grid

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                        • Economy
                          Moody’s upgrades PH credit rating…

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                        • Congresswatch
                          President Aquino signs 4 new laws

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                        • Business
                          DA pushes for drafting of Taal Lake master plan

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                        • Political
                          Navy dispatches war relic to the Spratlys as China deploys 14 boats

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                        • Economy
                          P-Noy vows to sustain fi ght vs. corruption, spread growth gains to all

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Pres. Aquino signs ARMM Election Postponement Act

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                        • Political
                          Plunder rap fi led against Rep. Arroyo over PCSO mess

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                        • Business
                          DOJ is Competition Authority

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Finally, a National RE Program

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                        • Political
                          Aquilino Pimentel III declared winner 4 years after the elections

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                        • Infrastructure
                          French Ro-Ro Ports project to be cancelled

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                        • Economy
                          Economy grew only 4% in 1st half

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Malacañang submits 13 additional priority bills to LEDAC

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                        • Business
                          Tourist arrivals up by 12% in 1st half

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                        • Infrastructure
                          PPP developments

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                        • Economy
                          PH global competitiveness ranking up 10 spots

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Sen. Angara files Stock Market Competitiveness Act

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                        • Business
                          Gov’t urges tuna producers to diversify amid declining fish catch

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                        • Congresswatch
                          House approves DICT on 2nd reading

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                        • Economy
                          Pres. Aquino announces P72-Bn “stimulus” package

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                        • Infrastructure
                          DOTC clarifies stance on controversial projects

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                        • Business
                          ADB approves technical assistance for PH business climate improvement

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                        • Infrastructure
                          P2.18Bn for NAIA beautification and rehab

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                        • Economy
                          Number of poor families swells in 3Q11

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                        • Congresswatch
                          House, business groups to push common list of legislative priorities

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                        • Business
                          PH slips anew in Paying Taxes report

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert November 2011 Issue

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                        • Business
                          Higher property tax to take effect in 2012

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                        • Congresswatch
                          House bills approved on 3rd reading

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                        • Economy
                          S&P raises PH rating outlook

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                        • Infrastructure
                          1st PPP project bidding: Successful

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                        • Full Philippine Alert Articles
                          The Philippine Alert December 2011 Issue

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                        Philippine ANALYST 2010



                        • Infrastructure
                          RP power situation on “Red Alert”

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                        • Economy
                          Economy grows at 0.9% in 2009

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Cybercrime prevention bill filed in the Senate

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                        • Business
                          Auto firms exceed ’09 sales target

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                        • Infrastructure
                          RP to spend $9Bn in transport – KPMG study

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                        • Economy
                          2009 budget deficit reaches P298.5Bn

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Pres. Arroyo signs 2010 national budget

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                        • Business
                          US, EU ask WTO to decide on Philippine liquor tariffs

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Caticlan Airport Dev’t gets new investor but faces delays

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                        • Economy
                          Budget deficit P70.3Bn in 1st 2 months

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Mindanao development authority signed into law

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                        • Business
                          Local car industry to revise upward sales projection

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                        • Infrastructure
                          National Grid’s new owners

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                        • Economy
                          Budget deficit breaches 1Q ceiling

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                        • Business
                          Price of steel expected to increase

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Sen. Villar urges probe on rampant local bills counterfeiting

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                        • Infrastructure
                          North Harbor under new management

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                        • Economy
                          Economy grows 7.3% in 1Q10

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Concerned sectors lay down their competitiveness wish list for the 15th Congress

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                        • Business
                          SEC approves REIT Law’s IRR

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                        • Infrastructure
                          2 groups express interest in Clark Airport dev’t…

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                        • Economy
                          5-month budget deficit breaches 1st half limit

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                        • Business
                          New DTI chief to review investment plan

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                        • Infrastructure
                          Power blackouts by 2011

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                        • Economy
                          P-Noy exposes funds misuse, presents solutions in SONA

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                        • Congresswatch
                          JFC lists priority bills for the business sector

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                        • Business
                          Energy Dept. plans to import ethanol

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                        • Infrastructure
                          DPWH unveils list of priority infra projects

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                        • Economy
                          2H10 economic growth at 21-year high

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                        • Congresswatch
                          Labor code amendment recognizes BPO industry work conditions

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                        • Business
                          Gov’t to extend more perks to car exporters

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                          • Infrastructure
                            NEDA approves P356Bn power projects

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                          • Economy
                            Budget deficit below the limit in 1st 9 months

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Villar proposes “Industrial Incentives Act of 2010”

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                          • Business
                            Philippines out of OECD’s list of tax havens

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                          • Infrastructure
                            PH gov’t unveils PPP projects

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                          • Economy
                            Economy up 7.5% in 1st 3 quarters

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                          • Congresswatch
                            World Bank-blacklisted companies prohibited from participating in public biddings

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                          • Business
                            Philippines drops in Doing Business survey

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                          • Infrastructure
                            15 solar energy projects to generate 500MW

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                          • Economy
                            Budget deficit running below ceiling

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Workers’ security of tenure strengthened

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                          • Business
                            PEZA, BOI Investments up 52% in 2010

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                          Philippine ANALYST 2009



                          • Infrastructure
                            Power crisis in Mindanao

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                          • Economy
                            Economy slows to a 4.6% growth in ‘08

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Sen. Santiago files skills standard certification evaluation bill

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                          • Business
                            RP emerges as medical tourism hub

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                          • Infrastructure
                            Gov’t resorts to negotiated sale for Calaca plant, still targets 100% privatization by year-end

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                          • Economy
                            Gov’t launches P330Bn economic stimulus package

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Magna Carta for agriculture, fishery dev’t. workers sought by Sen. Angara

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                          • Business
                            Japan now open to Filipino nurses under JPEPA

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                          • Infrastructure
                            Gov’t to take over MRT-3 operations in June

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                          • Economy
                            BSP cuts rates anew

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Pres. Arroyo signs into law the 2009 anti-recession budget

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                          • Business
                            RP slips in global tourism survey

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                          • Infrastructure
                            NEDA approves addt’l funding for Northrail

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                          • Economy
                            Budget deficit P120Bn in 1Q09

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Bank deposit cover raised to half a million

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                          • Business
                            OECD moved RP up a notch in tax havens list

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                          • Infrastructure
                            Visayas power woes

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                          • Economy
                            Economy flattens out in 1Q09

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Creation of Philippine Tax Academy sought

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                          • Business
                            Gov’t agencies, industry groups seek delay in AFTA

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                          • Congresswatch
                            National tourism policy act of 2009 signed into law

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                          • Infrastructure
                            RP loses funding for watershed project

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                          • Economy
                            RP eyes addt’l bond sale of up to $1.5Bn

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                          • Business
                            Local steel makers seek stricter duty on imported products

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                          • Infrastructure
                            Poor basic infrastructure pulls down RP competitiveness

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                          • Economy
                            SONA: PGMA outlines accomplishments, hits critics

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Freedom of information act sought in the Senate

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                          • Business
                            RP drops 3 notches in World Competitiveness

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                          • Infrastructure
                            1 of 3 ODA-funded projects in RP experience delay

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                          • Economy
                            Economy grows by 1% in 1H09

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                          • Congresswatch
                            E-device recycling bill sought

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                          • Business
                            Pledged investments down 72% in 1H

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                          • Infrastructure
                            San Miguel buys 35% of TLUTE

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                          • Economy
                            RP’s competitive ranking falls in 2009 WEF Report

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Unlawful Employment Practice Act sought by Senator Santiago

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                          • Business
                            Listed firms’ earnings up 46% in 1H

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                          • Infrastructure
                            RP ocean power by 2012

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                          • Economy
                            9-month budget deficit nearing whole-year ceiling

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Philippine Alert October 2009 Real estate investment trust ratified in Congress

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                          • Business
                            Tax-free investment scheme seen to start next year

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                          • Infrastructure
                            RP power situation critical

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                          • Economy
                            Economy barely grew in the 1st 3 quarters of ‘09

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Climate Change Act enacted into law

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                          • Business
                            Gov’t lifts oil price freeze

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                          • Infrastructure
                            SCTEX Management: SMC vs. MNTC

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                          • Economy
                            Damage from storms estimated at $4.4Bn

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Cebu Economic Development Zone bill sought by Sen. Cayetano

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                          • Business
                            JPEPA gets a ‘general satisfaction’ remark, succeeding phases under way

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                          Philippine ANALYST 2008



                          • Infrastructure
                            ATO gets P110-M to upgrade RP’s aviation system

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                          • Economy
                            Economy grows 7.3% in ’07, a 31-year high

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                          • Congresswatch
                            House allegedly added P13.5-B pork barrel in ‘08 national budget

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                          • Business
                            Office property is 2008’s banner sector – Colliers

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                          • Business
                            Pandacan oil depot closure upheld by High Court

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                          • Economy
                            Budget deficit at 9-year low in ‘07

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                          • Infrastructure
                            Palace shelves 11 ODA-funded infra projects

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                          • Congresswatch
                            OFW credit assistance program bill sought by Villar

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Low carbon economy bill pursued by Legarda

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                          • Infrastructure
                            PSALM to bid out Napocor’s contracted energy output this August

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                          • Business
                            Customs employees seek SC rule on attrition

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                          • Economy
                            Rising rice prices alarms gov’t, threatens fiscal program

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Affordable food transparency bill filed by Sen. Roxas

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                          • Infrastructure
                            Launching of electricity spot market in Visayas deferred

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                          • Economy
                            S&P retains RP credit rating

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                          • Business
                            U.S. pharma group against RP cheaper drugs bill

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                          • Congresswatch
                            House adopts Senate’s version of tax relief bill

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                          • Infrastructure
                            Gov’t bares energy measures to reduce power rates

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                          • Business
                            Central Luzon business sector revives call to open Clark skies

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                          • Economy
                            Economy slows sharply in 1Q08

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                          • Business
                            UPS to move Asia hub from RP to China

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                          • Economy
                            Gov’t abandons balanced budget target

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                          • Infrastructure
                            PIPPA joins calls vs. moves to amend EPIRA…

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Cheaper medicines bill signed into law

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                          • Infrastructure
                            Northrail project severely derailed

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                          • Economy
                            SONA: solutions to the global crisis

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Santiago files anti-pilferage of IT materials bill

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                          • Business
                            More distributors to offer prepaid power; ERC finalizes guidelines

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                          • Infrastructure
                            Regulator sets rules to lower system loss charges

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                          • Economy
                            RP economy slows sharply in 1H08

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Sen. Legarda seeks to revive Joint Legislative Executive Tax Commission

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                          • Business
                            SC upholds cigarette tax classification freeze

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Sen. Legarda filed technology transfer bill

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                          • Infrastructure
                            U.S. firm wins bid for Clark airport project

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                          • Business
                            More men hold multiple jobs – BLES

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                          • Economy
                            Peso slips past 47:$1

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Renewable energy bill passed into law

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                          • Infrastructure
                            PSALM defers search for IPP Administrators

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                          • Business
                            Fast tariff reduction rejected by auto chamber

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                          • Economy
                            Peso breaches P49:$1

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                          • Infrastructure
                            CIAC announces 2nd bidding for Terminal 2 project, starts accepting “unsolicited proposals”

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                          • Economy
                            Economic growth holds at 4.6%

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                          • Congresswatch
                            Bataan Nuclear Power Plant re-commissioning sought by Sen. Santiago

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                          • Business
                            Air sector liberalization agreements signed by ASEAN members

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                          • Infrastructure
                            Recurring blackouts await Central Philippines in ’09

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                          • Economy
                            Peso posts recovery

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                          • Congresswatch
                            New taxes on sugar for carbonated drinks, to curb softdrinks consumption

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                          • Business
                            Gov’t to import cement while local producers scale down operation

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