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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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                                • Business
                                  Manufacturing hits lowest PMI

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                                • Congresswatch
                                  Pangilinan urges Duterte admin to support Coco Levy Trust Fund Bill

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                                • Economy
                                  PH economy grows by 6.4% in 1st half

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                                • Infrastructure
                                  Infra spending up in 1st 7 months of 2017

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                                • Political
                                  Chief Justice faces impeachment; Bautista, Morales next

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                                • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                                  The Philippine ANALYST September 2017 Issue

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                                • Business
                                  PH global competitiveness basically unchanged based on WEF data

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                                • Congresswatch
                                  National ID system pushed

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                                • Economy
                                  ADB retains PH growth forecast, WB downscales

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                                • Infrastructure
                                  Infra projects on China’s priority list

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                                • Political
                                  Satisfaction and Trust Ratings of Duterte decline in 3Q2017 – SWS

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                                • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                                  The Philippine ANALYST October 2017 Issue

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                                  • Business
                                    PH slips in WB’s ease of doing business ranking

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                                  • Congresswatch
                                    Senate approves anti-red tape bill for energy projects

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                                  • Economy
                                    PH GDP up a surprising 6.9% in 3Q17, 6.7% 1st 3 quarters

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                                  • Infrastructure
                                    Manila is 3rd city with worst traffic in Asia

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                                  • Political
                                    Duterte signs lower income tax bill into law

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                                  • Full Philippine ANALYST Articles
                                    The Philippine ANALYST November-December 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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