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Rosemarie Francisco

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Despite tensions, Asia-Pacific nations close ranks against terrorism

19 November 2015

MANILA (Reuters) - Pacific-rim nations closed ranks against terrorism on Thursday at the end of a summit that was darkened by last week's attacks in Paris, but still Washington and Moscow sparred over how to deal with Syria and the Islamic State fighters sheltering there.

Obama puts South China Sea dispute on agenda as summitry begins

17 November 2015

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama put tensions over Beijing's claims to the South China Sea squarely on the agenda ahead of an Asia-Pacific summit on Tuesday, pointedly visiting the main warship of close ally the Philippines shortly after he landed in Manila.

Regional tensions, Paris attacks hang over APEC summit

16 November 2015

MANILA (Reuters) - Regional tensions over the South China Sea and security concerns after the attack by Islamist militants on Paris could eclipse efforts by Pacific-rim leaders this week to boost trade and growth across a region of around 3 billion people.

Political dynasties to dominate Philippine polls in 2016

15 October 2015

MANILA (Reuters) - Election season is under way in the Philippines and investors are in for a wild ride of power-politics dominated by entrenched family dynasties, whose machinations will leave little room for serious debate on badly needed reforms.

Imelda Marcos disappointed her son only aiming for Philippine VP

7 October 2015

MANILA (Reuters) - Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is disappointed that her son has set his sights on winning the vice presidency in a May election, wishing instead he would follow his late father's footsteps into the presidential palace.

Philippine vice president aims to widen foreign ownership

21 September 2015

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday vowed to amend the constitution to widen foreign ownership of businesses, create more jobs, and spur growth in the Southeast Asian economy if he wins next year's presidential elections.

Philippines' Aquino urges legislators to pursue reforms

27 July 2015

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Monday laid the groundwork for next year's polls, urging Congress to persist with reform efforts that targeted graft and led to a peace deal with Muslim rebels.

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