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In the United States, political attention is shifting from the primaries to this fall’s general election.  In the Philippines, this coming Monday is Election Day—with more than the presidency at stake.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The front-runner in the presidential election in the Philippines remains a right-wing mayor campaigning on an anti-crime message….including the return of public executions. 

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Election news in the United States remains focused on primary elections and the nomination process for presidential candidates.  In the Philippines, the presidential election is less than two weeks away—and recent polls have taken a new turn.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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If you’re a football fan, you’re now less than a week away from the Superbowl.  If you prefer basketball, the NBA all-star game is in a couple of weeks and we’re a month away from March Madness.  But in the Philippines, part of the basketball season is down to the wire. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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History and current events are coming together this week in the Philippines. The emperor of Japan is in the country on an official visit to mark sixty years of diplomatic relations. But the visit is also a reminder of some history that lingers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The last time Emperor Akihito was in Manila, it was 1962.  He was crown prince, then-Senator Ferdinand Marcos was three years from becoming president, and the two countries were just six years into their post-war diplomatic relations.

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the Philippines approved an agreement that allows American Forces to use Philippine bases for the next ten years.  Manila is among the most vocal critics of China's ambitions in the area but lacks the military strength to dispute its claims.  Now, that could begin to change, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

This holiday season, there’s been a lot of news about “hoverboards”—from store sales to emergency room visits.  Now there’s a story from the Philippines about a man many are calling the “hoverboard priest.” HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The story begins during a Christmas Eve mass in a church in Laguna—southeast of Manila.  A statement from the Diocese of San Pablo in the Philippines picks up the thread.  Quote: “as a way of greeting his parishioners, the priest sang a Christmas song, while going around the nave standing on a hoverboard.”

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We’re now less than five weeks away from the first voting of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. On the other side of the world from the Iowa caucuses, it’s also an election year in the Philippines.  And there’s been an important development in that contest.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hurricane season officially ended a couple of weeks ago for Hawai‘i and the entire regions of the central and eastern Pacific. But powerful storms are still pounding parts of the Asia Pacific area. And by some measures, it’s already been a record year. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

When it comes to tropical storms…few places on earth are battered like the Philippines.  The islands are hit with about twenty major storms every year and this year, the season is lingering.

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U.S. political news continues to focus on early polls and candidate debates.  The Iowa caucuses are still more than four months away—and the election itself is more than a year off.  The timetable is faster for next year’s presidential elections in the Philippines—where it’s been an active week.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The same weather pattern that’s been keeping the weather steamy in Hawai‘i this summer is causing trouble of a different kind in the Philippines.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

El Nino is being blamed for everything from a busier than usual hurricane season in the central Pacific to a lighter than usual monsoon across India.  Here’s another item to add to the list: water shortages in the Philippines.

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Political junkies in the United States may be looking forward to Thursday’s debate among leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.  But there are several presidential elections coming next year, including in the Philippines, where the field of candidates is growing.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Philippines constitution bars President Benigno Aquino from a second six-year term, but he’s made it clear who he prefers as a successor: Manuel Roxas.

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Companies here in Hawai‘i and around the world are always looking for a competitive edge. Part of a successful strategy is picking the right location for operations. And for dozens of Japanese companies, that means considering a change. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

As many as 200 Japanese companies would like to shift some operations from China to the Philippines. That word came late last week, when Philippine President Benigno Aquino wrapped up a four-day visit to Japan…designed in part to draw interest from Japanese investors.

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Some Hawai‘i-based military personnel will be part of a set of annual military exercises later this month in the Philippines. The US presence will be much greater than last year, and comes at a time of rising tension in the South China Sea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A bill introduced in the legislature earlier this session would allow slot machines at the Honolulu Airport. While lawmakers here have maintained a cautious attitude about any form of gambling, it’s a growth industry in many parts of Asia. And there’s been another development this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One issue that comes up nearly every legislative session in Hawai‘i is some proposal for a form of legalized gambling. While casino gambling may seem like a tough bet for Hawai‘i, the government of the Philippines is pressing ahead. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 Pope Francis began the week in Sri Lanka, and will be spending the rest of the week in the Philippines.  His visit is expected to draw millions to events in Manila and to a region hit hard by one of the world’s most destructive storms. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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  President Obama is wrapping up his four nation tour of Asia today. Starting last week, the president visited Japan, South Korea and Malaysia. Now he’s heading home from the Philippines, a stop that has particular significance for some military forces based here in Hawaii. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Melting in Manila

Apr 17, 2014
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  It takes about eleven hours to fly direct from Honolulu to Manila. But if you’re making travel plans for anytime soon, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

  A battle over birth control in the Philippines has been going on for more than a decade. Two of the country’s most powerful institutions have been fighting each other. And this week, it’s come to a conclusion. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Tomorrow will mark two months since a powerful storm swept through the Philippines.

The government says 16-million Filipinos were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This week, the region hit hardest by the storm is marking some progress toward recovery. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This past weekend, “Kokua for the Philippines” raised nearly two-million dollars for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The United States has just announced it’s sending another 25-million dollars to help with reconstruction, which is a multibillion dollar job. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Residents across the islands are pitching in with contributions for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Organizers plan a benefit concert next month…Hawaii banks are collecting funds…and the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu is coordinating relief efforts. On the international front, contributors make up a long list—with differing levels of support. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The pace of international relief efforts is picking up in the Philippines. It’s been a week since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central part of the islands. And authorities are getting a better idea of the economic toll of the storm. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Local Filipino Community Mobilizes Aid Effort

Nov 11, 2013
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More information is coming out on Typhoon Haiyan, the devastating storm that has affected more than 4 million people in the Philippines.

While members of local Filipino communities are beginning to organize relief efforts, many are still having a hard time even making a simple phone call to relatives back home.  HPR’s Molly Solomon has more. 

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The United States and the Philippines are talking about expanding their military cooperation…and that may involve some forces based in Hawaii. Meanwhile, the government of the Philippines is looking to another country for its latest acquisition of military aircraft. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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Just last week, state officials raised their forecast for Hawaii’s economy—projecting growth of 2.6% this year. That’s a little faster than the national economy is growing, but it’s a fraction of the pace of some economies in Asia. While China remains one focus, another country with close ties to Hawaii is showing surprising strength. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The name of the fastest-growing economy in Asia may surprise you. It’s no longer China. The Philippines is Asia’s best-performing economy—and the government says it plans to use that growth to fight poverty. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tensions are rising between two Asian allies of the United States. And U.S. officials say the escalation is a matter of concern. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The week in Asia begins with a tale of two contrasting economies. Ratings agencies weighed in on the Philippines and Indonesia last week, and came to two different conclusions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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