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    For those who travel to the Philippines regularly a heads up that the decision has finally been made to make Clark the new Manila airport. Construction of new terminals and infrastructure will start this year.

    Linked to this work on the new Manila to Clark railway started today. Hopefully it will link up with the new Manila subway that will go to Manila airport. The railway will go to clark airport and finish at the under construction Clark Green City.

    Another railway is about to start being built from Clark to Subic.

    The first government department (Transport) will start relocating to Clark from Manila next month.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile:
    Change to tax on self employed (an amazing percentage of whom declare they make very little profit) from 32% net income to 8% gross income.
    picked up on this one, essentially kills any business if you don't make at least 8% profit, no? weird measure

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie09:
    picked up on this one, essentially kills any business if you don't make at least 8% profit, no? weird measure
    The first 250,000 is tax free, over 3 million I think you shift to standard income tax. It is aimed at the army of self employed professionals who currently don't pay tax despite living comfortable lives. The tax rules are also being simplified and submission will be online to remove corruption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile:
    Another railway is about to start being built from Clark to Subic.
    Clark to Manila makes sense.
    What is the rationale behind Clark to Subic ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs:
    Clark to Manila makes sense.
    What is the rationale behind Clark to Subic ?
    Freight mostly as Subic is becoming a major port. I think that is the reason anyway, read it somewhere. This one is part of the One Belt initiative.

    In terms of funding

    Clark airport - domestic

    Clark - Manila railway and Manila subway - Japanese ODA

    Clark - Subic railway - Chinese ODA

    Clark Green City - combination of domestic, Japanese, European as far as I have read.
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    And there goes another myth, Duterte's high ratings are because people are frightened to speak against him.

    The figures below are the net positives to the question of whether people are free to say what they like without fear even if it is against the government.

    Duterte +34
    Aquino + 32
    Arroyo +34

    Marcos +3

    (Note also in the report the fake news from Australia Broadcasting, sorry such things are just in my imagination).


    Freedom of speech strong – SWS | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

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    Going back to an earlier point, foreign debt.

    Japan has just agreed a loan package to fund 9 infra projects. USD 7 billion, 15 year grace period, 30-40 year payment period, interest rate under 1%. Not a bad deal.

    Duterte's satisfaction rating as of the end of June up from 75% to 78%.

    Tourist numbers in May up 19.6%

    Moody's forecasting exports up 7.8%.

    All going so wrong.


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    Duterte faces nationwide revolt over drugs war after killing of schoolboy sparks outrage

    Seems to be the standard police gambit - "self defence". Fortunately they were caught on camera this time.

    In the case of Delos Santos, the police initially claimed he had fired first.

    But their story was contradicted by witnesses and CCTV footage that showed the teenager being dragged down alleyways into a dead-end corner where he was asked to run with a gun, and shot when he did.

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    I'm going to an event tomorrow that Duterte is supposed to be attending. These guys often cry off at the last minute so it's not certain, but would be interesting to meet him in person.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine:
    I'm going to an event tomorrow that Duterte is supposed to be attending. These guys often cry off at the last minute so it's not certain, but would be interesting to meet him in person.
    He tends to turn up hours late so be warned

    As to the "natiowide revolt" in the post above yours, the main protest numbered in the "hundreds" to quote the anti-Duterte Inquirer. From the photos I would guess 200 tops. People are angry with the cops and they will be spending much of the rest of their life in jail (there being no death penalty here) assuming the evidence is valid. No noticeable anti-Duterte sentiment outside the tiny opposition and associated media bubble. Would be interested if you pick up on anything different in Manila which is the opposition centre.

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