Protesters at last year’s Labour Day march in Manila. Photo: AP

Filipino workers gear up for Labour Day protests, demand US$14.45 daily wage

  • Labour leaders criticised Duterte for courting investment from Beijing, which they say will result in the exploitation of “cheap labour” in the country
  • Since the start of the president’s tenure in 2016, there has been an influx of Chinese workers in the archipelago
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Protesters at last year’s Labour Day march in Manila. Photo: AP
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Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez at the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 25. Photo: Simon Song

Philippines open for business with China, but stands firm on insisting Beijing respects its sovereignty: trade secretary

  • Speaking before the Belt and Road Forum, Ramon Lopez says China has not been an aggressor, but any threat to its jurisdiction might affect bilateral trade ties
  • This month, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened military action after Beijing let hundreds of vessels sail near a Philippine-claimed island in South China Sea
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Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez at the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 25. Photo: Simon Song
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