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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

18 Jul 2018

Exclusive - San Miguel to invest $1 billion in new breweries as Philippine beer demand grows

MANILA Philippines conglomerate San Miguel Corp is planning to invest at least $1 billion (£764.18 million) in the next two years to build 10 breweries inside and outside the country, senior company executives said on Wednesday.

01 Jun 2018

Inflation in Philippines a faultline for Duterte's 'Build, Build, Build' ambition

MANILA In hundreds of hours of speeches during his nearly two years in office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has rarely talked about the economy, something he says is best left to the "clever guys" in his cabinet.

30 May 2018

Philippine Congress passes autonomy bill for volatile Muslim region

MANILA The Philippines moved a step closer on Wednesday to ending decades of conflict on its resource-rich island of Mindanao, after lawmakers approved a bill that will eventually allow self-rule for the country's Muslim minority.

03 May 2018

ADB chief sees boon for Asia in AIIB collaboration, not competition

MANILA The Asian Development Bank wants to collaborate with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to meet the region's growing investment needs and does not see the emerging China-led lender as a rival, the ADB president said on Thursday.

02 May 2018

ADB to outline future in Asia amid growing Chinese influence

MANILA The Asian Development Bank will look to confront a range of economic challenges at its four-day annual meeting this week, including the future relevance of the organization amid China's increasing presence in infrastructure finance.

20 Apr 2018

Teary-eyed, hundreds search through rubble in devastated Philippines city

MARAWI CITY, Philippines Surrounded by the ruins of homes they fled nearly a year ago, many residents of war-torn Marawi City in the Philippines were in tears when they briefly returned this week and sifted through rubble to salvage any possessions they could find.

11 Apr 2018

After China's massive drill, U.S. patrols disputed South China Sea

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea In a span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, in a powerful display of military precision and efficiency.

10 Apr 2018

After China's massive drill, U.S. patrols disputed South China Sea

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea, April 10 I n a span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, in a powerful display of military precision and efficiency.

14 Mar 2018

Duterte to withdraw Philippines from ICC after 'outrageous attacks'

MANILA The Philippines said on Wednesday it is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) due to what President Rodrigo Duterte called "outrageous" attacks by U.N. officials and violations of due process by the ICC.

06 Mar 2018

Philippine inflation to ease despite uptick in February: central bank

MANILA The Philippine central bank poured cold water on the prospect of an interest rate hike, maintaining on Tuesday that annual inflation would ease to its target next year, despite the faster rate in February.

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