Philippines’ Duterte laments Southeast Asia brain drain due to globalization

More than 10 million Filipinos work overseas, around 10 percent of the population, remitting billions of dollars back to the country each year. (Reuters)
Updated 09 November 2017
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Philippines’ Duterte laments Southeast Asia brain drain due to globalization

DANANG, Vietnam: Globalization has pressed the brightest workers from poor Southeast Asian countries to move overseas in a brain drain that must be reversed if real development is to be achieved, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday.
In an impassioned appeal by a leader better known for expletive-flecked outbursts, Duterte said the efforts of poorer countries to rise up the value chain are being undercut by mass migration of skilled workers.
“Globalization to a certain extent has really damaged poor economies,” he said in a speech to CEOs gathered in Danang, Vietnam, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
By way of example he said, “the best of our young (Filipinos)... tend to go to the places where the economy is thriving,” such as the United States.
More than 10 million Filipinos work overseas, around 10 percent of the population, remitting billions of dollars back to the country each year.
He acknowledged Donald Trump’s complaints that globalization has also sent American manufacturing jobs to cheaper countries such as China.
But Duterte said poorer nations faced the hardest edge of global commerce as they are stripped of labor and raw materials to fuel a world economy they can not compete in.
He urged ASEAN — the 10-member Southeast Asian bloc of nations — to speed up economic integration to power the region up the manufacturing chain, retain its skilled workers and educate those “left behind.”
“We only provide the raw materials” which are then sent back by richer manufacturing countries for “four times the price,” he said, adding “that is globalization.”
He vowed to “forcefully” carry the message of unity to the ASEAN summit which he is hosting in Manila from Monday.
Globalization and the rules of trade are under the microscope in Vietnam this week, where world leaders including Trump, China’s Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are set to converge from Friday for the APEC summit.


Three people killed after being hit by a train in south London

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Three people killed after being hit by a train in south London

  • The BBC reported that spray cans were found near the bodies of the men, believed to be aged in their 20s, on the busy trainline near Loughborough Junction station.
  • Superintendent Matthew Allingham confirmed the men were not railway employees and that officers were investigating the possibility they might have been graffiti artists.

LONDON: Three men died after they were hit by a train in south London on Monday, with police saying it was possible the men were graffiti artists.
British Transport Police said a train driver had alerted them after spotting multiple bodies on the track at around 0730 GMT and that their injuries were consistent with having been hit by a train.
The BBC reported that spray cans were found near the bodies of the men, believed to be aged in their 20s, on the busy trainline near Loughborough Junction station.
Police said they were treating the deaths as “unexplained.” Superintendent Matthew Allingham confirmed the men were not railway employees and that officers were investigating the possibility they might have been graffiti artists.
Pictures taken at the scene showed police removing evidence bags containing clothes and spray cans.
“We are aware that there are a number of speculative comments about this on social media, but it is too early for us to comment on their reasons for being on the track,” BTP said in a statement.
The identity of one of those killed had been established but the other two men were yet to be identified.
Fatalities are relatively rare on Britain’s rail network. Seven people died when a car pulled onto a rail crossing in 2004 in Berkshire, southern England, and seven died when a tram crashed in Croydon, south London, in 2016.