Philippines nixes Trump associate's project over concerns

Philippine environment officials say they have canceled a compliance certificate for a housing project by President-elect Donald Trump's business associate because it would endanger a watershed that supplies drinking water to 12 million people.

Century Communities Corp. seeks to put up the housing project at the La Mesa Watershed in the capital. The company is a subsidiary of Century Properties Group Inc. chaired by Jose E.B. Antonio, who was recently named Philippine special envoy to the United States.

Antonio has partnered with Trump for the branding of the posh Trump Tower in Manila that is expected to be completed next year.

Environment Secretary Regina Lopez said Thursday that the certificate issued by the previous administration has been canceled because of scientific recommendation against any kind of development inside the watershed.