Philippines says looking to issue global bonds in Q1

MANILA, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The Philippines is looking to issue sovereign bonds in the first quarter of the year to help finance this year's budget, its finance minister said on Monday.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez told a news conference the bond offering could happen between January and February, but he did not say how much the government planned to sell.

Also included in the government's borrowing plan this year is a Samurai bond issue, which Dominguez said, may happen towards the latter part of 2018.

(Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)