* Thailand higher inflation is not that worrying - official * Philippine c.bank sees policy adjustments in second half * Philippine Peso hits highest since Feb. 24 By Tejaswi Marthi April 5 (Reuters) - Thai baht and Philippine peso strengthened on Tuesday, as a spike in inflation numbers in the countries pushed investors towards safe-haven assets amid hopes of monetary policy easing, although the local central banks reiterated their dovish stance. The baht and the peso rose 0.4% each, with the latter hitting a near six-week high, while most Asian currencies were largely trading flat against the dollar. Thailand's headline consumer price index (CPI) jumped to 5.73% in March, its fastest pace in 13 years, and beat expectations on stronger prices of goods and energy, the commerce ministry said on Tuesday.
* Philippine peso hits highest level since March 1 * Colombo Stock Exchange index falls over 20% in a week * Sri Lanka central bank governor resigns By Tejaswi Marthi April 4 (Reuters) - The Philippine peso rose to a five-week high on Monday, buoyed by improved manufacturing data and the central bank's recent hawkish tone on gradually normalising liquidity pressures, while the Malaysian ringgit led losses among emerging Asia currencies. The peso advanced 0.3%, hitting its highest since March 1, while the Malaysian ringgit eased 0.3% despite a rise in oil prices, as investors kept a watchful eye on the International Energy Agency's plan to follow the United States in releasing oil reserves. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in a meeting late last month left key interest rates unchanged, but highlighted its readiness to temper increased pricing pressures as it raised inflation forecasts.