EM ASIA FX-Rupiah tests 12,000 support for 1st time in nearly 5 yrs; weak data hits baht, peso

* Indonesia c.bank seen sole dollar provider - traders

* Thai Oct manufacturing output down more than expected

* Philippine Q3 growth misses forecast

(Adds text, updates prices)

By Jongwoo Cheon

SINGAPORE, Nov 28 (Reuters) - The Indonesian rupiah touched

the 12,000 per dollar psychological support level on Thursday

for the first time in almost five years, while the Thai baht and

Philippine peso eased on disappointing economic data.

Month- and year-end dollar demand from Indonesian companies

hit the rupiah, while there were few dollar providers

except the central bank, traders said.

The Thai baht slid to its weakest in more than 11

weeks as a worse-than-expected drop in October manufacturing

output added to concerns that political tensions will soon begin

to weigh on Southeast Asia's second largest economy.

The peso extended losses after the Philippines'

economic growth in the third quarter missed forecasts.

Most emerging Asian currencies eased as strong U.S. data

such as weekly jobless claims supported expectations that the

Federal Reserve may start scaling back its stimulus soon.

"There will be more pressure on Asian currencies, given the

bleak economic outlook with the Fed tapering expected next

year," said Yuna Park, a currency and bond analyst at Dongbu

Securities in Seoul.

Regional currencies, especially the rupiah, were seen

vulnerable to capital outflows once the Fed finally starts

reducing its bond-buying programme that has fuelled dollar

inflows to emerging markets.


The rupiah earlier traded at 12,000 per dollar for the first

time since March 2009, a Jakarta-based trader said.

The official Jakarta Interbank Spot Dollar Rate (JISDOR)

, which the central bank introduced in May as part of a

bid to manage exchange rate fluctuations, was fixed at 11,930

rupiah per dollar, the weakest since JISDOR's introduction.

The central bank was spotted providing dollar liquidity to

support the rupiah through state-run lenders, traders said.

In the non-deliverable forwards (NDFs) markets, the rupiah

rebounded on short-covering, indicating the Indonesian currency

may find some reprieve after the end of the month.

Still, it is likely to stay under pressure as local

companies are expected to keep buying dollars from early

December for year-end debt payments, traders said.

"I heard lots of debts maturing end of this year," said a


The rupiah may weaken to 12,150, its low of March 2009, with

the next target 12,600, its weakest since 2008, analysts said.


The baht fell as much as 0.2 percent to 32.20 per dollar,

its weakest since Sept. 11.

Thai factory output shrank more than expected in October,

adding to a string of weak data that prompted the central bank

to unexpectedly cut interest rates to support the economy as

mounting political tension dents confidence.

The Thai currency pared some of the loss as the Bank of

Thailand was suspected of buying it to limit its downside,

traders said.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra breezed through a

no-confidence vote in parliament where her party holds a

commanding majority, but faced mounting pressure from escalating

anti-government protests.


The peso fell as the Philippines' annual growth cooled to

its slowest in more than a year in the third quarter, with the

economy set to take another hit from this month's powerful


The Philippine unit found some relief from expected inflows

linked to aid and year-end remittances.

"I will short dollars as long as 43.75 will hold as a

resistance," said a Philippine bank trader in Manila, referring

to dollar's exchange rate to the peso.

Still, the peso is unlikely to escape from weakness in other

Asian currencies, traders said.

"A slight bullish dollar bias should persist as regional

contagion is a stronger factor than the expected inflows,"

another trader said.


Change on the day at 0450 GMT

Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move

Japan yen 102.02 102.16 +0.14

Sing dlr 1.2549 1.2551 +0.02

Taiwan dlr 29.592 29.672 +0.27

Korean won 1060.90 1061.10 +0.02

Baht 32.18 32.14 -0.12

Peso 43.74 43.68 -0.13

Rupiah 11980.00 11880.00 -0.83

Rupee 62.33 62.14 -0.30

Ringgit 3.2330 3.2305 -0.08

Yuan 6.0926 6.0924 -0.00

Change so far in 2013

Currency Latest bid End prev year Pct Move

Japan yen 102.02 86.79 -14.93

Sing dlr 1.2549 1.2219 -2.63

Taiwan dlr 29.592 29.136 -1.54

Korean won 1060.90 1070.60 +0.91

Baht 32.18 30.61 -4.88

Peso 43.74 41.05 -6.14

Rupiah 11980.00 9630.00 -19.62

Rupee 62.33 54.99 -11.78

Ringgit 3.2330 3.0580 -5.41

Yuan 6.0926 6.2303 +2.26

(Additional reporting by Reuters FX Analyst Rick Lloyd; Editing

by Kim Coghill)