Category: ASEAN IN FOCUS

PHL bags 9 trophies at ASEAN Business Awards

  Nine Filipino enterprises were recognized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council at the ASEAN Business Awards 2017 for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of business environment in the region. JG Summit Holdings, incorporated founder John Gokongwei Jr., was one of the legacy awardees, or those who have set standard of excellence in doing business in ASEAN and become integral to the development of entrepreneurship in the region. Tycoons Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala […]

Philippines shows full support for ASEAN Economic Cooperation initiative

The Philippines will remain open to dialogues regarding the economic development of the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) region, and support the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Cooperation (AEC). In his opening speech at the 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said that it is the duty of the Philippines to support the AEC Initiative so that more trade and investment will enter the ASEAN region. Lopez also […]

Cambodia opposition leader charged with treason, espionage: court

  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AFP) — A Cambodian court on Tuesday charged opposition leader Kem Sokha with treason and espionage over an alleged conspiracy with unnamed foreigners, as strongman premier Hun Sen takes his assault against his political enemies into new ground. The case comes as opponents of Cambodia’s strongman premier, as well as NGOs and the critical press, have increasingly been smothered by court cases and threats ahead of a crunch general election next […]

President Duterte willing to open borders to Indonesia, Malaysia to fight IS-linked militants

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is willing to open the country’s borders to Indonesia and Malaysia to fight Islamic State-linked militants in the south. Duterte said he will meet his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts to discuss the creation of a task force against Islamist militants in the region, notorious for kidnappings, be-headings and clashes with the military. “In all probability, it will be a joint task force, and i will open my borders to the […]

UN says 87,000 refugees arrive in Bangladesh from Myanmar

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AFP) – A total of 87,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence erupted in neighboring Myanmar on August 25, the United Nations said Monday. Thousands of the stateless Muslim minority have fled the mainly Buddhist nation and poured over the border since the latest round of fighting broke out, piling pressure on the already overcrowded camps in Bangladesh. Around 20,000 more were massed on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar’s […]

17 Rohingya, including children, drown fleeing Myanmar

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AFP) — Bangladesh coastguards on Thursday found the bodies of 17 Rohingya, many of them children, who drowned when their boats capsized as they fled violence in Myanmar that has forced at least 18,500 to seek refuge across the border. Officials in Bangladesh say growing numbers of Rohingya are trying to cross the Naf river that divides the two countries in rickety boats that are ill-equipped for the rough waters as they […]

6th place finish: PHL gets only 24 gold medals in SEA games closing; PHL to host 2019 competition

  (Eagle News) – The Philippines only managed to get 24 gold medals, finishing only at sixth place in the just concluded 2017 Southeast Asia Games, which was way below the country’s target and expectations for its players. The country collected 121 medals in all – 24 gold, 33 silver and 64 bronze medals – which was way below lead country Malaysia’s 323 medal haul consisting of 145 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze medals. […]

PHL expresses grave concern over N. Korea missile test, reiterates ASEAN position on denuclearization

The Philippines expressed its grave concern over the firing by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) this morning of a ballistic missile that flew over Japanese airspace, and called on North Korea to comply with its obligations to denuclearize the region. “We call on the DPRK to halt these dangerous and provocative actions, which heighten tensions, increase instability and the risk of miscalculation, and could possibly endanger lives,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. […]

SEA Games: Home-grown sports here to stay, say Games chiefs

  by Talek Harris Agence France Presse Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AFP) — Southeast Asian Games organizers have given their strong backing to keeping home-grown sports like sepak takraw — as well as the policy of tailoring the program to suit the host country. The biennial Games, whose 29th edition is underway in Malaysia, are known for their distinctive regional sports and home-nation bias. The hosts have topped the medals table at six of the last […]

PHL, Chinese Coast Guards hold maritime exercises

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has embarked on a joint maritime law enforcement operation with its Chinese counterpart, according to Philippine Coast Guard Spokesman Commander Armand Balilo. Balilo said that since President Duterte’s visit to China last year, the Philippine Coast Guard’s relations with the Chinese Coast Guard had become better. There was more coordination and more friendly ties. “The Philippine Coast Guard has received guidance from the President to cooperate and forge an agreement […]

Philippines so far sixth out of 10 countries in Kuala Lumpur SEA Games

  (Eagle News) – The Philippines is ranked sixth out of the 10 ASEAN countries based on the medal tally as of 10 p.m. August 21, with a haul of three gold, six silver and six bronze medals so far. The country got two of their gold medals on Monday, August 21, one each in the men’s and women’s triathlon with by Nico Bryan Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang leading their respective events. Huelgas, who also […]

US destroyer collides with merchant vessel east of Singapore: US navy

SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) — A United States destroyer collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday and initial reports indicate it has sustained damage, the US Navy said, adding search and rescue efforts were under way. “The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21,” said a statement. “Initial reports […]