ASEAN Perspectives

ASEAN envoys in Myanmar for talks with junta chief

YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Envoys from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations arrived in Myanmar Thursday for talks with junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, as the coup-stricken nation enters its fifth month of crippling unrest. Myanmar has been in chaos and its economy paralysed since the February coup, with more than 800 people killed in a brutal military crackdown on dissent, according to a local monitoring group. Erywan Pehin Yusof, Brunei’s second minister for foreign […]

PHL envoy explains situation in Malaysia as total lockdown starts

Assures affected Filipinos in Malaysia that PHL embassy remains open to assist them   (Eagle News) — Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose explains the situation there as the country starts a two-week total lockdown on Tuesday, June 1, to address rising COVID-19 cases nationwide. In an interview with ASEAN in Focus on Tuesday, Ambassador Jose said that there has been a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Malaysia with the highest recorded at 9,000 […]

Pres. Duterte urges “greater solidarity” among countries, equitable access to vaccines

In keynote address, Duterte says “we are only as strong as our weakest link as a country, as a region, and as one global community”   (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte called for “greater solidarity” among countries to address the COVID-19 pandemic as he noted that the virus has escalated the “de-globalization” process. In the keynote speech on the occasion of the Nikkei Future of Asia Conference, the 76-year old Philippine leader stressed said […]

Enrile backs Pres. Duterte on China stance: “Only history will judge you, and history will judge you very well”

97-year old former defense chief of the late Pres. Marcos tells Duterte he’s doing right, advises him to ignore critics   (Eagle News) — Former Senate President and Philippine defense chief Juan Ponce Enrile backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand to continue friendly relations with China, citing the country’s historic ties with the Asian giant and how it is more beneficial for the country and the economy to continue talking to China. Enrile, 97, who was […]

Pres. Duterte tells China, “we’re friends” but PHL sovereignty not subject to compromise

Says PHL ships to continue patrolling in West PHL Sea even if China does not like this   (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte said Philippine ships patrolling Philippine waters would remain there even if China does not like the country’s actions. The 75-year old Philippine leader said that while he is friends with China, he would not do what his predecessor did — former President Benigno Aquino III — when he allowed the Philippine […]

Myanmar violence must end, democracy be restored: Indonesia president

  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Myanmar’s military must restore democracy and stop the violence against citizens, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said after crisis talks with junta chief Min Aung Hlaing and Southeast Asian leaders Saturday. The strongly worded comments followed a meeting in Jakarta of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which was the senior Myanmar general’s first foreign trip since security forces staged a coup that ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi […]

Carpio pushes joint patrols with other countries to protect PHL EEZ; says China not ready to go to war on WPS

Says PHL should not be intimidated to fight for rights in this intergenerational struggle   (Eagle News) — Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said that China is employing scare and intimidation tactics in the West Philippine Sea and is not really prepared to go to war over its ambitions since war would be extremely disadvantageous to China. In an interview with the Eagle News Service program “Mata ng Agila” recently, Carpio said […]

PHL envoy gives update on Filipinos in Vietnam: 8 recoveries of 11 Pinoys infected there

Says Vietnam has largely contained COVID-19 cases there with only over 2,700 confirmed cases, most of which have already recovered   (Eagle News) — Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Meynardo L.B. Montealegre gives an update on the situation of Filipinos in Vietnam amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with the NET25 Eagle News Service program, “ASEAN in Focus” on Thursday, April 15, Ambassador Montealegre said the Vietnam government had been largely able to […]

China’s use of Coast Guard, Navy to chase PHL boat alarming, violated PHL sovereignty, says expert

Incident has legal implications and shows China’s increasing hubris, says Prof. Batongbacal   (Eagle News) – China’s recent use of its Coast Guard and Navy ships in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone is a “violation of Philippine sovereign rights” and its recent actions of chasing a Philippine civilian boat show’s China’s increasing hubris to enter Philippine waters, according to a maritime law expert. The director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs […]

ANALYSIS: China’s strategy of using maritime militia in Julian Felipe Reef, a Scarborough redo, says expert

Us-PHL-China intl relations, in’t l studies expert says PHL did right in sending PHL Coast Guard to ward off Chinese militia to avoid a repeat of Scarborough incident   (Eagle News) – China is using a tried and tested strategy of deploying its maritime militia in several land features such as reefs or shoals in the South China Sea, including those in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone such as the Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun Reef), […]

Pres. Duterte allows private sector to import COVID-19 vaccines to protect work force

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte said he is allowing the private sector to import vaccines against COVID-19 to protect their employees or members of their work force. In his Talk to the Nation on Monday night, March 29, President Duterte said that he is directing his officials, particularly vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., to immediately work on this so that private sector can import the COVID-19 vaccines that they need. “We are […]

Global condemnation after bloodiest day since Myanmar coup

  YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Defence chiefs from a dozen countries on Sunday jointly condemned the bloodbath in Myanmar a day earlier, when at least 90 people — including several children — were killed after security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the generals ousted and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, triggering mass protests demanding a return to democracy. The junta on Saturday staged a major show […]