ASEAN Perspectives

President Duterte, President Yacob of Singapore to deepen defense cooperation, other ties

  (Eagle News) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singapore President Halimah Yacob talked about deepening defense and security ties between the two countries during the visit of the Singaporean leader in the country. In their joint press statement, Duterte and Yacob reaffirmed their ties Monday as both leaders look forward to a stronger cooperation in the coming years. President Yacob, the eighth president of Singapore, arrived in the country Sunday for a five-day state […]

Indonesia blocks internet in Papua over unrest fears

  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesia has cut off internet access in unrest-hit Papua over fears that a stream of offensive and racist online posts would spark more violent protests in the region, the government said Thursday. Riots and demonstrations brought several Papuan cities to a standstill this week, as buildings were torched and street battles broke out between police and protesters in Indonesia’s easternmost territory. A rebel insurgency against Jakarta’s rule has simmered for […]

Defense chief Lorenzana points to “bullying” of China in take over of Scarborough Shoal

  (Eagle News) – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana branded as “bullying” China’s actions in the West Philippine Sea, particularly how it took over the Scarborough Shoal also known as Panatag Shoal. Lorenzana said that unless China matched its rhetoric with action, most people will continue to have low trust on the Asian giant. “The way they took over Scarborough Shoal, to me, that is bullying,” Lorenzana said on Tuesday. “The Chinese, since they started grabbing […]

China wants freedom of navigation, overflight in final Code of Conduct on South China Sea

Ambassador says China would like to finalize COC while PHL is still coordinator of China-ASEAN dialogue (Eagle News) – China would want to finish the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea where freedom of navigation and overflight is maintained while the Philippines is still the country coordinator of China-ASEAN relations, according to China’s ambassador to the Philippines. During the reception on Monday for the 92nd Founding Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army, Chinese […]

READ: Full transcript of President Duterte’s fourth SONA

  Below is a full transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address: Thank you. Kindly sit down. Kumusta po kayo? Senate President Vicente Sotto III and the honorable members of the Senate; House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and the honorable members of the House of Representatives; Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, magandang hapon po sa inyo — sa iyo, ma’am, [applause] kung nasaan ka; former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Ejercito, […]

Full text of Locsin’s statement after UNHRC adoption of resolution pushing comprehensive report on Duterte drug war

Foreign affairs chief says PHL will be “Friend to friends, enemy to enemies, and a worse enemy to false friends.” (Here is the full text of the statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., on the adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council of the Iceland resolution pushing a comprehensive review and report of the drug war under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.) In 1945, the Philippines, along with 50 other states, […]

Duterte’s strong stand vs Canada trash inspired other ASEAN nations to take same move, reports BOC

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s strong stand against Canada on the issue of returning its trash back to its shores has inspired other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to also take a strong stand on saying no to wastes being dumped into their countries. This was relayed by Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero of the Bureau of Customs to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. Guerrero, who came from the 28thmeeting […]

US ambassador calls on South China Sea claimant countries to “refrain from provocative” actions

  (Eagle News) – United States Ambassador Sung Kim urged all countries with varying claims on the South China Sea to “refrain from provocative unilateral actions” even as he slammed China for its continuous military action in the region. During the Embassy’s pre-celebration of the 243rd US Independence Day, Ambassador Kim said that this had always been the US government’s position. “We always say we urge all countries to refrain from provocative unilateral actions that’s […]

President Duterte expresses “disappointment” with delay in Code of Conduct on South China Sea at ASEAN Summit

    (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed grave concern over activities in the South China Sea that erode trust and confidence with existing mechanisms, as he pressed for the immediate conclusion of the binding code of conduct in the South China Sea. Duterte, who returned to the country Sunday night, was disappointed with the slow action on the Code of the Conduct on the South China Sea even as the Philippines as country […]

Protectionism slammed as Southeast Asian leaders rally to trade pact

by Thanaporn PROMYAMYAI / Dene-Hern Chen Agence France Presse BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — Southeast Asian leaders made an impassioned plea against protectionism at a regional summit in Bangkok Sunday, warning that a dragging US-China trade spat could hammer their export-led economies. Tit-for-tat tariffs between Washington and Beijing have cast a dark cloud over global growth forecasts and experts warn any drop-off in spending by the world’s two biggest economies is likely to hit Southeast Asia […]

Duterte, Widodo hold bilateral talks on ASEAN Summit sidelines, agree on landmark accord on maritime boundaries

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting Saturday night, June 22, on the sidelines of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit where they agreed on a landmark accord on maritime boundaries between the two countries “This landmark accord concluded between the two biggest archipelagic states stands as a valuable example of the peaceful and rules-based settlement of maritime borders in accordance with 1982 United […]

ASEAN seeks conclusion of China-led trade deal this year: Thai PM

  BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — Southeast Asian leaders are eager to sign a sweeping China-led trade pact by the end of this year, Thailand’s prime minister said Friday, with further talks expected at a Bangkok summit on the world’s biggest commercial deal. Beijing is seeking to shape the rules of free trade across the Asia-Pacific, as America retreats from multilateral deals under US President Donald Trump. The China-crafted Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) includes all […]