ASEAN Perspectives

Fear, defiance as fighting rages in Myanmar’s north

SAGAING, Myanmar (AFP) — Anti-coup fighters in Myanmar patrol the smoldering ruins of a burned village after what they say was a reprisal attack by junta troops struggling to crush resistance to last year’s military coup. Corrugated roofs, support beams and cooking utensils are all that remain amid the ash in the village in northwestern Sagaing — an area which has seen some of the fiercest fighting against the military’s power grab. Rare footage obtained […]

Analyst weighs in on Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and its impact on ASEAN

Foreign policy & security analyst Lucio Blanco Pitlo weighs in on the recent visit of US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan and its impact on ASEAN, specifically the Philippines.   Factors like the Philippines’ proximity to Taiwan, our large OFW population, our trade & investment relations with China, our mutual defense agreements with the US entangle us in this potential diplomatic & geopolitical powderkeg.

Pres. Duterte condemns China’s action of blocking PHL supply boats in Ayungin shoal

Cites UNCLOS, 2016 PHL Arbitral Award to guide ASEAN, China in ensuring peace in South China Sea during ASEAN-China Special Summit   (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte condemned the latest action of China where its coast guard vessels blocked and attacked with water cannons two Philippine boats sending supplies and food to soldiers stationed in Ayungin Shoal. “We abhor the recent event in the Ayungin Shoal and view with grave concern other similar developments,” […]

PHL economic managers’ full statement on strong 3rd quarter performance of PHL economy this 2021

(Eagle News) — Below is the full joint statement of the economic managers of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte on the Philippine Economic Performance of the Third Quarter of 2021 issued on Nov. 9, 2021 President Duterte’s economic managers include Socio-Economic Planning and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief Karl Kendrick T. Chua, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez, and Budget And Management Officer-In-Charge Tina Rose Marie L. Canda ===================================================== Colleagues in government, friends […]

Pres. Duterte calls on ASEAN to help Myanmar attain peace; says PHL ready to accept Myanmar refugees

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte urged member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help Myanmar in resolving its domestic issues, and expressed the country’s commitment to accept refugees from Myanmar. The 76-year old Philippine leader, participated in his last ASEAN Summit, and said that the ASEAN should collectively address the Myanmar issue “as a responsible community”. “The lack of progress in Myanmar has put ASEAN’s credibility into question. How […]

WATCH: Interview with political analyst Prof. Ybiernas on PHL political candidates for 2022

  (Eagle News) — From the “surprise” candidacy of senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to the possible repercussions of Vice-President Leni Robredo’s decision to change her campaign color from “yellow” to pink and to run as an independent bet while being the Liberal party chairman, political analyst Prof. Van Ybiernas gives his views in this interview of “Balitalakayan.” “Balitalakayan” is a NET25-Radyo Agila program of Eagle Broadcasting Corporation anchored by veteran broadcast journalist Rowena dela […]

Pres. Duterte hopes “new set of leaders” to succeed him will continue his reforms, programs

Talks for the first time about his retirement, makes no mention of daughter Davao City Mayor Sara   (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is hoping that the “new set of leaders” who would succeed his administration would continue his reforms and projects. During his “Talk to the People” on Monday, Oct. 4, Duterte talked for the first time about his decision to retire from politics next year. “Last Saturday, respecting the […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi goes on trial for incitement, pleads not guilty

  YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Myanmar’s junta has put ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for incitement, her lawyer said Tuesday, the latest in a list of charges that could see her jailed for decades. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy were deposed by the military in a February coup that sparked a mass uprising and a brutal junta crackdown on dissent. The Nobel laureate, 76, has been under house arrest […]

Pres. Duterte says Senate Blue Ribbon Committee “politicking” during hearing on DOH budget

Says there is no corruption in procurement of PPEs (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte accused the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee headed by Senator Richard Gordon of using the hearings on the Department of Health (DOH) as a venue for “politicking.” In his Talk to the People aired on Wednesday, Sept. 8, President Duterte explained that the procurement of PPEs, and other needs at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 as a […]

Thousands join convoy protests against Thai PM

Thousands of protesters in cars and on bikes massed in Bangkok’s central shopping district Sunday, one of several mobile rallies across Thailand demanding Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha resign over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The kingdom is grappling with its worst outbreak so far, registering record numbers of daily infections each week as hospitals struggle to cope. In total, it has reported more than 907,000 cases and 7,551 deaths from Covid-19. A sluggish vaccine roll-out […]