ASEAN Perspectives

Indonesians quitting ‘rice addiction’ over diabetes fears

by Haeril HALIM Agence France Presse JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesian Mirnawati once ate rice with every meal, but its link to diabetes convinced her to join a growing movement to quit a staple food in the third biggest rice-consuming nation on Earth. As World Diabetes Day is held Thursday, the Southeast Asian nation is struggling to tackle a disease that affects as many as 20 million of its 260 million people, and has emerged […]

SE Asia leaders to push for progress on China-backed trade pact

  by Jenny VAUGHAN / Dene-Hern CHEN Agence France Presse BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — Southeast Asian leaders will race to get a sprawling China-backed trade pact over the line at a regional meeting in Thailand this weekend, as Beijing’s bruising trade war with Washington rumbles on. If signed, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will be the world’s largest trade pact and is seen as a way for Beijing to cement trade ties in Asia […]

Panama’s outgoing ambassador notes strong similarities, ties between PHL and Panama at NEU Forum

  (Eagle News) — Outgoing Ambassador and Consul General of the Republic of Panama to the Philippines, H.E. Rolando A. Guevara Alvarado, led a forum at the New Era University auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 16, after his courtesy call to the Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) Brother Eduardo V. Manalo. The Ambassador expressed not only his gratitude towards the NEU students and its faculty members, but also expressed his hope […]

President Duterte criticizes “so-called friends” of the PHL who denounce his drug war

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte criticized what he termed as “so-called friends” of the Philippines but judge his government’s war on drugs with “preconceived notions.” “Some so-called friends act like they know the answers to our problems and impervious to our socio-economic and political conditions. They create rules and norms for almost everyone, and some refuse to be bound by the same,” he said during his speech at the plenary session of forum […]

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 […]