ASEAN Perspectives

Singapore misinformation law challenged in court for first time

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singapore’s controversial law against online misinformation was challenged in court for the first time on Thursday as concerns mount it is being used to stifle criticism ahead of elections. The legislation gives authorities the power to order corrections placed next to posts they deem false. Since the law came into force in October, several opposition figures and activists have been ordered to place a banner next to online posts stating that they […]

94-year old Malaysian PM Mahathir again hints he could stay on beyond 2020

  DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — Malaysia’s 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad again raised the prospect on Saturday that he could stay in office beyond 2020, declining to give a definitive pledge to step down. Mahathir returned to power last year after dealing a historic election defeat to the corruption-plagued coalition that he once led and which had been in power for six decades. Mahathir led Malaysia for more than two decades before his retirement in […]

British couple vlogging about PHL tourist spots rooting for Filipino athletes in SEA Games

(Eagle News) – A British couple who have been visiting the Philippines since April this year to vlog about the country’s best travel spots, have expressed their support and admiration for Filipino athletes competing in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Matt and Molly of the Youtube Channel “Dabble and Travel” have also watched some of the SEA Games events, including a gymnastics event of Filipino teenager, Carlos Yulo. They were also there to watch the […]

Watch: Various citizens of ASEAN countries commend “magnificent” SEAGames opener at PHL Arena

(Eagle News) — Several citizens of Southeast Asian countries express their positive views about the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, including the opening ceremonies at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena.  They also showed their support for their athletes competing in the various SEA Games sporting events. “The opening ceremony was totally magnificent,” said Zumalia Norzailan, a Malaysian national. Among those interviewed were Filipinos who are working in some of the ASEAN countries. They […]

Ex-Presidential spokesman Roque says SEAGames opening, a proud moment for Filipinos; hits Duterte critics

  (Eagle News) — “Proud to be Filipino!” This was one of the tweets of former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque when he attended the 30th Southeast Asian Games opening at the 55,000 seater Philippine Arena. Proud to be Filipino! During the opening of the SEA games — Harry Roque (@attyharryroque) November 30, 2019 Go Philippines! — Harry Roque (@attyharryroque) November 30, 2019 “Go Philippines!” he said in another tweet in support of the […]

Singapore tells Facebook to correct post under disinformation law

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singapore authorities Friday ordered Facebook to correct an article on a fringe news site containing “scurrilous accusations” of election rigging, ramping up their use of a controversial law against misinformation. The social media giant, which has previously expressed concerns about the legislation, did not respond to requests for comment and the article was still on the site without any changes. The order is a test of the new law, which gives ministers […]

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 […]