ASEAN Perspectives

Interview with Thailand Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Ambassador Thanatip Upatising

In this episode of ASEAN in focus weekened aired on April 9, the program is honored to have interviewed no less than the ambassador of the kingdom of Thailand, his Excellency,  Mr. Thanatip Upatising. Our resident ASEAN resource person, Dr. Carlos Tabunda Jr., of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), interviewed Ambassador Upatising at his residence where he gave his views about the ASEAN region and the relationship of Thailand to ASEAN and to the Philippines. […]

MRT adds new trains

METRO Manila, Philippines – Good news for commuters! The MRT will add two new trains next week which will greatly alleviate the problematic situation faced by commuters everyday. From 14-18 trains operating everyday, the MRT now has 20 trains in operation. The new trains feature safety belts and digital signages. (Eagle News Service Described by Jay Paul Carlos, Video Editing by Jericho Morales, Uploaded by MRFaith Bonalos)

Statement of GPH Peace Panel Chair on the armed encounter between the AFP and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan

Statement of GPH Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer   CORPORAL Ibrahim Rajab Palaw, an MNLF integree and member of the GPH-MILF Joint Peace and Security Team (JPST), was among those killed in action in the tragic encounter with Abu Sayyaf in Basilan. Palaw’s trainers and fellow trainees remembered him as jovial, sociable, and always full of life. One trainer also said that activities were lively and full of fun because of his participation and occasional […]

Fishing freedoms on the hook in Indonesia-China legal stoush

By Sourabh Gupta Institute for China–America Studies (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — Western and Asian governments and commentators have pilloried the Chinese government for its inscrutability on the so-called ‘nine-dash line’ in the South China Sea. Because the nine-dash line allegedly lacks a basis in international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), they have hectored China to clarify the line’s meaning and to derive all maritime […]

Bangladesh heist exposes Philippine dirty money secrets

  by Karl Malakunas MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — When mystery hackers launched a stunning raid on Bangladesh’s foreign reserves, a plot worthy of a John le Carre spy novel was sparked in the Philippines, exposing the Southeast Asian nation as a dirty money haven. The $81 million stolen from the Bangladesh central bank’s American accounts last month was immediately sent via electronic transfer to the Philippines’ RCBC bank, with the thieves deliberately targeting their laundering location. […]

What is ASEAN’s strategic value?

By Paul Dibb, ANU (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — Since ASEAN’s creation in 1967, it has contributed enormously to regional stability and prosperity. It consists of 10 countries whose populations total over 600 million people. And its economy ranks collectively as the third largest economy in Asia and the seventh largest in the world. In 1994, ASEAN also created another regional organisation — the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) — that now consists of 27 countries. […]

NEU-ASEAN Studies Center launched

QUEZON City, Philippines — The NEU-ASEAN Studies Center was launched yesterday, February 29 at the New Era University Professional Schools Building. New Era University President, Dr. Nilo Rosas, said that by this launch, the students will be more aware of ASEAN Integration and its relations with other ASEAN member states and partners. “We would like to be a part of ASEAN Integration, we would like to be recipient and at the same time donor of […]

The importance of ASEAN centrality in Sunnylands

By Mari Pangestu University of Indonesia (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — Despite its economic and strategic importance, the United States has not given priority to ASEAN until recently. There was hope that this would begin to change with the US pivot to Asia in 2009. But up to November 2015, the progress of this ‘pivot’ seemed to be more of a ‘pirouette’. There was little in the way of results except general statements and US […]

Philippines’ raucous election season gets underway

by Karl Malakunas MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — The Philippines’ raucous democracy cranks into top gear this week as campaigning begins for national elections, with familiar themes of corruption, dictatorship and celebrity star-power to dominate. The three-month campaign launches Tuesday (February 9) with most interest on a crowded contest to succeed President Benigno Aquino, who has won global applause for six years of strong economic growth and a bruising anti-graft campaign. There are myriad other sub-plots, […]

GPH chief negotiator rues non-passage of BBL

Statement of GPH Chief Negotiator Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on the Closing of the 16th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines 3 February 2016   Let me state the fact: The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, in whatever shape or form, did not make it out of the 16th Congress. The sheer indifference and chronic absenteeism of majority of the legislators manifested in the lack of quorum almost on a daily basis in the House of Representatives, and the prolonged […]

Stormy seas ahead for the Philippine economy?

By Gilbert M. Llanto President of the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS)   (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — The Philippines has performed well in the past few years relative to its peers. It demonstrated great resilience to exogenous shocks that would have undone less capable economies. But will it be able to sustain its positive economic position? There are positive signs. Revised forecasts put GDP growth in 2015 between 5.7–6 per cent and forecasters […]