ASEAN Perspectives

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 […]

Pres. Duterte decides to continue VFA after meeting with US Defense chief Austin

Austin is first Biden cabinet member to meet with Pres. Duterte   (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte decided to continue the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States government, recalling his earlier decision to terminate or abrogate the VFA. Delfin Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that President Duterte decided to continue the VFA after his meeting on Thursday, July 29, with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Because of this, he said that the “VFA […]

Pres. Duterte delivers last SONA, enumerates accomplishments but says COVID stalled his dreams for PH

“Never did I imagine that my presidency would not only be judged on how I made good on my campaign promises, but also on how well I led our nation during the global pandemic,” says Duterte       (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 26, giving a report on the accomplishments of his administration so far, and what he intends to do […]

Points raised by SC in decision junking petitions seeking to void PHL withdrawal from ICC

PHL high court clarifies its role as it pointed out lack of justiciability of matters raised by senators, other petitioners who “have no standing to file” suit on PHL ICC withdrawal (Eagle News) – The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed for being “moot” the various consolidated petitions seeking to reverse the withdrawal of the Philippine government from the International Criminal Court (ICC) or the Rome Statute. In its 101-page decision penned by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, […]

Pres. Duterte honors soldiers who died in Sulu plane crash, assures funds, assistance for their families

Says he’ll make sure that the soldiers “did not die in vain”   (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte visited the wake of the soldiers who perished in the C-130 plane crash in Patikul, Sulu, expressing his sorrow for the lives lost, as he assured their families of support. Duterte said he is “at a loss for words” for what happened, as he saluted the soldiers who died in the July 4 crash where 50 […]

In Memoriam: Former Pres. Aquino explains why he was against the death penalty

  (Editor’s Note: In an interview with Eagle News Service in July 2019, former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III gives his views about several issues. We are re-publishing this exclusive interview to share the insights of the late President Noynoy Aquino who passed away on June 24, 2021. In this part of the video interview, he shares that in his younger years, he was for the death penalty, and would often even have a […]

Pres. Duterte says “we can’t afford a 2nd wave” in reimposing faceshield requirement

Tells Filipinos COVID-19 first wave already depleted gov’t resources   (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte said the country could not afford a second wave of the COVID-19 virus, as he directed the reimplementation of the mandatory wearing of face shields and directed Filipinos to get vaccinated. Duterte, in his “Talk to the People” on June 21, said that the highly infectious and more aggressive Delta variant is what changed his mind regarding the wearing […]

Int’l webinar ukol sa paggunita sa ika-160 na kaarawan ni Dr. Jose Rizal, isasagawa ng NEU

  (Eagle News) – Magsasagawa ng isang international webinar ang New Era University kaunay sa paggunita sa ika-160 na kaarawan ni Dr. Jose Rizal na may premiere ngayon Hunyo 21 hanggang sa Hunyo 22, 2021. Ang nasabing webinar ay isasagawa sa pamamagitan ng YouTube streaming (Hudyat YouTube channel). Ito ay mananatiling uploaded hanggang Hunyo 25, 2021. Ito rin ay accredited ng National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). Kasama sa mga inimbitahang tagapagsalita ay mga […]

ASEAN envoys in Myanmar for talks with junta chief

YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Envoys from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations arrived in Myanmar Thursday for talks with junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, as the coup-stricken nation enters its fifth month of crippling unrest. Myanmar has been in chaos and its economy paralysed since the February coup, with more than 800 people killed in a brutal military crackdown on dissent, according to a local monitoring group. Erywan Pehin Yusof, Brunei’s second minister for foreign […]

PHL envoy explains situation in Malaysia as total lockdown starts

Assures affected Filipinos in Malaysia that PHL embassy remains open to assist them   (Eagle News) — Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose explains the situation there as the country starts a two-week total lockdown on Tuesday, June 1, to address rising COVID-19 cases nationwide. In an interview with ASEAN in Focus on Tuesday, Ambassador Jose said that there has been a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Malaysia with the highest recorded at 9,000 […]

Pres. Duterte urges “greater solidarity” among countries, equitable access to vaccines

In keynote address, Duterte says “we are only as strong as our weakest link as a country, as a region, and as one global community”   (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte called for “greater solidarity” among countries to address the COVID-19 pandemic as he noted that the virus has escalated the “de-globalization” process. In the keynote speech on the occasion of the Nikkei Future of Asia Conference, the 76-year old Philippine leader stressed said […]

Enrile backs Pres. Duterte on China stance: “Only history will judge you, and history will judge you very well”

97-year old former defense chief of the late Pres. Marcos tells Duterte he’s doing right, advises him to ignore critics   (Eagle News) — Former Senate President and Philippine defense chief Juan Ponce Enrile backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand to continue friendly relations with China, citing the country’s historic ties with the Asian giant and how it is more beneficial for the country and the economy to continue talking to China. Enrile, 97, who was […]