ASEAN Perspectives

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 […]

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” ARVE Error: Syntax error   (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 […]

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 […]