ASEAN Perspectives

President Putin ensures Russia’s commitment to cement ASEAN-Russia cooperation

Speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the press conference following the ASEAN-Russia Summit in Sochi, Russia Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Russia and ASEAN are marking the 20th anniversary of their dialogue partnership this year. This anniversary is a good opportunity to look back over what we have accomplished up until now and outline the steps for taking our cooperation further. This was the objective of all the programme events of the summit that has just ended. Let me say that this […]

Making peace with the Bangsamoro Basic Law

By Teresa Jopson, ANU Courtesy East Asia Forum — Securing a lasting peace in the southern Philippines has been an ongoing problem for the Philippine government. Marginalised Moros in the southern Philippines have legitimate grievances against the Philippine government. This much the Philippine government has recognised in signing peace agreements, most recently with the insurgent group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).   Muslim indigenous peoples or Moros have organised themselves and fought in a war that has […]

The relevance of the INC vote in Philippine elections

    (Eagle News) — The May 9, 2016 elections would define the direction that the Philippines would take as the ASEAN community becomes a force to reckon with in the global community. The complex issues facing the next president would need somebody tough, intelligent, and clear on his direction that would make the Philippines as a lead nation in the ASEAN community. In this part 4 of the  May 7 episode of ASEAN in […]

The US-Philippine relations and the “Duterte phenomenon” in Philippine elections

  Why is presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor such a phenomenon in the May 9 elections. In this part 3 of the May 7, 2016 episode of ASEAN in Focus weekend, two political experts tackle this and the importance of the having good foreign relations with the international community, particularly the United States. ASEAN in Focus resident resource person Dr. Carlos Tabunda Jr., an executive fellow of the Development Academy of the Philippines, interviews […]

The Philippine elections in the context of the ASEAN Community

  In this first part of the May 7 episode of ASEAN in Focus weekend edition, the Philippine elections on May 9 is analyzed in the context of the ASEAN community. The May 9 elections is a very crucial event, with the next Philippine president steering the country in this era of the ASEAN community. The most powerful posts of president and vice-president will be voted for, with the winners serving one six-year term. Also […]

ASEAN in FOCUS: The next President should focus on Mindanao

(Eagle News) — The May 9 Philippine elections is a very crucial event, with the next Philippine president steering the country in this era of the ASEAN community. On May 9, and the period after that the world will focus on this Southeast Asian country, and the next President’s moves would be under a microscope. In this excerpt from Asean in Focus weekend edition aired on May 7, two prominent figures in the scene of […]

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 […]