ASEAN Perspectives

Pres. Duterte tells China, “we’re friends” but PHL sovereignty not subject to compromise

Says PHL ships to continue patrolling in West PHL Sea even if China does not like this   (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte said Philippine ships patrolling Philippine waters would remain there even if China does not like the country’s actions. The 75-year old Philippine leader said that while he is friends with China, he would not do what his predecessor did — former President Benigno Aquino III — when he allowed the Philippine […]

Myanmar violence must end, democracy be restored: Indonesia president

  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Myanmar’s military must restore democracy and stop the violence against citizens, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said after crisis talks with junta chief Min Aung Hlaing and Southeast Asian leaders Saturday. The strongly worded comments followed a meeting in Jakarta of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which was the senior Myanmar general’s first foreign trip since security forces staged a coup that ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi […]

Carpio pushes joint patrols with other countries to protect PHL EEZ; says China not ready to go to war on WPS

Says PHL should not be intimidated to fight for rights in this intergenerational struggle   (Eagle News) — Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said that China is employing scare and intimidation tactics in the West Philippine Sea and is not really prepared to go to war over its ambitions since war would be extremely disadvantageous to China. In an interview with the Eagle News Service program “Mata ng Agila” recently, Carpio said […]

PHL envoy gives update on Filipinos in Vietnam: 8 recoveries of 11 Pinoys infected there

Says Vietnam has largely contained COVID-19 cases there with only over 2,700 confirmed cases, most of which have already recovered   (Eagle News) — Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Meynardo L.B. Montealegre gives an update on the situation of Filipinos in Vietnam amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with the NET25 Eagle News Service program, “ASEAN in Focus” on Thursday, April 15, Ambassador Montealegre said the Vietnam government had been largely able to […]

China’s use of Coast Guard, Navy to chase PHL boat alarming, violated PHL sovereignty, says expert

Incident has legal implications and shows China’s increasing hubris, says Prof. Batongbacal   (Eagle News) – China’s recent use of its Coast Guard and Navy ships in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone is a “violation of Philippine sovereign rights” and its recent actions of chasing a Philippine civilian boat show’s China’s increasing hubris to enter Philippine waters, according to a maritime law expert. The director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs […]

ANALYSIS: China’s strategy of using maritime militia in Julian Felipe Reef, a Scarborough redo, says expert

Us-PHL-China intl relations and in’t l studies expert says PHL did right in sending PHL Coast Guard to ward off Chinese militia to avoid a repeat of Scarborough incident   (Eagle News) – China is using a tried and tested strategy of deploying its maritime militia in several land features such as reefs or shoals in the South China Sea, including those in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone such as the Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun […]

Pres. Duterte allows private sector to import COVID-19 vaccines to protect work force

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte said he is allowing the private sector to import vaccines against COVID-19 to protect their employees or members of their work force. In his Talk to the Nation on Monday night, March 29, President Duterte said that he is directing his officials, particularly vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., to immediately work on this so that private sector can import the COVID-19 vaccines that they need. “We are […]

Global condemnation after bloodiest day since Myanmar coup

  YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Defence chiefs from a dozen countries on Sunday jointly condemned the bloodbath in Myanmar a day earlier, when at least 90 people — including several children — were killed after security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the generals ousted and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, triggering mass protests demanding a return to democracy. The junta on Saturday staged a major show […]

World not tough enough on Myanmar crisis: UN expert

  GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The world’s response to the Myanmar crisis has been too sluggish and far from tough enough to prevent further deterioration, the UN expert on rights in the country said Thursday. Tom Andrews, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, called for an emergency summit to sharpen the response and said it should include the southeast Asian country’s neighbours and global powers. Myanmar’s military has unleashed a deadly […]

UN body urges action over Myanmar military crackdown

  by Nina LARSON Agence France Presse GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The UN Human Rights Council voiced alarm Wednesday at the “disproportionate use of force” in Myanmar since last month’s coup and pushed for a UN rights office in the country. The Council’s 47 members adopted a resolution reiterating the call for Myanmar’s military to restore civilian rule following its February 1 coup and immediately release deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi. More than 260 […]

Defense chief calls on China to “stop encroaching into” PHL territory, demands immediate recall of its ships

Diplomatic protest filed after 220 Chinese militia boats spotted near Whitsun Reef   (Eagle News) — The Philippines’ top defense official called on China on Sunday, March 21, to “stop encroaching” into the country’s sovereign territory, and demanded that China recall more than 200 militia boats spotted near a disputed reef some 320 kilometers west of Palawan Island. In what could be defense chief Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s toughest pronouncement on China, he said that China […]

OPINION: Did the ASEAN enable the Myanmar situation?

By Dr. Ma. Angela Leonor Aguinaldo Contributor/columnist   The military officials in Myanmar remain unperturbed.  Despite the local demonstrations against the military coup, the pleas from its neighboring countries, as well as the international response and  impending sanctions from countries and regional organizations such as the United States and the European Union for the numerous violations of human rights, the end to the military coup in Myanmar remains out of sight.  Instead, the Myanmar military […]