ASEAN Perspectives

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 […]

Pentagon chief sees Asia ties as deterrent against China

  HONOLULU, United States (AFP) — US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday he was traveling to Asia to boost military cooperation with American allies and foster “credible deterrence” against China. Austin kicked off via Hawaii, seat of the American military command for the Indo-Pacific region, his first foreign visits as Pentagon chief. “This is all about alliances and partnerships,” he told reporters on the trip that is to include meetings with key allies […]

PHL consul advises Filipinos in UAE to avail of gov’t’s free vaccines vs COVID-19

Says UAE has already vaccinated almost 60 percent of its population (Eagle News) —  The Philippine consul general in Dubai has advised Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates to avail of the free vaccines being offered by the government there so they can be protected from COVID-19. Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes said that the UAE has already vaccinated more than 50 percent of the population.   In fact, 5.8 million of the 10 million population […]

US warns China on force at sea, again rejects claims

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States on Friday warned China against the use of force in disputed waters as it reaffirmed its view that Beijing’s assertive campaign in the South China Sea is illegal. The State Department voiced “concern” about new legislation enacted by China that authorizes its coast guard to use weapons against foreign ships that Beijing considers to be unlawfully entering its waters. The text “strongly implies this law can […]

Singapore rolls out new budget boost for virus-hit businesses

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singapore on Tuesday unveiled a fresh multi-billion-dollar package to help pandemic-battered businesses and fund a vaccination drive, as part of the city-state’s annual budget. The coronavirus has plunged the financial hub into its worst-ever recession, with the crucial aviation and tourism sectors hit particularly hard as global travel ground to a halt. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced the new package totalling Sg$11 billion (US$8.3 billion) as he unveiled the budget in […]

Suu Kyi hit with second charge as Myanmar junta tightens grip

  YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with another charge on Tuesday, after the military imposed a second straight overnight internet shutdown in an attempt to grind down an anti-coup uprising. In the two weeks since the generals ousted Suu Kyi and put the civilian leader under house arrest in the administrative capital Naypyidaw, big cities and isolated village communities alike have been in open revolt. The military […]

Military rule will be different this time: Myanmar coup leader

YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Myanmar’s army chief on Monday insisted military rule would be different this time, as martial law was declared across swathes of the country after massive protests against the new junta. Orders covering parts of Yangon, Mandalay and other areas banned people from protesting or gathering in groups of more than five, and imposing an 8:00 pm to 4:00 am curfew. New junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing, wearing a green military […]

Pres. Duterte says EU move to restrict exports of AstraZeneca vaccines, not good for poor countries

Says EU trying to “hostage” AstraZeneca vaccines produced in European bloc   (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte noted how the European Union (EU) had been pressuring Oxford-AstraZeneca on its vaccine supplies, as the European bloc threatened to block AstraZeneca vaccine exports outside EU. Duterte noted that this was just the way it is: rich countries will try to hog vaccines as supplies dwindle. Countries where the vaccines are manufactured will also naturally have the […]