ASEAN IN FOCUS

Thai authorities warn residents: brace for more floods

Thai authorities warned residents in at least seven southern provinces to brace for more flash floods in the coming days as rain shows no sign of letting up, local media reported on Saturday (December 27) The Meteorological Department forecast on its website that rain was likely to intensify, especially in Phattalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat provinces. Accumulative rain is expected from December 28 to January 1, 2015 due to the northeast monsoon across the southern part and the Gulf of Thailand In Yala, local […]

Indonesians remember 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami victims

Indonesian officials offered floral tributes to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on Friday (December 26) as the region commemorated the 10th anniversary of the disaster. In Siron mass grave, where thousands killed in the tsunami were buried, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his wife Mufidah led a delegation of a dozen officials who paid their respects to those who died. The 10-meter killer wave, triggered by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake off […]

Thai PM says martial law to stay

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday (December 25) that martial law will be maintained in the country in order for it to return to stability. The military government, established after a May 22 coup, said last month an election planned for late 2015 would be delayed until 2016, giving more time for reforms which the military says should bring stability after a decade of factional rivalry. “It seems everything is in order, (there […]

10 years after Indian Ocean tsunami, many communities still feelings its effects

Ten years after the deadly December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that triggered a massive tsunami, many communities are still feeling its effects. On December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.15 earthquake off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province triggered an Indian Ocean tsunami that killed an estimated 226,306 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries. The tsunami garnered an enormous international response, with an estimated $13.6 billion in official aid and private donations pledged for the recovery. In 2009, […]

Aquino brings up Amalilio extradition, “pyramid scam” with Malaysian PM

President Aquino said he had brought up the issue of the “pyramid scam,” particularly concerning Manuel Amalilio, founder of Malaysia-based investment company Aman Futures, with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.The two leaders had a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of their attendance of the 25th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit here.“Pwede bang sabihin ko na lang sa inyo, pinag-usapan namin ang tungkol kay (Manuel) Amalilio […]

Indonesia landslide kills 7, leaves 108 persons missing

A landslide in Indonesia killed at least seven people, destroyed 105 houses and left 108 people missing, an official said on Saturday (December 13). Hundreds have been evacuated from the site in Banjarnegara, in central Java, where media pictures showed a flood of mud and water cascading down a wooded mountain side. The landslide hit on Friday (December 12) night. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said 379 people had been taken to temporary shelters. […]

Aquino vows to give P10,000 to P30,000 cash subsidy to Typhoon Ruby victims

By Rowena dela Fuente (Eagle News Service) BUSAN, South Korea, Dec. 12 (ENS) — President Aquino said he would be visiting provinces affected by Typhoon Hagupit (locally named Ruby), promising to give cash subsidies and housing assistance to typhoon victims when he returns from his visit here in South Korea, The President is set to return to the country Friday night (Dec. 12) after attending the 25th Association of South East Asian Nation – Republic of […]

South Korea underscores continuing ODA to the Philippines

[youtube id=AjJtArnVOjU] By Rowena dela Fuente (Eagle News Service) BUSAN, South Korea, Dec. 12 (ENS) — South Korea underscored its continuing official development assistance (ODA) to the Philippines, as it vowed to provide ODA loans for more development projects in the provinces. The position was made by South Korean President Park Geun-Hye  during her bilateral meeting with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, at the sidelines of the 25th Commemorative Summit of the Association of South East […]

20 other APEC economies express support for priorities set for 2015 APEC meet

Twenty other APEC member economies have expressed full support for the Philippines’ four major priorities for its hosting of the APEC summit next year with the theme on the importance of “inclusive growth. This was expressed  during the two-day symposium for the Informal Senior Officials Meeting (ISOM) in Makati City. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario, the chair of the APEC 2015 ISOM, said they presented the Philippines’ priorities to the members of APEC, which […]

ASEAN offers help to Phl after typhoon Ruby

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations expressed its sympathy to the Philippines after the country was hit over the weekend by Typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby) while still recovering from last year’s Haiyan disaster. In a letter addressed to the Philippines’ Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh also offered assistance to the country. Minh said “ASEAN stands ready to assist the Philippines in the ongoing response to the […]

ASEAN ministers chart course on a “drug-free ASEAN”

(Eagle News Service) –  ASEAN leaders stressed the importance of a “Drug-Free ASEAN” as various heads of anti-drug agencies and their respective delegations recently convened in Jakarta to tackle the issue of the drug menace in the region. The leaders of various anti-drug agencies in the ASEAN region also stressed the need to prevent drug syndicates and other organized crimes from taking advantage of the ASEAN regional integration in 2015. “As organized criminal groups and […]

Preparing the Philippines for the ASEAN Economic Community 2015

[youtube id=”PVhobhSsm0o”] (Eagle News Service) — Starting 2015, the whole ASEAN region will be moving towards the ASEAN economic community (AEC) wherein there will be a single market economy with free movement of goods, services and investments throughout the 10-member nations of the ASEAN.  It would be the culmination of the regional grouping’s economic efforts since the 1990s. There are two conflicting views emerging in the Philippines on whether or not the country is ready […]