Asean politicians, Unesco: Impunity for journalist killings & abuse must end (video)

Asean politicians, Unesco: Impunity for journalist killings & abuse must end (video)

A coalition of human-rights concerned politicians from across the region on Friday called on governments throughout Southeast Asia to end the increasing number of assaults and abuses of media workers throughout the region. In a statement issued to mark ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ on November 2, Asean Parliamentarians for Human […]

Goodbye Panatag Shoal, hello Huangyan Dao? (HD video) *updated

A ground-swell of discontent is gaining momentum in the Philippines to President Rodrego Duterte’s apparent preparedness to surrender control of Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc) to China (who call it Huangyan Dao), with calls for Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessels to be sent to protect fishermen. Even supporters of the President, such as […]

Yesterday’s ‘Genocide’ is Today’s ‘Crimes Against Humanity’: UNOHCHR Slams Myanmar on Rohingya

Yesterday’s ‘Genocide’ is Today’s ‘Crimes Against Humanity’: UNOHCHR Slams Myanmar on Rohingya

The severity of the reported violations, against a backdrop of severe and longstanding persecution, appears to me to amount to possible commission of crimes against humanity, which warrants the attention of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This was the chilling indictment of Myanmar presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva by UN […]

De Lima arrest a warning to other Duterte critics (video)

If there is one message from the arrest of Philippine Senator Leila De Lima it is that the Duterte administration is going after its critics in earnest, apparently with the aim of silencing them using whatever means is convenient. Personnel from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Ms De Lima, a long-time critic […]

Philippine railway set to see a second ‘golden age of rail’

Philippine railway set to see a second ‘golden age of rail’

The Duterte Administration’s recently announced plans to inject more than P1 trillion (about US$20 billion) into a massive railway building programme that will see new railroads built and existing ones extended making it one of the biggest and most ambitious infrastructure projects undertaken in the Philippines in recent years. With Philippines 2016 GDP put at […]

Corporations dig deep for Philippine drug rehabilitation centres (video)

Some of the Philippines’ largest corporations are digging deep into their corporate social responsibility (CSR) budgets to construct drug rehabilitation centres across the country as the number of people killed in the Duterte Administration’s war on drugs approaches 6,300. The latest is Philippine’s tenth richest man, Andrew Tan, chairman of Alliance Global Group (AGG), one […]

Vietnam’s Stellar Economic Growth Stumbles

Vietnam’s Stellar Economic Growth Stumbles

Last year’s extreme drought and contractions in the mining sector have combined to strip Vietnam of its stellar economic growth for 2016, while what effect the death two weeks ago of King Bhumibol Adulyadej will have on Thailand, the  nation with the fastest recovering GDP in Asean for 2016, remains to be seen. Meanwhile the […]

Taiwanese animators and the Duterte administration: the first 60 days (video)

Taiwanese animators have perfectly captured the first two months of the Duterte administration. A recent video from Taiwanese Animators recently uploaded to Youtube depicts well the happenings in the Philippines in the first 60 days of the Duterte administration. Depicting the Duterte administration as being run by an unpredictable, colorful individual in the person of […]

Demise of Abu Sayyaf Could Trigger Another Mindanao “Gold Rush”

Demise of Abu Sayyaf Could Trigger Another Mindanao “Gold Rush”

Following Philippine independence in 1946 thousands of people from other parts of the country flocked to Mindanao in search of a better life giving rise to its reputation as a ‘land of promise’. While the promise was there, the gold rush-like ‘stampede’ led Mindanao down a path of sectarian fighting between the island’s original majority […]

Extrajudicial Killings Put Philippines Rule of Law at Risk

Extrajudicial Killings Put Philippines Rule of Law at Risk

Since his inauguration on June 30, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been true to his campaign pledge of cracking down on drugs. He has ignored objections from within the Philippines and abroad about extrajudicial killings of supposed drug pushers and users by police and unknown assailants, which have already amounted to over a 1,700 deaths. […]

Can Duterte Fulfill His Campaign Promises?

Can Duterte Fulfill His Campaign Promises?

Now that he is at the helm of the Philippine government the question that remains is: Will President Rodrigo Duterte be able to fulfill the campaign promises he made to the Filipino people during his election campaign and immediately after taking office? Zeroing in on Filipino citizens frustration with crime and corruption, the tough-talking former […]