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Philippines defends drug war, rights record before UN
by Pia Lee-Brago - May 9, 2017 - 12:00am
There is no state policy to kill drug offenders and other lawbreakers as part of the Duterte administration’s war against drugs and criminality, a report submitted by a Philippine panel to a UN rights body...
'Philippines' case vs China will stand forever'
by Pia Lee-Brago - May 8, 2017 - 12:00am
The Philippines’ victory in the arbitration case against China over the South China Sea will stand forever and the government should not weaken the protection that a rules-based system provides amid Beijing’s...
Philippines faces grilling from UN rights body
by Pia Lee-Brago - May 8, 2017 - 12:00am
The Philippine government will be grilled today on the human rights situation in the country before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland during the third cycle of its Universal Periodic...
Duterte: Chat with Xi was at Trump’s request
by Pia Lee-Brago - May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
President Duterte seems to be emerging as a go-between the world’s two most powerful leaders, US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Asean foreign ministers to meet with Tillerson
by Pia Lee-Brago - May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo was set to join his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington yeste...
UN rapporteur in Manila for drug policy meet
by Pia Lee-Brago - May 5, 2017 - 12:00am
United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard is in the country to attend a conference on drug policy at the University of the Philippines today.
Rody gives China free pass on sea row
by Pia Lee-Brago - May 1, 2017 - 12:00am
While the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) expressed its uneasiness over North Korea, the 10-nation bloc went easy on China by adopting a Philippine-backed watered-down version of a statement dropping...
Avoid SCS reclamation, militarization – Asean
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 30, 2017 - 12:00am
There was no mention of China, but Southeast Asian leaders yesterday made it clear – at the conclusion of their summit – that they were against militarization and further land reclamation in the South...
Phl, Indonesia to step up fight vs terror, kidnapping
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 29, 2017 - 12:00am
The need for intensified joint effort against terrorism, piracy and kidnapping dominated the discussions yesterday between President Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Despite NoKor appeal, Asean expresses grave concern over tests
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 29, 2017 - 12:00am
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) expressed yesterday its “grave concern” over the escalation of tension in the Korean Peninsula, including the two nuclear tests in 2016 and subsequent...
‘Rody wrong not to raise arbitral ruling at summit’
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 29, 2017 - 12:00am
The Philippines will miss the “golden opportunity” to assert its prerogative as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) if it will not take up the arbitral ruling and other South...
Widodo: Sea row must be resolved immediately
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 28, 2017 - 12:00am
The South China Sea dispute is an issue that must be solved immediately, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said yesterday.
Brunei to exchange ‘expertise’ with Philippines on drug war
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 28, 2017 - 12:00am
Brunei is ready to work with or take pointers from the Philippines in the fight against illegal drugs, a campaign that has earned President Duterte both criticism and admiration at home and abroad.
Lighthouse in Spratlys to be repaired — Tugade
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 28, 2017 - 12:00am
The lighthouse in the Philippine-held Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in the disputed Spratlys will be repaired and rehabilitated, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said yesterday.
Ex-DOTC chief Abaya may face raps over unusable trains
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 28, 2017 - 12:00am
If there is sufficient evidence, charges will be filed against former transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and other officials in connection with the 48 unusable commuter train coaches of the Metro Rail Transit...
Asean statement to go easy on China
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 27, 2017 - 12:00am
While Southeast Asian leaders are expected to express “serious concern” over recent developments in the South China Sea during their summit on Saturday, they are likely to avoid directly criticizing China’s...
Asean urged: Make SCS ruling part of sea code
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 26, 2017 - 12:00am
Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario yesterday urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to make the South China Sea (SCS) ruling an “integral” part of the Code of Conduct framework...
Balikatan exercises to push through next month
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 25, 2017 - 12:00am
The Philippine government has invited the US military to train alongside Filipino soldiers in the 33rd iteration of Balikatan in Luzon and the Visayas, the US embassy said yesterday.
Del Rosario urges gov’t to assert Asean leadership
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 24, 2017 - 12:00am
Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario yesterday underscored the Philippines’ opportunity to assert effective leadership as this year’s chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...
Government ignoring UN Human Rights-Asia letters of concern
by Pia Lee-Brago - April 21, 2017 - 12:00am
Four times between December 2015 and November 2016, the United Nations officially communicated to the Philippines its concerns regarding human rights, but received no answer.
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