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Awkward ASEAN photo op: PM Lee struggles to reach Duterte

The 34th ASEAN Summit was held in Bangkok on Sunday, June 23. During the opening ceremonies, the 10 leaders of ASEAN countries lined up onstage for photos and the traditional ASEAN handshake. According to a report from Rappler, PM Lee stood beside Philippine president Duterte...

What else can ASEAN do to deescalate the South China Sea conflict?

  The new Chinese hegemony in Asia Pacific poses both opportunities and risks for member states of ASEAN. China‚Äôs Belt and Road initiative promises new economic frontiers and some South East Asian countries are only too willing to concede to the territorial ambitions of China...

Are leftists now being targeted by the Duterte administration?

Warrants of arrest issued against four activists and former members of congress are causing Filipinos to wonder if this is a result of the breakdown of the peace talks between the Duterte administration and the leftists, or if these arrests have further political implications. The...

Philippine President Orders Soldiers to Shoot Women Rebels in the Vagina

  In the latest of a series of offensive remarks, Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte told soldiers on Sunday, February 11, that the women communist rebels should be shot in the vagina, as opposed to outright killing them, since being shot in their private parts...

Did Duterte say armed forces were caught off-guard against Maute group?

Philippines President Duterte said there was no failure of the intelligence they received but a lack of comprehension on who they were dealing with, worsened the situation in the conflict against the Maute group. "Because we did not know at that time who really was...

Foreign fighters complicate Mindanao militant invasion

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The Philippines government said foreign fighters (including Malaysians and Indonesians) have joined an Islamic State-linked militant group occupying a southern Philippine city. The authorities said they believe the group - which is holding high ground while the military is slowed down on lower grounds -...

Duterte can’t throw away the cake and eat it all together

In an apparent turn, the Philippines has suddenly seen the importance of the Asean for its people. Flipping on China, and saying he will burn the Singapore flag, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his foreign affairs services to push for the expansion and deepening...