PH asserts South China Sea arbitral award during 55th Asean ministers’ meet

DFA Undersecretary Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro (L), representing Secretary for Affairs Enrique A. Manalo, meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) during the opening ceremony of the 55th Asean Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings. (Photo Courtesy: DFA) MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has asserted its arbitral award in the South China Sea during the 55th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) foreign ministers’ meeting and related meetings in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday. DFA Undersecretary for Bilateral Relations and Asean Affairs Theresa…

Cardo Dalisay signs off – Manila Bulletin

Indefatigable action hero Cardo Dalisay said goodbye to fans recently via social media. Using the Instagram account of his alter ego, actor-director-film producer Coco Martin, he posted a photo of him riding off the sunset in a classic military green Jeep. https://www.instagram.com/p/ChL3YrUva7G/ He wrote (as is) : Maraming Salamat, Panginoon sa pitong taon na trabaho na ibinigay nyo sa amin, Napakarami pong buhay at pamilya ang natulungan dahil sa aming programa. Sa aking pamilya na nakasama ko sa loob ng pitong taon, sa lahat ng artista, directors, writers, staff/crew, cameramen,…

A Glint of Southeast Asia

The wetlands of southern Cambodia are illuminated by sunglint in this panoramic photograph taken by an astronaut from the International Space Station (ISS). Large swaths of Southeast Asia—including Laos, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), and Malaysia—fill the scene that looks to the south. Vietnam is mostly obscured by clouds on the southern and eastern edges of the peninsula. Sometimes referred to as the Indochinese Peninsula or Indochina due to its geographic position between India and China, the region includes a mixture of fertile plains, tropical forests, mountain ranges, and urban areas (such…

Ruffa Gutierrez, KaladKaren reiterate they’re friends – Manila Bulletin

Ruffa Gutierrez, KaladKaren reiterate they’re friends Ruffa Gutierrez and KaladKaren are being pitted against each other by some online users. It stemmed from statements the two made during a recent “Miss Q&A” segment on “It’s Showtime,” after a contestant seemingly promoted unity. Ruffa commented: “Maganda ‘yong pino-promote mo yung unity. Kasi ‘yon talaga ang kailangan natin ngayon especially ‘yung mga tao nagaaway-away. Laging nagba-bash bash…” KaladKaren, on the other hand, suggested the contestant should have phrased it differently. “’Di ba ‘yung mga mahihirap nating kababayan, kahit gaano kahirap silang nagta-trabaho…

DMW eyes more bilateral talks with Asian countries for OFW deployment – Manila Bulletin

News / National / DMW eyes more bilateral talks with Asian countries for OFW deployment DMW eyes more bilateral talks with Asian countries for OFW deployment The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is focusing on promoting bilateral talks with Asian countries, especially in the Middle East, to maintain strong ties in terms of deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). DMW Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac said opening venues for bilateral coordination and communications with Asian host countries can attract foreign employers and dignitaries to accommodate Filipino workers to their workforce. “I…

China’s Xi Jinping plans to meet US President Biden in November

Chinese officials are planning for President Xi Jinping to visit Southeast Asian nations and meet face-to-face with US President Joe Biden in November, Wall Street Journal reported. This visit comes after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan which has irked the Chinese government and in response, they launched a military drill around the self-ruled island. This visit would mark the Chinese leader’s first international trip in nearly three years and his first in-person meeting with Biden since the American leader’s inauguration.…

CHR seeks probe of ‘humorous social media posts promoting sexual abuse, exploitation’ – Manila Bulletin

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is “gravely disturbed” by the purportedly “humorous” prank social media videos that promote sexual abuse and exploitation as well as violate human rights. “Human rights violations, even those masked by humor, remain to be manifestations of violations and abuse, and should never be a laughing matter,” the CHR said in a statement issued by Executive Director Jacqueline Ann de Guia. The CHR was referring to social media videos where their content creators set up hidden cameras in public spaces.…

Navigating maritime security in the Bay of Bengal

Author: Troy Lee-Brown, UWA The year 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the strategic partnership between ASEAN and India, but there are new opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation. Southeast Asian states should strengthen their regional maritime security by cooperating with the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) — an international organisation supporting economic cooperation between seven South Asian and Southeast Asian nations — India, and the littoral states of the Bay of Bengal. The Bay of Bengal is the largest bay in the world. As…

‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’ trends as it ends – Manila Bulletin

After seven years, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” finally ended last night, Aug. 12. The show immediately trended on Twitter. Some paid homage to lead star Coco Martin as with his character on the show, Cardo Dalisay. Others remembered Lola Flora, the character played by the late Susan Roces, who passed away last May. Many of the scenes in the last episode triggered fans. These include that of Cardo breaking down learning about the death of Lola Flora. The production staff actually used Susan’s real birth and death dates on Lola Flora’s…